Ever felt like learning a new language just for fun? Well, here is one easy tip. Get Duolingo on your phone and choose your preferred language.
Duolingo is a learning application that allows you to study different languages easily and enjoyably. Most importantly, it is FREE! There are a lot of language options, from the relatively easier ones, Spanish and French, to the harder choices such as Mandarin and German.
It is a useful tool, especially for those who do not have much time for complicated lessons. Of course, it is important to note that Duolingo caters to beginners. That is why the lessons and quizzes available are pretty easy. Still, if your goal is to start familiarizing yourself with a new language, then this is perfect for you.
Make it a habit to study
Duo, despite being a nagger owl, encourages its users to take a lesson even just for a few minutes every day. Making a habit of studying your new preferred language is important to your learning. The more often you study, the quicker you’ll adapt, and one day you’ll realize you can understand basic phrases written in a different language.
The app gives its users motivation to keep on going by providing various functions when using the app. There is a day streak, meaning that if you take a lesson every day, then the streak continues. It does feel good to know that there is consistency in your journey, especially when you have been doing it for, say, a hundred days or so.
Another thing, the app allows the users to interact with fellow language learners. They are able to congratulate one another when reaching a milestone like finishing 10 lessons a day or celebrating a 200-day streak on the app.
The lessons vary starting from easier quizzes and they progress to harder ones the longer you play and study. Aside from that, there are also Duolingo stories where you can improve your reading and listening skills with short stories. It can also be said that the app is quite inclusive. When a lesson requires you to translate a specific phrase, you can either read the anecdote or listen to it. Although this is not applicable to all scenarios so there is room for improvement.
Every lesson gives you a tab on your total score, and the points that you get are accumulated on your profile. Sort of an ego booster and a testament to how much you have been playing. This also reflects on which league you are in. Here are the leagues, starting from lowest to highest: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, Pearl, Obsidian, and Diamond. The rank that you have can also look impressive when your followers visit your profile. Better start practicing now, so you can get that Diamond badge.
Have fun learning!
Learning does not have to be boring or formal. It can be very fun with the right tools. However, using Duolingo is still a gaming app so be cautious as you may develop something of an addiction. But then it is a game where you also obtain knowledge, so it is a win-win situation.
Still, if you really want to study a new language and be able to use it fluently, then you should expand your learning tools and not rely on Duolingo. As mentioned before, it caters to beginners. It will allow you to use and understand basic phrases such as personal introductions and small talk, but that is really the farthest that you can reach if it is the sole source of learning.
Go ahead and try it. Have fun learning with Duo!
Raine is a writer who finds comfort in mornings as they are more conducive in getting her creative juices flow- as the sun rises, so does her level of productivity. She spends a lot of her free time daydreaming about roaming the streets of Paris and even tries to learn the language of love. To put it more bluntly, she is a writer who sometimes writes.