Duolingo is a cool website and app for learning several common foreign languages. Henri and I use it for French, but perhaps German, Italian and Portuguese are in our future!
Each lesson covers a few words. You translate from English to French, then French to English. You choose photos that correspond to words. You even get to speak into the microphone and have your pronunciation
This is a great French app to start out with: easy to navigate, fun, and it gets you reading, writing, listening and speaking in equal measure.
It’s like playing a game. A little green owl coaches you. He sends emails or push notifications to remind you to stay on track. You collect gems called lingots as you progress through the lessons, which you can use to buy fun things. Formal attire for Coach? Mais oui. You can challenge friends to learn along with you and “compete” with each other. And there’s cool trumpet music to celebrate each time you complete a section.
My kids (ages 4 to 12) love it.
My favorite sentence so far is:
Je suis une femme, et tu est un garçon.
I am a woman, and you are a boy.
Note: There have been a couple of instances where the definitions given for a word are incorrect. La soupe in French is “the soup.” (Surprise!)