If you want to learn a new language, you have to exercise every day. Duolingo is the best tool for that. Duolingo allows you to better keep track of your progress. It compels you, not motivate, to practice every single day.
That being said, let me present you how this green owl do this:
Duolingo presents you multiple units, either vocabulary or grammar:
In each unit, there is a number of lessons: for exemple in Basics 1 there are three lessons and I have done one here.
What is really interesting in Duolingo is that it uses Spaced Repetition to make you remember words. Basically Spaced Repetition is a technique that uses increasing intervals of time each time you remember a word correctly. It gives you a word to remember just before you forget it. This is one of the best techniques to memorize words because it hacks the way your brain works.
Duolingo also uses pictures to make it easier to remember words and take advantage of our visual memory.
But the best feature is the ability to set goals you want. You can choose between 1 and 50 experience (xp) per day depending on how much time you want to do it every day. I wouldn’t advise you to go Insane instantly because what is truly important is regularity. What I would recommend is beginning with Regular or Serious. Then after a few weeks, you can move on to Insane which will take you at least 20 minutes of your time each day from my experience. BUT IT’S WORTH IT.
Here is what compels you to complete your own goal each day: YOUR STREAK.
At the beginning it is hard to establish a streak because you don’t have a big one yet that you can break.
But on the image above on the right you can see my streak which is 119 days.
Now, I wouldn’t say that it is impossible for me to break this streak. But I really feel like it’s impossible. That’s the power of Duolingo: Telling you how much you’ve endured already and how much time you’ve already spend learning. There’s this quote from Eric Thomas : «Don’t cry to quit! You already in pain, you already hurt! Get a reward from it!». That’s sums up how I feel when I see my streak.
Duolingo also has a currency that makes the journey more fun: the lingots. You earn lingots when you finish a unit and at each 10-days streak. And you have a virtual store to spend all of them:
You can also buy new outfits for your owl (on the app Duolingo only).
The last thing about Duolingo that is very cool and very empowering is the leaderboard which allows you to see which score your friends are doing this week, this month and their all-time score. →
So, if you made it this far you can sign up and add me as a friend on Duolingo.
Here’s my Name to add: nicolasbilic
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