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Duolingo - Language Lessons Positive Reviews
Fun to practice everydayThis app is truly fun and is a great supplement to a French language immersion class I am taking. I do have a hint and some suggestions. Hint to those newly downloading: take advantage of the 1-MONTH trial because if you don’t, you’ll only see the 2-week trial for Plus after that initial period. Don’t delay!
I truly enjoy the variety, not only lessons but the stories and the listening and there’s even a Podcast! Truly satisfying app - the stories crack me up, and I love hearing pronunciations from other native speakers, not just Estelle and Paul.
Suggestions to enhance learning/app, while it’s great that there are flags and learns and those come back up in practice sessions, I wish there was a bookmark feature for specific tips or one that would allow you to flag even specific test. I take screenshots but would rather it be available all in one place in the app. And the other big suggestion is, there are times when I select the word, and it doesn’t say it. It does happen in one kind where you place 2 words and place both within a sentence (i.e. aime-aimer) but it doesn’t happen when you have three separate words to select and check — this is where I would like to hear the word. Maybe these features are unlocked in Plus, but if it doesn’t underline a word after It’s accepted and I press continue, why can’t I listen to the sentence again after the continue prompt is available?.Version: 6.117.1
It’s a good app!This is some reasons i gave this app 4 stars only. I did not want to put 5 because of some stuff so let me tell you. This app is so amazing i would download it if i were you but, i am trying to learn french because of friends.. but it does not really teach me french language. All it kinda wants me to do is pick the right french word or, something else like that. It doesn’t seam to make me remember all the words. So i give this app a 4. No hate to this app because they are trying there BEST to help people learn new languages! Its really a great app but also, it wants you to pay a lot for a month I’m pretty sure to get no ads and level up quicker. Almost every app has a monthly subscription witch is kinda unfair. People are losing there jobs during this moment of Covid-19 so they won’t be able to pay that much for a month or however much it costs. I would say who would want to level up fast? It would not be fun because its going fast and you really learn anything and, its kinda cheating as what i think. The no ads.. well thats kinda “OK” but i don’t know about it.. the ads are kinda great although, they are about the Duolingo subscriptions. The ads are actually short though so i would not mind the ads because i don’t want to pay a monthly subscription. So i give this a 4 i guess but it’s actually good app and i think you should download it if you like! There is so many amazing languages out there on Duolingo. Thanks for reading my review! - Customer <3.Version: 6.104.0
I love the setup and purpose of why this app exists, some tweaks and I think it could be amazingI just started to use this app again even though I’ve had an account since 2016. I’ve taken some courses in high school and college for Spanish which helps in the language learning process; most is just refreshing with the language of Spanish. I can’t provide to much input as to whether it will help you become fluent or not because I’m still on the beginning stages of the lessons. However I am enjoying my time with it and hopefully it does help me get to where I would like to be which is a fluent Spanish speaker. I rated four stars because going through the activities I’ve noticed that when it tells you to repeat the sentence the audio seems to lag on the last word and take a little while to register that you got it correct. Everything else is great, I like that if you get something wrong you can go to the discussion section where other users have had the same issues as yourself which has helped me understand errors so I don’t make the same mistake next time. Even after viewing the comment sections duolingo itself gives its own tip by using an example to help you remember and avoid the mistake you made for the future. I would highly recommend the app for learning a language but like I said previously I’m not sure if it will help you become fluent or not. Fix the audio issues of it lagging for a few seconds and I’d gladly rate five stars!!!.Version: 6.99.0
Great But Here Are A Few TipsSo this is great! I started learning Spanish a few weeks ago and I have learned a lot from this app. I thought I wasn’t going to stick with it, but I ended up doing it. It’s a really great app if you want to learn any language! Just a few tips though. A couple times, I’ve had a thing pop up when I’m trying to do my lesson. It says that something went wrong. I came back a while later and the same thing was happening. I’ve been working hard on my streak, and I really don’t want to lose it. I wonder if it is possible to not break my streak because of an error in the app. It’s only happened a couple times, so its fine. Another thing: I feel like we shouldn’t be given the stories until we got all of our first lessons done. I tried to do it when I only had 10 crowns, and I didn’t understand everything. I had to use the hints, and then I felt like I wasted a story. I would recommend not Doug the stories until you are done with the first lesson. The cafe one I would wait until you have the restaurant lesson done with all five crowns. The last thing is just being able to have more than 5 hearts if we do the practice. (Or at least up to 6). I feel like then, you would practice more to get hearts (even if it’s only one more than when your hearts are refilled). Well, this app is amazing even if you don’t fix those tiny things. I would definitely recommend..Version: 6.97.2
Best Language Teaching app! Super Helpful and fun!I wanted to learn Greek because, it’s in my culture and my realities and family know how to speak it. I searched for Greek learning apps and I stumbled across Duolingo. I made an account and started learned basics ( though I had experience I wanted to start from the beginning.) I got some things done and made it to checkpoint one, which took some days to complete the lessons. I took the test and failed, I tried again, Nope! Again I tried, but no success for me. I kept trying and eventually gave up but a few months later, I decided to start practicing again. I hadn’t used the app for MONTHS! And it was time to break the Non-Bilingual Wall.
So I started it again yesterday and after leveling up on some things, I decided to try the test. I failed two times and then it said it wouldn’t be graded so I could just take it without hearts and stuff since I failed so many times. I took it and I finished and guess what? I PASSED!!!!!!!! I had no faith in my self and I gave up, but a little practice made it perfect. I continued practicing today and now I can speak in detailed sentences, and I know a lot more than before. I am even learning to write in Greek by solving the questions and taking courses. If you want to learn a language I recommend Duolingo, it has helped me come so far and I will continue to learn with Duolingo. Thank you Duo for helping me learn! ❤️❤️.Version: 6.74.0
ONE OF THE BEST WOULD RECOMMEND, SOME SMALL SUGGESTIONS AND ISSUESIf you are just starting out on a language this is the app. You learn words effectively and it is very good at encouraging to learn. The unfortunate thing was it got very repetitive and takes some time to get through to learn new words. It was very good when I first started learning Norwegian or Norsk Bokmål. I got the basics but really just basics. Duolingo won’t make you fluent but it is a great starting place and language practice tool to have when first encountering a new language. Don’t expect yourself to learn an entire language with Duolingo alone but it is great when wanting to practice the language you are learning or getting a few new words. Once again, it doesn’t feel like you are making super fast progress or you have grown quickly but I always enjoying going on and practicing. Another problem is that I never really understood why something was some way and Duolingo did not really do a good job explaining the reasons behind something so I was left confused. The good thing is these questions can be answered on the forum that Duolingo provides. Also the pronunciation does not appear to be given. All you could do was hear the word but I could never tell if the letter “d” was pronounced at the end of some words or not. I had to learn this outside of Duolingo. To conclude this is SPECTACULAR language learning app and I recommend it for all who want to try a new language..Version: 6.36.0
Let me start by saying I NEVER review appsThis app I have had for a while. And I try to use it everyday. It can be pretty disappointing to see that you have missed a lesson and now you don’t have a true streak anymore. If you truly love language and learning it then this app is all you need. Please do yourself a favor and pay for the plus services. I have used this app for about 4 or 5 months and once I upgraded to the Plus option I really saw my learning time go up a lot faster. Let me stop here and say this is not an advertisement trying to sell you the app, just a VERY satisfied customer. Now it’s currently December of 2020. Bobby Shmurda will be released from prison soon and if you run into el chapo you should know some Spanish. Recently there were some changes to the app that exponentially improved the feel of the quality of service immediately and it was such an amazing well thought out addition that I believe it alone could very much help you to learn 90% more than anything else on the app can. What I am referring to is the newly added voice recorder that lets you hear your vocal lessons so you can hear and compare your voice to what you should be hearing. And for people like me who have a very hard time hearing anything, (And I know my ducking kids inherited it 🤟🏽🙃) This new addition to the app makes it so much easier to hear what you are doing..Version: 6.96.0
Love it, but some features need to be addedI have to say that Duolingo has taken me to a new world of languages. I can spend my whole days practicing with Duo and increase my ability of using languages. However, there're still things that I'm not satisfied with this version for IOS:
- the discussions after answers: I've wait for them since a long long time ago. I believe that Duolingo is not only a software for learning languages, but also a special environment for everyone to enhance their skills together. Using Duo on IOS is quite convenient, but if I want to check my answer with the other's, I have to login my account again on the version for web browser, go to that skill, do it and seek for the question. That's not good at all!
- The report: Nothing happens when I press the button to report the errors (most of them are translation errors). My and other's reports are the very efficient tools to help Duo better, and we want to see that in the near future.
- The club should be added to web version and the currency systems - gems - needs need to be synced. Anyway, the life point is awesome, but we want more games, or tournaments, or challenges, or... something like that, just to increase the competitiveness between leaners.
I know that to solve with the problems I've listed above will take a lot of time and money and labor power, but we can believe with our effort and strength, the future of Duolingo is brighter than ever! Duolingo is the sweet home for everyone!.Version: 5.2.67
New smaller word boxes TOO SMALLSince the recent update (late April 2018), on my iPad Pro DuoLingo app, the word boxes and the type within them, which one taps to put together a translated sentence, are frequently appearing much smaller than the helpful size they consistently were before. Sometimes they appear in the original size, but more often now, even with a short sentence where there is no problem fitting them on the page, they are very small. Harder to read, and harder to accurately select. And I have small hands/fingers.
I lost several “health” bars and had to stop my lesson sooner than in the past, because I was selecting at the speed I always have, and realized I could not have the confidence I had grown accustomed to, that when I think I have touched a word box, it is selected. So my learning process is slowed not because I am selecting the incorrect word and losing health, but that I have to stop and check more diligently to make sure the box I tapped (or tried to, but apparently did not hit the now very small “sweet spot” on it which selects it), actually shows up in the answer box. This was NEVER an issue before the change in word-box size.
Please make them, if not as large as they have been previously, larger than they are after this recent “upgrade”. Very annoying in an otherwise wonderful app...you folks say you want to make learning easy, and my feedback is that this tiny type in close-together boxes, is an impediment to learning. Thank you..Version: 5.2.20
Good starter language learning app but…If you’re taking a language course in school, this app is great supplementation to practice your skills. If you’re just learning on your own, while Duo is a good stepping stone, you’ll need some extra resources if you’re serious in trying to master a language. Personally I use this and babble because the less popular languages like Swedish and Russian don’t get tips like German and Spanish. Apparently they’re available on the website itself, which is pretty inconvenient. (Really babble is more in depth in explaining the grammar. In comparing the two, they both have their strengths. Duo gives you quick vocabulary and babble gives more grammar.)
My issue is really how strangely some of the modules are set up. I noticed that the more popular languages are set up in a way that’s a bit nonsensical and fails to set up the lesson they’re intending to teach you. The questions segment of German spent less time showing the proper set up on how questions are asked and spent more time having me translate random sentences.
The thing that irritates me the most is how this app with every update tries to push you to buy premium. It used to be you’d just get a few ads for it but these days after every lesson about there’s another promotion for premium, with increasing unskippability which is even more aggravating. And they added an word save feature which is helpful for learning… except it’s for premium only!.Version: 6.145.0
Love this app so much!!! (suggestion included)I love duolingo! This app is actually really cool and kind of makes it feel like less of a chore or less of taking classes and more like your just actually playing a game! I like the look and way it works, It give you more motivation to keep learning. The competitive edge is definitely cool with the leagues too. Overall i think its an amazing app if your looking to learn some new languages. Or maybe your just bored and looking for things to do. Instead of scrolling through twitter or reddit while you wait for your hot pockets to cook in the microwave, Do a duolingo lesson. Its actually educational and who knows maybe itll grow on you! All though i do love this app a lot theres one thing i would want change to. You get a currency of either lingots or gems. (IOS=gems-Android=Lingots) But after you spend them all buying all the outfits for duo and other things you run out of things to spend them on. Im on a 19 day streak and i have everything so it doesnt take long. I wish there was more to do. So please if a developer sees this, 1. Amazing work keep it up! 2. Put some new things to buy with gems or lingots maybe the space outfit you see in the duolingo plus ad would be cool for 800 or something you get the point or maybe some other things you could use to customize duo. Much love! And enjoy the app to all ❤️.Version: 6.80.0
Good but it has its drawbacksSince I can’t send Duo Lingo an email to give them an opinion I’ll put it in a review. I’ve been using the app now for probably 8 months as a plus subscriber. In general the app is good. As I’ve progressed forward though there are simple things that are extremely annoying for example I was working on Spanish past tense and I spelled the name Sarah as Sara (another common English spelling of the same name). The entire sentence in Spanish was correct but my answer was considered wrong because of the missing “h”. This was a verbal/audio sentence I had to listen to then type the correct answer. Also as you progress and write English from Spanish there are perfectly correct English translations you might write that the app considers wrong. I’m guessing because this app is actually designed by a non native English speaker; the creator of Duo Lingo is from Central America (Guatemala I think; but listen to his story on the first season of their Spanish podcast). I like the app and enjoy using it but I’m finding I’ve been seeking other ways to learn because some of the grammar isn’t quite covered or the reasoning behind certain language rules isn’t explained and I simply need more. Also a common complaint is that they send way too many emails if you stop using the app for a day or two or longer and it feels like a stalker. Luckily the email I used for it was not my primary email because when I checked that account it was flooded with Duo Lingo emails..Version: 6.27.0
Course quality depends on the languageI've been using the premium version for two years, mostly on Japanese and tried some others. Some language courses are much better than others. For example the Spanish course seems pretty robust. Korean seemed pretty bad for beginners (even though it's a relatively easy language to learn).
I have the most experience with the Japanese courses. It's honestly not great if you're completely new to the language. It doesn't have much focus on teaching the basic alphabet and tries to jump into to words or phrases without much context. If you already know a bit and want to learn some kanji it is decent for that.
There are many frustrations with the courses. One of the most annoying things is when you're trying to complete courses quickly to beat a certain timer. Some sentences they want you to translate are weirdly long and unnatural. I can't help but to think there are roadblocks set in place to encourage people to buy timer boosts.
I also really don't like the amount of unnecessary animations, some which you cannot turn off that just adds time between courses. Pretty frustrating when I'm trying to finish a few quick lessons during a break or to get more xp within the boost timer.
Overall it's a fun little way to get some practice in but it's best used as a supplemental learning too. For many languages it doesn't seem to be a good way to learn from scratch..Version: 6.152.0
Good app! ...but needs work!Great free app, very helpful and useful in learning new or refining old languages. However, it still needs work in my opinion.
I am learning Spanish and I have learned a lot more than I already knew in a couple days... but there are times when using a proper word is necessary to succeed and move on, but I have to restart over and over again later (after practicing, to get health to play) ...because I picked the right term but wrong specific word and no explanation is given as to why. I.E: Yo (means I) has to be followed with an o in the use of words like como (eat) or bebo (drink) instead of come/comen/comes or bebe/beben/bebes (as I learned through searching), but no explanation is given as to why. It’s frustrating and infuriating. This needs to be explained and taught for proper teaching of other languages. Also, why does the asterisk above certain Spanish words apply but not on others? Learn it all or don’t even try I say!
Finally, turn down the need for health as often, or turn up the regeneration rate. I read it was said that they are trying to make learning free. So do it more, please. Stop making me practice over and over again just to get 1 bar of health (works on only 1 mistake before failing) and have 1 measly chance at succeeding just to have to quit, practice, and start ALL OVER AGAIN; only to fail because I don’t understand what I did wrong! The ads are bad enough and should be sufficient... but then there’s this! Please fix!.Version: 5.2.36
My answer to la leche is wrong even though I spell it right.This app has been very useful. My whole family speaks Spanish and they never taught me so I downloaded this app. Everything has been going good, but I have an issue with a lesson. So I decided to try and get all the crowns for the intro levels. I’m on level/crown 3 out of 6 and lesson 2 out of 4. Remember for this question, you have to complete 2 things to submit your answer. This question is talking about how to spell leche and choosing if la or el goes with it. So you choose la or el and of course I chose la because that is correct, then you have to type la leche. So when I’m trying to type la, the text box goes blank and you have to rewrite la, but this problem continues to occur when spelling la. So I put the word leche(milk) first and then take the blue like that’s there when you are typing and I put it in the beginning of the word leche and then type la in front of it with a space in between the 2 words. I then submit my answer thinking I’m clever and it would still work. Then it says my answer is wrong and it says you spell it like la leche, which is how I spelled it. I then report the answer, I retried this a few times and it still didn’t work. So I then skipped the level and went to the next level and was doing it until the same question popped up, just with different words. I then tried to answer it and it did the same exact thing. I’m just trying to complete my levels, someone please help..Version: 6.124.0
Excellent App, but could use more Languages!I’ve been using Duolingo for a while now to practice my French, and in the time I have had the app I have tried out several other languages too (including Spanish, Russian, German, Klingon, etc.). The games make learning fun and the teaching style helps keep the terms and sentence structures ingrained in my memory very well!
My only request/hope for this app (not a complaint, I love the app) is that while I appreciate the inclusion of fictional languages like High Valyrian and Klingon, I would like for there to be more significant languages to be added to Duolingo’s roster of classes as well. Widely-spoken languages like Arabic and Bengali are noticeably absent on the course list (for English-speakers, not sure about others), as well as Finnish, which is a little strange because Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are all present. Personally, as someone whose family comes from the western Balkans, I would love to see a language course on Serbo-Croatian, since it is a difficult language that I believe Duolingo would be an excellent tool to help me to become better at it. Recently, Hawaiian and Navajo were added to the roster, which excites me and makes me hope for these languages to be added sometime in the future as well.
Overall, I love the app and will continue using it to study foreign languages! I look forward to seeing more language courses added in future updates! 👍.Version: 5.2.54
I am loving this app!This app is really helping me to learn very quickly. I am learning Greek and brushing up on Spanish. I wish it would handle a few things differently Among them, letting me test out of Spanish levels further along the way than it does, but I understand they are testing whether that feature is more or less beneficial for learning at the moment. So, I upvoted the feature :). The other thing is that the adds are locked in portrait mode and the “practice” tab also starts out and sometimes gets stuck in portrait mode. I have tor turn my iPad to portrait and back to landscape and it usually switches to landscape then, but not always. I pretty much always use my iPad in landscape mode. Especially when I am using the keyboard, which the app has plenty of. I wish that the whole thing would just be in the orientation of my screen without changing/ trying to figure out which direction it should be as I use the app. Otherwise, this app has been AMAZING and, while, I’d love those improvements, I’m really just being nit picky. I didn’t feel it deserved any less than 5 stars because the rest is awesome!
One note, if anyone is having trouble understanding anything in the language you’ve chosen or with the app, visit the website and check out the discussions tab. There is a lot of helpful info in there and many other language learners who are very happy to help out!.Version: 5.2.37
Excellent learning tool, Needs more community interactionI have tried many language learning applications, but Duolingo is by far my favorite. Why? Well first, this review is based on the subbed version. I subbed immediately so I cannot speak for the unsubbed version. Now, this is why it is my favorite app.
I am to unit 3. The lessons I have encountered have been the best I have used for memorization. I will cover pronunciation in a moment, though. Now listen, it are VERY repetitive. ALL Language apps are should be. However, other apps don’t provide as much variance as duolingo. I am extremely impressed that they can repeat vocabulary enough to optimize memorization, yet also provide consistent variance between the material. redundant vocabulary becomes interesting every time. I have used apps that have no variance and become boring fast, and apps that are too fast paced, lacking memorization technique and losing their learning power. Duolingo also offers stories that you listen and interact with, and even interactive podcasts. They are my favorite. The app gives you true sense of progress through achievements, monthly challenges, speed challenges, ranking, and a lot more. My critique is an app like this has more COMMUNITY potential than they realize. If I could message directly and even form groups with other learners in this app, it would be fantastic..Version: 6.123.1
I am very grateful !J’adore Duolingo, I never had the confidence to learn a language before using this app. I always scoffed it off as too much work. You guys really make it fun. It’s like playing a game! As you developers already know, the streak keeps many people committed to the app. I’ve kept my streak alive 150 days twice! I’m not dropping the flame this time though. My only complaint is that I wish bots weren’t in the leagues so much. I assume they are there to give people a more competitive feel that perhaps isn’t quite there with all the real users on the app? I’m not sure, I’ve tried to understand the reason, but alas it is what it is. I am learning how to read and pronounce quite a bit in French! That is the main thing I really get from this though. And that is really something I am genuinely grateful for. I have even been practicing thinking in French and although I cannot understand every day French tongue out in the real world yet, I can differentiate many words that are said and that’s cool too, quite an improvement! That is all thanks to you wonderful folks. I appreciate the people behind Duolingo because they are providing such an amazingly useful resource for free!! I do get the premium membership because I love it so much. I’m on my second year with this app and can’t wait to see it evolve. 🥰Merci beaucoup, Duolingo et au revoir !.Version: 6.153.0
It’s okayThis is a pretty good app, but don’t expect to be fluent in a language from just an app. It teaches some basics, but in order to be fluent in a language, you need to do much more (like buy some books in the language you want to learn, listen to people talk and sing in that language so you can hear how they speak casually, surround yourself with people who are familiar with that language, and practice that language frequently for years, etc.). However, I’m not a big fan of the hearts system. It limits you to only being able to make 5 mistakes, and pressures you into not making mistakes, and that’s not a good way to learn. Ask anyone who is great at something like drawing, singing, or playing an instrument. Of course, before being great, they’ve still all made several mistakes, and it’s extremely rare for someone to be great at something before lots of practicing and mistakes. Making mistakes is a part of learning. It’s similar how before babies learn how to talk. They of course make a lot of mistakes. They mispronounce words and they use incorrect grammar very frequently, and that’s okay. I’d rather have more ads than have to stress about losing hearts, but that’s just my opinion. All in all, this would be a good app for learning a new language, just keep in mind that learning a new language is much more complex, and you’ll have to put in a lot more time, effort, money, and determination..Version: 6.74.0
It’s okayIve used duolingo for a little over 3 years now, and it’s overall a pretty good app. It does it’s job-helps you learn the language. However, I rated this 3 stars for multiple reasons-and here are those reasons:
-The heart system. Since I’ve gotten pretty far into my Japanese course, I don’t make a lot of mistakes but for beginners it would be very frustrating. To start, there’s only 5 hearts. And if you lose them all, you have to wait 4+ hours just to get a single one back. You can also practice to get them back, but still. Not everyone knows that that is a feature. It’s a really inconvenient feature and honestly I think it should be removed.
-Lesson repetition. Some lessons seem like they repeat the same topic for up to 20+ rounds. Look, I know some languages do have a lot to cover in just a 5-10 minute lesson. But sometimes it seems like I’m never gonna pass a stage.
-Streaks. Having a streak is a fun feature and there’s nothing I think is super wrong with it. But the constant mind state i, and others probably have is “I HAVE to practice, or I’ll lose my streak” shouldn’t be the mindset. You should practice because you want to and have the energy, or time, to. Also, some people are busy and could lose 500+ day streaks because they forgot to complete a lesson. I think there should be some way to help that issue.
But yes, this app has helped me a lot and I’ll give props for that. Just a few things I think could be improved..Version: 6.148.0
Nice app but slow progressThe app is nicely designed and has good variety of testing formats, but each level takes FOREVER to pass. Some have 20 rounds before you can move on - and each round is the SAME thing. Even some of the levels seem the same. This feels like a waste of time for the learner and has made me start practicing even less (therefore using the app less) because I already know the material by round #5. I don’t need to review it 15 more times. Please make the progress faster, perhaps integrating some review of previous levels into later ones to ensure retention. Also, please allow us to skip levels more easily - right now it takes 400 gems to pass a level, and that takes many days of repetitive practice (of topics I already know) to accumulate. Not worth it. I even made a separate account to start over and take a placement test to hopefully bypass some of these basic levels. I did much better on this test that my first one, yet the levels they put me on seemed the exact same as on my other account - does the test actually place you anywhere other than the beginning? I get that you’re trying to make money by encouraging us to pay for more gems, but what you’re actually doing is discouraging me from using the app. (Plus, with all the ads, I already feel sufficiently encouraged to pay for premium.) Perhaps just make the number of gems we’re awarded for meeting our daily goal much larger or make the number required to pass a level much smaller..Version: 5.2.58
Still slows and at times and crashes a lot, even after the latest updateI have used Duolingo for many years, and I do think it’s very good, but over the past few months, I have been very annoyed by what I consider unnecessary delays in certain parts of the program. These are mostly in the review parts or in the timed challenges. The latter are particularly annoying, because you get, for example 2.5 minutes to do a challenge and then you can’t even start for 1.5 minutes or longer (during which time nothing is happening, so you think the program may have crashed), thus you basically get 1 minute or less (45 sec) to do a 2.5 minute challenge. I don’t know why this is happening, perhaps a server delay (because the program is so popular, but I don’t think so, because it doesn’t happen in all parts of the program), or a purposely built-in delay. If the latter, then just say it’s a 1 minute challenge! I try to do at least 5 or 10 minutes per day, but if I have to wait 2 minutes (with nothing happening), just to get to the lesson, it diminishes my enthusiasm. There are also more frequent program crashes than there used to be. In fact, today I can’t get the app to open at all. I went to the App Store and installed the new update and that didn’t help. It still won’t open! Pretty frustrating..Version: 6.125.0
Great app, but one problem!I have been using Duolingo to learn French for a little while now. If you really want to be good at it I suggest working over and over on the basics 1 and mastering it, and continuing to work on it even after mastering it until you know the basics 1 words 100%, which is what I did. It’s a lot better to know the words than to rush through and not actually be able to remember them. One thing is, I have started the “phrases” section. Usually when you start a new section and it gives you words you haven’t seen yet, they will put a dotted line under it where you can see what it means and then eventually remember it. However on some new words it doesn’t give me the meaning and asks me to translate anyway. Since I don’t know the meaning of the word because I’ve never seen it I get it wrong and lose my health. I have used this app a long time ago to learn Italian (which I’ve since stopped) and it would always give me the meaning of the word, multiple times even. It’s just annoying to me that I have to lose my health because I don’t know the meaning of a new word. It’s not too much of a problem that I will delete the app, but something that could be fixed. I recommend using the computer version of duolingo for learning new words and phrases, and just using the app for strengthening your skills. Overall though this app is great!.Version: 5.2.13
This app is good except for a couple of things.This is a good language learning app but it has a few thing that are wrong.
1) the keyboard for the mobile app, now I’m not sure if this is you but the keyboard is really buggy and keeps typing the wrong letters or completely missing them.
2) The audio for the listening and typing part, the audio is not always understandable because either it is too quiet to make out some of the words or that it something seems to slur the words together and I can’t tell the difference between “un ensalada” and “una ensalada” and it makes me get it wrong when i shouldn’t have.
3) THE HEART SYSTEM, this is the biggest problem with the app, it didn’t use to have a heart system and it was great and made the other two problems less severe because each time I get something wrong because of the top two problems I lose a heart even if it report it. The heart completely loses what this is supposed to be a free learning app. Because when you’re Spanish and you are getting stuff wrong (weather if it is for the top two problems or not) and you have to stop and can’t learn and more it just turns this app into one of those cheap mobile games that just want your money and nothing more.
So those are the problems with your app the first two are minor I don’t care much about them there just bugs but the third problem that is what makes you lose those stars so fix it and I will give 5 stars.Version: 6.73.0
Please readThis app is great and all, but I’ve found that the desktop site is even more interesting and helpful. The app is very limiting. While the desktop version includes a better discussion board and quite a bit more info. HOWEVER, I have noticed some annoying changes in the desktop site. They are expanding the app, and diminishing the desktop site. Which, obviously, I really don’t agree with or like. If I needed more in depth information about a lesson, as they are usually very cut and dry on the app, I would sometimes go to the site and there might be extra pointers on certain things I wasn’t understanding. I keep trying to do things on the site and it keeps taking me back to the mobile version or a complete replica of the app on my browser. I get that they seem to be aiming at continuity and flow, but please do not take away all the information and good of the desktop site in order to grow the app. I also really miss being able to see my progress on each language. I liked being able to see how much further I had to go before leveling up. But apparently they removed that feature, while still keeping the levels???? Which is beyond me. Just seems like an added annoyance. One of my biggest pet peeves is needing the desktop site and even requesting it on my iPhone and still getting the mobile site or having to continually click Desktop Version/Full Version because every link takes me to a shortened version/aka the mobile site. Soooooo annoying..Version: 5.2.17
Wow! 🤩Duolingo is an AWESOME game! All my friends had it, they were learning different languages all the time so I decided to give it a go. At first it was very frustrating so I just stopped playing it, one day I was on the Airplane and since I had no Wi Fi, I only had a couple of games to play. I was scrolling threw my phone and found Duolingo, and it took me a while to realize that it’s OK and I needed to try again. Everyone at first while learning a new language is a bit uncomfortable to it. So I chose some languages that I wanted to learn (Spanish and Mandarin). Not to lie, I had to google some to find the definition. But googling them and cheating actually helped me, it made my brain focus on the ones I didn’t really understand, and once googling them and knowing the definition, it stuck like glue in my head. (Seriously, I said words in Spanish daily for no reason). Once I warmed up to it, and never gave up on my 2nd try, I was a Duolingo fanatic!! I played it for about 2 hours a day. I got more hearts, gems, and my parents even let me get Duolingo PLUS!!!! 🥳Even though, I felt so mad at myself at first because all my friends knew languages and I didn’t, its just because of me not trying again and focusing enough. This is really an awesome game, remember to never give up even though things seem impossible. Great work, Creators!! 👍🏿😝.Version: 6.110.0
I LOVE this app and here’s why:A large reason I admire Duolingo because it’s amazing at explaining mistakes and getting you out of bad habits. But I also love it because if you didn’t understand why you got something wrong (or right,) you can click a little speech bubble icon above and to the right of “continue”, and people who are also learning Spanish at the same level as you can comment and explain why something is correct or incorrect. (Which has been a huge help for me). But I think people who are reviewing Duo miss the little things that make all the difference. I’ve never seen anybody comment about the EXTREMELY beautiful, and diverse characters that cheer you on in the corner. It makes learning a language a rewarding experience. Also, I’m sure kids would appreciate when you finish a lesson, you get XP and gems. The XP helps you level up, and the gems build up so you can customize the little green owl mascot (Duo). Now, really: I can’t say enough how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this app. But this is my last reason why in case my first 3 weren’t convincing enough.
Duolingo is motivating. You earn achievements if you practice on the weekends and if you get a certain amount of XP. I’ve even gotten one for reading a short story (provided in the app). This app really is just so special. And Developer, if you see this: Thank you..Version: 6.97.2
AMAZING, but...I gotta say this app is amazing! It just has some issues. One, the speaking part. This is a little tricky. Like, I can’t always make one voice! My voice at random times just goes high, so it’s a problem. 😕 Two, the store. The store is not that well. Why? I’m like a starter and really good at my German (I’m learning it) but I have EVERYTHING IN THE SHOP! I have all the outfits. I think you can improve it by, like, new outfits every week! That would be amazing! Three, gems. Gems are amazing but what if you made coins. That could also help the store. Stuff that costs coins and some that cost gems! Simple really. Four, the bird. I still love the bird but I think if you complete a whole language, like German, you could get there National animal! I don’t know why that is something I want but I do. ;-; Five, another speaking one, wow, it speaking a little for you. Here’s the thing. If it speaks a little for you, how will you learn to say it!? This has happened to me. It’s something I’m not a fan of much, I’d rather say a while phrase then have it say something for me. Other then all that the app is quite something. Well I have nothing else to say except for, don’t let your dog lick you a million times on your face while learning on this app, and ever accept if there trying to wake you up or your doing nothing.
- ꧁ Primrose Sings ꧂.Version: 6.65.0
Frustrating, but a good appI have had Duolingo for maybe a month now and I’m level one on all of the first group of things. Now there are a few things I’d like to address. Duolingo is really great because I’m taking French this year. However there are many huge problems with it too. One is with the practice for a heart. I have been doing it right, le restaurant. But every time I type it no matter how I tweak it it says I’m wrong and knocks me down so I can’t actually ever earn that heart because it keeps giving me the same question which has the wrong thing happening. When I get it wrong it shows me the answer- exactly what I typed. It kind of drives me nuts. Other than that, the hearts system is really stressful because it basically tells you that making mistakes is horrible and that you literally have to pay for them. Now I know that’s not the point but it sure feels like it because failing a lesson sure feels horrible, doesn’t it? I’m sure there are plenty of bugs Duolingo has that I haven’t uncovered but I really wanted to put this out there. Other than these things, Duolingo is great and it’s a great choice to assist in learning a language. But seriously the hearts system crushes your soul and it sure doesn’t help on a bad day. And yes I understand Duo plus is better but come on, I just want a free language app. So if you’re still reading this thanks for listening to me little Duolingo rant. Have a great day..Version: 6.35.0
It needs improvementHello,
I know how hard developing applications can be for companies as I am a developer myself I wanted to say I love using Duolingo and how unique it is. I give this five star you can remember the words and learn through the app itself and wish it can take more inspiration to memory applications to improve the user learning curve throughout the app itself. I wanted to say by tapping onto the word you'll get the various definition of the word you are learning which is a cool idea but, very confusing for someone new to the language and would have to search the Internet and understand the context of the particular word or the structure of the sentence and forget it in a few months. For example, C’est in french this means in English it is or it’s or this is it has different words on the app that would confuse a user using the app itself and new to the language. Why not improve this feature so a user can be more interacted and engage more within the app instead of using a third party or search through a search engine and be more confuse or even not use the app itself due to one feature that can be improved? Don't only let the user have a responsibility to be responsible to learn the new language engage it more and improve it. Anyway, it's an amazing app, and I love using Duolingo!!!.Version: 6.118.0
Good but beware...For the platitudes read other reviews. They pretty much say it all and I agree. I had the free version for years and didn't use it much. My lovely South American wife speaks such perfect English, I get lazy. Unlike her, (speaking at least six languages and learning some on DuoLingo) learning a language doesn't come easy to me. My brain is wired more in a mechanical direction. So to facilitate my learning, because now it's getting embarrassing that my Spanish is so limited still, I have dedicated my IPad to only language. And I paid the yearly subscription so I'm not frustrated by blowing through my hearts half way through. My spelling in my native language is poor enough, now I have to spell in another language? Yikes.
But now a new frustration, apparently my iPad is just a little too old for DuoLingo, so all through the lesson I am being urged to update my app. And it won't update. On requesting this update in the middle of the screen, I have the option to cancel the request. Pressing cancel may take for or five try's before I can continue with my studies. It breaks the lesson with a spate of angry button punching. So, beware if you have "older" equipment. I will have to keep using it like this because I'm not prepared to buy a new iPad to replace one that is still working great. Unfortunately, this isn't the only app that this is happening with, planned obsolescence is not cool..Version: 5.2.54
Some annoying issues but still a great toolI think Duolingo is still probably the best language learning app out there, but a few issues keep it from being insurmountable. Its voice recognition is quite subpar. I’ve gotten some very interesting words and sentences that are very much not what the prompt is, and you’d think after the VR got used to your voice after some time it’d catch even your worst pronunciations. But it struggles to capture words and phrases very consistently, which is sad because VR is way faster than typing, and I hope it’s greatly improved soon. The next annoying issue is the stringent translations to which the app faithfully abides. Some of my translations into English are marked wrong and when I look them up on Google, they’re acceptable. What gives? There’s no such thing as a perfectly spoken native language. Regional affectations, pronunciations, and grammar idiosyncrasies exist everywhere that keep English from needing a strict rule book. A fair number of translations I’ve verified on other engines are considered wrong by Duo. It needs to allow for greater flexibility of translations; some words and grammar have become more flexible but not enough. Another minor issue is the mixing of idioms into core content that non-natives are maybe too young, old, or inexperienced to understand. Any non-native idioms should be in their own unit with context..Version: 6.145.1
#AWESOME!!!!! 😍😍. Best language learning app EVER!!!😍This app is SSSOOO effective! When you start out you sign in with your email. If you want to, the app will give you a daily reminder to practice or start a new lesson. It will also email you if you get behind in your lessons, which is great for me bc I always forget to practice!😂 You choose the language that you want to learn and then your all set!! No bugs and it works great. And after learning the basics and finishing the first three lessons than you can actually have a conversation with automated people in that language!! You have to try to understand their questions and answer them and if you haven't learn a word yet that they say or you forget what it means then you can just click the word and it shows you the translation. It is AWESOME!! You HAVE to get this app!!!!😄😄. You can also join a club with actual people learning the same language as you! You can encourage each other and post your latest progress and you can also make friends and follow people you know and make a profile picture so that your friends can find you!! You can also make your own club if you want to!!! It is absolutely amazing!!!! If I could I would just tap that download button for you so that you be able to try out this app!!😜 you have to get this app! I hope you take my word for it. PEACE OUT!!!!✌️😂✌.Version: 5.1.23
Great app honestly howeverThis app is truly amazing the people at Duo lingo really show depth and understanding of not only a language but how to teach it. It’s very stimulating and sometimes feels like your playing a game and rewards you with sounds and animations. However, while the app is executes it’s purpose very well there are some issues I’ve noticed with it. First the speech recognition software doesn’t seem to be very sensitive. There are times where I have to repeat a word that I have pronounced well before multiple times before it reads it. This issue might be more of a phone software issue than with the app itself nonetheless it’s an issue I’ve found. Second has to do with the teaching itself. Most languages other than English seem to emphasize masculinity or femininity for example in German Der,Die,Das. I find that the app does a poor job of explaining when to use the proper word. It seems that it almost expects you to memorize which nouns are considered masculine,feminine, or in the case with German also neutral. These are words that are used in almost every sentence and I believe there should be much more emphasis on teaching when they should be used if not outright having it be the very first lesson learned. Other than those two issues once again I must admit this is a very effective way of learning a new language. So big thank you to the Duo lingo team!.Version: 6.104.0
What a FUN App! ☺️Greeeeetings!
So, app is incredible. I have been eyeing it for a long time, and dabbled in it back and forth. I tried two other language learning programs and this one suits me the best. I love how they repeat words, even at the different levels. I also love how it allows you to retry the words and phrases I’ve missed from the last section. It’s a great refresher, but you all also word things correctly when I make a mistake. It’s like, “Oh. That’s what I missed. Let’s try it again.” THAT is a great boost to anyone’s confidence. Make you want to try again. The tips are outstanding, and you even get to dress up your character in different clothes with the points you earn. There’s good incentives to keep playing. The most important thing to me is how you all have taken one of the most difficult things to do, learning another language, and made it interesting, fun and doable. I find this to be twice as nice, since the world is a blend of everyone, and I have felt terrible when another person goes out of their way to learn English while others around them don’t care to even learn how to say please, excuse me or thank you in their native language. It bothered me to not know how or even to communicate that I don’t know what anyone is saying. This program is great and I am super thankful for it!!!.Version: 6.81.1
It’s pretty goodThis app is good for learning languages but I hate how when I spell something wrong because I don’t know how to spell or pronounce it it makes me loose all my hearts and it’s the most annoying thing in the world when that happens, also when I was leading Spanish just right now it never warns me that I have to put “la” or “el” so I always get that wrong and it basically doesn’t teach you about la or el if your learning Spanish which I think it should at least tell you about el or la because I’m new to Spanish and I don’t know if I put la or el so it’s kinda annoying as well, also when I was done practicing the next day I lost one of my badges so it wasn’t gold it was just right at the beginning even though I have been practicing so much so I had to re-do it and usually when I don’t practice which never happens it cracks so i just fixed it up again but then this time it didn’t just crack it went back to the beginning but I guess over all it’s pretty good but on the Spanish I wish they could make the reading books not loose your hearts they should be a practice because I also lost a heart from the books but other than that that all I do recommend this but only if your learning one language at a time because I’m Learning two at a time and it’s stressful but you can learn two languages if you want i really liked this app and I recommend.😅.Version: 6.97.2
Duo’s usability going downhillI have been using duolingo since it’s early early days. It has always been the very best language teaching platform around. More and more however, the app seems to be becoming more of a children’s game than a learning platform. Each update adds a more “game-like” feature or page. And more concerning, is that with every update the developers seems to be removing the parts of the app that make you want to come back to learn. The first of these negative transitions was the removal of the learning percentage, and the addition of “crowns” in it’s place. Can’t speak for everyone but, fake crowns do no good in my learning... maybe introduce crowns along side a percentage. However, the most recent of these negative transitions is the addition of “hearts”. Learning a language comes with making a lot of mistakes... how is anyone supposed to learn if they are told they cannot continue after making a specified number of mistakes? This is a huge step in the wrong direction for the app and hopefully the duo team will recognize it before it’s too late. I find myself rarely using the app now due to the “heart” addition. Seems to deter users from prolonged use. For the sake of learning, please steer the ship back to where it came. Go back to your roots duo.
On a side note, duo team, you need to create a way to allow user feedback..Version: 6.44.0
Plz readI LOVE THIS APP!! For ppl who is reading this app you can pick a lot of languages to learn I picked Spanish bc i wanna communicate to ppl that speak Spanish! Also for some reason when I speak Spanish for the record thing it’s satisfying bc I never speaked another language before lol!!! But... theres this thing that I did not like when i started this app, and that thing was, it showed words that I had to guess and I never learned it. But I’m starting to learn! And it’s really fun, and good for kids! But you have to listen and be able to read, There is also tips, If you want you can also buy the plus, you get unlimited hearts and about the heart thing when you get a question wrong you lose a heart but with the plus you have unlimited hearts! Also offline courses, I think that is saving your lessons when your offline, no adds, and I think there is a more learning thing, idk? And also fun mastery quizzes!! I also love how you get gems 💎from leveling up and stuff like that and you can shop for new doulingo clothes and refill your hearts with the gems!! Lol 😂! That’s all I’m gonna say!! And thank you for making this game!! 😁😁😁 You teach LOTS of languages!! 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇸🇷🇾🇪🏴🇻🇨🇸🇾 ( I picked random flags) I wonder how you know them ALL!! Haha! And again thank you!! AMAZING app!! 😺👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽.Version: 6.74.0
They finally have Arabic......and it’s GREAT!
They start you off learning to read, letter by letter, sound by sound until you can recognize the most common ones. They have you practice with made-up words from basic sound combinations, introducing more and more sounds at your pace. Then they sneak in real words, and before you know it, you’re translating whole sentences and it suddenly dawns on you that, yes, I can read that, and no, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be! I’m absolutely stoked to study Arabic with Duolingo every day. The reward system is a bit of a joke, unfortunately, but the learning process itself is fun enough that you don’t need it to keep you motivated. It’s fun, I love it, and if you haven’t tried it, give it a go. I’ve gone through all they have on Spanish as well and it’s really, really good, especially for beginners.
If you’re not a beginner and just need to brush up, it’s good for you too. You can take the test and it’ll place you as far along in the course as it thinks you should be, and then you can choose which lessons you want to brush up on.
There are a lot of ads, but I’m guessing they’re not getting the funding they need in other ways, and it’s a free app, so it makes sense. You’ll have to skip through them after every lesson, but it’s not ridiculous..Version: 6.62.0
Plz fix this !I would love a persian/lithuanian/croatian/somali course btw
PLEASE FIX THIS BUG THAT people have been having for over a year who knows how long! The bug is: If you go to a course and “start” it (aka open it) from a different base language, you cannot delete it you can only delete the languages up until there is one left! So the last one stays and you can’t delete that one. it clutters up the interface of people who were just curious to see courses from other languages. Let me give an example.
Ok fro example: I am a native English speaker. If I am curious and want to “learn” English from a Greek perspective and open the “Greek to English” course up, (when all my other courses are English to _____) whether I actually start it or not, it now shows up in my languages list on the app on my phone and I can’t delete it on my laptop OR phone! On my laptop the button to delete the English course when I turn it to Greek is grayed out. So now English is in my list of languages even though I am not learning it :( many other people have this problem from what I’ve seen on the forum and recently too!!! Pls fix :( it looks so ugly
I was playing around earlier so I actually have many of these extra courses that I have no use for and cannot delete !!! Please fix :(. Thank you 😸😁.Version: 6.106.1
This app is great, only a few details left...I have been using this app and it feels very good to be learning a few more languages. But I want to tell you guys about a few things that have given most of us a few flaws... (1.) Recharging your hearts takes so much time! Like 5 hrs. ! ( Ok I hope you don’t think I’m being mean to you, but let’s go on...) (2.) I really appreciated you guys teaming up with Rovio, the creators of angry birds, you guys actually made a great team together with them. I hope maybe someday you guys can team up with them again someday... Note to self: I haven’t been playing angry birds for like more than 3 days. Man it’s been months since you guys worked together with Rovio. And last but not least... (3.) When I was trying to finish my Spanish lesson I failed, and then the crying duo showed up and the music of failure actually scared me a little bit... But instead of the crying duo, how about this new picture with him doing some weight lifts and the music a little bit more happier, but the more you fail, the worse the music and the picture is. If you fail on a test, you could put duo saying, “Don’t worry! You did your best, better luck next time!” And with that my friends, my explanation is done. Thanks for your consideration and I hope you guys can keep up the good work. ;).Version: 6.74.0
Over all fine. Not great, but fine.My first language I learned was Romanian. I am half Romanian, and my mother and grandmother and other relatives speak it. I can understand Romanian, but I never learned how to speak or write it. I decided to try the app. The app works fine, it is pretty smoothly running. However, if I make a simple grammatical mistake that can be pointed out, the hearts run out. I think the hearts should be taken off, after all; how is someone supposed to learn with them suddenly not being aloud to because of mistakes they could have learned from? I have found I can now read in Romanian a little bit, this pleases me. But I came to the app because I wanted to be able to speak it, not read. That was another thing. And because I was illiterate at the beginning, I couldn’t do the test. I’ve had to work up from the beginning, and it’s become a real chore. I wish the hearts system was dealt with, and there was a better way of being able to learn for the app. (Also, I tried learning Russian, I believe that they should teach the alphabet, as I can’t read it. And most people just learning a language won’t be able to either.) overall, this app needs real work, but it improved me slightly. I can talk to my grandma a small bit in Romanian, but I’ve found just asking my mom for words works better. Please improve in these aspects. It can teach simple grammar and language, just don’t expect to be able to be anywhere close to fluent..Version: 6.38.1
Great supplement language app!I like this app. However, the app is NOT as detailed in explaining Spanish rules as the website and I highly suggest if your Spanish isn’t as fluent, please use the website in conjunction to this app to get explanations on the rules. I say this because on the app, you are constantly penalized for wrong answers and when you lose health, you either need to spend your jewels (fastest) or practice (time consuming) or wait for the health to regenerate (the most time consuming). So, I’ve been going back and forth on the website and app so I don’t lose as much health. I do not like how the app penalizes you so much! It makes me lose motivation to continue the sessions because of the waiting period to regenerate health... and you spend a lot of jewels at once in order to obtain health. The app is fun! You earn rewards and streaks... all to motivate you to keep practicing. I like earning the jewels because you can use them to purchase health and other fun things in the app. The streak count makes me want to practice everyday! I like how you can join groups with other people that are learning the same language and you all can motivate each other. Your detailed profile information isn’t shared with them; it’s pretty basic where you know everyone’s screen name, languages they’re learning, and rewards they’ve obtained and that’s all. The app is convenient on the go for sure..Version: 5.2.10
Great for beginners, poor for advanced learnersFor learning brand new languages, Duolingo is by far THE BEST app you could ever hope for!! 👏😍 I am learning Japanese, which I have dreamed of learning for as long as I can remember, and now it's coming true!!! 😱 But why I don't give the 5 stars is that the 'Placement Test' does not give accurate results. English is my first language, and I was in French Immersion from age 5 to age 11(SEVEN years) I consider myself bilingual but because its been awhile since elementary school i forgot a lot. But I still don't speak the language fluently. So I thought I'd use Duolingo to strengthen my knowledge and vocabulary of the language. I took the Placement Test and according to Duolingo I am only 32% fluent in FRENCH! It treats me like I've just begun learning the language >:( I also took the placement test for Spanish which I studied for only ONE year, and Duolingo claims I am 26% fluent! This just isn't logical. 7 years of studying a language vs 1 year is OBVIOUSLY very different! Not an 8% difference 😕
But don't forget I do think Duolingo is FANTASTIC for brand-new language learners 😃 🌏 As I said with my Japanese learning ;)) I am in no way trying to diss Duolingo, I'd just like to see some improvement in the Placement Test, allowing intermediate/advanced learners truly begin Duolingo where they stand.
Thanks to anyone who read my rant 😇
GREAT APPLike many people are saying, this app doesn’t teach you FLUENT languages. I’m fluent in English and Spanish, but that’s because I’ve been in the dual language program in school since kindergarten, with half of my schooling being in Spanish, and I’m in seventh grade now. Learning French with Duolingo has been pretty great, though. I’ve been using it to enhance my Spanish after taking a placement test and I’ve learned better grammar! The app is aesthetically great and the Plus features are pretty nice. There’s no ads and you get unlimited hearts which is AMAZING (without Plus you only get 5 hearts and if you run out, you have to wait four hours for just 1 to fill up.) It has great learning techniques like the streak feature. I’m on a 12 day streak because it’s really gotten me to keep doing it. It can be a time consumer, but it doesn’t have to. One lesson may take 5-10 minutes. It also has many learning options based on your preferences. The standard lesson way, or learning the language based on real-world stories, or listening to lessons on audio and answering the questions by voice. Plus is a BIT pricey, but definitely worth it!! I would recommend Duolingo to anyone!! It’s so great, especially if you plan to travel anytime soon. Teaches you travel lessons, money lessons, etc. So great!.Version: 6.155.0
Best language learning app!!Note to language learners: I have wanted to learn Spanish for a long time and now, after discovering Duolingo, I am making some good headway. Duolingo is a great way to build vocabulary. It really helps to talk with someone in the language you are learning because it helps you remember the lesson a lot better. Duolingo has a ton of languages to choose from which is a big plus. One downside is the commercials. They don’t pop up during the lesson, but they often come up other times. I understand that they couldn’t make Duolingo free without commercials, so I gave it five stars. If you answer incorrectly too many times, you loose all your life and need to wait or watch a commercial. This can get a little annoying. The publishers made Duolingo so fun yet still effective it is like a game and it is addictive. Hopefully this review helps you get Duolingo. I definitely recommend it.😊
Note to publishers: I love what you have done with this app. I suggest that you add a wordlist feature, so every time you learn a new word, it adds it to the list. I know this would be incredibly helpful for me and other serious language learners. After a while, it is hard to keep track of all the words. This would be a great update. Thank you for taking time to read this. 😁.Version: 6.64.0
Long term userI love this app and have been using it daily for over 4 years. The most recent overhaul is fantastic, even though I didn’t fully appreciate it at first. For me, at least two years of new content was added. For a volunteer supported app, that effort was incredible. I love the quiz and test out features and the progression of difficulty in the exercises.
My criticisms are minor, but in theory should be easily fixable (says the non-programmer). I can’t figure out how to give feedback along the way so there is the ability to fix quickly. It seems like you can only report a correct or wrong answer but no other feedback. So here it is-there are times where none of the word choices that are given as hints for an answer are accepted as correct. It seems like there should be a correlation loop between the correct answers and the suggested answers. There are times in the same exercise where the answers are conflicting and no way to report that. Also it took me forever to figure out how to renew my Plus subscription. I would love to have access to a “contact us” field in the app for all devices that would offer options like: membership, report error, q&a (general and by topic section and chapter).
To all the folks who have given their time and talent to developing and supporting this app, merci beaucoup à tous!.Version: 6.10.0
Absolutely Amazing but a big problemI have been using Duolingo for almost a year now, and I have been able to secure a 283 day streak as of today, and I hope to go even further in learning Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese(Only Spanish for right now and a little bit of Japanese), but I cannot practice some of the main skills that I practice for exp. I cannot currently practice Hiragana 1(Japanese) and Phrases(Spanish). It just puts me into an infinite loading screen. Besides this, Duolingo is amazing and I hope to keep learning in the future! Edit: I am now at day 345 and I have began Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) and It's going good so far, but I would like if the lessons and tips would explain the rules and how you actually know how the order of words work, like phrases and just combining words to make phrases, sentences, and fragments. Besides that, I am still trying to learn Spanish, but haven't been able to find much motivation to keep learning, besides the streak, but mostly everything is going well for first trying to learn more languages for fun.
Another Edit: I'm now at day 434(Wow, almost 100 days after the last one!) and I have finally decided on just Spanish, then after, probably Chinese or German
Anyway I'll be back but my Phrases in Unit 1 in Spanish is still glitched.Version: 6.149.0
Awesome app! Few few problems with it.Duolingo provides a great learning system, although it is a bit difficult to learn a completely new language. I am learning German, and have been for a few months on Duolingo, but starting off was a bit difficult. Yes the app gave you definitions for words, but it didn’t really give you how you should use the word. For example; it didn’t provide which variation of ‘the’ would be used for feminine, masculine or neutral classification. The only other problem are the ‘lives.’ When I had originally downloaded Duolingo, I could practice for nearly half an hour, yes I would make mistakes, but it still provided a learning experience and allowed me to continue despite these mistakes. The ‘life’ system is prompting you not to continue with your practice, which can be discouraging. The wait time for even on of the five lives is very lengthy, and I don’t want to wait such a long time just to make a simple error and have to restart my lesson the next day. Other than these two problems, Duolingo is an exceptional app that allows for in-depth learning, with lessons that include not only reading, but pronouncing the language, and conversing with others. The streak keeps you from skipping practicing, and gives you motivation. Altogether, Duolingo is a great app, not to mention it’s free, which is a plus considering it’s competition, and it’s content..Version: 5.2.29
Heart systemI see allot of people complaining about the heart system in reviews...
This prevents people from juste rushing to the end without remembering half of what they learned!
When you are out of lives you simply have to do a “Practice” wich is a quiz that takes ALL what you have learned from the first lesson to the one you are at!
This pushes me to review all of what i learned to be sure not to forget the lesson i did 1 week ago, or even more.
I LOVE THE APP AND I LOVE THE HEART SYSTEM
PS: dont miss a lesson or someone who is worth allot to you will go missing!.Version: 6.97.0
DuolingoAwesome app, makes learning a language fun and easy. I wish it had Mandarin..Version: 5.1.10
Lacks explanationThe only downfall of the app is that it doesn’t explain why an answer is wrong. For instance, if you use the masculine version of a word but the correct version is feminine, it would notify that your answer is incorrect but wouldn’t provide the correct answer, or an explanation. I find when learning a new language that it’s easiest to remember how to structure sentences and spell words correctly if I understand why..Version: 5.2.37
Duolingo ReviewI have been extremely impressed with the organization and function of the app. I feel as though I am picking up Dutch really quickly in a short amount of time (as someone who has learned another language through school and can compare). The mix of written, spoken, listening and pronunciation work on the app is truly incredible, I never expected the app to be this good..Version: 6.120.0
Microphone doesn’t workWhy does the microphone not work? It is such an integral part of the course. Apparently the microphone has not worked on this App for years as other reviews also complain about that. With so many intelligent App developers out there why has this not been fixed?
Otherwise the programme is a good one and enjoyable. This bug MUST get fixed..Version: 5.1.24
Free has become annoying and frustratingI used to love Duolingo. I am up to a 310 day streak but ever since these last few updates it’s gotten really sticky and I spend all day practicing easy levels to gain back lives over teeny typos. I felt like before you could miss an accent and it would remind you, now that they are trying so hard to get me to buy plus I spend most of my time watching ads just to get to a new lesson of French. I’ll most likely continue because I’m a sucker for finishing stuff but it’s just cumbersome and not going to keep my attention much longer..Version: 6.114.0
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