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Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.
"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 4.5.4
Bug fixes and performance improvements.
This is a great app. I can't believe its free! And without a single add too! I took French many years ago, and now it's good to dust off what remains of my knowledge. And then build upon it for the future. It does a good job of building on what it has taught you before, and working new words and phrases in while constantly reviewing older vocabulary.
I have only 2 complaints, and both are minor. The first would be that they do not have you practice spelling individual words enough. (Or at least not at the level I'm at.) and I need all the help with spelling I can get!
The second is they only have a few languages to choose from. I know people who would be ecstatic if Duolingo offered Chinese or Japanese. Especially Japanese, lots of young anime lovers out there who would get this in a heartbeat if it came in Japanese. For me, I'd like to see a Latin version of it. Nothing says sophistication and education so much as being able to converse in Latin.
But otherwise, I'd say this app is on par with Rosetta Stone. Which you will pay hundreds of dollars for, and doesn't give you email reminders to practice each day if you get busy and forget. Like I sometimes do.
Love it except the speech portion
I really enjoy this app for practicing my Spanish skills, I think it's a fun way to learn and I wish I had it to study with when I was taking Spanish classes. However, in some of the activities it has you speak your response. I like this idea, but the speech recognition needs improvement. Often it will tell me I am not saying the correct thing, and when it shows me the correct response, it was exactly what I was saying. I speak loudly, clearly, and slowly, but it just doesn't seem to hear it right. If that could be improved I think this app would be perfect. I would like similar apps for all sorts of topics, definitely a fun way to learn.
A few bug/feature fixes needed.
This app is very good for practicing Soanish, but it's not great at teaching new grammar concepts.
Additionally, there are several bugs/flaws to the app design:
-has a % fluency feature, but almost NEVER updates and there isn't a way to look it up on your smartphone
-it insists that you need to practice WAY too many different concepts each time you open the app. To get users feeling good about their practice efforts only suggest 3-5 areas of practice per day instead of almost everything worked in up to that point. It's not a realistic goal, especially if you've set your goal at only 15 minutes a day.
-the app has a word cloud in which you pair the words with the same meaning, but often leaves words at the end that do not mean the same thing, but the user must choose them to move past that screen. That's confusing for people who have a tenuous grasp on the language they're practicing and don't need conflicting input on word meanings.
Overall, good for practice, but not learning. Thanks. Looking forward to future updates.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Nov 23, 2015
- Version: 4.5.4
- Size: 25.5 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.