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 3.3
• One step closer to bringing free language education to the world! The app now includes an English course for Romanian and Polish speakers, Spanish for Portuguese speakers, and Portuguese for Spanish speakers.
• Bug fixes, performance improvements, and a few surprises that you'll have to open the app to see :)
great learning tool
I started DuoLingo one week ago and I would describe my ability and background as equivalent to a B minus student in 2nd semester Italian. I took the placement test and started where the software placed me. I thought that I was placed at too low of a level and so I tried to test up to a higher level UNSUCCESSFULLY. The reason is that perhaps I am more of a C minus student in reality. I think the app and the browser version are great learning tools. From the software side of things, I find the interface simple and intuitive (for example i discovered keyboard shorcuts on my own). There is NOTHING about the software that I do not like. From the pedagogy side, I like the pace at which vocabulary and grammar rules are introduced (as well as other aspects of language that are covered). But at this point much of what I am doing is review. I only occasionally look into the "discuss this sentence" conversations and then they are only occasionally useful. I am glad that this is not my only language learning tool. I think that many of the beginners who find the DuoLingo method too opaque would benefit from something like a Barrons book "easy italian" - a 15 dollar investment - or equivalent that has nice organized grammar explanations, as well as being a source for ther types of drills. In this C minus student's opinion, having more than one source is helpful.
I've been using duolingo as a tool to brush up on some of the German I've forgotten since taking it in school. For this purpose it works well. There are two main shortcomings with this app though:
There is very little instruction given in the way of grammar. This can be a big problem with German, as the grammar can be quite complex and very little of it is outright explained. While some like the immersive approach with no explanations, I don't think it really works in this setting.
The second problem is the structure of the lessons themselves. Every skill is defined by a level in the tree, with anywhere from one to three skills you can develop at a time. For a beginning speaker who wants to learn *everything,* I suppose this is okay, but otherwise, testing out of lessons is a long tedious process. Maybe I don't *want* to waste time studying "das Bett" for the thousandth time or waste time learning a word like "mitgliedschaft"(membership) that I'm hardly ever going to use and could be spending my time learning something more worthwhile. But duolingo doesn't offer you any choice in that regard; it's memorize the words you don't care about or don't progress.
Otherwise, duolingo is a fun, helpful app. The good tends to outweigh the bad as long as you have other materials with which to learn grammar and don't mind learning a few useless terms.
Fun game, but...
This app in the end is a fun and cute way to brush up on basic vocabulary if you already have experience with a language. As some people have pointed out, this app in its current state is NOT going to help you gain any sort of fluency or understanding of a language beyond the rudimentary basics. People claiming they are actually becoming fluent from this app alone are deluding themselves. There is no way to review vocabulary, to actually understand conjugations, to learn proper word order, or to review any of the other things that make up a language. You really find yourself having to guess and work out from trial and error the correct uses and spellings of words. And then pray you don't forget those unwritten rules from day to day. It makes me think of the way a small child must learn a language, by hearing someone say repetitive phrases and repeating them back, learning on the go. And in the end you will have the language skills of a child. While a cute idea I would recommend as a productive time killing app that can be a fun game for those beginning to learn a foreign language, right now if you are serious about learning a new language this app will not be enough. Hopefully with growing popularity future updates could improve duolingo. This app is a cute and fun game, but is definitely not some magical silver bullet for learning a new language.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Mar 10, 2014
- Version: 3.3
- Size: 14.9 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, 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.