Have you used Duelingo? How did you learn a language?

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I've definitely downloaded it and forgotten about it, many times!When I have a trip coming up to a new place and I'm trying to pick up a language, I use the Duolingo flashcard app to make my own flashcards with conversational phrases. This isn't related to an app but one of my favorite ways to study a language is to learn all the lyrics (and what the words mean) to a song. Another way is to write myself a script in that language for how to introduce myself to new people and memorize that. When I was studying Japanese in college, I had a 35-40 minute script memorized by the end of my first semester as a requirement. Now I can still recite parts of that script and know what it means because it's stuck with me. :)