Duolingo: language lessons

4.6
Category Education
Developer Duolingo
Platform Android
Package com.duolingo
Learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, English and more languages for free.

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Reviews (240)

Vladimir Andral
Jun 7, 2022
An awesome way to learn a new language. It starts very basic and it advances as you get better. It identifies areas where you're weak based on your wrong answers and how long you take to answer the questions, then adjust the questions it asks you to help you overcome your specific challenges. Very well-designed. A dynamic learning tool. Highly recommend. I paid not to see ads, so can't speak to how annoying they are. I don't see any ads.
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Samantha B
Jun 7, 2022
Good app. If I get a question wrong, it usually repeats it more than usual for me to learn it. Barely anything you have to pay for, and no obnoxious ads or lag. So far I've been using Duolingo for around a month, and I have learned the basics of Spanish already. Highly recommend downloading if you want to learn different languages. Only thing I think could be added is a timezone converter incase your timezone is set differently on your device for some reason and you need to change it.
Julie Schlichte
Jun 7, 2022
Decades ago, I took 2 years of college-level Spanish. I had no confidence in speaking until practicing on Duolingo recently. Fantastic app. I still recommend at least 1 semester of proper Spanish instruction to get the language pattern, but Duolingo has taught me more (with more confidence) about sentence structure without the stress of a grade in school.
J T
Jun 7, 2022
Duolingo as a company, five stars. An opportunity to learn a new language for free, amazing! The app, one star. First off, the hearts? Really just let me learn. I don't have to worry about "hearts" on a browser, just the app. I paid for a month of plus it hasn't fixed any of my streak repairs, only saved because I had bought streak freezes with gems. So I have plus, still have to worry about hearts and buying streak freezes with gems other than no adds I don't see the point of plus.
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Genesis Contreeas
Jun 7, 2022
This app is so good with teaching you languages and it's free, but it will give you a choice to buy the whole thing like get more stuff like infinite hearts and gems. And the game is fun to! What makes it more fun is that it has a leader board! So the more XP you get the more higher in the leader board you get. So you can challenge yourself. But over all its a pretty good game I learned lots of new words in Spanish and I already new Spanish!
Hayli Favors
Jun 6, 2022
I've been using Duolingo for almost 2 months straight now using the Plus subscription. If you're serious about wanting to be consistent, it's worth it. As someone with ADHD, I like that it gamifies learning. It helps keep me motivated to continue learning. There is a leaderboard to give you motivation if you're competitive and there are "streaks" to make sure you do a lesson daily. I really love the new update btw with the characters being more animated instead of just pictures, nice touch!
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Rin M
Jun 6, 2022
Its fantastic, one of the best apps I've used to learn Japanese. However,when learning the characters,it has you draw them yourself,but the answer doesn't always match the ones it uses to teach you (like a different style of the character). Then, It'll ask to draw "o" but expect you to know its "wo" instead. And it uses kanji characters without teaching you the meanings of the individual ones. It doesn't teach you grammar either,especially the difference of formal & informal speech,its crucial.
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olyl w
Jun 6, 2022
In-app purchases & tons of ads - nags to buy paid version ($60/yr). Terrible for beginning languages that don't use the Roman alphabet. Chinese characters too small to easily distinguish. Cookie cutter approach doesn't work well for many languages. Speech recognition randomly fails. Lessons can take a long time to load. Doesn't teach enough vocabularly. Bottom line: OK for drilling grammar. Supplement with other apps & reading for vocab building if you want to be able to communicate.
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Nadir Reeves
Jun 6, 2022
I was a bit iffy at first. Their price is steep. A year of Duolingo is the same price as owning an entire language through Rosetta stone. But, this app treats things different. It sounds out letters and words for hours, before slowly making you do it without the sounds. It turns it into a game. And it WORKS. I'm planning on getting the paid version soon. Honestly, I can't thank you guys enough 😍🙏
cam o
Jun 6, 2022
I love that I can learn many languages for free!! but it does suck that, with the free version, we can only make five mistakes within a certain time. I understand it's free but it's kind of discouraging; mistakes are part of success. also, I noticed that Duo ABC for kids implements writing. would you be able to do that with this app? such as Arabic, Russian, Korean, Chinese (also Japanese Kanji), etc. since it is part of learning a language. (06/05/22)
Brent Day
Jun 6, 2022
When the ads are twice the volume of the lessons, I want to jettison Duo into the stratosphere. :) Update: I do, however, love getting marked wrong for right answers. And when my progress is vaporized due to a bug, it makes my day. :) :) :) Update 2: New bug just dropped. No more pesky animations.
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Nancy Larisey
Jun 5, 2022
I love this app, so each to learn, and it can agrevate you at times when you don't get the spelling right, but sometimes it just shows the misspelling so you can correct it. Other times when the mistake makes it another word your marked wrong. Over all a great app to use to learn a new language, I'm actually learning several, of course they all count for your scores on daily or monthly competition with friends or family. Try it ! I'm sure you will enjoy this app as much if not more than I do.
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Tekippe House
Jun 5, 2022
I cant figure out how to follow and friend people. It doesn't give me the option to do either of those things, even though i've seen my friends do it. I cant change or access my privacy settings so i have no clue if thats the reason why. Otherwise, its a great app that helps you to learn languages. Would reccomend if you're okay with not connecting with friends on the app!
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david davis
Jun 5, 2022
It's easy to do just open, take whatever time you have, and learn quickly. I've only been using for about a week and am impressed and willing to keep learning every day. Been using this app for over a year. Still enjoy it. I like taking my time. I don't like the app sending me scolding emails when I miss time on the app every single day because I'm on vacation, have other things to do or have COVID!! Leave off the scolding messages.
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Levi Cullen
Jun 5, 2022
Honestly, I used to hate the app in Spanish class but I have to grudgingly admit that it is really freakin good. I've touched up my rusty Spanish and started picking up Japanese pretty quickly all because of Duolingo. It would be a disservice not to give it 5 starts and recommend it. Ads are a little annoying but they need funding somehow and they're not too often anyways. Very clean interface too so it's easy to navigate and change between languages.
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Don Horsman
Jun 5, 2022
Learning Japanese, Spanish, Korean, and German! I'm pleased with the progress the app has helped me make. Multiple speakers and a variety of teaching methods should be able to accommodate almost every learning style. I've used the free version with ads, and the free trial of premium. The ads in the free version are not terribly long or annoying.
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Breanna Cardin
Jun 4, 2022
It's good for learning the basics, but I would definitely recommend reading and listening to songs and stuff in the language you want to learn. This gives hardly any grammar tips, which has been really annoying since you only have five hearts. Not bad for a free app but definitely not that great either.
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KR McKay
Jun 4, 2022
I am learning basic Spanish words and phrases -- which is more than I knew, before! 😂 I wish it was possible to have it more like a "classroom setting," but, that would be nearly impossible to do. The thing is, there are many Spanish speakers, where I live. And, they speak SO quickly, I STILL can catch only a word or two, after 200+ days, on the app. However, in the exercises in the app in which you listen and then write down what you heard, I don't have to use the "slow" playback, as often...
Autumn Rainha
Jun 4, 2022
A better use of your down time than browsing memes or reels. I already had a little background in the language I chose (French) and Duo has made it easy tp dive back into on my own time. I find myself checking Duo before Facebook/Instagram/TikTok first thing in the morning and during breaks in my day. The breaks from audio and apeaking make it easy to practice even when you cannot do those portions. Reward systems keep you motivated to oractice and level up. I like the stories portion as well.
blood
Jun 4, 2022
There are problems with Duolingo, as there are with most everything, but for being a free to use (with a premium option for a few additional perks that you don't "need" by any means) it's a great learning tool. I find myself practicing as if it were a game at times. Very practical. Simple. Effective, and fun.
Evan C
Jun 3, 2022
Cool resource, though the gamification isn't a feature for me. It just slows me down. I've also always been confused about what I'm supposed to do in what order. Quality of course content and features varies widely between languages - if you're learning a very popular language, you'll get the best experience. The ads on the free version have gotten pretty obnoxious lately.
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Nancy Gomez
Jun 3, 2022
Great app! Love that each lesson is short, but, so educational. It's simple and fun while learning a new language. They keep you motivated and inspired throughout the lessons. Definitely would recommend to anyone wanting to learn, but, does not have alot of time, it's literally 5 min a day! Try it, I promise you'll Love it! ❤️
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Andrea Kelley
Jun 3, 2022
I have enjoyed learning with this app. It has pretty realistic phrases and a good way to learn them. I was almost reluctant to give a full five stars, because there have been quite a few little mistakes and inconsistencies that I flag over and over sometimes of the criteria in acceptance of your answers or mistakes, glitches within the app.
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Clock Work
Jun 3, 2022
I've been on and off duolingo for a few years now and it's really nice be able to just jump right back into my lessons without the app finger wagging at me like some others. The lessons are so easy to understand and get into. I've been enjoying the stories especially it's the exact thing this app needed. I can speak Spanish about as well as a 4 year old now and I'm grateful for that.
Sheila
Jun 3, 2022
Numerous languages! Not only builds one's vocabulary in chosen language, but also helps one to learn verb forms & structure. Makes learning fun with funny sentences or cute stories one may choose instead. It allows feedback on each exercise & one can read other's comments on the exercises. One ranks up through leagues by doing the exercises and see how s/he is doing compared to the millions of others using Duolingo.
Terry Teeters
Jun 2, 2022
I've used Duolingo for over two years and have enjoyed learning Spanish. Recently,(over the last couple of months) I've noticed that the app has stolen hearts that I've earned through practice, restore, and by watching ads! Also, it would be good of Duolingo to point out idiomatic expressions that need to be memorized, especially when they don't follow the rest of the lesson. Other than that, I find the variety of stories and lessons to be both realistic and delightful. Thanks!
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Brandon Willis
Jun 2, 2022
Good, Not Great. I've been using this app for over a year, and generally like it. It's motivating and fun, and I've learned a lot. There are also things that suck about it: It's insanely precise. If there's even one letter off (easy to make small mistakes, esp. on a phone keyboard) it marks the entire response wrong. Also annoying: If you check the scoreboard then return to the lessons, it positions you at Level 1, not where you left off. Also stinks that discussions are now locked.
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Joy Holland
Jun 2, 2022
I love all the language and learning options, amazing for a free language learning app, though I will mention a downside which is they mostly only teach Formal versions of languages and there is little to no simulation for conversation practice. Many other apps have an option where you can have a "conversation" with an AI or a part of the app. Without that, it makes it very difficult to use in informal and personal situations. But overall its a lot better then otherwise.
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Igun G
Jun 2, 2022
Enjoyable and diverse. Not perfect in every way but, that is a difficult hill to climb. From my perspective as a linguist, Duo is a great first step for any language learner. Ultimately, working alongside native speakers should be the goal but, never discount the massive benefit of repetition to absorb a new language.
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Carina Wilkerson
Jun 2, 2022
I personally love this app because it makes learning other languages a bit easier. I don't like being taught by teachers because it's difficult for me to understand by just sitting and listening. Duolingo is a perfect app for any kind of learning speeds too! You can always go back to lessons. Duolingo is also fun. I don't get bored by it often. I give it five stars.
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Mysti Duncan
Jun 2, 2022
This app is great, the crew I just started working with like this app. Just one drawback, some of the lessons have content that I have not viewed yet so I get a lot of it wrong. Otherwise, it is great and I have just signed up for the 'plus' so I can get the help I need. It's easy to navigate, teaches writing the language as well as reading and speaking. The characters that pop up often are adorable. I strongly recommend Duolingo to anyone that wants to learn a language quickly without pain.
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Jason Pool
Jun 2, 2022
So far it's the best language learning app I have tried. I've tried 3 others, the second best starts with a B. This one is very interactive and mixes up different ways for your practice. You can earn "fun" rewards, and has techniques to keep you motivated. It has one of the best free programs, but purchase the product and you will not be disappointed. It is well worth the small fee for the quality, ease of use, and fun ways to learn a new language. This app is perfect for any age, or level.
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Joshua Jerome
Jun 2, 2022
Really wanted to give a better score. I've loved this app for months until it completely lost all my progress. I had that achievement for 1st place in the highest tier I had golded all the hiragana in the Japanese course and was moving along. Then I lost EVERYTHING. now it's hard to get back into it and start over. Contacted support and have never received a response this was months ago. And my account was like a year old that I lost all progress on. Even had to re add friends.
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Loomo
Jun 2, 2022
You learn a decent amount from this app. My main problem with it, is it dosnt explain the difference between the different versions of the same word. So if you get the variation of the word wrong, you keep getting it wrong, and it dosnt explain why. The're also pretty imbalanced with what words that pop up in questions, like the word belt has shown up 3 or 4 times in one lesson, but shirt has shown up about 40 times
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Valli Funk
Jun 2, 2022
I think this is a great app and it's very helpful. Personally, I have taken language courses through school and learned the majority in person, and this app is serving the purpose of polishing my skills, expanding my vocabulary, and showing me irregular words and phrases I might not be familiar with. It definitely requires some self-motivation to get your language skills up, but the tools are right in front of you here.
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Troy Robinson
Jun 2, 2022
Duolingo starts easy and builds the lessons up to higher complexity. The learning is very game-like so you enjoy the time you spend. I love the pronunciation the app does so I can learn to hear and speak faster. I use the free option which gives you 5 mistakes (hearts) a day. If you lose your 5 hearts and want to keep learning you can refill a a heart or two by completing a practice session. Each session takes between 3 and 10 minutes. I am enjoying this very much.
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Lulu CasZam
Jun 2, 2022
Due to a stroke I suffered in 2006, I have been struggling with speech and language deficiencies. We just recently found this App and it has helped me so much! Not just to re-learn English but it has helped me to concentrate on the positive of life, plus it is fun to compete in the leagues. One thing I do struggle with is the typing, the stroke damaged the right side of my body, so I cannot use my right hand for typing. In this case, my husband helped with typing the comment.
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Mealika Brown
Jun 2, 2022
I used to love the app until I took a progress quiz. I did well on it and opened up a bunch of new lessons. I was happy about that until I realized the lessons completed until they are purple still require you take them as practice. I understand continuing to use skills previously learned, but newer lessons build upon the old lessons. So why do I have to keep practicing the old lessons when I'll use that skill in a future lesson? I don't have enough time in the day to both practice/complete new.
Jane Ivy
Jun 1, 2022
My friend recommended Duolingo to me and it's been super awesome. The learning style is easy and they mix it up enough that it doesn't feel dull. The biggest thing for me is it's like a game, where you earn XP and have a leaderboard, and there's different achievements and things you can unlock, which makes the experience more dynamic. The biggest drawback is they don't have a word review mode to track the words you're learning. I also which they would offer an option that used images not English
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Philip J. Piszek
Jun 1, 2022
Very easy to use. Having the native speakers speak even on the wrong answers is very helpful because you can practice hearing over and over again until you get it right. Anytime you can integrate a native speaker with the words is very helpful. Visual cues help too. Having studied many languages on it now, I do see that they spent most effort on Spanish cut corners on other languages as far as features (Polish) , stories (Italian) and ability to slow down pronunciation. (Korean, Arabic, Swahili)
J Fuller
Jun 1, 2022
It's good I'm taking a German course to help review German I have learned. My biggest complaint is that the app is very picky on what it counts right and not. Sometimes if you try to sound out a word and completely misspell the word , the app will count it correct other times if you forget one letter because you are typing faster I let will count it wrong. Very annoyed with it
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Jackson Cox
May 31, 2022
This is a good app for learning, and it's easy to use and review old things. The ads aren't that intrusive, and it's good enough to consider paying anyway. But the new energy system is just so annoying. This is always the worst thing any mobile game can do, but with Duolingo it's much worse, because I'm actually trying to do something productive, and it's more annoying to get more energy than in another app I've downloaded. This app would be five stars even with the ads, but this is too much.
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Hayley Mattern
May 31, 2022
Pretty good app! There are a few things I think would be really nice! Having a section that lists all the words you have learned would be wonderful. And also I think being able to direct message friends would be nice! I have ended up with a friend on duolingo and we both speak different languages and she is actually learning my native one. we both like to congratulate each other on achievements with the button but being able to say hi to her would be awesome:)
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Jenny G
May 31, 2022
I want to love it but when it comes down to it, the ads are excessive. 4/2022 update: I'm almost to checkpoint 2 and have run into a bunch of lessons where they're expecting me to know things I couldn't possibly know. Putting a at the beginning of a sentence, adding te or mi... None of this came up in the lessons and now I'm getting everything wrong because when I click for the help by tapping on words it's not correct either. 5/30/22: all of the above is still infuriatingly true.
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Aaron Smit
May 31, 2022
This app is decent, all things considered, now that they've made the ads reasonable again. It's way too easy to lose hearts, though. Their grading is not always so great, and it can be very frustrating at times. There are many grammatical nuances you'll never learn until you're wondering why you got marked wrong.
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Ketury Stein
May 31, 2022
I love this app. I've been studying Spanish with Duolingo on my desktop for over two years, and I just started using the phone app. It's really fun and motivating, and I want to stick with it for longer sessions. I like the challenge matches, being able to speak some answers, and being able to get comfortable while playing...I mean studying. ❤️
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Justin
May 31, 2022
The new update made everything so much worse. The ads are hyper annoying. The app doesn't help you learn new words and instead pushes you further into uncharted territory with little to no explanations. It knows you will lose hearts and have to either wait, buy back a refill, or pay the ridiculous cost for their premium service. This is the worst update to happen since I started in 2012. I don't want to learn with Duo anymore because of this. Your greed is unparalleled.
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Chalyse
May 31, 2022
Love this app. By far the best language app I've seen by far. Motivating, fun, easy to understand, love the pace. Some people complain about only having five hearts, however, if you are taking the time to try, you'll either get it right because you know it, or wrong because you don't. Then, after you run out of hearts, you can practice to earn more hearts by going to a previous lesson. Another complaint is the ads, but seriously, REALLY not bad AT ALL. Occasional, easy to close ads after lesson.
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John Emington
May 30, 2022
In the exercises where you choose the word bubbles and put them in order, if you notice you've made a mistake and wish to fix it, you are forced to delete all the bubbles after the mistake first, rather than just being able to plug the correct word into it's place, which is time consuming, and unnecessarily annoying. This only happens on Android, and not on Apple iOs.
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Joseph Hlavaty
May 30, 2022
The app needs redesign for those with sight and hand issues. The characters in character-based lessons are simply too small to read. There needs to be a way to increase the character size to see what is being displayed. Otherwise a misread leads to needless mistakes for the user. I know a user with shoulder issues who has problems when their arms spasm that they submit an answer even before they have typed much of anything, also leading to needless errors. Thank you!
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Maxime Tiran
May 30, 2022
The app is great. The gamification is very effective at pushing you to keep going. The only thing is that I find the exercises a bit too easy, mostly because it's mostly multiple choices, which makes it easy to proceed by elimination. I wish there were more straight translation questions.
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Robert Coffin
May 30, 2022
I previously learned Italian 60 years ago. I'm using Duolingo as a refresher course. It works very well however minor mistakes cancels out all the progress I made and some of the lessons. This is not conducive to having me keep using Duolingo. I will keep trying but you know everybody makes mistakes but why should you have to start completely all over again if you missed one certain area. Thank you
Adam
May 30, 2022
A list of words already learned and their meanings would help a lot. Trying to do the lessons the next day when you've forgotten or are confused means you lose a lot of hearts and can't make progress. I remember most of them but then there are some words that just aren't brought up nearly as much as other words, making it hard to commit them to memory. Please add a section to review already learned words. PLEASE LOWER THE VICTORY SOUND. ITS FAR TOO LOUD CONPARED TO EVERYTHING ELSE.
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Janie Pettus
May 30, 2022
It's been a delightful learning experience! The tips before each lesson are so helpful as are the graphics that accompany the introduction of new words. The repetition of verb conjugation is one of its greatest teaching techniques. Thank you. It's a pleasure learning with Domingo
Eric Porter
May 29, 2022
Enjoying the program. By making it feel more like a game you have made it easier to learn. And I love that it is free (unless you go Plus) Speaking of Plus. I like that you offer a free 2wk trial. However, I see no indicators of how much it costs after that. My experience has been that programs that are afraid to tell you the cost tend to be expensive which makes me less likely to try the free trial out of fear of getting hit with a cost I can't afford. It feels like an underhanded tactic.
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676
May 29, 2022
This app is exceptional in teaching a new language, they have many features that help with building a strong understanding. For example there are options to slow down pronunciation in specific words that way you can grasp the word properly. Overall great I would recommend getting the yearly subscription that way you are free to make all the mistakes you need.
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Marie De Rouen
May 29, 2022
The app is very well designed. However, it is difficult to keep playing because of the "heart" aspect. There is only 1 way to regenerate hearts, other than buying a membership. And it takes 2+ hours to gain hearts automatically. So the first one is a 2 hour wait; the second one is a 3 hour wait after the 2 hour wait, and I think the 3rd is either a 4 or 5 hour wait. By then I have forgotten the error and how I made it, so I end up making the mistake repeatedly. Frustrating!
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Steampunk Wolf
May 29, 2022
I like this app, but there's one key feature I think it's missing. Where are all of the grammar explanations? I'm trying to learn Italian as a native English speaker, and an explanation of the grammar rules would be tremendously helpful. English is not a language with mansuline and feminine words, so sometimes it's very confusing. Also, the heart system should go. There have been lessons that I can't complete because I miss one letter and it takes an entire heart, and 5 hearts is not a lot.
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Amethystah
May 29, 2022
I'm impressed how fast, fun, and easy duolingo has made it to learn Italian for me. But the heart and gem systems really harm learning. Especially if you're having trouble with some words, you'll end up using all your hearts and be forced to have to do the lesson later and risk forgetting what you learned. But so far, this is the best app I've found for language learning.
Matthew A.C. Stratton
May 28, 2022
Very helpful in learning vocabulary and phrasing. Not sure how an app like this could accomplish this, but would be great if there were features that required a lot of rapid verbal interactions that force thinking in the foreign language. Something that emphasizes quick responses that forces you to think and not translate. Other than that, Duo has definitely helped by serving as a key part of the foundation for learning.
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Julesia Chrishon
May 28, 2022
I used Duolingo when it first came out it and it was ok. I picked it back up about three months ago and I love it. I love the league system and the new story component as well. The language selection is way better too. It's a good free option to get back into a language or learning a new on. The app really incentives you to practice every day which is the biggest obstacle to learning a language.
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Michael Daniels
May 28, 2022
The app is very amazing of course! I have one suggestion for those of us on Android Phones, I am wondering is it possible to make the animations such as closing scriptures and scrolling more smooth, also a smoother UI. Possibly eliminating load time like on the iPhone. Making the icons a little smaller preferably identical to iPhone would be very greatly appreciated! Thanks for the amazing app! 👍🏾 Sometimes it goes back to being slower but overall it is working better. A few more fixes.
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Emilee O'Leary
May 28, 2022
6/2019: love it. 7/2021 Update: Premium features have corrupted the purity of learning in this app. Clutter on the screen now include language-agnostic animations and a host of premium-only options on the dashboard. Pointless competitions on weekly leader boards encourage bingeing. The limited heart system makes it extremely hard to pass difficult lessons.
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Les Howington
May 28, 2022
Why would you not put the price of upgrading among the numerous popups trying to get users to upgrade? Not only can it not be found with the ads, but no where in the app or on Google Play. There is no way I would sign up for a free trial not knowing what my card is going to be automatically charged once the trial is over. It makes me think the price is so high the dev is afraid to post it thinking no one would subscribe so trick users hoping to get a month's fee before they unsubscribe
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Hailey B.
May 27, 2022
Overall an incredible app and a great way to learn a new language. After using it over two years and loving the updates along the way, there are some things I've noticed could be added to make the app even better. When you get x2 XP boosts after finishing a unit, there could be an icon that showed you how much longer you had the boost for. There could also be a dictionary feature where you can view all the words you've learned so you don't have to hunt them down through the lessons. Thanks Duo!
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ExoticOlives !
May 27, 2022
This app is great, but there are a couple restricting features. When there is a different writing system and characters to learn, I think it would be a great idea to give the user the option to choose a set of characters to go back and do activities on again. After mastering a set, it wont give you the option to redo specific sets of characters. I personally am learning Japanese, but I cannot go back to relearn characters I've already mastered. Otherwise, it's a great app for learning basics.
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Abbijean Read
May 27, 2022
I love this app! It's quick, fun, easy and user-friendly. As solo parent with dyslexia, its difficult to do any sort of reading or invest too much time trying to learn something new. I love this because most of the time there is a box around each word which really helps my mind parsol out and retain each individual word as apposed to an entire sentence or fraze. This gives me freedom to learn proper pronunciation for each word, and use them in my own sentence. ☆☆☆☆☆ FOR SURE!
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Fiona Revel
May 27, 2022
This app is awesome for learning new languages. It really speeds up the learning process. Of course it's worth the money for the year, but when you think about it it's not that expensive ( I mean for a one time hit yes... it's quite expensive, but for a year no). I just wish that you could flip it into landscape mode instead of always being portrait. It requires you to type sentences and it's definitely a lot easier if you have a keyboard to use the keyboard. Change the orientation and 5 stars.
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Nat Riddle
May 27, 2022
The gamification is on the verge of ridiculous. When you make mistakes, you drain your 5 lives, which eventually prevents you from continuing. Between that and the loudly touted rewards for avoiding mistakes, like streak badges and XP multipliers, the pressure to be a perfect learner and make 0 mistakes is staggering. It seems directly opposed to the grace needed in true learning. But if you don't mind or can ignore that, the UI is beautiful and intuitive and the content is diverse and engaging.
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Benayas Debela
May 27, 2022
Duolingo has helped me gain a novice level in Spanish, but one thing holding it back is that it uses the same words over and over again. I had to skip a whole unit just to learn some new words. One way they could alleviate this is by having a random word of the day. It shows you how the word would be used in a sentence, and it's different conjugations and tenses. You can adjust the skill level of the random word you receive to your liking. I would like to see this implemented in Duolingo.
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Sierra Kanouse
May 27, 2022
I actually really love this app 1. It has my favorite language Japanese I've been wanting to learn and 2. It's for me a easier way to learn and it's very engaging. I have adhd so it can be very hard to focus but the way it's set up is like a game so it's really fun. Only thing is that you have to pay for the upgrade for unlimited hearts and to go and work on past mistakes but besides that 💯 awsome
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Brandi
May 27, 2022
It's amazing for a learn for free language app. If you can deal with watching ads it is great. Free version you have limited hearts but you can review for more hearts without using money. I really like the leader boards that help you be competitive. I know alot more now from using this app than I did before using it. I do think the app is targeted for more of a beginner ish level. However I could be wrong. But I am glad I found this app.
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Jared Yates Decker
May 27, 2022
This App is really well thought out and organized. The extra content offered by Duolingo is truly top notch. It is enjoyable to learn, amusing at times, and competitive, if you want it to be. You really have the flexibility to learn at your own pace and choose how to challenge yourself. I hate to say it, but the only reason they don't get 5 Stars is because I feel like there are an overbearing amount of ads and the price to remove them is not reasonable. I deal with it, because I want to learn.
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Katherine Voorhies
May 26, 2022
Good but could be great. It's nice that speaking exercises can be turned off in public places, but there's no good way to make them up later. If there was the option to turn off typing exercises and do only speaking ones it would make the app more accessible. I'd like to be able to do only speaking exercises while folding laundry for example. Another improvement should be to have the ads in the language you're learning. That's a real missed opportunity and would really endear brands to learners.
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Kit Sheffield
May 26, 2022
The desktop version I find much more enjoyable. Some of the issues with the app include: for the timed events it is almost impossible to complete even the lowest levels, because typing on your phone is too difficult; the app stops you continuing once you have made five errors, where the desktop version allows you to continue; in general, there is just too much typing on a small screen / keyboard. Also there are just too many notifications.
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Vööbe Jine
May 26, 2022
Kinda like it. I have used it for 18 months. I catch new words/sentences quickly and this is very repetitive and gets redundant. Probably useful for some. Occasionally it offers to jump a level. Some sentences/contents go against my beliefs and I would rather not translate them... I wish it was "cleaner" that way. Also a wider vocabulary would be nice. I would like more teachings, a grammar lesson every level instead of 1/group of lessons. I have started to use other app in addition to this.
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Nancy Jenkins
May 26, 2022
I am learning and it's not boring. It is real easy to make stupid mistakes, which I have done, but they will ask the same question again at the end to help you get it right. Bit off more than I could chew adding Korean, just sticking to French and Russian. There's tips for French before the lessons, but none for Russian. I don't mind; it's difficult and explanations can confuse more. You can go over finished lessons to stay fresh, but unstudied items are inserted sometimes, don't like that.
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Charles Rigsby
May 26, 2022
Spanish and Italian are great. But, Chinese goes to phrases way too early. Learning the symbols for each word is difficult enough but having to string up to 10 together is frustrating to say the least. I will probably change to another company to learn Chinese. It would also be helpful if your App could recognize that someone is learning more than one language at a time and adjust the ad rewards accordingly. Thanks
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Dell
May 26, 2022
It's been really pleasurable, like you'd expect the free version to be terrible but it isn't. You learn a lot I find. One of the best apps out there. I know I'm no language teaching expert, but a cool thing to see as like one of the ways to teach is have the sentence in English and have them say the sentence back in the language they are learning. I'm not that far on my tree so idk if they have something like that already. But that'd be cool.
Colton Huckaby
May 26, 2022
A lot of lessons are built around sheer memory so I end up saying a few simple words a hundred times and it feels like grinding with the most basic vocabulary. Then the words that are actually difficult get brought up randomly and they don't stick. Also, my keyboard is changed during the lesson so there are times during grinding that I'll have a typo but don't catch it because the lessons are grinding
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Bullet.Journal Plaza
May 26, 2022
This app has gotten me slightly more advance in a language I knew little about. I, however, recommend using Duolingo on a computer (not as the app!) because it doesn't require going back and doing twice as much the work to earn hearts. The gems however, are slightly different but don't worry! All your phone progress syncs with your computer progress and vise versa.
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Christopher Harter
May 25, 2022
You've got all kinds of translations in this. Pretty impressive options and even clever game play that has you learning without realizing it. Slow and steady progress is easily kept track of and even encouraged to do even a little bit every day. I've been using this game/app since it's beginning, on different accounts and various phones through the years and it has always been one of the best free options out there. But it's slowly developed a pay wall, sadly, meaning I guess my learning is ovr
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Rae Christiansen
May 25, 2022
Duolingo seems very repetitious in the beginning but gives you a good foundation for what's ahead. Later it sometimes includes a new word with no introduction but soon it surprisingly is made clear. This gives you the joy of discovery! It's so much fun! Before I started Duolingo, I had been struggling to learn Spanish but this method changed that. It's very effective, quick, and fun! I'm grateful to have found it!
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Lichixar
May 25, 2022
While I like the sentiment, this app does need work. This is only my opinion, but I wish there would be more common ground between the language courses, and work on making tips and stories available for all languages. It would also be great if they would teach the most practical grammar and vocab, both by adapting to each language and making believable sentences.
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Keisha Rodgers
May 25, 2022
I have learned a lot so fast, even my husband is blown away. The only thing I'm not too fond of is the pressure to buy gems, time freezes, and the duo plus, I feel like there should be more focus on the learning for people who want to take it serious but not buy silly things to progress higher. I understand that is how the app makes money but still more could be offered before that becomes necessary.
Theresa Basile
May 25, 2022
Duolingo is a wonderful free resource for learning a new language (or two!) The delivery is unlike high school classes I have taken, which was a bit frustrating at first, but once I accepted that this was a conversational approach, rather than the typical conjugation tables and memorization I was used to, I was able to find my groove.
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Loy Heuer
May 25, 2022
I really am learning and it's fun. The encouraging characters really are effective. However I cannot afford to purchase "gems!" And abruptly are stopped from progressing because the app. will no longer let me learn. Please understand that I really want to keep up but feel anxious that the app will no longer be available due to my inability to pay. Sincerely.
William Fitzgerald
May 25, 2022
Good for reviewing a language you have already learned in other classes, but not super helpful in learning new material. Ads have a lot of problems with being glitchy, and in languages other than Spanish, it is common for correct answers to be marked wrong. That causes a lot of problems, because in the free version you have limited lives and can run out when it isn't your fault
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Nancy Lanno
May 24, 2022
Generally it works well, I do also use the website version of this on my laptop. I get annoyed by the cartoon voices because sometimes they don't speak as clearly as I would like, and its caused me to miss questions because of it. This was in the German course. Trying Spanish and then Latin, was a significant improvement in the enunciation of the speakers so it must just be a flaw in the German course.
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Daisy Calvert
May 24, 2022
They've come a long way in the time since I started using this app and as an educator studying for fun this is lovely! Good challenges in bite-sized pieces! Some languages definitely have richer (Spanish) courses than others (Russian) which is a little disappointing but honestly still pretty understandable as there is just so much to each one and some are much newer additions.
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Alissa Sorrentino
May 24, 2022
Ok, so I'm learning Japanese through this app and it was going great, I have an 860+day streak and I do pay for it, I like it that much. Lately, however, when using the desktop version of duolingo, the kanji will shift when I select it and become something else. This has caused me to get several answers wrong. Idk why this is going on, if it's an update or whatnot. This is very frustrating. I question why the developers decided to add this feature instead of speaking exercises.
Alci Kelly
May 24, 2022
I love this app so much I bought Plus! BUT... I have now run into the issue of feeling pressure to be gouged for money if I need additional streak freezes beyond the ones I bought with gems or whatever by watching ads before my Plus subscription. There is no option to earn gems after Plus, which freaking sucks. Up to a 106 streak after years of practice and just life being as wild as it can be, and now having to decide if I want to spend an additional $5 every other time I need a pause 🥲
Brett Hodgin
May 23, 2022
They do a good job giving people multiple ways of learning. The repetition can be annoying but it really helps make sure you're well rounded. The comments on every question really help give context too. The ads can be annoying, but overall they're pretty unobtrusive considering it's a free product. The leader board really helps keep me wanting to learn, if only to win. XD
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Arielle
May 23, 2022
in 2019, this app was perfect! HOWEVER, each update the last 2 years has diminished functionality in the app to zero. it started with not having voice lessons anymore. like, my favorite thing about duo was that i could have something telling me if I'm pronouncing a word correct. no other apps had that. well that's no longer functional. for the last year+ my app hasn't worked AT ALL. first it wouldn't start any lessons, now it is just a blank screen that never changes. Duo please fix this!
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May McLellan
May 23, 2022
Fun, easy, and challenging. App is functional and user friendly. I tried the free 2 weeks and that kept me really wanting to better my learning of the language I chose. Learning made fun. I was very sad after my 2 weeks were up. I wish I could afford the money to continue add free. With the adds, my learning has been stunted. 4 week streak so far. I really wish learning a new language was cheaper. Think of all the barriers that would come down if we could all communicate!!!
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Connor Kress
May 23, 2022
I've previously taken courses in French and went all in on Duolingo eventually getting to diamond League. Unfortunately this app ran out of steam when I got to things I didn't know beforehand. It doesn't actually teach you a language, it just gives you quizzes and expects you learn. It never once explains irregular verbs (or conjunction) in a context that makes sense. If you're trying to learn a language, this probably isn't the place to learn. Update: terrible autocorrect in app!
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Colin Jeffcoat V
May 23, 2022
This really is the best learning experience I have had. Intuitive, fun, and for a person like me that is competitive, it is something I always want to do better on. I would recommend to anyone trying to learn a second language. My only issue is that it doesn't have some languages that I want to learn, like Farsi/Persian. I'm sure with time this will be resolved. I have a Samsung Galaxy S6, and it ran perfectly fine. Ads weren't an issue either. Again, I would recommend this app 100%.
MG Beadheed
May 22, 2022
I've gained a tremendous amount of skill in the years I've been using this app, and have utilized the Spanish at work on many occasions. I have praises to sing on that front, but at the same time there are moments when I struggle to piece together multiple phrases and sentences in a course level. Occasionally, when I make a typo, the game allows me to get away with it; however, some typos get a strike, and I tend to lose motivation if I get kicked out of a lesson on the last problem.
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Nickole Neveu
May 22, 2022
They will swipe money from your account. I did the 2 week trial and it said at the end I would pay 6.99 a month. I was all for that and was okay with it. Until I noticed $84 missing from my account. I have received no emails regarding my subscription so I can't get any details. There is no customer support. And if I cancel my subscription now to prevent a recharge, I loose all of the duolingo plus but don't get my money back. It's hard to want to use the app when they take money from you.
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Alexandria Haddad
May 22, 2022
This is a great way to get very decently conversational at your own pace. My only complaint is the different learning programs they have. A friend and I wanted to learn Japanese together, but he got one learning path and I got another. We are totally off sync which makes learning together "with a friend" almost impossible with the app alone. Also, why is there not very much pronunciation for Irish? I'd re-rate at five stars once we can choose, or change our own learning path and fix Irish.
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Samuel Gibson
May 22, 2022
I've been using Duolingo plus for awhile now, and while it is not perfect (there are errors and idiosyncracies), it is one of the best apps on the store. Huge props to the wonderful people who keep adding new languages and courses to this excellent app. I highly recommend it to everyone. Some people might be surprised at the value of dabbling even a little in other languages and writing systems, and Duolingo gives you the tools to go deep as well. 5 stars for sure.
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Paul T Sjordal
May 22, 2022
This app will keep forcing itself into the foreground at the worst possible times, including when using a map app to navigate. Mark my words, this app will eventually cause someone to get in an accident. never install this app on a device used for navigation. Update: for a very long time, this app no longer accepts Japanese keyboard input nor Japanese voice input in its lessons, so I'm learning a lot less. Also, any all that asks for a rating automatically gets the lowest rating.
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Cliffton McEirson
May 21, 2022
I love the new set up, and the lessons and help are awesome, but now with the "heart" system, it's just another cash grab in guise of a free app. You can't really get the "gems" fast enough to replenish your hearts often. If you make mistakes, which once you get to a certain level you will, you have to either buy $$ gems to keep learning or just suck it up and buy the unlimited version. And it very well may be worth it now. Its changed a lot for the good, but also a lot for the bad as "free"
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Patrick Perdu
May 21, 2022
While the ads are predictably a waste of time, the app itself is great. I had six years of German in school and then lost it all. 30 years later, one test to evaluate my remaining level then 30 days on this app are getting me back on the saddle. The progression does not feel hard yet I can see the results. I love it.
Annie Marie
May 21, 2022
I was charged $84.79 on May 11, 2022 for a "free trial" that has not yet even ended. I was told in the app that I'd be reminded 2 days before the free trial ended or else go to a monthly subscription. I was going to cancel my subscription but now I've noticed this charge on my bank account that i did not authorize. I see this has happened to multiple other individuals! I want my money refunded!
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Eric Keller
May 21, 2022
They literally never test anything, and they don't care what users think. Okay, that's not totally true, they do occasionally fix bugs. And then introduce more! It's a fun game! The worst problem currently is on speaking exercises where you push the button so it will listen to you speak, and the button does nothing other than bounce. They introduced a new graphical format for the speaking exercises, but you can often see the app display the old graphical format first. It's apparently some kind of abysmal hackery for the sake of appearances only. This happened at about the same time as the button not working, so I assume it's related. On the instruction side, they have ridiculous cartoon voices so you can have more experience listening to difficult accents. This is almost understandable, but they also use these same voices as examples for speaking exercises. I am not going to copy those voices and I cut them off so I don't have to listen to them. Apparently young children like the voices and so they are staying. But again, people online are begging them to get rid of those voices and they don't do anything about them.
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Trevor Geisler
May 21, 2022
Great app! You don't have to spend any money if you don't want to, and you can still actually learn. If you don't mind watching the occasional ad that is. It will never interrupt your lesson with an ad. It always waits until your lesson is over to give you an ad. If you don't want ads, and you want unlimited mistakes, it's pretty affordable to subscribe to as well.
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Verrinia Kennedy
May 21, 2022
Duolingo is the best free language learning app I've ever used! The combination of speaking, reading and writing really helps me to not just kind of but truly understand the Spanish I'm learning (I even understand the grammar changes now) 😁. 10/10 would recommend the free version, there are ads but honestly it isn't that intrusive. Do it!! 😎
Zach Elges
May 21, 2022
For a company supposedly worth $700 million, Duolingo still seems to be massively under funded. It took close to six weeks to release an app update to fix a bug that was preventing exercises where you repeat a phrase. There is also no consistency in which answers with typos will be accepted as correct with a spelling error or out right rejected as a wrong answer. The free version of this app seems to be a way to sucker users into paying for the premium version.
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cheyanne berger
May 20, 2022
Duolingo makes it incredibly easy to learn the basics. Rarely am am I ever given a word or sentence that is too difficult for my position in the course. (Even though the audio sample questions can be difficult to hear correctly sometimes.) Occassionally I find myself confused with the breif explanation they provide for subjugation of verbs, but I eventually was able to push past that and understand what they were saying a bit better. Overall Duolingo has been fantastic ❤
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Ashley Jerome
May 20, 2022
I've used this app off and on to practice and learn different languages for many years and it keeps getting better and better. I love their use of game methods to keep me coming back and keeping a streak while always making it clear what next things I can learn. The exercises have made me do much more confident in my understanding and, especially with more recent exercise additions, speaking. Duolingo is a great tool in practicing and expanding language skills. I'd recommend it to anyone!
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Kevin Mencer
May 20, 2022
Taking the Latin course both as a personal interest and as a base for learning the Romance languages. Having fun and learning a lot, but there needs to be more lessons. I understand that Latin probably isn't exactly a popular language to learn, but only two units for a language as intricate as Latin? Please; by all rights, the conjugations should take up more than that.
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Kelly Fuhr
May 20, 2022
I have aspired to learn Spanish for over 20 years. Every attempt ended in failure. It wasn't until my daughter witnessed me using a different platform (based off of a fruit).. and she suggested Duolingo... I am absolutely obsessed!!.. the repetitions are almost like a game, it makes learning fun and easy!! Thank you Duolingo, you have made it possible to begin my lifelong dream to stay in Ecuador for a while!!!!
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Tonya Laycock
May 19, 2022
Good supplement for training your ear to the sounds of a language, a bit repetitive in content with no grammar explanation. Love the less common language choices. Ads are annoying, worth paying for the app if you are serious about using it. It does have a few minor bugs with the input of answers. I really hate the competition aspect but I guess some might find it motivating.
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Pat Dial
May 19, 2022
Easy to use, and you make learning fun. Being older (78), I do have occasional trouble hearing what the instructors speak in Spanish, but I use the slow repeat to clarify. Some of the ads are hard to clear as soon as I want, but for now I do not have plus to eliminate them. I did reach my goal of #1 in Diamond League, on May 2 and am proud of my progress. I want to continue to learn at an easy pace and enjoy the process. Thank you for your app to help people learn other languages.
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Laura TheHockeyFan
May 19, 2022
This app is great, but they need to have the lesson descriptions available on the app like they are on PC. I mainly use the app, and for Finnish it is REALLY confusing going into each new lesson without being able to read about why certain words are adding an A to the end, or changing the ending of the word altogether. Would also love to hear REAL voices for my Finnish lessons. The AI voice has zero inflection and sounds like a sad robot. Tried Japanese and THAT one has real people speaking.
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April Rust
May 18, 2022
Fun and I'm learning already, even though I had taken Spanish in college, I was able to take a test and catch up to a place I needed work in. I haven't started paying for it yet, I wanted to see how long I could stick with it first. On that note, the ads are getting a little obnoxious. Edit: there is one ad that keeps glitching out the app and I have to close it. Please remove that ad! I don't mind the ads but I have to restart the whole app every time it comes up.
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Mandy Hebert
May 18, 2022
Awesome language app that teaches in bite sized chunks. I love the 3 to 5 minute lessons, and I retain what I learn because Duolingo immerses you in reading, writing, speaking and hearing your chosen (and there are SO MANY to choose from) language. I'm learning Spanish in 10 minutes a day! The free option has done ads, but they don't pop up during lessons. I do wish the free version had more hearts available, I sometimes need more room for error!🤣
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Jeskee
May 18, 2022
There's no doubt this is a popular language app for a reason. However, I'd name it the most 'accessible' language app, it's the quickest to start a language, but a poor way to learn one. My three complaints are: a lack of basic functionality (like the ability to delete courses you've started), a lack of offline/non-social functionality, and having zero grammar explanations (which works okay from one romance lang. to another, but severely hinders the korean-from-english course, for example)
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Z
May 18, 2022
Obsessed! Great visually, great educational content and the sound effects are fun and motivating as well. Would absolutely recommend 100%, it doesn't explain the grammar and such but spending 5 or ten minutes of your own time off the app to touch up on that is all that is needed to really understand the language being learned. 5 stars!
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DisplayClayton
May 18, 2022
This is without a doubt the simplest way to learn a language. The way they teach is straight forward and bite sized. I reccomend this app to everyone who wants to get started on learning a language. However, it isn't perfect. Here is the main reason why I gave it only 4 stars. The hearts system is incredibly hindering. It is very demotivating when you run out of hearts, and it's just a big facade to make you want to go pro. Besides that, this app is fantastic. It makes you want to keep learning.
Strawberry Phd
May 18, 2022
This app is everything i want from modern techology: free access to limitless knowledge! My biggest complaint is the heart system, because if im having hard time learning then i lose hearts and cant take lessons to get much needed practice. On the flip side, if im nailing it, i end up with plenty of hearts to practice what i clearly already know. Otherwise i love this app, especially the supportive messages :)
Talyah Regusters
May 18, 2022
Good but could definitely be improved. I wish there was a dictionary tab where I could review the words and phrases I've been learning on my own time instead of only relying on the daily lessons. The learning feels very myopic and one track minded. You can't even go back to previous lessons to give yourself repeated practice. The app has beautiful animation and user interface, but in terms of learning its extremely simplistic.
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Bob LeGlob
May 18, 2022
Good for learning i suppose but in order to progress you really need to pay the monthly fee. The app will not allow you to progress to the next lesson unless you have enough hearts. If you run out of hearts, you can, of course, buy some, or sign up for the monthly plan in which you are exempt from having to buy hearts. Seems like ad revenue should be enough without the bait-and-switch sort of racket.
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EssBücher
May 18, 2022
A waste time using this. This app is 10 yrs old, I used it 8 yrs but they have not had 8 yrs worth of growth. They got fake languages released and in beta while you can find countless native speakers saying parts don't look right and it never gets improved. And before anyone says "well, but" consider that duolingo is basically some exercises from a textbook with text to speach. In 2022 there are countless options and the only way this app leads is branding. Disappointing.
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steve evans
May 18, 2022
I love this app it's easy to use, it makes learning Spanish a game, and it makes you want to play everyday so you don't lose your streak. But, they know sometimes you don't have time for it or not in the mood and they got streak freezes to keep you in the game. My buddy and i are able to keep track of each other's streak and make sure we stay on track too.
Csaba Fulop
May 17, 2022
After using this app for more than one and a half years, the quality checking of their language exercises continues to be poor. They practically rely on the customers to correct Duolingo's mistakes. My guess is that the people who create the exercises in most cases are not native speakers. The free version is ok, but I would not spend money on the paid one at this point.
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Ang Moran
May 17, 2022
I LOVE Duolingo. For free, it is super fun, easy, and uses all of the learning styles. It has a competitive component which keeps you coming back. I started 130 days ago and haven't lost my streak yet! Top of the leader boards! For European languages it is the easiest to use because of the latin based letters. It is also fairly intuitive for other Greek based languages. The hardest are Asian languages where you have to learn the whole alphabet before being able to advance.
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Sam Warner
May 17, 2022
Duo has almost everything running for it. The exercises on the most popular languages (my sole experience) let you leap without letting you fall...most of the time. Once you're beyond the first rounds of grasping linguistic gender, getting a proper understanding of case can be tough. I spend a lot of time trying to understand why it's "zum Karnevalsparty" but "der Karneval" and guessing back and forth until I stumble into the right ending. It won't notice you failing or provide a reference list.
Crystal Kapataidakis
May 17, 2022
I'm on the fence. I loved it at first but it is relying too heavily on expecting you to learn the spellings of the words too quickly. I wish it offered more opportunities to hear the words as you see them. Also when you do try to spell a word and you get it wrong, it doesn't show you both the way you spelled it and the correct way. Would really help to see how you're messing up. Esp when you're learning multiple new words at once...AS you're also learning how they sound compared to spelling.
Kathy Escobedo
May 17, 2022
I'm a visual learner so the audio dialogue is super hard. You have to replay it many times and still can only pick up a few words of what they are saying. If the dialogue was shorter it might help. There needs to be an small introduction to each section. For example why you use de la and other times you use du. I'm still trying to figure this out.
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Katie Cosalter
May 17, 2022
I love this app im learning Mandarin as I am working in a restaurant with many native Chinese speakers. The only suggestion I have is to add a feature in the premium app version where you can enter in names of people you frequently talk to or are important in our lives to practice hearing their names in conversation. Also I would like to have a feature where you learn important things like locating the restroom, needing help etc as one of the first lessons. Otherwise, love the app!!
Julie Lunda
May 16, 2022
Great interface and a balanced level of engagement, unlike obnoxious apps like Words with Friends 2. Don't think I've ever noticed a bug. There's a feature for questions and comments on questions within a lesson, which is helpful for things that might not be completely spelled out, or to confirm if experienced speakers think the app is being needlessly particular about something. Ads are at least limited to specific times after finishing a lesson, though you often get the same ones repeatedly.
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Alex Walker
May 16, 2022
I've been using this app for a few months now and, although it's been fun learning a new language, I can't say it's been the best experience. The mic doesn't pick up some words and you'll get marked wrong on simple errors despite some being forgiven. With only five mistakes allowed, it can get frustrating. Two stars because of the awful customer support. Giving a bug report gets an automatic response and I found out they shut down their forums. Apparently that isn't the first thing to go too.
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Troy Caldwell
May 16, 2022
Good as reiforcment but the owls neediness could be adjusted. Also taking a class it helps that I'm learning some of the same things. Though I wish preguntas where more of a thing and there was maybe an optional chart or example of what conjugation your using as it being used. Overall a great experience, and hope for maybe "games" with the owl and his amigos to go go along with the stories.
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R. Fenghuang
May 16, 2022
I got so distracted playing a game from one of the ads that I didn't use duolingo for like a week, lol. I wish they'd be less strict about phrasing because, as a native English speaker, there are just certain things I wouldn't phrase in a certain way. It makes English feel like a second language. Maybe that's intentional? Overall, an okay app. You should definitely supplement it with other ways of learning, though. It's very textbook and not as colorful as how everyday speakers speak.
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Grant Hackett
May 16, 2022
Mostly a good tool to learn a language with the caveat that you have to put the time in and not just "speed run for the points" if you truly want to retain the info. One criticism is that the sentences could be more germane to real-life conversation and circumstance and build on that base better, as opposed to "the cat wears red shoes at night" type sentences that really don't apply to real life. Language learning: Spanish
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Jordana
May 16, 2022
Pretty good. Lots of ads on free version but plenty of skips/workarounds to avoid in-game purchases or ad-watching, which helps. I wish the app & website were more cohesive; "manage courses" isn't on app, only on website, but website automatically navigates to app. Has common languages for English speakers, but also has ability for other countries to learn English (among others) in their native tongue. Please add Tagalog! & make it possible to link FB/Google to already active accounts in app 😊
Unitha Ramirez
May 15, 2022
I like the app for the most part but lately it feels like the lessons become cracked more easily. This can be frustrating when I have limited time to practice a language, but the visual of a cracked lesson makes me want to address those first (even if I'm confident in the lessons). There are many times when I don't even get to a new lesson because I'm busy addressing the cracked skills, and now I feel like I'm not making any progress, which is counter-intuitive.
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Richard Bernstein
May 15, 2022
It's very well developed, though I can't jump into paying for the deluxe version yet untill I can get through more of it. Back in 2018 I got frustrated and gave up. Trying once again, it's even better now. Great for kids to learn language from. Geared for them. Though the funny thing about the ads, they advertise things to me I already bought lol. Finding the hearts thing very frustrating when they remove one for each answer; I'm older and my memory is not the best, so removing stars.
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Commander No N Flash
May 15, 2022
The app is great as a free learning tool. The hints are very helpful and almost necessary for learning the languages. It would be nice if lessons that were completed were incorporated into future lessons, just so you have a choice whether to have to go back and do another lesson or not (so it's not shown as broken), unless your progress in that past lesson was really lacking. It seems like this is close to what's being done, but going through an entire lesson for minor faults is a bit annoying.
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Vero Fitz
May 15, 2022
I enjoy the format, however this is NOT an app for someone just starting out with language learning. Lessons are straight into sentences with no intro to any vocabulary, alphabet or numbers. I find myself guessing the meaning and spelling of words then struggling to answer questions when told to write in the language. If you do know or have some previous lessons in a language, this is a great app for refreshing your usage.
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Epileptic Dragon
May 15, 2022
No matter what language you're doing, this app is designed to rip you off when it comes to time. Both the time and money you spend on it in regards to the league XP and learning XP will be useless because every 4th-5th ad will prevent you from continuing in the lesson. Not only that, occasionally you'll come across parts in lessons where you didn't even put in an answer and you got it wrong. This app is just so frustrating because of these bugs that have yet to be fixed.
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Rajah Barlow
May 14, 2022
I love duolingo. I've been using it for a while. The practice quizes can be done in 5 minutes or less so it is really easy for me to get between 15 to 20 minutes of practice per day and progress at a pace I am comfortable with. There are ads after the practice quizes but they are all mostly 6 seconds and not a bother. I have almost all of the crowns for the first unit of Spanish. I am very satisfied with the progress I have made while using this app.
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Kaleb Hawkins
May 14, 2022
I mean the lessons themselves are fine enough, but the teaching method is far beyond flawed. The heart system prevents and discourages learning. Duolingo enforces the idea that it's not ok to make a mistake, and mistakes are how we learn. I know the heart system is so they can make money, but there is no point in using the app without a subscription, and if you are willing to pay money to learn a language, there are better apps.
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Hubert Velasquez
May 14, 2022
Overall, it s a good app. But there are a few things, it crashes a lot and everytime you do, if you spent diamonds, they don't return. For the challenges, how are we supposed to write down a whole series of paragraphs one after the other with such little time? Then there s the weird instance of Bots on Duolingo. What is the need of Bots in the leaderboard? You LL see some top the board, within the hour they've risen over 1000xp, they win, you look at the list next. They re nowhere to be found...
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Mark Ammons
May 14, 2022
I am a teacher who has frequent contact with bilingual students, many are Spanish speakers. There are a few quirks in what the program calls acceptable syntax for the way people speak. Yes, it's important to have proper grammar. Also, there are variations between Mexico and Spain with Spanish and the program doesn't seem to be veryaccepting of those variations in the free form typing questions in the lessons.
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Raymond Kelly
May 14, 2022
App seems to work great at teaching. It's always changing. If I mess up a course, the next time I take it will not be the same as the first time. Idk how the free version is since I jumped right onto plus. Plus is great. The app is engaging, not just repeat after me. Several different ways it teaches and repeats words. Def would recommend.
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Oliver Steinmeier
May 14, 2022
I previously gave the app five stars. But in recent versions the developers have removed the ability to download courses to one of the main reasons for me to pay them $80 a year so I can study even when I don't have internet access (e.g. on a 10 hr flight to Europe). Don't think I will renew Duo Plus when my subscription is due for renewal in a few months.
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Celia Nyamweru
May 14, 2022
I find the repetition of sentences and phrases very helpful. But one has to infer the rules of the grammar rather than having them stated/explained to one. I find big differences in quality across the 4 languages I am currently working on - Finnish, Swedish, French and Swahili. The French lessons are great with lots of extra material. The Swahili has a problem with several English versions of the swahili text. Finnish does not go far enough-give us more! Swedish is pretty ok.
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Carina Sass
May 14, 2022
I am really enjoying Duolingo. I can spend as little or as much time I want on it each day. I appreciate the variety of lessons; some pronunciation, translation, writing what you hear, etc. It gets a little redundant, but I think that is necessary for lessons to stick. The only thing I don't like is there is no explanation of grammatical rules.
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Noah Bray
May 13, 2022
Very fun and helpful also free so that is a major plus. Some issues in the app like misgraded responses or a lack of teaching. Most learning is picked up when answering questions you guess and learn or learn what something means by comparing to words that are previous to the unknown word or after it. Overall though I am learning and having fun.
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James Pennington
May 13, 2022
I am very impressed with this app. I have learned more Spanish in 2 years with it than any other course. The "annoying" ads that remind you to practice that people harp on can be turned of in the app. I wish I could learn other things the way that I learn with Duo. It really keeps you motivated!
Jack Rivas
May 13, 2022
Pretty good app I haven't been using it long at the time of this review. Originally downloaded in 2019 and didn't get into it too much. recently redownloaded and for whatever reason find the experience much better. There have been improvements but I can't pinpoint them. I'd recommend this app as a learning tool for gaining a strong foundation in a language. This app will probably not make you an expert but will enable you to understand and be able to communicate effectively.
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Flood
May 13, 2022
I'm learning French, one of the more developed language courses, and I do expose myself to the language often; With all that said, this app is really useful. It requires commitment, but otherwise, it's good for getting your way around. Some courses are very small, such as Navajo at one unit. (Though, Navajo is an endangered language.)
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Dani Bingham
May 12, 2022
I like Duolingo, it's been very useful in learning Chinese, a language I am not very familiar with. But it doesn't seem to understand that not everyone is a beginner. I speak quite a bit of Spanish, but after taking the test and getting every single question right, I was still placed at level two at all passed modules and only halfway through the course. That means I would have to wade through an awful lot of baby babble to get to practices that would actually benefit me.
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Alissa F.
May 12, 2022
Honestly, I was really skeptical when I first got Duo. Free apps typically don't have the best track records, because of ad issues. My learning style did not match anything I'd tried before, either. And, as cliche as that sounds, Duo changed that. It's personalized, interactive, supportive, and simple. I've been really happy with it. It has dozens of languages, you can start from scratch or your knowledge level, and you can take your time. The community is wonderful. Ads aren't intrusive. 10/10
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susan owen
May 12, 2022
Fun, but not always useful. My target language doesn't include the words for airport, doctor, or the days of the week; but does include wizard, viking, and hedgehog. The discussion feature has been locked, which is a pity. Translations are sometimes clunky and awkward, and strict in what answers are accepted (eg "a couple owls are..." isn't accepted; it must be "a couple of owls...") Some features are not available for all languages.
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Areyou srs
May 12, 2022
Moved to 2 stars because the app keeps crashing after a certain amount of ads for me. Also the lessons are super repetitive and often have me repeating a phrase 10-20 times with no changes. Sucks that being able to practice on your mistakes is locked behind a pay wall and that hearts take a full hour to recover unless you want to "practice" which just means completing menial questions just to keep advancing with your lessons.
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Heidi Joachimczyk
May 12, 2022
On my 250th day and I have to drop a star on this learning app. There is very little guidance other than a few tips at the start of a lesson. However, until a few months ago there was at least the option to comment with other learners at the end of an exercise and reading the discussion threads would help explain what I missed if I was incorrect. Since Duolingo froze and stopped maintaining these discussion boards it's more difficult to learn. There is no remote help, no way to ask questions.
Paul Park
May 12, 2022
It's a pretty decent app for learning languages, but it's tiresome and stressful. There needs to be a way to disable the leaderboard or be done with it after being diamond for a few weeks, because it makes me want to not use the app anymore as the lessons get more challenging. I want to learn a language without feeling like I'm drowning. A shame, because I used to use this everyday.
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John L
May 12, 2022
Trying it with ads. You get to a level of progress and even if you watch all of the ads, it makes you start over because you don't choose to pay for it. Repeatedly. Screw that. No options to review what you missed on multiple choice, so you just keep guessing and not learning why you missed it. I'll try another app.
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Jason Zyzak
May 12, 2022
Hi. I would like to suggest a home screen for this app so you are not thrust into lessons as soon as you sign in. Plus with a home screen you can add sections for links to research materials related to the language you are learning or an link to choose a new language if you want to learn more than one language or redue lessons you choose. I would rather have a homepage in this manner as it feels more palatable. I haven't used the app much due to this (as I consider it) lack in the app.
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petra fye
May 12, 2022
This app is incredibly helpful, and to say it's vital for learning languages is an understatement! I only wish the programs would emphasize the importance of learning the alphabets of the languages learned, rather than starting off with words, and the alphabet slowly being funneled through. Currently, I'm learning Ukrainian, and I personally find it easier to understand what each vowel looks and sounds like, before I start stringing them together as words. That being said, I highly recommend!!
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William Locklear
May 12, 2022
The app serves it's purpose to teach you a language. But errors are repeatedly reported and documented for months in the comments and there's rarely a fix. The lesson quality fluctuates based on internet speed. So audio will play at normal or twice the speed depending on your internet connection. They push and pull features seemingly at random. Like hiding and later removing the practice button. The app promotes as free but will frequently shows you why the paid membership is needed in app.
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Mark Nicollet
May 11, 2022
Duolingo makes learning languages fun while adding a dash of competition, and manages to be easy and challenging at the same time. My whole family has started learning languages using Duolingo. Unfortunately, we each choose a different one! Using the mobile app vs the computer-based interface offers a distinct leaning experience, but both are good. (Hint: You can earn points much faster using the app but the ads are more intrusive.)
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ArtisHealing
May 11, 2022
I enjoy the teaching method and the lessons. Sometimes the sound doesn't work. And Unfortunately I am having problems with the app and not being able to access it. I just get a blank white screen. To remedy this I restart my phone and then the app works but I am having to do this nearly every day. I have uninstalled the app and then reinstalled and it doesn't fix the issue. I have had this problem before a couple of years back with the same duo lingo app on a different phone.
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Alvaro Tejada
May 10, 2022
I love this app! I think is the top #1 of all apps to learn a new language. Because of how easy it is to follow with learning the lesson, the motivational characters (not so happy that they're now static), I know you can turn the animation on and off in the settings menu page but for some reason it keeps breaking in my phone and they stop animating just because; no biggie, but I did enjoy the animation of all characters), and the community of learners that provide tips and explanations.
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Grogu
May 10, 2022
Great app, very intuitive. It teaches without ever speaking English, but never becomes too complicated. The hearts system is abysmal though, you can only make up to 5 mistakes, which are inevitable when learning new material, then you're not able to take new lessons for a few hours. This makes taking new lessons harder and practicing old material just to keep your streak the easiest option. The only way to stop this is to pay for Duolingo plus. To recap: great app, but harder for free learners.
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Christina Anderson
May 7, 2022
Update: I have to drop the stars because now I'm in the higher levels, the heart thing is preventing me from making any progress. I also can't compete on the leader board with paying subscribers. It's too bad, but I'm done - it's too frustrating. I have had a lot of fun learning Español and freshening up my Deutsch. It's easy to fit in time to study everyday. Duolingo takes the intimidation out of learning a language and has taken the place of all the games on my phone!!!
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Tim Beelen
May 7, 2022
Duolingo is an excellent app for casual language learning. It is great for learning basic vocabulary, grammar, and does so in a variety of exercises and stories (which I love) to keep one busy. That said, one thing that disappoints me is the decline of the free version. I have used the app long enough to know when it was just ads, and no 5 lives. When they added gems, and the five lives, I knew microtransactions were coming, while ads would remain. First create a problem, then sell a solution
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Carl Larsen
May 6, 2022
the continue button (icon?) covers instructions, the exercise where the choices are in little circles aren't centered so you can't see them, some exercises the words you are supposed to select as a choice for what you hear are below the edge of the screen so you can't select them. when the exercise works, they work great. unfortunately about a quarter of the time you can't access the correct answer or it isn't visible on the screen. too bad, it looks pretty good otherwise
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Carmen Barbeito
May 4, 2022
The application is good it increases the level according to your capabilities the only problem that I find is that sometimes you cannot see the pairing exercises on the phone and some translations are weird to the English language. Other than that, it is great. It provides different ways to encourage you to continue learning and some tips to clarify your thinking. I wish it would have more of those. The taking exercise turns off before speaking at times. Thank you for making it free.
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Rick Wangen
May 4, 2022
Decent app and learning modules. The in app advertisements are a huge pain lately. After each lesson we noramlly have a short ad that you can skip after a short period. Now the ads do not seem to have that option and at the end of the add there is no way close out and continue learning. I must close the app and re-open the app to continue. This is the second time in the last 30 days this has happened. Third strike and you're out!
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Keith Golden
May 4, 2022
I find it useful for brushing up on a language I already know. I haven't used it to learn an unfamiliar language, but it seems less ideal for that because it doesn't really explain anything. E.g., when an answer is marked wrong, there's no explanation of what specifically was wrong. Obviously there's only so much they can do, since all they have are a bunch of candidate answers that they're matching against, but even with that, I think they could do better. The correct answer they offer may differ in multiple ways from the user-provided answer, but it often turns out that most of those difference are fine, and the real problem was just a hard-to-notice typo. That can result in the user doubting their own correct understanding and just learning to parrot what DL offers as correct. I think it would be better if they showed the closest candidate answer by edit distance, ideally highlighting the difference. I dislike the over-the-top gamification and social elements. I don't really want to solicit pats on the back from friends and family for every little achievement. No doubt their engagement metrics and subscriptions go up whenever they tweak the game to be more manipulative, but I'd turn that all off if it were an option. They added new voice models for their computer-generated text-to-speech for the purpose of having different characters with distinct voices. While the quality of the TTS in general is pretty good, I find it inconsistent, at least for the Italian. For one of the kid voices in particular, it can be really difficult to tell what consonant is supposedly being said. Even knowing from context which words are likely, it's sometimes a guessing game. I wish it were an option to switch to a different voice.
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Jeff Peterson
May 4, 2022
It's a decent program, it mostly works as intended. However some longer words when forced to type the question when there is one word wrong but you can clearly see it is the correct word, will be counted wrong. When you speak into the phone it will occasionally not hear what you said and you lose a heart.. its a program designed to make you pay. I would recommend babbel over duolingo
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Brad Smith
May 4, 2022
I've been using Duolingo for years, currently have a spanish streak over 2 years. It's got a good balance in listening, speaking, reading and grammar lessons. Don't feel like you need to get all 5 crowns in a lesson to progress, or else you might feel it's to repetitive, although doing so really helps you memorize the material. Most examples are practical, at times a bit odd, but overall it's a pretty solid app, especially for free, but Paying makes it actually worth your time.
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Cezar Tabrizy
May 3, 2022
I've used Duolingo almost 5 years, and learned a ton from it. The quality and depth of each language program is varied - if you aren't learning one of the major ones like French, German, Spanish, English etc. often it is less well-directed, and will offer less explanation, leaving much more for you to do on your own. In general though, it is perfect as an accessory alongside vocabulary, listening, and speaking practice when learning another language.
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Ryan Nicholas
May 2, 2022
I like how it makes it into a game to help keep you motivated to do a little every day. So far I'm a little confused at the stark difference between the simplicity of the mini lessons and the difficulty level of the occasional "progress tests", which I don't even bother trying to do anymore because they test a knowledge level the app hasn't taught me yet, which makes me feel dumb every time. But so far, my experience has been generally good with this app.
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Alex Elemental
May 2, 2022
I'm a little over a year in and want to give this 5 stars but I just can't. Overall this is an excellent app, but if you're serious about learning you really need the paid version (it's worth it). Paid has both a monthly and yearly option and no punishment for mistakes. Problems are that it's way too "gamey" and having leaderboards makes it stressful. Worse than that is that there are NO grammar rules provided, which negatively impacts learning. Also too cartoonish. Still a great learning tool.
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Micah Trecca
May 2, 2022
I love duolingo so much. It's somewhat life-changing. It's an invaluable tool for language learning. It gives me really good brain exercise, and (more importantly) consistent brain exercise. The leader boards, daily reminders etc are so helpful and encouraging for keeping a consistent practice. I highly recommend it to people all the time. Thank you duo.
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Cathy Williamson
May 2, 2022
Really fun way to learn another language. They give a lot of affirmation and encouragement. Discussions are available when you need more info, special events keep you involved, and high-fiving friends when they complete milestones help to keep you motivated. There are some glitches, but it's easy to report them and they listen and make adjustments when needed. Even the ads aren't too overwhelming, and it's free with them, so they are worth it. This app is great!
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AD Wal
May 1, 2022
Although I wanted to give this 5 stars for the lessons, which are good, I have to really pull this down for attitude and odd bugs. They claim throughout this is a no-pressure way to learn, but that's not true. There's a heavy focus on a point system. The App bothers you with notifications to keep your streak going. There's tremendous pressure to keep points up & not go into the "demotion zone." The ability to remain in your level increases. All this "no-pressure" competition damages learning.
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Dee S
Apr 30, 2022
I've had it maybe 2 yrs and for learning it is great. You do get out of it what u put in it tho so be prepared. My main issue tho is that I get docked streak freezes when I have done the lesson! At first I thought maybe I was wrong but it continues to happen and I've started paying closer attention for that reason. No idea what the issue is. I make sure to watch the ENTIRE AD at the end of my lessons thinking maybe that by closing the app when I'm done it doesn't give me credit. Nope, not it.
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Jade Sturdy
Apr 30, 2022
Love supporting Duolingo. What a great service!!!! But there is a lot that's frustrating. The 'send' button submits answer, but it's right next to the back button so alot of answers are submitted incorrectly when I'm trying to fix them. Lots of confusion about when to use male/female pronouns when there are no context clues given, just take a guess! The progress quizzes don't have anything to do with what I've learned, so I end up just guessing and failing.
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Debra Lewis
Apr 29, 2022
Great way to learn Spanish. Much better than text books and memorizing a lot of info. More like learning as a kid by hearing and repetition. Every once in a while though, my answer choice is covered by the check box so I can't respond correctly. Also, it doesn't recognize my microphone so I don't speak. Otherwise, happy with the app.
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Hollie Flowers
Apr 27, 2022
I like this app. It does teach well, but I think it would be better if duo got rid of hearts. It's annoying having to wait another day just for my refill of hearts and practicing the same lessons to achieve more hearts. Everyone should have the option to practice with unlimited hearts but that's my opinion. Also one more thing that's irritating is the leagues. It's hard because your competing against a bot or duo plus people and it's hard trying to advance xp above them. Its very competitive.
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Jason Boone
Apr 26, 2022
It's good for practicing recall, but when you get beyond the basics you'll realize that the translations they're giving you for certain sentences are approximations not exact translations, which is frustrating. For example they gave me a sentence in German that literally translates to "The library is in the vicinity" but "in the vicinity" wasn't an option I could select to build the sentence, so I had to select "nearby". My brain doesn't work like that, I need the exact translation.
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Jesse
Apr 26, 2022
App is great most of the time!! It is impossible to talk to a person and I have easily lost 1000 credits using a streak freeze when I completed the excercise on the same day!! This may seem menial but it had cost me many hard earned points and I dedicate myself to reaching the 365 day streak. I have numerous screen shots but no way to fix the issue!!
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Lindsay Davenport
Apr 25, 2022
Decent, but I wish there were better ways to review words you've leavened considering reviewing and repetition is an integral part of learning a new language. You have a list, but I wish when you clicked on a word you learned, it offered the definition and verb conjugation. I think I'll just have to have a notebook on hand during the lesson and write my own verb tree immediately (which is also important so I don't mind that) or you'll miss it. I tried to find a forum, but Duolingo deleted all.
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К. Илья Магомет
Apr 24, 2022
I like this app a lot! I use it to learn Russian and German! Pros: great way to learn vocab and (sometimes) Grammer also practice speaking. Discussion boards allow further inquiries and interactions. Cons: sometimes easy fix typos are marked wrong when it should be automatically accepted with the fixed spelling. Certain languages don't have the audio when you click a word (in the story section). You can't buy more than 2 streak freezes.
Hilary Westfall
Apr 21, 2022
This review is for the Korean course. The course has improved significantly since I first started and is a lot more immersive now. I still wish all the new words in each lesson were introduced at the beginning of the lesson instead of as they come, but I can live with that. What I can't live with, and what makes this lose 2 stars is the leaderboard. I would pay for duolingo if you could opt out of the leaderboard. I hate the added pressure it gives and want it gone. I won't pay until it happens.
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Caitlin Hamer
Apr 19, 2022
First, one star off for no way to report bugs in the app. Second star off for a bug worth reporting. This has been a pretty good app, until a couple of weeks ago. I used it for Spanish a couple of years ago, now Chinese for a year. All of a sudden the text in the buttons has the bottom third cut off. Both pinyin and simplified characters. This vastly reduces the effectiveness of the app for learning. I'll switch to another until this bug is fixed.
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Kate M Sisko
Apr 19, 2022
I use to really love Duo, it was easy and accommodating so could go at my own pace. Unfortunately it's changed to a weird heart system where after so many chances; you have to WAIT to be able to practice again. This is a huge blow to someone who has disabilities memory and learning. I don't learn this way. If it's a tactic to try and get subscriptions I get it(kinda) but you're really hurting those who Want to learn and don't have the money for that sort of thing. Very disappointed
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AJY Lenks
Apr 19, 2022
Duolingo is amazing if you want to learn a new language. With an ample choice of languages, you can pretty much learn any language you want. There is competition to keep you motivated which is great and if your friends join Duolingo, you can compete with them as well. The only problem I see in Duolingo is sometimes when you have to say the words of the language and you don't respond too fast, the audio will just mark you wrong. This may be a problem because of background noise or the system.
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Cassandra Playa
Apr 18, 2022
I've been using Duolingo for about 3 YEARS! now, and really am enjoying the app. The pace of learning is totally up to you, and you can test out of easier levels if you already have some language familiarity. I appreciate the reminders, the variety of speaking reading and translating back and forth. There are challenges, practices, review of past mistakes, lessons, and even stories!!! Try it!
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Jaylene M
Apr 17, 2022
The app itself works as intended. Perhaps it works for some, not for me. It's far too discouraging. To advance, you are obviously competing with bots & people who are plus members. I get it; they want you to pay, but all the advertising pop ups ARE paying... If you work hard to move up, but for some reason can't spend the time, you get demoted and have to work your way back up. How is this encouragement? difficult to figure out sentence structure with no explanations. Too many negatives to list
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Shamaya Morris
Apr 16, 2022
I had trouble learning Spanish since high school. Duolingo has helped me so much. The lessons are broken down into short and engaging sections you can complete in under 10 minutes each. The characters are relatable and their notifications aren't intrusive. I don't usually spend money on apps, but I went ahead and bought the paid version for a year and it's worth it for the extras. I had the free version but I wanted the unlimited lives, extra lessons, and stories to open without spending coins.
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Matt E
Apr 15, 2022
I'm using it to brush up on my French. Makes it super easy to practice and there are several anti frustration mechanics to keep you going when you mess up. I wish they focused more on the feminine and masculine aspect of french. When they teach a noun, they skip out on the article which makes recalling them difficult later. The stories are a great addition to the app! One problem. I listen to it on my commute. Please have it save the progress locally because it doesn't save without service.
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Bruna Brylawski
Apr 15, 2022
Perhaps I am not using it correctly, but I find a big discrepancy between the lessons (boringly repetitive with not much content) and the practice and check sections, which introduce vocabulary and sentence structure never presented before. How is one to learn these? Guessing? Edit after many months of use: the lessons get better with time and I feel I learned something. Some translations make no sense in English, and the voices are contrived and annoying.
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Sara Willcox
Apr 12, 2022
The app itself is great. I make tons of progress,but this isn't without the help of my friend from France. I feel like there should be lessons thoroughly explaining grammar rules and other important things. My friend helped me, and I think I would have struggled solely using the app. I also find the heart system frustrating because it makes you end a session with errors instead of ending a session foxing them. A translate feature would be nice, too; for words, the lessons don't teach.
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Peter Zimmermann
Apr 11, 2022
Duolingo is a convenient way to learn a language that is always ready when you are. New words and concepts can be introduced suddenly, but are reinforced through repetition and quickly become part of your repertoire. Sometimes the repetition can seem excessive, which seems to limit ability to move on, but it seems to be warranted to internalize the new information. On occasions, the speaking back function seems to refuse to acknowledge acceptable responses (a glitch?) with repercussions.
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Courtney Phillips
Apr 11, 2022
An amazing app for learning a new language. Easy to use, fun, accessible, and short lessons let you do quick lessons in moments of free time. I've learned so much over the years I've used this. They stay updated and add new features. Limited ads for the free version do not ruin the experience or make you feel you HAVE to pay to get the desired effects. Amazing app, definitely recommend
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Amanda Biron
Apr 11, 2022
The app is really fun, there are many languages to choose from, and the combination of typing, speaking and listening in each lesson is more effective than how I learned in grade school. I'm not a big fan of the heart system, it will stop your lesson in its tracks. The competitiveness from the gamification can get in the way of playing to learn - you try to get experience points quickly with easy lessons instead of doing a longer, challenging lesson. $12/mo is too pricey - I'd pay $5/mo.
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Katy Pedelty
Apr 6, 2022
Paid version is great. It forces me to do a little every day, even when I don't want to, by making me feel like I'll lose a streak if I don't practice. When I have more time, I can advance faster by doing new lessons to learn new content. Unpaid version was very hard to use, as I recall, because the ads were frequent and long.
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Sarah Bonn
Apr 6, 2022
Been using the free version which is packed with a lot. It's lacking a bit in the Korean in that the pronunciation isn't consistent and some of the phonetic examples don't make sense. ("'R' as in kiTTy") The app starts right in on units when it should start on the alphabet and some of the alphabet lessons get ahead of the rules so it's confusing at times. However this is the best one I've seen and when I get a bit deeper in, it will be worth the subscription fee.
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Rae Fehring
Apr 5, 2022
It's a great app, but there are several reasons for the mid racing. 1. the typos that they let slide are inconsistent. 2. there never seems to be an explanation for new language concepts on the front end — leading to avoidable errors. Third, there are glitches with the audio on two levels. The first is the app's inability to recognize the spoken word — uno, dos, tres, for example. The other is that the app voices are often unclear — dropping esses off the end of words. I've run out of space.🙄
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Jo Remy
Apr 5, 2022
Sometimes the the mic doesn't work when having to repeat a phrase. Overall the app works well. The app gives an unfair advantage to iPhone/iOS users. There are several POINTS functions not available to non-iOS users. Aquiring points is not equal on the two platforms. You almost have to use the app twice as long to get the same points. iOS users have the audio lessons, XP Ramp Up. Don't believe me, check the message boards. It's unfair. All functions should be available on both or not at all.
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Ayoush Mukherjee
Apr 4, 2022
Splitting this in two parts: **The service: It's a good service to learn the most common phrases and be able to converse. It won't make you a master, but you also won't be lost when traveling. So set your expectations correctly. Also would benefit from having an introduction to the alphabet in the beginning. It really helps with pronunciation. **The App: Voice exercises get annoying sometimes when the last word is not long (eg. Hoy in Spanish), and the app can't recognize it when spoken.
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Raven Alexis
Apr 4, 2022
I'm obsessed with the app, seriously. I'm learning so quickly and it's replaced my social media for entertainment. I really want to upgrade to the paid version because collecting hearts is annoying asf... but you can only choose to pay $85 for the whole year. I'd likely pay up to $10/mo for this app but not willing to shell out the full $85 up front. Hope they have a real monthly membership soon.
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Justin Browne
Apr 4, 2022
Really helpful. The way lessons are constructed helps you learn quickly in short bursts. I am learning to read and speak Korean for my family and it's really gratifying to start communicating with my family in our native tongue. App isn't magic. You still have to practice, but it is really well structured and intuitive. 10/10 Most accessable way to learn a language (at least the one I am learning)
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Maria K
Apr 3, 2022
Fun, easy to use, and gamified! I like the leaderboards feature--even if they're all strangers, friendly competition is motivating. Also helpful are the multiple voices used to listen to the language. My main gripes are: ~There's no dictionary to look up previously learned words. ~As far as i can tell, there aren't grammer-focused or syntax-focused lessons. The knowledge is sprinkled throughout the lessons without ever really getting the full explanation of a rule.
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Dorothy Smith
Apr 3, 2022
Very good language learning app! Doesn't rush you into the language. Has cute stories you can unlock that teach even more vocabulary. You can touch an underlined word to see the translation. Very helpful. Plus, there's a leaderboard every week and if you connect with other people you can encourage each other with stickers. There's also monthly challenges and you can set up personal goals. I recommend it.
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Andrew Decker
Apr 3, 2022
I have a 1000+ day streak and I'm very close to just deleting the app so I don't have to deal with it anymore. The UI is slow and often clicks on options erroneously. It is sometimes forgiving with single-letter typos, but times it will count as incorrect with only a single letter wrong especially with special chars. Performance is incredibly inconsistent, sometimes taking more than a full minute to load a lesson, story, or even the main menu. Otherwise, it's a fine, free way to learn language
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Dice Marlow
Apr 2, 2022
I absolutely love this app. I'm learning German of all things, and Duolingo manages to make it comprehensive. My only complaint is the ridiculous updates. Things incorporated that have nothing to do with the language, and I miss the exercise button. Sometimes I like to refresh my memory, instead of replacing it. Please put that button back. I feel like my learning hasn't been as well since.
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King Paper Chaser
Apr 1, 2022
I'm about 40 days in on this app and I would say this is a really good app. There is the occasional unprompted ad attack but that seems to be par for the course lately, and I've noted a bug or two however that seems to be rare. The lessons can get a tad tedious from the repetition but that's to be expected with a learning app since not everyone learns as fast as I do and I wasnt willing to upgrade to plus which allows you to progress faster. Definitely recommend
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Sage Dakota, LMFT
Apr 1, 2022
Fun & easy to use. Even though there are commercials (because it's free) and they limit how many lessons you can do in a day if you make mistakes - which is kind of counterintuitive - they have these fun cartoon characters jumping up with celebratory music when you finish a lesson and get things right. If you miss something they say "try again" in an encouraging way. The lessons are nicely paced, gradually building upon each lesson without pushing too quickly or too hard.
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Michael Fivecoat
Mar 31, 2022
Definitely one of the only apps I recommend paying for, only because I don't like watching ads or being restricted by hearts, but it really is worth it. I have definitely learned a lot of words and different ways to say the same thing, which is great. My only gripe is sometimes an error occurs when trying to view the discussion tab during lessons (which is another great feature when it works to explain why certain answers aren't accepted). Other than that, I'm a lifer.
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4scene2blame
Mar 30, 2022
I've been using duo off and on for years and really got into it when covid hit. After two years of using it, I'm definitely finding it easier to understand and speak German! They have stories too with conversations, so you can learn commen phrases that way too. Duo's definitely gone through many changes- including overhauling the lessons, which I'm a little miffed about. But they finally fixed issue with android phones not being able to activate the microphone.
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suzanne treash
Mar 29, 2022
Using the app for Spanish reading and writing. I feel like I'm learning which is awesome for free. There are some adds with the free version. Issues are with writing. I can't do Spanish accents with my phone. If the app had language keyboards included that would be amazing. Also as a cashier I wish there was a section about shopping near the beginning. That's what I would be able to put to use first. I'm googling phrases that I haven't gotten to yet.
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Anna McElfresh
Mar 28, 2022
Great app. I am learning French again after stopping in college. It's faster than traditional classroom lessons, as stated. I like how they use multiple ways of providing lessons and requesting answers. The app keeps getting better too; keep up the great work all! It would be great to see links to learn more (if wanted/needed) in the tips area. Also, pemium is better! It is worth the money to save time without the ads and to be able to fix my wrong answers during a lesson.
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Kristin HL
Mar 27, 2022
A lot of language learning sites and some individuals will say that Duo isn't a good way to learn a language. However, I've been using it for almost a year now and personally I will disagree. I'm still in the beginning stages of learning even after this point but that's a personal thing because my memory is bad. The repeatative nature that Duo uses works great for me as I need that in multiple different ways (visual written, characters, and audio since I'm studying Mandarin).
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James Bennett
Mar 26, 2022
Great way to learn many different languages. Minor flaws, but the one that drops my rating to 4 stars is the typo netting. Sometimes you'll get away with missing an "s" to make something plural... or if your phone autocorrected you and you didn't catch it, or sometimes you type "id" and meant to type "is". However, I've noticed that if you're on a roll and have a good streak, your chances of getting away with it are slim to none. Reread your sentences before you hit that "CHECK" button.
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Stephen T. Kennedy
Mar 25, 2022
So far so good. I find the interface a bit clunky, and there is a bit of fooling around required to get learning. For example, there is not a gradual introduction into where to learn letters, what you can click on in a lesson, etc. It's more of a "throw you in the water" approach. Additionally, it is frustrating that there are NO indications as to how much the PLUS version charges. It is all left (like much of the app) for you to figure out after the fact. :(
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Donald Zoll
Mar 25, 2022
Duolingo originally started with the message "It's about progress, not perfection," and they did a full 180 mixed with a cash grab. They should remove the heart system and do away with the animations at the end of the lesson; they just waste time. The extra lesson at the end of units also wastes time, and that's not to mention all the lost progress when a course updates.
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Kathy Riggs
Mar 25, 2022
I've been learning German and it's been going well, though it can be annoying. The sentence structure is of course different in German than English. The only problem is that it's not always clear on how the changes work and they don't explain it. For example the sentence "I come from Germany, too." In English is changed to "Ich komme auch aus Deutschland". 'auch' means 'too', so it's changing the position of the world but doesn't explain that or even show it in the examples under the word
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Cheryl Howard
Mar 25, 2022
This app is great! I have learned basic Spanish. I'm looking forward to conversations in Spanish. This app is easy to use but the point system is confusing because it appears that you can't advance without paying money, yet it allows you to keep practicing. The ads are ordinary ads..just annoying. This app has cute green characters that encourage you to keep going and don't give up.
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Mark D60
Mar 24, 2022
It's a great way to learn a language. At one point, I got very frustrated, running out of hearts, then I found you can earn more hearts by practicing instead of trying to complete a lesson. Also, by practicing (instead of trying to complete a lesson), you can keep your streak going. Four stars because they want to trick you into paying instead of disclosing the rules. Also four stars because I don't get feedback on my feedback.
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Mychal Moser
Mar 24, 2022
At least regarding the Haitian Creole lessons, the number of grammatical errors and some words that don't seem to translate correctly, I find myself losing trust that I'm learning reliable or correct Creole. The more lessons I do, the more unreliable it seems, which is frustrating when I come across the same grammatical mistakes, made by them, over and over again, forcing me to enter the wrong words so that I can move on to the next phrase, which I also have to enter incorrectly to move on.
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The Pyat
Mar 23, 2022
Great with one large caveat. Now and then the app gets persnickety. Instead of giving you the green light, it'll mark you wrong no matter how close you got to the gist and no matter how fluid translations between languages are, necessarily. The scoring is rigid and in the comments there are some mega - literal people who are less interested in helping people learn than showing off their own linguistic prowess. In doing so, they take some of the fun out of using the app. Otherwise, great.
Grant Pierce
Mar 23, 2022
Duolingo is a really good app! It has a good curriculum and does a good job of teaching you new words. It also has interactive stories, which I really enjoy. I'm not sure that you could learn and master an entire language solely from this app. However, I take German classes and I do this 10 minutes every day. It's really expanded my vocabulary. I highly recommend it!
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Kelley Minehan
Mar 22, 2022
I am definitely learning French. Slowly but surely. Sometimes the repetition can be a bit much (how many ways can I say "my cat is eating a croissant"?) but I understand that repetition works. Some of the Bot voices are irritating (Lily) and a bit unclear, but again, it still works. The ads aren't invasive. I don't like that the free app only allows 3 mistakes before you can't practice anymore (unless you buy or earn more hearts). I've tried the premium, it's better, but expensive.
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Kylie Chapman
Mar 22, 2022
The app is amazing! I use it everyday on my way home! It is very easy, but at the same time , it has challenges too. I don't like the streak thing though. My phone is inaccessible on the weekends, so I loose my streak every time. But I love that you can earn hearts by practicing everything you know. In all the app is great. A few problems here and there, but overall it's great!👍
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Cody Campbell
Mar 21, 2022
I have been learning for 667 days straight and through practice and speaking with native speakers, I have found this app is great to pick up some vocabulary but unless you are using it in conjunction with other systems then you might find yourself pretty far from your language goal. Also, I have found more and more free features disappear from the app over time as they are absorbed into the paid features.
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Tim Effinger
Mar 21, 2022
I wish we had this type of learning/ competition when i was in school. I feel if I had something like this app i would have learned several languages by now. It's very interactive a bit frustrating at times 😂 meaning sometimes I go to say a phrase and it doesn't pick it up and counts it wrong. But other than that everything else is perfect in my opinion. Check it out it's fun yet challenging and a great way to learn just about any language you would like.
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m
Mar 21, 2022
This app constantly breaks. It can be helpful when it works, but it constantly crashes, freezes, and sometimes just stops working in the oddest ways. The comments section only opens about half the time (the other half, it crashes the whole app restarting my lesson). It loves to crash on the last question of a lesson so I have to do it over (regardless of hearts lost). It doesn't always like to award you achievements: just got demoted from diamond and haven't unlocked the pearl league achievement
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Malena Daurio
Mar 21, 2022
Absolutely love learning multiple languages on this app. It is easier than I thought because Duolingo makes it fun! The one thing I do wish they would work on is using voices(?) that fit the language. I feel like sometimes the voice/accent are way off from the others and it makes it difficult, especially if I get the answer wrong on a verbal translation and am trying to re-listen to say it right for next time. For example: Spanish guy voice/accent when I'm doing Chinese 🤔
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Jasmine T
Mar 20, 2022
Great app, so much to access for free 💖 Glitches! -- I can never do the speaking parts, the microphone does not detect me and just cuts off immediately, but responds like I said the wrong thing. I can always just skip the speaking sections, but I wish they would work! When there is a listening section it no longer automatically plays and I have to tap the button to hear it. It would be nice if it played automatically like before
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Becky Williams
Mar 19, 2022
Love the gamification, the characters, and the amusing stories. The structure is wonderful, though the app is not fully aimed at travel proficiency as a priority. I also would have liked more explicit lessons on verb tense to see those patterns, but perhaps I am old school. Despite some Spanish, I still am memorizing conjugations instead of predicting them. Definitely worth the subscription price; thanks for making learning fun!
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Adam Niblick
Mar 17, 2022
Excellent for learning a language in bite-sized chunks for the busy person. I appreciate how the the app has the user practice speaking, listening, and translating in both directions, as well as providing some, if not fully comprehensive, grammar explanations. There are also fun little short stories that help practice comprehension as well as new vocabulary. I couldn't ask for much more in a free app!
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