Thursday, May 26, 2016


Is learning a new language on your to-do list?  Are you planning a trip and could really use some foreign language skills.  I wanted to share something awesome that I found, and best of all its 100% FREE.  An online language program called Duolingo. 

With Duolingo, you can learn Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and many other languages.   There’s a mobile app and a website, and the courses are completely free. 

I took French way back in high school, but I have forgotten most of what I learned.  Last summer my husband and I had the privilege of hosting a foreign exchange student from France.  It was a wonderful opportunity and it rekindled my interesting in speaking French.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a Rosetta Stone program.  A friend told me about Duolingo and I love it. 
I have the app on my phone and I spend just a few minutes each day to practice some French.  Through a variety of speaking, reading and writing, I practice French.  The lessons are quick and easy in a game-like format, usually taking less than 5 minutes to complete.  Duolingo even keeps track of your lessons and lets you post your ‘fluency’ in a language on your LinkedIn profile.  Right now I am 25% fluent in French. 

The best part of using Duolingo is that it doesn’t have any annoying pop-up ads. By using the site individual users are helping to translate sections of the internet. Created by Luis von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Forbes magazine describes how Duolingo uses a crowdsourcing model to translate content from Buzzfeed and CNN, which generates the revenue to keep the program free. 

If learning a language is one of your goals – I recommend you check out Duolingo. 


  1. thanks for the tip. Will try to upgrade mi espanol [high school version]--not just for travel but also because my Grands are taking it in school and I need to keep up! also like the idea that I can pick up some phrases for whatever country I'm going to where I have no idea how to say please, thank you and where is.

  2. I want to do this...I want to learn Italian....

  3. My daughter has been planning on using Duolingo this summer to get ahead on her middle school Spanish next year. She is excited about it!