Duolingo for Learning a Language

Recorded on July 25th, 2016

Some really smart friends of mine were talking excitedly about the Duolingo app this past weekend. All I needed to hear was “iOS app for language learning” + “doesn’t cost $200” and I was sold. I finally got a few minutes to download it this morning. After getting two minutes into the skills assessment section of the French module, I was hooked. I found that I remembered just enough vocabulary words from my five years of middle school and high school French to start making me feel pretty smart. I haven’t even finished the assessment, but I’m excited to get back into it and see where some actual lessons lead.

It’s embarrassing that I’m 45 years old and I know practically zero Italian, German, and Spanish. Maybe this will be a shortcut to some bare-bones knowledge. We’ll see!

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