Duolingo icon (Photo by/Taylor McKenna)

Duolingo icon
(Photo by/Taylor McKenna)

By: Taylor McKenna

Duolingo is a language learning app where users can learn 20 different languages including Spanish, French Russian, Portuguese, and Turkish. A user chooses what language they speak and then the language they want to learn.

If users have any past experience with the language they are given a set of questions to set their level of ability. After this, users begin learning through categories such as Basics, Adjectives and Plurals.

The categories for learning French through Duolingo begin by learning Basics 1. While using this category, the app goes through simple words such as la fille (the girl), une pomme (an apple), and les hommes (the men).

After mastering the first basics, the app allows users to move on to either Basics 2 or Phrases, which once mastered allows the user to move on to either Food or Animals. They then begin practicing using adjectives (Adject. 1) and Plurals, which are the last two categories to pass before reaching the first checkpoint, which allows them to test out of the first few categories.

While many of the categories focus on learning new vocabulary, they also teach articles and verbs. If a user answers a question incorrectly, Duolingo tells the user what the correct answer is.

The app tests the user’s ability by asking them to translate, speak or match.

While learning the basics, users receive “lingots,” which serve as a way to “buy” new categories such as Idioms and Proverbs or Flirting.

Duolingo deserves five out of five stars for its increasing difficulty and persistence, which increases the chance a user will retain the language.