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Duolingo is a wonderful free language app that makes the process of learning new languages amazingly fun. Duolingo offers extensive language courses majorly for English speakers.  It is also a crowd sourced text translation platform. It helps users to translate websites and other documents into various languages.  The app currently teaches Spanish, French, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Hungarian, and Romanian to English speakers, and teaches English to speakers of those languages plus Dutch, Russian, Hungarian, and Turkish.  Duolingo was started by Luis Von Ahn, professor of Carnegie Mellon University , Pittsburgh.    Duolingo now has about 25 million registered and 12.5 million active users. Duolingo is a fantastic language learning tool.

Highlights of Duolingo: Gamification– Duolingo makes the process of learning a form of recreational competition which gets users wired this way. The study of language is turned into a amusing game with progressive levels, points, lives and after every successful round you are rewarded with a delicious sense of accomplishment.


It does not cost you even a cent:Duolingo is a free platform; you can learn foreign languages all free of cost at your own pace, unlike various other expensive courses which offers only a limited perspective of the language. And another remarkable advantage is that it will not feed you with ads.

It’s enthusiastic: There are short and brief lessons, reaching the next level becomes addictive. It’s a perfect therapy to one’s procrastination. It gives you rewards and incentives for completing lessons, charts your daily progress and also sends you daily remainders.

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Lets You Translate Both Ways:  You can translate phrases from various languages to English and vice versa.

Teaching style: It’s quick, interesting and upbeat. It has an intuitive approach and a user moves in a pyramid approach from the grass root basics to an advanced level. It rarely gives theoretical explanations on grammatical logic; it rather makes the users understand it in a more interactive method. It associated photos with nouns to aid your memory.

How to join Duolingo?

  •   On the main page of Duolingo, you can login through two ways:-
  1. You can choose to register through your email and then link your Facebook account to it.
  2. Or you can directly sign up via Facebook, which helps you share your progress and updates on your timeline.
  •  You need to enter your basic details initially when you sign up like username, password, name, location, and Facebook account details.
  •   Once you sign up successfully you can now choose the language you want to learn. The app allows you to change, add and remove the courses you want to join.
  •   You can set up daily remainders to put your learning process on a systematic track. You will receive emails and notifications of your remainders.

The learning process: On the home page there exists a skill tree, where you can find various units, sub units which contain lessons.


Once you learn a particular topic you can click on the golden hole to test your understanding and vocabulary. In every lesson there are questions based on vocabulary, translation, listening and speaking. There are 4 hearts which act like lives, for every wrong answer you lose a heart. Practice is the key to learning any language; you can practice the various skills available on the skill tree to boost your vocabulary. Translations-You can use the immersion tool on the tool bar to translate sentences from diverse sources.

Other tips:

  • The discussion to tool is a good resource for answering questions, finding supplemental material, or simply connecting with other users.
  • You can also follow your friends profile and keep a track of their progress too.
  • You can post your progress on your Facebook profile.
  • Duolingo can be used on your mobile also. It is available in iOS and android phones.
  • Navigating through Duolingo through your keyword is much easier, faster and quick.

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