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Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

Duolingo

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

4.7 Ratings 11M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
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Ratings & Reviews

4.7
11.2M+ Ratings
  1. 5
    81%
  2. 4
    13%
  3. 3
    3%
  4. 2
    1%
  5. 1
    2%
  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Jennifer Machacek
    It's free, not too many ads, easy to use, the level of knowledge could aim higher and i would love to have an area only for vocabulary and one for grammar (which is mostly missing). It's nice to use while on the way... I could image that for language beginners the learning rate is quite high. But if you are already basic speaker, it might not challenge you at all.
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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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  • 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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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By x rampion
    The only issue I've had with this app is occasional missing audio, and reporting these problems is made incredibly simple and easy. For such an ambitious project the team behind duo really focus on the details, making sure every aspect is fun, easy and engaging. I love their commitment to free education, duolingo premium offers some great additional features but isn't at all necessary for a full experience. I'm going to go premium as soon as I can afford to just so I can support their cause.
    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
  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Dana Phillips
    Until the latest program upgrade, I would have given this app 5 stars. The upgrade forces you to use the ad free version at a monthly fee that would get you all of the HBO channels. The program now lets you five mistakes (taking away your 5 daily hearts), which is fine if you are not trying to learn a new segment. When you use your five stars, you have a choice, use most of your reward points learned over many sessions, start paying a monthly fee or wait a day and restart the same lesson.
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Kimberly Chmielewski
    There is a bug in Pres Tense 2, and I can't advance.. I have a 143 day streak going in French on Android, but I can't advance past one certain lesson until the bug is fixed. All the other lessons are locked. I've submitted two bug reports with screenshots, one two weeks ago and the other one a week ago, but received no response. Up until then, it was a total five star app. I definitely feel like I was learning and would like to keeping progressing but can't. That is frustrating and disappointing
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Jill
    I've been using Duolingo for about 3 years and loved that I could make mistakes and learn how to fix them over time. The updated free version, however, now only allows for 5 mistakes before making you spend gems to continue. It's disappointing they're pushing users toward the paid version in order to learn uninterrupted and be able to make mistakes. I now feel like I've invested a lot of time into something I dread and can't afford to upgrade. I will be looking for a better free language app.
    more
  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Eric Lampe
    This used to be a fantastic app. Slowly over the last 2 years they've introduced more and more ads to try and push you to the paid version. Now they push the heart system it's only allows you to make five mistakes a day without having to repeatedly practice a bunch of stuff you already know or pay for the paid version. When the main thing the paid version add is just a way to ignore the heart system you know something is wrong.
    more
  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Petri J
    Duolingo is great! I love the way the language learning is made fun.. but... When you exit a task or a story, the application freezes for a while, scrolling becomes difficult because of the bad performance and my battery percentage starts to go down reeeeally fast! Also when you exit a task or a story, you can't click on anything, but you have to force exit the app and reopen it to be able to click something. I have samsung note 8. I would like to use this app, but it's unusable. :(
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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.
    more
  • 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! 👍
    more
  • Oct 24, 2020

    By x rampion
    The only issue I've had with this app is occasional missing audio, and reporting these problems is made incredibly simple and easy. For such an ambitious project the team behind duo really focus on the details, making sure every aspect is fun, easy and engaging. I love their commitment to free education, duolingo premium offers some great additional features but isn't at all necessary for a full experience. I'm going to go premium as soon as I can afford to just so I can support their cause.
    more
  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Leo Silvagni
    This app is awesome! I love it! I have learned a lot from Duolingo and would really recommend to beginners. The new updates is great with the blue gems, though I think there should be more stuff you could buy in the shops using the gems so it makes the app much more fun to be on. I'd like to get Plus but I think the prices are too high would be nice to have lower options. Great App! Free education!
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Palettes & Pastries
    I love this app! It helped me a lot on where to start in studying my Nihonggo and French. The pictures are very attractive and the bonus dialogues in French are so funny. Although it has a relaxing and fun atmosphere, the friendly competition of the weekly ranking has helped much to strive harder. Suggestion: If it's possible, it would be better to be able to connect with my fellow students, like some kind of chat group for the 50 students on the weekly ranking. That would be awesome.
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Jennifer Machacek
    It's free, not too many ads, easy to use, the level of knowledge could aim higher and i would love to have an area only for vocabulary and one for grammar (which is mostly missing). It's nice to use while on the way... I could image that for language beginners the learning rate is quite high. But if you are already basic speaker, it might not challenge you at all.
    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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  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Noah Marklew
    Great app, even with the new features of lives and whatnot, but I feel like the whole app is advertising Duolingo Plus, which has the same features as what used to be normal, before the lives were introduced. However, I feel like the lives were a welcome update as it stops people from getting stuff wrong on purpose so it tells them the answer. Also, I think the stories are awesome.
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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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Dana Phillips
    Until the latest program upgrade, I would have given this app 5 stars. The upgrade forces you to use the ad free version at a monthly fee that would get you all of the HBO channels. The program now lets you five mistakes (taking away your 5 daily hearts), which is fine if you are not trying to learn a new segment. When you use your five stars, you have a choice, use most of your reward points learned over many sessions, start paying a monthly fee or wait a day and restart the same lesson.
    more
  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Kimberly Chmielewski
    There is a bug in Pres Tense 2, and I can't advance.. I have a 143 day streak going in French on Android, but I can't advance past one certain lesson until the bug is fixed. All the other lessons are locked. I've submitted two bug reports with screenshots, one two weeks ago and the other one a week ago, but received no response. Up until then, it was a total five star app. I definitely feel like I was learning and would like to keeping progressing but can't. That is frustrating and disappointing
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Jill
    I've been using Duolingo for about 3 years and loved that I could make mistakes and learn how to fix them over time. The updated free version, however, now only allows for 5 mistakes before making you spend gems to continue. It's disappointing they're pushing users toward the paid version in order to learn uninterrupted and be able to make mistakes. I now feel like I've invested a lot of time into something I dread and can't afford to upgrade. I will be looking for a better free language app.
    more
  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Eric Lampe
    This used to be a fantastic app. Slowly over the last 2 years they've introduced more and more ads to try and push you to the paid version. Now they push the heart system it's only allows you to make five mistakes a day without having to repeatedly practice a bunch of stuff you already know or pay for the paid version. When the main thing the paid version add is just a way to ignore the heart system you know something is wrong.
    more
  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Sammy Edwards
    You can tell how much they want money. It used to be a very good program, but they have been pushing duolingo premium on you more and more. I had had the app for years and it only now just updated to the hearts. You can only mess up 5 times a day before you cant continue on. On premium you have unlimited hearts. It has dragged my opinion of duolingo down significantly.
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Petri J
    Duolingo is great! I love the way the language learning is made fun.. but... When you exit a task or a story, the application freezes for a while, scrolling becomes difficult because of the bad performance and my battery percentage starts to go down reeeeally fast! Also when you exit a task or a story, you can't click on anything, but you have to force exit the app and reopen it to be able to click something. I have samsung note 8. I would like to use this app, but it's unusable. :(
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Emrys Rhodes
    Hey, loved the app without the hearts, easily 4 or 5 stars. This heart system is garbage. They say it's to encourage checking your answers and really thinking about your answers, because boy they sure want people to learn best they can, but for some odd reason, the paid version has unlimited hearts. So, you're fine with paying customers apparently "learning poorly"? I'm likely going to delete the app and use the desktop version, and if that gets hearts, well, time to find another service.
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By A Google user
    Wonderful to freshen up languages, still trying to learn new ones with it. The ads are not that intrusive . My only complaint is: the new (i.e. since the last five or so updates) visuals are completly ugly. Really really ugly! Edit: The last update reintroduced ridiculously expensive hearts you loose if you make an error. This app is now pay to learn.
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  • Oct 26, 2020

    By A Google user
    Absolutely hate your update. Be honest. You did this for one reason to force us to your pay site. If new to app stay away. I have not missed a day in over 400 days. I used over 2000 gems to complete 4 new lessons yesterday. The more advance lessons before you move on are complex and it often took me many tries to learn. 5 hearts is a joke The sad part is the joke is on us. Greed deserves what you get. The adds should be enouth on the free site. Also 450 gems for 5 stars is insane. Change back!
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By ippy-1 ippy-1
    Update awful - forces payment. It was fine, I used the app a lot. The new update involves a process in which if you have a wrong answer (typo, misspelling, or not the preferred answer on the app) you lose a "heart". Lose 5 and you cannot continue your lesson unless you pay for more. Essentially, now it makes sense to pay for a dedicated language program rather than this app that reaembles a game encouraging payments. Disappointed.
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