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Duolingo - Learn Spanish, French and more

By Duolingo

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Description

Duolingo is Apple's iPhone App of the Year!

Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn languages with over 170 million users.

23 languages to choose from. Super fun and free — Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Norwegian, Polish, Hebrew, Esperanto, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Welsh, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, and Swahili. Oh, and English too.

"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 for free. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends.

Yeah, it's pretty sweet.

What's New in Version 5.1.5

- Now you can redo completed lessons without losing any health!
- A bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements.
- We're hiring iOS devs! Help us bring free language education to the world: duolingo.com/jobs

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Customer Reviews

Very useful overall for Spanish

I'm really enjoying this app and getting a lot out of it. I took Spanish in high school and college years ago, and Duolingo has helped me improve my Spanish proficiency after not using it for so long. It works if you use the app consistently. The only time it's not free is if you miss a day but want to keep your streak going. The cost of that decreases over time, and I've not had a problem supporting the app developers this way. In addition, the frequent updates keep making the app better.

The only negative is when I'm supposed to repeat a sentence and I'm told it's wrong when it really isn't. I've discovered it's much less of a problem, however, when you continue holding the tap for a whole second after you finish repeating the sentence; otherwise, it cuts off the ending of your speech.

I'd love it if Korean were one of the languages offered. This method of language learning suits me.

Improving, Slowly But Surely

Thank you for adding the Japanese lesson! The bugs are still around though. The app often freezes or crashes when I completed a lesson, which means I would have to repeat the lesson all over again. During the build-a-sentence sections where we choose from tiny blocks of words, sometimes the voiceover didn't play when we click on the blocks. This feature is essential for me as I pay close attention to how words are pronounced, so I would love if the voiceover get fixed!

To language learners out there: this is an app more well-suited for those who are already pretty familiar with the language they're trying to learn. Duolingo offers no "lecture" part where they simply explain how things work and give examples. They just throw you in head first into exercises, basically. Oh and for the Japanese lesson, you can't practice writing the characters yourself. So if you're completely new to the language, I imagine that wouldn't be very helpful

Simple and wonderful but limited

The initial language selection is great. Getting started is simple and well thought out. The app overall is well designed, fluid, and I haven't seen any glitches at all. I've gotten more use and much farther in this app than my attention span has let me get in Rosetta Stone.

The incorporation of Japanese into the lineup is great, and the Japanese course still feels like the good old Duolingo. However, the change from one language course to another is confusing. Where did I get gems? What is that heart system supposed to help with instead of discourage people? Why can't I use lingots in one course and can't use gems in another?

The app and learning is free, but paying $10/month to get rid of ads is sort of ridiculous. The ads are not intrusive. Maybe $10/year may be more likely to get my money. I don't really understand the need to pay for gems either, except to be considered a donation to the developer.

Duolingo - Learn Spanish, French and more
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.1.5
  • Size: 98.7 MB
  • Languages: 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
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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