Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free
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Duolingo is Apple's 2013 App of the Year!
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 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 4.3.2
• Fixes a crash that could happen when trying to reset your password, as well as a rarer crash when TTS was played during lessons.
• English speakers can now learn Turkish!
• New Lingot Store item: Use the Streak Freeze to keep your streak even after one day of inactivity.
• You can now control the time of day that you get reminded to practice.
Great App, Needs Moderation
I would like to start off by saying that this is such a great app. I took five years of French in high school, but was looking to expand upon that knowledge before I continued taking it my Freshman year of college. Duolingo has been such a great way of doing that and has taught me a lot after only a week of using it. Yet despite its strong advantages, there have been some major flaws I have been unable to look past, some of which I may not have even noticed if I was not already partially familiar with the French language. The majority of the time I have seen problems arise is during the matching portion, where you must match the English definition to the French definition. Often times these definitions are wrong (ex, making me match allemand to blanches because they are the only two words remaining..) and sometimes are a bit confusing (blanche=white balls?) Other times, the app incorrectly marks my answer for the translation portion as wrong even though I answered with a correct synonym for a verb that the app has even given as a definition itself. The more I use this albeit great app, the more and more I am noticing these errors, and they are becoming rather distracting. It is for this reason that I am forced to give this great app a mere three stars. I encourage the developers to fix such errors to make the app a better experience for users, less their users learn some part of a language incorrectly.
Not for new languages
When I first heard of this app on a tumblr add, I thought it was great, and when I used it for a language I was already learning at my high school, Spanish, it seemed to work just as well as I thought it was. I was able to learn new words and phrases and i could even speak them. Amazed at the successfulness of this app and having the knowledge it had 10 programs for English speakers available, I tried to speak French. This is where I ran into a major problem. The French language has many rules to create new sounds, as English does, but this app failed to teach the basic rules for these to properly pronounce the words and phrases I needed to. It wasn't until I consulted a friend of mine taking French that I learned that this symbol "ç" makes the "s" sound. The voice used in the app also has a habit of speaking too fast for a new learner and words cannot be easily made out without earbuds or headphones in. All in all This app deserves three stars for its ease of use and the ability it has to help people learn more of a language, but only three because of its lacking in ability to teach an entirely new language to someone.
Can't beat the price
I have used Duolingo every day for three+ months, working on two different languages. One is a language with which I have a good deal of experience; the other is one with which I had some experience more than 25 years ago. For my stronger language, it is an excellent way to review and supplement what I already know. For my weaker language, it is fine as part of a broader strategy (using other resources too) but wouldn't be enough on its own to help me become truly good.
You don't want to take the levels too seriously. I am supposedly halfway through both the skills "tree" and the levels for my weaker language and can in theory recognize nearly half of all words in that language relative to their usage rate, but there is no way that is true. Meanwhile, I am two-thirds of the way to the maximum level in my stronger language, but have long since completed the skills "tree." It is however a very useful tool, overall, especially as part of a multifaceted approach. If you use it, be nice to the moderators; they work hard!
- Category: Education
- Updated: May 06, 2015
- Version: 4.3.2
- Size: 18.3 MB
- Languages: English, 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. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.