Duolingo finally added a Korean course this fall and after two months of doing two lessons per day almost every day, I can say it’s one of the most effective and satisfying methods of learning the language I’ve tried so far.
As I briefly noted on my main blog, I’ve been enjoying it way more than the other two Duolingo courses I’ve got going on, which are French and Swedish. My hunch is that my Korean level hits that sweet spot between know and don’t know—such that the basics are not so foreign that it’s strenuous to complete the exercises (like my Swedish course experience), nor am I familiar enough with sentence structures and vocab that the exercises become a bit tedious (like my French course experience).
I’m not sure how it’s been over a month since I blogged here but this I do know: it seems rather counterproductive that my “first post back” is about…Swedish???
Alas, I’m slowly making my way through the WordPress reader and am SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. to learn (via Ruth @ Talk Foreign to Me) that Duolingo is offering a course on Swedish now (along with Danish, Turkish, Dutch, and Irish, apparently).
I know my goal, first and foremost, is to get real good at Korean and French, but ever since I met some really fun Swedish-born Chinese girls that one summer in Beijing…I’ve been mesmerized by the language…
I think it’ll be really exciting getting to know a language I speak no word of…and I think the casual, illustrative exercises on Duolingo will be perfect for that.