Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free
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Duolingo is Apple's 2013 App of the Year!
Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.
PC Magazine Editors' Choice for Language Learning: "Among iPhone apps for learning or practicing a language, you can't beat Duolingo."
"Far and away the best free language-learning app." —The Wall Street Journal
"We’ve also tried a few other methods such as book learning and Rosetta Stone, both of which bombed. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try Duolingo. And believe me, it’s addictive." —FluentIn3Months.com
Duolingo is changing the way people learn languages.
With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages.
Yeah, it's pretty sweet.
What's New in Version 3.2
• Sometimes smaller is better - the app size has been nearly cut in half.
• Hello new people! Russian, Turkish, Hungarian, and Dutch speakers can now learn English on Duolingo.
• More general awesomeness than before (i.e. we fixed some bugs).
Eh...room to improve
Duolingo is an overall great app. I have tried Rosetta Stone and I think duo lingo was better. But I am saying this before I got well into the German course. The second you download Duolingo, you are downloading a time bomb waiting to go off.
The game is extremely inconsistent. As an example, if it had a voice, this is what it would say. "The word for menu is Menü. You can also use the word Speisekarte, but don't do that yet. Actually, you know what, use Speisekarte. Now let's quiz you. How do you say, 'I am reading the menu'. WRONG! It's 'Ich lese das Menü', not 'Ich lese die Speisekarte.' Now you have to redo this entire lesson"
Even if you can find a way to push through this, the program makes bizarre conclusions. "Oh, now I get it. You were having trouble translating the word menu because you forgot some of your clothing words! Let's go back and review those." Sometimes it can become one of the most frustrating things I've ever done.
I also find it frustrating that it is so sensitive about typos. Make one little mistake, and it marks you wrong. It only makes exceptions for special characters. And even then, if you meant the word Äpfel (apples) and write Apfel, it is wrong because that is the singular form of the word.
I was planning to use this program to learn Portuguese in a few years from now, but I am rethinking it. Please Duolingo, I don't want to spend $400 for Rosetta Stone. Please improve on this.
Fun & Engaging
This app is awesome! I am moderately fluent in both German and Spanish and, after briefly visiting those lessons, was encouraged to attempt French. I wish all my language-learning experiences were this compatible with my brain- it would have helped me out quite a bit in high school.
After reading the reviews here, I find I cannot agree with much of the negativity offered by my fellow Duolingo users. I don't think it makes sense to complain because you get answers wrong, or because you are presented with a concept you don't quite understand yet. Learning can be frustrating but overcoming challenges is fun, right?
Anyway, the improvements I would suggest include the option to download lessons to learn offline while traveling/commuting, and maybe a slightly clearer audio section; sometimes the French lady can be a little mush-mouthed.
Also I, too, would very much enjoy the feeling of 24 Karat Gold Silk against my feathers. When will these fancy track suits be available for us humans?
This app, along with GoogleTranslate, has been a wonderful supplementary resource for self-educating and enriching my coursework in my spare time. The framework is motivating and rewarding. The daily track reminders helped me stay focused and the program itself is very responsive and accurate. I cannot fault it. The only thing that I could see them improving upon is the reward system. It is sufficient, however, higher price tags on Lingot items (along with cheaper incremental rewards like silly owl hats) may increase the "replay" value. Also, maybe have calendar events such as double points day. However, these things have been done before and if they were to at all interfere with or reduce the effectiveness of the program, I would not include them. Currently I think that this app has very good balance and I would be careful when considering additional content. Thank you, Duolingo has been very helpful to me!
- Category: Education
- Updated: Jan 31, 2014
- Version: 3.2
- Size: 15.0 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
- Seller: Duolingo, Inc
- © 2013 Duolingo, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.