Recently, I have turned to the app DuoLingo for some help in learning Spanish. Taking on this challenge has proven to be harder than I expected- languages are difficult, alright, especially when they intervene with your knowledge of a similar language like French. Wish me luck with this endeavor and in the mean time here is what I’m loving about the app.
Learning languages does not only make you more aware and in general, a more sensible individual, but the ease of going on your next adventure in a foreign country is a definite plus. Language is a major component of culture and often times frames the way people think; therefore, generally speaking, being able to converse in a foreign language gives you an edge and an insider perspective.
DuoLingo is my go to for learning some language basics. You can choose to dedicate anywhere between 5-20 minutes each day in order to solidify some basic skills. I decided to be adventurous and have selected the 15 minute goal. Each exercise introduces you to new vocabulary through a series of matching, translating, and speaking exercises. All the exercises reinforce your understanding and provide a rewards system as a way to track your progress.
After just two weeks, I can say very simple phrases that describe what I’m doing/eating etc. and basically survive if I was ever dropped off in Spain.
What languages do you speak?
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