Must Check Out App – Duolingo

duolingo-bannerI must say, I am completely addicted to this app. If you, or someone you know, is trying to improve their language skills then I highly recommend this app called Duolingo. Not only is it free, but you can play it on the go whether you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

What’s So Great?

I’ve been playing Duolingo for the past 3 months and have to say that I haven’t seen a free language course like this one. It teaches you words, vocabulary, and conjugations in a fun way. Like any game, you get points the more you play, which of course, make you feel good inside. You get to interact using pictures, listening skills, and matching. Yes, it is as fun as it sounds!

How Does It Work?

Available in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and – of course, why we are featuring it here – English. You will learn your first words once you download the app. Click on the pictures and listen to the pronunciation. Then match the words with the appropriate picture.

That’s not all, then you must listen to what is being said, and either write or match the words you hear. You may be doing translation, or writing what you hear in your native language. Be careful though, spelling, syntax and accents are being watched so be sure to pay close attention!

You will progress through different levels, but it’s important to go back and retake other levels to keep your points up – after all, we do forget after a while. Learn the words for different foods, animals, body parts, clothing, colors, and more.

Practice Makes Perfect

After a while, you may be like me muttering to myself in public with my headphones in pushing buttons and repeating words outloud. So the next time you see someone on their headphones talking to themselves, don’t be surprised if they are playing Duolingo.

Try it and let us know your thoughts! For more about learning English, check out the Learning English section for more information on how you can improve.