I don’t know about you, but for me learning a new language is kind of hard. Want to know how to make that process a little easier? Well here’s my suggestion….DuoLingo!
I downloaded the DuoLingo app about a month ago in preparation for my upcoming trip to Mexico. I went a few years ago and there were definitely more than one or two situations where I wish I had known a little bit more of the local language other than Hello, Thank you, and Goodbye. So after some research and suggestions from a few friends, I downloaded DuoLingo to my phone and let me tell ya, it’s a bit addicting (but, in a good way)!
The app is completely free (although there are upgraded versions you can pay for if you want to avoid some ads) and it’s actually super fun! It’s interactive, engaging, and easy to follow along. There are also SO MANY different languages you can choose from…even High Valyrian!! (Where my GOT fans at?!) It takes you through multiple different levels and separates into different sections to help you retain and build up to the next levels. And it’s not just reading the words or listening as someone speaks at you; it’s all interactive so you’ll be doing anything from typing out what you hear or read, translating from English to your language of choice or vice versa, and even speaking the sentence into the microphone on your phone and the app will tell you whether or not your pronunciation is accurate. And the earlier lessons include pictures, which personally really helped me with my retention having an image to correlate with the words and phrases.
There are also tons of incentives if you are a competitive person, like setting your own daily streaks, leadership boards, and trophies you can win through playing/learning.
The main way I have been using it is through the app on my phone, but you can also work on lessons from a desktop computer or laptop. You just want to make sure you have access to a microphone and speakers on your computer so that you can take advantage of the audible lessons.
So whether you’re going on a trip to a faraway land or you’ve just always wanted to learn a new language, download the DuoLingo app today. You can find it in the app store or google play on your phone or tablet or at www.duolingo.com
Growing up in a small Texas town, Rebekah always had the desire to travel and discover as much of the world as possible. After high school, she took her chance. She joined a performing arts group based out of southern California called The Young Americans. She had the opportunity to perform, teach, and mentor young kids all around the world. With this group Rebekah was able to travel to 11 different countries. She also met her husband while performing with this group and eventually they settled down in Nebraska, but still love to travel together any chance they get. So far their favorite places are Riviera Maya, Mexico and Northern Michigan, but they still have a few big ticket bucket list items they’d like to mark off their list including: New Zealand, Hawaii, and Scotland. Rebekah is also a huge animal lover and an avid Harry Potter fan. She is the newest addition to the AurTravel team and so happy to be here.