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 4.3.0
• Smart progress bar: Our lessons used to be three strikes and you're out. Now the progress bar goes up and down until you've mastered the content.
• Learn more, type less: New exercises help you learn more effectively, while avoiding the inconvenience of typing.
• We've added English courses for Ukrainian and Czech speakers and a French course for Portuguese speakers!
I don't like the new progress bar. It looks like the one on desktop, which is fine. But I would rather the three strikes because it gives me a sense of urgency to think of whether or not I am right or wrong. With a progress bar, I know that if it's wrong I can easily just keep going and going. It ruins my motivation to get it right when I can see the answer after getting it wrong and doing it again in 1-2 turns. I think the progress bar drones on and on, because I have had it gone to 43 on my desktop from lack of attention after 17. With the hearts, I feel like I could easily just redo the whole lesson. It's tedious to some people but at least it feels like you've started all over. I mean, I guess it's like getting a new test instead of revising a test over and over again until you're 100% correct.
All in all, Duolingo is cool. I use it to learn basics.
Overall a great learning tool
Easy enough to not frustrate, but tough enough to challenge and be meaningful.
The only issue I've had is the tracking of days. I only use it late in the evening before bed. After finishing a lesson, the day it shows is not always correct and is different than what is shown on profile. It seems like it is not using local time. I've had it log that I missed keeping up my streak when it was still between 23:00 and 24:00 (CDT).
Just irritating. Still love the app, though. I agree with the comments--it might be nice to toggle between hearts and progress.
One of my favorites
Duolingo is the embodiment of everything we hoped the Internet could be. It won't teach you Spanish or Dutch or English as well as a smart and dedicated teacher will, but you'll get a good introduction nonetheless.
I'd like to see more resources for interested users, such as glossaries, or maybe some native webcam tutors. Some reading lists and materials for novices would be helpful. All in all I'm grateful for Duolingo.
I've enjoyed many of the most recent updates, and I look forward to further refinements!
- Category: Education
- Updated: Mar 25, 2015
- Version: 4.3.0
- Size: 20.3 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.