Like many people, I took foreign language classes in high school. And like many people, I have forgotten almost everything I learned. In my defense, it was almost 30 years ago since I had Spanish in middle school, but I’ve been wanting to “re-learn” and become more fluent in Spanish. Our kids have been going through the Rosetta Stone program, and it works great, but the version we have is expensive and can only be used on one computer. I discovered Duolingo last year, and it has become one of my favorite apps. Most people don’t have time for a course on a new language, but you can make time for this.
Duolingo is an amazing free app that you can use on your phone or iPad. You can also access it online. It works in a similar way to Rosetta Stone, but the lessons are broken down into shorter segments that you can do throughout the day. I’ve been going to Nicaragua and working with pastors there for several years, and I am trying to get more comfortable both speaking and hearing Spanish. This program is a great way to prepare for any mission trip. And the best part, it is completely free! Honestly, it makes learning a new language fun. I would encourage you to download it and check it out. Currently I am 26% fluent in Spanish according to the app. I’ve still got a long ways to go, but it’s getting easier to read and understand. Here’s a video that shows how it works.
I agree that it is an excellent app. I just returned from France and it helped me learn the basics before my visit. I’ve already started on the Spanish for my trip to Mexico next year. I wish I had found this a few months before my trip to France.