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Recently we were introduced to a new language app, DuoLingo, that we love. It’s completely free, so I thought some of you might also enjoy it.
We have been using Rosetta Stone for the past few years, but the software has glitches and costs a pretty penny. It did teach them quite a bit, but it also has drawbacks… like it’s on a computer and who hauls a computer around these days.
DuoLingo is an app or website that you can use to learn over 20 different languages. No matter what device you use it will track your progress across all the languages. We have it on a computer, my phone and an iPad so we can learn pretty much anywhere.
One of my girls took the pre-test it offers and tested out of a number of lessons (thanks Rosetta stone). So if you already know some you don’t have to start over at the beginning. The pre-test will see where you should start and jump you there.
The girls both agree that it is more fun that Rosetta Stone because it makes you feel like you are playing a game. There are levels to complete and points to earn. The points don’t mean much, but you can redeem them for fun clothes for your little owl character. I am enjoying that they want to borrow my phone to learn Spanish rather than play Angry Birds.
In terms of school, I’ve been pleased with how well rounded it is. DuoLingo teaches vocabulary, grammar, diction, translating from Spanish to English and English to Spanish, tenses, and a lot more. Rosetta Stone has very little translation in sentences and almost nothing is geared to typing Spanish.
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Did I mention this was a free app?? Another great part, it has no ads or in-app purchases!
One downside, because of the amount of translation and typing it is harder to use for my 8 year old. She can handle Rosetta Stone since it is mostly pictures and matching, but with DuoLingo she needs someone to help her remember how to spell the Spanish words.