Just in time for summer travel, EDge21's Catch of the Day will this week feature a number of online resources to support foreign language learning.
Duolingo, currently in private beta, allows you learn a language for free while simultaneously helping to translate the web.
The Activity Stream is designed to enhance the Duolingo experience. The Activity Stream has its own tab on the home page and you can write posts on it. Because Duolingo believes everything should be about learning, you can only write posts on your stream in the language you’re learning. Everybody who follows you will be able to see your posts. The goals of the stream are to encourage interaction with other users and to provide motivation to write in the language you’re learning.
Duolingo believes that fundamental to achieving their learning goals is that students must be able to read and write complete sentences and be given immediate, detailed feedback about their answers. Duolingo’sFeedback System tries to tell you exactly what you did wrong. For example, if you enter “Das Mädchen isst ein Apfel” as a German translation for “The girl eats an apple,” Duolingo tells you, like a human teacher would, that you should have used “einen” because Apfel is a masculine noun. Duolingo doesn’t penalize you for small typos such as when you enter “epro” instead of “pero”
Watch a video introduction to Duolingo
The goal of Duolingo is to provide the best language learning service out there, and offer it 100% free.
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