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Language Learning Tip: Use your smarts

Smart phone, tablets, laptop, desktop… whatever you’re using to read this blog post, you can use to help you learn a language.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of apps out there that can help you achieve your goals. Some are great, some are good, some are better than nothing. Then you have some that cost money, and some that are free.

One of the best free apps for learning (Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese) is Duolingo, which is available for iOS and Android devices, as well as a web-based app on any computer platform. Duolingo is a language-learning game that makes learning and practice fun. You compete against yourself, leveling up after correctly completing lessons, and losing hearts after making too many mistakes. Since it’s mobile and it saves your progress, so you can practice anytime, anywhere. Five minutes is better than nothing, and Duolingo is so addictive you’ll quickly find yourself spending more and more time playing. All those minutes of practice add up to a lot of skills very quickly, and the fun factor makes it easy to stay consistent, which everyone knows is the real challenge to progressing with a new language.

There are lots of other apps out there that are a great addition to whatever course of study you’ve chosen to learn a new language. What are some of your favorites, and why?

Laptops and tablets

Written by

Tammy Bjelland
Language lover, teacher & coach.

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