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"Far and away the best language-learning app." —The Wall Street Journal
"Duolingo may hold the secret to the future of education."—TIME Magazine
PC Magazine Editors' Choice for Language Learning: "Among iPhone apps for learning or practicing a language, you can't beat Duolingo."
"The most productive means of procrastination I’ve ever discovered. The short lesson blocks are painless and peppy, and reaching the next level (and then the level after that) becomes addictive." —Slate
Duolingo is changing the way people learn languages.
With Duolingo, you learn a language completely for free. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends.
Yeah, it's pretty sweet.
What's New in Version 5.0.14
Bug fixes and performance improvements.
Latest Hebrew Version (Still) Not Fully Functional
The latest version (March 13) still has not fixed the problem of improperly justifying English translation boxes. When one composes one's own translation from Hebrew to English, the English justifies to the right, rather than to the left, which makes it impossible to know when one has typed a space (intentionally or accidentally), creating all sorts of mistaken auto-correct problems if one is not extremely attentive.
I gave this app five stars when I first started using it, and then four stars when the Hebrew broke, and now I'm down to three stars because this problem with the English composition boxes has been going on for over a week (and two updates). I wouldn't be so irritated if the app didn't keep requesting reviews for an already buggy beta version of the app (there have been several mistaken answers in various units). And it also is sad to see that several of the functions of the app available in Spanish or other languages (conversation, for instance) are not available in the Hebrew. I fear that the Hebrew version is languishing now and might not ever get out of beta.
Love and Suggestions
I am such a huge fan of this app. The fact that it's free is mind-boggling, and I've been able to learn so much from it.
There are a couple ways I'd like to see the app improved:
-Explanations. There are often many forms of the same root word used with no reason given for why the different forms are needed. Especially when learning a language like Russian, whose alphabet and grammar are unfamiliar to me, it's hard to intuit a form change without having a clear explanation of when each is needed. (Ex. "My" is моя, мои, мой, моё)
-Bots. I love the bot conversations feature, it is incredibly useful. But I feel it's too restrictive at times. When having a conversation in Spanish, a language I already know, I will often try to use more colorful, nuanced phrasing to respond, but the app does not even allow those words to be submitted. I understand that the responses are supposed to stay on-subject, but it would be nice to have some more flexibility with the type of response that's accepted.
-Capitalization. In the majority of "drag and drop" translation exercises, only one word in the word bank is capitalized, making it obvious that it is the first word in the sentence. I would much prefer to lose correct capitalization in these exercises for the sake of relying on memory, not hints, for translation.
Thank you for creating such a brilliant app and for making this important education available to everyone.
A few suggestions
I'm trying to learn Ukrainian which is a very confusing language when it comes to pronouncing words. It would be nice if it always had an option to play an audio clip of a sentence. It doesn't teach rules of the language and words either. I've also used this app for Spanish and I noticed that there were SEVERAL things other languages had that Ukrainian didn't. Like, it taught rules of the language and had fun qualities that encouraged learning. But the Ukrainian lessons are very disappointing compared to these other language lessons and it's not encouraging making an effort to learn the language. And it doesn't teach when to use certain words or even what they mean. Luckily my dad's whole side of the family speaks Ukrainian so they can teach me things like that but some people won't have that advantage. Also, I found a lot of incorrect translations but I'm sure you guys are working on that. And sometimes it asks me to translate something I've never been taught and doesn't give a definition. I hope you consider this, thanks!
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- Category: Education
- Updated: Mar 13, 2017
- Version: 5.0.14
- Size: 82.7 MB
- Languages: English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Seller: Duolingo, Inc
- © 2015 Duolingo, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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