Chances are you know someone who can speak at least two languages. For some, it's a matter of where they or their family is from, while for others it was just something they wanted to do.
Regardless, the ability to speak multiple languages is a skill that can prove to be very helpful, especially if you like to travel. Unfortunately, the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to learn a new language.
Just because it is difficult does not mean it's impossible, though. You could spend money to go to a class or use an app that says it will teach you. Or, you could learn any number of different languages for free.
Pick a language, any language
With Duolingo, you can learn almost any language, from Spanish, French, German and Russian to Italian, Japanese, Greek and Hebrew. You can also learn Klingon as well as High Valyrian if you so choose.
Those last two are not languages that will help you much around the world but if Comicon is your thing, they could certainly come in handy.
Anyway, Duolingo helps you learn a language by making it all a game. You earn points for giving correct answers while racing against a clock. The goal is to continue to level up while consuming effective lessons that vary in time, based on your preference.
The lessons feature speaking, listening, translation and multiple choice challenges, with in-lesson grading and other tools to keep you motivated. It is available on a desktop or via iOS, Android or Windows Phone, meaning you can learn wherever you are.
Over 200 million people have taken advantage of the opportunity so far, with more than 7 billion language exercises being completed each month.