I’m not the sort to download every new hot app that hits the market. As far as phone downloads go I keep it pretty basic. However, for the past few days I have been really loving the app Duolingo. It allows you to practice or build skills on another language. Being bilingual has unlimited benefits and this presents a super easy and convenient way to learn the basics of a second language.
I took a few french classes in high school and although that was years ago I still remember the basics and have always wished that I took it further. Using the app I can practice the skills that I have retained in my memory. I’ve also learned quite a bit in the time that I’ve been using Duolingo.
The app works by teaching you new words using visual associations as well as definitions. Once you know the words you begin working them into sentences. You are moved up to new levels by answering questions correctly and speaking sentences with the correct inflections into the microphone on your phone. It has a great balance of vocabulary and teaching you proper sentence structure.
I haven’t ventured out into languages that I’m completely new to so I can’t say that how it would work out learning a language from scratch using the app but I give it a four out five stars for practicing a language that you already have some base knowledge of. Oh and did I mention its free, and far better than downloading mindless games from your app store.