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Duolingo is a free iOS app for learning Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and English.
Many people are interested in learning a second language, but don’t have the time or the money to do so. Rosetta Stone, arguably one of the most well-known foreign language learning providers, costs hundreds of dollars. There are a number of apps available to help you learn a new language, but even some of these are rather pricey. Duolingo, iTunes App Store 2013 App of the Year, won’t break your bank when trying to master Spanish, French, German or other popular languages. That’s because it’s free!
After you install the app you set up an account, using either a personal email account or your Facebook account. You then choose the language you wish to learn. Currently Duolingo supports French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, and its creators plan to broaden the selection in the future. If you already have some prior knowledge of the language you choose, the app lets you test out of some of the beginner lessons and jump to those that match your skill level. Each lesson incorporates a listening, writing and speaking element to help you reinforce what you are learning. You begin each lesson with four hearts and you lose a heart each time you answer something incorrectly. If you run out of hearts before finishing a lesson, you have to start over. In some ways the app feels like a game, especially with the unlockable achievements. This aspect of the app found us wanting to continue using it in order to advance further.
Overall, this is an app we see ourselves using quite a bit. The app’s popularity on the Apple App Store is an indicator of just how good this app is. The natural beauty of the app is that you can learn a language for free and at your own pace. Also, by setting up an account with Duolingo, you can continue your lessons on a computer too. If you are looking to learn a second language without breaking the bank, Duolingo is worth a try.
Duolingo for iOS