Are you thinking about learning a second language or perhaps taking some classes to improve one that you already know? Then forget about boring home tutors, tiring classes, and Lean It Yourself books.
Introducing Duolingo, the best language learning application on the market, and the perfect companion for those long and boring trips when you have nothing better to do than look out the window. Duolingo was designed for Android and iOS devices, and it’s totally free of charges.
What’s even more amazing is that this nifty mobile application can help you master over 21 languages, from English, Spanish, French, German to more exotic languages such as Yiddish, High Valyrian, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Swahili. The developers even promised to throw in a comprehensive Klingon tutorial for us.
You are probably asking yourself how a mobile application can replace foreign language classes and home tutors. Because it’s very easy to use, light, and has a gorgeous user interface. But that’s the reason why it is so appreciated.
Remember your first English lessons? You teachers would use colorful pictures and charts to teach you the basics such as numbers, colors, animals, and food. Using the same technique, Duolingo can teach you a language from scratch.
The app relies on games, animations, and powerful tools to achieve great results. For example, if you want to learn a new language, probably the first step would be to learn how to pronounce the vowels and consonants.
The next would be to learn numbers, animals, food, and common phrases such as ‘Thank You’, ‘Goodbye,’ and ‘Hello.’ But Duolingo can do more than that. Apart from showing you how a word or phrase is pronounced, it will also ask you to pronounce it by using your device’s microphone.
You will also need to match words with pictures, figure out which one is the correct form of a word, and of course, take a short test at the end of each section to see if you’ve mastered it.
Each language tutorial offered by Duolingo features multiple sections like verbs, adverbs, nouns. And tenses. And to be able to progress to the next section, you will need to obtain a passing grade on the test which features listening, writing, and speaking.
Are you interested in using this application? Then go to Apple’s iStore or Google’s Play Store, download the application, install it, create an account, select your language, and have fun.
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