Thursday, July 30, 2015

Must Download: Duolingo App

My excitement level for my visit to Paris (which is still months away) is at a full fledged level 10. I've taken about 10 years of French throughout all of my schooling. While I wish I was fluent, I'm not... I haven't really practiced much at all since college. I am glad to still be able to read and understand spoken French pretty darn well, but when it comes to writing and speaking myself, that's where I always run into trouble. 

Last night, I was at Happy Hour with some good friends. Sidenote: Pittsburghers, we went to Arsenal Cider house in Lawrenceville. It was a new-to-me place, and the outdoor seating and ability to bring your own food was amazing. The cider was so good and our picnic of a baguette, crackers, meats, cheeses, spreads, etc. was perfect! Definitely recommend for those in the city! 

Anyway, while at happy hour, one of my friends suggested I check out Duolingo. It was an app created in Pittsburgh and it's free! I downloaded it last night and am already obsessed. It takes you through different levels of whatever language you choose. You go through tasks and tests and lessons to improve! 

I definitely recommend this to everyone. Since it's free, it really is a no brainer! It also shocked me when I took the test; I know a lot more than I thought I did, but still have so much to learn! Have you tried this app yet? If you are out of school, do you have other ways of continuing to practice a foreign language? I'd love to know... studying a foreign language is something I miss from school! Have a fabulous day! 


Portuguese Prepster said...

I'll be in Paris as one of the stops during our honeymoon. Portuguese helps me understand French fairly well, but I can't speak well at all. I've used this app before to brush up on Italian and will have to do so for French!

Gretchen | Gretchruns said...

I like DuoLingo and have used it every time that I'm going out of the country. It's nice to pick up at least a few easy phrases to seem polite..locals always appreciate that!

My Life as A Plate said...

I love Arsenal Cider, it is so tasty. Have you tried their cinnamon cider?? ( It literally tastes like fall in a glass) It is also a great hostess gift to bring friends.

Erin Fairchild said...

That app sounds great! Thanks for the recommendations!

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beneath the shell said...

I've been using Duolingo for a few years, and I love it. It's a fun way to keep in practice for whatever language. I love that the lessons are super short which makes it perfect for pulling out when I'm on the subway or waiting. I always use headphones though!

Rachel Thelen said...

I have taken over 5 years of German through out high school and college. I can still read and write fluently, but speaking is difficult. What a great recommendation to brush up on a language.


Kate said...

When I spent a month in China I really enjoyed using the MindSnacks to pick up new vocab - the app is very cute! I tried Rosetta Stone for German once but didn't love it. I think there are better apps and software out there now. Of course the best way is to practice in person!


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