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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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  • ONE OF THE BEST WOULD RECOMMEND, SOME SMALL SUGGESTIONS AND ISSUES Sep 29, 2019

    By no4Ds
    If you are just starting out on a language this is the app. You learn words effectively and it is very good at encouraging to learn. The unfortunate thing was it got very repetitive and takes some time to get through to learn new words. It was very good when I first started learning Norwegian or Norsk Bokmål. I got the basics but really just basics. Duolingo won’t make you fluent but it is a great starting place and language practice tool to have when first encountering a new language. Don’t expect yourself to learn an entire language with Duolingo alone but it is great when wanting to practice the language you are learning or getting a few new words. Once again, it doesn’t feel like you are making super fast progress or you have grown quickly but I always enjoying going on and practicing. Another problem is that I never really understood why something was some way and Duolingo did not really do a good job explaining the reasons behind something so I was left confused. The good thing is these questions can be answered on the forum that Duolingo provides. Also the pronunciation does not appear to be given. All you could do was hear the word but I could never tell if the letter “d” was pronounced at the end of some words or not. I had to learn this outside of Duolingo. To conclude this is SPECTACULAR language learning app and I recommend it for all who want to try a new language.
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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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  • Jul 31, 2020

    By Evan Ho
    Duolingo will not get you to fluency because of one huge problem. It does not explain anything to you. Grammar structure, gender cases, all of those things aren't ever explained. You can certainly use it to help boost your vocabulary, however. The best use I can think of this app is if you are in school learning a language, and you want practice or want a bigger vocabulary. Used this to practice French, and now expanded my vocabulary in it. Point is, you'll need to have other resources.
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  • 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! ❤️❤️
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  • Jul 31, 2020

    By Aleiya Kerrigan
    Its a good app to, especially when you are starting at the very begginging. I am currently learning korean, and it has helped me learn more things than i would from other apps. My only problem with it is that there is no option for a book in korean. That made me a bit annoyed because that was one of the main reasons i got the app, but it still is an amazing.
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  • 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!!
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  • (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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • 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.
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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

  • ONE OF THE BEST WOULD RECOMMEND, SOME SMALL SUGGESTIONS AND ISSUES Sep 29, 2019

    By no4Ds
    If you are just starting out on a language this is the app. You learn words effectively and it is very good at encouraging to learn. The unfortunate thing was it got very repetitive and takes some time to get through to learn new words. It was very good when I first started learning Norwegian or Norsk Bokmål. I got the basics but really just basics. Duolingo won’t make you fluent but it is a great starting place and language practice tool to have when first encountering a new language. Don’t expect yourself to learn an entire language with Duolingo alone but it is great when wanting to practice the language you are learning or getting a few new words. Once again, it doesn’t feel like you are making super fast progress or you have grown quickly but I always enjoying going on and practicing. Another problem is that I never really understood why something was some way and Duolingo did not really do a good job explaining the reasons behind something so I was left confused. The good thing is these questions can be answered on the forum that Duolingo provides. Also the pronunciation does not appear to be given. All you could do was hear the word but I could never tell if the letter “d” was pronounced at the end of some words or not. I had to learn this outside of Duolingo. To conclude this is SPECTACULAR language learning app and I recommend it for all who want to try a new language.
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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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  • 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! ❤️❤️
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  • Aug 1, 2020

    By TastyToiletPaper !
    It's a fun and very easy way to help you learn a new language. I've been working on my French for school and this app has really helped me expand my vocabulary. It's extremely easy to use and so far met my expectations. The only problem for me is that there aren't all the languages up (I know this would take alot of work, but would be awesome). This is a problem for me because I've really wanted to learn Maltese since my grandparents are from Malta and would be really cool to speak fluently.
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  • Jul 31, 2020

    By 1 2
    Have been using this app for about 30 days and can confidently say that IT IS JUST GREAT! I absolutely love the playful format of learning: it's much more motivating and catchy which is so important at the beginning of language learning journey. Love the quality of the lessons, and especially easy short tips to them which can simplify the hardest and scariest rules and make learning simple and joyful. Thank you to the creators of the app for true dedication and amazing job they are doing!😍
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  • Jul 31, 2020

    By Aleiya Kerrigan
    Its a good app to, especially when you are starting at the very begginging. I am currently learning korean, and it has helped me learn more things than i would from other apps. My only problem with it is that there is no option for a book in korean. That made me a bit annoyed because that was one of the main reasons i got the app, but it still is an amazing.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!
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  • Jul 31, 2020

    By Evan Ho
    Duolingo will not get you to fluency because of one huge problem. It does not explain anything to you. Grammar structure, gender cases, all of those things aren't ever explained. You can certainly use it to help boost your vocabulary, however. The best use I can think of this app is if you are in school learning a language, and you want practice or want a bigger vocabulary. Used this to practice French, and now expanded my vocabulary in it. Point is, you'll need to have other resources.
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  • Jul 31, 2020

    By Charles Greco
    Love that it's a free site, and I understand that requires ads, but I've been getting hammered mercilessly lately to join duolingo plus. Its been stepped up and truly getting annoying. Also, I had a 109 day streak which was erased because I thought I applied a weekend streak freeze and turned out to be only one day freeze. Very disappointing. I was nearly going to uninstall app. I'd recommend, but only lukewarmly.
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  • Aug 1, 2020

    By Deborah G.
    The quality of the lessons varies widely depending on the language you are learning. I can recommend the Spanish lessons, but the Japanese course seems to be glitchy as it often doesn't load the sound, which doesn't happen with the Spanish course. The voice is very unclear to the point of being unrecognizable; I've tried listening to simple Japanese in other places and found it much easier. There is little explanation for the grammar, only briefly before you start the lesson, not during.
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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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  • 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!!
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  • (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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Questionable way to learn German Jan 1, 2019

    By big-prof
    German has words that do not translate into English. I have no way of knowing if conversational German uses the words or not. The app seems to merge conversational with translated German, changing the definition(if the word doesn’t translate how is this possible) German has the concept of singular, plural and formal you, to say nothing about one word having many meanings (like she they and you). The difference can sometimes be gleaned by verb context, this contextual translation works German to English but not English to German. If the user guesses wrong to many times they get the thrill of time spent and no credit and the doing endless practice to repeat the guessing game. By the way if I tried translation applications often Getting incorrect answers, sometimes making using the app a guessing game. The only option is to memorize( not a way to learn) or spend many hours searching the web for clarification( since this is part of learning why don‘t I get time spent points) otherwise scrap the points counter and continuous days used counter. Starting a lesson only to discover you don‘t understand something put you in a position of stopping and getting no credit wasting time continuing(guessing) getting five wrong and again getting no credit. I understand the complexity of adding explanations but this would add to the learning environment of the student.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • Good app but too many mistakes are preventing me from learning! Oct 22, 2017

    By Jdksndlbskdjsljspjdpsk
    Used to be a 5 star app, but the many glitches and you need to have "health" in order to learn new subjects, witch is absolutely abused, learning new things is restricted because of this. I've moved into the number portion and one of the questions I got was to write the number 4 in Spanish. So I wrote out 4 in Spanish. Duolingo said it was wrong and that the correct answer was 4(yes the number) I thought that was absolutely idiotic that that was a question but the next time I got asked that question I put the number 4. Duolingo still said it was wrong and said the correct solution was the number 4, witch is what I put. So I went to report the question but it did t give me the usual options, all it said "there is a problem with this exercise" witch must mean plenty of other people have reported it too. But either way, I still got asked this question multiple times until all my "health" wore out. This isn't the 1st time I got a question counted wrong even though it was right, but this is the first time the mistake got made over and over again. Because of this I can not move on to the lesson. And some suggestions, you should add vocab questions in the beginning of the lessons like how you do when you're a beginner in a new language on Duolingo. You should also offer explanations on why you got a question wrong instead of just giving them the correct answer.
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  • Sigh Jul 29, 2020

    By JSKauf
    Came back after a while to find since I last used it the app has taken away the option to disable word bank and type in a response (Chinese in this case). Super annoying and not as effective to not be able to practice typing in the characters native to the language, never mind it being way too easy when you have the answers written in front of you already in the form of a word bank vs. a blank slate. *Please* bring that feature back, it’s ridiculous to not have that option and I don’t know why you’d de-feature something that was optional and beneficial. Also, video ads are SUPER broken now! If you get hit with one and it hitches rather than starting to stream, the countdown to close the ad just freezes with the frozen stream. It happens regardless of whichever video ad tries to load and have confirmed my down/up speeds are blazing fast and never the issue. Just shoddy work. Only option is to force close the app and reload. One of these times I’m going to just close the app and go back to Memrise or HelloChinese and not come back. Honestly dumbfounded to find the app worse off than it was when I used it this time last year. Seems backward. I get that I could re-subscribe to premium like I had done before and presumably the ad issues would go away, but I’m not paying to support an app that gets worse with time. At minimum the word bank thing needs to be fixed and pronto.
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