Learn new languages

Children can learn up to seven languages but as adults, some of us lose our ear for new languages, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn them.

By Author   |   Published: 14th Jan 2017   2:01 pm Updated: 8th Feb 2017   7:37 pm
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Science tells us that a child can learn up to seven languages in their early years. As adults, some of us lose our ear for new languages, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn them. Duolingo helps you do just that; learn new languages, at your fingertip, on the go.

This free service allows you to choose one of the very many language’s they have, to learn. Once you Id the language, you can set your pace: from spending 5 minutes to 20 minutes a day on the language. Neat, right? I usually opt for the basic five minute pace because it’s quick and effective. The platform is unlike many online learning tools in that they gamify the whole learning experience and do it really well. Duolingo also runs a system called ‘incubator’ that lets you contribute and create learning modules for languages they do not have on offer. The incubation time can be reasonably long, because they make sure that when the course is live, it is top notch.

While Duolingo essentially offers you the platform to learn any (almost) language you want, it lacked the classroom quality and made it for a lonely learning at times. Having realised as much, in the last week of December 2016, Duolingo launched a social angle called ‘Duolingo Language Clubs.’ These clubs help mimic the classroom experience and make the learning process engaging. Duolingo lets your create clubs with up to 15 members while competing and tracking progress.

Last year was also when Duolingo introduced an option that let you learn English from Hindi, the platform saw a significant increase in its active user base from India. Based on this, Duolingo plans to expand this to include other native Indian languages. Did your weekend just get made?

Fun Fact: Ashton Kutcher is one of the investors in Duolingo!