Learning a new language is hard. We'd all be speaking 19 different languages if it wasn't. But taking classes doesn't make it any easier. There are tons of people who sat through four years of Spanish back in college, but can barely say "Hola."
But the good news is that you don't have to pay for a pricey college class to learn a new language anymore. In fact, you don't even have to pay for that expensive software, Rosetta Stone. All you need is the app Duolingo, and you can take lessons on your computer, tablet, or cellphone.
Just like Rosetta Stone, Duolingo uses different exercises to teach you language concepts. Some of these exercises include pairing words with images. Other exercises are fill-in-the-blank, and others ask you to speak into the microphone to practice saying the word. It's also set up in a way that is engaging for both adults and children.
If you've put off learning a new language because you thought it would be boring, you should definitely give Duolingo a try. The app includes a points system, and you earn points for getting correct answers and completing various activities. You can even challenge yourself with timed quizzes.
Duolingo organizes each lesson into bite-sized sections, so it's easy to absorb what you've learned. In addition, the language is taught using a combination of reading, listening and speaking, to mimic how we all learn language when we're children.