I just wanted to share with you about a great website that is free and how effective it is at helping you learn another language or even several! It is duolingo.com. I will be sharing lots of screen shots and explaining how it basically works. Click on any of the screenshots for a closer look.
The best things are that it’s very user friendly, effective and free!
This shot is easy to explain. -Easy to sign up, free, and lots of languages available.
This shows my account skill tree. I’m mostly learning Spanish and a bit of French. You can accumulate words learned, points, lingots, and do extra practice outside of the regular lesson units. Duolingo has a great incremental approach. Each unit progresses in difficulty from the units before it.
If you like competition, the “Leaderboard” shows how you rank against your friends weekly, monthly, or in total.
This is my son’s skill tree in Spanish. It also shows the badges he’s earned by working on different languages. He’s decided that he wants to work on one language at a time. He was starting to get them mixed up!
He had phrases, food, and animals mastered, but they added a few more skills so he will need to go back and finish those few lessons within those units in order to get them to turn gold again.
Each level or module is locked until you have met the prerequisites.
Within each unit there are several lessons that need to be completed before that unit can be mastered.
There are 20 questions in each lesson which range in difficulty from multiple choice to translating into the chosen language or typing it in the language by listening to it spoken in that language.
It shows you the right answers right away whenever you make mistakes.
I threw in a French screenshot here.
There is also a lot of positive reinforcement and the lessons are nice and short.
If you lose all 3 hearts, you can’t pass that lesson.
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of Duolingo.com and I want to assure you that if you are wanting to learn another language this is as pain free as it gets!