Why We Love Duolingo For Language Learning
Duolingo combines the best of educational tools with video game mechanics to make picking up a new language fun and convenient.
Learning a new language is a tricky prospect. And on top of that, who has time for all that? But thee still exists a need to glean knowledge about the world and proficiency in another language, even if the road to mastery is a rocky one. That's why a need for apps and programs like Duolingo exists. It combines all the best of learning a new language with all the high points of gaming, and in the end makes education something you look forward to rather than fighting with all your being. Here's why we've been using and loving Duolingo for our language-learning needs.
1. You can tell that you're progressing beyond simple memorization.
Each lesson is built to implement pieces of language from the prior one, so as you're making your way through the ranks, you don't feel overwhelmed with new information, but as though you've been putting together a linguistic puzzle over the last few days and finally it's all starting to come together. This, combined with the fact that you earn points for scoring well on quizzes and challenges makes actually progressing feel much more rewarding than simply scoring well on a self-administered test or figuring out a difficult verb conjugation on your lonesome. It's no different than loading up a game on your device and playing it -- except you're actually learning!
2. There are plenty of languages to choose from.
Chances are, if you need to brush up on your specific dialect or start from scratch, Duolingo will have you covered -- or they're working on it. Popular languages like French, German, and Spanish are available as well, and they're available to you for the low cost of free. If you're not into one of those, there are other options to get started with as well. And once you choose a language, you don't have to stick with one and finish it out to the end. You can happily swap out between them as often as you like, until you either find something that fits or you've mastered a new tongue.
3. The gamification elements are intriguing.
You earn points for learning and proving it to Duolingo. If that sounds strange, consider earning points as part of the game. The end goal is to begin speaking another language. The more you play, the more points you can earn. You earn experience and gain levels, just like in an RPG, except it's real-world progression instead of some arbitrary stamina bar.