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Duolingo - Learn Spanish, French and more

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Duolingo is Apple's iPhone App of the Year!

Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn languages with over 200 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.


If you choose to purchase Duolingo Plus, payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Current Duolingo Plus subscription price starts at $9.99 USD/month. Prices are in U.S. dollars, may vary in countries other than the U.S. and are subject to change without notice. If you don’t choose to purchase Duolingo Plus, you can simply continue using Duolingo for free.

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What's New in Version 5.1.7

Bug fixes and performance improvements.


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Customer Reviews

Dear Duolingo,

I was about 56% fluent in Spanish when I decided to join. When I got this app I was learning more Spanish & feeling more comfortable speaking it. But there are issues. This app was supposed to make learning a new language a fun experience, but having to review "Weak Words" when you don't need to strengthen them makes it a CHORE. Our "skills" do not disappear as fast as you think. And it's impossible to take a break when you want to; if I don't practice for 2 days I'll lose 7 skills. Apparently I am now only 20% fluent. I spend so much time trying to convince Duolingo that I know a subject I've already passed instead of using it to learn something new. I'm either stuck in the same, boring, awful cycle or being pushed back. Not only is this app just basic repetition (which I'm growing tired of) it doesn't even attempt to skillfully teach you. IT DOESN'T TEACH. It corrects you but doesn't explain why you are wrong. You do not learn; you only become accustomed to certain phrases (and chances are you won't even use them anyway). How do I learn conjugations? Gender rules? When to use ser and estar? Past, present, & future tense? I'm glad I joined this app having already known these things otherwise I would've been completely hopeless.
Edit : In my earlier review I asked for a "Can't Listen Now" button. I am glad you finally added that option.

Great app, still has issues

I can't thank you enough for adding Japanese! There are a few bugs that I feel should be addressed. (And I realize that this was only recently released so you might still be working the kinks out of it anyway) I guess my biggest annoyance in using is that when I tap on a word to hear it spoken and see the translation, it often uses a different pronunciation of the Kanji than the context demands. It would be very helpful if there was some kind of written pronunciation (either in romaji or hiragana) by each possible translation of the Kanji. My other complaint about the app in general is that it's a bit overwhelming when the skills go down bars so fast. I know I don't actually forget things THAT quickly so it would be nice if that was a little more realistic or at least less time consuming to practice each skill again. There are a few other bugs as well that I hope will be worked out as time goes on.

UPDATE: I wish there was a feature to mark or save vocabulary words that need more practice so we can study them. It seems like the tiny cards app was made for a similar purpose, but I think it would be much more convenient if they were somehow connected and you could just select the words during a lesson to add to cards/a vocabulary list.

Almost perfect!

This app is so fun and easy to use, I've learned so much in the short time that I've used it and Spanish class is way easier for me now. It lets you set a reasonable goal that gives you motivation to practice for at least a few minutes every day.
However! There are a lot of really annoying aspects of this app that make it frustrating and bothersome. First of all, the concept of health is fine - it motivates you to go back and refresh old skills if you're going too fast and messing up on new ones. However it takes ridiculously long to recover because they need a way to get you to watch ads. Also there's only five lives, which is also ridiculous - mistakes happen and learning new skills takes time and patience, so five mistakes shouldn't set you hours behind on practice. Another annoying thing is how fast you lose skill bars - it's insane! Time I could use learning new skills is wasted "strengthening" ones I already know.
Clearly there are a few issues, but overall I love this app. I use it every day and my Spanish has gotten so much stronger because of it. Would highly recommend to anyone, although I'd encourage an update as well!

Duolingo - Learn Spanish, French and more
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 5.1.7
  • Size: 102 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 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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