I was perusing the wonderful world that is Reddit the other week and came upon a discussion about little-known websites that people loved. One of the top comments was a link to this language site, Duolingo, which is basically a free Rosetta Stone. Needless to say, I was instantly intrigued because I have wanted to teach myself French for a few years now, and I’m sure some of you are interested in learning another language as well!
There’s a video on the homepage of the website that will break everything down for you, but here is another video (a TED video!!) from one of the starters of the website, Luis von Ahn (a local CMU guy who is also one of the creators of reCAPTCHA – those weird looking words you have to type in to login on some websites. You know the ones…) The entire video is pretty cool and informative, but if you want to jump right into the Duolingo stuff, it begins around 13:00.
The video goes into detail about how and why he got started on the project and how that people like me learning a language on Duolingo actually helps to translate webpages into different languages. Anywhoozle, I signed up last night and began the French lessons!
I’m hoping that by putting this on the internet it will actually make me stick with this, and I hope some of you will want to try it out too. They have Spanish, German, and French on there now (and even English for Spanish-speakers!) so go ahead and get started!
p.s. Alexa, I just read that Portuguese will be on this site in September!