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Don’t get surprised if all of a sudden you start noticing people around you have started talking in Spanish or German, after all that’s the sort of ‘revolution’ (don’t take the word too seriously!) the Duolingo smartphone app is about to bring about. Originally launched as an iPhone app, the green bird (the icon, silly!) has now started spreading its wings and the app is now available in the Android platform too.
The opening screen of the app
The project was initiated in the Carnegie Mellon University. The result is now being enjoyed by users throughout the world! This is basically a free language learner. So what? You may ask! There are several PDFs to be found in the internet which are excellent teachers of foreign languages! The fact that sets this app apart from the rest is that it has introduced gamification into the process of imparting language lessons. The entire look-and-feel of the app has been designed in such a way that you can’t help feeling engaged and addicted to it in no time at all.
One of the five tabs which more or less tell you all that the app is about, and its primary features
The app teaches French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German to English speakers as of now. It also provides for language lessons in English to all these language-speakers in addition to the Dutch, Russians, Hungarian and Turkish-speakers. You get to choose the language you want to learn in the very first step, after which you are asked to create your own account or register yourself via your Google or Facebook account.
This is the place to register yourself, or create your own account manually
Once you get all set with your own account, only then do you get to see the main screen which consists of the lessons in the language you have chosen to learn. I chose to learn Spanish because I’ve always had a fancy for it! The lessons start from the very basics, and move forward step by step. The overall user interaction is fantastic. The app has been excellently designed and developed, and I’m sure no one’s going to have any problem while using the Duolingo Android app.
This is where you get to choose the language you want to learn
The basic lessons generally start by showing the translations and audio pronunciations of basic words like ‘is’, ‘are’, ‘the’ etc. Photos are shown, and alongside the audio pronunciations are given. You can listen to them any number of times. You are also given sentences to translate. Now this is done in several ways. In one way, you are given the words to choose from. In another, you have to do the translation without any help.
The main screen, containing the lessons
The credits are in the form of hearts. If you are correct, you don’t lose any ‘heart’! Otherwise, one ‘heart’ may get broken! (Sad!) I found myself getting addicted to it, and almost forcibly extracted myself from its clutches so that I could write this review.
The lessons, in their different ‘avatars’
The points table, the credit scoring and the entire thing has been designed as a game should be and that is probably the reason why the app is so successful in teaching languages.
The scoring screen
Willing to learn a new language? More importantly, are you bored by books? shock your friend by Learning a foreign language in short span of time with this amazing app. A best way you can get to know how to speak a new tongue!
Did this app help you learn any new language? Share your Doulingo experience with us! We would love to hear from you. Follow the download buttons to get Duolingo for your smartphone.
Abhirup is our guest blogger on education apps and thought partner. He harbors certain thoroughly misguided self-impressions like he has a refined aesthetic sense (our website’s visuals are NOT inspired by his ideas) or that he has a deep baritone. However, we choose to ignore these as he sometimes comes up with good ideas notwithstanding the fact that they are articulated in confusing managerial jargon; perhaps explained by the fact that he is an MBA from IIM Bangalore.