DuoLingo is one of my favorite apps as it has done a great job of making language learning easy and enjoyable. It is available as both an iOS and Android app – as well as a web-based program. And it is FREE!!
DuoLingo works for any student who can read. We have mainly used the Spanish one – but there currently 8 languages to choose from.
It assumes you are an absolute beginner but if you aren’t, you can test out to get past the easy levels.
The exercises range from matching pictures to words to translating whole sentences. You don’t get to move on until you master your current level but you the gamification elements in the app that award you points and cups as you work, help you stay motivated.
So far almost everyone I know who has used it, likes it.
Here is what Suzette LaPorte Ayo, FundaFunda’s online Spanish instructor thinks about DuoLingo:
- Can test out of levels or go through them- your choice
- Uses listening and pronunciation
- Reminds you when you have missed a day
- Earn rewards which you can then use to dual with others
- Mixes vocabulary with grammar
- There is no way to see all of the material available and choose or skip around – only within a certain level.
- Need internet connection
In our family we have used it as an extension to Spanish classes. My one daughter’s take on it is this:
- The point-earning nature of it and how you have to “level up”. The competitive nature in me feels driven by that. B
- It’s also nice because it builds on your knowledge and forces you to keep practicing and reusing things you have already learned. It feels effortless, yet the more I use it the better my Spanish becomes.
- I wish more could be done with the points – more extrinsic motivation I suppose.
- I enjoy it immensely. Every time I return to Duolingo and invest daily time in it, I notice how i become more comfortable in my vocabulary and grammar. Now they have the “coach” feature which allows you to set personal goals and then will remind you to come online and practice. And its minimal effort on a daily basis – i just put in 10-20 minutes a day andI see dramatic improvement. The key is consistency.
- Ease of use (can do it wherever/whenever on my phone)
- I’m not sure if it teaches the grammar super well
- It is more of a help with starting out a language.
- It’s a good way to get extra practice in.