Review of Duolingo

by Mr. Bang

I have a program that teaches me languages called Duolingo on my mom’s computer.  I’m learning Portuguese, and I’m learning it because my aunt and her family mainly speak Portuguese.  About half of them are from Brazil – my aunt and her mom are from Brazil, my uncle and my cousin are not.

There are 29 real languages and 2 made-up languages – one of them is from Star Trek.  There’s Chinese, Arabic, Greek, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, Turkish, Dutch, French, and many others.

It teaches the language by pictures and words that you can click on, and sometimes sentences.  I am learning man, woman, “they are boys,” “they are girls,” “you are a boy,” “you are a girl,” and much, much more.  The Portuguese word for man is “homem” and boy is “menino.”

The lingots are Duolingo’s currency.  You can buy different things with them.  Note: they do not cost real money.  You earn lingots by having a ten day streak (1 lingot), learning a new skill (2 lingots), and leveling up (1 lingot).

The shields are earned when you do different achievements.  There’s a lingot shield you get by spending 20 lingots.  There’s a Sharpshooter that’s getting five lessons done without getting anything wrong.  It’s my favorite.  I have two stars in Sharpshooter so far.  It takes time to earn them.

I’m already learning the language, and it’s really, really easy.  I would give Duolingo googolplex stars out of ten.  It is amazing!  I think it would be good for all ages, except maybe a two year old.

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5 thoughts on “Review of Duolingo

    • I think it will. -MB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. I’m so glad you are working to learn Portuguese, especially since your little cousin is growing up learning both English and Portuguese. She will probably love it that you know some Portuguese, also. I remember how impressed her Brazilian grandmother was that you and your sister knew how to sing “Happy Birthday” in Portuguese for your aunt’s birthday.
    Knowing different languages is a good thing! As you have time, you might try adding an additional language. I do that just for fun. I work on Portuguese for our family, and I work on German and French just because I want to know a little of those languages, too. It’s fun!

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    • The reason I’m learning Portuguese is so that I can communicate with them. -MB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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