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Duolingo

Click the image to access the free language app, Duolingo
Click the image to access the free language app, Duolingo

Duolingo is a superb, free language app for iOS and Android.  You can learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, and Swedish.

It only takes 5 mins a day to get the basics of a foreign language.  Mastering one helps allow you to rapidly adjust to others … for example for a deployment or operation.  What better use of a few minutes of each day!

2 thoughts on “Duolingo

  1. Great for learning vocabulary, I don’t find it so useful for the development of longer sentences and expressions. Should be used as part of a wider tool kit.

  2. I agree with the original endorsement of Duolingo. I’ve been using it daily for a few months and as the intro indicates, 5 minutes a day makes a difference. It focuses on the romantic languages and is weaker when it comes to SE Asian languages (with the exception of Vietnamese), so it perhaps less useful than it could be for the Australian defence professional. But if you’re bored reading the headlines over your Cornflakes, give it a go…

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