I’ve been wanting to learn Spanish for a long time. Latin and Ancient Greek were fun, but studying the classics has been one of the more impractical decisions I’ve made in my academic career. The number of Spanish-speaking students at my school has skyrocketed in recent years, so I’ve been feeling an even deeper sense of urgency to learn Español

I’ve begun chipping away at the basics, thanks to the free app DuoLingo. It quizzes you on a variety of skills, including sentence construction, spoken translation, and picture identification (beginner levels), written translation, and more. The best part: it’s fun.

The app offers lessons for French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English as well.