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Duolingo - Language Lessons Positive Reviews

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Pretty goodFirst time learning a new language and I thought using Duolingo would be a great place to start with Spanish. I am 2 weeks in and although it’s been pretty enjoyable, I find that it gets hard when it comes to learning rules of the language. The app doesn’t really teach you how or why words vary according to different contexts. You’re sort of supposed to just pick it up with trial and error which doesn’t seem to be a very good way to learn it because I don’t really know why these rules are the way they are. Eg. “El pan” for “the bread”- not “Le pan”- how am I supposed to know if an object is a girl or boy and is it systematic or random? In any case, this app is probably a good supplement for learning a language but not great if it’s all you’re using to learn one. I love that it’s free and super nice to navigate through the app.Version: 5.2.15

It should be 5 stars...I really want to give this 5 stars but from a few updates ago, if I get all correct in one lesson, then if I get 7 in a row the following lesson the app crashes consistently. I can get around this by getting an answer wrong, but if I forget then the app will crash. After restarting the app, I have to switch languages, do a couple of lessons and then can go back to the language that the crashes were happening in and re attempt the lesson that causes it to crash. I should not have to do that. But otherwise I love this app! Have recommended it to friends and have them hooked on it now too!.Version: 6.21.0

Great for beginners, poor for advanced learnersFor learning brand new languages, Duolingo is by far THE BEST app you could ever hope for!! 👏😍 I am learning Japanese, which I have dreamed of learning for as long as I can remember, and now it's coming true!!! 😱 But why I don't give the 5 stars is that the 'Placement Test' does not give accurate results. English is my first language, and I was in French Immersion from age 5 to age 11(SEVEN years) I consider myself bilingual but because its been awhile since elementary school i forgot a lot. But I still don't speak the language fluently. So I thought I'd use Duolingo to strengthen my knowledge and vocabulary of the language. I took the Placement Test and according to Duolingo I am only 32% fluent in FRENCH! It treats me like I've just begun learning the language >:( I also took the placement test for Spanish which I studied for only ONE year, and Duolingo claims I am 26% fluent! This just isn't logical. 7 years of studying a language vs 1 year is OBVIOUSLY very different! Not an 8% difference 😕 But don't forget I do think Duolingo is FANTASTIC for brand-new language learners 😃 🌏 As I said with my Japanese learning ;)) I am in no way trying to diss Duolingo, I'd just like to see some improvement in the Placement Test, allowing intermediate/advanced learners truly begin Duolingo where they stand. Thanks to anyone who read my rant 😇 ~Danielle.Version: 5.1.14

Practice onlyI’ve used this for quite a long time, and can say that this app is more suitable for those who want to practice the language they are learning. It does help in terms of learning but is more efficient in terms of remembering/ practicing the rules of the language you are learning. The short lessons allows you to do them in any situation, so it’s something you can do if you have a spare minute or so. It will be more effective if you take some notes as well, but the app has a function that makes you revisit finished lessons for recap. One other thing I like about the app is that I don’t feel any pressure to complete it. I get to determine my pace and I can always start from scratch. At one point I didn’t know what to spend my diamonds on but now I’m happy I didn’t, a majority of the app is free or items can be earned through the use of diamonds which are easy to obtain. Thank you developers for making this a great app as well as thanks for not having really annoying ads and for reminding us that ads help to support Duolingo..Version: 6.70.0

It’s pretty goodThis app is good for learning languages but I hate how when I spell something wrong because I don’t know how to spell or pronounce it it makes me loose all my hearts and it’s the most annoying thing in the world when that happens, also when I was leading Spanish just right now it never warns me that I have to put “la” or “el” so I always get that wrong and it basically doesn’t teach you about la or el if your learning Spanish which I think it should at least tell you about el or la because I’m new to Spanish and I don’t know if I put la or el so it’s kinda annoying as well, also when I was done practicing the next day I lost one of my badges so it wasn’t gold it was just right at the beginning even though I have been practicing so much so I had to re-do it and usually when I don’t practice which never happens it cracks so i just fixed it up again but then this time it didn’t just crack it went back to the beginning but I guess over all it’s pretty good but on the Spanish I wish they could make the reading books not loose your hearts they should be a practice because I also lost a heart from the books but other than that that all I do recommend this but only if your learning one language at a time because I’m Learning two at a time and it’s stressful but you can learn two languages if you want i really liked this app and I recommend.😅.Version: 6.97.2

Not for everyoneSo I learned quite a lot of korean before using Duolingo so I was already pretty good at it. I downloaded duolingo and I saw that it uses a lot of romanisation. Now Ofc everyone learns in different ways so romanisation might be better for them. But honestly it just makes everything a lot harder and doesn’t make as much sense at all. I also think that if u get a question wrong, u shouldn’t be punished to a point that u can’t work on the language for a few hours, because that’s just making it harder (the point of duolingo is to learn a language and not to not be able to learn it as a punishment). If u get a question wrong, a better punishment is to have an extra question so u get more out of it. I think u should use other things than jut romanisation do people get a choice on the way they learn korean (or their language of choice). I also don’t think that a few words and small phrases is enough. Some people rely on duolingo to learn and entire language within itself, so I think duolingo should teach bigger sentences that can be used during different occasions and issues..Version: 6.19.0

Could be betterDuolingo Spanish is an easy way to get started in Spanish but it has some quirks that downgrade its usefulness. For example when a list of words is given in order to translate a sentence, the first word is always shown with a capital letter. Also the list of words, instead of giving plausible alternatives usually has such a random list of words that the correct answer is self evident. It’s very frustrating when one wants to be challenged by ones lessons to find that they are more like a simple puzzle . But it does teach some vocabulary and pronunciation and it’s easy- but it won’t get you up to speed for your visit to South America or Spain.Version: 5.2.29

Fantastic and easy to useAbsolutely love this app it’s is so easy to use and I like the heart system as it shows when you just need to go back and keep practicing before you continue with learning even more. I would like one feature adjusting slightly and that’s the league tables. I love this feature as it makes me want to learn as much as possible so I can keep getting promoted to higher leagues however I feel you should only be in a league with people who are learning the same amount of languages as you are. I’m currently just learning Spanish and there are people on the same league table as me taking 7!! I know it’s dependant on how much they can do in one day however just getting their daily goal on all their languages takes them to quite a high standing. When you are just learning one it means to you have to do loads of lessons if you want to stand a chance of promotion never mind get the gems for coming 1st 2nd or 3rd..Version: 6.24.0

Good but not greatI love that this app can teach you so many languages. I like that it has very little ads. But when you get a few wrong your hearts go down and you can’t do the lesson for a few hours in a couple minutes. I don’t have premium but I think all people should get the best experience not just people who have premium. I have a best friend and she can speak Korean and English she was born in America and takes classes. I was trying to learn from her so she could teach me how to speak Korean to. It just wasn’t working for me though. So when I heard of this app I am mediately downloaded it. I’m learning how to speak French and Korean. When I speak in French my friend doesn’t know what I’m saying at all. But when we speak in Korean together it’s like we’re having our own little conversation so that’s great. Our other friends think we have two heads when we speak in Korean together. I have a really good time with this app. Also high developer and whoever is reading this. Very valuable life lessons that you could actually use in real life if you’re not speaking to your friend if you’re speaking to someone who can’t even speak English or whenever language do you speak this can teach you how to talk to them my friend knows what I’m saying and she’s an expert on in speaking Korean. We actually both do taekwondo I am a black belt so Is she. Tae kwon do was actually made in Korea so that’s very important for us to be speaking Korean..Version: 6.97.2

Dedication requiredBeen on this a few times but have picked it up and put it down and got nowhere. However, this is a fantastic tool if you get stuck in properly. You should have books also. 500 verbs plus a dictionary of your chosen language. Add some exercise books and an A4 pad and you’re away. Let Duolingo set the pace. As soon as you encounter a new verb, noun etc. Pause, go to your books to reference it. Get it written down in a way you can return to Duolingo after a brief moment after checking your answers. It is perfect for re-capping on verbs, nouns, plurals etc. It won’t let you thunder on through until you have covered each section a know what you are saying. Sticking with it is the key. Repetition of speech is everything in learning another language, (I already speak Spanish) and this nudge on my phone to open the app and cover a daily amount is what is needed. I flying through french so much quicker because of this app. Still on the freebie version but will 100% upgrade very soon. I’m impressed..Version: 6.62.0

Great way to learn (but)Duolingo is a fun (and free!) way to learn a language. I’ve learnt quite a bit about Spanish in only 3 months. Would recommend to anyone who wants to learn a language but doesn’t have time to go to a tutor. But I brought the super-duo outfit and the golden one (1600 gems total, took a while to earn) and they didn’t work. I wanna see duo in a super hero costume ;-;.Version: 6.96.0

A good appThis is a great app if you want to make learning fun and into a game. Though I would say that they should make hearts easier to get and harder to loose. I’m not saying they should get rid of it completely, but my sister only just started French and could only do about 5 minutes of learning before she ran out of hearts. I understand why they have health, but make it a little less scarce. I was just about to finish my hour long lesson with one heart and then I made a mistake and bam, all that progress lost and you have to do ten minutes of practice to get another heart. If you want to really stick and learn for hours, I don’t recommend this app unless you want to do something like arabic because (oddly) they don’t have hearts like German or french. I also think there should be a filter to turn the health off and on so people can stick at it or just have 5 minutes a day. Currently the health shield in the game costs money or “Duolingo plus” which is expensive and not worth it as it glitches when you get it. So overall, good app, but it could be a whole lot better..Version: 6.32.0

Good app, a few flawsDuolingo is a pretty sound app, however I do have a few small problems with it. The biggest annoyance in the game is the health bar system and the amount of leniency given towards typos. The idea of the health system is good for when you’re trying the new levels, as it encourages you to practice more if you keep stuffing up, but it shouldn’t be present in levels you’ve already completed that you’re actually TRYING to practice. Don’t get me wrong, the practice system is a good concept, but you know what you’re worse at better than a random question generator, losing health in these old levels just slows you down from learning. Of course, this would be a little less of a problem if it gave you more leniency in small typos like accidentally putting the i before the e, or if you accidentally add in a letter at the end. Losing health for small errors like this when you knew the translation is just frustrating Also, could you guys please add in some volume options? I love listening to music, and I do it whenever I’m anywhere or doing anything, so having to switch it off or have it constantly disrupted by the forced voice over for even the text sections is a giant turn off and all round inconvenience.Version: 6.34.0

Best Language Teaching app! Super Helpful and fun!I wanted to learn Greek because, it’s in my culture and my realities and family know how to speak it. I searched for Greek learning apps and I stumbled across Duolingo. I made an account and started learned basics ( though I had experience I wanted to start from the beginning.) I got some things done and made it to checkpoint one, which took some days to complete the lessons. I took the test and failed, I tried again, Nope! Again I tried, but no success for me. I kept trying and eventually gave up but a few months later, I decided to start practicing again. I hadn’t used the app for MONTHS! And it was time to break the Non-Bilingual Wall. So I started it again yesterday and after leveling up on some things, I decided to try the test. I failed two times and then it said it wouldn’t be graded so I could just take it without hearts and stuff since I failed so many times. I took it and I finished and guess what? I PASSED!!!!!!!! I had no faith in my self and I gave up, but a little practice made it perfect. I continued practicing today and now I can speak in detailed sentences, and I know a lot more than before. I am even learning to write in Greek by solving the questions and taking courses. If you want to learn a language I recommend Duolingo, it has helped me come so far and I will continue to learn with Duolingo. Thank you Duo for helping me learn! ❤️❤️.Version: 6.74.0

Quite good but...It’s a fun app and I’ve certainly learnt a lot. Here’s the but. I’m English not American when this app asks me to write she is going to the bathroom in French, it will only except she is going to the toilet. If you use the french for bathroom it tells you your wrong. The recording of the lady who speaks in french is sometimes poor when she says eggs in french it sounds more like she’s yelping and as for when she says T shirt I cannot work out what that noise is. The app finally explains that the word for You is Tu or vous. Tu being singular and vous for more than one person or when being polite. Meanwhile you’ve been trying to use what you’ve learnt and succeeded in insulting half of France. Tu appears to be only acceptable if you’re talking to very good friends. There is very little help when you don’t understand why something is said a certain way. Sometimes you can find the answer in the posts from other people but a lot of the time they seem to be posting they didn’t understand it either. That said I do enjoy most of it and it’s very good at keeping you motivated..Version: 6.13.0

Great learning opportunities!!I have been using Duolingo for almost a year now. At first I got it because I was behind in my French class and my teacher suggested it to me. At the end of the year I was top of the class!! It shows that you can learn a language really fast!! This year I transferred to Chinese and the same thing has happened... I love the fact you can learn at your own pace! A few improvements though: Sooo many ads. I understand that’s how they keep the app running but why soo many?? I also think Premium should be free. I stop when I lose my hearts because I can not be bothered to practice to get more! Well, Premium doesn’t have to be free, but maybe lose the heart thing?? Just some advice... Another thing with the hearts, why do you lose a heart when you muck up speaking?? It happens every time to me as it reads people speaking around me as it. Overall, It is great for learning a new language and would highly recommend it to anyone if they want to learn something new!.Version: 6.74.0

Hate the new updateI really like the app, but I didn’t like the most recently update! They took off the place to practice, so now, I can only do new exercises (learn more words) or do the oldies exercises, that I already did. Before that update, I used to do a new exercise and practice every day, but without the practice possibility, I have to choose in doing a lesson that Ive already done or doing a new one, that is not good, because it is too much words for one day..Version: 6.44.0

This app is great, only a few details left...I have been using this app and it feels very good to be learning a few more languages. But I want to tell you guys about a few things that have given most of us a few flaws... (1.) Recharging your hearts takes so much time! Like 5 hrs. ! ( Ok I hope you don’t think I’m being mean to you, but let’s go on...) (2.) I really appreciated you guys teaming up with Rovio, the creators of angry birds, you guys actually made a great team together with them. I hope maybe someday you guys can team up with them again someday... Note to self: I haven’t been playing angry birds for like more than 3 days. Man it’s been months since you guys worked together with Rovio. And last but not least... (3.) When I was trying to finish my Spanish lesson I failed, and then the crying duo showed up and the music of failure actually scared me a little bit... But instead of the crying duo, how about this new picture with him doing some weight lifts and the music a little bit more happier, but the more you fail, the worse the music and the picture is. If you fail on a test, you could put duo saying, “Don’t worry! You did your best, better luck next time!” And with that my friends, my explanation is done. Thanks for your consideration and I hope you guys can keep up the good work. ;).Version: 6.74.0

Astonishing for a Free AppDuolingo teaches in such a practical way - far more relaxed than some university courses I’ve done, but so effective. I find I’m learning quickly and easily. My only complaints are these: 1. Many of the audio clips don’t work in iOS, and 2. A little more background information would be helpful, e.g. an alphabet printable; conjugation of some typical verbs; diagram showing common syntax; pronoun printable; etc. Having said that, for a free app, Duolingo offers an astonishing amount for language learners - and for free! Thanks, Duolingo!.Version: 5.2.37

Brilliant, but one suggestion...DuoLingo is an amazing app and I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn a new language. You don’t just learn the new words and sentences, but you have to practise them as well to ensure you really remember them. It would be great if you could add a Mandarin learning option. I’ve noticed there is an option for Chinese speakers to learn English, so why not the other way around? UPDATE: Yes there is an option to learn Mandarin now. Thank you so much xx I have one suggestion. Often when you start a new lesson, you’re thrown right in with a question on words you haven’t learnt yet. So you have to guess the right answer, which is impossible because you’ve never seen the new sentence before. It would be good if perhaps at the start of a new lesson there’s an “example sentence” or something similar which explains the structure of sentence pattern the new lesson will cover. UPDATE: Duolingo has actually implemented this new feature in a recent update, and its AWESOME. It really shows they listen to their customers. Despite this, if you’re wanting to learn a new language definitely get this app. It’s free, the ads aren’t annoying pop ups or videos (there are ads but they aren’t irritating), each language has heaps of lessons, and there’s a practise option to revise skills you’ve already learned!! Thank you for making a great app..Version: 5.2.27

Makes learning funI decided to learn Spanish because I wanted to learn how to sign in Mexican Sign Language (LSM) and the book I bought was written in Spanish. It was so much easier than I thought it would be. There are different ways to pick up new vocabulary, match up words to make translations and more. Feels like a game. In a few months I could test out for the most rounds and am now learning the tenses. Then I started playing around with Hebrew. Boy, now that’s really hard! I’ve never tried learning an language with a syllabary instead of an alphabet. Duolingo isn’t really helpful with comparisons or explanations on the app and according to other reviews it’s better on the web. I saw descriptions when I was playing on the Spanish side. But now when on the Hebrew part I wish I could back up to compare the words and their structure. I’ll check out the web side and see if that’s better. But it’s free and it’s fun! Makes me feel smarter. Thanks Duolingo. Edit: one thing that annoys me about Duolingo is the notifications. The one that says: “those notifications don’t see to be working we will stop sending them for now”. Oh please. I’m on a 25 day streak and I’m still getting that message? It would make more sense if someone doesn’t log in for 7 days in a row to get that kind of message..Version: 5.2.30

A bit to much translationIt’s an excellent app. I am learning Japanese, and it cycles through the characters and words I am learning in a really nice way. Duolingo adds new words, but they are integrated with repetitions of previously studied words. This keeps everything fresh, and brings the language alive quickly even if you are starting from nothing. It is improving my reading skills and kanji recognition. However, it relies heavily on translation. You see and hear the word or sentence in one language, then translate it into the other. Some speaking or purely listening tasks would be good. This system is just about memorisation rather than communication. True communication is difficult to achieve in an app, but a little more variety of task might better facilitate production of the target language rather than just translating it. Basically, it teaches you to read. You can also close your eyes and listen, or listen and read. But there is no opportunity to produce your own language. Despite this, it does what it does very well, and is a great language learning resource..Version: 5.2.20

Amazing App!I am currently learning Spanish on this game and it is awesome. You can do more than one course and it is the right amount of difficulty, (not to difficult but not to easy) and I love this fun way of learning a language and spelling it too! Best of all, it is free! I am so glad I got this app, as a friend recommended it to me! I just wanted to thank this amazing app by letting other people know my great experience!! The app’s mascot is lovable and it helps a lot if you trying to learn a language at however pace you want. And it is suitable for all ages!! Although, this app does sometimes distract from your learning by the adorable animations!! And the health bar is kinda annoying too. Overall, amazing app, definitely would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a new language!!❤️❤️.Version: 6.65.0

Better than I thoughtAfter having used Babel, Busuu, and Rosetta Stone I’m surprised to say that Duolingo is absurdly better made than I used to think. I’ve been using Duolingo on and off for years (half-heartily for awhile and only seriously in the recent past) and I’ve found that the flaws which once seemed glaring are actually not as bad as some other language learning apps. The voice work is an order of magnitude better than Busuu and the lesson structure ,despite seeming somewhat obtuse, is actually incredibly helpful. The pseudo game structure of lessons also helps to keep practice from becoming too much of a chore. I’m probably not saying anything new here but I feel like the only thing that keeps Duolingo from being vastly superior to other language apps is the lack of grammatical instruction in some of the languages. Languages like French have more recently had grammar lessons added even from the start of the course, but Korean has none. From my use of other apps that do a better job explaining grammar I’ve found that Duolingo works really well as a companion app to build vocabulary and just practice hearing/using the language, and is possibly more useful once you have the basics of a language down. The only other language app I’ve used that comes close to rivaling the versatility of Duolingo that I’ve used thus far is Lingodeer which is much better for learning Korean than any other app I’ve encountered..Version: 6.26.0

Awesome app! Few few problems with it.Duolingo provides a great learning system, although it is a bit difficult to learn a completely new language. I am learning German, and have been for a few months on Duolingo, but starting off was a bit difficult. Yes the app gave you definitions for words, but it didn’t really give you how you should use the word. For example; it didn’t provide which variation of ‘the’ would be used for feminine, masculine or neutral classification. The only other problem are the ‘lives.’ When I had originally downloaded Duolingo, I could practice for nearly half an hour, yes I would make mistakes, but it still provided a learning experience and allowed me to continue despite these mistakes. The ‘life’ system is prompting you not to continue with your practice, which can be discouraging. The wait time for even on of the five lives is very lengthy, and I don’t want to wait such a long time just to make a simple error and have to restart my lesson the next day. Other than these two problems, Duolingo is an exceptional app that allows for in-depth learning, with lessons that include not only reading, but pronouncing the language, and conversing with others. The streak keeps you from skipping practicing, and gives you motivation. Altogether, Duolingo is a great app, not to mention it’s free, which is a plus considering it’s competition, and it’s content..Version: 5.2.29

Great But Here Are A Few TipsSo this is great! I started learning Spanish a few weeks ago and I have learned a lot from this app. I thought I wasn’t going to stick with it, but I ended up doing it. It’s a really great app if you want to learn any language! Just a few tips though. A couple times, I’ve had a thing pop up when I’m trying to do my lesson. It says that something went wrong. I came back a while later and the same thing was happening. I’ve been working hard on my streak, and I really don’t want to lose it. I wonder if it is possible to not break my streak because of an error in the app. It’s only happened a couple times, so its fine. Another thing: I feel like we shouldn’t be given the stories until we got all of our first lessons done. I tried to do it when I only had 10 crowns, and I didn’t understand everything. I had to use the hints, and then I felt like I wasted a story. I would recommend not Doug the stories until you are done with the first lesson. The cafe one I would wait until you have the restaurant lesson done with all five crowns. The last thing is just being able to have more than 5 hearts if we do the practice. (Or at least up to 6). I feel like then, you would practice more to get hearts (even if it’s only one more than when your hearts are refilled). Well, this app is amazing even if you don’t fix those tiny things. I would definitely recommend..Version: 6.97.2

AwesomeI really love Duolingo, it’s such a good application, but I’m not a fan of the new version with the hearts, and taking away a life when you get something wrong. I preferred the previous version wher did you got something wrong, it just put it at the end of the lesson so you could come back and tackle it again then. But overall a really wonderful application!.Version: 6.43.0

Should support Dynamic Type text sizesI needn’t rave about how brilliant Duolingo is. However, the devs should look in to supporting Dynamic Type so in-app text sizes aren’t too big or too small for the user, but can be adjusted with the system. Also, I disagree with the design choice to hide the status bar. One must edit the app to check the time, connection, or battery… the status bar isn’t ugly!.Version: 6.100.0

Re: HealthThis is the best app ever but what annoys me is the whole health thing. I am not very good at French and so every time I start a lesson I am nearly at the end and then I run out of health. I am saving my gems up and so I don’t want to buy full health again. Then I have to do five extra lessons before I can go back to the other one. Then it goes around again. Can you please bear this in mind because it is really annoying so I spend my time on Tinycards. Which I don’t mind but I think Duolingo is better..Version: 5.2.24

Amazed!This app is brilliant! I didn’t expect to make progress very quickly as I struggled to pick up languages in secondary school. The alternating between translating from English-german, german-english, listening and typing what you hear, choosing from multiple choice options etc. Seems to be a very effective way to really help the information to sink in. Differences between masculine and feminine (der/die/das/den) are difficult and sometimes involve a bit of memorisation but the structure of learning duolingo uses has resulted in me beginning to understand how and why words are used as well as memorising. As long as you frequently revise sections/practice, duolingo is a shockingly easy way to learn a new language! Note: flaws wise - the gems are a little irritating to collect. I want to learn german in as much depth as I can so I don’t like that the “extras” (flirting/idioms and proverbs) require a massive amount of diamonds to collect. Extra health (lost when making mistakes) is far too expensive to purchase. Personally I’m happy to practice 5 times if need be but others probably don’t like that. Also the practice section seems to usually test on animals/easier parts, id like to be challenged on everything? Amazing app, highly recommend giving it a go! I’d pay for it if need be..Version: 5.2.7

Learning Chinese is a breezeI have been learning mandarin casually for about 8 years and failed to find any real help with character recognition/reading. The way Duolingo works by drilling means they do sink in and eventually you recognise more and more characters in day to day life. In terms of the 5 hearts of health it’s simply a method of pushing you to paid subscription, if you want unlimited lives you buy the premium subscription. To be honest, I learned so much more in 3 months with Duolingo than any Chinese classes I attended at the local community college. You get what you put in, the more effort the quicker you learn and the lessons are short and you can progress at your own pace. I had subscribed, it just ran out and I’m seriously thinking of buying a years subscription, my only concern that I may finish the course before the year. However they are constantly bringing in new content so I’m thinking I won’t get bored!.Version: 6.29.0

Fast classThis is an app with some great strongpoints. It’s fast paced and the student picks up a good knowledge of words to add to their Spanish vocabulary. Classes often come with a smile, especially when reading the stories section of the app which are a lot of fun and a wonderful way to add new words and phrases to your memory bank. My two criticisms are these, 1/ this is South American Spanish. If you want to learn Spanish for Spain this is not really the best place to do it. Sadly one doesn’t become aware of this fact until after purchasing the app... I think it would be almost perfect if we could choose to be taught Spanish for Spain. 2/ secondly it relies on learning by memory and as sentences become longer and grammar becomes more complex it’s difficult to learn by memorising sentences. I feel some grammar lessons would help. And the verb conjugations should include the vosotros version. Overall it’s a good tool for improving ones knowledge of the language. Add Spanish for Spain and it would be a great tool!.Version: 6.88.0

The best!!This is seriously the best app for learning languages. it sends you helpful reminders, it’s fun and it’s so, so good that it’s free! I highly recommend getting this app. it has many options, although that being said, though there are many great options (including klingon and high valyrian!), i wish there were more. but, i know that the recourses to get those other languages may be hard, so i really appreciate this app..Version: 5.2.37

Great app!I've tried a lot of language learning apps and this is by far the best one out there. It offers less languages to learn than some others, but it has more intensive courses. You can also join or make clubs to interact with people trying to learn the same language as you, which is really fun!! I am currently learning 5 languages and doing well in all of them. My only suggestion to make it even better is to not have lives for some of them. It makes it really frustrating sometimes! Or you could just have one question wrong equals half a life taken away. I would also love you to add a few more languages, like Arabic, or Urdu. Or Greek. Love this!!.Version: 5.2.32

New smaller word boxes TOO SMALLSince the recent update (late April 2018), on my iPad Pro DuoLingo app, the word boxes and the type within them, which one taps to put together a translated sentence, are frequently appearing much smaller than the helpful size they consistently were before. Sometimes they appear in the original size, but more often now, even with a short sentence where there is no problem fitting them on the page, they are very small. Harder to read, and harder to accurately select. And I have small hands/fingers. I lost several “health” bars and had to stop my lesson sooner than in the past, because I was selecting at the speed I always have, and realized I could not have the confidence I had grown accustomed to, that when I think I have touched a word box, it is selected. So my learning process is slowed not because I am selecting the incorrect word and losing health, but that I have to stop and check more diligently to make sure the box I tapped (or tried to, but apparently did not hit the now very small “sweet spot” on it which selects it), actually shows up in the answer box. This was NEVER an issue before the change in word-box size. Please make them, if not as large as they have been previously, larger than they are after this recent “upgrade”. Very annoying in an otherwise wonderful app...you folks say you want to make learning easy, and my feedback is that this tiny type in close-together boxes, is an impediment to learning. Thank you..Version: 5.2.20

Very usefulI’ve wanted to study Japanese for a while but never really had time or knew how to. Since I’m visiting japan for the first time in February 2019 I figured I should probably learn at least some of the language, so I decided to take a different approach and learn with an app. Duolingo offers short and snappy exercises which can be completed anywhere at anytime, which is so useful if you don’t get a lot of spare time. Thanks to Duolingo I could read Japanese hiragana and katakana in less than 3 days of using the app, and will probably be able to hold a basic conversation with a native Japanese speaker when I visit japan next year. My only criticisms are that the membership is pretty expensive- however, you can still get the full learning experience without it as the ads aren’t really that annoying and can be easily skipped. Also, it would be good if the app offered a writing exercise for languages that don’t use the Roman alphabet, as this would probably improve understanding of the characters used in languages such as Japanese, Chinese etc. Would definitely recommend to anyone who just learn a language (as so many are available, even Klingon and High Valyrian! 😂), whether you want to just be able to say a few sentences or become completely fluent..Version: 5.2.43

Good appI’m learning Japanese through the app and I like it so far. I like how I can track my progress by getting crowns as I achieve different levels. Getting crowns are slowly becoming an addiction lol. The gems you get are also nice, but there’s not a lot you can buy with it. Right now I’m just accumulating lots of them without use. It would be great if you can increase the number of outfits we can buy or even have different ways we can use the gems to keep us going. It’s such a waste cause I feel like the gems can be utilized more in order to entice learners to keep on learning. I also think adding a speaking portion in the app would help a lot of learners. Reading and writing is good, but being able to hear and repeat back words will help a lot of people with pronunciation, which honestly I think is one of the problems many language learners face - pronouncing words correctly. I also started learning Korean through the app because I used to live in Seoul and I didn’t want to loose my Korean language skill. However,I must say the Korean one is not as good as the Japanese one. The pronunciation in Korean is a bit off and it almost seems like it’s off google translate. But it’s still pretty good for learning Hangul and new words. The app is great overall. There are places where it can be improved on and I really hope that the consistency of the different languages were the same..Version: 6.106.1

Really good app to begin a languageThe app is great for beginners wanting a quick and effective start in learning a new language. It should be used as a supplement to other methods such as books for grammar etc as you won’t be taught those aspects directly. However, it provides an interesting game-like way to get the basics of a new language without the tedium of reading a stuff old grammar book. I’ve been using it for a few years and it’s been very useful when starting out (though you do need to use other tools once it starts to get easy). Having said that, the introduction of ‘hearts’ whereby making mistakes means you either fork out money for a membership or you have to give up on your lesson to either wait 6 hours to try again or get 1 more chance after completing another random lesson is counterproductive and irritating. There’s no reason for the hearts other than to get people to buy a membership because of it being so annoying otherwise. It just teaches you to be hyper vigilant when typing out an answer which kills the fun element to the app. We still all have to deal with ads so why do we also have to suffer when our phones autocorrect a single letter in a word? Would be glad to see the feature removed. Overall Duolingo is a great beginner’s app to learning a new language, I just hope the management don’t get greedier.Version: 6.39.0

DuolingoI really enjoy Duolingo. Recently I started using it from my new iPad, rather than smartphone. I really found it tough to adjust to having a limited number of “hearts”, and having to make them last for two languages! It would be so much easier to have five hearts for each language! The other thing I miss from learning from my phone is the frequent practice of certain vowel sounds with French. I found this practice very valuable. Really, the only thing that keeps me from going back to Duolingo via my cellphone, is that my eyesight isn’t good enough. I am not really into the competitive aspect of Duolingo, probably also because of my age. I just do as well as I can because I enjoy it, and don’t bother to get into all the ways I could improve, as I am doing the best I can. Life gets in the way at times, and I am certainly not concerned with dropping back from such and such a league! Life is precious, and to be enjoyed while we still have it..Version: 6.97.2

Pro Membership is a total rip off!!!I am a long term user of Duolingo and I do really enjoy the App - it's a great fun way to SUPPORT your language learning: just remember to take the "33% fluent" thing with a huge spoonful of salt! However, I have one MAJOR issue with it. In order to get rid of the very annoying Ads I joined up for the Pro Membership at €7 (or so!) per month: pretty expensive but as I'm learning 3 languages - and I do actually USE the App! - I thought it would be worth it. However, as a previous reviewer has pointed out, in Duolingo you have 5 lives and each, even tiny, mistake or typo costs a life. When you lose the 5 lives you have to either use 500 accumulated "gems" to regain your lives and start playing (learning) again or you have to pay an ADDITIONAL amount (I think it's something like €5) to gain new "life" or wait 5 hours to gain just ONE life! To regain all 5 you are blocked for an ENTIRE DAY! - even despite your being a full "Pro" member! So I've paid €60 per year and I can't use the App for at least 4 hours most days! It's an absolute rip off and they NEED to change this feature. Until they do, I would strongly advise you not to pay for the Pro feature. If I'm paying €60 per year for one language App I want to be able to USE it when I want to, 24/7 thank you!.Version: 5.2.21

AMAZING, but...I gotta say this app is amazing! It just has some issues. One, the speaking part. This is a little tricky. Like, I can’t always make one voice! My voice at random times just goes high, so it’s a problem. 😕 Two, the store. The store is not that well. Why? I’m like a starter and really good at my German (I’m learning it) but I have EVERYTHING IN THE SHOP! I have all the outfits. I think you can improve it by, like, new outfits every week! That would be amazing! Three, gems. Gems are amazing but what if you made coins. That could also help the store. Stuff that costs coins and some that cost gems! Simple really. Four, the bird. I still love the bird but I think if you complete a whole language, like German, you could get there National animal! I don’t know why that is something I want but I do. ;-; Five, another speaking one, wow, it speaking a little for you. Here’s the thing. If it speaks a little for you, how will you learn to say it!? This has happened to me. It’s something I’m not a fan of much, I’d rather say a while phrase then have it say something for me. Other then all that the app is quite something. Well I have nothing else to say except for, don’t let your dog lick you a million times on your face while learning on this app, and ever accept if there trying to wake you up or your doing nothing. - ꧁ Primrose Sings ꧂.Version: 6.65.0

I RECOMMEND THIS APP!!!! 😄I have had Duolingo for about three months and I have learnt so much!! One lesson a day teaches a lot I definetly would recommend this if you want to use a language. They teach in different ways, such as reading writing and speaking the different words and phrases. You can start using this app as a beginner or an advanced language learner! Duolingo is very helpful. Anything that you miss or get stuck on it repeats so you can learn it! Also in each lesson there is a button where you can get tips from other people about a phrase or words in the lesson and you can ask for clarification!! Duolingo also provides stories which you can read along and fill in the gaps to see and read a conversation in your chosen language. I’m doing French and am about to start high school and I am very confident with the amount I already know, to do well in French at high school!.Version: 6.93.1

Good but it has its drawbacksSince I can’t send Duo Lingo an email to give them an opinion I’ll put it in a review. I’ve been using the app now for probably 8 months as a plus subscriber. In general the app is good. As I’ve progressed forward though there are simple things that are extremely annoying for example I was working on Spanish past tense and I spelled the name Sarah as Sara (another common English spelling of the same name). The entire sentence in Spanish was correct but my answer was considered wrong because of the missing “h”. This was a verbal/audio sentence I had to listen to then type the correct answer. Also as you progress and write English from Spanish there are perfectly correct English translations you might write that the app considers wrong. I’m guessing because this app is actually designed by a non native English speaker; the creator of Duo Lingo is from Central America (Guatemala I think; but listen to his story on the first season of their Spanish podcast). I like the app and enjoy using it but I’m finding I’ve been seeking other ways to learn because some of the grammar isn’t quite covered or the reasoning behind certain language rules isn’t explained and I simply need more. Also a common complaint is that they send way too many emails if you stop using the app for a day or two or longer and it feels like a stalker. Luckily the email I used for it was not my primary email because when I checked that account it was flooded with Duo Lingo emails..Version: 6.27.0

Fast, efficient, but..I love this app, it’s fast, it’s easy to use and it’s free!!! The ads don’t pop up annoyingly after you complete a lesson, they come on quickly, neatly and cleanly! I’ve been using this app to practice my Spanish skills and learn Japanese (I’m a bilingual student) however, I am (almost) perfectly fluent in welsh, which is quite a hard language to lean as there are many types of welsh, mutations, accents etc. And to see how good I actually am at welsh, I decided to find it on the app and try it out- it’s a bit petty, I know but, the welsh that was being taught was the hardest form of welsh to learn and some of the small grammar mistakes that my teachers talk about were present for example: while writing you put “Rydw i’n” but while talking you say “Dw i’n” , they mean the same thing but it’s just welsh teachers bang it into you from an early stage. Again, I’m so sorry for being so petty, but I hate grammar errors. On the contrary, an amazing app, it’s clean, easy to use and understand, the mini games are very fun: easily my favourite part of the app!!! ~<3.Version: 5.2.61

Great supplement language app!I like this app. However, the app is NOT as detailed in explaining Spanish rules as the website and I highly suggest if your Spanish isn’t as fluent, please use the website in conjunction to this app to get explanations on the rules. I say this because on the app, you are constantly penalized for wrong answers and when you lose health, you either need to spend your jewels (fastest) or practice (time consuming) or wait for the health to regenerate (the most time consuming). So, I’ve been going back and forth on the website and app so I don’t lose as much health. I do not like how the app penalizes you so much! It makes me lose motivation to continue the sessions because of the waiting period to regenerate health... and you spend a lot of jewels at once in order to obtain health. The app is fun! You earn rewards and streaks... all to motivate you to keep practicing. I like earning the jewels because you can use them to purchase health and other fun things in the app. The streak count makes me want to practice everyday! I like how you can join groups with other people that are learning the same language and you all can motivate each other. Your detailed profile information isn’t shared with them; it’s pretty basic where you know everyone’s screen name, languages they’re learning, and rewards they’ve obtained and that’s all. The app is convenient on the go for sure..Version: 5.2.10

#AWESOME!!!!! 😍😍. Best language learning app EVER!!!😍This app is SSSOOO effective! When you start out you sign in with your email. If you want to, the app will give you a daily reminder to practice or start a new lesson. It will also email you if you get behind in your lessons, which is great for me bc I always forget to practice!😂 You choose the language that you want to learn and then your all set!! No bugs and it works great. And after learning the basics and finishing the first three lessons than you can actually have a conversation with automated people in that language!! You have to try to understand their questions and answer them and if you haven't learn a word yet that they say or you forget what it means then you can just click the word and it shows you the translation. It is AWESOME!! You HAVE to get this app!!!!😄😄. You can also join a club with actual people learning the same language as you! You can encourage each other and post your latest progress and you can also make friends and follow people you know and make a profile picture so that your friends can find you!! You can also make your own club if you want to!!! It is absolutely amazing!!!! If I could I would just tap that download button for you so that you be able to try out this app!!😜 you have to get this app! I hope you take my word for it. PEACE OUT!!!!✌️😂✌.Version: 5.1.23

Highly Effective Learning AppFor my learning style duolingo is highly effective and enjoyable. In all honesty I’ve found duolingo to be more effective than university night classes and ‘in country’ classes. After completing the Italian version several years ago I find myself using it again to refresh and reinforce language skills. The new tips link has clear and concise explanations of grammar rules which is a huge benefit. I’m now revisiting mandarin after studying in Taiwan many years ago and the app is definitely helpful. If it were possible to integrate character writing with correct stroke order and assessment it would even better. All in all a great language learning app that can set you up with the fundamentals of your chosen language. Amazing considering it’s free!.Version: 6.11.0

Absolutely amazing-BUT...I would definitely recommend this app to anyone who wants to learn a language. I’m now learning French and Irish, and I have learned quite a bit since I started. My only problem is the questions with lots of little boxes each containing a single French word, where I need to find the word boxes that translate to the English sentence I need to translate. First of all, the first word of the sentence ALWAYS has a capital letter, so I know immediately that it’s the first word. After that there are only about 4 boxes left, and it’s painfully easy to complete the sentence just by guessing. I don’t want to be making easy guesses! It would take me so much longer to learn just by doing that. I want to actually learn, by having to write the translation down every time. I suggest you make it an option in settings to disable those questions. Or at least don’t make the answer so obvious. I want to be challenged! Other than that, I have nothing to say. Your app is entertaining, and educational. I hope you take my advice. I’m sure other people will agree with me, that it should be less obvious and more challenging! Merci beaucoup!.Version: 6.12.0

Amazing!This is an amazing app, the best way to learn a language I think. It’s super easy with no commitment, but great at reminding you to practice. I will be checking my emails and find one from Duolingo asking me to practice. It also sends you notifications and banners which works really well too. I would recommend this app to anyone, no matter their age or experience, if they want to become bilingual, trilingual or more! It’s so easy and friendly, anyone can use it. Please, give it a go! For the creators: an update that would be extremely useful is a dictionary. By the app’s count, I have learnt 330 words in French. However, I think I only know about 300. A dictionary could allow you to search for a word in your current language or your course language and have the translation, definition and audio for the word. I think this would be an amazingly useful resource. Thanks!.Version: 6.60.0

Good app! ...but needs work!Great free app, very helpful and useful in learning new or refining old languages. However, it still needs work in my opinion. I am learning Spanish and I have learned a lot more than I already knew in a couple days... but there are times when using a proper word is necessary to succeed and move on, but I have to restart over and over again later (after practicing, to get health to play) ...because I picked the right term but wrong specific word and no explanation is given as to why. I.E: Yo (means I) has to be followed with an o in the use of words like como (eat) or bebo (drink) instead of come/comen/comes or bebe/beben/bebes (as I learned through searching), but no explanation is given as to why. It’s frustrating and infuriating. This needs to be explained and taught for proper teaching of other languages. Also, why does the asterisk above certain Spanish words apply but not on others? Learn it all or don’t even try I say! Finally, turn down the need for health as often, or turn up the regeneration rate. I read it was said that they are trying to make learning free. So do it more, please. Stop making me practice over and over again just to get 1 bar of health (works on only 1 mistake before failing) and have 1 measly chance at succeeding just to have to quit, practice, and start ALL OVER AGAIN; only to fail because I don’t understand what I did wrong! The ads are bad enough and should be sufficient... but then there’s this! Please fix!.Version: 5.2.36

AmazingI have had Duolingo for a bit under a year now and oh my goodness. I have come so far and learnt so much spanish. The only thing I would improve is the bonus skills. So far there are only 2 bonus skills for spanish which are flirting and idioms. I want more. I have almost 4000 gems but because there isn’t really that much to buy as I have already purchased everything, they are kind of useless. One bonus skill I would recommend to add is either swearing or insulting. Although as a company it would go against rules and other things, I think it would be good to have as learning a language is about being able to say what you want. Another suggestion for bonus skill is more sexual things. Again, I understand that it is hard to implement these types of things because you are a company but when I grow up I want to work in Spain or South America and it would be cool to have some sexy knowledge to use. Or just more human anatomy as that would be more appropriate for younger uses and your company. Otherwise, I love Duolingo, keep it up and stay safe -Ben M. 2020 July.Version: 6.75.0

Love your app but one requestHey, i’m 21 years old and always wanted to learn french properly I studied it in school but honestly couldn’t remember anything, since i’ve started to use this app i can actually say to people i speak french. Thank you for this fun addicting educational game. I can imagine loads of students getting top marks just with this app. I just have one small request if it is possible please please please add Urdu and English .... I’ve always wanted to learn Urdu but there isn’t much good apps that will teach me, I’m getting married soon so it would help me connect with my fiancé more and his not that good in english so it would be much appreciated if you could help us out. The he could use the app on the urdu settings to learn english. I love your app and love what this company stands for i’ve read your moto and all just fell in love with you guys. Such a pure motive behind free education, i even am thinking of applying to become an ambassador soon, i just wish i could learn more languages with it..Version: 5.2.67

Love it, but some features need to be addedI have to say that Duolingo has taken me to a new world of languages. I can spend my whole days practicing with Duo and increase my ability of using languages. However, there're still things that I'm not satisfied with this version for IOS: - the discussions after answers: I've wait for them since a long long time ago. I believe that Duolingo is not only a software for learning languages, but also a special environment for everyone to enhance their skills together. Using Duo on IOS is quite convenient, but if I want to check my answer with the other's, I have to login my account again on the version for web browser, go to that skill, do it and seek for the question. That's not good at all! - The report: Nothing happens when I press the button to report the errors (most of them are translation errors). My and other's reports are the very efficient tools to help Duo better, and we want to see that in the near future. - The club should be added to web version and the currency systems - gems - needs need to be synced. Anyway, the life point is awesome, but we want more games, or tournaments, or challenges, or... something like that, just to increase the competitiveness between leaners. I know that to solve with the problems I've listed above will take a lot of time and money and labor power, but we can believe with our effort and strength, the future of Duolingo is brighter than ever! Duolingo is the sweet home for everyone!.Version: 5.2.67

Great app honestly howeverThis app is truly amazing the people at Duo lingo really show depth and understanding of not only a language but how to teach it. It’s very stimulating and sometimes feels like your playing a game and rewards you with sounds and animations. However, while the app is executes it’s purpose very well there are some issues I’ve noticed with it. First the speech recognition software doesn’t seem to be very sensitive. There are times where I have to repeat a word that I have pronounced well before multiple times before it reads it. This issue might be more of a phone software issue than with the app itself nonetheless it’s an issue I’ve found. Second has to do with the teaching itself. Most languages other than English seem to emphasize masculinity or femininity for example in German Der,Die,Das. I find that the app does a poor job of explaining when to use the proper word. It seems that it almost expects you to memorize which nouns are considered masculine,feminine, or in the case with German also neutral. These are words that are used in almost every sentence and I believe there should be much more emphasis on teaching when they should be used if not outright having it be the very first lesson learned. Other than those two issues once again I must admit this is a very effective way of learning a new language. So big thank you to the Duo lingo team!.Version: 6.104.0

Verge of being a Great AppI love the idea and practicality of this app. The amount of languages available and how you utilized learning these languages is really remarkable. If you added more dynamics in immersive learning this app would be amazing. However, I’m experiencing some difficulties with using your app that’s severely hindering me from learning the language. One, if your going to teach a language make sure the building blocks that you’re using for the language are all there. I’m currently trying to learn Japanese and your skipping through so many characters in hiragana. Then, before I even grasp hiragana you throw katakana in the mix using actual words with those characters before teaching the characters themselves. Your program is so sporadic and because of this it’s crippling my future progress. And two, your lessons. Five levels of doing the same exact thing, not fun at all, or productive. Level one should be teaching the new material. As the learner progresses by going up in level, old material should be thrown into the mix subtly with each level. Then, by level 5 you’re doing it all. You’ve not only learned the new material but established the old material as well... I just see a lot of potential in this app but it feels like you've bit off more than you can chew with all these languages. If Japanese has such a sporadic program how many others are the same way..Version: 5.2.46

Health systemThe listening exercises using pre entered words have words missing from the selection on the online version of Duolingo. Don’t like the health system. I am finding it hard to learn from the mistakes I make if the iOS system locks me out for making silly typing mistakes. As someone with dyslexia I feel let down by the app. Memrise is now much better than Duolingo and is becoming the go to app. Have stopped using Duolingo because of the health system making getting through lessons too hard. Obviously, the Duolingo team are punishing their learners through the health system and trying to bully them into paying for their service. No other language learning/teacher app/service would kick out it’s users from a lesson for making errors. Don’t use the app. If you want to use Duolingo use the online service. I Ding think they care that they are undermining our confidence in language learning through the health system..Version: 6.92.0

Duolingo English speaker learning SpanishThis is a great app so far, I only downloaded it yesterday. This app works by allowing you to complete learning sessions using a ‘health’ system. Once your ‘health’ has diminished, you can complete practice sessions to gain more ‘health’. My main issue however, is that when you do one of the practice sessions, there have been so many instances when I have entered the correct answer word for word including punctuation and it has told me it’s incorrect. When you have answered incorrectly several times, the practice session then starts all over again. This isn’t a problem on the normal learning sessions but as soon as you do the practice sessions to get more ‘health’, this problem appears. When you click on report it only gives two options, either the voice doesn’t match the speaker or that there is another mistake which is quite frustrating. I’m not sure if my reporting options are different because I’m using the iPhone app. Aside from this, it’s a great app, with a variety of learning methods and an easy to use layout..Version: 5.2.35

I love it but...I love this app but the only problem is the health bar, it’s very frustrating when I’m learning a new language and I’m only halfway through until I’m out of health (I’ve been trying to learn Spanish but there are too many mistakes) I just think it would be so much better to ditch the whole thing entirely!.Version: 6.22.0

Free?!Just wonderful that such a magnificent resource is free. It’s hard to believe! I worked through the Spanish a few years ago but I need to brush up so I’m doing it all again. I am a French teacher myself, so recognise that the structured gradual building of skills is very well thought out. There are still too many Americanisms for my liking and sometimes the English presented is actually incorrect like the term ‘very fun’ – nobody says that. I’m not really too bothered about that but I do have one gripe which is this: when you have constructed a long grammatically correct sentence without spelling mistakes apart from one letter in the name, it really should be marked as correct with just a little note to say e.g. NB ‘Camilla’ not ‘Camila’! Mostly the inbuilt support, encouragement, and praise is brilliant, so I don’t know why it is felt to be appropriate to leave you deflated when you have worked so hard on a sentence but have it marked as wrong simply because you have missed one letter out of a person’s name. Anyway, grumble over, it’s a brilliant, clever, thoughtful, and very attractive course which I highly recommend..Version: 6.68.2

I LOVE this app and here’s why:A large reason I admire Duolingo because it’s amazing at explaining mistakes and getting you out of bad habits. But I also love it because if you didn’t understand why you got something wrong (or right,) you can click a little speech bubble icon above and to the right of “continue”, and people who are also learning Spanish at the same level as you can comment and explain why something is correct or incorrect. (Which has been a huge help for me). But I think people who are reviewing Duo miss the little things that make all the difference. I’ve never seen anybody comment about the EXTREMELY beautiful, and diverse characters that cheer you on in the corner. It makes learning a language a rewarding experience. Also, I’m sure kids would appreciate when you finish a lesson, you get XP and gems. The XP helps you level up, and the gems build up so you can customize the little green owl mascot (Duo). Now, really: I can’t say enough how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this app. But this is my last reason why in case my first 3 weren’t convincing enough. Duolingo is motivating. You earn achievements if you practice on the weekends and if you get a certain amount of XP. I’ve even gotten one for reading a short story (provided in the app). This app really is just so special. And Developer, if you see this: Thank you..Version: 6.97.2

Dark modePlease add dark mode..Version: 6.60.0

Annoying sometimesGood app for learning languages. But it’s annoying when you’re to translate the sentences and you get the order only slightly wrong. I mean, as long as I have both kittens and puppies in the sentence as per, it shouldn’t matter if I wrote kitten first or puppy first. And the hearts. How long does it take for the hearts to return???? Overnight and I still don’t get all five hearts back! Ridiculous!!!!.Version: 6.93.1

Great app, but could be made betterHearts have been around in this for a while now, but it has been annoying when you get the answer wrong and have to wait until you get your hearts back or have to pay money to have unlimited hearts... You can practice which is good, but if you practice at least 3 times to get 3 hearts back then you use it on something you want to complete and make a mistake 3 times. Then you will get annoyed because you have wasted your time getting the hearts in the first place on stuff which you already knew... apart from that it has been a great help to me... it is one of the best language apps on the App Store with a whole load of languages and courses within that language to be able to take... it has been really helpful during the pandemic as I’m able to use this time to study languages so I can be better prepared for going to another country which doesn’t speak English. It would be even better if they removed the hearts system, or just make it so you have 15 or 20 hearts instead of 5!.Version: 6.111.1

They finally have Arabic......and it’s GREAT! They start you off learning to read, letter by letter, sound by sound until you can recognize the most common ones. They have you practice with made-up words from basic sound combinations, introducing more and more sounds at your pace. Then they sneak in real words, and before you know it, you’re translating whole sentences and it suddenly dawns on you that, yes, I can read that, and no, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be! I’m absolutely stoked to study Arabic with Duolingo every day. The reward system is a bit of a joke, unfortunately, but the learning process itself is fun enough that you don’t need it to keep you motivated. It’s fun, I love it, and if you haven’t tried it, give it a go. I’ve gone through all they have on Spanish as well and it’s really, really good, especially for beginners. If you’re not a beginner and just need to brush up, it’s good for you too. You can take the test and it’ll place you as far along in the course as it thinks you should be, and then you can choose which lessons you want to brush up on. There are a lot of ads, but I’m guessing they’re not getting the funding they need in other ways, and it’s a free app, so it makes sense. You’ll have to skip through them after every lesson, but it’s not ridiculous..Version: 6.62.0

Missing key elementsCurrently learning Japanese with Duolingo and it’s been great! My only concerns are at times it seems to expect you to know something it hasn’t yet taught you. Many times it would quit me on a sentence with words I haven’t even begun to learn yet. Duolingo does well to teach how to pronounce something but fails to explain WHY it is. Examples are with Kanji, depending on surrounding characters (or if their are none) it gets pronounced a completely different way and Duolingo fails to explain why. Another instance of lack of explanation is with things like how to structure a sentence. With Japanese it’s almost like your saying the sentence backwards. For example if you were to translate word for word “I sleep at 12am” it would be (not completely accurate, just so you get the gist of it) “am 12 I go to sleep.” It took me quite some time to figure out that key detail. In conclusion, please provide ways to explain in greater detail how things are pronounced, how other characters can affect how some characters are pronounced, how to structure sentences properly and don’t throw people into the deep end without teaching them how to swim first. This is a great app and I will continue to use it. I have already recommended it to many of my friends. Do this, and it will make this app so much better. Thanks!.Version: 5.1.25

App reviewI’m really enjoying being Abe to learn Spanish. There are just a couple problems, 1 I feel like when I’m learning Spanish the language is going over the subject really quickly and by the end of the day I just forget what I’ve learnt. 2 they started with a really wired subject like I think they should have started with saying hi and thank you ect, but other than that it’s a great app.Version: 6.18.0

Important Message :DHi Duolingo Devs, I am SOOOO happy with the app and the work that has been put into it. I am currently learning italian, Spanish and French but there’s just 1 problem I have with the app. This isn’t too much of a deal, but I feel like if possible, every language (except maybe the fictional ones) could have stories, so instead of learning Spanish and French much easier than Italian, people could be equally as good as those languages or given the same amount of opportunities possible. I love how many languages there are to learn, but I feel like High Valyrian and Klingon were a bit of a waste of time. Since I am Croatian, I am wanting to learn that but I don’t want to get out of the Duolingo system, and I hope more used languages like that could be implemented. I know this will most likely not be seen, I would appreciate some work to be done if this is read. I do understand that things take time, but I would hope stuff like this could be added, and I would be so happy, especially if Croatian could be added, since I would like to speak to my grandparents and my dad in their native language.😂 Thank you so much for an amazing system and app. Bye!.Version: 6.74.0

Great language toolI’ve been using duolingo for about five years now, though I only started using it seriously this year (finally took the New Years resolution seriously!) I’m very glad I did! With how I was using it before, I wasn’t improving because if you use this app to just occasionally do one or two lessons, you can’t get anywhere. I do love duolingo’s premise of a little at a time though, and that’s what’s been working for me! I recently enrolled in French classes, all of my classmates have taken French for years to gcse level, but with about six months of duolingo, I’m one of the best in the class! I would say that this app is a great tool, but it depends on how you use it. It is not a standalone to learn any language. I do love that they’re putting out new content all the time and the duolingo stories and podcasts are a great way to immerse yourself in the language (however I think they’re only available for Spanish and French?) Anyway, I love a lot about this app, but I would say that, it could do better in grammar lessons. Teaching tenses, and specific grammar rules. It relies on the user understanding the rules by observing patterns given in the example sentences. For a free app, it goes leaps and bounds beyond what is expected. Try it!.Version: 6.39.0

Amazing application!Duolingo has taught me a ton of spanish including how to construct sentences, masculine and feminine words, verbs, et cetera. The only things I have to say are that i don't recommend languages like Japanese because you have to learn like, 3 different 'alphabets' which includes kanji, which has over like what, 10,000 characters? Anyways, languages using english letters such as the ones you see on the keyboard, which include spanish and french are very good options to choose. Overtime Duolingo will help out one day whether or not you use the language you have learnt for education, work, or even for fun. It's a great way to start out on a language, but if you want to be able to fluently speak a language I suggest you take classes. Or do Duolingo first, then take classes. Either way is fine, but Duplingo just gives you a good kickstart..Version: 6.97.2

Duolingo The UnderratedTo start I believe that Duolingo is underrated it’s great for beginners-intermediate and is really fun is got leagues and streaks to keep you compelled and is all out awesome but there’s always one flaw and another and another etc, The only 2 things for me is inconsistent informal and formal use. I don’t know when you want me to type formal Spanish or informal. Second the heart system, since you only have 5 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ the restore time should be 1 hour, 3 hours for 1 ❤️ in total you would have to wait a WOPPING FIFTEEN hours quite too long, YES I know there is practice but some people get bored after having to do 1 practice, us humans are lazy creatures, me included. Everything said I still love 💕 Duolingo just tweak some features while your at it. 😊👍.Version: 6.96.0

BEST APP EVER!I’ve gotta say, i was not expecting much when I downloaded Duolingo, i expected the free version to be really bad and pretty much unusable, but wow was I wrong! This is the best app to learn a language I have ever come across, it’s completely free (although a premium version is available) and its very fun to use too! I have found myself passing whole hours on duolingo at a time and I’ve also been picking up the new words quite easily! Definitely recommend! Another thing I really want to say about this which I’ve noticed no one else has really mentioned is that it is LGBT friendly, they even have a few queer books that you can read in the language you are learning! They also have queer podcasts! I was completely blown away when i realised this content was available, my closeted self could barely contain my excitement, honestly! Over all, amazing app, wouldn’t think twice to recommend to anyone, and if anyone on the developing team is reading, which they probably are, keep doing what you’re doing, it’s absolutely perfect! Honestly, this has made my day!.Version: 6.75.0

Duolingo: Download this app if you want to learn a new languageDuolingo is a beautifully crafted app, that teaches language in a fun way. The app is easy and has a variety of methods of learning such as: reading, audio books etc. The app rewards you for showing up and learning helping you keep motivated to speak the language of your choice. Duolingo also adds friendly competition in the form of a rank system. Where you get promoted to a higher rank if you have one of the top 15 xp scores. You collect xp from completing courses; again bringing another motivation to keep you on track. If you were to force me to tell you something bad about this app I would struggle. The only thing I see that could be improved is: Not making people subscribe to Duolingo plus to get the 14 day free trail. A lot of companies do this and I think you shouldn’t have to give your bank details for something that is free. But I digress, the app is a great language learning tool and premium doesn’t determine your learning success. But premium is like a tutor: you pay for extra help. I could go on about how having limited hearts without duolingo plus is a good thing but this review is long enough. Good luck to those learning a new language! Au revoir.Version: 6.98.0

Heart systemI see allot of people complaining about the heart system in reviews... This prevents people from juste rushing to the end without remembering half of what they learned! When you are out of lives you simply have to do a “Practice” wich is a quiz that takes ALL what you have learned from the first lesson to the one you are at! This pushes me to review all of what i learned to be sure not to forget the lesson i did 1 week ago, or even more. I LOVE THE APP AND I LOVE THE HEART SYSTEM PS: dont miss a lesson or someone who is worth allot to you will go missing!.Version: 6.97.0

Love itI love that Duolingo is always improving! I didn’t sign up to plus to get more content but because I wanted to support the cause. Duolingo aim for free language education so you can get free access to this app and it is totally worth it! They also have short stories in other languages and events hosted by people from all around the world!.Version: 6.74.0

Fun but needs a better motivationI really like languages and I’ve been trying to learn Japanese by myself and this app has been very helpful but I think some improvements can be made. For Asian languages like Korean and Japanese learning the brush stokes and writing the symbols would be very helpful, I've used apps before that taught how to write but overall they weren’t as organized as this one but it really helped me to remember the hiragana. Also the gem idea really annoys me because all you can do with it is buy more health or use only fifty and then get one hundred if you keep your streak for a week-I know that some people use a lot of gems on health but I personally prefer to practice because that’s what I’m doing with the health anyway- I currently have over 1,000 gems because I don’t have a reason to use them and I believe the gem system was created to give people something to earn but if what you earn is useless what’s the point? I think that having an avatar or something similar to that where you can buy things to make it unique is a great motivation for younger kids and older people as well. I personally struggle with having the motivation to do things and I honestly don’t use this app as much as I wish I did for that very reason.(This was my first review so I’m sorry if I make no sense and was a waste of your time).Version: 6.17.1

Problems fixed and much improvedThe problems with ads that became extremely annoying a while back have been fixed for a while now and updates aren’t causing any issues that I have noticed. The app is otherwise good for a free app if you don’t mind the ads, which are not excessive as long as they work and allow you to move on. It is partially reliant on comments from users which can be very helpful but also confusing or wrong. If my financial priorities allowed, the improvements I have seen over time would certainly make me consider the paid version to avoid the hassles of ads or running out of hearts. This app really can be used regularly, usefully and for free without lots of restrictions or unreasonably frequent attempts to persuade you to get the pad version..Version: 6.89.0

Great AppThe language I’m learning is French. I’ve used other language learning apps(Mondly, Babbel) at the same time as a comparison to see which one was the simplest to use, which one taught me the fastest, which one was the the most user friendly, which one allowed me to learn for free(not just a teaser) which one allowed me at my skill level to continue to learn without overwhelming me with advanced practice sessions. Duolingo by far best out the competition in all of the above. Mondly is good but requires you to be more advanced from the start. Babbel is very limited until you start to pay. Duolingo is as advertised, mostly free, very enjoyable to use, definitely teaches you through repetition and introducing you to new sounds and rules of the language you are learning at the correct pace. Only thing I didn’t like is since the update a little while ago is that they introduced cartoon characters (people and animals) with speech bubbles, showing a religious person (male and female Muslim). I would rather it stay neutral and use cartoon animals. Religious categories have no place in a language app. (I don’t want to see a priest or Buddhist monk either) If it bothered me, I’m sure others are bothered too. And I know some people will be shocked that I commented on this, hence why I say, keep the cartoons to something neutral like animals.Version: 6.47.1

Frustrating, but a good appI have had Duolingo for maybe a month now and I’m level one on all of the first group of things. Now there are a few things I’d like to address. Duolingo is really great because I’m taking French this year. However there are many huge problems with it too. One is with the practice for a heart. I have been doing it right, le restaurant. But every time I type it no matter how I tweak it it says I’m wrong and knocks me down so I can’t actually ever earn that heart because it keeps giving me the same question which has the wrong thing happening. When I get it wrong it shows me the answer- exactly what I typed. It kind of drives me nuts. Other than that, the hearts system is really stressful because it basically tells you that making mistakes is horrible and that you literally have to pay for them. Now I know that’s not the point but it sure feels like it because failing a lesson sure feels horrible, doesn’t it? I’m sure there are plenty of bugs Duolingo has that I haven’t uncovered but I really wanted to put this out there. Other than these things, Duolingo is great and it’s a great choice to assist in learning a language. But seriously the hearts system crushes your soul and it sure doesn’t help on a bad day. And yes I understand Duo plus is better but come on, I just want a free language app. So if you’re still reading this thanks for listening to me little Duolingo rant. Have a great day..Version: 6.35.0

Very good app but needs English EnglishDuolingo is a great app and is helping me learn French at a very satisfying rate. However, it keeps on bugging me that there is only American English and not UK English. I find this frustrating with some words where I’ll write down my UK English translation of a word and it is marked wrong. An example of this is that in the UK we call the subway the underground or tube (translating from la station de métro). The ‘another correct solution’ system is very helpful when translating into French as it tells you the way that most people would phrase a sentence. But when translating into English, this system points out UK English phrases and suggests the American way of saying it. This makes me feel like the app wont accept my way of saying a word and thinks the American way is better, and it is slightly insulting. UK English and American English are two different languages, so many request is basically that you change the app so that you can choose between the two, or a put least have a way of identifying which is which so that if someone were to type their version of English there wouldn’t be a suggestion to change it to American English. Sorry this turned into a rant. Thanks..Version: 6.75.0

Get the family involvedMy kids had used the app through school and it looked fun so thought I would try. 54 days and counting learning Spanish. I have two kids and my mother also trying it out. I really like the stories, and the fact that if I have a busy day I can just spend 10 mins on it, but if I want to do more I can..Version: 6.52.0

Short lessons and fun exercisesCommitting to only a few minutes every day makes it easy to continue. The exercises are fun and with only a small amount of information daily, it is easy to remember. The daily practice keeps the skills current so you don’t forget between lessons..Version: 6.66.0

Let me start by saying I NEVER review appsThis app I have had for a while. And I try to use it everyday. It can be pretty disappointing to see that you have missed a lesson and now you don’t have a true streak anymore. If you truly love language and learning it then this app is all you need. Please do yourself a favor and pay for the plus services. I have used this app for about 4 or 5 months and once I upgraded to the Plus option I really saw my learning time go up a lot faster. Let me stop here and say this is not an advertisement trying to sell you the app, just a VERY satisfied customer. Now it’s currently December of 2020. Bobby Shmurda will be released from prison soon and if you run into el chapo you should know some Spanish. Recently there were some changes to the app that exponentially improved the feel of the quality of service immediately and it was such an amazing well thought out addition that I believe it alone could very much help you to learn 90% more than anything else on the app can. What I am referring to is the newly added voice recorder that lets you hear your vocal lessons so you can hear and compare your voice to what you should be hearing. And for people like me who have a very hard time hearing anything, (And I know my ducking kids inherited it 🤟🏽🙃) This new addition to the app makes it so much easier to hear what you are doing..Version: 6.96.0

Fluent in under a year!Can not recommend Duolingo enough! I started learning Swedish about 10-11 months ago in preparation for moving to live in Lund. With a little bit of additional help from other sources I can now read novels fluently, write fairly well and hold conversations in Swedish (provided I have a tolerant and patient conversational partner!) The bulk of my Swedish has come from Duolingo (or at least I could not have progressed as far and fast without it). It provides the building blocks of language in an addictive and simple fashion. The comments section is packed with invaluable grammar and vocabulary tips from both fellow learners and dedicated mods. In fact this is the one significant issue that I have with the app - you absolutely have to use the desktop version in conjunction with the app in order to access the comment threads. This app functions cleanly and elegantly (the adverts are not distracting in the slightest) but I would really really like to see it enable comment sections for the full experience. Overall, I highly recommend Duolingo for learning a language and I hope that the app continues to evolve to include the best features from the desktop version..Version: 5.2.1

Long term userI love this app and have been using it daily for over 4 years. The most recent overhaul is fantastic, even though I didn’t fully appreciate it at first. For me, at least two years of new content was added. For a volunteer supported app, that effort was incredible. I love the quiz and test out features and the progression of difficulty in the exercises. My criticisms are minor, but in theory should be easily fixable (says the non-programmer). I can’t figure out how to give feedback along the way so there is the ability to fix quickly. It seems like you can only report a correct or wrong answer but no other feedback. So here it is-there are times where none of the word choices that are given as hints for an answer are accepted as correct. It seems like there should be a correlation loop between the correct answers and the suggested answers. There are times in the same exercise where the answers are conflicting and no way to report that. Also it took me forever to figure out how to renew my Plus subscription. I would love to have access to a “contact us” field in the app for all devices that would offer options like: membership, report error, q&a (general and by topic section and chapter). To all the folks who have given their time and talent to developing and supporting this app, merci beaucoup à tous!.Version: 6.10.0

What a FUN App! ☺️Greeeeetings! So, app is incredible. I have been eyeing it for a long time, and dabbled in it back and forth. I tried two other language learning programs and this one suits me the best. I love how they repeat words, even at the different levels. I also love how it allows you to retry the words and phrases I’ve missed from the last section. It’s a great refresher, but you all also word things correctly when I make a mistake. It’s like, “Oh. That’s what I missed. Let’s try it again.” THAT is a great boost to anyone’s confidence. Make you want to try again. The tips are outstanding, and you even get to dress up your character in different clothes with the points you earn. There’s good incentives to keep playing. The most important thing to me is how you all have taken one of the most difficult things to do, learning another language, and made it interesting, fun and doable. I find this to be twice as nice, since the world is a blend of everyone, and I have felt terrible when another person goes out of their way to learn English while others around them don’t care to even learn how to say please, excuse me or thank you in their native language. It bothered me to not know how or even to communicate that I don’t know what anyone is saying. This program is great and I am super thankful for it!!!.Version: 6.81.1

Duo is easy yet smart.I have found it almost impossible as a native English speaker to break into learning another language. But Duo does it in such a clever subtle way that before you know it you’re learning. It is still hard at times but they seem to have a good way of bringing in new stuff incrementally do it doesn’t freak you out. I would recommend it to anyone. Just do the free version first and see if you like it. I started paying for it after a few weeks because I wanted to be serious. It’s also fun. I like the characters- which have just recently become animated. It brings me joy even though I’m old and cynical..Version: 6.60.0

A great app but an essential feature is missingI give it a full five stars but please add the “discuss” option in the app. If I make a mistake it’s sometimes not immediately apparent why and the discussions page solves that. It’s annoyingly having to leave the app and move to a web browser to google it. It’s the same Duolingo discussions page, why can’t it be accessed in app directly?.Version: 5.2.42

Absolutely Amazing But Better If ...This game is absolutely fantastic and fun. The activities are challenging but fun and rewarding. The stories are innovative and immersive. The audio lessons are engaging and memorable (in terms of how to correctly pronounce certain sentences and questions). Best of all you feel like you are actually making progress and each lesson is that bit more challenging than the last. However, if there was one substantial improvement that could be made it would be to implement a word bank of all the words that you have learned so far in Duolingo. Obviously containing your native language and what that word is in the language that you are learning. I know that this would take a long time to implement and a huge amount of effort but it would completely perfect the game. (PS obviously don’t start this until you have added all the languages you wish to add and this is just a suggestion so you don’t need to do it, it is just the only thing I could think of that was missing in your tremendous app) Kind regards, Nathan Curzon.Version: 6.48.2

Great app, but one problem!I have been using Duolingo to learn French for a little while now. If you really want to be good at it I suggest working over and over on the basics 1 and mastering it, and continuing to work on it even after mastering it until you know the basics 1 words 100%, which is what I did. It’s a lot better to know the words than to rush through and not actually be able to remember them. One thing is, I have started the “phrases” section. Usually when you start a new section and it gives you words you haven’t seen yet, they will put a dotted line under it where you can see what it means and then eventually remember it. However on some new words it doesn’t give me the meaning and asks me to translate anyway. Since I don’t know the meaning of the word because I’ve never seen it I get it wrong and lose my health. I have used this app a long time ago to learn Italian (which I’ve since stopped) and it would always give me the meaning of the word, multiple times even. It’s just annoying to me that I have to lose my health because I don’t know the meaning of a new word. It’s not too much of a problem that I will delete the app, but something that could be fixed. I recommend using the computer version of duolingo for learning new words and phrases, and just using the app for strengthening your skills. Overall though this app is great!.Version: 5.2.13

Great for what it’s worth, but could use some improvements.I’ve been a fan of duolingo for a few years now. They introduce new vocabulary that requires you to use all senses (except touch and taste of course), which is always a plus for learning. They give you visuals, listening exercises, and speaking. However, I’ve noticed that with Japanese, they don’t do very well with teaching the alphabet. Yes, they do teach you, but it feels scrambled. I was able to easily go through the hiragana lessons because I’ve studied it beforehand and already knew how to pronounce each syllable. Duolingo doesn’t teach you that each letter has basically the same sound so that you won’t be confused later. For example, the ‘u’ will always sound like the u in “Jupiter”. They also fail to mention that each character in the alphabet is built off the vowels, A E I O U, by adding a letter in front of the vowel (ex. Ka, Ki, Ku, Ke, Ko). Having such information would make learning Hiragana a thousand times easier and would make you feel like you actually understand the alphabet. Given, I’m still on the first part of the lessons (they have four different lessons for hiragana; I’m on the last), so hopefully it does get better, especially in giving context and actually giving me grammar that I can use! I will update the further I go :) (is that possible? I hope so).Version: 6.12.0

I love the setup and purpose of why this app exists, some tweaks and I think it could be amazingI just started to use this app again even though I’ve had an account since 2016. I’ve taken some courses in high school and college for Spanish which helps in the language learning process; most is just refreshing with the language of Spanish. I can’t provide to much input as to whether it will help you become fluent or not because I’m still on the beginning stages of the lessons. However I am enjoying my time with it and hopefully it does help me get to where I would like to be which is a fluent Spanish speaker. I rated four stars because going through the activities I’ve noticed that when it tells you to repeat the sentence the audio seems to lag on the last word and take a little while to register that you got it correct. Everything else is great, I like that if you get something wrong you can go to the discussion section where other users have had the same issues as yourself which has helped me understand errors so I don’t make the same mistake next time. Even after viewing the comment sections duolingo itself gives its own tip by using an example to help you remember and avoid the mistake you made for the future. I would highly recommend the app for learning a language but like I said previously I’m not sure if it will help you become fluent or not. Fix the audio issues of it lagging for a few seconds and I’d gladly rate five stars!!!.Version: 6.99.0

It gud m8Duolingo is really helping me! The only unfortunate thing is that it will never, and exactly n e v e r make you fluent. It mostly teaches you what you NEED to know. Like Vowels, Letters, Greetings; stuff like that. It won’t make you fluent, especially since studies say you need fluent speakers around you to BE fluent, but it is helping me read some stuff. I recommend it! It makes language learning fun, and actually feels kinda sorta like a game. The art style is cute as heck, and Duo really makes you want to learn ( especially by giving helpful reminders) Now the only important thing you can do, Is actually study. Now I know a lot of you aren’t that dumb to believe “you can learn a language by studying 5 minutes a day!” But in all words, study at least 40 minutes to actually learn something, and keep that daily streak- not just for fun, but for learning reasons.... If you keep it up, you probably be a good ( but not at all fluent) Language Learner! It really depends on you. Summing it all up, Duolingo is really helpful! Making things fun sure does help, but understand it’s not all that and a bag of potato chips. You need to LEARN, but even if you do make that a rule in your life, it’s not gonna completely solve your language problemos. I’d give it a 4/5 for teaching you the language pretty well, making it a priority, and it being fun. (And we must not forget that Duo is making that a priority..).Version: 6.41.0

A bug?Overall great app, I’m in love with it!!!! There’s just a thing thats been happening after the latest update? Whenever I’m listening to the sentences (when you have to type what you heard) the sound fades out halfway through the sentence so I can’t hear everything and can only catch the first two words? I’m pretty sure it’s nothing to do with my microphone/speakers but it’s a bit tricky and I’m losing a lot of health trying to guess what the second half of the sentence should be haha. Please let me know if ur able to fix it but until then I’ll just press “can’t listen now” 😊 xx.Version: 6.15.0

Love this app so much!!! (suggestion included)I love duolingo! This app is actually really cool and kind of makes it feel like less of a chore or less of taking classes and more like your just actually playing a game! I like the look and way it works, It give you more motivation to keep learning. The competitive edge is definitely cool with the leagues too. Overall i think its an amazing app if your looking to learn some new languages. Or maybe your just bored and looking for things to do. Instead of scrolling through twitter or reddit while you wait for your hot pockets to cook in the microwave, Do a duolingo lesson. Its actually educational and who knows maybe itll grow on you! All though i do love this app a lot theres one thing i would want change to. You get a currency of either lingots or gems. (IOS=gems-Android=Lingots) But after you spend them all buying all the outfits for duo and other things you run out of things to spend them on. Im on a 19 day streak and i have everything so it doesnt take long. I wish there was more to do. So please if a developer sees this, 1. Amazing work keep it up! 2. Put some new things to buy with gems or lingots maybe the space outfit you see in the duolingo plus ad would be cool for 800 or something you get the point or maybe some other things you could use to customize duo. Much love! And enjoy the app to all ❤️.Version: 6.80.0

Duolingo is Great!As soon as I got duolingo on my computer at school, I wanted to learn so many languages. I focused on learning Swedish, as some of my extended family are Swedish and I wanted to be able to speak with them in a way that they found easier. Duolingo helps me communicate with them, and I just couldn’t say enough great things about the app..Version: 6.25.1

The pro version is more than worth it.I am extremely reluctant to do anything past free versions but I LOOOOVE the pro version. I quit a few times when the free version was all I used because language is meant to connect people and learning it felt isolating. I am using the pro version and it can be the best part of my day. I feel accomplished after completing a tutoring session because they don’t just let you get something wrong and tell you. They are interactive so they pause, give you a chance to change it, and explain the reason it was wrong if you need it. They’re really responsive and a lot of times it seems like if they think you need more of a challenge, they will ask follow up questions which is what I need to want to keep engaging with it. For a while when I used it, it was very scripted but as I have gotten better, the last few days the tutors have been more interactive even in the beginning tutoring sessions. One asked a few follow up questions and it made my day. I love that I am speaking with native speakers from many different countries as opposed to one because I am seeing how it shifts a bit and is a living language. They are very, very friendly and a delight to work with. The pro version is so much more motivating if you can afford it..Version: 6.37.0

Great to accompany your studies!I’ve had Duolingo now for over 3 years and it’s definitely my favourite language app. I’ve tried the others but I always come back to Duo! Initially I downloaded it to study enough Spanish to suffice for travel and basic speaking purposes, but I have to say Duo alone wasn’t enough by itself to get me there if that’s what you’re wanting. I started studying Spanish at uni a year and a half ago and that’s when I’ve found Duo the most helpful for solidifying your learning and expanding your vocabulary, and it did give me a leg up starting my Spanish course. My only complaint is they’ve dropped the ‘Test Out’ feature where you could skip some lessons! Particularly helpful when you’ve covered something e.g. at uni and want to move on to the rest of your language tree. Would love that feature back :).Version: 5.2.21

Duolingo is good for a free appIt’s totally free and very helpful. The leagues add a competitive aspect to it that encourage me to keep using Duolingo every day, even when I’m feeling lazy. It isn’t without its problems though... the health system is really annoying, I keep messing up by one letter or getting autocorrected/making a typo and it makes me lose a heart every time. It also doesn’t really explain the grammar or sentence structure so I spend a while trying to figure out how to correctly write it out and sometimes I still get it incorrect and lose health. Plus sometimes the audio is hard to hear and I mess up because I think it says something else. It’s a good app overall, I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking to learn a new language, but I also suggest using other resources (like books and native speakers)..Version: 6.48.2

Inconsistent Features, But Overall AmazingAs a free language learning service Duolingo is incredible. Over the past 6-7 months I have been learning German using primarily Duolingo, alongside other learning resources. However, most of this period has been on the desktop web version of Duolingo. When using the mobile app for Duolingo, I have frequently noticed inconsistencies with in-app features, across multiple devices and reinstalls. I use an iPhone 6S, and my mother uses an iPhone XR, and somehow this device difference means she has access to a practice skills lesson and I don’t? Also, my usetime for the app is restricted by health, whereas many other people I know are not restricted by a health bar. Recently, my app somehow started not having a health bar, but when I had to delete it and I reinstalled it, I suddenly have to deal with making < 5 mistakes while learning again. Another thing I have noticed, is a lack of extra information for each lesson. On desktop, I can right click the lesson and have access to a deeper written run through of the lesson, however on mobile, I have access to this extra information on less than half my lessons. Particularly, I am unable to view this on newer lessons I’m learning, and thus do not have extra context and information for new concepts. For what it is overall, Duolingo is an amazing app, especially when you consider its entirely free. However, this inconsistency is enough for me to rate it as 4 stars instead of 5..Version: 6.13.0

Bring back conversationsDuolingo is amazing and I particularly love the stories section of it. However, on the IOS editions, there used to be a feature that allowed you to have a ‘conversation’ with a virtual bot. I found this very useful as it prepares you for real life (so you aren’t awkward and know how to respond to people when speaking a language in real life). I think it’s disappointing that they removed such a unique and helpful tool :(.Version: 6.42.0

Defidently 5 stars!This is so fun and defidently deserves to be on number #1 language learning! This is helping me with French because I would love to learn French. It’s my first day and I already need to write this great review. I know a few words like man/homme and woman/femme! This is great, may all ratings be like this one :) 👌 also I would like to add- I wanted to do 10 minutes a day and I’m doing around half an hour now! I’ve done around 15 minutes on the app ever since I’ve downloaded it and it is addictive. For some reason it’s a little embarrassing for me to do the talking part because my sister would come to me and say, stop speaking gibberish since she doesn’t have this app or knows how to speak French. Just one thing, can you please not put hearts in it because I’ll have 0 and be unable to learn! But I’ll just watch ads. I understand if you should have to leave it in, this rating is kind of weird 😳.Version: 6.26.0

Great but website is better.First of all, the fact that Duolingo is entirely free is reason enough why this app should be at least 3/5 stars and seeing some reviews giving it 1 or 2 stars based on trivial stuff like adverts is just laughable. I use this app every day, it’s great to learn a new language at a pace that I can choose and not have to force myself to enjoy; I actually want to learn! Admittedly, the heart system that has been implemented is a bit frustrating. With every mistake, you lose 1/5 lives which takes hours (literally) to replace just one life. On the website, when you are practicing, this option doesn’t appear and only appears when taking the tests which seems to be a lot fairer. I would personally implement the heart system but instead of automatically removing 1/5 lives every time there’s a mistake, perhaps it would be better as an education app to say “We think there may be a mistake in your answer” firstly so that the person has a chance to amend the error (whilst also learning! After all, we learn from our mistakes). Either that, or have a life replenish every half hour / hour or so instead as the current time is ridiculous. I use this app before bed and more often than not I still don’t have full lives by the morning. That being said, the app itself is fantastic and the discussion section is brilliant in learning the ins and outs of the language, I’d definitely recommend this app to anyone wanting to learn a new language!.Version: 5.2.14

Optimised for mobileI reached about 80 crowns on the Duolingo app then switched to the browser version. The browser Duolingo I would say is better. For example; it doesn’t have lives and makes it easier to grind out the lessons without being slowed down by needing to constantly practise for new lives. I’d recommend the browser but the app works just fine and I think it’s optimised well for mobile devises seeing as it’s often harder to type on phones and what not. A critique is that the tips are different on the browser and mobile app, I have no idea why this is but the browser tips are much more extensive and IMO are better for learning the complexities of language.Version: 6.46.0

DuolingoAwesome app, makes learning a language fun and easy. I wish it had Mandarin..Version: 5.1.10

Awesome language app for learnersThis is a great app! As a beginner in both Spanish and Esperanto (the latter for less than a week) I have already learnt a lot in only a fortnight. I find the gamification of the app is very motivating (and even topped my first two Leaderboards). I believe the ability to revisit lessons and practice already completed material is very helpful for my long term memory/retention. I would definitely recommend this app to anyone looking for a great and accessible way to begin learning another language. Plus it’s FREE! My only regret is not having downloaded Duolingo earlier (like years ago). Thank you very much Duolingo! Arion Walker from New Zealand!!.Version: 6.42.0

Very goodI’ve been using duolingo for about a month or two, I’m currently learning Korean. Surprisingly this app is very addictive and I find myself enjoying it. Although I would like to recommend that you do it on a laptop as you don’t have to worry about lives there. I love competing against other people and it gives me a challenge although I would love it if the lessons were a bit more harder. For example when you have to translate a sentence, it gives you the words and makes it very easy to guess it which is not what I want. Also I would love it if there were more questions where you would have to rely on the sound of the word or sentence instead of relying on the symbols or letters as I can now read but not speak most of the language. Other than that it’s a good app especially since it’s free!.Version: 6.26.0

Great app! A few small problems...The majority of the functions on this app are great! I love using it and it motivates me to learn. It makes learning a new language fun and simple and is free with very few ads. Honestly, the only things I don’t like are the number of emails I get saying to practice, upgrade to the paid version, and get the company’s other apps. I tried switching emails off in the app‘ store settings but it didn’t work... plus, sometimes I forget to check my email, causing these emails to pile up and me to miss important notifications that get buried under them. The other thing I don’t like is the submit button. It is big and right next to the delete button so sometimes I will be typing or deleting a mistake and will accidentally submit my answer. On a skill test, this can cause me to fail. There is a “report problem” button, but it doesn’t have an “I wasn’t done” option. It should have one. I understand people could cheat on the skill tests this way, but that could be avoided by not counting the question as a question if it was marked that way, instead ignoring it and adding another question. So I know I mostly just complained, but Duolingo is actually a great app and if it weren’t for these small problems it would be perfect. It is a great way of learning a language and everyone should use it. Plus, it’s free and there are barely any adds:).Version: 5.2.7

READ THIS REVIEW !!!Duolingo is a great app for learning languages, It’s a very interactive game and teaches you the most, if not all, the important phrases and words you’ll need to know. The only things I think could be better is the way you lose lives. It’s really easy to lose them, you only get five. And it’s a 4 hour wait to gain ONE life to start learning more. I think that Duolingo could be even better with more lives or a shorter refill time like 2 or 3 hours. It will make people more enthusiastic to play the game as they can be active more and buy, if they need to, any of the in-app purchases. Also I think that you should be able to delete languages you don’t want to learn. I accidentally clicked on High Valerian Once, and now I can’t get rid of it which is extremely bugging me and lowers my enjoyment of the app. I have found other language learning app anyway so I can delete Duolingo and just start elsewhere if I have to. Anyway, that’s just my opinion on the game. I hope those of you thinking of downloading the app Atleast give it a try and that the developers look into my requests Thanks, Pippa.Version: 6.0.0

Great appI really like Duolingo and soon going to have 1 year long streak. Have to say that during the summer I had a chance to use what I learnt in Portuguese and was surprised I knew more than I thought. Although once you get into the point but further it’s important to find someone with whom you can practice your knowledge whilst continue to learn more with Duolingo. I pay for the app, but I’m happy as I can download the lesson and learn whilst on the tube. Cause sometimes I tried to download on bad network and then the voice part was missing. Also I’d like to point out that for some reason some verbs are not used so often in the sentences (in Portuguese it’s “see”, “go”) and therefore I don’t know these verbs so well as others. Also I think it’s not beneficial to put the same sentence directly after having it before - once translate from Portuguese to English and straight after translate opposite way, don’t think this support my memory. It otherwise, thank you for amazing app :).Version: 6.103.0

Duolingo... the best and most productive entertainmentDo you have nothing to do on the bus in the mornings? Are you bored on an airplane? Don’t like crappy mobile games? Well Duolingo is the perfect app for you imagine playing an educational game to kill time so instead of killing time you’re actually doing something productive and will feel better about yourself afterwards for doing so, what could be better? It’s been 5 months since I downloaded this app using at casually from day to day missing days here and there weeks even 🤭😂😂 but as of now I’m almost fluent in Spanish and this has required minimal effort. I’m excellent at reading and writing in Spanish all that would be required for a solid level of fluency would be some dedicated conversation practice for a couple of months and I’d have the Spanish speaking proficiency to live in a Spanish speaking country. This app is excellent and I would highly recommend it..Version: 5.2.22

Amazing app, almost no errors!This app is amazing! I’m getting very confident in learning Korean and Japanese. I’ve heard some people say that this learning program isn’t the best since you only learn phrases and don’t learn how to construct sentences. Yes, yes I’ve heard it all but really, this app is just for people who want to be able to talk and socialise to other people, not really for people who want to become fluent in a language. However, in my own circumstances this is not a problem for me since I have a Japanese tutor. Some things that do get on my nerves are things like the heart system and how it is very annoying to run out of hearts, but I also find it very fun to practise to get more hearts and practising is a very, very good and fun way to get more hearts. I like this feature very much and please don’t change it in the future. I’m very glad that you don’t need to wait a few hours to get hearts..Version: 6.6.1

Straightforward and seems to be effective...Saw a blog or such from either Tim Ferris or Benny the Irish polyglot, and looked up the site. I'm learning Spanish and refreshing my German, and can say its a very, very good product. I've tried numerous apps, but this, certainly in the early stages of language learning is invaluable. Well done team. Re the German - where are the articles for nouns in the vocabulary? This is a major failing in the app - with the ability to check the gender, we cannot work out case..Version: 5.2.6

Possible money chasing or streak glitchAs a free to use language service I feel it is incredible and as it’s been upgraded the steps seem to fit perfectly for early stage learning (of learning Spanish for me) but the only downside for anyone who maybe has self diagnosed OCD and enjoys maintaining a streak there has been either a carefully inserted method of money grabbing or just a standard glitch that once your streak reaches higher numbers it may pretend like you didn’t follow the lessons for the day and require you to pay money to repair streaks. While I won’t pay I did find this disappointing as it even lets you open the prizes for completing your daily quota which means you've done the daily requirement yet you may still lose your streak. This has happened a few times to me through this and all once you reach a 30+ day streak. Small problem I know but this is aimed for people who may get anxiety from this sort of thing as I do just as a heads up, apart from that I really recommend this and it is a free service if you choose it to be and if you don’t mind supporting it and paying then no problems at all with the app.Version: 6.19.0

I liked the old versionI miss when i could practice certain subjects because now if i forget and want to go over one subject im not very good at i cant and it uses my hearts, kind of stupid, dont know why they thought that was a good idea, another thing, its not that annoying but kinda weird, i will be practicing and all of a sudden i word i have never learned pops up, not a biggie, just weird. Overall its a great app, but i do like it more before this recent update..Version: 5.2.20

Learning tool, and a fun game!I am a big fan of Duolingo, have been spending hours of time practicing my Russian. It is one of the best examples of game mechanics being integrated into an educational app. the leaderboards and progress rewards (such as leaning 50 new words) are a great way to reinforce progress in the user. lessons are laid out well, giving you flexibility to approach topics at your own pace, while encouraging you to move on if you spend to long on one topic, by removing the XP reward. I wrote this review after thinking back to the “touch typing games” i played as a child, they were never as engaging as they could have been. Congratulations to the Duolingo team for their fantastic work! There are some things i would like to see in the app in the near future, for example, being able to do specific exercises such as choosing to practicing specific words, which could be joined to the existing achievement system. Perhaps a button that will teach you three new words that refreshes every day? As well as that i hope to see the options for languages expanded, which i assume is a goal. my partners family is from former Yugoslavia and i would love to learn Serbian and Macedonian! again, thank you to your team for creating such a powerful learning tool. Language is the best way to learn about the world and its history, and this app is a great way to learn language!.Version: 6.54.1

Great language tool, a few flawsAn excellent motivational learning tool for all ages, and free if you are happy with the rate of progress this allows. If you want more tolerance for mistakes, you can pay. It’s great value anyway, and I highly recommend the app. Improvements? I’m learning Danish and my partner is learning German, and there are differences between the two. The most common languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian etc.) have more lessons with spoken “stories” to aid comprehension. This is lacking in the less common languages (such as Danish) where hearing phrases in life context would really help, otherwise it becomes a vocabulary and grammar (see below)gathering exercise, with minimal testing of pronunciation and comprehension. While there are healthy discussion boards for each test, there is no formal presentation of grammar in tables. This is one of the biggest shortcomings because the “rules” for say possessives is not laid out anywhere. I can understand this shortcoming on the app perhaps, but I couldn’t find it on the website homepage either. More aural comprehension testing would be great, especially for languages such as Danish, where pronunciation is difficult and there’s a lot of concatenation (words merged together) in everyday speech. Apart from these things, I love the app..Version: 6.70.1

Excellent App, but could use more Languages!I’ve been using Duolingo for a while now to practice my French, and in the time I have had the app I have tried out several other languages too (including Spanish, Russian, German, Klingon, etc.). The games make learning fun and the teaching style helps keep the terms and sentence structures ingrained in my memory very well! My only request/hope for this app (not a complaint, I love the app) is that while I appreciate the inclusion of fictional languages like High Valyrian and Klingon, I would like for there to be more significant languages to be added to Duolingo’s roster of classes as well. Widely-spoken languages like Arabic and Bengali are noticeably absent on the course list (for English-speakers, not sure about others), as well as Finnish, which is a little strange because Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are all present. Personally, as someone whose family comes from the western Balkans, I would love to see a language course on Serbo-Croatian, since it is a difficult language that I believe Duolingo would be an excellent tool to help me to become better at it. Recently, Hawaiian and Navajo were added to the roster, which excites me and makes me hope for these languages to be added sometime in the future as well. Overall, I love the app and will continue using it to study foreign languages! I look forward to seeing more language courses added in future updates! 👍.Version: 5.2.54

I am loving this app!This app is really helping me to learn very quickly. I am learning Greek and brushing up on Spanish. I wish it would handle a few things differently Among them, letting me test out of Spanish levels further along the way than it does, but I understand they are testing whether that feature is more or less beneficial for learning at the moment. So, I upvoted the feature :). The other thing is that the adds are locked in portrait mode and the “practice” tab also starts out and sometimes gets stuck in portrait mode. I have tor turn my iPad to portrait and back to landscape and it usually switches to landscape then, but not always. I pretty much always use my iPad in landscape mode. Especially when I am using the keyboard, which the app has plenty of. I wish that the whole thing would just be in the orientation of my screen without changing/ trying to figure out which direction it should be as I use the app. Otherwise, this app has been AMAZING and, while, I’d love those improvements, I’m really just being nit picky. I didn’t feel it deserved any less than 5 stars because the rest is awesome! One note, if anyone is having trouble understanding anything in the language you’ve chosen or with the app, visit the website and check out the discussions tab. There is a lot of helpful info in there and many other language learners who are very happy to help out!.Version: 5.2.37

I am learning soooooooo muchDuolingo has been so much fun for me to learn Spanish they make the learning fun and very enjoyable I have used many different apps to help me learn Spanish but this one is by far the best I’d recommend this app to anyone of any age is straight forward to use and I’ve improved my Spanish so much I’m really happy and impressed.Version: 6.29.0

Great appI’ve used Duolingo on and off for years now and recently there’s been some changes than I’m not happy about. Firstly, ads pop up at the end of every lesson, but you can quickly exit out of them, so it isn’t a problem. Secondly, they introduced a thing called health. Basically, you have 5 health bars, and every time you get a question wrong you lose a bar, when you lose all 5 bars you have to quit your lesson and can’t start another one until they replenish, which takes a long time. You can refill your health bars by paying gems which can be earned, but would likely end up making you use your real money. However, you can get 1 health bar per practice section you complete, and sometimes it gives you the option of watching an ad to get another. The health thing annoyed me at first but I’ve grown to love it. Sure, it’s still annoying and stressful when you start a lesson with one health bar, but when you run out it forces you to practice, and the practice is based on all the things you’ve learnt so far, which is great because it keeps things fresh in your mind and you don’t forget them. Tdlr: great app, some ads that aren’t too annoying and I actually like the health feature. Also it’s really good to learn a language on so I recommend downloading it because it’s really user friendly! One thing I do miss, is the conversation option, where you had conversations with a bot, and I’d love to see that come back as it made practicing more realistic.Version: 6.9.0

Awesome but I do miss one thingI stared using this app half a year ago and I can already do small talk with my step mom,she does help me though the app does teach many things sometimes having a person explain something helps,I’ve heard that the computer version is more challenging and advanced but I have to stick to my app version I love everything on doulingo and I can text pretty decently because reading French is easier,and understanding the slurred words is difficult tho on the sections where you need to type what they said with out any words just a voice they have a slower option he only thing I really don’t like is that they took away the “fake texting feature” I LOVE all the new features hey added but sometimes I have no one to text in French and it’s kind of like a real conversation,I hope I am not the only person who feels this way,I bet other people trying to learn German Chinese Thai Spanish English,etc. may like that feature if the came across the app after it had been taken away. But after all that complaining j’aime Duolingo (I love Duolingo) I just really hope the could consider adding that feature,and yes I know there are clubs where you can kind of communicate thru daily “challenges” but it’s not the same and what it you don’t want to join a club. Just please Duolingo reconsider taking the feature away. Sincerely, a Fluent French speaker in training 🇫🇷🇺🇸🇫🇷🇺🇸🇫🇷🇺🇸.Version: 5.2.34

Plz readI LOVE THIS APP!! For ppl who is reading this app you can pick a lot of languages to learn I picked Spanish bc i wanna communicate to ppl that speak Spanish! Also for some reason when I speak Spanish for the record thing it’s satisfying bc I never speaked another language before lol!!! But... theres this thing that I did not like when i started this app, and that thing was, it showed words that I had to guess and I never learned it. But I’m starting to learn! And it’s really fun, and good for kids! But you have to listen and be able to read, There is also tips, If you want you can also buy the plus, you get unlimited hearts and about the heart thing when you get a question wrong you lose a heart but with the plus you have unlimited hearts! Also offline courses, I think that is saving your lessons when your offline, no adds, and I think there is a more learning thing, idk? And also fun mastery quizzes!! I also love how you get gems 💎from leveling up and stuff like that and you can shop for new doulingo clothes and refill your hearts with the gems!! Lol 😂! That’s all I’m gonna say!! And thank you for making this game!! 😁😁😁 You teach LOTS of languages!! 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇸🇷🇾🇪🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇻🇨🇸🇾 ( I picked random flags) I wonder how you know them ALL!! Haha! And again thank you!! AMAZING app!! 😺👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽.Version: 6.74.0

Best language learning app!!Note to language learners: I have wanted to learn Spanish for a long time and now, after discovering Duolingo, I am making some good headway. Duolingo is a great way to build vocabulary. It really helps to talk with someone in the language you are learning because it helps you remember the lesson a lot better. Duolingo has a ton of languages to choose from which is a big plus. One downside is the commercials. They don’t pop up during the lesson, but they often come up other times. I understand that they couldn’t make Duolingo free without commercials, so I gave it five stars. If you answer incorrectly too many times, you loose all your life and need to wait or watch a commercial. This can get a little annoying. The publishers made Duolingo so fun yet still effective it is like a game and it is addictive. Hopefully this review helps you get Duolingo. I definitely recommend it.😊 Note to publishers: I love what you have done with this app. I suggest that you add a wordlist feature, so every time you learn a new word, it adds it to the list. I know this would be incredibly helpful for me and other serious language learners. After a while, it is hard to keep track of all the words. This would be a great update. Thank you for taking time to read this. 😁.Version: 6.64.0

On the whole a great free app that provides a valuable service!I’ve been using Duolingo for about 4 years now so I’ve seen it undergo a lot of changes over the years. On the whole I think it’s a great app that is providing a valuable service for free. It’s great for dipping your toes in the water of a new language and making yourself familiar with a lot of vocabulary and grammatical structure. In order to gain higher levels of fluency, though, you do need to branch out into other forms of learning such as watching films in said language, etc. I would make one complaint about the app. Although most of the changes over the years have been for the better, the process of the developers rolling out the changes can be pretty tedious. One day you will be able to double your gems by watching an ad, the next day you’re not given the choice to watch any ads. I think the experience could be improved by the developers being a bit more measured in how they role out changes. It would be better if as a user I was notified about any changes that were going to take place prior to them taking place, maybe being told that I’m in a test group so the changes may revert after a time and maybe even a reason why the change is being made. It’s nice to be kept in the loop. Also the league system is great, but I wish you could somehow choose to get put into a group with people that are on your friends list..Version: 6.30.0

Create profileI really like this app and have downloaded it on both my phone and iPad. When I wanted to created a profile, it said I couldn’t as that email address was already taken. I entered another email address, but now I’ve two different stages of my Spanish fluency, and only have a profile on my iPad. Please advise what to do or how to merge them together..Version: 5.1.18

Horrible updateThis morning, this was by far the best language-learning app I've come across (so good, in fact, that I was about to go 'ad free' once I got an iTunes payment problem figured out). This evening, it's now one of the worst. With the 'old' system, your skills turned 'gold' when you mastered them - occasionally you'd have to go back and revisit them to keep them golden - a great way to incorporate delayed repetition. Now, there are 'levels' for all skills. So, if I want to graduate to the next level for the 'abc' skill (it's the alphabet - which I need no practice with since I'm halfway through the course), I need to do 16 more practice sets. And I need to do this for every one of the 30+ skills I've gone through so far to level them up. Seriously - to show that I know the Greek alphabet, I need to spend about an hour working through that skill again and, who knows, maybe there's another skill level after that one. Useless and pointless. I'm looking for another language-learning app - there are a lot of good ones out there. Update: there's a level 3 in 'abc', and it has 24 parts to it. It will take well over an hour to complete and the questions don't get any harder, they just repeat over and over. Seriously, why do app developers break really good apps? Boggles my mind!.Version: 5.2.8

IzzySo im very new to this app so i dont know how it was before the health update. I dont really mind it atm but ive only just started. I assume as it gets harder, ill be tearing my hairs out because ill run out of lives before ive even started. But atm im alright with it. The thing that kind of annoyed me, and correct me if im wrong, but the spanish is slightly different to actual spanish. Someone in the comment section mentioned that it was latin/mexican type of spanish. I only noticed because a word i knew from school wasnt an option and it confused me. I think it should be an option to change which type of spanish you learn. I understand its a lot of work when its only a few words that are different but as and english person, id rather speak spanish as in the country that ill be going on holiday too than look like an idiot that picked the wrong kind of spanish to learn 😂 its not hugely differnt tho and i do really like this app. Ill be using it for quite a while i think, and since ive read how little the pro account actually helps, ill stick to the free version where the only thing i can complain about is that a word was wrong 😂 its a good app, but please listen to the people paying for stuff. They’re the ones convincing the rest of us not too pay for it. Get them back on your side and youll be rolling in it 😝.Version: 6.26.0

Duo’s usability going downhillI have been using duolingo since it’s early early days. It has always been the very best language teaching platform around. More and more however, the app seems to be becoming more of a children’s game than a learning platform. Each update adds a more “game-like” feature or page. And more concerning, is that with every update the developers seems to be removing the parts of the app that make you want to come back to learn. The first of these negative transitions was the removal of the learning percentage, and the addition of “crowns” in it’s place. Can’t speak for everyone but, fake crowns do no good in my learning... maybe introduce crowns along side a percentage. However, the most recent of these negative transitions is the addition of “hearts”. Learning a language comes with making a lot of mistakes... how is anyone supposed to learn if they are told they cannot continue after making a specified number of mistakes? This is a huge step in the wrong direction for the app and hopefully the duo team will recognize it before it’s too late. I find myself rarely using the app now due to the “heart” addition. Seems to deter users from prolonged use. For the sake of learning, please steer the ship back to where it came. Go back to your roots duo. On a side note, duo team, you need to create a way to allow user feedback..Version: 6.44.0

AWESOME!I absolutely LOVE this app, I have only had it for two days and has helped me so much! I am learning Japanese at school and it is hard to keep up, but it is so much easier with this app! The only flaw I can see is the health bar, it’s not that it isn’t enough, it’s that once you have 5 or you refilled you can’t have anymore. But other than that this app is very close to perfect and I would definitely recommend it to people all ages. I am only 11 and I love it , it is very helpful. During our social isolation this for me is a perfect thing to do to pass the time, I could pass hours thinking it was minutes. Also I was so compelled to ask my parents for the PLUS version, it is super smart to make it free. This is an overall amazing app, but the health was not enough for me to downgrade the stars from 5 to 4! Hope you read my review, Bubblebeaver.Version: 6.65.0

Love it, but with a bit more autonomyI’ve been trying to learn a new language for years. In high school and university i took foreign language credits and have had Rosetta Stone for about 4 years now, but to my own disadvantage i didn’t study and practice the materials out of class as much as i should have. Since downloading Duolingo, i haven’t been able to put it down! It’s surprisingly addictive and I’m now learning French and German (spreading myself a lil thin buttttt hey, I’m enjoying it haha). Duolingo offers what the others couldn’t- the ability to practice anywhere and everywhere you go without having to carry around a laptop or teacher. One thing i do wish Duolingo offered more of during beginner lessons is the ability to create your own sentences, as opposed to translating a sentence that’s already given to you. It’s much harder but forces you to think about why and where certain words go and which forms/tenses to use. This app would be the perfect study material to combine with in-class learning. Love it!.Version: 6.41.0

Good, could be betterGood app to use when learning a new language. You should be able to delete language courses you no longer want to learn. For example, I am learning Dutch, Welsh and Portuguese. I mainly want to focus on my Portuguese, so I hit 'change course' and it comes up with the 3 languages, I swipe on Welsh and Dutch, and a small X appears at the end. I simply tap on the X and it deletes the course(s) in question..Version: 5.1.14

Disappointed in update - Re: heartsI have loved Duolingo and have recommended it many times as first point of call to anyone (adult and child) wanting to learn a new language. However I am sorely disappointed in the new “hearts” function. I used to be able to study for long periods of time and not “cheat” by looking at the answers. Now I lose a “heart” with every mistake. Sometimes it is purely a mistype. I find myself looking up the answer instead of trying to remember it, to stop myself losing “hearts”. Paying for the “Plus” option is not a possibility for me. I will continue to use the app, as it is still the best learning platform for me, but I will not be able to learn as quickly or effectively, and cannot in good conscience recommend it to families wanting to learn. I don’t mind an ad every now and then, as a reasonable cost for a free app, but a heart for every mistake?lets not even mention that I can’t mute your Duolingo Plus ad when it comes up..Version: 6.50.0

Fast resultsI am a French student at my high school. My French teacher was less than impressed with my skills, and my sister informed me that Duolingo reaps astounding results. I got this initially to learn Portuguese, and I learnt about the same level of that after 3 weeks as I did French for 3 years. Since I started learning French through Duo, my grades have started rising dramatically and not just in my French class. Learning a new language can help you retain information more easily, which has helped me in specialist maths, science, etc. I highly recommend Duolingo, the daily steak pushes you to finish your classes and (despite the rumours) he doesn’t kill you if you don’t finish a lesson right away. You get a few days. Try it out!! Ps. A study showed that people raised bilingual vs. people who weren’t didn’t have symptoms of Dementia until an average of four years later. (I think).Version: 6.26.0

It’s okayThis is a pretty good app, but don’t expect to be fluent in a language from just an app. It teaches some basics, but in order to be fluent in a language, you need to do much more (like buy some books in the language you want to learn, listen to people talk and sing in that language so you can hear how they speak casually, surround yourself with people who are familiar with that language, and practice that language frequently for years, etc.). However, I’m not a big fan of the hearts system. It limits you to only being able to make 5 mistakes, and pressures you into not making mistakes, and that’s not a good way to learn. Ask anyone who is great at something like drawing, singing, or playing an instrument. Of course, before being great, they’ve still all made several mistakes, and it’s extremely rare for someone to be great at something before lots of practicing and mistakes. Making mistakes is a part of learning. It’s similar how before babies learn how to talk. They of course make a lot of mistakes. They mispronounce words and they use incorrect grammar very frequently, and that’s okay. I’d rather have more ads than have to stress about losing hearts, but that’s just my opinion. All in all, this would be a good app for learning a new language, just keep in mind that learning a new language is much more complex, and you’ll have to put in a lot more time, effort, money, and determination..Version: 6.74.0

Best language learning app in a long timeDuolingo is the most language learning app that is actually motivating and appealing to a younger learner like myself. Duolingo has many motivational aspects such a warning double the amount of gems after a 7 day continuous streak! And there are many opportunities and activities to earn more points. I’ve had Duolingo for about 3 years and has not yet failed to let me down, like other apps (such as with too many ads, difficult to grasp concept and confusing content). There is a leaderboard so you can compete with friends and you can earn crowns, gems, lives, streaks and many more... And for Duo itself, you can but outfits in exchange for gems (which I find VERY appealing!!! Duolingo is the best language learning app by far and hasn’t let itself down yet with too many ads in between and when there are ads in between sessions they have helpful information in or just appealing adverts. However if you want more lives you have to watch a 30 second game ad. 10/10 recommend....Version: 6.37.0

A revelation, but not perfect yetThis app has opened up a wonderful world of language (Indonesian for me) allowing me to learn the basics of everyday survival over a year at 5-10 minutes a day - Amazing! Many times I’ve felt compelled to subscribe to the paid version, but have bailed out at the last minute due to the copious small faults in the lessons which threaten to overwhelm the experience. For example, while most lessons are well constructed and easy/moderate to complete, allowing swift progress, my current one is ridiculously complicated in comparison and has slowed my progress. There are also inconsistencies in translations throughout the app that result in dispiriting errors when I actually got it right with the same answer in previous exercises. Even the exercises with the most copious number of complaints seem never to be fixed. If there was evidence that clear errors would be attended to as a priority, I’d be much more inclined to pay. The free model has obviously been successful in creating this app’s footprint. I look forward to it being more consistently tidied up so that it can transition to a well-polished paid product..Version: 6.49.0

Perfect way to learn a languageIt’s an amazing app. After many many failed attempts at learning a language, I joined Duolingo. It seemed too good to be true; it was free and offered everything all the courses that cost £200 did, and more. Its motivational methods work wonders - leaderboards, daily rewards, leagues. Its layout is simple and bright with a friendly mascot and some slightly unnerving notifications! Duolingo has helped me learn French, and I can confidently say I know far more French after six months of Duolingo than I ever learned at school. I’m now happy to speak to locals in French every time I visit my relatives in France. The stories are possibly my favourite part of Duolingo. They are short, humorous and light hearted. Very easy to get to grips with and test your knowledge of vocabulary in context. I also loved the audio lessons, however I’m not sure where they’ve gone. I would listen to them over and over again every time I went out. I’d love to see a return of this with more audio lessons. Overall it’s a wonderful way to learn a language, but I would recommend watching movies in your chosen language, joining a language group and practicing in the country if you get the chance. Mercí beaucoup, j’adore Duolingo!.Version: 6.57.0

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