Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Great App for Language Learners (Like Me!)

Owl - Duolingo Mascot
Duolingo is a fun, intriguing, and a rich-in-content language learning platform combining interactive language learning and translation games, it might even help you pop the BIG question to your beloved one!

Translate-text question
How does it work?

After you've signed up, simply go to the language page you want to study. There are 5 languages if you are using English to learn it:
1. Spanish
2. German
3. French
4. Portuguese
5. Italian
Pick one then start a lesson. For each lesson, you'll be given 3 hearts, meaning that you can make at most 3 mistakes before you have to start the lesson again. When you have finished the lesson, you'll have 10 points, and the hearts you can keep serve as bonus points, which will all add up to the points that are necessary to get a level up.

Mark-all question

Types of "games"
I call it games because it IS! I just love the sound effects for every correct answer and every completed lesson. You won't get bored because the games are easy enough to play and each lesson doesn't take long to finish. There are various games so you will be tested through different skill sets.

  1. Translate-text: Choose the correct translation by clicking on the words in order. Can it be more obvious?
  2. Mark-all: Read carefully because there might be more than one correct answers.
  3. Listen-and-type: just read it again, no explanation needed, right?
  4. Recording (Web only): If you're accessing via PC/Mac, you can do the recording exercise. But I tried it a while ago, I got kind of frustrated because I always failed to get it right. Maybe you can be the one who always gets it right, justmaybe.

Keyhole offers 3 attempts only

Do you think you can SKIP?
If you think you're good enough to skip many chapters, then the KEYHOLE is the best place for you.
However, wait for it...just imagine Gandalf is standing in front of you, trying to warn you of the upcoming danger...ready? YOU ONLY HAVE 3 ATTEMPTS. If you used up the attempts but still can't pass the test, you will have no choice but to go back to the last lesson and finish them all.

Tailor-made lesson plans = a marriage proposal!?
The below is the latest blog entry on Duolingo's official blog:
A few weeks ago we got a very sweet email:
Dear Duolingo Team,
I am Italian and my American girlfriend Kate is in love with Duolingo… she’s learning my own language and she enjoys it so much that I’m wondering if I could ask you to set up an exercise for her that would lead to the big question:
"Will you marry Flavio Esposito?"

She would die if she saw this! Thanks so much for your time and consideration ;)

Best regards,
Who could resist that? Excited to help, we worked with Flavio to come up with a special love lesson that Kate would see the next time she logged in:

Languages you can learn

In a way, Duolingo can offer more than just a language learning platform. Anyone wants to try this feature and pop the question to your boyfriend/girlfriend?

Pass page

New words you've learnt
Number of lessons varies

Profile page
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