Join over 300 million learners on Duolingo, the most popular way to learn languages! It’s free, fun and effective. The secret? Duolingo feels like a game and makes sure you stay motivated.
Over 30 languages to choose from - all completely free!
• "Far and away the best language-learning app." — The Wall Street Journal
• "A single app for language skills, self-improvement and digital escape." - The New York Times
• "Duolingo may hold the secret to the future of education." — TIME Magazine
• "...Duolingo is cheerful, lighthearted and fun..." - Forbes
Duolingo is changing the way people learn languages using advanced technology to personalize every lesson for you. Practice reading, writing, speaking, listening and conversation with intelligent Chatbots. Track your progress, earn rewards, and join the world’s largest community of language learners.
We offer: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Norwegian, Polish, Hebrew, Esperanto, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Welsh, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, and Swahili. Oh, and English too.
While all learning content in Duolingo is free, we do offer Duolingo Plus which removes ads and provides other helpful features. If you choose to purchase Duolingo Plus, payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase.
If you don’t choose to purchase Duolingo Plus, you can simply continue using Duolingo for free. Current Duolingo Plus subscription price starts at $9.99 USD/month. Prices are in U.S. dollars, may vary in countries other than the U.S. and are subject to change without notice.
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Ratings and Reviews
With its friendly approach and awesome updates, Duolingo’s long been one of our favorite apps for learning another language. Its secret: making the process genuinely fun. Engaging mini-games test your reading, writing, and speaking skills, and joining a club (where you can encourage and compete with others) adds a great social element. Bonus: all those languages and games are available for free!
I started learning German through this app only a week ago, and already I'm making significant strides in the language. I find it much more effective than dealing with a human teacher, since I'm not tempted to mess around as I would with a person. ;-) My only complaint is that sometimes I don't understand some of the insane grammatical rules, and it would be nice if they included detailed explanations.
Update: I am on a 253 day streak of daily lessons, and I can now usually communicate passably well in German, although I still make plenty of mistakes. You should be aware that the computer version of Duolingo is noticeably harder and more useful (you have access to discussion on each question) than the app version.
Update: I’ve been using Duolingo for 1,290 days now. Diminishing returns by this point, but it continues to get easier conversing (although I still can’t follow much fast speech on TV shows). I still make frequent mistakes but I’ll blame viciously cruel German grammar for that. ;-) Definitely use the computer version rather than the app. With the former I average more than one new sentence per lesson per day (even after all this time!) and usually make a mistake or two (without using any hints). With the app, I often complete four full lessons without making a single mistake (so it’s not as challenging). Regardless, at this point it really helps to read and watch other German material to supplement Duolingo. And find Germans to talk to.
Effective when properly used!
I started using DuoLingo when I decided to learn Dutch and German to accompany my german studies in school. Now, I'm learning Danish, German, Korean, Czech and even just playing around and picking up on some Swahili. I really, REALLY can't express how much I love DuoLingo as a program. Now, I must say the app is not as "full featured" as the website. The web version is FAR superior to this app and I definitely prefer to learn on the web vs. the application. If you're starting a brand new language, the application is not the best place to tackle that. The website offers so much more including detailed explanations about pronunciation and grammar, as well as a timed mode which I actually really like. The app is useful, but I don't think it should be used for full time learning. It's good for when you want to practice or pick up a new lesson on the go when you have a few minutes to do so. Many people expect much more, and they're not satisfied with their results because they're not using DuoLingo how it should be experienced.
As for the stupid health system, that's another story. That doesn't exist in the web either, but I really dislike it here in the app. When learning a language, you should expect to make mistakes, and punishing you 1/5 hearts every time is a bit much, especially when the lessons can be lengthy.
Either way, the app is solid, but shouldn't be the only way you use the program.
- Duolingo, Inc
- 158.7 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Duolingo, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Duolingo Plus $9.99
- Streak Repair $2.99
- Duolingo Plus $9.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.