051: Can technology help you learn a language? (1/2)

<p> In this episode, myself and Luca Lampariello discuss the question: "Can technology help you learn a language?" This is a conversation in two parts. For the second half of the discussion, see episode 52.</p>
<h2>In this episode:</h2>
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<li>What Luca's friends told him about their technology habits</li>
<li>Can Duolingo and other language apps help?</li>
<li>Gamification can help get people started in language learning, but is this a good thing?</li>
<li>Can you focus on learning when technology is involved?</li>
<li>What was language learning like before the internet?</li>
<li>The difficulty of finding language resources before the internet came along</li>
</ul>
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<h2>Resources mentioned in todays episode:</h2>
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<li>Luca's blog: <a href="http://www.thepolyglotdream.com/" target="_blank">The Polyglot Dream</a></li>
<li>Luca's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/poliglotta80" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a></li>
<li>Free eBook: <a href="http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/signup/" target="_blank">10 Essential Tech Resources for Smart Language Learners</a></li>
</ul>
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