Have you tried Duolingo yet? If not, go to www.duolingo.com, or download the app on your device. It’s free! Take a few seconds to create an account, then choose the language you want to learn or practice, and give it a try! There are many languages to choose from.
Duolingo is a language learning game that integrates speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Try not to lose your hearts as you progress through a lesson. Make it through the lesson with hearts to spare, and you will receive Lingolots! (Lingolots are jewels that you can turn in for special lessons.) Add friends to compete with them, or see their progress.
Your coach to help keep you on track.
I have played around with the free trial version of Rosetta Stone. When I first tried Duolingo, it reminded me of the interface and activities from Rosetta Stone. (That resemblance is based on my very limited experience with Rosetta Stone.) You can start at the beginning with lesson one, or if you know some of a language already, you can test out of lessons and skills by taking a little assessment.
Test out of skills, or practice weak ones.
One of the newer features of Duolingo is Duolingo for Schools. Using Duolingo for Schools, teachers can create classes to monitor students’ progress. After creating a class, teachers can share a link with students which will add them to that class. I was excited about this upgrade, and happy to see how well it worked.
After you have your students added, you can see their days active, lessons completed, etc. You can sort by weeks or by classes.
You can click on an individual student and see when they completed or practiced each lesson. You can see that this student was working through the three preposition lessons on February 9. The other lessons say “practice” because she had already completed those lessons. She went back to practice and keep her strength bars full:)
Why not download Duolingo to dabble a little in a new language? Or practice one you already know? Either way, I suggest you give it a try. Do the Duolingo!
Note: When choosing a language on Duolingo, you don’t have the option to choose the language to which you have your browser set. My students had their browsers set to Spanish, and some ended up choosing “inglés” since Spanish wasn’t an option. While they were still learning and practicing Spanish since all of the directions were in Spanish, they were in the “learn English mode.”