Feather’s Reviews: Breaking Down Walls One Word At A Time

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As I mentioned before, today I’ll be reviewing a language app called DuoLingo. It’s a handy little app, if you want to learn a second language. It takes you through many different activities and will even tell you how far you’ve progressed! So let’s get to it.

About The App

The app was made by a professor in Pittsburg, USA. His name is Luis von Ahn, and with the help of one of his senior students, Severin Hacker, it was launched in 2011. It’s a free app, and is available for both Apple and Android devices (including tablets!). It has at least 21 available language courses, ranging from Spanish to Indonesian. It is also available for both school and professional uses. So, if you’re still at school and learning a second language, this could be a very handy little app for you.

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If you’d like to see what DuoLingo is about, click the link below, I’m sure you can start learning on your PC or Mac!

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How It Works

Well, I’ve been using DuoLingo (on and off) for the past three years, and every time I use it, it’s like playing a game. There are different categories of learning and you have to complete each “lesson” (as I call it), before you can progress onto the next. It’s like completing a level of a game; you have to complete each mission before getting onto the harder quests. There are even bars beneath the picture of the category, to tell you how fluent you are, in that lesson.

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However, you must revisit each lesson if you want to keep up your fluency, because, if left for too long, you’ll lose those progress bars, and you’ll have to take the tests again.


My Thoughts

Although I haven’t been continuously using the app, I know that if I did, I’d probably be fluent in Spanish by now. However, having said that, the app isn’t completely reliable. Yes, you learn new and different words every time you practice with it, it doesn’t mean you’ll learn everything.

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The “teachers” on the app can only do so much. They speak reasonably slow, so you can hear each word and practice the different phrases at your own pace, but real-life practice can be quite different (I know…I studied Spanish for at least 5 years, and I’m still struggling to keep up with native speakers, because I’m not used to it). Learning the different words and grammar forms for each language can be easy with the app, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be as perfect as someone who has that language as their first.

So, if you want to be as fluent as they are, supplement your course with other forms of education. Read their newspapers or listen to a TV show in that language. Practice with someone who does know how to speak the language, and learn from them too. Sometimes, there might be phrases that wasn’t in the course or in any book that might make a difference in what you say.

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Overall, I like this app, it’s not perfect, and it has a long way to go to help you become fluent in any language, but at least you learn the basics. It even helps you with grammar! So, if you want to learn the proper forms of any language, this is a good way to start. Plus, if you’re still in school, this will definitely help with your revision.


Well, that’s it from me today. Are you learning as second language, if so, did you find out about DuoLingo? How? What language are you learning? Is DuoLingo helpful for you? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll see you next time. I’ll be talking about a very trusted make-up brand which I recently bought, and to tell you the truth, I’m loving it! Join me next time in…

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