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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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  • 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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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Caroline Baker
    I haven't used duolingo for quite some time, but I just re-downloaded it. I think it's always been great, but now with the "stories" tab, it's even better! I think the stories are super helpful to hear/use the language you're learning in a functional way rather than just using short phrases. I have the free version so there are ads which is a little annoying but totally worth it. I love duolingo!
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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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  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Jacques Kuun
    They definitely improved the way the app works. So much so that I would have given five stars. But they reintroduced the hearts system AND made it more unforgiving. The most aspect of the entire app. Only a subscription will remove this. Why? That's on top of them removing the options to type out your own answers a few months ago. It was THE best way to learn. And the adds (remember when they didn't even have adds?) are more distracting now.
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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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  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Jemma M Young
    They recently changed the app so you have hearts. If you make mistakes you lose hearts and if you run out you have to pay money to keep learning. My daughter whose only 8 has been using this app to learn Japanese, but makes lots of mistakes cause she's a kid. With this change she can't make any progress without forking over money (and she doesn't learn well under stress.) Mistakes is part of the learning process and now they are penalizing part of the learning process.
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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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  • GLITCHY Mar 8, 2021

    By katyqt
    I used to love this app so much that I bought a subscription which I have had for several months now. Too often when I participate in the challenge, I get the “something went wrong” message and cannot get access to it for several hours. Additionally, is the aggravating glitch of tapping on French words to form sentences and instead of the correct word, a string of French I do not understand is substituted! This has been occurring for several weeks. I have written to Duolingo’s support team but have not heard back yet. I have cancelled my subscription until these problems are rectified. I will update my review then. As an update: I have had this app for about a year. It has been very useful in learning the basic French I want to surprise my goddaughters’ family with when I visit them in France. I had Duolingo Plus for a few months, but discontinued when problems were never addressed such as the wrong translations for basic French words and phrases, ZERO feedback from customer service and the ever constant “something went wrong” message which disallows playing in the experience challenge. To this day, NONE of these problems have been resolved. An additional annoyance is the app has for two consecutive weeks not awarded the 1500 gems for earning first place in league play. There has been no response from Duolingo as to why. Seemingly no attention to these continuing issues is the reason I will tolerate the 5 heart system and advertisements, as annoying as they are.
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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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  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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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Caroline Baker
    I haven't used duolingo for quite some time, but I just re-downloaded it. I think it's always been great, but now with the "stories" tab, it's even better! I think the stories are super helpful to hear/use the language you're learning in a functional way rather than just using short phrases. I have the free version so there are ads which is a little annoying but totally worth it. I love duolingo!
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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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  • 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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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Chris Caylor
    I appreciate this app and can definitely say it has helped me, though it's frustrating when I have to constantly "restore" lessons. I can't help but feel like it "breaks" these lessons at random and I feel like it's preventing me from progressing because I keep focusing on them. That, and while I understand lessons at built for you to read, listen, and write the same phrases, they tend to get really repetitive.
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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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  • 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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  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Maria Battilana
    The app is very nicely done, it allows you to compete with friends so that you keep yourself motivated to stay trained. I am practising german wich I studied already in school and I have to say that the app is helping me to remember a lot of things, train pronunciation and learn a couple new vocabulary. It's not however a complete way to learn a language, I think at some point you reach a threshold. Maybe I can give a different rating after I start leaning a different language from zero :)
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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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  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Jacques Kuun
    They definitely improved the way the app works. So much so that I would have given five stars. But they reintroduced the hearts system AND made it more unforgiving. The most aspect of the entire app. Only a subscription will remove this. Why? That's on top of them removing the options to type out your own answers a few months ago. It was THE best way to learn. And the adds (remember when they didn't even have adds?) are more distracting now.
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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Shirley Wright
    They keep changing the game up and how it plays. After each game the amount of offers is annoying but it's a free game. You can get the pro version. Sometimes the ads are glitchy and there is no X to get out of it or you have to press the X a couple of times. In Spanish it offers an explanation sometimes when you mess up but in the other languages I'm learning it doesn't. I wish it did. Lately when I finish a game it doesn't automatically go up, bar went up but not the number. Fix please.
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  • Apr 4, 2021

    By Tisa shakya
    This app has helped me but I am not a fan of the hearts and lives in the app because I think when we need to learn a new language or anything, it shouldn't really be limited like that, we all make mistakes, and it could be urgent of any way (one mistake is one life lost, and three hours for just one more heart is WAY too long 😕😪). Also could you add Nepali to the list of languages to learn?
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  • Apr 5, 2021

    By Victoria Nadon-Lachance
    For the most part the language skills in the app are perfectly good. There are some circumstances where alternative forms are acceptable but not recognized. I think more literal translation would be beneficial. As well as some direct practice in verb conjugation. Which is important in French (my language pick) if I didn't have this knowledge prior to starting, I'd be struggling in this app alot more. Editors pls note.
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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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  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Jemma M Young
    They recently changed the app so you have hearts. If you make mistakes you lose hearts and if you run out you have to pay money to keep learning. My daughter whose only 8 has been using this app to learn Japanese, but makes lots of mistakes cause she's a kid. With this change she can't make any progress without forking over money (and she doesn't learn well under stress.) Mistakes is part of the learning process and now they are penalizing part of the learning process.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • GLITCHY Mar 8, 2021

    By katyqt
    I used to love this app so much that I bought a subscription which I have had for several months now. Too often when I participate in the challenge, I get the “something went wrong” message and cannot get access to it for several hours. Additionally, is the aggravating glitch of tapping on French words to form sentences and instead of the correct word, a string of French I do not understand is substituted! This has been occurring for several weeks. I have written to Duolingo’s support team but have not heard back yet. I have cancelled my subscription until these problems are rectified. I will update my review then. As an update: I have had this app for about a year. It has been very useful in learning the basic French I want to surprise my goddaughters’ family with when I visit them in France. I had Duolingo Plus for a few months, but discontinued when problems were never addressed such as the wrong translations for basic French words and phrases, ZERO feedback from customer service and the ever constant “something went wrong” message which disallows playing in the experience challenge. To this day, NONE of these problems have been resolved. An additional annoyance is the app has for two consecutive weeks not awarded the 1500 gems for earning first place in league play. There has been no response from Duolingo as to why. Seemingly no attention to these continuing issues is the reason I will tolerate the 5 heart system and advertisements, as annoying as they are.
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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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  • The Worst App I Have Ever Downloaded Jan 29, 2021

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