I’m overly pleased with the language learning app, Duolingo. I had low expectations, though I’ve been blown away by the effectiveness of the app to teach a language.
I started about 30 days ago with no Spanish language background. I only knew a handful of commonly known words. The app has me somewhat comfortable with simple transactional Spanish, getting in and out of stores, taxis, and cafes. And I’m starting to be able to fumble through some deeper engagement. Today I managed to speak with an electrician who was troubleshooting an issue with the dishwasher in the home. I also visited a stranger’s home to inspect a vehicle he had for sale. And I had a brief exchange with the Uber driver about his new car. 30 days ago, those encounters would have been befuddled messes.
I’m doubly pleased with the Duolingo app because the kids have taken to using it. The gamification of learning has captured their attention, and we actually have to pull them away from the app. Both Jane and Wilson are able to navigate and use the app with minimal supervision, and so they can progress at their own pace.
I’m hooked on learning the Spanish language. I’m a little over 30 consecutive days of learning, and I’m excited to see how may language abilities evolve over 300 days.