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Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

Duolingo

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

4.6 Ratings 12M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Gareth Bevan
    Very good app for learning languages. Been using it 12 months and have learned a lot of French, starting as a beginner, doing just 15 minutes a day. The option to go back and practice is invaluable. The only criticism is that sometimes it is difficult to distinguish what the person is saying as the difference for words like Elle and Elles, Fille and Fils can be tricky to pick up. Otherwise I would give 5 stars.
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 17, 2021

    By first name last name
    What I like about this app is there interface. It uses a combo of multiple choice, fill in the blanks, and voice. The repetition level is good because that.helps me remember. I have used it multiple times daily for several days in a row. I have tried to learn Spanish before but the tools I was using just wasn't working for me. This is as close to learning by imersion that an app can provide. At this learning rate this gringo should be ready to travel soon to meet those Bonita Espanol girls.
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Max Falcon
    Great way to get familiar with a language. Second are super bite-sized and you can knock one out in just a couple minutes. But you can also do more and reinforce everything you just did. But now they are too desperate and full of ads. Not really worth it any more especially all you get for paying is just no ads. There's no additional content or functionality involved. Andy they started doing ads with sounds. That's The worst thing since your sound is already up to hear the words.
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  • Jan 7, 2021

    By katja vucemilovic
    It was the best language learning app until they implemented "hearts" aka "lives". The goal of a learning app should be to teach people as easily as possible, not milk them out of money for in app purchases (like buying lives). This feature seriously demotivated me as I'm assuming a lot of others. You start learning new things and it's hard. You fail a few and have to wait half a day to try again. The app is literally telling you to give up because you can't try again (unless you pay for it).
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  • Jan 13, 2021

    By Ben Curtis
    I have enjoyed this app for many different languages. However, I really don't like the new [free] system of only getting so many wrong before you can't use the app anymore. It's especially frustrating as right now I'm working on Hebrew, and it does not pronounce the new words it teaches you when you tap them. Right after, it will have a listening exercise where you just have to guess, and will almost definitely get it wrong. Updates and revising of the free version are needed.
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Danny Axente
    Well, not a bad app, but the ads can drive you up the wall. It's not just the fact that there are ads after every bit of practice, but these are some of the worst ads I have ever come across. Also, the app offers get extra gems if you watch "another" ad, but if you decline (guess what), you're still forced to watch it. If patience is not one of your virtues and also hate ads, I would recommend not bothering using this app.
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  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Christopher Sluz
    It was a very good app to learn new languages, with a nice community helping eachother out and a feeling of achievement coming from finishing a lessons. Now, since the new heart system has been added, its literally impossible to learn. Part of learning a new language is making mistakes, and now you get penalised for doing so. The developers clearly have no interest in anything other than money because all the other reviews say the same thing and they dont seem to care.
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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.
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  • Jan 17, 2021

    By first name last name
    What I like about this app is there interface. It uses a combo of multiple choice, fill in the blanks, and voice. The repetition level is good because that.helps me remember. I have used it multiple times daily for several days in a row. I have tried to learn Spanish before but the tools I was using just wasn't working for me. This is as close to learning by imersion that an app can provide. At this learning rate this gringo should be ready to travel soon to meet those Bonita Espanol girls.
    more
  • 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.
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  • 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! 👍
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  • 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!
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Gareth Bevan
    Very good app for learning languages. Been using it 12 months and have learned a lot of French, starting as a beginner, doing just 15 minutes a day. The option to go back and practice is invaluable. The only criticism is that sometimes it is difficult to distinguish what the person is saying as the difference for words like Elle and Elles, Fille and Fils can be tricky to pick up. Otherwise I would give 5 stars.
    more
  • 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!
    more
  • 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.
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  • 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!!!
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 18, 2021

    By Smat Bat
    I used to love Duolingo for learning the basics of a language. However, with the recent introduction of the hearts system I am inclined to use this app less. Making mistakes is part of learning a language and the hearts system punishes you when you make them. There are also tons of loud disruptive ads which are really annoying. I understand that Duolingo wants people to pay, but in order for me to pay there needs to be more worthwhile content for the amount being asked for.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Mike C.
    Great program, better than Rosetta Stone. Actually explains what you're doing and why. 01/10/21 Recent update isn't the greatest. I've read in the forums about some merger with a company named Pearson. And their content is merging with Duo's. In my opinion Duo's content and algorithms work better and each questions had a larger selection of answers. Now it seems that a word or phrase is correct in one instance and not the next. Even though both are identical or almost. Other issues too but I don't want to rant on and on. Revert to to previous setup and I'll give it 5 stars again.
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  • Jan 13, 2021

    By William Blake
    It's a great app, and the speaking exercises are a fantastic enhancement. There is way to much concern in the answers for perfect spelling, which can be frustratung. I'm here to learn to speak. Spelling and writing for individuals will improve with more reading, rather than having to pass a spelling test every lesson. Keep up the great work.
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  • Jan 7, 2021

    By katja vucemilovic
    It was the best language learning app until they implemented "hearts" aka "lives". The goal of a learning app should be to teach people as easily as possible, not milk them out of money for in app purchases (like buying lives). This feature seriously demotivated me as I'm assuming a lot of others. You start learning new things and it's hard. You fail a few and have to wait half a day to try again. The app is literally telling you to give up because you can't try again (unless you pay for it).
    more
  • Jan 13, 2021

    By Ben Curtis
    I have enjoyed this app for many different languages. However, I really don't like the new [free] system of only getting so many wrong before you can't use the app anymore. It's especially frustrating as right now I'm working on Hebrew, and it does not pronounce the new words it teaches you when you tap them. Right after, it will have a listening exercise where you just have to guess, and will almost definitely get it wrong. Updates and revising of the free version are needed.
    more
  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Danny Axente
    Well, not a bad app, but the ads can drive you up the wall. It's not just the fact that there are ads after every bit of practice, but these are some of the worst ads I have ever come across. Also, the app offers get extra gems if you watch "another" ad, but if you decline (guess what), you're still forced to watch it. If patience is not one of your virtues and also hate ads, I would recommend not bothering using this app.
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  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Christopher Sluz
    It was a very good app to learn new languages, with a nice community helping eachother out and a feeling of achievement coming from finishing a lessons. Now, since the new heart system has been added, its literally impossible to learn. Part of learning a new language is making mistakes, and now you get penalised for doing so. The developers clearly have no interest in anything other than money because all the other reviews say the same thing and they dont seem to care.
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  • Jan 18, 2021

    By Kari Anne Klassen
    Dropped my rating from 5 to 2. Really disappointed with the increase in ads and the hearts error countdown. I don't have a lot of errors, but I can understand how that would be frustrating for a newbie. It feels a lot more like a money grab lately, and while I understand the need to make money, it's starting to feel aggressively forced. Pretty annoying to have long ads after every lesson now. Doesn't make me want to continue and that sucks because I used to love this app 🤷‍♂️
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Max Falcon
    Great way to get familiar with a language. Second are super bite-sized and you can knock one out in just a couple minutes. But you can also do more and reinforce everything you just did. But now they are too desperate and full of ads. Not really worth it any more especially all you get for paying is just no ads. There's no additional content or functionality involved. Andy they started doing ads with sounds. That's The worst thing since your sound is already up to hear the words.
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  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Dylan Baker
    This app used to be good, not perfect but good. But the new heart system is terrible, it's super discouraging and frustrating, and hurts your learning by punishing you for making mistakes. They can claim that it's for your benefit, but since can get unlimited hearts with a monthly subscription is pretty clear it's just trying to annoy you into paying them.
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  • Jan 2, 2021

    By Norski_ Broski
    Duolingo was a great app for a long time. This new duolingo is just terrible. I hear a lot of people getting mad at the addition of hearts, which is bad on its own as it slows language learning, but the real thing that made me stop with duolingo is the removal of the training option. It really pisses me off as I relied on training to learn. Without it, It's impossible to learn anything. I can't just learn new word after another and get no regular exposure to the language.
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  • Jan 6, 2021

    By Neil Puckett
    I used Duo for almost a year: the app got worse over time and now I'm leaving. The digital voices have made the audio harder to understand. Over time it has also become apparent that the punishment system impedes learning. This is a well known aspect of pedagogy. Making people feel bad for natural mistakes while learning leads to frustration and reduced learning capacity. I finally got so sick of it I am moving to another platform.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Megan Knappen
    This was my favorite language learning app until the new update. If you make more than 5 mistakes now you either have to buy 5 more lives with gems (&you can't ever hold more than 5 lives or save them up), buy Duolingo Plus, or lose all the progress you've made in your lesson. Seems like they're just in it for the money now. $12.99 a month or $155.88 a year now.
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