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Duolingo --- Gamification Poured into Language Lessons
When I was learning English as a foreign language, I have experienced various methods of English training. One training system I thought was interesting and innovative is Duolingo.
Duolingo is a free-language learning and crowd sourced text translation platform. The service is designed so that, as users progress through the lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents. Specifically, Duolingo provides 2 model: education and business. For education model, it offers extensive written lessons and dictation, with speaking practice for more advanced users. It has a gamified skill tree that users can progress through and a vocabulary section where learned words can be practiced. For business model, it employs a crowd sourced business model, where members of the public are invited to translate content and vote on translations. The content comes from organizations that pay Duolingo to translate. But in this assignment, I will only focus on its education model since it provides some very innovative training methods.

Duolingo is available on the Web, iOS, Android and Window Phone platforms. For example, you can get start Duolingo Wen easily by entering this URL (http://www.duolingo.com/) in your browsers. Followed by the directions, you have to pick a language you want to study and set yourself a daily goal. Then you can begin the online lessons whenever you want. By learning lessons, users gain “experience points” and “skills”. The rule is simple: win one point for each correct answer, and lose one for each error, and validate the lesson when reach 10 points. (There will be different rules for different learning games).
There are substantial computer-based technologies used in this system. * Webgame: the lessons are designed like a game,…...

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