I’ve tried some learning method for learning languages from the most traditional way like reading textbooks, or with software like rosetta stone, and web-based app Livemocha. But nothing intrigued me like Duolingo.
Duolingo is a free languange learning tools that you can access in web or in your mobile devices. The gamification in the learning process is what it makes me intrigued.
Duolingo offers 6 languages for English Speaker (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Dutch). Each of the language course are packed in a game-like experience. Where on each session you will be given 3 hearts, and may not lose all of them or else, you will have to restart the session. But if you manage to survive one session, you will be given EXP points, and after gaining certain EXP, you will level up.
Duolingo also tracks our daily progression by showing our daily EXP gain, this motivate us to use duolingo more often.
Another extra features on duolingo is leaderboards. It enables us to know how our friends are doing with their duolingo. Also, there are linglots, coins that we can use to buy upgrades, items, or even extra lesson.
Leaderboards and Store
I usually lack of motivation to continue learning language. But not with duolingo. I even list it under my Games section because it doesn’t feel like learning at all. It feels just like playing games, and I usually use it on my free time, or when waiting in line. It makes me feel better knowing that I use my idle time on learning languages rather than just playing games.
To end the post, here is a TEDTalks from Luis von Ahn, founder of Duolingo (who also invented CAPTCHA) which makes language learning fun, and free! Much respect!