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The popular online language learning program, Duolingo, recently released its iPhone app which mirrors the features and function of the web application. Duolingo is a completely free lesson and tutorial service in which you can learn a selected language at your own pace.

Duolingo reportedly has over 30,000 active users, whom the company says spends an average of 30 minutes a day on the site. Duolingo incorporates multimedia language exercises and quizzes, offering lessons in Spanish, German, English, French, and Portuguese (Italian will be added by the end of the year, the company says).

With its new mobile app, Duolingo puts language learning in the pockets of iPhone users. After you select a language, you can use your Facebook, Twitter, or regular email account to register for the service.

The free Duolingo app has no ads, subscription fees, or packages. App users start off working through a series of basic lessons, based on words for people and family members, food, animals, common phrases, and basic plurals. Each lesson consists of audio pronunciations, written translations, and quick quizzes that test for learning as you progress through workbook lessons at a time. Most quizzes are either multiple choice, sentence competitions, or type written responses.

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As you successfully complete each lesson, you are awarded points, and move toward more advanced parts of your selected language.  Eventually, as you work your way through lessons, you begin to make real-world translations, which benefits you and other people on the web.

Source: Mashable

  1. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    'After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. In this talk, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately -- all for free'


    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 21, 2012 at 4:25 am

      Thanks for this info, Hannes.

  2. BestGeeK
    November 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Where the hell in Android app?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 21, 2012 at 4:24 am

      You gotta ask the developers, BestGeek. :)

      • BestGeeK
        November 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

        No, it wasn't a request to you, but frustration that devs didn't released Android app at all. No offense!

        • Bakari Chavanu
          November 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

          Oh, no problem. I get that same feeling when I see Android apps that are not made for iPhone. Definitely understand.

  3. Saikat Basu
    November 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Using it to learn Spanish. it is pretty good, and the exercises literally force you to revisit your mistakes.

  4. DB
    November 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    awesome. I am going to try to learn spanish.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      DB, glad you find it useful.

  5. Félix S. De Jesús
    November 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I will Try it, instead of Rosetta Stone ;)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Yep, it probably is a lot more user friendly than Rosetta Stone.

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