This time it’s not a game but a website and app I am reviewing. Duolingo is a way to learn a new language. It’s an educational tool that uses many forms of gamification. Gamification is adding game elements to things that are not games. It can take many forms but it makes it more fun and it motivates you as well.
Duolingo is available in 21 languages and depending on the language you speak, you can learn up to 26 new languages. You can learn English from all 21 languages. They also have a project where the community makes new courses people can do. For example people who speak German and Spanish are making a course in German to learn Spanish.
The fact that it’s not only a website but also an app works very well since the best way to learn is to practice every day. They remind you every day to practice depending on what level of coaching you select. You can also earn experience points and level up. You can even earn some cool badges and make friends. You can also earn currency and unlock new stuff.
Duolingo is not just typing words, sometimes you will have to listen, select a word or even speak. This brings some variation and depth in the learning process. Together with the gamification elements Duolingo makes for a good way to learn a new language or brush up on others.
- Release date:
- November 30, 2011
How to play Duolingo
You play by doing small assignments. Every assignment is based around a subject like verbs or medical terms. You start of easy and it slowly builds up. After a few courses there is a test. If you pass the test you unlock a new wave of assignments. The test consists of 25 questions and you have 3 lives. So if you get 3 questions wrong you fail the test. You can also take a placement test so you don’t have to start at the beginning of the course. To keep up your skills you need to practice every so often or the assignments you completed will start to diminish. It looks like a lot of work but learning a new language for only 10 minutes a day seems like a good deal to me.
Due to Duolingo being a website, you should be able to use a screen reader to play. I’m not sure how to websites code is built so it might not be optimal but it should work.
Playing this game is absolutely possible for people with a hearing disability. There are some assignments where you need to listen and translate the answer but the good thing is, you can turn these off! You can also turn off the assignments where you need to speak.
You will have to be able to type and click. Doesn’t matter how you do it, with your eyes, feet or a single hand. You will be able to use Duolingo on the computer. The app might be diffrent depending on your phone. Using a touchscreen could increase accessibility.
It is a learning game so if you have problems with that it might be hard. The good thing is that you start of very easy and can repeat any assignment you want. Pick your own pace and try to practice every day and you should be able to progress in a course and maybe eventually even master a new language!
- low vision
- color blind
- one arm
- one key
- no voice