Duolingo: Learn Languages Free
•Platform: Android and iOS
•Latest version (December 7, 2013): 2.0.2
•Languages: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, English, Italian.
In my school, we have School Coaching Programme (SCP). It is intended as an extracurricular class to widen our horizon for our hidden passions. I happen to take German SCP, but I find it boring and also ineffective. It is so, because I do not get the personal approach (eg; intensive one on one conversation, consultation, etc). Moreover, the programme is only for 80 minutes, once a week.
Therefore I seek for an alternative. Which is by using my gadget. I launched PlayStore and found Duolingo as one of the Best Apps in 2013. I clicked on it. And I am in awe.
Duolingo is an app which teaches you languages with interactive games. I have taken a few screenshots which hopefully will help you to understand my explaination. In this app, you will be asked to choose pictures with their Spanish (I chose to learn Spanish), word by telling you the English word. Then the game proceeds to voice recognition, translating, fill-in-blank and many more. As you move on, you will gain XP, which eventually will take you to higher level. In order to finish one phase, you must not lose more than 4 or 3 hearts (depending on which phase you are doing). Basically, the hearts are the ones responsible to carry you to the next level.
With the simple yet attractive interface, this app is perfect for beginners to intermediates. You are able to learn from nouns to tenses with this app. Not to forget that you can add people to compete with you! What a genius idea of healthy competition it is!
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆