Robert wants to brush up on his Spanish
I’m retired and try to keep busy and my mind occupied, so I’m always looking for something to keep busy. My wife and I are planning a trip to Mexico this fall and I would like to learn a little Spanish. The last time I took a Spanish class was in high school and that was a LONG time ago. Do you know of any Web sites that offer free courses in Spanish? I want to thank you both for the great job you do of keeping us informed and trying to keep us safe. Robert G.
Hi Robert! Thank you! I had found a really great site to learn a new language (or to brush up on language skills in another language) and we were going to feature it as our site of the week — but we saw your question and decided we could answer your question and provide others with a really great site called “Duolingo”. At Duolingo you learn by playing games. There are written and spoken aspects — but don’t worry if you don’t have a microphone — you can easily take the courses they offer without on. But make sure your speakers work and your volume is up – so you will learn the correct pronunciation of each word.
I (TC) had several years of Spanish in high school and college, but like you, I was a very rusty. I started testing this site by signing up for a free account and trying it out. It was so addictive I don’t want to stop playing and learning. It’s a very unique and easy way to learn a language or become more fluent in a language you already know. EB wanted me to take English, but she’s mean and she was trying to rattle my chain. But I’m so calm and cool 🙂 she couldn’t get me riled.
Seriously, Duolingo is a great way to learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese, and they have more coming. It is set up as a series of little games and it’s a lot of fun. You can win lingots an trade them at the Lingot store for things like getting backs the hearts you lost because you missed question (you win hearts for getting several answers right in a row) and more.
It’s really fun…what a great way to learn another language. Even those who have no previous knowledge of a language can learn one. Those who are new to a language can start at the beginners level, those who have some knowledge of a language can take a proficiency test to see which level is the right level for them. Each level gets more sophisticated, so the learning is gradual – and lots of fun.
Above: TC correctly selects the manzana…ole’ 🙂
The courses are completely free, but you’ll need to sign up for a free account. All you need to do is sign up with an email address and choose a password – having an account lets you stop and start lessons any time and Duolingo will remember so you can start right where you left off.