Duolingo Now Has an English Course for Tagalog Speakers

Your favorite language-learning application hopes to reach more people.

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(SPOT.ph) Whether you just want to learn the basic greetings in Korean or hope to improve your Spanish, language-learning mobile app Duolingo gives you everything you need right at your fingertips. It features over 100 languages, including endangered ones like Navajo and Scottish Gaelic and even made-up ones like Klingon (from Star Trek) and High Valyrian (from Game of Thrones). Its interface also matches whatever your native language may be, which means to say that you can easily learn Japanese if you read, speak, and write in Chinese; or take up Spanish classes with the app's starting language set in French. This March, Duolingo also rolled out an English course specifically designed for Tagalog speakers.

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While the Philippines is recognized as one of the largest English-speaking nations in the world, there are still other areas in the country where people want to learn to speak, read, and speak in English. Duolingo picks up on this and encourages Tagalog speakers to access their course that specifically translates from Tagalog to English and vice-versa. Aside from drills on basic English phrases, other levels in Duolingo also lets you conquer a Tiktok challenge by singing the English version of popular Tagalog songs.

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Duolingo Marketing Director Haina Xiang in a virtual launch on March 15 explained that this is in line with the language-learning platform's history. Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn, who was born in Guatemala, realized that socio-economic status is often a hindrance to getting quality education. Realizing the importance of language, he created Duolingo, which is free and accessible to everyone in the world.

Duolingo is available for free on Google Play and App Store.

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