Learning a new language is never easy. But picking up the basics doesn’t have to be so hard, thanks to a smartphone app from Duolingo that lets you take basic lessons in Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. It lets you set your daily goals for study and quickly walks you through the basics.
Users can share progress with friends or even opt to test out of a level of practice if they feel that their linguistic skills are up to snuff. The more answers you get, the more points you can accrue to buy things in-game such as new outfits for your digital language coach. You won’t be writing novels in another language after you complete the program, but with help from Duolingo, you should be able to get by on your next trip.
Free, for Android and iOS devices.
— Hayley Tsukayama