Duolingo_bannerSo this week I learned about something that I think is really cool.  I found out about it from one of my friends and of course now I’m telling my friends and family about it.  I’ll be really upfront with you that I have an ulterior motive in sharing this, which is that I hope some of you will join me in trying this out.  It’s called Duolingo.  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Duolingo is a free language-learning website and crowdsourced text translation platform.  The service is designed so that, as users progress through the lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents.  As of December 2012, the site offers Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian courses for English speakers, as well as English for Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian speakers.  They plan to offer Chinese.”

Right now I’m using it to learn Spanish and I really like it so far.  It’s very user friendly, the layout is clean and the teaching method is very well designed.  It’s something you can practice as much or as little as you want and at any time that’s convenient.  It’s also like a game, but unlike online games (which I don’t play) you’re actually learning something that you can use in daily life.  You can even study more than one language at a time.

I’ve just started so I’m making it a part of my daily practice because I want to create a solid foundation to work off of.  I’ll admit that this kind of brain gym can be a little addicting.  But that’s also an indicator that it works.

You can check it out at Duolingo.com.  If you’re interested you could create an account through Facebook or with your email address.  If you want to connect with me on there you can find me through Facebook or by searching for Emily Seymour.

Buenos noches bella!

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