no4Ds - ONE OF THE BEST WOULD RECOMMEND, SOME SMALL SUGGESTIONS AND ISSUES
If you are just starting out on a language this is the app. You learn words effectively and it is very good at encouraging to learn. The unfortunate thing was it got very repetitive and takes some time to get through to learn new words. It was very good when I first started learning Norwegian or Norsk Bokmål. I got the basics but really just basics. Duolingo won’t make you fluent but it is a great starting place and language practice tool to have when first encountering a new language. Don’t expect yourself to learn an entire language with Duolingo alone but it is great when wanting to practice the language you are learning or getting a few new words. Once again, it doesn’t feel like you are making super fast progress or you have grown quickly but I always enjoying going on and practicing. Another problem is that I never really understood why something was some way and Duolingo did not really do a good job explaining the reasons behind something so I was left confused. The good thing is these questions can be answered on the forum that Duolingo provides. Also the pronunciation does not appear to be given. All you could do was hear the word but I could never tell if the letter “d” was pronounced at the end of some words or not. I had to learn this outside of Duolingo. To conclude this is SPECTACULAR language learning app and I recommend it for all who want to try a new language.
TheSenseiTao - Better than I thought
After having used Babel, Busuu, and Rosetta Stone I’m surprised to say that Duolingo is absurdly better made than I used to think. I’ve been using Duolingo on and off for years (half-heartily for awhile and only seriously in the recent past) and I’ve found that the flaws which once seemed glaring are actually not as bad as some other language learning apps. The voice work is an order of magnitude better than Busuu and the lesson structure ,despite seeming somewhat obtuse, is actually incredibly helpful. The pseudo game structure of lessons also helps to keep practice from becoming too much of a chore. I’m probably not saying anything new here but I feel like the only thing that keeps Duolingo from being vastly superior to other language apps is the lack of grammatical instruction in some of the languages. Languages like French have more recently had grammar lessons added even from the start of the course, but Korean has none. From my use of other apps that do a better job explaining grammar I’ve found that Duolingo works really well as a companion app to build vocabulary and just practice hearing/using the language, and is possibly more useful once you have the basics of a language down. The only other language app I’ve used that comes close to rivaling the versatility of Duolingo that I’ve used thus far is Lingodeer which is much better for learning Korean than any other app I’ve encountered.
#YAPEOPLE - Great But Here Are A Few Tips
So this is great! I started learning Spanish a few weeks ago and I have learned a lot from this app. I thought I wasn’t going to stick with it, but I ended up doing it. It’s a really great app if you want to learn any language! Just a few tips though. A couple times, I’ve had a thing pop up when I’m trying to do my lesson. It says that something went wrong. I came back a while later and the same thing was happening. I’ve been working hard on my streak, and I really don’t want to lose it. I wonder if it is possible to not break my streak because of an error in the app. It’s only happened a couple times, so its fine. Another thing: I feel like we shouldn’t be given the stories until we got all of our first lessons done. I tried to do it when I only had 10 crowns, and I didn’t understand everything. I had to use the hints, and then I felt like I wasted a story. I would recommend not Doug the stories until you are done with the first lesson. The cafe one I would wait until you have the restaurant lesson done with all five crowns. The last thing is just being able to have more than 5 hearts if we do the practice. (Or at least up to 6). I feel like then, you would practice more to get hearts (even if it’s only one more than when your hearts are refilled). Well, this app is amazing even if you don’t fix those tiny things. I would definitely recommend.
TheGreatMustard - 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! 👍
minhmornings - Love it, but some features need to be added
I have to say that Duolingo has taken me to a new world of languages. I can spend my whole days practicing with Duo and increase my ability of using languages. However, there're still things that I'm not satisfied with this version for IOS:
- the discussions after answers: I've wait for them since a long long time ago. I believe that Duolingo is not only a software for learning languages, but also a special environment for everyone to enhance their skills together. Using Duo on IOS is quite convenient, but if I want to check my answer with the other's, I have to login my account again on the version for web browser, go to that skill, do it and seek for the question. That's not good at all!
- The report: Nothing happens when I press the button to report the errors (most of them are translation errors). My and other's reports are the very efficient tools to help Duo better, and we want to see that in the near future.
- The club should be added to web version and the currency systems - gems - needs need to be synced. Anyway, the life point is awesome, but we want more games, or tournaments, or challenges, or... something like that, just to increase the competitiveness between leaners.
I know that to solve with the problems I've listed above will take a lot of time and money and labor power, but we can believe with our effort and strength, the future of Duolingo is brighter than ever! Duolingo is the sweet home for everyone!
OnthBeach54 - New smaller word boxes TOO SMALL
Since the recent update (late April 2018), on my iPad Pro DuoLingo app, the word boxes and the type within them, which one taps to put together a translated sentence, are frequently appearing much smaller than the helpful size they consistently were before. Sometimes they appear in the original size, but more often now, even with a short sentence where there is no problem fitting them on the page, they are very small. Harder to read, and harder to accurately select. And I have small hands/fingers.
I lost several “health” bars and had to stop my lesson sooner than in the past, because I was selecting at the speed I always have, and realized I could not have the confidence I had grown accustomed to, that when I think I have touched a word box, it is selected. So my learning process is slowed not because I am selecting the incorrect word and losing health, but that I have to stop and check more diligently to make sure the box I tapped (or tried to, but apparently did not hit the now very small “sweet spot” on it which selects it), actually shows up in the answer box. This was NEVER an issue before the change in word-box size.
Please make them, if not as large as they have been previously, larger than they are after this recent “upgrade”. Very annoying in an otherwise wonderful app...you folks say you want to make learning easy, and my feedback is that this tiny type in close-together boxes, is an impediment to learning. Thank you.
Brandon boiiiii24 - I love the setup and purpose of why this app exists, some tweaks and I think it could be amazing
I just started to use this app again even though I’ve had an account since 2016. I’ve taken some courses in high school and college for Spanish which helps in the language learning process; most is just refreshing with the language of Spanish. I can’t provide to much input as to whether it will help you become fluent or not because I’m still on the beginning stages of the lessons. However I am enjoying my time with it and hopefully it does help me get to where I would like to be which is a fluent Spanish speaker. I rated four stars because going through the activities I’ve noticed that when it tells you to repeat the sentence the audio seems to lag on the last word and take a little while to register that you got it correct. Everything else is great, I like that if you get something wrong you can go to the discussion section where other users have had the same issues as yourself which has helped me understand errors so I don’t make the same mistake next time. Even after viewing the comment sections duolingo itself gives its own tip by using an example to help you remember and avoid the mistake you made for the future. I would highly recommend the app for learning a language but like I said previously I’m not sure if it will help you become fluent or not. Fix the audio issues of it lagging for a few seconds and I’d gladly rate five stars!!!
Redlocks78 - Good but it has its drawbacks
Since 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.
Havoc x Raptor - 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!
Djdngjozndy skcndirif - 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!
aphmd - 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! ❤️❤️
pugvilla - 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!
Jess_p330 - Nice app but slow progress
The app is nicely designed and has good variety of testing formats, but each level takes FOREVER to pass. Some have 20 rounds before you can move on - and each round is the SAME thing. Even some of the levels seem the same. This feels like a waste of time for the learner and has made me start practicing even less (therefore using the app less) because I already know the material by round #5. I don’t need to review it 15 more times. Please make the progress faster, perhaps integrating some review of previous levels into later ones to ensure retention. Also, please allow us to skip levels more easily - right now it takes 400 gems to pass a level, and that takes many days of repetitive practice (of topics I already know) to accumulate. Not worth it. I even made a separate account to start over and take a placement test to hopefully bypass some of these basic levels. I did much better on this test that my first one, yet the levels they put me on seemed the exact same as on my other account - does the test actually place you anywhere other than the beginning? I get that you’re trying to make money by encouraging us to pay for more gems, but what you’re actually doing is discouraging me from using the app. (Plus, with all the ads, I already feel sufficiently encouraged to pay for premium.) Perhaps just make the number of gems we’re awarded for meeting our daily goal much larger or make the number required to pass a level much smaller.
Pu55yWizard - Let me start by saying I NEVER review apps
This 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.
012695 - Please read
This app is great and all, but I’ve found that the desktop site is even more interesting and helpful. The app is very limiting. While the desktop version includes a better discussion board and quite a bit more info. HOWEVER, I have noticed some annoying changes in the desktop site. They are expanding the app, and diminishing the desktop site. Which, obviously, I really don’t agree with or like. If I needed more in depth information about a lesson, as they are usually very cut and dry on the app, I would sometimes go to the site and there might be extra pointers on certain things I wasn’t understanding. I keep trying to do things on the site and it keeps taking me back to the mobile version or a complete replica of the app on my browser. I get that they seem to be aiming at continuity and flow, but please do not take away all the information and good of the desktop site in order to grow the app. I also really miss being able to see my progress on each language. I liked being able to see how much further I had to go before leveling up. But apparently they removed that feature, while still keeping the levels???? Which is beyond me. Just seems like an added annoyance. One of my biggest pet peeves is needing the desktop site and even requesting it on my iPhone and still getting the mobile site or having to continually click Desktop Version/Full Version because every link takes me to a shortened version/aka the mobile site. Soooooo annoying.
XvFirefly17vX - Frustrating, but a good app
I 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.
kart98racer - Duo’s usability going downhill
I 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.
French-ish - Awesome but I do miss one thing
I 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 🇫🇷🇺🇸🇫🇷🇺🇸🇫🇷🇺🇸
🧜🏻♀️🧜🏻♀️ mermaid story - Good but not great
I 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.
MoonbirbieWasHereÙwÚ - It’s okay
This 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.
Faithgabs - #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!!!!✌️😂✌
PurpleDanielle03 - Great for beginners, poor for advanced learners
For 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 😇
user2184:95/!862!.'is - This app is good except for a couple of things.
This is a good language learning app but it has a few thing that are wrong.
1) the keyboard for the mobile app, now I’m not sure if this is you but the keyboard is really buggy and keeps typing the wrong letters or completely missing them.
2) The audio for the listening and typing part, the audio is not always understandable because either it is too quiet to make out some of the words or that it something seems to slur the words together and I can’t tell the difference between “un ensalada” and “una ensalada” and it makes me get it wrong when i shouldn’t have.
3) THE HEART SYSTEM, this is the biggest problem with the app, it didn’t use to have a heart system and it was great and made the other two problems less severe because each time I get something wrong because of the top two problems I lose a heart even if it report it. The heart completely loses what this is supposed to be a free learning app. Because when you’re Spanish and you are getting stuff wrong (weather if it is for the top two problems or not) and you have to stop and can’t learn and more it just turns this app into one of those cheap mobile games that just want your money and nothing more.
So those are the problems with your app the first two are minor I don’t care much about them there just bugs but the third problem that is what makes you lose those stars so fix it and I will give 5 stars
jn1365 - 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 ❤️
afdkawaiiunicorns294 - 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.
lig397 - Long term user
I 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!
TheMS.Troll - Over all fine. Not great, but fine.
My first language I learned was Romanian. I am half Romanian, and my mother and grandmother and other relatives speak it. I can understand Romanian, but I never learned how to speak or write it. I decided to try the app. The app works fine, it is pretty smoothly running. However, if I make a simple grammatical mistake that can be pointed out, the hearts run out. I think the hearts should be taken off, after all; how is someone supposed to learn with them suddenly not being aloud to because of mistakes they could have learned from? I have found I can now read in Romanian a little bit, this pleases me. But I came to the app because I wanted to be able to speak it, not read. That was another thing. And because I was illiterate at the beginning, I couldn’t do the test. I’ve had to work up from the beginning, and it’s become a real chore. I wish the hearts system was dealt with, and there was a better way of being able to learn for the app. (Also, I tried learning Russian, I believe that they should teach the alphabet, as I can’t read it. And most people just learning a language won’t be able to either.) overall, this app needs real work, but it improved me slightly. I can talk to my grandma a small bit in Romanian, but I’ve found just asking my mom for words works better. Please improve in these aspects. It can teach simple grammar and language, just don’t expect to be able to be anywhere close to fluent.
SadeMoniq - 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.
Sugar Gamer Girl YT - 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.
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PokéPuff24 - It gud m8
Duolingo 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..)
teenie1130 - No guidance
I’m really only sticking with this app because I’ve gotten so far and I don’t want to start over with another app. I am using it to learn Russian (with no Russian background). It doesn’t teach you the alphabet. I had to use another website just to learn what each letter was supposed to sound like. There are no instructions for how to pronounce the words. There is not guidance about grammar and when you get something wrong, there is no explanation as to how or why you were wrong (it just shows you the right answer). The only helpful thing is that plenty of people seem to have the same issues, so you can click the comments section and see conversations people have had discussing why certain answers didn’t work (often with native speakers saying the app is wrong, and that the answer should have been accepted). I’m using it along with a better website I have found. I also wish it had things like vocabulary lists you could study, rather than just the repetitive lessons that don’t allow you to tailor your studying to words with which you have more difficulty remembering. For example, “девочка” (girl) is a word I kept forgetting how to spell, but it rarely came up, so I just kept getting it wrong. “Мотор” (Motor) came up 100 times, which was frustrating because I knew that one by heart pretty quickly. If I had the option to study a list of words I commonly forgot, I feel I could improve faster.
Hopefully Helpful Reviewer - 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.
Mandrakke28 - Great App
The 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
Mreeves336 - It’s okay
Great app and great concept. It would be nice if instead of always saying a sentence in Spanish and having us type the answer in Spanish, having just type the English translation instead. So we get in the habit of translating back-and-forth if that makes sense. Also it would be GREAT to be able to turn off the written version of the spoken language and just listening and translating. There isn’t a transcript in real life. I want it to be more challenging or at least the option. The lessons become very repetitive though. Charging 400 coins to skip is GREEDY when you give like 5 a day for meeting your goal. That would mean it would take about three months to gain as many coins as it takes to skip. How convenient when you charge for coins? Also the “practice”health option when you run out is supposed to test you on weak skills but it throws in word you NEVER learned. For example I’m in the clothing section for Spanish, before the people section which i assume has feelings, and they asked me the words for tired and fun. I have neither learned either. How is that practice??? and Also sometimes you recognize typos and sometimes you don’t. . The conversation feature is AMAZING but putting it directly between level one and zero is highly frustrating. Have me do the conversation once i learn the words, at the end of the module. Have a conversation with words i don’t know does nothing but confuse me.
Someone??????!!!!!!!!!! - 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:)
maenglish14 - Makes learning fun
I 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.
Ground-Zero44 - Verge of being a Great App
I 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.
Sasuke12346065 - Great app honestly however
This 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!
SmittenChef - What a FUN App! ☺️
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!!!
TRIXYWUBZWUB.... - It’s pretty good
This 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.😅
percabethyessssd - I lost my steak even though I met my daily goal.
I do like this app and I really like learning Spanish in it. It works great and I love the length of the lessons. They are very convenient because I don’t always have much time but I can get these done. I would give this app more stars except for that I met my daily goal yesterday but today when I went on it said I didn’t. I lost all of the progress I made yesterday also, which was very disappointing considering I did quite a few lessons. I also have “health” on my Duolingo app, but my mom who also has the app doesn’t. I want to get rid of the health section. Please help restore my 19 day streak and the progress I made yesterday.
I am studying Spanish on Duolingo currently. The reason I dislike the “health” so much on mine is because very often I will put an answer down, but the app will mark it wrong and then tell me the correct answer is exactly what I clicked on or wrote down. I will then lose health for a mistake the app made and not something I did. This makes me upset because then I can’t move on to the next lesson when it takes my health away.
I would also appreciate it if there was more variety in the content. I have been learning Spanish for a while now and it asks me the same basic questions over and over. It was wonderful at the beginning but I am now starting to wish there was more useful thing that you would learn how to say.
D1G1TALMAC - Plz read
I 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!! 😺👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Virocman - 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.
grro3753 - Penalized for making learning mistakes
I used to use the Duolingo app as an excellent resource for learning new languages. I speak three languages and have always found the app to really reinforce any new language I was trying to pick up - that is, until the new update. The update has turned Duolingo into much more of a game where you are penalized for making any sort of mistakes (a vital part of the learning process) by losing health. Once your health is gone, you can’t continue on any further lessons unless you spend 20 extra minutes recovering or paying for it. This is obviously a way to up the profitability of the app, but takes away the ability to make ANY mistakes while learning a new language. Furthermore, only on the desktop version are explanations available for ANYTHING. As adults (I’m assuming the majority of people using this app are older than 16) we are unable to pick up languages the same way children are able to, i.e. listen and repeat words and phrases and absorb the language structure along the way. Any person with a little bit of knowledge on language acquisition or pedagogy knows this. After puberty you simply cannot pickup a language this way with absolutely no explanation. Go check out other (free) apps that offer very similar content but better quality. I’m hoping there will be enough of a revolt that Duolingo will revert back, as it really was a good app. Honestly just burn it down and start over again. Down with the system!!
Hdln0108 - 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. ;)
laceym2029 - 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.
Katie111222332 - Fun but needs a better motivation
I 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)
Jy1985 - Horrible update
This 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!
Bag End Reviews - 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. 😁
xxpunkgirlxx - 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)
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dr.human person - Good app, a few flaws
Duolingo 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
BalaclavaTCG - Inconsistent Features, But Overall Amazing
As 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.
JusticeSeeker! - Duolingo: Download this app if you want to learn a new language
Duolingo 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!
A_Ballsack - Amazing
I 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
any student number please - Is this really the most useful?
Hi guys, when I first downloaded this app I was really happy when it came to my confidence slowly growing and I was thinking to myself I could actually learn Japanese. Then I came across a little problem, the way the app teaches you is you don’t learn how to construct sentences which is vital when learning any language, but instead you learn the common phrases. And I bet there are thousands of common phrases that this app could force you to memorise along with the minimum standard of 2,000 kanji characters. I find that this is the least effective way of learning a language such as Japanese especially when your first language is English. If it were me I would teach the basic alphabets (hiragana and katakana) teach them a few basic words and then teach them how to construct basic sentences instead of having them memorise literally thousands of phrases, then they begin learning kanji and then more complicated sentence structures and then the rest is is just expanding their vocabulary. I find that this method is easier more effective and quicker when learning literally any language. And if people are facing similar issues with other languages I would like you to consider doing a huge overhaul over all of your language courses. Until then I will be trying to find someone or something which could make learning a language easier, thank you.
Signed, Frustrated. - BRING BACK CONVERSATIONS, please.
I have been a user of Duolingo for many years and when you got rid conversations I was devastated and noticed my ability to learn languages decreased drastically and I found my motivation levels to drop rapidly and I just didn't want to use the app anymore. I found the 'conversation' using AI 'people' conducting these conversations with you was a great way for me to grasp how to construct sentences and apply the words I had learnt during recent lessons. I really like the addition of 'stories' in the new updates of Duolingo, but I wish that Duolingo had BOTH stories and conversations, I love both and they teach in different ways than just lessons. I am a disappointed customer asking the developers to bring conversations back, I dearly liked conversations and I dearly like stories I don't like how the developers keep trading off first, conversations for, I believe it was, practicing, then practicing for stories. I really liked all of these but found conversations to be the best learning tool for me and then stories and then practicing to be the least helpful in my quest to be bilingual and to be able to use the new language in real life in a real context. So please, developers I ask you to bring back conversations. Just please don't take stories too.
Lizzie221 - Health bar
I do four languages daily on Duolingo. However I dislike the way the health bar can block you out of all languages if you make 5 mistakes. I only allow myself a certain amount of time each day to study and if I get blocked out I can’t get back enough health in that day to continue. Previously I just used to swap languages so I could continue to get my quota and also regain a bit of health.
I was happy to pay for the plus subscription to get rid of the ever increasing adverts but I am not going to pay for new health. Please do something about this as I am getting very disheartened by this app. However I do like the Owl popping up and giving me words of encouragement.
In case I didn’t press send the other day with the above I’m sending it again.
I am totally fed up with the current format of Duolingo. I keep getting blocked from continuing and am seriously considering giving Duolingo the flick. I have been doing four languages faithfully nearly every day and I really enjoyed it. I am also mad that I took the decision to buy a subscription. If I cannot do my quota of Duolingo every day maybe I will make the same effort to complain everyday. Does anyone actually read these comments and does anyone ever think to reply............
mrdbowman - A revelation, but not perfect yet
This 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.
FuntimeOz - Disappointed in update - Re: hearts
I 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.
thothothy - Possible money chasing or streak glitch
As 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
goodbye yall - Not for everyone
So 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.
jejrheks - Please remove the 5 daily hearts.
I’m learning Arabic currently and this is great for learning the sounds and letters. It’s a great starting point and I loved how they used to just put quick adds after every lesson if you didn’t have the premium, which I saw as more than fair. However now they’ve started adding 5 daily hearts (you loose a heart after every mistake) and once you’ve used them up you have to wait 5 hours for them to refill. What I loved about Duolingo is that it really did encourage free education, in place for a very quick add after each lesson that you could click off of after 2 seconds. However it seems now they’ve taken to the tactic of trying to pressure you to pay to get “unlimited hearts”. I know that they’re a company and they need to profit but surely they have plenty of people who pay premium and get more than enough money from add revenue. I even just saw one of their own adds “support free education, join premium” ...I mean.... doesn’t that contradict the add in itself? I’m just really disappointed that Duolingo has gone down this path by trying to force people to buy the premium version. It’s very disappointing because it is a great app.
jewiew - Slowly getting worse
Duolingo is an enjoyable app to use and has always been pleasant despite the abundance of ads. Recently they added in “hearts” which will shatter when you get an answer wrong, then you have to “refill” said hearts by purchasing them with in app currency known as “gems”. These gems can be earned by completing lessons, but of course you can also buy them. Your hearts will regenerate over time but your max is five at a time (i.e. five mistakes).
Basically, this means now you will be spending less time on the app unless you are an ace at the language you are learning, or if you refill your hearts. Personally, I don’t even spend my gems on hearts because I don’t really want to support a system like this. Though if I did, I wonder how long it would take me to deplete all my gems, leaving me with the only option of buying them. It’s safe to say that this addition of hearts is disappointing and the decision to do so was clearly driven by money. I understand that it’s a free app, but I’m sure they’re making a decent amount from the number of ads in their app.
I give Duolingo a 3/5. Unfortunately this score doesn’t regenerate.
RiderAmelie - A good app
This 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.
LouisMatijo - Doesn’t make sense for languages with different alphabets
I was hoping to use duolingo to improve speaking Japanese and Greek, but the focus is on learning the alphabets rather than learning useful speaking phrases. With Japanese especially this isn’t particularly helpful. I was learning for weeks and the focus was just on hiragana (one of the three Japanese alphabets). In the short / medium term this is useless, in real world applications (eg if you’re in a train station), most Japanese will be be in kanji. Duolingo for Japanese is therefore almost completely useless for speaking and reading / writing as you get incredibly bogged down in alphabets before learning to say anything...and the main alphabet you learn isn’t particularly useful. There should be an option to learn languages for speaking, with the text written in romanised form. Most people using this app will want to use it for speaking. Similarly with greek, the duolingo system isn’t suited to learning alphabets. Again, after weeks, the phrases are totally random (‘The good popcorn’) because they are purely devised to teach you the alphabet. I have been to Greece and have never needed to say or write. ‘The good popcorn’. Phonetic phrases would be much better!
Jezzzzaaaanfjfjfjjfmfififndjd - It’s not what it used to be
Duolingo used to be a great app for learning new languages, however Over the last year or so it has gone from wanting to help people learn, to more about making money. It is extremely hard to want to use this app due to it forcing you to pay to be able to learn a language. I understand it’s free to download and stuff but try learning a language when you can’t do any lessons because you’re out of hearts and they recharge one every 5 hours. I understand that there are ways to earn hearts in game by watching adverts and practices but the adverts can’t be watched all the time, the game has to offer them to you and practices are so long and sometimes very very hard.
In conclusion if you want to spend hundreds of dollars for this app when you could just pay for real life classes which would be cheaper.. go for it. If you don’t like the idea of spending money then this app is not for you.
Maybe if it was cheaper and had the option to only subscribe for weeks or months st a time it would feel better. But I will not pay hundreds of dollars for an app I will only use for like 3 weeks a year.
teeboucher - Great concept but don’t bother - complete lack of many common languages and new courses
I started using Duolingo approximately 4 years ago to brush up on my Japanese that I haven’t used since high school, but primarily to learn a couple of Balkan languages. Problem here - there aren't any available. Excellent concept and variety of exercises. I’m sure some people like the game-type quality to it with badges, etc. however I find this to be incredibly childish (thought I was using a language app targeted at adults?) and doesn’t make a difference to my ability to learn. The biggest disappointment of all is the complete lack of any new language courses. 4 years after enquiring and there still aren’t any Balkan language courses available... they’re forever in the “incubator”, yet High Valyrian, which isn’t even a real language, is available? Make sense of that.
In summary, total lack of advancement, all the updates seem to do is introduce more childish gimmicks and “squash the pesky bugs”. Don’t waste your time with duolingo, Mango languages has far more options available and you can sign up for free access via your local library.
Hubycfhihfc - Learning Chinese is a breeze
I 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!
Kzcy - Fast class
This 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!
MICKEY24567 - 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!
Concerned citizen 4206969420 - Duolingo... the best and most productive entertainment
Do 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.
lobsvyrgf - Horrible update
It’s been a while since I’ve stopped using Duolingo due to an update I think which made it worse (in my opinion). I was at an intermediate state of my language learning when I started using Duolingo so having to do the simple exercises was a bit bothersome but I actually didn’t mind it because now thanks those exercises I can never forget some terms which was actually pleasing. It did get a bothersome to do that all the way through everything so I would just do the test and get past the level quick and since I was at intermediate I really enjoyed the test, I was getting past levels faster and I also learnt heaps until the update. The update or whatever required me to either use gems or join premium to do tests, which became extremely annoying for me because that is just outrageous. I may seem to be unreasonable but I have to get premium just because I want to do a test makes no sense they’re starting to want money more desperately, I just want to learn without getting the cash sign shoved in my face thank you very much.
User_Scratch - 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!
Gacha Potatoe - 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 😳
emilyb72 - 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.
Role Model Highschooler - 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!
Rachmaninoff28 - The bare essentials with a few mistakes
This is a great app for learning the barest essentials imaginable of a language (and for brushing up languages you already know), but that's it. It's not a complete or well-rounded language course in any sense because it offers no cultural component whatsoever. In fact, it's completely acultural. But it also doesn't claim to be anything different. Unlike most language courses, therefore, it's entirely up to you to take what you learn here and give it some "context" and "sense" by learning about the levels of formality, etiquette, and customs of the country where the language is spoken. One aspect of the teaching method that I think is extremely flawed is that conjugated verbs are often taught without their pronoun and no mention of tense or mood. A pairing exercise in the Spanish, for example, asks you to pair “estarían” (they would be) with “be”. Not only is “be” not a translation of “estarían”, this approach doesn’t give the student any information on how or why new words are used and does nothing to reinforce words already learned.
subscribe to C.H.A.C.E - This is a problem
When I started 2 days ago on Chinese mandarin I was really enjoying it, it was fun seeing stuff come back to me (since I had already learnt some Chinese cause I took private lessons from prep/kindergarten-yr4) but today I logged on and my account wasn’t their and I had to restart. I tried saying I already had an account but it just kept saying that wasn’t an account or try again later! Please fix this. I got this app because my auntie originally requested this to me so us could do extension studies on mandarin. My auntie is on such a high level she can compete in leagues and she is on the ruby league. I am quite good at Chinese so I bet I can get to that level so when I logged on and my account wasn’t there I got frustrated, so this is the point I am trying to make, if I somehow got myself to the diamonds league and my account got deleted I would have to start all over again.
This is a big inconvenience! Overall if you fixed this problem then I think this would overall be a great app. Good job
moo'sreviews - 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.
TeaganTaintsTourists - Fast results
I 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)
Bubblebeaver - 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,
Dissapointing fake game - Changes are bad, and some don’t even earn you money.
I hate this stupid health system. It makes my brain annoyed when I fail, therefore my brain doesn’t want to fail, therefore it becomes discouraged to risk failing. I do not like this change, why don’t you make it like your website? And also, I miss being able to choose which lessons do, that means I could keep practicing a lesson if I wanted to, and I could also practice everything in the whole subject. I also miss the cool robot things that you could kind of talk to. Sorry but I don’t understand where you’re going with this, it isn’t even making it pay to learn (besides health system), but even then people are just going to get annoyed. Please make it more like the website one, I don’t know if you’re trying to make this one more unique or something, but don’t. Besides that, I like the addition of Chinese and Japanese finally. You’re still the best app, but worse than you were before unfortunately.
The_ZephyR__ - Missing key elements
Currently 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.
bariloche - Some problems
I have three problems with this:
A. From time to time they just remove your streak freeze even though you don’t miss a day. I use either my iPhone or iPad to do Duolingo. It then synchronises the score. I’ve watched as it synchronised the two downwards and confiscated my streak freeze. What is supposed to be an incentive becomes a disincentive.
B. Colloquial translations. In many cases when translating Japanese where a literal translation is unhelpful, they instead us a colloquial translation. Some of these are peculiar or US. The former generally use a strange word order and the latter are not used by non-Americans and you have to remember these unfamiliar word usages or you’ll be marked wrong. I am not using Duolingo to learn US English but Japanese.
C. Introduction of kanji or alternative vocabulary. Often when a new kanji is introduced it doesn’t sound when you pick it. Alternative vocabulary for a meaning is introduced all at once leading to considerable confusion and retroactive inhibition.
DespacitoCheetos - 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.
KnifeyV - Not free as advertised
Once you get past the first level, and have committed to finishing the course, all of a sudden you are required to use gems and hearts in order to progress. If you answer a question incorrectly, if you make the slightest spelling mistake, or if you faithfully reproduce what the AI has said even though it has said it wrong, you lose gems and hearts. There is nothing you can do about this, there is no way to get back gems that you have wrongfully lost. The AI at half speed is quite accurate, but at full speed it is full of mistakes and not to be trusted. If you lose all of your gems then you are forced to buy a subscription to Duolingo plus. This is the entire reason for the apps existence, to either force you to watch ads, or to buy a full subscription. This app is in no way free as advertised. A lot of the phrases that should be excepted aren’t, and if you go to the discussions and read about them, you’ll see that been reported multiple times over the last four years with nothing being done. I couldn’t recommend this app less.
Sheboygan Jim - Hope you don’t get a “Health & Gems” version
My wife are I are both using Duolingo to learn French. I started about 6 months ago and she began a few weeks later.
However, her experience has been frustratingly different because her version “features” ‘Health and Gems’. Her version, in effect, shuts her down if she makes too many mistakes.
My version is very patient and forgiving and allows me continue on - although not before I have responded with the correct answers.
This weekend before New Year’s Eve we have both ‘upgraded’ by subscribing for twelve months. (Our France experience is in Sept.). The paid upgrade allows us to download units so we can continue our learning far from WiFi. And no more ads. However, it appears that the “Health & Gems” feature (???) of my wife’s application has been retained. Hey, Duolingo, you help make learning French accessible. But the reasons given for imposing “Health & Gems” on some users just don’t hold water!
Mermurr - Boring extra levels
For a language app that you could successfully use for free it’s been pretty good overall, not sure how much I’d recommend it now. Really disappointed by the recent “extra levels” update that just repeats previously achieved levels ad nauseum, adding extra ways to lose health and reducing ways to renew it (ie A MONEY GRAB UPDATE). New levels don’t contain new words and they didn’t really give due credit for how well you already knew it. Removing the test out function made it extra frustrating. The update also removed the function where you could practice a specific topic to earn back health, now the practice is non-specific and repeats the overly easy stuff. Making it more boring and clearly intending to lose more health as opposed to learn more. Other annoyances include when I lose health for silly things, like how I express English when my answer is right but not exactly as expected - a more detailed report function would be good.
do better duo - Good but not great
Overall duolingo is a pretty good app but I think it could be a lot better. First off health is a real pain. I often lose health for small mistakes or typos and then have to go and do practise lessons and then restart the exercise I was on. I feel like I’m more worried about losing health than I am about understanding the words. I always double check by clicking the words before entering it off to make sure it’s right which is really inconvenient. It’s good to get questions wrong so you can improve yourself but you can’t do that cos you will never finish an activity then.
Next problem is discussions. I can only access them on my laptop and it would be really helpful if there was discussions on mobile. With the removal of clubs there’s no where on the app I can go for help.
Last off it needs to explain sentence structure. We get given basic phrases but aren’t taught which order to put words, you just have to copy the examples and hope for the best. I wished that the app would explain more why you got something wrong so you don’t make the same mistake. Another thing (that isn’t as important but hey whatever) is that there should be an option where you can say you already understand something so you don’t have to keep repeating it over and over. And you should be able to select things you don’t get so you can practise them.
Ok think that’s all. Thanks cya
❤️ all - 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!!❤️❤️
NiyxUnited - 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!
Harrishun - New update has invalidated how I study using Duolingo
To begin, I do like Duolingo. It provides a good base for learning a language and I use it daily as it provides me enough motivation. However, the newest update (that brings “crowns”) has invalidated the way I use Duolingo to study Japanese. I was going through the course, completing exercises and then furthermore, inputting words and sentences that I’ve learned into the SRS tool Anki. However, now there’s no opportunity to review those words, and it seems as if I can’t go back to run through previous lessons to check certain words either. This also means I have to be at my computer to input data into Anki while going through the lessons, meaning I can’t complete my Duolingo for the day while out and about. Unfortunately, as this is probably the way the app is going forward, I may have to drop Duolingo once my language textbooks arrive, and rely on other methods of study.
Boostaboo - You have to teach yourself more than it teaches you
I’ve been trying to learn Korean on Duolingo for two days now. At this point I have realised that, at least for teaching this language, Duolingo is worse than I had hoped.
For many pairs of sounds it attempts to teach it uses the exact same audio, thus making it difficult to differentiate what sound I am supposed to learn. It does not make the attempt to first teach you constants or vowels and instead makes you have to teach them to yourself if you want to know what on earth you need to select in order to pass the section.
I’ve had to turn to other applications to teach me the most basic of Hangul, (Drops, I believe it is called,) something even the simplest ‘classes’ Duolingo attempts to teach lacks. It makes no effort to directly show me what the letters mean, preferring to leave the guessing up to it’s users.
Other than these complaints, I have had a lovely time using Duolingo. Out of hearts? Rather than having to wait to regenerate them (although that is available,) you can practice to get them, which is a very clever tactic! Ads are pretty far and few between and hardly bothersome. Even without premium it’s been a nice app to use, despite it’s lacking in, at least, teaching Korean to a very new learner.
Which, I suppose, is the point of the app. Oh well.
Rome Rambler - Highly Effective Learning App
For 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!
AudsAnd21 - 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 :)
3567998543899 reveiw3678965 - Pretty good
First 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
BookwormM8 - Duolingo is good for a free app
It’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).
AquaMetropolis28 - Important Message :D
Hi 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!
Vladimir Putini - Problems fixed and much improved
The 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.
#Wheresthefloppydrive - Too many ads and pay walls
I am a great fan of Duolingo and have been using it for 4+ years. Once upon a time there were no ads and no paywalls and this seemed consistent with the “free language for all” ethos that came with the ap. Presently the ap has the highest number of ads and paywalls of any ap that I have ever used and I feel that this has eroded the integrity of its originally promoted intentions. A simple improvement could be that you gain “energy points,” which are necessary for each testing stage, after finishing either a training or a testing level, rather than having to watch ads to build up points. You can simply do training levels to gain points, but this becomes pretty tedious after several months/years. I just feel that this is another great platform that has been reduced to exploiting its users for profit over quality. (Sad face)
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Charles Bres - Heart system
I 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!
Ashlynn_C - Take away the health bar!
I love this app and how easy and fun it is to learn a new language. My only problem with Duolingo is the fact that there is health, it takes so long for your health to refill fully and why is it that you are limiting the amount we learn. It is so unnecessary. I would love the app so much more if that was removed.
Hiiiiiiya! - Used to be amazing...
Before their terrible monetization scheme this was the best free language app out there. Now, it’s completely ruined. Instead of encouraging mistakes as you learn, it punishes you for each one, making each lesson seem like a pressure test.
I used to recommend this app to anyone, but I will no longer do so. The health system on a timer is something I want no part of.
If money isn’t an issue for you, it’s still probably a fine app with the monthly subscription fee, but the value for free users has completely been scraped from the program.
...adíos - Bye bye learning...
I use to LOVE duolingo app for learning Spanish... that is until they turned to a “health system” and you require lives to learn.
When learning a new language you are going to make mistakes and if you have to wait a full day to earn lives you will never learn at that rate.
I’m on an 80 day strike and up until today I didn’t need lives to learn and I would really learn by completing 20+ lessons in an hour.
Now I cannot get through 4 because I’m out of lives!!
Please take this option away!
Even the version you pay for requires lives!! That’s so ridiculous.
I use to recommend this app to anyone who wanted to learn a language and I no longer will be!
This app is designed to learn not play.
If I wanted to earn lives to play I would play candy crush.
broken_💔 - Heart feature trash
The heart feature added to app version of this platform is awful.
cadeodemonicodesanto - 😡
Ok i thought that this was going to help me learn Spanish but it taught me how messed up this app is. you need hearts to learn. And keeps reminding me about the plus thing. Im sorry (not) but this app was a huge disappointment😡
~Beautiful-Inside-N-Out~ - Money grubbing new owners
Update: Just when you think it couldn’t get worse...it finds a way!
So they have taken the health system to be even more punishing. One of the few learning activities they wouldn’t take hearts away for before was a matching exercise. This made sense as it didn’t rely on clicking a “check” button. Today, I accidentally clicked on a card I didn’t mean to, and poof! One heart of 5 down.
They claim that this is to prevent rushing through the material, but let’s be honest, it’s a “pain point “ to try and get users to pay for their “plus” membership.
I am considering paying for my lessons, but it sure as hell won’t be Duolingo with their sneaky, underhanded tactics.
Studying Japanese, used to have no health bar, that changed without warning. Get rid of that health bar. Less likely to take risks to test myself now. Got rid of my ingots, for blue gems, did not feel like an equivalent exchange.
I repeat, get rid of health bar. Also I would consider paying for subscription if it were more reasonably priced.
Used to love Duolingo, now sorely disappointed.
OrangeGroove - You’re better off using the website version than the app.
The health bar isn’t a thing on the website, and as such I find the website much more conducive to actually learning. You’re allowed to make mistakes and learn from them as opposed to being punished and shut out. It’s also more forgiving of typos since you don’t lose health — ironic, since it’s easier to make mistakes on a phone’s miniature keyboard than a full-size keyboard. On the website, you don’t have to worry about losing health just because your dumb fat finger accidentally pressed enter before you were finished typing, because you’ll get the chance to try again without losing health. Would have liked to be able to learn on the go, but the app is garbage, so I’ll stick to desktop learning.
Gaswipe - Duolingo
Awesome app, makes learning a language fun and easy. I wish it had Mandarin.
Crazy. Ace - Counter Intuitive System
If I am trying to learn a language and I get a question wrong, I lose a life and am then restricted from learning the language. How am I supposed to improve if I am restricted from learning the language because I don’t know the language? This system does not help me learn the language and restricts my education.
DMN_K1NG1234142 - GET RID OF THE HEARTS
If your reading this Duolingo is an amazing app and I’ve been playing it for a while now and see that there is a health system preventing me from learning more please fix this problem and I will recommend this once awesome app...
Jcdf1 - Right now Duolingo wouldn’t dare offer a live invitation to rate their app
An open invitation to rate them would absolutely tank their current good rating. Right now I’d be happy to give them 0 STARS
After having earned a winning streak of almost a year, I lost it by minutes on the daylight saving time change over. It would cost me $10 to restore it- with no option of using gems! I found that so offputting that I stopped using the app for over two months. That’s getting close to the cost of a punitive parking ticket. Duolingo has totally abandon good pedagogy in adopting a punishment mode to force you to upgrade. Punishment is totally effective as a motivator for learning. In fact, is is counterproductive Now that I’ve come back to it I’m even more put off. You now need to maintain hearts in order to progress through a lesson. This will cost you 450 gems. Your errors never used to impede your ability to move to your daily goal. You just got an extra question and a reduced bonus. NO PUNISHMENT! Now you have to keep buying the hearts or you have to start the lesson completely over even if you were just one question away from finishing it! What a put-off.
My first review lesson was very complex in its use of grammar, specific irregular verbs, and specific situations for pronouns, adjectives and articles. I kept making a different little mistake in many my do-overs and burned through a lot of hearts. That’s when I learned that you lost everything if you didn’t buy. Also frustrating is that Doulingo is totally unforgiving if you so much as mis-type one letter a name. It used to be a lot easier to forgive them their imperfections when you weren’t being fined for them. There also is no refund when you are fined for a correct answer- one that you share with them to help them improve.
To Duolingo: I’ve been watching your ads to help keep this free. Some users cannot afford your fees, others will struggle with them- but make them a priority, others can afford them, and some could afford to pay more. That has always been the spectrum of your clients. You have forgotten your roots and your early mission. Your continued message of ”working to keep the working to keep Duolingo free” is becoming exceedingly hypocritical. I can’t help but wonder if you have a director and staff driving your new changed mission with a sub-plot of creating and keeping very well-paid jobs. I volunteer for hundreds of hours a year, and it saddens me to see these changes. Maybe you should get rid of the dishonest manipulation and do something like Wikipedia. They have a link that takes you to an explanation of their financing and have a donation button. They also are struggling, but they’re being honest in their struggle, not manipulative. Manipulating just diminishes the humanitarian aspect of helping individuals to learn a new language, many of which will be newcomers to the countries they live in or want to work in. It also diminishes the value of the work that your volunteers do, and have done, for altruistic reasons. Do please consider do please consider on doing this last cash grab undoing this last ill-thought cash grab.
Naomie🌹 - Mauvaise appli
Depuis sa mise à jour que je n’avais pas je ne peux plus pratiquer autant qu’avant avec Duolingo car il y a maintenant des vies c’est vraiment stupide quand qu’on veut vraiment apprendre l’anglais...
guineacow - Take away the hearts!
I love Duolingo- or at least I used to. The health bar is awful and totally ruins the entire app.
I don’t know why they did this and sincerely hope they take it away!
Hugo .L - Why Duolingo plus?Microtransit actions annoyances
This app is the best free language learning app at most, it’s heart system where you lose a heart each time you fail a question and then a whole lesson.And the only solution to this problem for us is to buy Duolingo plus to have infinite hearts.This honestly sucks cause you have to pay for it monthly or whatever just to learn a proper language or wait a few hours every day to get one or two hearts.Thanks Duolingo
jones-c - money hungry!
we sit through ads, that we are told is for supporting free learning, and now you make it so much more difficult to learn on this app when you just want us to pay. you charge way too much. some of us have lost our jobs and cannot pay. you’ve taken away perks from the app that were helping me learn. i now have to pay gems to use certain features that were always free for me to use?? why??? i have spent countless hours on this app and watched literally a thousand ads to help support my free learning and apparently that was all for nothing. you are just slapping me in the face and i can no longer even use the timed experience ramp up challenge without buying it?? i am SO unimpressed and so disheartened by this change in the app. it has really killed my desire to practice and learn. and again, i’m months into a streak, practicing for at least 3-4 hours a DAY. you guys are ruthless. it’s so sad. truly sad.
indoraptor gen 4 - One heart, one person
When I loose a heart, Duo comes to my house and kidnaps a member of my family. Send police. No better, send FBI.
Frodoggbooboo - Heart are a Nuisance
Since the 5 heart came into play, I feel threatened when I make a mistake and lose a heart. I want the former version back.
morbidkyo - Challenge mode timer
New timer built in to the challenge mode just makes you rush and lose hearts
Really don’t want this app to turn in to a fremium
Update: it’s a fremium now, was on 182 day hot streak tell the heart system (health bar) made me lose because of typos and misclicks. I really was enjoying this app but if I need a video game I will just use my xbox or PlayStation
LordJack173 - Pay to win!?
This LANGUAGE LEARNER is pay to win. Why you may ask? Because of the health bar. Once you get 6 or less questions wrong, you’ll have to wait an hour for the health, so you can LEARN. You’d expect Candy Crush to have this, but no, DUOLINGO does. I hate to be the kind of guy that says “back in the old days”, but I’ll have too. In my elementary days, my teacher used Duolingo as a free time tool. It didn’t have the health bar, more customization, and a better interface. Now the app itself is rather nice, but I can’t get past the fact that it’s p2w. I understand you guys work hard, but just accept donations like Wikipedia, or use your ads. You can keep the Duolingo Plus, but take out the health bar. 1/5
Brookefin - Lacks explanation
The only downfall of the app is that it doesn’t explain why an answer is wrong. For instance, if you use the masculine version of a word but the correct version is feminine, it would notify that your answer is incorrect but wouldn’t provide the correct answer, or an explanation. I find when learning a new language that it’s easiest to remember how to structure sentences and spell words correctly if I understand why.
Becca989 - eh.
i used to enjoy this app! i really did. but the health bar implementation is ridiculous imo. how are you going to punish people after making a mistake when they’re learning a brand new language, & then either make then wait or pay to continue? i don’t see this as an effective way to learn a language, nor is it encouraging. oh, and telling me every two minutes to buy duolingo plus isn’t going to make me buy it, jsyk.
micsmith - Please change the voices
I have been using this app since February on a daily basis and have really enjoyed learning Spanish. Recently the voices have changed and one of the characters is a child’s voice. It is awful, hard to understand. Please, please, please change it back to clearer voices and remove the Spanish speaking child
Fleur0111 - Dark mode
Please add dark mode.
xhamp93 - Joke of an app
This app is an absolute joke. You need lives that take forever to refill and it’ll take away lives even when things are correct. I attempted to do a lesson for more xp and it told me I was incorrect 3 times when I was correct. Even took screen shots for proof
sabrina333 - Annoying push for subscription
This app used to be one of the best for learning languages but punishing users for mistakes during the learning phase is counterintuitive to encouraging skill development and user retention. Developers take note: there are more effective ways to monetize the app than the method of frustrating a user until they spend money. If I really like an app and I see value in it I invest. This app blocks learning progression and is so annoying with their push to purchase a subscription that I’m deleting it. Good job in getting rid of another potential customer.
coyote crews - I came here to learn a language
I downloaded this expecting to learn a language and not have to worry about making mistakes. It’s treated like a game with hearts and when those are gone it’s the worst thing possible I’m sorry but the app is bad with the whole game setup
Ganiam - Energy in a language learning app?
No thanks. This is ridiculous and completely counter-productive for a language learning app
This went from my most recommended language app to an app I’ll never recommend ever again.
Go check out Fluent Forever instead.
pwnx0ul - Great app, plagued by ads and money-grubbing scheme
Tl;dr – Great app to learn but only if you pay subscription. As a free user, you can get away with learning the basics before it gets too tiresome with all the ads and waiting for hearts (lives) to restore.
This is my first time using Duo, the lessons are designed beautifully, and the gamification helps add fun to the learning.
But, like so many other reviews have mentioned, the heart system and countless ads ruined the free user experience. You can get upto 5 hearts and even a simple mistake such as choosing a different verb form results in loss of a heart.
As others have said, this puts the pressure on learner and it becomes more about getting the right answer through the system instead of learning.
I don't think you can learn much in the free version, specially when difficulty of lessons increase as you progress in the course. You'll end up giving up instead of waiting for hearts and ads to finish.
This is ironic considering that the founders of Duolingo built this app with the idea of free education. It doesn't seem like that's the point anymore.
sprasanna100 - Hearts has messed up the whole learning
It was an excellent app but the new hearts concept has just messed it up. If you don’t want to support free app that is fine with just plus on store, but it cannot ruin the beautiful experience you had earlier. Disappointed.
Mrbananas1217 - New health bar and paying with gems to skip level SUCKS
Duolingo you used to be the best language learning app. Now when you introduced the heart system and the pay to skip a level system I was disappointed. You made the app to be a pay to win app by encouraging us to use that stupid DUOLINGO PRO UGHH. I used to complete the Spanish tree in just 3 months. Now it will take years to complete the language tree!!!!! PLEASE DUOLINGO GET RID OF THE HEART SYSTEM AND THE PAY TO MASTER THE LEVEL PART. MAKE THIS APP A FREE USER FRIENDLY APP AGAIN THAT WONT BEG YOU TO TRY DUOLINGO PRO!!!
1848$,,$84!37, - Health is a horrible idea
Adding health to the IOS app is a terrible idea. It does not at all encourage learning it discourages you for making a mistake and wastes time and it just makes this whole experience not fun at all. Remove it or allow me to remove it. It’s a blight on an otherwise wonderful app
jgfccghkk - heart system is stupid
It won’t work out if waiting for whole 24 hrs to have full health, learning language is about making mistakes, the heart system is just another level stupidness, used to love it but now no more.
Moniliase - Bad update
Since the latest update, it is extremely difficult to earn gems. A way to incite you buy the full app ?
Smeagol55 - Used to be an excellent app
That heart thing that they added in the last update just ruined my experience with this app that I used to love.
skfirbdi - Was a good app till today
After they set the lives for the app it became sucks. I’ve been using it daily but from today it’s so annoying when you lost all your lives and have to purchase it...bs
georges66661 - Used to Love it! Hearts??? Really???
I have been using this app for a while now. The new hearts system sucks. It is just a terrible idea to prevent someone from doing lessons because you ran out of hearts. Take this new feature out please.
JsL1805 - Bad at teaching
So the app doesn’t really teach you how to speak the language it just teaches you phrases, also there’s a “lives” system so if you make 1 mistake you lose 1 of your 5 hearts, if you lose all 5 you can’t do anymore lessons and each heart takes 5 hours to come back
Aeb1010 - These weird hearts
App lost all its use to me when they implemented this stupid thing
SamuelPVP73 - Duolingo Plus!!!!!!!
J’aime pas l’appli car
1.J’écris et le correcteur me correct un mot je fais valider et j’ai -1 de coeur!
2.Je meurs car j’ai plus de vie et j’ai toujours le mot de Duolingo Plus et je le veux pas!
3.Il est dit que votre mission est de rendre l’appli gratuite et divertissante,mais non!
Il y a plein de pub de Duolingo Plus! Comment c’est gratuit!
Pourquoi on a des pub dans l’appli?
L’app est pas divertissante!!!
Comment allez vous améliorer l’appli?
Verdisixx - Bring back the old version
I hate hate hate the new hearts on a timer and their blatant cash grab. Show me more ads I don’t care but this greatly impedes my learning.
KurrPlurnk - Monetization creep
Obviously Duolingo is focusing on monetization. This latest update is garbage designed to encourage free users to upgrade to premium. Get rid of the hearts and go to hell for ruining what was once one of the greatest apps to ever exist.
Cwall1987 - They are forcing you to buy!
Duo just changed their layout.
You now have 5 “hearts” and lose one every time you get a question wrong. If you use all 5 you either pay for more, or have to quit the learning.
If you want us all to pay, make a reasonable price!
Blake London - New update is terrible
Duolingo has always been the best language app on the App Store, although since their new update it’s no longer worth using, it’s been gamified to the point that you will have to upgrade to the plus version to use. If you get 5 questions wrong you run out of hearts, if you do not but hearts it asks you if you want to quit the app. I think it’s worth trying a different language app until they fix this.
6546dddd - Unhappy with new update
Do not like the addition of hearts to make it through new lessons. It discourages me from trying. Also I already watch adds I don’t want to watch extra ones so I can fail out again without making more progress.
VizRHCP - Switch it back
I need the number of lessons to increase as the number of levels increase. Why would you guys get rid of the system?
$aintfromthe6 - New Update Is TRASH
why is there only 20 lessons now?! how the hell am i supposed be elite on the final 5 lessons with only 15 lessons. on top of that pass with only 5 goddamn hearts!! CHANGE IT BACK to more lessons!!
Ash_Lynn_Mc - Remove hearts
The app is great for learning new languages but when you limit the amount of learning that someone can do because of the mistakes they make it is unfair and a very unsuccessful way to learn. Mistakes are how we learn, right? If you remove the hearts people will learn faster and more effectively.
dis-organized organizer - Hate the health bar and repetitive lessons
It takes forever to just get 1 heart after I have made a mistake. The lessons are also very redundant and repetitive, it's like the same lesson 48 times
bubyeppl - What?
Look this was great. You had no worries at all. Now there’s a leaderboard which makes people rush on learning something, which shouldn’t be done and the fact that if you rush, you are more likely to make mistakes the more mistakes = losing hearts. There was always a leaderboard although it was just to see progress among others, now it’s just a rush to first place. It was great before, change it back!
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I did a few lessons of Mandarin on Duolingo just to get a feel for it and now I can’t put it down 😂 what a fun language
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ive tried duolingo like a million times but i can never stick to it i feel like i need in person lessons/books if i was gonna learn a language ☹️
@AlexKidwell47 @ziasounds Also after trying duolingo my 3rd time on 3rd language, I finally figured out how to practice on it lol im still on the first 3 lessons but I am going in a triangle pattern until each level reaches 5.
Nobody is happier this year than the Duolingo owl. Oh you’re bored? Have nothing to do? *smashes through the ceiling* TIME FOR YOUR LANGUAGE LESSONS
Tom Blends In
@EWarthen @Transition46 Here, you might need this.
βασίλισσα νέρω / nero 💫
@DiglotSocial I feel like there are only two extremes: People who do two Duolingo lessons and then confidently tell people they speak the language or people who study a language for years but still refuse to claim they speak the language lol
@emayfarris Fun....its like a game...one in which you win every time you play. Currently cooped up but my mind is free to roam. Taking language lessons online (DuoLingo): Spanish (should have in HS) and now exploring Dutch which is supposed to be the easiest for English speakers.
Where I think it’s most useful is in conjunction with in-person lessons that force you to converse in the language. I was taking a German night course before COVID hit and often found I could pluck the right word from my memory thanks to Duolingo. It was an aid to actual lessons.
Lars K Jensen
Anyone who has ever tried learning a language on Duolingo has seen their use of gamification. Here is a bunch of screenshots - and lessons on how to use game mechanics:
@Corhen If you run out of hearts you can repeat old lessons, so once you’re deep into a language it’s not a problem. I’ve spent hours uninterrupted on duolingo
Nicole on Wheels ♿️✊😷
@k17nielsen @duolingo This is also one of my primary strategies for dealing with anxiety. When I get anxious and need to interrupt my thoughts, I do language lessons, if it’s feasible at that moment. It really helps me!
@officialacebuck I'm definitely on the far end of the output side. After three months of Duolingo for Mandarin, I was making friends, getting corrections, and taking lessons on iTalki. I also posted two embarrassing YouTube videos of my language progress.
rickybee ITS CHRISTMAS #ilovealisa
i just started japanese on duolingo like maybe an hour ago and ive already done 27 lessons im speed running this bitch
i wonder if i can learn the entire language in 24 hrs
@duolingo have you studied the possibility of connecting courses of the same language when they are taken from different languages?
I am taking german and portuguese lessons from english and spanish and I'd love this feature.