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Self-Development Through Entertainment: Play Your Way to Greatness



Who said gaming was a waste of time? Applying gameplay elements to self-development makes the hard stuff in life fun. Gamification can help you to become a better version of yourself and enjoy doing it. These apps and programs are the very best way to entertain yourself to greatness. 


Duolingo is a language learning platform that includes a mobile app and a website. It offers an astounding 94 language courses in 23 languages, including endangered languages like Navajo and Hawaiian. Completing lessons earns you experience, which determines your place in leaderboards, leagues, and allows you to unlock new content. At the moment, Duolingo has over 300 million registered users, so you won’t be the first one to benefit from its fun and addicting format. Work on your language goals today, the easy way, with Duolingo. 


Memrise is a multi-award winning language learning platform that is similar to Duolingo. You complete quizzes, gain experience by giving correct answers and level up over time. It uses the spaced repetition of flashcards to increase the rate of learning. Memrise has courses in over 20 languages and has over 10 million downloads. One of the most exciting things about Memrise is that it includes short clips of native speakers. These clips are great for helping you get familiar with how a language sounds. If you want to improve your vocabulary and listening skills in another language, then Memrise is for you.

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A multi-award-winning game app that helps you develop skills crucial to everyday life. Elevate includes vocabulary and diction games which make it stand out from the crowd. Expanding your vocabulary and diction is genuinely useful for making a great impression no matter what you do. Elevate is also designed to improve your self-confidence. It could well be the most helpful brain game in existence.

Forest: Stay Focused

Forest: Stay Focused is an app designed to help you increase your concentration. It is an intriguing take on the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a method to increase your productivity by breaking your work into 25-minute chunks divided by 5-minute breaks. Forest: Stay Focused takes this concept and turns it into a game. If you successfully leave the app going on your mobile without using unproductive apps, then a tree will grow in your digital garden. Every time you manage to concentrate for 25 minutes, another tree will grow until you have your very own digital forest. Forest: Stay Focused is beautiful, customizable and great for increasing your concentration.

Speed Reading

This app uses simulators to help you memorize numbers and words, expand your field of view and significantly increase your reading speed. Speed Reading includes a range of scored and tracked exercises. The tracking system will help you stay motivated so that you can become a pro in no time.

SoloLearn: Learn To Code For Free

Sololearn is an app that uses gameplay elements to help you learn how to code. It has a range of code languages including HTML, SQL, C++ and Javascript. You can gain experience and badges as you complete coding courses. The app also has a social and competitive element in that you can compete against other users to complete challenges. Sololearn is a popular app with over 5 million users and a flourishing community of coders. The app has featured in TechCrunch, Forbes and Lifehacker. Join Sololearn today, and achieve your career goals.


An award-winning music education app. Yousician is a great learning tool which includes thousands of guitar, ukulele, bass and singing lessons. The app offers interactive lessons in music theory, ear training, melodies, and rhythm. One of the great things about Yousician is that it provides you with real-time feedback on your timing and pitch. Yousician is a must for aspiring musicians.

Play Your Way To Greatness

Don’t wait, all of the apps, websites and platforms in this article are free to use. Find what works for you and start playing your way to greatness today. 

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