Monday, 23 February 2015

Learning a new language with Duolingo

When I was at school I always had an interest in languages which is something so rare whilst you are doing your GCSEs I think due to the way that languages are taught at school and the exam set up. I mostly did French like a lot of people and came out with a B in the end but I also did German for two years and would have happily taken both languages at GCSE level if the school I attended had allowed that. Now nearly 2 years on since I stopped doing French I find myself really wanting to become as fluent as possible in the language. Of course I still remember a lot but if you threw me into a conversational situation I would definitely struggle. This is where my new favourite (free!) app Duolingo comes in, I should probably mention that this isn't a sponsored post I just love this app!
 
It was recommended to me on Twitter a little while back and I've been using it for at least a month now I think, I can honestly say that I've had more fun learning French like this voluntarily than I ever did at school. Of course learning a new language isn't for everyone but if you've got some free time and feel like trying something different then it should be at the top of your list of things to do!
 
 
 
Duolingo is an app that is downloadable on Apple IOS devices, Android devices and Windows phones as well as there being a website where you can learn as well so you should be able to connect to it regardless of what phone or tablet you have as they seem to have covered all options. There are 9 languages to pick from: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish and Swedish. So, you have all the usual ones in there that you were probably made to learn in school and then a few more different options, if they had Polish I would definitely have a go at that! The website claims that learning using their platform is fun and addictive and I can 100% vouch for that. The way it's set up makes it very addictive and I find myself logging in whenever I have a spare 10 minutes to learn a new phrase or word.
 
There are loads of different topics that you unlock along the way which is really good motivation as you get an instant reward and I find that once I've completed a few topics on the go I just want to keep going. Your answers are instantly marked as well so you can learn from your mistakes quickly. Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation and multiple choice challenges so things don't get too repetitive. The app also keeps count of how many days you've logged in which motivates me, especially when I see that I've done it for a week straight or so. The lessons are bite-sized and really don't take long to complete, you can set yourself realistic daily goals of XP levels to reach to suit your schedule so if you can't spend 30 minutes on it everyday that's perfectly OK, even 10 minutes a day will keep your mind active. Also after a little while the completed topics will change colour to remind you to refresh your memory a little, it will give you a variety of questions to do just to make sure you still remember what you learn a week ago.
 
I am absolutely loving this app/website and I'm quickly learning plenty of French, hopefully ready for a little trip to France at some point this year! If you've got some spare time give it a go, you might surprise yourself at just how much you enjoy learning a new language.
 
Shona x

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8 comments

  1. I use this to learn spanish! love it <3
    Kamila
    boldinballerinass.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me and Spanish have never got on haha!

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  2. I absolutely love this app, it's amazing! I like adding people to my friends list so that I can see where I place on the leaderboard - a bit of healthy competition! x

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    1. Competition is always good, with learning a language it's all about being motivated to do it so a bit of healthy competition is fab! x

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  3. I never did french at GCSE because I knew the exam and controlled assessment pressure would be too much but I still wanted to learn french as well as other languages and so I was so excited when I found this app and I've also been loving it!
    Sarah x
    http://www.saraheliza.co.uk/

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    1. Looking back perhaps doing both German and French would have been stressful but still miffed I missed out haha x

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  4. I use Duolingo to learn Spanish, it's so helpful! I like seeing how much percent fluent I am each day.. it's a slight obsession of mine, but a great way to spend my time :)xx

    Lissy | lissyslife.com

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    1. Your comment has reminded me that I need to get back into Duolingo! It's such a good way to spend a bit of free time :) xx

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