Charlotte Hyland

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Duolingo

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It has been a goal of mine to learn Spanish in the last couple of years. I have tried, become lazy, and failed. I aquired a copy of Rosetta Stone Spanish, and I didn’t even get through 3/4ths of the way through Level 1. I don’t think Rosetta Stone was for me.

Other ways of learning on the computer have worked for me, Code School for instance. I’ve taken 3 classes with Code School and completed them! I think I love Code School so much because of the UI, the challenges, and that you can share your accomplishments with your social networks. Rosetta Stone just doesn’t really have any of that. I also don’t like talking aloud to my computer, I wish there were a way to alter those challenges so I wouldn’t have to. Now you’re thinking, “well how else are you supposed to utilize most of your new Spanish skills without speaking?” To that I say, you’re right, I know I have to practice speaking, it’s just awkward.

Anyway, I’ve found a solution that may just get me to learn more Spanish someday. Duolingo is a mobile app that’s user intuitive and challenging! I love it. The shorter levels make you feel that you’re accomplishing a lot more quickly, and they also divide up the sections very specifically, something I only could see that Rosetta Stone was lacking as I began using Duolingo. There’s a section for plurals, possessives, food, it goes on and on. I can also do these challenges while on the go! If I’m waiting in line or waiting at a table for my food, I can learn Spanish in the process. Much easier to stop and go with the challenges than Rosetta Stone, it feels like. Duolingo is a great fit for me, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, someday, I will be somewhat decent in Spanish!

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