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Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

Duolingo

Learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, English and more languages for free.

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    I did spanish for 3 years on the app and it helped a lot
    img by Ari
    2 years ago
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    Duolingo is an app that helped me a lot when I first started taking Spanish in school. Duolingo helped me keep up with a very fast-paced language course and helped me practice for tests and exams in a simple way.
    img by Ari
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Spending 8 to 10 hours at work is sure to put everything else on hold. You will only be left with small pockets of 10 to 15 minutes scattered around the day. That's enough to pick up a new language. You can split your lessons into tiny morsels and still learn a lot.
    img by Chirag
    2 years ago
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    This app really helps you learn the basics of a language you are starting to speak. It has a variety of languages, so you can probably find your language too. Highly recommend!
    img by Angel
    2 years ago
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    Not having the $100 to pay a language course per hour for Spanish or French can easily bum you out. But to properly learn a language, you still need professional guidance. Instead of paying big bucks, you can simply check courses and start learning straight away.
    img by Angel
    2 years ago
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    Yabancı Dil öğrenmek isteyenler için mükemmel bir uygulama
    img by Dra Cula
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    Teaches you nice and slow from beginners level and easy to understand.
    img by Dra Cula
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you're traveling to Israel or wanting to learn Hebrew to impress an elderly family member, here you're tested on 4 subjects and multiple levels of learning a new language, including a subject that simulates a conversation so you can try your skills there too.
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you travel to Cancun, even for just 4 days, you'll want to understand some Spanish phrases to enhance your experience and not look like an ignorant tourist. Learn Spanish phrases quickly and easily even just a week before your trip!
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
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    If you want to learn Japanese, you have to learn their characters and kanji is one aspect that's so hard to master. There are more than 2000 characters to memorize and Duolingo makes the learning process easy by giving pictures that you can associate with a character.
    img by David
    1 year ago
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Hydros Phagus
    It's ok, I guess. There's a lot of languages to choose from, and while most of the stuffs are basic (as in, relative lack of idioms and slangs etc), it's still good for learning some grammar and plenty of vocabulary. The app is absolutely BRUTAL in punishing mistakes though, especially in higher-level lessons where you have to type the answer; one mistyped letter and you have to retype EVERYTHING from scratch, which will very likely cause you to mistype again.
  • Better than I thought Jul 18, 2019

    By TheSenseiTao
    After having used Babel, Busuu, and Rosetta Stone I’m surprised to say that Duolingo is absurdly better made than I used to think. I’ve been using Duolingo on and off for years (half-heartily for awhile and only seriously in the recent past) and I’ve found that the flaws which once seemed glaring are actually not as bad as some other language learning apps. The voice work is an order of magnitude better than Busuu and the lesson structure ,despite seeming somewhat obtuse, is actually incredibly helpful. The pseudo game structure of lessons also helps to keep practice from becoming too much of a chore. I’m probably not saying anything new here but I feel like the only thing that keeps Duolingo from being vastly superior to other language apps is the lack of grammatical instruction in some of the languages. Languages like French have more recently had grammar lessons added even from the start of the course, but Korean has none. From my use of other apps that do a better job explaining grammar I’ve found that Duolingo works really well as a companion app to build vocabulary and just practice hearing/using the language, and is possibly more useful once you have the basics of a language down. The only other language app I’ve used that comes close to rivaling the versatility of Duolingo that I’ve used thus far is Lingodeer which is much better for learning Korean than any other app I’ve encountered.
  • Jun 24, 2021

    By Lily Dacey
    Please take away the animations. They are terribly distracting. They used to appear in only a limited number of exercises, but today when I open the app I find them attatched to every sentence. Ruins concentration as now I have to divide my attention between what I'm learning and a completely unrelated animation. I'd love to see this reversed and also see a retraction of the heart system. They mess with the quality of an otherwise great app that I'd even recently have rated five stars.
  • Great But Here Are A Few Tips Jan 1, 2021

    By #YAPEOPLE
    So this is great! I started learning Spanish a few weeks ago and I have learned a lot from this app. I thought I wasn’t going to stick with it, but I ended up doing it. It’s a really great app if you want to learn any language! Just a few tips though. A couple times, I’ve had a thing pop up when I’m trying to do my lesson. It says that something went wrong. I came back a while later and the same thing was happening. I’ve been working hard on my streak, and I really don’t want to lose it. I wonder if it is possible to not break my streak because of an error in the app. It’s only happened a couple times, so its fine. Another thing: I feel like we shouldn’t be given the stories until we got all of our first lessons done. I tried to do it when I only had 10 crowns, and I didn’t understand everything. I had to use the hints, and then I felt like I wasted a story. I would recommend not Doug the stories until you are done with the first lesson. The cafe one I would wait until you have the restaurant lesson done with all five crowns. The last thing is just being able to have more than 5 hearts if we do the practice. (Or at least up to 6). I feel like then, you would practice more to get hearts (even if it’s only one more than when your hearts are refilled). Well, this app is amazing even if you don’t fix those tiny things. I would definitely recommend.
  • Jun 22, 2021

    By Ronja Nataya
    I had to take one more star away. Before there were adverts but it felt ok. Now, with the whole heart system the payment pressure is getting real. If you want to get rid of free users just make it a paid app, no need to implement whole points system for it. Before you were paying, or watching adds to get some extras. And you did it cause your wanted stuff and it was your choice, it was positive encouragement. Now it feels like you're forced to do it so it's a negative experience.
  • Love it, but some features need to be added Dec 30, 2018

    By minhmornings
    I have to say that Duolingo has taken me to a new world of languages. I can spend my whole days practicing with Duo and increase my ability of using languages. However, there're still things that I'm not satisfied with this version for IOS: - the discussions after answers: I've wait for them since a long long time ago. I believe that Duolingo is not only a software for learning languages, but also a special environment for everyone to enhance their skills together. Using Duo on IOS is quite convenient, but if I want to check my answer with the other's, I have to login my account again on the version for web browser, go to that skill, do it and seek for the question. That's not good at all! - The report: Nothing happens when I press the button to report the errors (most of them are translation errors). My and other's reports are the very efficient tools to help Duo better, and we want to see that in the near future. - The club should be added to web version and the currency systems - gems - needs need to be synced. Anyway, the life point is awesome, but we want more games, or tournaments, or challenges, or... something like that, just to increase the competitiveness between leaners. I know that to solve with the problems I've listed above will take a lot of time and money and labor power, but we can believe with our effort and strength, the future of Duolingo is brighter than ever! Duolingo is the sweet home for everyone!
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Teresa Johnson
    Been using Duo for years now and love the new features, tips and games to keep you coming back. I thought I was almost done with the Spanish lessons and now there are 2x as many new levels for me to go through! Very few glitches over multiple years and they get fixed quickly. Looking forward to see what comes next!
  • New smaller word boxes TOO SMALL Apr 29, 2018

    By OnthBeach54
    Since the recent update (late April 2018), on my iPad Pro DuoLingo app, the word boxes and the type within them, which one taps to put together a translated sentence, are frequently appearing much smaller than the helpful size they consistently were before. Sometimes they appear in the original size, but more often now, even with a short sentence where there is no problem fitting them on the page, they are very small. Harder to read, and harder to accurately select. And I have small hands/fingers. I lost several “health” bars and had to stop my lesson sooner than in the past, because I was selecting at the speed I always have, and realized I could not have the confidence I had grown accustomed to, that when I think I have touched a word box, it is selected. So my learning process is slowed not because I am selecting the incorrect word and losing health, but that I have to stop and check more diligently to make sure the box I tapped (or tried to, but apparently did not hit the now very small “sweet spot” on it which selects it), actually shows up in the answer box. This was NEVER an issue before the change in word-box size. Please make them, if not as large as they have been previously, larger than they are after this recent “upgrade”. Very annoying in an otherwise wonderful app...you folks say you want to make learning easy, and my feedback is that this tiny type in close-together boxes, is an impediment to learning. Thank you.
  • I love the setup and purpose of why this app exists, some tweaks and I think it could be amazing Jan 17, 2021

    By Brandon boiiiii24
    I just started to use this app again even though I’ve had an account since 2016. I’ve taken some courses in high school and college for Spanish which helps in the language learning process; most is just refreshing with the language of Spanish. I can’t provide to much input as to whether it will help you become fluent or not because I’m still on the beginning stages of the lessons. However I am enjoying my time with it and hopefully it does help me get to where I would like to be which is a fluent Spanish speaker. I rated four stars because going through the activities I’ve noticed that when it tells you to repeat the sentence the audio seems to lag on the last word and take a little while to register that you got it correct. Everything else is great, I like that if you get something wrong you can go to the discussion section where other users have had the same issues as yourself which has helped me understand errors so I don’t make the same mistake next time. Even after viewing the comment sections duolingo itself gives its own tip by using an example to help you remember and avoid the mistake you made for the future. I would highly recommend the app for learning a language but like I said previously I’m not sure if it will help you become fluent or not. Fix the audio issues of it lagging for a few seconds and I’d gladly rate five stars!!!
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Clare Smith
    I liked this app enough to give it 5 stars until they introduced new voices. They are weird and it's really hard to understand them when you are supposed to be translating from French to English. I have dropped a star for that reason. Bring back the normal voices and you'll get top marks Duolingo!
  • Jun 22, 2021

    By Azure Art
    They've added cartoon characters that are borderline stereotypically offensive. There is no reasonable option to turn them off without a 3rd person app. As someone that is not 13 years old or below, these characters are incredibly patronising as well as embarrassing to have pop up on your phone while out in public. There was absolutely nothing wrong with duolingo and did not need this feature wasting the users time.
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Ameen Walker
    Not great for beginners because of the terrible heart system which doesn't allow mistakes and only implementation is to make money vs providing a sense of challenge. The ads are very frequent as well. The material isn't 95% correct, but it is helpful. Just a shame it's a hassle to learn it
  • Penalized for making learning mistakes Oct 23, 2018

    By grro3753
    I used to use the Duolingo app as an excellent resource for learning new languages. I speak three languages and have always found the app to really reinforce any new language I was trying to pick up - that is, until the new update. The update has turned Duolingo into much more of a game where you are penalized for making any sort of mistakes (a vital part of the learning process) by losing health. Once your health is gone, you can’t continue on any further lessons unless you spend 20 extra minutes recovering or paying for it. This is obviously a way to up the profitability of the app, but takes away the ability to make ANY mistakes while learning a new language. Furthermore, only on the desktop version are explanations available for ANYTHING. As adults (I’m assuming the majority of people using this app are older than 16) we are unable to pick up languages the same way children are able to, i.e. listen and repeat words and phrases and absorb the language structure along the way. Any person with a little bit of knowledge on language acquisition or pedagogy knows this. After puberty you simply cannot pickup a language this way with absolutely no explanation. Go check out other (free) apps that offer very similar content but better quality. I’m hoping there will be enough of a revolt that Duolingo will revert back, as it really was a good app. Honestly just burn it down and start over again. Down with the system!!
  • GLITCHY Mar 8, 2021

    By katyqt
    I used to love this app so much that I bought a subscription which I have had for several months now. Too often when I participate in the challenge, I get the “something went wrong” message and cannot get access to it for several hours. Additionally, is the aggravating glitch of tapping on French words to form sentences and instead of the correct word, a string of French I do not understand is substituted! This has been occurring for several weeks. I have written to Duolingo’s support team but have not heard back yet. I have cancelled my subscription until these problems are rectified. I will update my review then. As an update: I have had this app for about a year. It has been very useful in learning the basic French I want to surprise my goddaughters’ family with when I visit them in France. I had Duolingo Plus for a few months, but discontinued when problems were never addressed such as the wrong translations for basic French words and phrases, ZERO feedback from customer service and the ever constant “something went wrong” message which disallows playing in the experience challenge. To this day, NONE of these problems have been resolved. An additional annoyance is the app has for two consecutive weeks not awarded the 1500 gems for earning first place in league play. There has been no response from Duolingo as to why. Seemingly no attention to these continuing issues is the reason I will tolerate the 5 heart system and advertisements, as annoying as they are.
  • (Used to be a) Great learning tool Apr 14, 2018

    By Flutist/teacher
    Every time we travel I try to review my language skills so I can at least be somewhat conversant with people. Duolingo is by far the most fun, easy to use program I have tried. The excercises move quickly and build in a logical manner. There isn't much explanation, but figuring things out for myself helps me to remember better. I had very low expectations from a free app, but duolingo is actually a great tool for learning and reviewing. UPDATE: I have loved Duolingo and have been very diligent about my daily French lessons. After about a year of practice I am reading simple books and able to understand a surprising amount of dialogue in French movies. Unfortunately they have now introduced Crown Levels. The app has gone from fun and engaging to tedious and frustrating. The amount of repetition required to advance a crown level is ridiculous. And the required answers have become too rigid. For instance “pain” can no longer be answered “bread”. The correct answer is now “a loaf of bread”. Today I lost a health point for saying that “chat” is “cat” and not “male cat”. Adding to the frustration is the new policy of deducting a health point for every wrong answer. Changing the accepted answer without notice used to be annoying. Now it can cause me to “foul out” and have to stop lessons for the day before reaching my goal. If I wanted endless repetition and pedantic teaching I would go take a class.
  • The new update is trash Aug 2, 2018

    By xXxReviewManxXx
    So I saw my brother using doulingo on his phone and I had only used it a little bit on my computer so I though I would get it on my phone. I was really excited because I wanted to learn some Portuguese, but what I found was really disappointing. They had updated it so now doulingo is a piece of trash app. I like everything on the update except for the five health bars that you have. It makes it so that if you make a mistake it takes down one of your health bars and if you run out, you have to pay gems for more or practice a ton of crap they call your weak skills when half of the stuff on there I haven’t even learned. And that takes a freaking while and I’m not even learning anything new. So once you practice like 3 or 4 times you go back to the lesson and you don’t want to make a mistake at all because you life will go down and you have to go back and practice. This update has really ruined the app for me, it puts pressure on learning. A pressure that should be there, when learning a language you want to be able to make mistakes all along the way. Not timidly learning trying not to make a single mistake. I’ve had to quit lessons halfway through because I made one or two mistakes while doing them and didn’t want to pay the money for the gems. Now doulingo is just gotten greedy wanting money for gems or watching videos to get more health. Plz plz plzzz take away the five heart feature. It would make doulingo such a better app.
  • The Worst App I Have Ever Downloaded Jan 29, 2021

    By NotTakenLessThan30
    If you love glitches, technical errors, and your battery wearing down as rapidly as possible, this is the app for you! If you like learning a language on an app that is full of inconsistencies in its expectations and enforcement of rules for grammar and syntax, then you will love this app. If you like having to consistently provide feedback about technical issues without any of them ever being addressed while also regularly enjoying useless updates in low quality animations in an app that’s supposed to be about languages, that seems more interested in promoting the fictitious characters and storylines it’s developed for itself, then you will be obsessed with this app. The good news is: every two or three days there will be completely new systems on how to earn credits and rank within this app. But they will never be explained and they will never actually do anything to benefit your learning. If you want to learn a language, go anywhere else. Literally, buy a dual-language dictionary and read it cover to cover. It would be a more fruitful and less infuriating experience than using this app. After months of using this app I can think of no use or applications for any of the vocabulary or phrases that I have supposedly learned. I have wasted so much time here. And the best I can do is recommend to others that they find a different way to learn a language so that they do not waste their time the way I have wasted mine.
  • App needs work Sep 20, 2019

    By Byeby6
    I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I have found several issues that even Spanish speaking people have found confusing. This app continues to give you lessons that are relevant to your learning, but irrelevant to your progress. They pick when they want you to use the “tú” forms of words as opposed to the “ustedes” form and even when it’s right it marks you wrong. I have learned words or phrases that they use once during lesson one, then decide to bring them back up at level four when you have forgotten them and can’t remember where they came from. This makes the process of learning a language very hard for those who work jobs and have various other things going on. I have also experienced them giving me phrases in a way never used before and expect me to be successful at getting the right answer. Repetition is the mother/father of learning and this app provides you that on a basic level. When you get to level four it becomes new things you’ve never seen or phrases you’ve only seen once. No matter though. I am a Marketer and I see stuff like this all the time. Thanks for pushing me towards your competition. One person can speak to 10-15 people about a bad experience they have had and will do the same with this app. Any time I can push the competition forward I will because of the bad experience I have had. I know it doesn’t matter to you but the bridge has already been burned.
  • Please Read! Jul 23, 2019

    By ThatAlien25
    This app is wonderful for learning a new language, my only issue is the hearts. I find it a bit ridiculous that you can run out of them, making you quit the lesson until the refill (if you can’t just use gems to buy them). It makes it harder to keep on track with learning, and it makes it feel like a game rather than an actual teaching program. I feel the hearts are one of the things that would make me rate this even lower since making mistakes is all in the process of learning and being penalized for that will not encourage anything but giving up. And no, it’s not that people are lazy, just an app like this shouldn’t have a punishment system regardless. It’s quite disappointing that they added such a stupid feature. Another issue I’ve been experiencing is with vocal lessons that pop up throughout a course. It could be my phone, but it never understands what I’m saying or translating for an odd reason. I always get the pop up “That wasn’t very clear, try again.” It’s a bothersome detail that always makes me mess up my lesson. I suggest using this app for starters, but if you ever get the chance to upgrade from this, do it. It’s not worth your time to wait for your hearts to refill or for lessons to not work at all. Please fix the hearts by removing them or changing them, they ruin the entire session for me and it doesn’t help me learn. Highly disappointed.
  • Change the points system back Sep 20, 2019

    By TinasTextportraits
    Duolingo is a pretty standard language learning app. It’s been an okay review for me while studying both Japanese and Korean. They don’t go over grammar points and new words they introduce in lessons aren’t explained at all. If you want an explanation you have to hit the speech bubble in the bottom right corner after you have already given your answer. So if the sentence uses a different way to say “This” you won’t know if its 이 or 이것 until after you answer and still the explanation isn’t that clear. If I wasn’t using other studying materials I would be very confused on the inner workings of these languages. With the latest update they changed the points system for completing harder levels. I don’t understand why they made all lessons worth 10xp. Part of the reason I’ve stuck with Duolingo for the past 36 days is the leaderboard system. I liked the competition and the reward for going after harder lessons and higher levels. But, if every lesson is the same XP what’s the point? Someone could just do a 10xp review while others are actually challenged by newer and harder lessons and they are both rewarded the same. How is that fair? To anyone looking for a language app to help study this will be an okay resource but by no means should this be your primary. Find a language podcast, find a language text book, use these as well or just instead.
  • img Community
    I did spanish for 3 years on the app and it helped a lot
    img by Ari
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Duolingo is an app that helped me a lot when I first started taking Spanish in school. Duolingo helped me keep up with a very fast-paced language course and helped me practice for tests and exams in a simple way.
    img by Ari
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Spending 8 to 10 hours at work is sure to put everything else on hold. You will only be left with small pockets of 10 to 15 minutes scattered around the day. That's enough to pick up a new language. You can split your lessons into tiny morsels and still learn a lot.
    img by Chirag
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    This app really helps you learn the basics of a language you are starting to speak. It has a variety of languages, so you can probably find your language too. Highly recommend!
    img by Angel
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Not having the $100 to pay a language course per hour for Spanish or French can easily bum you out. But to properly learn a language, you still need professional guidance. Instead of paying big bucks, you can simply check courses and start learning straight away.
    img by Angel
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Yabancı Dil öğrenmek isteyenler için mükemmel bir uygulama
    img by Dra Cula
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    Teaches you nice and slow from beginners level and easy to understand.
    img by Dra Cula
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you're traveling to Israel or wanting to learn Hebrew to impress an elderly family member, here you're tested on 4 subjects and multiple levels of learning a new language, including a subject that simulates a conversation so you can try your skills there too.
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you travel to Cancun, even for just 4 days, you'll want to understand some Spanish phrases to enhance your experience and not look like an ignorant tourist. Learn Spanish phrases quickly and easily even just a week before your trip!
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    If you want to learn Japanese, you have to learn their characters and kanji is one aspect that's so hard to master. There are more than 2000 characters to memorize and Duolingo makes the learning process easy by giving pictures that you can associate with a character.
    img by David
    1 year ago
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    1. "Duolingo may hold the secret to the future of education." —TIME Magazine
    2. Learning doesn’t feel like a daunting task but a fun game when you’re constantly making progress & collecting shiny achievements
    3. Sends optional daily reminders to refresh your memory or to start the next lesson. Organizes your learning for you

    Reviewed by Laura S on December 28, 2017

  • Better than I thought Jul 18, 2019

    By TheSenseiTao
    After having used Babel, Busuu, and Rosetta Stone I’m surprised to say that Duolingo is absurdly better made than I used to think. I’ve been using Duolingo on and off for years (half-heartily for awhile and only seriously in the recent past) and I’ve found that the flaws which once seemed glaring are actually not as bad as some other language learning apps. The voice work is an order of magnitude better than Busuu and the lesson structure ,despite seeming somewhat obtuse, is actually incredibly helpful. The pseudo game structure of lessons also helps to keep practice from becoming too much of a chore. I’m probably not saying anything new here but I feel like the only thing that keeps Duolingo from being vastly superior to other language apps is the lack of grammatical instruction in some of the languages. Languages like French have more recently had grammar lessons added even from the start of the course, but Korean has none. From my use of other apps that do a better job explaining grammar I’ve found that Duolingo works really well as a companion app to build vocabulary and just practice hearing/using the language, and is possibly more useful once you have the basics of a language down. The only other language app I’ve used that comes close to rivaling the versatility of Duolingo that I’ve used thus far is Lingodeer which is much better for learning Korean than any other app I’ve encountered.
  • Great But Here Are A Few Tips Jan 1, 2021

    By #YAPEOPLE
    So this is great! I started learning Spanish a few weeks ago and I have learned a lot from this app. I thought I wasn’t going to stick with it, but I ended up doing it. It’s a really great app if you want to learn any language! Just a few tips though. A couple times, I’ve had a thing pop up when I’m trying to do my lesson. It says that something went wrong. I came back a while later and the same thing was happening. I’ve been working hard on my streak, and I really don’t want to lose it. I wonder if it is possible to not break my streak because of an error in the app. It’s only happened a couple times, so its fine. Another thing: I feel like we shouldn’t be given the stories until we got all of our first lessons done. I tried to do it when I only had 10 crowns, and I didn’t understand everything. I had to use the hints, and then I felt like I wasted a story. I would recommend not Doug the stories until you are done with the first lesson. The cafe one I would wait until you have the restaurant lesson done with all five crowns. The last thing is just being able to have more than 5 hearts if we do the practice. (Or at least up to 6). I feel like then, you would practice more to get hearts (even if it’s only one more than when your hearts are refilled). Well, this app is amazing even if you don’t fix those tiny things. I would definitely recommend.
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Teresa Johnson
    Been using Duo for years now and love the new features, tips and games to keep you coming back. I thought I was almost done with the Spanish lessons and now there are 2x as many new levels for me to go through! Very few glitches over multiple years and they get fixed quickly. Looking forward to see what comes next!
  • Fun to practice everyday May 18, 2021

    By LL Bear
    This app is truly fun and is a great supplement to a French language immersion class I am taking. I do have a hint and some suggestions. Hint to those newly downloading: take advantage of the 1-MONTH trial because if you don’t, you’ll only see the 2-week trial for Plus after that initial period. Don’t delay! I truly enjoy the variety, not only lessons but the stories and the listening and there’s even a Podcast! Truly satisfying app - the stories crack me up, and I love hearing pronunciations from other native speakers, not just Estelle and Paul. Suggestions to enhance learning/app, while it’s great that there are flags and learns and those come back up in practice sessions, I wish there was a bookmark feature for specific tips or one that would allow you to flag even specific test. I take screenshots but would rather it be available all in one place in the app. And the other big suggestion is, there are times when I select the word, and it doesn’t say it. It does happen in one kind where you place 2 words and place both within a sentence (i.e. aime-aimer) but it doesn’t happen when you have three separate words to select and check — this is where I would like to hear the word. Maybe these features are unlocked in Plus, but if it doesn’t underline a word after It’s accepted and I press continue, why can’t I listen to the sentence again after the continue prompt is available?
  • Excellent App, but could use more Languages! Oct 16, 2018

    By TheGreatMustard
    I’ve been using Duolingo for a while now to practice my French, and in the time I have had the app I have tried out several other languages too (including Spanish, Russian, German, Klingon, etc.). The games make learning fun and the teaching style helps keep the terms and sentence structures ingrained in my memory very well! My only request/hope for this app (not a complaint, I love the app) is that while I appreciate the inclusion of fictional languages like High Valyrian and Klingon, I would like for there to be more significant languages to be added to Duolingo’s roster of classes as well. Widely-spoken languages like Arabic and Bengali are noticeably absent on the course list (for English-speakers, not sure about others), as well as Finnish, which is a little strange because Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are all present. Personally, as someone whose family comes from the western Balkans, I would love to see a language course on Serbo-Croatian, since it is a difficult language that I believe Duolingo would be an excellent tool to help me to become better at it. Recently, Hawaiian and Navajo were added to the roster, which excites me and makes me hope for these languages to be added sometime in the future as well. Overall, I love the app and will continue using it to study foreign languages! I look forward to seeing more language courses added in future updates! 👍
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By steven schemeley
    the app itself is extremely useful, objectively even more than schooling is in some places. However, the heart system is a bit annoying and on the parts where you speak into the mic, even if you have said all the words, it will continue to catch every little background noise. Still a great app though, so 5/5 stars for sure
  • I am loving this app! Jul 29, 2018

    By Djdngjozndy skcndirif
    This app is really helping me to learn very quickly. I am learning Greek and brushing up on Spanish. I wish it would handle a few things differently Among them, letting me test out of Spanish levels further along the way than it does, but I understand they are testing whether that feature is more or less beneficial for learning at the moment. So, I upvoted the feature :). The other thing is that the adds are locked in portrait mode and the “practice” tab also starts out and sometimes gets stuck in portrait mode. I have tor turn my iPad to portrait and back to landscape and it usually switches to landscape then, but not always. I pretty much always use my iPad in landscape mode. Especially when I am using the keyboard, which the app has plenty of. I wish that the whole thing would just be in the orientation of my screen without changing/ trying to figure out which direction it should be as I use the app. Otherwise, this app has been AMAZING and, while, I’d love those improvements, I’m really just being nit picky. I didn’t feel it deserved any less than 5 stars because the rest is awesome! One note, if anyone is having trouble understanding anything in the language you’ve chosen or with the app, visit the website and check out the discussions tab. There is a lot of helpful info in there and many other language learners who are very happy to help out!
  • Jun 19, 2021

    By Blake Galbraith
    This is one of the top best language learning apps I have ever come to experience! As much as the constant slur of notifs from this thing can get annoying, it actually IS for our benefit. It just wants us to remember to keep to our studies as much as everything else. We can get distracted quite easily in this world, and distractions can cause a lot more problems than we might think. Thanks to all those at Duolingo who make this available to the rest of us as a society. Hope the crew's well! <3
  • Best Language Teaching app! Super Helpful and fun! Jul 8, 2020

    By aphmd
    I wanted to learn Greek because, it’s in my culture and my realities and family know how to speak it. I searched for Greek learning apps and I stumbled across Duolingo. I made an account and started learned basics ( though I had experience I wanted to start from the beginning.) I got some things done and made it to checkpoint one, which took some days to complete the lessons. I took the test and failed, I tried again, Nope! Again I tried, but no success for me. I kept trying and eventually gave up but a few months later, I decided to start practicing again. I hadn’t used the app for MONTHS! And it was time to break the Non-Bilingual Wall. So I started it again yesterday and after leveling up on some things, I decided to try the test. I failed two times and then it said it wouldn’t be graded so I could just take it without hearts and stuff since I failed so many times. I took it and I finished and guess what? I PASSED!!!!!!!! I had no faith in my self and I gave up, but a little practice made it perfect. I continued practicing today and now I can speak in detailed sentences, and I know a lot more than before. I am even learning to write in Greek by solving the questions and taking courses. If you want to learn a language I recommend Duolingo, it has helped me come so far and I will continue to learn with Duolingo. Thank you Duo for helping me learn! ❤️❤️
  • Great app, but one problem! Apr 5, 2018

    By pugvilla
    I have been using Duolingo to learn French for a little while now. If you really want to be good at it I suggest working over and over on the basics 1 and mastering it, and continuing to work on it even after mastering it until you know the basics 1 words 100%, which is what I did. It’s a lot better to know the words than to rush through and not actually be able to remember them. One thing is, I have started the “phrases” section. Usually when you start a new section and it gives you words you haven’t seen yet, they will put a dotted line under it where you can see what it means and then eventually remember it. However on some new words it doesn’t give me the meaning and asks me to translate anyway. Since I don’t know the meaning of the word because I’ve never seen it I get it wrong and lose my health. I have used this app a long time ago to learn Italian (which I’ve since stopped) and it would always give me the meaning of the word, multiple times even. It’s just annoying to me that I have to lose my health because I don’t know the meaning of a new word. It’s not too much of a problem that I will delete the app, but something that could be fixed. I recommend using the computer version of duolingo for learning new words and phrases, and just using the app for strengthening your skills. Overall though this app is great!
  • Jun 24, 2021

    By Lily Dacey
    Please take away the animations. They are terribly distracting. They used to appear in only a limited number of exercises, but today when I open the app I find them attatched to every sentence. Ruins concentration as now I have to divide my attention between what I'm learning and a completely unrelated animation. I'd love to see this reversed and also see a retraction of the heart system. They mess with the quality of an otherwise great app that I'd even recently have rated five stars.
  • Love it, but some features need to be added Dec 30, 2018

    By minhmornings
    I have to say that Duolingo has taken me to a new world of languages. I can spend my whole days practicing with Duo and increase my ability of using languages. However, there're still things that I'm not satisfied with this version for IOS: - the discussions after answers: I've wait for them since a long long time ago. I believe that Duolingo is not only a software for learning languages, but also a special environment for everyone to enhance their skills together. Using Duo on IOS is quite convenient, but if I want to check my answer with the other's, I have to login my account again on the version for web browser, go to that skill, do it and seek for the question. That's not good at all! - The report: Nothing happens when I press the button to report the errors (most of them are translation errors). My and other's reports are the very efficient tools to help Duo better, and we want to see that in the near future. - The club should be added to web version and the currency systems - gems - needs need to be synced. Anyway, the life point is awesome, but we want more games, or tournaments, or challenges, or... something like that, just to increase the competitiveness between leaners. I know that to solve with the problems I've listed above will take a lot of time and money and labor power, but we can believe with our effort and strength, the future of Duolingo is brighter than ever! Duolingo is the sweet home for everyone!
  • New smaller word boxes TOO SMALL Apr 29, 2018

    By OnthBeach54
    Since the recent update (late April 2018), on my iPad Pro DuoLingo app, the word boxes and the type within them, which one taps to put together a translated sentence, are frequently appearing much smaller than the helpful size they consistently were before. Sometimes they appear in the original size, but more often now, even with a short sentence where there is no problem fitting them on the page, they are very small. Harder to read, and harder to accurately select. And I have small hands/fingers. I lost several “health” bars and had to stop my lesson sooner than in the past, because I was selecting at the speed I always have, and realized I could not have the confidence I had grown accustomed to, that when I think I have touched a word box, it is selected. So my learning process is slowed not because I am selecting the incorrect word and losing health, but that I have to stop and check more diligently to make sure the box I tapped (or tried to, but apparently did not hit the now very small “sweet spot” on it which selects it), actually shows up in the answer box. This was NEVER an issue before the change in word-box size. Please make them, if not as large as they have been previously, larger than they are after this recent “upgrade”. Very annoying in an otherwise wonderful app...you folks say you want to make learning easy, and my feedback is that this tiny type in close-together boxes, is an impediment to learning. Thank you.
  • I love the setup and purpose of why this app exists, some tweaks and I think it could be amazing Jan 17, 2021

    By Brandon boiiiii24
    I just started to use this app again even though I’ve had an account since 2016. I’ve taken some courses in high school and college for Spanish which helps in the language learning process; most is just refreshing with the language of Spanish. I can’t provide to much input as to whether it will help you become fluent or not because I’m still on the beginning stages of the lessons. However I am enjoying my time with it and hopefully it does help me get to where I would like to be which is a fluent Spanish speaker. I rated four stars because going through the activities I’ve noticed that when it tells you to repeat the sentence the audio seems to lag on the last word and take a little while to register that you got it correct. Everything else is great, I like that if you get something wrong you can go to the discussion section where other users have had the same issues as yourself which has helped me understand errors so I don’t make the same mistake next time. Even after viewing the comment sections duolingo itself gives its own tip by using an example to help you remember and avoid the mistake you made for the future. I would highly recommend the app for learning a language but like I said previously I’m not sure if it will help you become fluent or not. Fix the audio issues of it lagging for a few seconds and I’d gladly rate five stars!!!
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Clare Smith
    I liked this app enough to give it 5 stars until they introduced new voices. They are weird and it's really hard to understand them when you are supposed to be translating from French to English. I have dropped a star for that reason. Bring back the normal voices and you'll get top marks Duolingo!
  • Good but it has its drawbacks Jul 28, 2019

    By Redlocks78
    Since I can’t send Duo Lingo an email to give them an opinion I’ll put it in a review. I’ve been using the app now for probably 8 months as a plus subscriber. In general the app is good. As I’ve progressed forward though there are simple things that are extremely annoying for example I was working on Spanish past tense and I spelled the name Sarah as Sara (another common English spelling of the same name). The entire sentence in Spanish was correct but my answer was considered wrong because of the missing “h”. This was a verbal/audio sentence I had to listen to then type the correct answer. Also as you progress and write English from Spanish there are perfectly correct English translations you might write that the app considers wrong. I’m guessing because this app is actually designed by a non native English speaker; the creator of Duo Lingo is from Central America (Guatemala I think; but listen to his story on the first season of their Spanish podcast). I like the app and enjoy using it but I’m finding I’ve been seeking other ways to learn because some of the grammar isn’t quite covered or the reasoning behind certain language rules isn’t explained and I simply need more. Also a common complaint is that they send way too many emails if you stop using the app for a day or two or longer and it feels like a stalker. Luckily the email I used for it was not my primary email because when I checked that account it was flooded with Duo Lingo emails.
  • Good app! ...but needs work! Jul 22, 2018

    By Havoc x Raptor
    Great free app, very helpful and useful in learning new or refining old languages. However, it still needs work in my opinion. I am learning Spanish and I have learned a lot more than I already knew in a couple days... but there are times when using a proper word is necessary to succeed and move on, but I have to restart over and over again later (after practicing, to get health to play) ...because I picked the right term but wrong specific word and no explanation is given as to why. I.E: Yo (means I) has to be followed with an o in the use of words like como (eat) or bebo (drink) instead of come/comen/comes or bebe/beben/bebes (as I learned through searching), but no explanation is given as to why. It’s frustrating and infuriating. This needs to be explained and taught for proper teaching of other languages. Also, why does the asterisk above certain Spanish words apply but not on others? Learn it all or don’t even try I say! Finally, turn down the need for health as often, or turn up the regeneration rate. I read it was said that they are trying to make learning free. So do it more, please. Stop making me practice over and over again just to get 1 bar of health (works on only 1 mistake before failing) and have 1 measly chance at succeeding just to have to quit, practice, and start ALL OVER AGAIN; only to fail because I don’t understand what I did wrong! The ads are bad enough and should be sufficient... but then there’s this! Please fix!
  • Jun 20, 2021

    By Craig Darsow
    Duolingo is fun to do. The stories are entertaining. The short lessons less you feel like you can do something useful when you have just a few minutes. The ability to speak often is much better than a class. Hearings real speakers say all the words is WAY better than a book. The only missing part is no serious grammar training for those who want it. Everything is barely presented and never organized into coherent rules or patterns. You need a textbook to do this. That's why it only got 4 stars.
  • Jun 24, 2021

    By JSRhedgehog 99
    (Would be 5 stars without ads) Downloaded this for highschool Spanish and got bored. Decided to learn Japanese and that is when my interest in this app started drastically improving. I'm still in the beginning stages, so I can't say how good it is at educating just yet, but the "game-like" design of the app definitely gets me coming back to the app during my downtime. One thing that puts this app above anything else is the community feature in the comment section. Very helpful addition
  • Frustrating, but a good app Sep 20, 2019

    By XvFirefly17vX
    I have had Duolingo for maybe a month now and I’m level one on all of the first group of things. Now there are a few things I’d like to address. Duolingo is really great because I’m taking French this year. However there are many huge problems with it too. One is with the practice for a heart. I have been doing it right, le restaurant. But every time I type it no matter how I tweak it it says I’m wrong and knocks me down so I can’t actually ever earn that heart because it keeps giving me the same question which has the wrong thing happening. When I get it wrong it shows me the answer- exactly what I typed. It kind of drives me nuts. Other than that, the hearts system is really stressful because it basically tells you that making mistakes is horrible and that you literally have to pay for them. Now I know that’s not the point but it sure feels like it because failing a lesson sure feels horrible, doesn’t it? I’m sure there are plenty of bugs Duolingo has that I haven’t uncovered but I really wanted to put this out there. Other than these things, Duolingo is great and it’s a great choice to assist in learning a language. But seriously the hearts system crushes your soul and it sure doesn’t help on a bad day. And yes I understand Duo plus is better but come on, I just want a free language app. So if you’re still reading this thanks for listening to me little Duolingo rant. Have a great day.
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Hydros Phagus
    It's ok, I guess. There's a lot of languages to choose from, and while most of the stuffs are basic (as in, relative lack of idioms and slangs etc), it's still good for learning some grammar and plenty of vocabulary. The app is absolutely BRUTAL in punishing mistakes though, especially in higher-level lessons where you have to type the answer; one mistyped letter and you have to retype EVERYTHING from scratch, which will very likely cause you to mistype again.
  • Jun 22, 2021

    By Ronja Nataya
    I had to take one more star away. Before there were adverts but it felt ok. Now, with the whole heart system the payment pressure is getting real. If you want to get rid of free users just make it a paid app, no need to implement whole points system for it. Before you were paying, or watching adds to get some extras. And you did it cause your wanted stuff and it was your choice, it was positive encouragement. Now it feels like you're forced to do it so it's a negative experience.
  • Jun 24, 2021

    By Kim Shellman
    Pretty good on the repetition to learn new things. Easy to use. But increases too slow without the chance to test up to the right level. I have been working for over a year in French and still haven't reached my level of language knowledge-tedious. Also, super disappointed on the liberal content especially as my kids use Duo and it teaches acceptance of values such as same sex dating. Not what I want my kids to be exposed to.
  • Nice app but slow progress Nov 7, 2018

    By Jess_p330
    The app is nicely designed and has good variety of testing formats, but each level takes FOREVER to pass. Some have 20 rounds before you can move on - and each round is the SAME thing. Even some of the levels seem the same. This feels like a waste of time for the learner and has made me start practicing even less (therefore using the app less) because I already know the material by round #5. I don’t need to review it 15 more times. Please make the progress faster, perhaps integrating some review of previous levels into later ones to ensure retention. Also, please allow us to skip levels more easily - right now it takes 400 gems to pass a level, and that takes many days of repetitive practice (of topics I already know) to accumulate. Not worth it. I even made a separate account to start over and take a placement test to hopefully bypass some of these basic levels. I did much better on this test that my first one, yet the levels they put me on seemed the exact same as on my other account - does the test actually place you anywhere other than the beginning? I get that you’re trying to make money by encouraging us to pay for more gems, but what you’re actually doing is discouraging me from using the app. (Plus, with all the ads, I already feel sufficiently encouraged to pay for premium.) Perhaps just make the number of gems we’re awarded for meeting our daily goal much larger or make the number required to pass a level much smaller.
  • Please read Apr 14, 2018

    By 012695
    This app is great and all, but I’ve found that the desktop site is even more interesting and helpful. The app is very limiting. While the desktop version includes a better discussion board and quite a bit more info. HOWEVER, I have noticed some annoying changes in the desktop site. They are expanding the app, and diminishing the desktop site. Which, obviously, I really don’t agree with or like. If I needed more in depth information about a lesson, as they are usually very cut and dry on the app, I would sometimes go to the site and there might be extra pointers on certain things I wasn’t understanding. I keep trying to do things on the site and it keeps taking me back to the mobile version or a complete replica of the app on my browser. I get that they seem to be aiming at continuity and flow, but please do not take away all the information and good of the desktop site in order to grow the app. I also really miss being able to see my progress on each language. I liked being able to see how much further I had to go before leveling up. But apparently they removed that feature, while still keeping the levels???? Which is beyond me. Just seems like an added annoyance. One of my biggest pet peeves is needing the desktop site and even requesting it on my iPhone and still getting the mobile site or having to continually click Desktop Version/Full Version because every link takes me to a shortened version/aka the mobile site. Soooooo annoying.
  • Jun 21, 2021

    By Bhagyashri Telsang
    Types of questions are way too repetitive, and their presentation is irrespective of your learning. As in, the app does not adapt at all based on the user's learning. So it can start to get boring and then continuing in such state and trying to hurry will get you to make small errors but the entire answer goes wrong. In short, the amount of learning you get for the time you spend on it is small.
  • Jun 19, 2021

    By L F
    It's a good app to help you learn a foreign language, but it does have a few setbacks. App changes without any warning. It might be set up to do something such as a streak freeze, but then they take away the automatic apply feature, and you lose your streak. They should give their users a a heads up when they do these updates. A lot of ads for things you don't want pop up on the free version. Duo listens to your conversations when you don't use the app to make your lessons to be more relevant.
  • This app is good except for a couple of things. Jun 26, 2020

    By user2184:95/!862!.'is
    This is a good language learning app but it has a few thing that are wrong. 1) the keyboard for the mobile app, now I’m not sure if this is you but the keyboard is really buggy and keeps typing the wrong letters or completely missing them. 2) The audio for the listening and typing part, the audio is not always understandable because either it is too quiet to make out some of the words or that it something seems to slur the words together and I can’t tell the difference between “un ensalada” and “una ensalada” and it makes me get it wrong when i shouldn’t have. 3) THE HEART SYSTEM, this is the biggest problem with the app, it didn’t use to have a heart system and it was great and made the other two problems less severe because each time I get something wrong because of the top two problems I lose a heart even if it report it. The heart completely loses what this is supposed to be a free learning app. Because when you’re Spanish and you are getting stuff wrong (weather if it is for the top two problems or not) and you have to stop and can’t learn and more it just turns this app into one of those cheap mobile games that just want your money and nothing more. So those are the problems with your app the first two are minor I don’t care much about them there just bugs but the third problem that is what makes you lose those stars so fix it and I will give 5 stars
  • Over all fine. Not great, but fine. Oct 13, 2019

    By TheMS.Troll
    My first language I learned was Romanian. I am half Romanian, and my mother and grandmother and other relatives speak it. I can understand Romanian, but I never learned how to speak or write it. I decided to try the app. The app works fine, it is pretty smoothly running. However, if I make a simple grammatical mistake that can be pointed out, the hearts run out. I think the hearts should be taken off, after all; how is someone supposed to learn with them suddenly not being aloud to because of mistakes they could have learned from? I have found I can now read in Romanian a little bit, this pleases me. But I came to the app because I wanted to be able to speak it, not read. That was another thing. And because I was illiterate at the beginning, I couldn’t do the test. I’ve had to work up from the beginning, and it’s become a real chore. I wish the hearts system was dealt with, and there was a better way of being able to learn for the app. (Also, I tried learning Russian, I believe that they should teach the alphabet, as I can’t read it. And most people just learning a language won’t be able to either.) overall, this app needs real work, but it improved me slightly. I can talk to my grandma a small bit in Romanian, but I’ve found just asking my mom for words works better. Please improve in these aspects. It can teach simple grammar and language, just don’t expect to be able to be anywhere close to fluent.
  • No guidance Sep 17, 2019

    By teenie1130
    I’m really only sticking with this app because I’ve gotten so far and I don’t want to start over with another app. I am using it to learn Russian (with no Russian background). It doesn’t teach you the alphabet. I had to use another website just to learn what each letter was supposed to sound like. There are no instructions for how to pronounce the words. There is not guidance about grammar and when you get something wrong, there is no explanation as to how or why you were wrong (it just shows you the right answer). The only helpful thing is that plenty of people seem to have the same issues, so you can click the comments section and see conversations people have had discussing why certain answers didn’t work (often with native speakers saying the app is wrong, and that the answer should have been accepted). I’m using it along with a better website I have found. I also wish it had things like vocabulary lists you could study, rather than just the repetitive lessons that don’t allow you to tailor your studying to words with which you have more difficulty remembering. For example, “девочка” (girl) is a word I kept forgetting how to spell, but it rarely came up, so I just kept getting it wrong. “Мотор” (Motor) came up 100 times, which was frustrating because I knew that one by heart pretty quickly. If I had the option to study a list of words I commonly forgot, I feel I could improve faster.
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Ameen Walker
    Not great for beginners because of the terrible heart system which doesn't allow mistakes and only implementation is to make money vs providing a sense of challenge. The ads are very frequent as well. The material isn't 95% correct, but it is helpful. Just a shame it's a hassle to learn it
  • Penalized for making learning mistakes Oct 23, 2018

    By grro3753
    I used to use the Duolingo app as an excellent resource for learning new languages. I speak three languages and have always found the app to really reinforce any new language I was trying to pick up - that is, until the new update. The update has turned Duolingo into much more of a game where you are penalized for making any sort of mistakes (a vital part of the learning process) by losing health. Once your health is gone, you can’t continue on any further lessons unless you spend 20 extra minutes recovering or paying for it. This is obviously a way to up the profitability of the app, but takes away the ability to make ANY mistakes while learning a new language. Furthermore, only on the desktop version are explanations available for ANYTHING. As adults (I’m assuming the majority of people using this app are older than 16) we are unable to pick up languages the same way children are able to, i.e. listen and repeat words and phrases and absorb the language structure along the way. Any person with a little bit of knowledge on language acquisition or pedagogy knows this. After puberty you simply cannot pickup a language this way with absolutely no explanation. Go check out other (free) apps that offer very similar content but better quality. I’m hoping there will be enough of a revolt that Duolingo will revert back, as it really was a good app. Honestly just burn it down and start over again. Down with the system!!
  • (Used to be a) Great learning tool Apr 14, 2018

    By Flutist/teacher
    Every time we travel I try to review my language skills so I can at least be somewhat conversant with people. Duolingo is by far the most fun, easy to use program I have tried. The excercises move quickly and build in a logical manner. There isn't much explanation, but figuring things out for myself helps me to remember better. I had very low expectations from a free app, but duolingo is actually a great tool for learning and reviewing. UPDATE: I have loved Duolingo and have been very diligent about my daily French lessons. After about a year of practice I am reading simple books and able to understand a surprising amount of dialogue in French movies. Unfortunately they have now introduced Crown Levels. The app has gone from fun and engaging to tedious and frustrating. The amount of repetition required to advance a crown level is ridiculous. And the required answers have become too rigid. For instance “pain” can no longer be answered “bread”. The correct answer is now “a loaf of bread”. Today I lost a health point for saying that “chat” is “cat” and not “male cat”. Adding to the frustration is the new policy of deducting a health point for every wrong answer. Changing the accepted answer without notice used to be annoying. Now it can cause me to “foul out” and have to stop lessons for the day before reaching my goal. If I wanted endless repetition and pedantic teaching I would go take a class.
  • Please Read! Jul 23, 2019

    By ThatAlien25
    This app is wonderful for learning a new language, my only issue is the hearts. I find it a bit ridiculous that you can run out of them, making you quit the lesson until the refill (if you can’t just use gems to buy them). It makes it harder to keep on track with learning, and it makes it feel like a game rather than an actual teaching program. I feel the hearts are one of the things that would make me rate this even lower since making mistakes is all in the process of learning and being penalized for that will not encourage anything but giving up. And no, it’s not that people are lazy, just an app like this shouldn’t have a punishment system regardless. It’s quite disappointing that they added such a stupid feature. Another issue I’ve been experiencing is with vocal lessons that pop up throughout a course. It could be my phone, but it never understands what I’m saying or translating for an odd reason. I always get the pop up “That wasn’t very clear, try again.” It’s a bothersome detail that always makes me mess up my lesson. I suggest using this app for starters, but if you ever get the chance to upgrade from this, do it. It’s not worth your time to wait for your hearts to refill or for lessons to not work at all. Please fix the hearts by removing them or changing them, they ruin the entire session for me and it doesn’t help me learn. Highly disappointed.
  • Change the points system back Sep 20, 2019

    By TinasTextportraits
    Duolingo is a pretty standard language learning app. It’s been an okay review for me while studying both Japanese and Korean. They don’t go over grammar points and new words they introduce in lessons aren’t explained at all. If you want an explanation you have to hit the speech bubble in the bottom right corner after you have already given your answer. So if the sentence uses a different way to say “This” you won’t know if its 이 or 이것 until after you answer and still the explanation isn’t that clear. If I wasn’t using other studying materials I would be very confused on the inner workings of these languages. With the latest update they changed the points system for completing harder levels. I don’t understand why they made all lessons worth 10xp. Part of the reason I’ve stuck with Duolingo for the past 36 days is the leaderboard system. I liked the competition and the reward for going after harder lessons and higher levels. But, if every lesson is the same XP what’s the point? Someone could just do a 10xp review while others are actually challenged by newer and harder lessons and they are both rewarded the same. How is that fair? To anyone looking for a language app to help study this will be an okay resource but by no means should this be your primary. Find a language podcast, find a language text book, use these as well or just instead.
  • Jun 22, 2021

    By Azure Art
    They've added cartoon characters that are borderline stereotypically offensive. There is no reasonable option to turn them off without a 3rd person app. As someone that is not 13 years old or below, these characters are incredibly patronising as well as embarrassing to have pop up on your phone while out in public. There was absolutely nothing wrong with duolingo and did not need this feature wasting the users time.
  • GLITCHY Mar 8, 2021

    By katyqt
    I used to love this app so much that I bought a subscription which I have had for several months now. Too often when I participate in the challenge, I get the “something went wrong” message and cannot get access to it for several hours. Additionally, is the aggravating glitch of tapping on French words to form sentences and instead of the correct word, a string of French I do not understand is substituted! This has been occurring for several weeks. I have written to Duolingo’s support team but have not heard back yet. I have cancelled my subscription until these problems are rectified. I will update my review then. As an update: I have had this app for about a year. It has been very useful in learning the basic French I want to surprise my goddaughters’ family with when I visit them in France. I had Duolingo Plus for a few months, but discontinued when problems were never addressed such as the wrong translations for basic French words and phrases, ZERO feedback from customer service and the ever constant “something went wrong” message which disallows playing in the experience challenge. To this day, NONE of these problems have been resolved. An additional annoyance is the app has for two consecutive weeks not awarded the 1500 gems for earning first place in league play. There has been no response from Duolingo as to why. Seemingly no attention to these continuing issues is the reason I will tolerate the 5 heart system and advertisements, as annoying as they are.
  • The new update is trash Aug 2, 2018

    By xXxReviewManxXx
    So I saw my brother using doulingo on his phone and I had only used it a little bit on my computer so I though I would get it on my phone. I was really excited because I wanted to learn some Portuguese, but what I found was really disappointing. They had updated it so now doulingo is a piece of trash app. I like everything on the update except for the five health bars that you have. It makes it so that if you make a mistake it takes down one of your health bars and if you run out, you have to pay gems for more or practice a ton of crap they call your weak skills when half of the stuff on there I haven’t even learned. And that takes a freaking while and I’m not even learning anything new. So once you practice like 3 or 4 times you go back to the lesson and you don’t want to make a mistake at all because you life will go down and you have to go back and practice. This update has really ruined the app for me, it puts pressure on learning. A pressure that should be there, when learning a language you want to be able to make mistakes all along the way. Not timidly learning trying not to make a single mistake. I’ve had to quit lessons halfway through because I made one or two mistakes while doing them and didn’t want to pay the money for the gems. Now doulingo is just gotten greedy wanting money for gems or watching videos to get more health. Plz plz plzzz take away the five heart feature. It would make doulingo such a better app.
  • The Worst App I Have Ever Downloaded Jan 29, 2021

    By NotTakenLessThan30
    If you love glitches, technical errors, and your battery wearing down as rapidly as possible, this is the app for you! If you like learning a language on an app that is full of inconsistencies in its expectations and enforcement of rules for grammar and syntax, then you will love this app. If you like having to consistently provide feedback about technical issues without any of them ever being addressed while also regularly enjoying useless updates in low quality animations in an app that’s supposed to be about languages, that seems more interested in promoting the fictitious characters and storylines it’s developed for itself, then you will be obsessed with this app. The good news is: every two or three days there will be completely new systems on how to earn credits and rank within this app. But they will never be explained and they will never actually do anything to benefit your learning. If you want to learn a language, go anywhere else. Literally, buy a dual-language dictionary and read it cover to cover. It would be a more fruitful and less infuriating experience than using this app. After months of using this app I can think of no use or applications for any of the vocabulary or phrases that I have supposedly learned. I have wasted so much time here. And the best I can do is recommend to others that they find a different way to learn a language so that they do not waste their time the way I have wasted mine.
  • App needs work Sep 20, 2019

    By Byeby6
    I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I have found several issues that even Spanish speaking people have found confusing. This app continues to give you lessons that are relevant to your learning, but irrelevant to your progress. They pick when they want you to use the “tú” forms of words as opposed to the “ustedes” form and even when it’s right it marks you wrong. I have learned words or phrases that they use once during lesson one, then decide to bring them back up at level four when you have forgotten them and can’t remember where they came from. This makes the process of learning a language very hard for those who work jobs and have various other things going on. I have also experienced them giving me phrases in a way never used before and expect me to be successful at getting the right answer. Repetition is the mother/father of learning and this app provides you that on a basic level. When you get to level four it becomes new things you’ve never seen or phrases you’ve only seen once. No matter though. I am a Marketer and I see stuff like this all the time. Thanks for pushing me towards your competition. One person can speak to 10-15 people about a bad experience they have had and will do the same with this app. Any time I can push the competition forward I will because of the bad experience I have had. I know it doesn’t matter to you but the bridge has already been burned.

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