I was extremely happy this week to find out that Duolingo released its Android App. I always liked using duolingo, but I found it hard to get into the habit of using it on my computer. What’s great about having an app is that I can use it during random bits of down-time I have, to get some practice in here and there.
I’m going to add Duolingo to the list of things I do when I have random bits of downtime. Since it’s an android app now I’ve put it on the homescreen of my phone so that I have a constant reminder that way, and it also has a reminder service built in to send a push notification every morning reminding me to do some exercises.
The downside of this is that Duolingo requires you to have your speakers on, which means I can’t use it while going to the bathroom…
I’d like to do at least 1 exercise a day as a bare minimum, and I think that’s pretty realistic. I’ve been doing that for the last two days in my down time, so hopefully I can continue in that fashion. I don’t think 1 exercise alone per day is enough, but I think that once I get into the flow of doing them I’ll naturally want to do more.
There are a few rewards for this. Obviously, I get practice using my language of interest (Spanish) and that’s a big one. There’s also a “leveling up” system in duolingo, and as an avid video gamer I’m a sucker for such systems. The third reward is a “streak” counter that tells you how many days you’ve been on a roll for. If you’re familiar with the idea of “don’t break the chain” you know how motivating this can be. Essentially, once that streak numbers gets higher, it becomes harder to stop because you don’t want to have to “reset” at 1 day.
Update 1: 6/5/2013
I’m on day 5 of my Duolingo streak and really enjoying it. I’m glad I’m trying to do this every day, it’s a very satisfying and quick way to do something productive and when done in the morning can be a good productive start to the day.