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Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free

By Duolingo

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Description

Duolingo is Apple's iPhone 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 for free. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends.

Yeah, it's pretty sweet.

What's New in Version 4.7.0

Bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Customer Reviews

First time learning Spanish

This app has at least one major flaw for me as a first time Spanish learner. Duolingo will ask me to type out what an object is called and select if it's el or la. I feel the app should give a explanation WHY you select el or la. I will need to look online for a good explanation when it should be offered in this app.

Another problem I have. When you're given a jumble of Spanish words and an English sentence, don't freaking capitalize the first letter in the first Spanish word. It's a dead giveaway and makes it difficult to memorize the word translation when you have a giant "It's me! I'm the right word!" Clue every single time.

Finally. A huge bug in this version, at least. When I'm given a spoken sentence in Spanish and asked to write it in English it says I've typed it wrong and gives me the correct translation. The problem is that the correct translation and what I wrote are identical. I don't believe this type of question worked once for me today. It is completely broken.

Essential, best app, nearly as good as a class and much faster

This app is incredible. It lets you set daily or weekly goals for learning, and I soon was addicted, like a game, to maintaining my streak of 40 exp points daily (4 short lessons, about 20 minutes). The app allows you to test out of knowledge at the beginning, so you aren't stuck with boring basics, such as Spanish commonplace sayings that many Americans are familiar with. But it also teaches correct spelling, accents, grammar, and moves on to tenses, to solidify the language to an English speaker, and teach what the phrases are literally translated to and how to build ones knowledge from that base of familiarity.
I updated my phone and this app would not open for two weeks. I was heartbroken. I missed learning. The Rosetta Stone app did not begin to touch the depth of this app without asking for my money, and this app has broadened my horizons and kept me learning as an adult, for free and for fun.

Good for the absolute beginner, useless after a very short while

I studied German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Russian using Duolingo. I have some experience in German and French, but didn't have a clue about last 3 languages. Long story short is that first couple weeks is fine and fun, but then serious problems destroy your whole enthusiasm.

You keep losing your progress when you don't do the skills for a while, which is pretty good for a beginner. However, at some point not too far, the rate of loss is so large that you simply cannot show any progress. This issue has been vocalized by so many people for so long, but there's been no real change so far.

Moreover, the program doesn't really adapt to your skill level. Even when I finished the French tree by finally ignoring the lost skills, it still asked me to "practice" the very first skills, hello and stuff. Also, the examples at higher levels get pretty lame and there is like 3 sentences it keeps you asking over and over, so you don't learn anything anyway.

Vocabulary is pretty limited and is not really improved over time, so what you practice is the same boring examples over and over.

Bottomline is, if you want to figure whether you want to invest in a language or just get a taste, it's a great first introduction. If you want to get more fluent in that language though, it's useless. Now I'm moving on with paid options such as Mondly, I hope it'll be better.

Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.7.0
  • Size: 25.4 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
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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