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    Duolingo

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    • Initial Release: 31 Dec 1969
    • Vendor: Duolingo
    • Version: 5.1.3
    • Price: Free

    A 5 year old can sit on the couch with an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and, with Duolingo, learn Italian or German or English or one of several other languages. A lot. This is the future we've been waiting for. Duolingo is free. No ads, no in-app purchases, no subscriptions, nothing. Duolingo is gamified, however. You can compete with friends, you can even dual. It's a great way for anyone, young or old, to learn a new language. Or several.

    Simply launch Duolingo and choose the language you'd like to learn. If you want to, you can even learn multiple ones at the same time. Duolingo will then guide you through basic skills such as learning masculine and feminine forms, and how to use them in sentences. Since Duolingo takes more of a hands-on approach to learning a new language, a lot of the content is repetition and speaking in the language you're trying to learn. Using the built-in microphone, Duolingo will ask you to repeat sentences back in order to better learn pronunciation.

    As you increase your strength in a particular study section, you'll earn XP and Lingots, a form of in-game currency. However, you can't buy Lingots. You'll have to earn them by working your way through courses. Once you've got enough, you can cash your Lingots in for hearts to help you pass particularly difficult levels.

    For those that need a little motivation when it comes to learning another language, you can duel with your friends for the title of top linguist. Again, a completely free, and fun, feature of Duolingo.

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