It has been said that knowing a second language can create better job prospects by giving you a competitive edge over other candidates. When looking for jobs, another benefit of learning a new language is so that when you travel abroad you do not need a guide or local to translate or show you around.
At Meredith College, we have a variety of foreign language classes to choose from with professors who will go out of their way to help you understand the language and culture. Fortunately we have many online resources to make your foreign language journey easier – one of the best available being Duolingo.
Duolingo is a free language learning tool that is accessible through their website or an app available for both Android and iPhone. Lessons are avaible in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and many other languages – a total of 54 language courses!
Duolingo is very easy to use, which is one of its advantages. First you create a profile, choose the language you want to learn, and then set your daily targets for what you would like to learn that day. There are quizzes for each of the modules and once you pass the next module is unlocked. When you finish a module, Duolingo shows a report card of what you did well and what needs more work. Another great feature of Duolingo is you practice listening and speaking the language, giving you confidence.
However, if you need to polish up on any language, you can take an entry placement test to skip through the quizzes and modules you are already skilled in and places you in the appropriate module.
Duolingo helps motivate you by giving encouraging messages from the Duolingo Owl. You apply what you learn, making the process very understandable. This format makes you want to continue learning until you master the language.
Duolingo is an enjoyable way to learn to new language; however, it is best used as an additional practice. You’ll still need to go to class (if you are taking one), do your homework and practice on your own. Remember the best way to grasp a foreign language is to practice writing, speak with native speakers, listen to music and watch movies in that language – because practice makes perfect!