DUOLINGO

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4 cert, Duolingo An­droid, iOS

Ever fan­cied learn­ing a for­eign lan­guage? Duolingo can help. The app of­fers you the chance to learn Ital­ian, Ger­man, Por­tuguese, French or Span­ish in a fun way that en­cour­ages you to keep go­ing. It turns it into a chal­lenge of sorts: try to an­swer as many ques­tions as pos­si­ble cor­rectly. For each in­cor­rect an­swer you lose a life; lose all your lives and you have to go back to the les­son’s be­gin­ning. You can hear the pro­nun­ci­a­tions, see trans­la­tions and learn how to con­struct sen­tences with your new vo­cab­u­lary. The lessons cover ev­ery­thing from the ba­sic and use­ful (ques­tions, food) to ad­vanced ses­sions on pol­i­tics, busi­ness and even spir­i­tual mat­ters. You have to “pass” the ba­sics to progress, but if you feel you are more ad­vanced, you can skip some lessons through a short­cuts but­tons. Ev­ery­thing is pre­sented in an easy-on-the-eye vis­ual man­ner, and the mo­bile app links in with the full web­site. Last chance to learn some Por­tuguese be­fore the World Cup kicks off next month . . .

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