Lately, I have been watching a lot of interesting videos on TED. One of them, got me particularly interested, it was a video that started talking about Massive scale colaboration. Watching this video I discovered where the infamous and sometimes impossible to decipher Captchas come from the project Duolingo, and immediately joined their waiting list for German. On Saturday I received an email saying that I could start using Duolingo to learn German and off I went.
For the first time in my life, I see learning German as a fun activity, not as something dull that I have to do to be able to be functional in the language. It takes a great deal of mental energy for me to bring myself to study countless words and genders to be able to then use them in sentences randomly selected from mostly boring text books. It took too much effort to get to a point where I could actually talk and understand the most basic stuff.
This time, I joined a website where I can talk, translate basic sentences and then apply my knowledge to more complex ones, comparing it to other student’s translations, all online and receiving points (as if it were a game) for it. Pretty awesome idea and way of learning a language. I find myself learning by repetition (I do a lot of repetition to get the skill points and unlock coming levels) and not bored whatsoever, because it is fun! I recommend the website for anyone trying to learn a new language, or refresh a known one.