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Duolingo - Language Lessons Negative Reviews

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Fun way to learn a languageIts a good fun way to learn a language but it doesn’t give background information on words such as in Spanish like “you use tu for this situation but you use su for this one. It also gives you new words without a way to find out what they are so you have to guess or google them. I recommend having a laptop to search words and something to write down the words you’ve learnt otherwise you’ll have great difficulty when using this app.Version: 5.1.15

Take away the hearts!I love Duolingo- or at least I used to. The health bar is awful and totally ruins the entire app. I don’t know why they did this and sincerely hope they take it away!.Version: 6.68.2

They are forcing you to buy!Duo just changed their layout. You now have 5 “hearts” and lose one every time you get a question wrong. If you use all 5 you either pay for more, or have to quit the learning. If you want us all to pay, make a reasonable price!.Version: 6.42.0

Penalized for making learning mistakesI used to use the Duolingo app as an excellent resource for learning new languages. I speak three languages and have always found the app to really reinforce any new language I was trying to pick up - that is, until the new update. The update has turned Duolingo into much more of a game where you are penalized for making any sort of mistakes (a vital part of the learning process) by losing health. Once your health is gone, you can’t continue on any further lessons unless you spend 20 extra minutes recovering or paying for it. This is obviously a way to up the profitability of the app, but takes away the ability to make ANY mistakes while learning a new language. Furthermore, only on the desktop version are explanations available for ANYTHING. As adults (I’m assuming the majority of people using this app are older than 16) we are unable to pick up languages the same way children are able to, i.e. listen and repeat words and phrases and absorb the language structure along the way. Any person with a little bit of knowledge on language acquisition or pedagogy knows this. After puberty you simply cannot pickup a language this way with absolutely no explanation. Go check out other (free) apps that offer very similar content but better quality. I’m hoping there will be enough of a revolt that Duolingo will revert back, as it really was a good app. Honestly just burn it down and start over again. Down with the system!!.Version: 5.2.54

Money hungry!We sit through ads, that we are told is for supporting free learning, and now you make it so much more difficult to learn on this app when you just want us to pay. you charge way too much. some of us have lost our jobs and cannot pay. you’ve taken away perks from the app that were helping me learn. i now have to pay gems to use certain features that were always free for me to use?? why??? i have spent countless hours on this app and watched literally a thousand ads to help support my free learning and apparently that was all for nothing. you are just slapping me in the face and i can no longer even use the timed experience ramp up challenge without buying it?? i am SO unimpressed and so disheartened by this change in the app. it has really killed my desire to practice and learn. and again, i’m months into a streak, practicing for at least 3-4 hours a DAY. you guys are ruthless. it’s so sad. truly sad..Version: 6.71.0

Could be really good, but ultimately just ends up annoying and frustratingHearts and Gems system is flawed and will ultimately annoy Users that they won’t actually buy into DuoLingo, they’ll just go elsewhere. You get 5 hearts per day and for each mistake you make you lose a heart. Unfortunately, you lose hearts for silly things like spelling mistakes. Spelling mistakes are expected when learning a new language, so getting one letter wrong or misspelling a name (some aren’t even typical German names “Cruz”), but DuoLingo penalises you for it. Once you’ve run out of hearts, your session is over - no more practice for that day, unless you buy more hearts with Gems. Gems are awarded for progress, but progress can be slow when starting out (because you keep losing hearts!). The app also shows you adverts after every lesson, which is fine, and in fact can be a nice break between each lesson. You don’t have to watch them, but you do have to let them play through. I’m quite happy with this aspect, but ultimately the hearts and gems experience has put me off DuoLingo so much that I won’t pay to use it, I’ll just try another app instead. Good luck!.Version: 6.106.1

Can’t skip questions when not in a position to listen/speakThis is extremely frustrating as I swear I used to be able to skip these questions!! I do most of my learning either whilst sat on an evening or lying in bed so naturally I don’t want to disturb my partner I select the “cannot listen right now” or “cannot talk right now” options, which I thought was a great feature, until all of a sudden it’s not possible to do this with some of the listening ones! As a result I find myself having to screenshot the answer then type it in on the next go of the Question, which doesn’t really help me learn! I also have a major gripe in some of the categories, for example in the numbers it asks you, for example, what the number ‘27’ is, there is a choice of 4 answers with pictures and then the Spanish below the pictures, however the pictures are of the actual number!!! This is the same with the countries section, asks u what country is say “Mexico” and then each picture has the corresponding countries flag attached to it! I’m also finding it increasingly more frustrating how I can’t get past 50% fluency yet I use this app for approx an hour every day!!! Sort it out Duolingo, I like that ur free and I can even understand all the advertising within it but the quality/set up of the questions needs sorting ASAP!.Version: 5.1.25

I lost my steak even though I met my daily goal.I do like this app and I really like learning Spanish in it. It works great and I love the length of the lessons. They are very convenient because I don’t always have much time but I can get these done. I would give this app more stars except for that I met my daily goal yesterday but today when I went on it said I didn’t. I lost all of the progress I made yesterday also, which was very disappointing considering I did quite a few lessons. I also have “health” on my Duolingo app, but my mom who also has the app doesn’t. I want to get rid of the health section. Please help restore my 19 day streak and the progress I made yesterday. I am studying Spanish on Duolingo currently. The reason I dislike the “health” so much on mine is because very often I will put an answer down, but the app will mark it wrong and then tell me the correct answer is exactly what I clicked on or wrote down. I will then lose health for a mistake the app made and not something I did. This makes me upset because then I can’t move on to the next lesson when it takes my health away. I would also appreciate it if there was more variety in the content. I have been learning Spanish for a while now and it asks me the same basic questions over and over. It was wonderful at the beginning but I am now starting to wish there was more useful thing that you would learn how to say..Version: 5.2.33

Great lessons, tiny fontDuolingo is an excellent language-learning platform, but I find myself running into a frustrating aspect of the app design: their text font is absolutely minuscule. Despite having a 12.9” iPad screen to work with, all of the words are tiny and take up a small fraction of the available space. This is especially bothersome when studying Japanese, as most kanji are nigh unreadable without peering right up to the screen. Changing the default text size on iOS doesn’t seem to affect Duolingo, so this likely needs to be made into an option within the app itself. A fix in this regard would be much appreciated. :).Version: 6.100.0

New update is terribleDuolingo has always been the best language app on the App Store, although since their new update it’s no longer worth using, it’s been gamified to the point that you will have to upgrade to the plus version to use. If you get 5 questions wrong you run out of hearts, if you do not but hearts it asks you if you want to quit the app. I think it’s worth trying a different language app until they fix this..Version: 6.42.0

Changes are bad, and some don’t even earn you money.I hate this stupid health system. It makes my brain annoyed when I fail, therefore my brain doesn’t want to fail, therefore it becomes discouraged to risk failing. I do not like this change, why don’t you make it like your website? And also, I miss being able to choose which lessons do, that means I could keep practicing a lesson if I wanted to, and I could also practice everything in the whole subject. I also miss the cool robot things that you could kind of talk to. Sorry but I don’t understand where you’re going with this, it isn’t even making it pay to learn (besides health system), but even then people are just going to get annoyed. Please make it more like the website one, I don’t know if you’re trying to make this one more unique or something, but don’t. Besides that, I like the addition of Chinese and Japanese finally. You’re still the best app, but worse than you were before unfortunately..Version: 5.2.40

Pay to win!?This LANGUAGE LEARNER is pay to win. Why you may ask? Because of the health bar. Once you get 6 or less questions wrong, you’ll have to wait an hour for the health, so you can LEARN. You’d expect Candy Crush to have this, but no, DUOLINGO does. I hate to be the kind of guy that says “back in the old days”, but I’ll have too. In my elementary days, my teacher used Duolingo as a free time tool. It didn’t have the health bar, more customization, and a better interface. Now the app itself is rather nice, but I can’t get past the fact that it’s p2w. I understand you guys work hard, but just accept donations like Wikipedia, or use your ads. You can keep the Duolingo Plus, but take out the health bar. 1/5.Version: 6.13.0

It’s ok, but altogether bad for real lifeSure, learn a language on Duolingo but it’s no where near the same as speaking the language to other people who speak that language. I have been learning Dutch in Duolingo for about a year now and I thought it was great, than I decided to try and learn some Turkish. Now, I wasn’t actually planning on learning the Turkish as I already know Turkish fluently, having lived their for more than half my life. However, when I tried ‘learning’ Turkish, a lot was wrong. The pronunciation was off and so where some of the ways it translated things. Not only that but I realised the way you learn the languages doesn’t help you in an actual conversation. First, you don’t learn the rules of the language. Secondly, you don’t learn the culture, very important on communication. Thirdly, you don’t learn how a conversation would work, which is linked to the culture. Fourthly, you only learn formal vocabulary. Altogether I have had a decent experience with the app, but have realised that it really isn’t as good as it seems. I have also realised that they try rather hard to scam you into buying Duolingo plus for a very unreasonable sum of money..Version: 6.97.2

Counter Intuitive SystemIf I am trying to learn a language and I get a question wrong, I lose a life and am then restricted from learning the language. How am I supposed to improve if I am restricted from learning the language because I don’t know the language? This system does not help me learn the language and restricts my education..Version: 6.49.0

Please remove the 5 daily hearts.I’m learning Arabic currently and this is great for learning the sounds and letters. It’s a great starting point and I loved how they used to just put quick adds after every lesson if you didn’t have the premium, which I saw as more than fair. However now they’ve started adding 5 daily hearts (you loose a heart after every mistake) and once you’ve used them up you have to wait 5 hours for them to refill. What I loved about Duolingo is that it really did encourage free education, in place for a very quick add after each lesson that you could click off of after 2 seconds. However it seems now they’ve taken to the tactic of trying to pressure you to pay to get “unlimited hearts”. I know that they’re a company and they need to profit but surely they have plenty of people who pay premium and get more than enough money from add revenue. I even just saw one of their own adds “support free education, join premium” ...I mean.... doesn’t that contradict the add in itself? I’m just really disappointed that Duolingo has gone down this path by trying to force people to buy the premium version. It’s very disappointing because it is a great app..Version: 6.47.2

I didn't like the redesignEdit: Apparently I can choose to type in the target language, but still would love to write in English as well because I enjoy typing in any language. Maybe at least an option for it as well? Well first of all, I really love the app and have been using it for two years nearly on a daily basis. I just came here to change my stars to 3 because things really started to bother me. I knew there were no grammar tips and jump levels in the app, and I accepted the app as it was. Then that new design update came. After redesign, which really increased the writing exercises without an option to change it back, I realised that I felt quite discouraged. What does that even mean if I can guess the meaning? it surely doesn't mean that I will remember it for long I guess. It also looks extremely childish and breaks my desire to use the app. Just because of that, I started to use Safari to exercise in Duolingo. And if it changes in the future, I don't know if I keep using Duolingo as I do now. Please do listen our voice, there is a thread about grammar tips on mobile opened about 3 years ago, and just brought to the app for a few languages. But after all, again, its a free app and I am glad for their work, like every app, it could be better but I don't think we have the right to talk angrily about something we use for free for a long time. Thank you..Version: 6.6.1

GlitchesI have loved learning Spanish. But there are some words that the app never vocalises during the process, specifically during the match up section. Many times the last match won't vocalise, and in some cases not at all. Cuantos is one. Also, it would be nice to be able to have an easier way to put on accents rather than having to switch keyboards each time. Other than that it's a blast, I've used it 40 days in a row!!.Version: 5.1.14

RuinedI used Duolingo to learn German years ago with great success! Logged in again to learn a new language...to my surprise you completely ruined the app. The hearts scam is ridiculous and puts a learning cap on people’s progress! With the amount of ads you’ve thrown into the app, forcing us to pay for grammatical mistakes is ridiculous! You’re taking advantage of people, particularly immigrants who are already struggling in new countries with underpaid jobs because we don’t speak the language. To add to the joke, your ads are all about helping immigrants and providing education free to those in need! As if I’m not one of those people and you’re attempting to gouge me for money I don’t have. You offer an ad free paid version already, why add hearts to the mess? It’s disgusting. The learning platform is great. The problem is greed based education. Sort it out!.Version: 6.86.0

I came here to learn a languageI downloaded this expecting to learn a language and not have to worry about making mistakes. It’s treated like a game with hearts and when those are gone it’s the worst thing possible I’m sorry but the app is bad with the whole game setup.Version: 6.61.0

Scammed me £78/$101After being offered the two week free subscription I comprehensively checked the subscription details, it said that after the two weeks you would have to manually renew your subscription and choose between the 1 month, 6 month and 1 year options. Yesterday I was charged £78 as not only did it automatically renew my subscription, but it automatically chose the most expensive option, which completely contradicted what I was told about manual renewal. In a rush to get the refund I was entitled to, I applied through apples refund system as an unwanted subscription, but shortly after this I checked the Duolingo website to see if I could find a number to call to ensure my refund request went through. I found a page that told me that if I hadn’t cancelled the subscription before appealing for a refund, I would not get one. This was not clear enough before the fact and I did not cancel it before appealing as I didn’t want to confuse apples system into thinking I never payed anything. This means I most likely will never receive a refund even though it has not even been 48 hours since my 1 year subscription has begun. Although I do appreciate this app as a very useful tool in learning new languages, I believe the way they conduct business is very poor and borderline scammer esc. I’d like my refund..Version: 6.77.0

Awful update.I had this app a year or two ago and I loved it. I learnt Spanish in time for my holiday and I could order my food in a nice fluent Spanish. I am going on holiday again soon and as I have a bad memory I downloaded the game again. I used it for a night and got going. I had a choice between start at the beginning or do a mini test so as I learnt it before I chose that. I was wrong and the rest was way beyond my abilities and had random questions that aren’t the most important things to learn. I went back and started over. Anyway the reason I am writing this is because of the lives. They are stupid I downloaded this because I wanted to learn whenever, no matter how many answers I got wrong but as I was doing my lesson there was a question where I had to listen and state what the voice said. My phone was on full volume but no matter how many times I pressed repeat it would not make a sound. The more I got wrong the more it asked me and it was constantly the same thing it was asking me to do, but no sound! After refilling my live with a ton of diamonds I lost my lives again and as I had not enough diamonds left to get more so i could not learn any more. What if i had a deadline and I had to learn something before my lives had a chance to refill? I think lives are stupid and if I wanted a frustrating game I would download one. Please sort this out it is very annoying and unnecessary..Version: 5.2.24

Hearts has messed up the whole learningIt was an excellent app but the new hearts concept has just messed it up. If you don’t want to support free app that is fine with just plus on store, but it cannot ruin the beautiful experience you had earlier. Disappointed..Version: 6.48.2

One heart, one personWhen I loose a heart, Duo comes to my house and kidnaps a member of my family. Send police. No better, send FBI..Version: 6.69.0

Do not get the free trialI downloaded Duo to lean German which I had learnt a few years ago. The app is great for refreshing the memory on things you knew and developing your knowledge even further. The biggest negative I have experienced is that I was offered a free trial for the DuoPlus which gives you unlimited hearts. The free trial is for a week period. I agreed for the free trial however didn’t really see the benefits of having the DuoPlus and the unlimited ‘lives’ in my learning. My free trial ended and I unfortunately did not manage to cancel it in time and now I have a 1year subscription which I did not want. I was irritated that I got lots of notifications to get the trial and absolutely non to warn me that the trial was ending so I could cancel it. I’m also extremely annoyed that after the trial they automatically make you go on a 1 year subscription for £75. This just seems like a way to make money on those who forget to cancel as the subscription couldn’t be cancelled. There are also options for a 1 or 6 month subscription however you are automatically given the most expensive (1year) subscription. Very unhappy with this and will probably be deleting the app as I’m too annoyed to continue learning using this platform knowing that they have taken a large sum of money for a subscription I do not want..Version: 6.66.0

Please change the voicesI have been using this app since February on a daily basis and have really enjoyed learning Spanish. Recently the voices have changed and one of the characters is a child’s voice. It is awful, hard to understand. Please, please, please change it back to clearer voices and remove the Spanish speaking child.Version: 6.97.2

Horrible updateIt’s been a while since I’ve stopped using Duolingo due to an update I think which made it worse (in my opinion). I was at an intermediate state of my language learning when I started using Duolingo so having to do the simple exercises was a bit bothersome but I actually didn’t mind it because now thanks those exercises I can never forget some terms which was actually pleasing. It did get a bothersome to do that all the way through everything so I would just do the test and get past the level quick and since I was at intermediate I really enjoyed the test, I was getting past levels faster and I also learnt heaps until the update. The update or whatever required me to either use gems or join premium to do tests, which became extremely annoying for me because that is just outrageous. I may seem to be unreasonable but I have to get premium just because I want to do a test makes no sense they’re starting to want money more desperately, I just want to learn without getting the cash sign shoved in my face thank you very much..Version: 6.37.0

Used to be amazing...Before their terrible monetization scheme this was the best free language app out there. Now, it’s completely ruined. Instead of encouraging mistakes as you learn, it punishes you for each one, making each lesson seem like a pressure test. I used to recommend this app to anyone, but I will no longer do so. The health system on a timer is something I want no part of. If money isn’t an issue for you, it’s still probably a fine app with the monthly subscription fee, but the value for free users has completely been scraped from the program..Version: 5.2.61

Hope you don’t get a “Health & Gems” versionMy wife are I are both using Duolingo to learn French. I started about 6 months ago and she began a few weeks later. However, her experience has been frustratingly different because her version “features” ‘Health and Gems’. Her version, in effect, shuts her down if she makes too many mistakes. My version is very patient and forgiving and allows me continue on - although not before I have responded with the correct answers. This weekend before New Year’s Eve we have both ‘upgraded’ by subscribing for twelve months. (Our France experience is in Sept.). The paid upgrade allows us to download units so we can continue our learning far from WiFi. And no more ads. However, it appears that the “Health & Gems” feature (???) of my wife’s application has been retained. Hey, Duolingo, you help make learning French accessible. But the reasons given for imposing “Health & Gems” on some users just don’t hold water!.Version: 5.2.67

Disappointed with the gemsI really like Duolingo. I used it years ago before the 5-life limit and decided to use it again (free version). I’m ok with the lives, as you are able to get them back through practice or by using your gems. However, the practice has a bug (or so it seems to me), if you use it too much at some point the practice lesson won’t work. Hence, no more lives. No problems with this neither as I still had the gems to buy 5 lives (350 gems). HOWEVER, with the recent updates, you badly get any gems once you earn a crown (it used to be 50) now if I get 7 I’m lucky. Plus, after completing the setup daily challenge you won’t get any gems. This makes me feel demotivated as I’m not getting valuable prizes for my progress that I can later use to keep using the app for a longer time (if you run out of lives that’s it until the life span gets full again, which takes about an entire day). The gems are also useful if you don’t want to lose your streak (200 gems per day missed). This also feels gone. So instead of enjoying using Duolingo and put challenges to my self (e.g let’s get X crowns today or reaching X streak) I find myself more worried about how many gems I’m spending so I can have enough lives for mistakes and to keep my streak. I’m still using Duolingo. But to be entirely honest, I see myself changing to another app anytime soon if it continues like this as it has been limiting me more than it should..Version: 6.48.2

RubbishI have spent months watching ads to get a free device but it is terrible. You will be told you get bonus points for practicing every day but in fact it will always crash before then. The teaching is ok, even if you do have to give the odd incorrect answer to proceed. This week I gave up. I have spent more time trying to continually open the app before it crashing. I have spent over an hour today but still cannot get one lesson open. I have a newish iPhone 6 and everything else works. Bad coding let’s down a good learning system..Version: 5.2.67

Overall GoodOverall it’s a good app if you want an interactive means of learning a new language, instead of reading books or using other online resources. The level system works really well when it comes to building confidence with a particular subject - whether that be travel, hobbies, school or work etc. You start by putting words in order to create a sentence, and then eventually you should incorporate speaking exercises, listening exercises and translating sentences without the benefit of the words being there for you already. I particularly like the stories section as I struggle with my listening skills and it’s great to follow the story by listening to it along with a text narration. The introduction of the health system - whereby you get 5 lives which replenish every few hours - has made the free version of the app pretty lousy to be honest. It stifles people’s motivation to try and work out the answer to each question, knowing that they’ll lose a life if they get it wrong, and they’ll have to wait the best part of a day before they can pick up their lesson again. It’s counter-intuitive to the learning process in my view..Version: 6.82.0

Great app but beware the surprise money making scamsI have thoroughly enjoyed the app as a paying subscriber for the past two years, however in the last two months my streak has been broken twice as a function of the app being down (even though I had achieved my daily target) and also my streak repair not kicking in as a consequence of this. As someone who pays to use the app and the streak as motivation to learn on a daily basis I have been forced on both occasions to pay the £14 charge (£28 in total) on top of what I pay on a yearly subscription in order to have this repaired. In addition to that, when one tries to raise these issues diligently through the app’s help centre, it comes to no avail. Duolingo might as well remove the help centre tab from the app as it is completely useless and services zero purpose. If you’re someone looking to learn a new language I highly recommend you use this app on it’s free service offering only and avoid the subscription service (unless you’re happy being a victim of these surprise money making scams every now and again). Personally, I won’t be renewing my subscription again when it ends until Duolingo sorts this problem out..Version: 6.36.0

Hate the health bar and repetitive lessonsIt takes forever to just get 1 heart after I have made a mistake. The lessons are also very redundant and repetitive, it's like the same lesson 48 times.Version: 6.22.0

How many times can you say NoI enjoy the learning experience of using Duolingo to improve my language skills, but, l don’t have spare cash to spend on something which isn’t that important to me. I was attracted to Duolingo because it advertises itself as being free but all it does is continually grind you down with the same pushy marketing every time you use it. It’s almost as If they give you a choice, either pay up or stop using it. I’m just about at the stop using it stage. How many times do l have to say No before one of us gives in. I would rather make a one time, or, annual “Affordable” subscription than be continually ground down by your tedious adverts. I don’t mind watching an occasional product advert but the pushing of Duo pro is ridiculous. Note, l completed Duolingo about 5 years ago, and whilst l learned some new words and a very basic understanding of Spanish, l actually learned very little about the language. This time around l think it is much improved and l feel l’m making progress but honestly, if l have to keep saying No and watch the same adverts for Duo pro again and again, then l think this beautiful relationship will soon be over. Andy.Version: 6.97.2

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

Right now Duolingo wouldn’t dare offer a live invitation to rate their appAn open invitation to rate them would absolutely tank their current good rating. Right now I’d be happy to give them 0 STARS After having earned a winning streak of almost a year, I lost it by minutes on the daylight saving time change over. It would cost me $10 to restore it- with no option of using gems! I found that so offputting that I stopped using the app for over two months. That’s getting close to the cost of a punitive parking ticket. Duolingo has totally abandon good pedagogy in adopting a punishment mode to force you to upgrade. Punishment is totally effective as a motivator for learning. In fact, is is counterproductive Now that I’ve come back to it I’m even more put off. You now need to maintain hearts in order to progress through a lesson. This will cost you 450 gems. Your errors never used to impede your ability to move to your daily goal. You just got an extra question and a reduced bonus. NO PUNISHMENT! Now you have to keep buying the hearts or you have to start the lesson completely over even if you were just one question away from finishing it! What a put-off. My first review lesson was very complex in its use of grammar, specific irregular verbs, and specific situations for pronouns, adjectives and articles. I kept making a different little mistake in many my do-overs and burned through a lot of hearts. That’s when I learned that you lost everything if you didn’t buy. Also frustrating is that Doulingo is totally unforgiving if you so much as mis-type one letter a name. It used to be a lot easier to forgive them their imperfections when you weren’t being fined for them. There also is no refund when you are fined for a correct answer- one that you share with them to help them improve. To Duolingo: I’ve been watching your ads to help keep this free. Some users cannot afford your fees, others will struggle with them- but make them a priority, others can afford them, and some could afford to pay more. That has always been the spectrum of your clients. You have forgotten your roots and your early mission. Your continued message of ”working to keep the working to keep Duolingo free” is becoming exceedingly hypocritical. I can’t help but wonder if you have a director and staff driving your new changed mission with a sub-plot of creating and keeping very well-paid jobs. I volunteer for hundreds of hours a year, and it saddens me to see these changes. Maybe you should get rid of the dishonest manipulation and do something like Wikipedia. They have a link that takes you to an explanation of their financing and have a donation button. They also are struggling, but they’re being honest in their struggle, not manipulative. Manipulating just diminishes the humanitarian aspect of helping individuals to learn a new language, many of which will be newcomers to the countries they live in or want to work in. It also diminishes the value of the work that your volunteers do, and have done, for altruistic reasons. Do please consider do please consider on doing this last cash grab undoing this last ill-thought cash grab..Version: 6.49.0

This is a problemWhen I started 2 days ago on Chinese mandarin I was really enjoying it, it was fun seeing stuff come back to me (since I had already learnt some Chinese cause I took private lessons from prep/kindergarten-yr4) but today I logged on and my account wasn’t their and I had to restart. I tried saying I already had an account but it just kept saying that wasn’t an account or try again later! Please fix this. I got this app because my auntie originally requested this to me so us could do extension studies on mandarin. My auntie is on such a high level she can compete in leagues and she is on the ruby league. I am quite good at Chinese so I bet I can get to that level so when I logged on and my account wasn’t there I got frustrated, so this is the point I am trying to make, if I somehow got myself to the diamonds league and my account got deleted I would have to start all over again. This is a big inconvenience! Overall if you fixed this problem then I think this would overall be a great app. Good job.Version: 6.97.2

DuolingoI really like Duolingo, currently I am learning Spanish and French on it and I am progressing well. My only complaint is the life system, when you are learning things you are going to make mistakes. A lot of them. I am not saying you need to but it would be nice if you could remove it. I know we all want to be correct but it can’t happen first try. But everything else is good, I just don’t was to feel like I’m playing a silly game with lives Thank you If you read it.Version: 5.1.14

Monetization creepObviously Duolingo is focusing on monetization. This latest update is garbage designed to encourage free users to upgrade to premium. Get rid of the hearts and go to hell for ruining what was once one of the greatest apps to ever exist..Version: 6.43.0

Restrictive learningI originally loved this app, it's fun and simplistic approach to learning allowed for quick and easy revision. Recent updates have made this impossible. The lives bar in the top right allows for roughly five mistakes a day. While some may argue this promotes more rigorous learning, it also limits the amount of activities and revision possible. This is because the lives carry over from previous activities. What makes this worse is that not only does running out of lives end an activity (which is partially understandable), there is an almost Facebook like recharge rate where you cannot start a new activity until the lives bar has had time to refill which I argue is ridiculous. On top of this there are ads after every activity which, while I understand fund the app, breaks up any semblance of continuous learning. There is also micro transactions in which you can pay for the lives bar to recharge which I find really greedy. I feel this greed has influenced many recent design decisions and crushes my love of this app. I have since uninstalled and am now writing this review to save people from wasting their time with this disgraced app. If the lives bar is rescinded and replaced with the original progress bar exclusive to each activity than I will return..Version: 5.1.25

Poor contentI downloaded Duolingo for a friend who speaks Turkish and wanted to improve his English. While it’s a great concept, it’s badly let down by its awful content. The questions are full of bizarre expressions that make no sense and would never be uttered by a native speaker of either language, and sometimes horribly confusing and even outright incorrect material. I can only guess that the lessons were translated from another language instead of being designed for each language pair. That is a big mistake and such a shame. Unfortunately my friend abandoned the app after realizing he was left more confused about English than when he started..Version: 6.44.0

These weird heartsApp lost all its use to me when they implemented this stupid thing.Version: 6.44.0

Money grubbing new ownersUpdate: Just when you think it couldn’t get worse...it finds a way! So they have taken the health system to be even more punishing. One of the few learning activities they wouldn’t take hearts away for before was a matching exercise. This made sense as it didn’t rely on clicking a “check” button. Today, I accidentally clicked on a card I didn’t mean to, and poof! One heart of 5 down. They claim that this is to prevent rushing through the material, but let’s be honest, it’s a “pain point “ to try and get users to pay for their “plus” membership. I am considering paying for my lessons, but it sure as hell won’t be Duolingo with their sneaky, underhanded tactics. From before: Studying Japanese, used to have no health bar, that changed without warning. Get rid of that health bar. Less likely to take risks to test myself now. Got rid of my ingots, for blue gems, did not feel like an equivalent exchange. I repeat, get rid of health bar. Also I would consider paying for subscription if it were more reasonably priced. Used to love Duolingo, now sorely disappointed..Version: 6.57.0

GET RID OF THE HEARTSIf your reading this Duolingo is an amazing app and I’ve been playing it for a while now and see that there is a health system preventing me from learning more please fix this problem and I will recommend this once awesome app....Version: 6.57.0

Annoying push for subscriptionThis app used to be one of the best for learning languages but punishing users for mistakes during the learning phase is counterintuitive to encouraging skill development and user retention. Developers take note: there are more effective ways to monetize the app than the method of frustrating a user until they spend money. If I really like an app and I see value in it I invest. This app blocks learning progression and is so annoying with their push to purchase a subscription that I’m deleting it. Good job in getting rid of another potential customer..Version: 6.62.0

Updates are ruining this appI love language learning, I am starting a degree in German next year and probably wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for Duolingo. But with all the new updates I can barely stand the app. The new health system is ridiculous! I have completed the German tree and would now like to level up topics but after 5 mistakes I have to either buy a health refill, wait a day for them to refill or practise to refill them. While I would like to practise my German, the current practise forces you to practise topics from the very beginning of the tree. I don't need to be reminded how to say bread and water!! Duolingo needs to create some sort of algorithm to choose a suitable level to begin practising from because I can't learn anything from the end of the tree without having to practise the most basic things to refill my health. It's just ridiculous, duolingo is putting making money before a good learning experience. I can accept adverts and some in app purchases but the health system needs to be fixed. The desktop version is still quite good, but they need to sort the app out because they are losing some of their oldest users with their pointless updates. I enjoy using memrise much more nowadays as I can practise at the level I'm at without my session being interrupted by me being forced to practise the most basic greetings and verb conjugation. Sort yourself out duolingo!.Version: 5.2.30

Not free as advertisedOnce you get past the first level, and have committed to finishing the course, all of a sudden you are required to use gems and hearts in order to progress. If you answer a question incorrectly, if you make the slightest spelling mistake, or if you faithfully reproduce what the AI has said even though it has said it wrong, you lose gems and hearts. There is nothing you can do about this, there is no way to get back gems that you have wrongfully lost. The AI at half speed is quite accurate, but at full speed it is full of mistakes and not to be trusted. If you lose all of your gems then you are forced to buy a subscription to Duolingo plus. This is the entire reason for the apps existence, to either force you to watch ads, or to buy a full subscription. This app is in no way free as advertised. A lot of the phrases that should be excepted aren’t, and if you go to the discussions and read about them, you’ll see that been reported multiple times over the last four years with nothing being done. I couldn’t recommend this app less..Version: 6.44.0

Remove heartsThe app is great for learning new languages but when you limit the amount of learning that someone can do because of the mistakes they make it is unfair and a very unsuccessful way to learn. Mistakes are how we learn, right? If you remove the hearts people will learn faster and more effectively..Version: 6.32.0

You have to teach yourself more than it teaches youI’ve been trying to learn Korean on Duolingo for two days now. At this point I have realised that, at least for teaching this language, Duolingo is worse than I had hoped. For many pairs of sounds it attempts to teach it uses the exact same audio, thus making it difficult to differentiate what sound I am supposed to learn. It does not make the attempt to first teach you constants or vowels and instead makes you have to teach them to yourself if you want to know what on earth you need to select in order to pass the section. I’ve had to turn to other applications to teach me the most basic of Hangul, (Drops, I believe it is called,) something even the simplest ‘classes’ Duolingo attempts to teach lacks. It makes no effort to directly show me what the letters mean, preferring to leave the guessing up to it’s users. Other than these complaints, I have had a lovely time using Duolingo. Out of hearts? Rather than having to wait to regenerate them (although that is available,) you can practice to get them, which is a very clever tactic! Ads are pretty far and few between and hardly bothersome. Even without premium it’s been a nice app to use, despite it’s lacking in, at least, teaching Korean to a very new learner. Which, I suppose, is the point of the app. Oh well..Version: 6.38.1

Crown Update Ruined the App!!I love Duolingo, I’ve been using it on and off foe years, and more recently I’ve gained a 181 day streak in Spanish. I love the app and how much I’ve learnt, but when I opened the app this morning the crown update had happened. It has potential to help people learn a lot faster, and I think it’s pretty cool other than I need health to practice old lessons???? This is incredibly frustrating as I often make stupid mistakes, which I make up for by practicing older lessons over and over so I can keep learning new ones. Please change this, Duo Team. I love your app but I don’t know how I’m going to continue using it if I need health for everything I do. (Also yes I know I can practice to gain more health in the health tab, but the fact that I have to practice to get health to practice is very annoying and is what I’m talking about)..Version: 5.2.16

Health Update = A Mistake!I’ve been using this app for a number of years and was recommending it to everyone as the best way to learn a new language. Working with French people it was handy to dip into to improve the skills I learnt at school to exchange the odd sentence with them. I didn't even mind the adverts as they were non-intrusive and bearable to watch between modules (as I didn’t keep having to turn the volume down like on other apps). However I have just gone into the app for the first time since the “crown” update and can say that I will not be using your app again. Firstly all the basic modules that i had completed now state that I have extra work to do on them. Secondly when picking words to complete translations, the system is too sensitive and did not allow me to finish picking before telling me I was wrong. Finally, this has meant that after about ten questions my life ran out and I have to wait four hours to participate again. I appreciate that you were providing this app for free, and it was an amazing learning tool, but this change will mean that people cannot study when they have time to as completing ten questions then having to wait almost 24 hours (in my personal circumstances) to try again will mean they look at other options. Come on developers, think logically before you install such app-altering updates!.Version: 5.2.20

Duolingo Plus!!!!!!!J’aime pas l’appli car 1.J’écris et le correcteur me correct un mot je fais valider et j’ai -1 de coeur! 2.Je meurs car j’ai plus de vie et j’ai toujours le mot de Duolingo Plus et je le veux pas! 3.Il est dit que votre mission est de rendre l’appli gratuite et divertissante,mais non! Il y a plein de pub de Duolingo Plus! Comment c’est gratuit! Pourquoi on a des pub dans l’appli? L’app est pas divertissante!!! Comment allez vous améliorer l’appli?.Version: 6.44.0

It’s okayGreat app and great concept. It would be nice if instead of always saying a sentence in Spanish and having us type the answer in Spanish, having just type the English translation instead. So we get in the habit of translating back-and-forth if that makes sense. Also it would be GREAT to be able to turn off the written version of the spoken language and just listening and translating. There isn’t a transcript in real life. I want it to be more challenging or at least the option. The lessons become very repetitive though. Charging 400 coins to skip is GREEDY when you give like 5 a day for meeting your goal. That would mean it would take about three months to gain as many coins as it takes to skip. How convenient when you charge for coins? Also the “practice”health option when you run out is supposed to test you on weak skills but it throws in word you NEVER learned. For example I’m in the clothing section for Spanish, before the people section which i assume has feelings, and they asked me the words for tired and fun. I have neither learned either. How is that practice??? and Also sometimes you recognize typos and sometimes you don’t. . The conversation feature is AMAZING but putting it directly between level one and zero is highly frustrating. Have me do the conversation once i learn the words, at the end of the module. Have a conversation with words i don’t know does nothing but confuse me..Version: 5.2.60

Challenge mode timerNew timer built in to the challenge mode just makes you rush and lose hearts Really don’t want this app to turn in to a fremium Update: it’s a fremium now, was on 182 day hot streak tell the heart system (health bar) made me lose because of typos and misclicks. I really was enjoying this app but if I need a video game I will just use my xbox or PlayStation.Version: 6.57.0

New health bar and paying with gems to skip level SUCKSDuolingo you used to be the best language learning app. Now when you introduced the heart system and the pay to skip a level system I was disappointed. You made the app to be a pay to win app by encouraging us to use that stupid DUOLINGO PRO UGHH. I used to complete the Spanish tree in just 3 months. Now it will take years to complete the language tree!!!!! PLEASE DUOLINGO GET RID OF THE HEART SYSTEM AND THE PAY TO MASTER THE LEVEL PART. MAKE THIS APP A FREE USER FRIENDLY APP AGAIN THAT WONT BEG YOU TO TRY DUOLINGO PRO!!!.Version: 6.48.2

Great concept but don’t bother - complete lack of many common languages and new coursesI started using Duolingo approximately 4 years ago to brush up on my Japanese that I haven’t used since high school, but primarily to learn a couple of Balkan languages. Problem here - there aren't any available. Excellent concept and variety of exercises. I’m sure some people like the game-type quality to it with badges, etc. however I find this to be incredibly childish (thought I was using a language app targeted at adults?) and doesn’t make a difference to my ability to learn. The biggest disappointment of all is the complete lack of any new language courses. 4 years after enquiring and there still aren’t any Balkan language courses available... they’re forever in the “incubator”, yet High Valyrian, which isn’t even a real language, is available? Make sense of that. In summary, total lack of advancement, all the updates seem to do is introduce more childish gimmicks and “squash the pesky bugs”. Don’t waste your time with duolingo, Mango languages has far more options available and you can sign up for free access via your local library..Version: 6.84.0

Why Duolingo plus?Microtransit actions annoyancesThis app is the best free language learning app at most, it’s heart system where you lose a heart each time you fail a question and then a whole lesson.And the only solution to this problem for us is to buy Duolingo plus to have infinite hearts.This honestly sucks cause you have to pay for it monthly or whatever just to learn a proper language or wait a few hours every day to get one or two hearts.Thanks Duolingo.Version: 6.58.0

Switch it backI need the number of lessons to increase as the number of levels increase. Why would you guys get rid of the system?.Version: 6.34.0

Bad updateSince the latest update, it is extremely difficult to earn gems. A way to incite you buy the full app ?.Version: 6.48.0

Unhappy with new updateDo not like the addition of hearts to make it through new lessons. It discourages me from trying. Also I already watch adds I don’t want to watch extra ones so I can fail out again without making more progress..Version: 6.41.0

Bring back the old versionI hate hate hate the new hearts on a timer and their blatant cash grab. Show me more ads I don’t care but this greatly impedes my learning..Version: 6.43.0

Lose the hearts feature!Duolingo is a great app and I have been brushing up on my French which has been made enjoyable by the user interface and the mix of speaking and writing challenges. All of which are ruined by the stupid hearts/lives which run out as you make mistakes. When you’re out, you basically can’t use the app to learn until they refill after 5 hours! So many others have stopped using the app due to this and what’s worse is that some users don’t have the feature at all, making it seem unfair that some have it and some don’t. Please get rid of the hearts: they ruin an otherwise great language learning app..Version: 6.62.0

ReviewWhen I first started learning with Duolingo I found it fun and very good to revise vocabulary. This was five years ago and I used the lessons for both Italian and French. Then I took a break for a while and started again more recently and have been totally irritated with hearts and gems and all sorts of ridiculous things. I don’t get what they are about,other than to make you look at ads. I can see that ads are an important revenue, and I do stop and look sometimes when it is something I am interested in, otherwise I don’t. E.G. Who wants to look at a dog food advert when you don’t own a dog??? The necessity to have hearts thing drives me crazy. Is there an explanation for these hearts and gems etc somewhere?.Version: 6.70.1

😡Ok i thought that this was going to help me learn Spanish but it taught me how messed up this app is. you need hearts to learn. And keeps reminding me about the plus thing. Im sorry (not) but this app was a huge disappointment😡.Version: 6.50.0

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

No guidanceI’m really only sticking with this app because I’ve gotten so far and I don’t want to start over with another app. I am using it to learn Russian (with no Russian background). It doesn’t teach you the alphabet. I had to use another website just to learn what each letter was supposed to sound like. There are no instructions for how to pronounce the words. There is not guidance about grammar and when you get something wrong, there is no explanation as to how or why you were wrong (it just shows you the right answer). The only helpful thing is that plenty of people seem to have the same issues, so you can click the comments section and see conversations people have had discussing why certain answers didn’t work (often with native speakers saying the app is wrong, and that the answer should have been accepted). I’m using it along with a better website I have found. I also wish it had things like vocabulary lists you could study, rather than just the repetitive lessons that don’t allow you to tailor your studying to words with which you have more difficulty remembering. For example, “девочка” (girl) is a word I kept forgetting how to spell, but it rarely came up, so I just kept getting it wrong. “Мотор” (Motor) came up 100 times, which was frustrating because I knew that one by heart pretty quickly. If I had the option to study a list of words I commonly forgot, I feel I could improve faster..Version: 6.35.0

SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE!!!It’s a good app, I love being able to do practices as many times as I want. It’s easy to use, no struggles. I personally don’t mind the occasional pop up add, but you might. HOWEVER! Despite doing exterior revising out of the app I still struggle to remember certain variations of words and their spellings. Why? I feel as if the app does provide enough opportunities to help with memorisation. It’s very good for content. But the majority of the tasks are simple selections which can be done quickly without thought. Leading to me struggling to remember what word means what when they look similar to others. But when selecting it’s obvious which one it is cause they’re so easy! Maybe provide extracts or something like that which we can translate? I love this apps basic guidance. But I think you need to offer more support to your learners for memorisation. Or able to have easy accessibility to a dictionary for the language? I’m currently learning German, and I’m struggling to memorise the words from as I explained. Therefore to really benefit your users and get 5 stars, you should provide more presentations of the content to help with learning. For example, as mentioned, extracts, Flashcards, dictionary or even short videos we can translate. Please take into consideration my suggestions! It would really help us users!!.Version: 6.25.0

Bad at teachingSo the app doesn’t really teach you how to speak the language it just teaches you phrases, also there’s a “lives” system so if you make 1 mistake you lose 1 of your 5 hearts, if you lose all 5 you can’t do anymore lessons and each heart takes 5 hours to come back.Version: 6.44.0

Education...but you mustn’t get anything wrong!I have used Duolingo for a long time and have always enjoyed it and it has been very useful, a great tool, and free - which is of course brilliant when education costs so much these days no matter how high the qualification. I’m really, really disappointed in the new system. I wish I hadn’t updated the app. It really stunts your learning when you can only make 5 mistakes a day. I know you can earn more “lives” with practicing, but I just want to get on and practice what I’m bad at. I considered paying for premium, because it’s still cheaper than a course and at least that way I would be able to stop my learning being continuously halted because I’ve run out of “lives”...oh no wait. Premium doesn’t even give you that advantage. The premium features seem pretty weak really. I’m begging you Duolingo: please get rid of this ridiculous “lives” system. If you can’t do that, then PLEASE, introduce it as a feature if we pay for premium. I was doing so well with Italian until you did this! I miss the percentage measurement too. I can’t tell people “I’m 92 crowns fluent in Italian”..Version: 5.2.21

Doesn’t make sense for languages with different alphabetsI was hoping to use duolingo to improve speaking Japanese and Greek, but the focus is on learning the alphabets rather than learning useful speaking phrases. With Japanese especially this isn’t particularly helpful. I was learning for weeks and the focus was just on hiragana (one of the three Japanese alphabets). In the short / medium term this is useless, in real world applications (eg if you’re in a train station), most Japanese will be be in kanji. Duolingo for Japanese is therefore almost completely useless for speaking and reading / writing as you get incredibly bogged down in alphabets before learning to say anything...and the main alphabet you learn isn’t particularly useful. There should be an option to learn languages for speaking, with the text written in romanised form. Most people using this app will want to use it for speaking. Similarly with greek, the duolingo system isn’t suited to learning alphabets. Again, after weeks, the phrases are totally random (‘The good popcorn’) because they are purely devised to teach you the alphabet. I have been to Greece and have never needed to say or write. ‘The good popcorn’. Phonetic phrases would be much better!.Version: 6.61.0

Eh.I used to enjoy this app! i really did. but the health bar implementation is ridiculous imo. how are you going to punish people after making a mistake when they’re learning a brand new language, & then either make then wait or pay to continue? i don’t see this as an effective way to learn a language, nor is it encouraging. oh, and telling me every two minutes to buy duolingo plus isn’t going to make me buy it, jsyk..Version: 6.97.2

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

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

Good but a bit annoyingSoo I keep making stupid little mistakes and there are only 5 hearts unless you but premium so when I’m down to the last heart and accidentally make I mistake it is ethier I wait a few hours to get the back but hearts with the gems or do a practice lesson which is quite long for me and it’s real annoying. I don’t think it should have hearts in the first place because it’s about you learning it and stuff. I could always like “fail it” and then do it again but I don’t want to do extra little things. But other than that it’s good..Version: 6.35.0

Joke of an appThis app is an absolute joke. You need lives that take forever to refill and it’ll take away lives even when things are correct. I attempted to do a lesson for more xp and it told me I was incorrect 3 times when I was correct. Even took screen shots for proof.Version: 6.62.0

Becoming an iffy-er appI really love Duolingo and their dedication to free education for all, and their app has a lot of good in it. However, I hate this new life system, because instead of focussing on what I’m learning, I’m focussed on not making any mistakes ever, which shouldn’t be how language is learnt. You should be able to make mistakes and learn from them, without worrying so much about needless faff. I know you can earn life back by practicing but it all just feels unnecessary. It’s especially infuriating when you lose a life because of a new word that’s been introduced which you cannot tap to look up, so you’re left to guess and be penalised for it. If this gets worse, I’m likely going to drop Duolingo, which is an enormous shame because for the most part I prefer it over Memrise and such, and I like using Duolingo in conjunction with Tinycards. Luckily, *for now*, this life system hasn’t made its way to the web version of Duolingo (which always struck me as silly, having any app be so out of sync with its website, which multiple other language-learning tools are guilty of, it’s not great, it’s not a seamless experience, y’know?) so I can use that when I am on my computer..Version: 5.1.23

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

Was a good app till todayAfter they set the lives for the app it became sucks. I’ve been using it daily but from today it’s so annoying when you lost all your lives and have to purchase it...bs.Version: 6.48.0

Is this really the most useful?Hi guys, when I first downloaded this app I was really happy when it came to my confidence slowly growing and I was thinking to myself I could actually learn Japanese. Then I came across a little problem, the way the app teaches you is you don’t learn how to construct sentences which is vital when learning any language, but instead you learn the common phrases. And I bet there are thousands of common phrases that this app could force you to memorise along with the minimum standard of 2,000 kanji characters. I find that this is the least effective way of learning a language such as Japanese especially when your first language is English. If it were me I would teach the basic alphabets (hiragana and katakana) teach them a few basic words and then teach them how to construct basic sentences instead of having them memorise literally thousands of phrases, then they begin learning kanji and then more complicated sentence structures and then the rest is is just expanding their vocabulary. I find that this method is easier more effective and quicker when learning literally any language. And if people are facing similar issues with other languages I would like you to consider doing a huge overhaul over all of your language courses. Until then I will be trying to find someone or something which could make learning a language easier, thank you..Version: 5.2.62

Health systemI dont know why they hate ios users but the health system is utterly useless and its only benefit would be increased sales of duolingo premium. It completely demonstrated me from learning russian, I was all most on a 60 day streak of 50xp a day and my google pixel broke and got given an iphone i quickly found that the ios version is much worse as it has this health system and i quickly gave up as i was putting in over 5 mins for some lessons just to run out of hearts because i had made a miss click. It went from fun and was something i looked forward to doing before going to bed to being a pain and not enjoyable i wouldn't recommend this in less you buy premium or the health system is removed..Version: 6.43.0

Used to enjoy itI was really enjoying DuoLingo until the most recent update. I am not interested in buying gems to pay fo the legendary levels - or even using my hard-earned gems to pay for them. It’s a shame you got rid of the hard practice levels, so now I am just stuck with the easy practice levels. You are already making plenty of money from this app, with all the very invasive advertising, you don’t need to turn the screw any more. What was a pleasurable activity, where I really felt I was learning, has now become a lot more tedious. I can put up with the ads, but would just like to go back to the choice of easy or hard practice. You’ve now spoilt it. Am now looking for an alternative. I was also doing the leagues and got to the diamond league, but decided not to continue with the leagues as someone just zoomed to the top by using bots. When I checked his data he had “been studying stories” continuously for 19 hours! I don’t really understand the reasoning behind this, as it doesn’t mean he actually learns anything - so there isn’t any point in cheating in the leagues. However when I reported him, you did nothing, thus I dropped out of the leagues. So what was a nice app is now irreversibly broken - unless you fix it, that is..Version: 6.114.0

Some key changes neededI get it Duolingo, you need to make money to keep the app running. I’m fine with that. Ads are par for the course when it comes to free mobile apps, so I’m fine with seeing one every now and then. What isn’t acceptable, however, is the heart system. I’ve recently come back to the app after several years, and when I left it, you could go through as many levels as you wished, your only limit was how motivated you were. Now, however, the app gives you 5 hearts, and one goes away every time you get a mistake. This is bad enough, but once you’re out of hearts, you cannot access any of the levels. Other than waiting 5 hours for each heart, the only way to replenish them once all your hearts are lost is to PAY FOR DUOLINGO PLUS. YOU ARE, QUITE LITERALLY, PAYING FOR YOUR MISTAKES. By implementing this system, Duolingo is sabotaging its own purpose, and as someone who has neither the means or the desire to pay for Duolingo plus. It’s claim of “people learn 4.2x quicker with Duolingo plus” is only valid because of the limitations put on users who don’t send them money every month. This is just another example of corporate greed ruining what once was great..Version: 6.67.0

Voice and SoundThe app is great but it lowered it self because I remember when this was the TOP of education for learning a new language but now I think it's not as great as before. The heart system is okay but I wouldn't of added that, the ads are constant before they used to be none and now the Voices are TERRIBLE. When I was learning Korean I apparently kept getting it wrong which meant I lost a lot of hearts. Some of the alphabets don't even match the sound like 여 is for e but it doesn't sound like an e. Also when you learn actually words like Dragons the sounds are so sketchy, it doesn't even sound like it's being said by someone. I still use it in case my memrise is acting funny but it's not the best choice for learning a language. Guys, download memrise because not only they have great sounds, they don't get two letters and put them together and make you learn them. They actually do each letter separately them put the together. They also let you hear from a woman's voice and a man's voice, not only that but let you practice your pronunciation, strength words and let you hear local natives say the word and they make you try and Guess or write what they are saying in their language. But make sure you get membership for memrise as it way better. But still Duolingo is a backup don't use it as your main..Version: 5.2.7

Take away the health bar!I love this app and how easy and fun it is to learn a new language. My only problem with Duolingo is the fact that there is health, it takes so long for your health to refill fully and why is it that you are limiting the amount we learn. It is so unnecessary. I would love the app so much more if that was removed..Version: 5.2.37

Health barI do four languages daily on Duolingo. However I dislike the way the health bar can block you out of all languages if you make 5 mistakes. I only allow myself a certain amount of time each day to study and if I get blocked out I can’t get back enough health in that day to continue. Previously I just used to swap languages so I could continue to get my quota and also regain a bit of health. I was happy to pay for the plus subscription to get rid of the ever increasing adverts but I am not going to pay for new health. Please do something about this as I am getting very disheartened by this app. However I do like the Owl popping up and giving me words of encouragement. In case I didn’t press send the other day with the above I’m sending it again. I am totally fed up with the current format of Duolingo. I keep getting blocked from continuing and am seriously considering giving Duolingo the flick. I have been doing four languages faithfully nearly every day and I really enjoyed it. I am also mad that I took the decision to buy a subscription. If I cannot do my quota of Duolingo every day maybe I will make the same effort to complain everyday. Does anyone actually read these comments and does anyone ever think to reply.............Version: 5.2.16

New Update Is TRASHWhy is there only 20 lessons now?! how the hell am i supposed be elite on the final 5 lessons with only 15 lessons. on top of that pass with only 5 goddamn hearts!! CHANGE IT BACK to more lessons!!.Version: 6.34.0

Used to be an excellent appThat heart thing that they added in the last update just ruined my experience with this app that I used to love..Version: 6.48.0

Good but not greatOverall duolingo is a pretty good app but I think it could be a lot better. First off health is a real pain. I often lose health for small mistakes or typos and then have to go and do practise lessons and then restart the exercise I was on. I feel like I’m more worried about losing health than I am about understanding the words. I always double check by clicking the words before entering it off to make sure it’s right which is really inconvenient. It’s good to get questions wrong so you can improve yourself but you can’t do that cos you will never finish an activity then. Next problem is discussions. I can only access them on my laptop and it would be really helpful if there was discussions on mobile. With the removal of clubs there’s no where on the app I can go for help. Last off it needs to explain sentence structure. We get given basic phrases but aren’t taught which order to put words, you just have to copy the examples and hope for the best. I wished that the app would explain more why you got something wrong so you don’t make the same mistake. Another thing (that isn’t as important but hey whatever) is that there should be an option where you can say you already understand something so you don’t have to keep repeating it over and over. And you should be able to select things you don’t get so you can practise them. Ok think that’s all. Thanks cya.Version: 6.15.0

Great app, plagued by ads and money-grubbing schemeTl;dr – Great app to learn but only if you pay subscription. As a free user, you can get away with learning the basics before it gets too tiresome with all the ads and waiting for hearts (lives) to restore. Long version: This is my first time using Duo, the lessons are designed beautifully, and the gamification helps add fun to the learning. But, like so many other reviews have mentioned, the heart system and countless ads ruined the free user experience. You can get upto 5 hearts and even a simple mistake such as choosing a different verb form results in loss of a heart. As others have said, this puts the pressure on learner and it becomes more about getting the right answer through the system instead of learning. I don't think you can learn much in the free version, specially when difficulty of lessons increase as you progress in the course. You'll end up giving up instead of waiting for hearts and ads to finish. This is ironic considering that the founders of Duolingo built this app with the idea of free education. It doesn't seem like that's the point anymore..Version: 6.57.0

Heart system is stupidIt won’t work out if waiting for whole 24 hrs to have full health, learning language is about making mistakes, the heart system is just another level stupidness, used to love it but now no more..Version: 6.48.0

You’re better off using the website version than the app.The health bar isn’t a thing on the website, and as such I find the website much more conducive to actually learning. You’re allowed to make mistakes and learn from them as opposed to being punished and shut out. It’s also more forgiving of typos since you don’t lose health — ironic, since it’s easier to make mistakes on a phone’s miniature keyboard than a full-size keyboard. On the website, you don’t have to worry about losing health just because your dumb fat finger accidentally pressed enter before you were finished typing, because you’ll get the chance to try again without losing health. Would have liked to be able to learn on the go, but the app is garbage, so I’ll stick to desktop learning..Version: 6.57.0

Took my familyI used to love this app but honestly Im disappointed. I was consistent for about a week but after I missed just TWO days, the Duolingo Bird came at night and kidnapped my entire family. Please bring them back, i really miss my Grandma. Also the notifications saying they’re gonna stop feeding them if i dont take my french lessons. I am scared, Karen already took most of my kids but Duo took my whole family and im afraid that it might find and take my dad who went missing after going to get some milk seven years ago. And please dont attack me!!!.Version: 6.61.0

Energy in a language learning app?No thanks. This is ridiculous and completely counter-productive for a language learning app This went from my most recommended language app to an app I’ll never recommend ever again. Go check out Fluent Forever instead..Version: 6.58.0

Great app, not all languages are treated equallyHey, i love the app, but i use it primarily to learn Irish. It’s a beautiful language and I really enjoy myself but Irish doesn’t have a number of features that most of the other languages do. Number one being that if you click on any word it doesn’t have audio connected to it so you’re left guessing at the pronounciation all the time until you come across the word again in one of the audio lessons, happenstance. This is a huge stumbling block to learning. Huge. Also, it seems that different phones have quite different versions of the app? My Duolingo app has “gems” and I cannot comment in the comment section at all. My friend’s app has “lingots” and she can not only comment and ask questions but she can give her lingots to people. I used to be able to do that when i first downloaded the app, they it did a terrible update and now i have five hearts, which are lives, and as soon as you make any mistake you lose one and you can’t keep doing new lessons for several hours when you run out. It is prohibitive, learning takes mistakes. And when you think you’re going to fail out of a lesson you end up checking up a lot on what you’re doing and not relying on your own growing knowledge. My friend’s app does not have the infuriating hearts feature. Thanks for your time, would really like some of these looked at..Version: 6.74.0

Heart are a NuisanceSince the 5 heart came into play, I feel threatened when I make a mistake and lose a heart. I want the former version back..Version: 6.65.0

What?Look this was great. You had no worries at all. Now there’s a leaderboard which makes people rush on learning something, which shouldn’t be done and the fact that if you rush, you are more likely to make mistakes the more mistakes = losing hearts. There was always a leaderboard although it was just to see progress among others, now it’s just a rush to first place. It was great before, change it back!.Version: 6.71.0

New update has invalidated how I study using DuolingoTo begin, I do like Duolingo. It provides a good base for learning a language and I use it daily as it provides me enough motivation. However, the newest update (that brings “crowns”) has invalidated the way I use Duolingo to study Japanese. I was going through the course, completing exercises and then furthermore, inputting words and sentences that I’ve learned into the SRS tool Anki. However, now there’s no opportunity to review those words, and it seems as if I can’t go back to run through previous lessons to check certain words either. This also means I have to be at my computer to input data into Anki while going through the lessons, meaning I can’t complete my Duolingo for the day while out and about. Unfortunately, as this is probably the way the app is going forward, I may have to drop Duolingo once my language textbooks arrive, and rely on other methods of study..Version: 5.2.17

Too many ads and pay wallsI am a great fan of Duolingo and have been using it for 4+ years. Once upon a time there were no ads and no paywalls and this seemed consistent with the “free language for all” ethos that came with the ap. Presently the ap has the highest number of ads and paywalls of any ap that I have ever used and I feel that this has eroded the integrity of its originally promoted intentions. A simple improvement could be that you gain “energy points,” which are necessary for each testing stage, after finishing either a training or a testing level, rather than having to watch ads to build up points. You can simply do training levels to gain points, but this becomes pretty tedious after several months/years. I just feel that this is another great platform that has been reduced to exploiting its users for profit over quality. (Sad face).Version: 5.2.47

Health is a horrible ideaAdding health to the IOS app is a terrible idea. It does not at all encourage learning it discourages you for making a mistake and wastes time and it just makes this whole experience not fun at all. Remove it or allow me to remove it. It’s a blight on an otherwise wonderful app.Version: 6.48.0

Mauvaise appliDepuis sa mise à jour que je n’avais pas je ne peux plus pratiquer autant qu’avant avec Duolingo car il y a maintenant des vies c’est vraiment stupide quand qu’on veut vraiment apprendre l’anglais....Version: 6.57.0

Some problemsI have three problems with this: A. From time to time they just remove your streak freeze even though you don’t miss a day. I use either my iPhone or iPad to do Duolingo. It then synchronises the score. I’ve watched as it synchronised the two downwards and confiscated my streak freeze. What is supposed to be an incentive becomes a disincentive. B. Colloquial translations. In many cases when translating Japanese where a literal translation is unhelpful, they instead us a colloquial translation. Some of these are peculiar or US. The former generally use a strange word order and the latter are not used by non-Americans and you have to remember these unfamiliar word usages or you’ll be marked wrong. I am not using Duolingo to learn US English but Japanese. C. Introduction of kanji or alternative vocabulary. Often when a new kanji is introduced it doesn’t sound when you pick it. Alternative vocabulary for a meaning is introduced all at once leading to considerable confusion and retroactive inhibition..Version: 6.18.0

Heart feature trashThe heart feature added to app version of this platform is awful. 💔💔💔💔.Version: 6.49.0

Bye bye learning...I use to LOVE duolingo app for learning Spanish... that is until they turned to a “health system” and you require lives to learn. When learning a new language you are going to make mistakes and if you have to wait a full day to earn lives you will never learn at that rate. I’m on an 80 day strike and up until today I didn’t need lives to learn and I would really learn by completing 20+ lessons in an hour. Now I cannot get through 4 because I’m out of lives!! Please take this option away! Even the version you pay for requires lives!! That’s so ridiculous. I use to recommend this app to anyone who wanted to learn a language and I no longer will be! This app is designed to learn not play. If I wanted to earn lives to play I would play candy crush..Version: 6.48.0

Slowly getting worseDuolingo is an enjoyable app to use and has always been pleasant despite the abundance of ads. Recently they added in “hearts” which will shatter when you get an answer wrong, then you have to “refill” said hearts by purchasing them with in app currency known as “gems”. These gems can be earned by completing lessons, but of course you can also buy them. Your hearts will regenerate over time but your max is five at a time (i.e. five mistakes). Basically, this means now you will be spending less time on the app unless you are an ace at the language you are learning, or if you refill your hearts. Personally, I don’t even spend my gems on hearts because I don’t really want to support a system like this. Though if I did, I wonder how long it would take me to deplete all my gems, leaving me with the only option of buying them. It’s safe to say that this addition of hearts is disappointing and the decision to do so was clearly driven by money. I understand that it’s a free app, but I’m sure they’re making a decent amount from the number of ads in their app. I give Duolingo a 3/5. Unfortunately this score doesn’t regenerate..Version: 6.79.0

Disappointed..So, I wanted to get this app to learn Russian to speak to my Russian family in Belarus. When I got on the app I filled in my details however, putting in my old email that I don’t use anymore, thinking it wouldn’t matter. As I’m 11, i would have to go fill in more details that was sent to my old email address (even though I was on Duolingo plus which is an upgrade that you have to pay for monthly). I logged out off that account and cancelled the subscription in settings. Then, I downloaded duolingo again and put in my new email address and payed for the new upgrade. It wouldn’t let me pay and told me “unable to deliver product, contact support”. Even though the billing wouldn’t work, I assumed that I would have no subscription as it said that it wasn’t able to deliver product. But, I went in to settings to double check if it was billing me and, yes it was. I went back on the app however, it still had said I am not on ‘Duolingo Plus’ when I was getting billed for it. Please can Duolingo respond ASAP as I’m not sure what to do. To add on, it looks like a great app to learn, and that is why I am giving it 3 stars. If anyone could possibly find a way to help I would appreciate it as I was looking forward to learn Russian, many thanks.. - Charlotte.Version: 6.18.0

On French lessonsI am getting increasingly demotivated by running ‘out of health’ on account of not being able to pronounce ‘properly’ the French words. And I don’t know how watching ads will give me that ‘health’. My ‘accent’ is already set and I cannot help it. Offering French to non-native speakers should accommodate different accents too. The purpose of my learning will be soon lost if you are rigid on this. And I wouldn’t want to waste my time in constantly running out of ‘health.’.Version: 6.7.0

BRING BACK CONVERSATIONS, please.Hi, I have been a user of Duolingo for many years and when you got rid conversations I was devastated and noticed my ability to learn languages decreased drastically and I found my motivation levels to drop rapidly and I just didn't want to use the app anymore. I found the 'conversation' using AI 'people' conducting these conversations with you was a great way for me to grasp how to construct sentences and apply the words I had learnt during recent lessons. I really like the addition of 'stories' in the new updates of Duolingo, but I wish that Duolingo had BOTH stories and conversations, I love both and they teach in different ways than just lessons. I am a disappointed customer asking the developers to bring conversations back, I dearly liked conversations and I dearly like stories I don't like how the developers keep trading off first, conversations for, I believe it was, practicing, then practicing for stories. I really liked all of these but found conversations to be the best learning tool for me and then stories and then practicing to be the least helpful in my quest to be bilingual and to be able to use the new language in real life in a real context. So please, developers I ask you to bring back conversations. Just please don't take stories too..Version: 6.79.0

Poor Customer Support Ruins the ExperienceFirst of all, let me say that this is a good language learning app. It doesn’t do anything particularly revolutionary, all these language skill apps use much the same tried and tested principle, learning through repetition. Yes, it takes time, but you get out what you put in. However, there is one major issue. The app developers invite you to submit comments and support tickets, but my experience is one of simply being ignored. I have been using the app for about 15 months, after about 9 months of using it for free I decided to pay the annual subscription in order to support the developers. That is a mistake I am now beginning to regret. For about the past 6 weeks I have been encountering an error which has prevented me from taking advantage of the full functionality of the app. On 1 February I raised a support ticket, no response. Chased it 10 days later, still no response. Now, 22 days later, yes you guessed it, still no response. Very poor service indeed, clearly the developers do not care about their subscribers. I would raise a ticket and request a refund but I doubt I will get a response. Very disappointed. I hope my poor experience can serve to help you avoid a similarly frustrating experience..Version: 6.105.0

Used to Love it! Hearts??? Really???I have been using this app for a while now. The new hearts system sucks. It is just a terrible idea to prevent someone from doing lessons because you ran out of hearts. Take this new feature out please..Version: 6.48.0

The bare essentials with a few mistakesThis is a great app for learning the barest essentials imaginable of a language (and for brushing up languages you already know), but that's it. It's not a complete or well-rounded language course in any sense because it offers no cultural component whatsoever. In fact, it's completely acultural. But it also doesn't claim to be anything different. Unlike most language courses, therefore, it's entirely up to you to take what you learn here and give it some "context" and "sense" by learning about the levels of formality, etiquette, and customs of the country where the language is spoken. One aspect of the teaching method that I think is extremely flawed is that conjugated verbs are often taught without their pronoun and no mention of tense or mood. A pairing exercise in the Spanish, for example, asks you to pair “estarían” (they would be) with “be”. Not only is “be” not a translation of “estarían”, this approach doesn’t give the student any information on how or why new words are used and does nothing to reinforce words already learned..Version: 5.1.14

It’s not what it used to beDuolingo used to be a great app for learning new languages, however Over the last year or so it has gone from wanting to help people learn, to more about making money. It is extremely hard to want to use this app due to it forcing you to pay to be able to learn a language. I understand it’s free to download and stuff but try learning a language when you can’t do any lessons because you’re out of hearts and they recharge one every 5 hours. I understand that there are ways to earn hearts in game by watching adverts and practices but the adverts can’t be watched all the time, the game has to offer them to you and practices are so long and sometimes very very hard. In conclusion if you want to spend hundreds of dollars for this app when you could just pay for real life classes which would be cheaper.. go for it. If you don’t like the idea of spending money then this app is not for you. Maybe if it was cheaper and had the option to only subscribe for weeks or months st a time it would feel better. But I will not pay hundreds of dollars for an app I will only use for like 3 weeks a year..Version: 6.88.0

Boring extra levelsFor a language app that you could successfully use for free it’s been pretty good overall, not sure how much I’d recommend it now. Really disappointed by the recent “extra levels” update that just repeats previously achieved levels ad nauseum, adding extra ways to lose health and reducing ways to renew it (ie A MONEY GRAB UPDATE). New levels don’t contain new words and they didn’t really give due credit for how well you already knew it. Removing the test out function made it extra frustrating. The update also removed the function where you could practice a specific topic to earn back health, now the practice is non-specific and repeats the overly easy stuff. Making it more boring and clearly intending to lose more health as opposed to learn more. Other annoyances include when I lose health for silly things, like how I express English when my answer is right but not exactly as expected - a more detailed report function would be good..Version: 5.2.17


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