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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 free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends.
Yeah, it's pretty sweet.
What's New in Version 4.5.1
Duolingo just got a lot more visual. Now a cast of over 30 original characters from around the world brings context to every sentence you learn. A child says “I am a girl”, a waiter says “What do you want to eat?”, and the voice even changes based on who is speaking.
Duolingo can also now teach over 500 words with original, colorful illustrations. Foods, animals, colors, people, professions and more come to life.
Have honest expectations
So here's the deal, this app will NOT make you fluent in a language, as a speaker (and signer) of 5 languages, I can promise you it takes much more work than that. However, this app WILL make you understand the basics and is AMAZING practice. If you are traveling somewhere or need a starting point for a language, this app is it! With that being said, this app really hammers home many points enough so that I am now using this app as the core for my language learning, but when I don't understand something, I go to the Internet, my books, or a native speaker to help me out, then I return back to the app as more practice. The app makes sure that you touch on every part of speech and that is what I need because, I am fluent in 5 languages but I speak 16, and I can't tell you the number of times I would be chatting with someone and then I would realize I don't know the past perfect tense (or whatever tense) of a language which is needed in that moment. So this app really gets you to see everything. But it cannot be done alone unless you only want to achieve the language ability of a tourist (which many people do, more power to you!) but anyway, the interface is constantly changing and I honestly think that every change has made it better. So download the app, it's free, and play it when you have 5 mins to kill in the dentist office, you won't regret it!
Good practice, but weaker learning
I love this app already, and I haven't had it for long at all (going on four days, maybe? But I did have it once a few years ago). It's addicting for me, actually, because it's a great variety of practicing different skills for words (pictures, speaking, multiple choice) and they have a good set up. It's wonderful practice and reinforcement.
However, it doesn't really go beyond that. At the beginning of each mini section, it says what words you will study, but it doesn't say what the mean; with verbs, it doesn't show you how to form the tenses. I feel like I have to learn these things outside of this program and simply practice them on here. If I could change something, I think that the main thing would be implementing an informational section that you can click on that shows you what verbs mean, how to form them, irregulars, what vocabulary words mean, etc. I think the only other thing I would change is make it easier or possible (not really sure) to see what you got wrong while practicing. Sometimes I click too fast and I see the red but I can't read what I did wrong and then it's too late.
Other than those more minors issues, I think that this app is pretty good overall. I'm looking forward to continuing to practice on here! It's a fun way to refresh your skills. I would definitely get this app, especially since they are very reasonable in not charging you for it!
Duo lingo integrates systematic language learning with a clean and enjoyable gaming experience. Levels adapt quickly to your ability engage the learner with reading, listening, typing and speaking. The "owl" encourages you to finish with pleasing bings, progress meters and in-app rewards.
Lessons are short, fun, and provide just the right amount of "flow" to motivate even the most truant of polyglots. You can literally complete a meaningful lesson in 3 minutes while standing in line at lunch. The sounds and icons are so cute! I really just can't put it down.
To be fair, this app won't make you fluent. Each task is no longer than a sentence, so reading and listening comprehension can't be adequately developed. And some translations are certainly debatable, but thankfully there's even a forum for those, and as this is an open sourced work in progress it can only improve with time. All in all it is simply wonderful for learning new phrases and vocabulary, honing pronunciation, and confidently breaking the ice in a second language. Add that to the fact it's free, and I can't help but offer up the 5th star. I just can't wait until more languages are developed! Thanks for the great work.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Sep 09, 2015
- Version: 4.5.1
- Size: 22.9 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 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.