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.