Duolingo

Tuesday, April 30, 2013




I have found the long legged mac daddy of online language courses. The FREE long legged mac daddy of online language courses to boot. No adverts, and now they've improved the iPhone App you don´t even need to be connected to the WiFi either.

I love it so much I've been using it to learn German, Portuguese and Italian whilst practising my French and Spanish along the way. I know it's not easy to learn French or to learn Spanish online but by God that little owl is going to make you try.


So, how does it work? The basic deal is that while all these millions of people around the world start to learn English, or French, or whatever language they feel like from the supported languages, Duolingo is slowly helping companies to translate the Web. This is how learning a language online, which usually comes with a hefty price tag, is free to users.

OK so it´s no substitute for one to one classes with a native, but Duolingo is made up of listening, spelling and grammar exercises laid out in a way which sneakily hides the fact that you´re even learning these things. The new App update means that there's even a chance to start speaking English/Spanish/French, although I wouldn't recommend that one for the Tube. There´s even a Mr Motivator to make sure you´re doing your language drills every day.

Basically there´s no stopping you from getting started right now. (That's a link. You should click it).



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