I can't believe this is free!
I'm having so much fun learning French! I already speak English and Spanish, and for the longest time I have considered taking up another language. I stumbled across Duolingo and just started playing. I'm addicted now, and I might use this as some incentive to plan some travel. I just want to thank the minds and effort behind this app. As people come up with suggestions for improvement, we can sometimes be very adamant and forget to be grateful for something we probably never even dreamed of before. So please know that you've created something wonderful. Keep growing it!
I was not planning to learn any languages at all when I saw a post about Duolingo. I went to have a look at it, picked French just to see what it is like... and here I am! Since then, I have finished Duolingo's French course, Busuu French course, met some French speakers, read some books... It's great! In January I returned to learn German =)
Same, love this site! Just started learnign Spanish, have been meaning to pick it up for years but I'ma bit lazy (more than a bit) but this site actually makes it fun which is just crazy haha I am living in China and learning spanish, my friends think I'm an idiot. I already have middle level Chinese so when duolingo adds Mandarin I will be doing that too.
btw, one of the business leaders of dulingo is also the inventor of the captcha - which just as brilliantly crowd-sources tasks; in this instance, the task of deciphering blurred words in scanned books, words that are not recognizable by automated OCR software. My guess is that a million words would be getting converted to text every week using this software. http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/17/study-learning-spanish-with-duolingo-can-be-more-effective-than-college-classes-or-rosetta-stone/
I've tried to learn a few different languages over the years but with little success. Duolingo makes learning a language fun. If I was just following a textbook I don't think I'd practice as often (if at all) but the games style of Duolingo makes me want to push myself to get to the next level. With a bit of luck I'll finish the Spanish course by the end of the year. Thanks Duolingo.
I think this site is great ! ! !
Found it by accident in an article on Business Insider, (link: http://www.businessinsider.com/language-learning-apps-2013-2 ). Started the next day (3 today) and am now on level 6 spanish, 3 german, and 2 french. I have been to France, Italy, Spain, and a few others. But I will finally have REAL proficiency after this (hopefully).
I want to conquers these 5 then Arabic, Mandarin, Russian and Japanese. Keep on team, keep on. :-)