Duolingo was founded on the idea that learning should be fun. But even the most dedicated learner can eventually lose passion and stop. What can help people feel passionate about languages for longer, and keep them using the app?
That’s where Duolingo Wordplay comes in. Keeping with the app’s dedication to making learning enjoyable, this card game teaches what isn’t available anywhere else. This game is all about the joy of expression—teaching learners the slang, idioms and colloquialisms that make a language unique.
Designed to be played either solo or with multiple players, the idea is simple. The cards are double-sided. Playing green side up means you’ll be translating from the foreign language back to your own. Blue side up is vice-versa. The aim of the game is to collect as many cards as possible by successfully translating the phrase before the minute sand-timer runs out. Idiom cards come with a literal and figurative translation, so the player knows exactly what’s happening. Every phrase has a phonetic pronunciation guide (green side up), so players won’t get stuck.
Complete with an original cast of characters, Duolingo Wordplay encourages players to keep learning the standard language on the app while getting a dose of the real lingo. And for those who pay close attention, they’ll be able to spot all kinds of connections between the characters. Native language isn’t just for natives now.