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Fun and easy English learning with Duolingo
Park Yoon-Seh  |  angelmba@naver.com
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Updated : 2016.01.11  19:34:03
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  English is an essential language in these global times. Are you studying it well, or do you feel you need to study more but don't have time to do it, or you don't know how to study it? Are you bored with learning English and feel that it's too hard to learn English? I am going to introduce you to an English learning website called Duolingo. I especially want to introduce it to those students who have such problems. 
  Duolingo was founded in 2012 by Carnegie Mellon professor, Luis von Ahn and his graduate student Severin Hacker. It uses crowdsourcing - a way to use information gathered from a crowd, usually from the Internet – to offer free foreign language learning. Luis von Ahn was interested in how to employ the millions of people around the world who could translate different languages and found that the solution was in language education. He found that he could leverage the many people who want to learn foreign languages by using the few people could speak two languages.
  The website Duolingo pages include Home, Discussion, and Immersion tabs. At the Home tab you can learn English by matching the curriculum that fits to your progress with the image and heading on the next chapter or reviewing the previous chapter. On the Activity tab, you can see your friends' present progress conditions. On the Discussion tab, you can chat and discuss with many people about English studies.
  The Home tab doesn't just blindly provide lectures and content, rather it is a forum for asking questions, and if you solve a significant number of questions, the chapter is completed. As you answer more questions, the more experience bar at the top of the page is filled. When the bar is filled 100%, one part is done and you can move on to the next step. At first, it provides problems by showing your native language word and asking you to choose similar words that match with photos. It isn’t too hard to solve them. There are problems such as translating English words into your native language, translating your native language word into English words, choosing the right photo that matches with a word, writing down sentences by listening to a voice and using words grammatically. In this way, one of Duolingo's most impressive features is its use of gamification (game play techniques).
  Since Duolingo is a study method that has a game factor, so it is a lot more fun and less boring than learning English by taking lectures or studying with books. Moreover, you can also study using the mobile application, so you can study whenever and wherever you want. I highly recommend Duolingo as an easy and fun learning website, especially to those who are busy with other studies.

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