Duolingo: Do This App!

Duolingo: Do This App!

Elizabeth Powers, Writer

Learning a new language is something that takes time and a lot of practice. It’s not something that anyone can master in one night. There are many apps and classes out there that have helped many people start, become better, and become fluent in all sorts of languages. One of these many apps is Duolingo.

First, what is Duolingo? Duolingo is an app that lets people choose a language, or languages, to learn, and then do courses that will help people to learn the language, from the most basic words to sentence structure that will help with learning conversations. When you start a language course you choose between whether you are just starting to learn the language and don’t know a single word and get started from the beginning right away, or you already know some of that language; that way, a progress quiz that will determine what you need to learn can be taken. 

There are lessons that teach about basic words, how to order at a restaurant, how to describe clothes, how to talk about the weather, commands and so much more, and you earn diamonds with each finished lesson. There are tips about these different courses with little sections about that part of the language’s grammar. You also get a maximum amount of lives, and if you use all of your lives, then you have to take lessons that will allow you to get your lives back unless you have enough diamonds to buy more lives. 

There are some special features too. With your diamonds, streak freezes that will keep your daily streak going if you don’t do a day of practice, bonus skills (not available in every language), outfits for Duo the mascot owl, and an increase in the number of diamonds you earn for practicing seven days in a row can be bought. There are short stories that you can unlock and listen to in your course language, and get asked questions about it, follow friends and earn diamonds for achieving different goals, like learning 1500 new words and having practiced 250 days total. There are a lot of activities you can do with Duolingo while learning your languages.

         Duolingo has numerous languages to offer. They have Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, Navajo, Hawaiian, Swahili, Hebrew, Hungarian, and a many  more. They don’t just provide courses for native English speakers though. They have courses for people whose first language is Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and more (but there are not as many courses available as the English course). With its wide variety of languages, Duolingo has many languages for any speaker.

This is an app that should be tried out by everyone. It really helps anyone out with any language it has to offer. With practice and lots of studying the tips on Duolingo, you’ll be able to translate whole sentences of the language you’re studying. It’s so helpful and is a great resource for anyone looking to study a new or vaguely familiar language. Even if it feels like learning languages has never been a strong part of a person’s life, Duolingo can very much help improve any language skills in general, not just for one particular language. The lives can sometimes be annoying because someone will be doing a lesson, get something wrong, use up their last life, and have to do a whole new lesson before going back to their regular lesson. On the other hand, it makes you feel like you’re playing a video game, and you have to try to get to the next level. Overall, Duolingo is a very useful educational tool that will help anyone get better at any language they have to offer. 

In conclusion, Duolingo is something that anyone can try. It can help anyone no matter what their current mastery of a language is. In the end, it will always be a useful tool that helped you become advanced in that language. It will always be used by people looking to learn or practice a language.