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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

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.

Language learning made less fun

I think this app is effective and the lessons are great because they mix different modes (reading, writing, listening).

But I have to reduce my rating from before because the latest version has bugs and regressions in it. After meeting your daily goal now you get to claim a reward: it makes you select one of three hidden treasures, but all three choices are the same: 10 gems. Also when you learn a new lesson, the lesson no longer starts with hints for every new vocabulary word. Some new vocabulary words have no hints and if you make enough mistakes it prevents you from completing the lesson until you have more "health." You can earn more health by practicing more (but the practice lessons tend to ask the same questions, so it's more like wasted time than practice) or you can wait for your health to replenish slowly on its own, or you can pay gems (earned or bought) to replenish your health.

Great practice source, lacks effective learning

I wanted to practice my French over the summer and I found this app a great way to do that. If you are trying to improve or practice a language that you are currently learning, I would highly recommend downloading this 🐥

However, if you are trying to learn a language plainly using this, I would not suggest it. The "bots" do not give direct support or answers and the Duolingo learning levels do not offer a full, effective learning experience. You do learn some helpful basic material, but the app starts off with some stuff beginners would never know of (I already knew since I had taken French for a year). I feel like trying to speak fluently in a language using this app would be an immense challenge.

On the bright side, there are several languages to choose from and it does help improve your language performance. Please take into consideration what I said 👌

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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