While fall numbers on many campuses may be down overall compared to recent years of record enrollment, one segment in particular is increasing: students from overseas. Luckily, there’s a new app to help manage the language barrier: Duolingo.
Duolingo is a free app to help facilitate studying a foreign language as it happens today: that is, on mobile devices in public places. Available on either Android or iOS-based phones, the app lets users translate texts and compete with friends as they learn and access content offline. The darling of both PC Magazine (where it was Editors’ Choice for Language Learning) and Apple, who named it the 2013 App of the Year, this accessible product appeals to those who are learning a new language or simply looking to brush up on their high school studies prior to taking a semester abroad.
With 20 million users and a recent round of funding to the same tune, Duolingo continues to grow in popularity. Who knows? Perhaps in a few more years, the idea of learning a new language quickly won’t seem so foreign after all.