Looking for Free Language Lessons Before Your Trip? Check Out This Website
We've all been there. You're headed to Italy in three months, and want to learn some basic words in Italian before you go. Or you're going to South America later in the year, and you haven't spoken Spanish since high school. You'd love to take a class or two, if only life at home would allow it. Programs like Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur exist, but they can be pricey, and you're not sure if you want to make the financial commitment or submit to their daily regiments.
Enter Duolingo, an online language learning program that lets you learn casually at your own pace. The best part - and certainly the most unique - is that it's absolutely free. Duolingo offers lessons in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Dutch, including speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice quizzes.
Once you sign in and create a profile, Duolingo starts you off with the basics, allowing you to test out of the lessons and move forward quickly if you already have a good base in the language. It keeps track of your progress, and you can pick up where you left off next time you log in. For a program that's free, it's pretty impressive. There's also a mobile app so you can learn on the go.
We found success in using it as a way to brush up before a trip, and because there's no cost, you've got nothing to lose. So give it a try and let us know what you think.