I am the first to admit that I am horrible at languages. I took Spanish in high school and German in my undergrad, and neither one stuck. I realized the importance of learning a second language (especially with the changing demographics in our country), but the format we were taught with just had no effect on me.
Fast forward to present day. I still would like to know a second language, so I did an internet search the best FREE language learning apps and software.
A lot has changed since I was in school.
I found Duolingo with several positive reviews – and decided to try it for myself. It was fun, interactive, and available on my smart devices as well as the web. Photos and translations accompanied the training, and the program also makes you use your microphone to read back phrases. I’m not far along, but I apparently remember more Spanish than I thought I did.
And recently, Duolingo announced that they have launched a platform for schools to use for free. I encourage all my teacher friends (and parent and student friends) to check it out: