Duolingo basically makes learning a language so much fun. It uses interactive features to make things more fun. There are so many languages you can learn on duolingo! I’m currently learning Korean, Chinese and Japanese. I have been self studying Korean for more than 1/2 a year and i’ve been learning Mandarin for more than 7 years now. One question I have though, is that why are there sections on an ipad like section 1,2,3 etc, just wondering. Also, accents, it can be really hard sometimes to understand what they are saying with there accents but that’s not a huge problem. That’s all! Thanks for teaching me Duolingo!
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This is a great app because it motivates you to do your Spanish lessons by Spanish or vanish which is basic also Spanish lesson or you vanish so yeh it’s a great and motivational app.
When the new update came, it sucked. The levels were different and they still are. I have a 859 day streak and I know my Japanese but it is hard to learn with the quests and challenges.
Would love to learn Croatian (Hrvatski). Will there be more languages added???
This app is horrible and always sends you annoying emails if you haven’t played for a while and it always has adds in it for the premium pack never ever buy this!
Match madness difficulty puts profits over learning, so you get a 1 star. Bad duo
This app is so good! You need it! This app is best for learning Spanish and other languages, I love it! Duolingo is very great to learn languages just you can’t learn any better! But I liked it better before the update just saying if there was a ten star I’d totally do that but going though the update made it a bit harder for me to learn I mean, I was in unit one and then when the update came I was suddenly in unit 11. I thought there was only 20! I’m just going to say that this app changed a lot of my Spanish. Now I speak to my friends in Spanish cause they do it too! Now I just can’t think of anymore things to say that is great about this. It’s just so good I even reached a 57 day streak. Until I went on holiday… now I’m trying to get it back. Also just saying that the cute little animations a SO CUTE! DON’T TELL THE PEOPLE THAT HATE THE UPDATE WHO CARES ABOUT THE UPDATE CARE ABOUT THE LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT!!!!!!!Thanks for this
Can I have my family back now
At the moment I am learning Portugueses and I have only been doing it for 18 day and I am pretty good. So if you want to learn a new language use duo-lingo
Ps don't instantly buy super duo-lingo it is $7.99 aud every month so wait a-bit before you buy (buy now if you are millionaire)
Grazie mille for the new vocabulary list feature. It is one I have wanted for years! The Duo team are fantastic and so hardworking all involved. Helps so much to engage in other languages and cultures ❤️
I have this in 2023 but I liked the app but I got into the new things and l tried to make a avatar but it doesn't work (ノДＴ)and I not a hater but I am mad ヽ(#`Д´)ﾉ please fix it
I’ll be frank with you , I love the app , it helped me learn a lot about the langur age I am learning , as intended, but my only problem Is that I can’t change my pfp. When they released the new update a few weeks ago, they have also made it that you can make your pfp a avatar , the avatar isn’t my problem but what is , is the fact that I can’t change it back to my photo that I had as my pfp, I’ve search the web to find out how to change it , and every time I did , it came up with the same results , which to my knowledge , it didn’t work , if anyone knows how to make your pfp be a pfp, please let me know
This app is amazing it has everything you need to learn a new language.
The support team are lovey if you need them to fix any problems and the quality is great.
I highly recommend this wonderful app!!
All fake reviews rubbish app just wants you to pay money. On top of all that they make everything hard rubbish. Don’t buy
Please add Maltese I really want to learn some of these more obscure languages but I can’t.
I would rate 5/5 if it had Maltese
I got Duolingo about two years ago and even though I haven’t been using it all the time, my Spanish skills are definitely improving. It has relevant lessons for people wanting to travel (eg how to ask about airports, passports and more) and other levels. I don’t love the new layout with all the stories and lessons on the same path, but that’s a small detail.
It would be good if streak freezes didn’t automatically get used up unless you actually return to the app the next day. If you don’t return to the app for a few days, your streak freezes are already used up without actually helping you keep your streak anyway.
I don’t have the paid version and I’m learning just fine without it, you don’t need it to learn. Hope this helps!
I never really leave reviews but the fact that they offer this service for free at such high quality is mind-boggling I’m learning Italian very quickly with the help of this app
Duolingo is a good app and I have used it for over 3 years. I learned a lot on it and though I think it might be a bit too easy at times (like when you can use the word bank I typically just guess using the words given) that is not really what is want to ask. I saw everyone else in my league using an avatar. The rest of my family too but I can’t seem to change my profile pic into an avatar. I’ve seen on the blog post about how to change it and I tried it using my mums account (and it works) but I cant do it on my phone. Please fix!!!
It’s excellent at teaching and helps you learn new languages like French and more
no matter how quick you are you will not beat the timed challenges without paying for micro transactions to add extra time. A bit of a scam in that regard but overall it’s a good app to learn with Im doing Italian and am finding it fun and am actually finding it easier to learn than I thought. Would get 5 Stars if they made the timed challenges fairer.
Duolingo did not hold my family and I at gun point to say this because he is the best
I love how much Duolingo has helped me learn Japanese and Spanish from scratch but unfortunately I am unable to learn my 1st language Punjabi, which I am taking as a subject for my end of high school certificate. Please teach it, I know I’ll learn amazingly thanks to Duo and get high marks :)
Duolingo is the best language learning platform in my opinion, but it’s unfair to the users without super Duolingo. Every time I complete a lesson I get an add for super Duolingo. Why is it necessary to put a billion adds out? My friends usually never open Duolingo’s app anymore because there’s almost more adds then learning. It’s a great and efficient app for language learning but I don’t see why Duolingo has so many adds.
My eyes!!! 👀👁️👁️🤪
The app needs flexibility with regards to font size. Chinese is WAY too small!
I used to play free cell all day and achieve nothing. I feel so invigorated to learn a language I have wanted to do for 30 years and now I do it every day and am loving it
Only thing I’d change is to add a setting to move the Check/Continue button to the other side of the screen - would be great for us lefties!
I personally love this app I feel like I learn a lot from it however I wish they had the option to also learn Croatian as its hard to find apps at this standard or anything to learn it from. Besides from that this app is really good and I highly recommend it.
No Persian / Farsi language option but you have a made up fantasy language. Ridiculous
F U RATIO NO JUAN ASKED 😡😡😡😳🥵
Duo lingo is a perfectly made app which teaches languages in a very fun way how ever I would like to suggest for the apps creators to add in more languages like Urdu and punjabi.
1 How do I delete a language?
2 How do I freind?
3 How do I change my profile picture?
I really love Duolingo! I’ve been using it for a while now, keeping my streak at 670 days lol
I think the interface and everything is really nice and the bite sized lessons are great, I just have a small suggestion - I’ve been using Duolingo mostly for French and Japanese and I was wondering if you could add a section (similar to the place where you can learn hiragana and katakana) where it teaches you kanji? I’ve been on the way to knowing the 2136 kanji for JLPT and stuff blah blah blah and I was kinda thinking if Duolingo added something like a daily kanji or kanji lessons it would really help! I’ve been looking for seperate kanji apps like everywhereeeeee and none of them are really what I’m looking for so if you could, please consider my suggestion :)
Anyway, it’s a great app! I would definitely recommend it, and I really think your marketing strategies are working ;) (please let go of my family now I wrote you guys a good review)
I really like this app, I’ve been using it for about a year now and it has helped me learn different languages in a fun and easy way! The only thing I’d suggest is for them to add a larger variety of languages to learn because, I wanna learn Macedonian but they don’t have it. Other than that it’s a great app!
Engagement bros have worked hard to make sure users stay in the app for as long as possible. However, I don’t seem to retain much of what I’m supposedly learning. In particular, with verb conjugation, it doesn’t teach the rules so I end up guessing the answers despite the correct form being present in the previous exercises.
This is the second review I am writing for Duolingo. I have been learning Polish for over a year, starting for free and later paying for the course. I have a few issues with the program mainly because I have finished all the modules and want to know what is next. Is there going to be an advanced version? Or am I going to be repeating the same phrases over and over? I am happy with the level that I have learned and I am happy to report that I have been conversing confidently in Polish. I am also reading The Witcher in original Polish. The second issue I have is with the leagues. Why do I have to compete with people that are not learning the same language as me? Can I opt out of this? Also why do typing mistakes are penalised even if they are in English? This program could be so much better.1
The app is really good but i wish they could also have a tagalog course as well
This game is so fun! I love 💕 it! It helps me lean Japanese so when I go to Japan I can translate for my family. You should DEFINITELY 💯 get this game!
¡No necesito explicar! (I don’t need to explain!)
It’s almost impossible to rearrange the words for the Japanese listening tests especially when you want to place the word to the beginning of a line.
Found a bug in this app, but they fixed it really quickly! So impressed! I really enjoy learning Koran with Duolingo -!
The sounds do not play, and if they do, missing a lot of the audio. Have to guess the answer to move onto a question that has audio, but if you guess wrong you lose a life which stalls your progress. Feels like a waste of time.
The owl triggers me
This is the worst app ever!
It’s either pay 100 and something dollars to be able to get an answer wrong more than once or if you don’t pay the money every time you get an answer wrong you have to do a practice test.
Or answers being completely off topic and impossible to get correct.
Would not recommend
The app is great to learn the basics of a language; however, more complex concepts are not actually explained anywhere. This leaves everything up to trial and error since, as far as I can tell, there is no good source of information on grammatical concepts on the app anywhere. Having a conceptual understanding of things is an important thing, which would be nice to have included.
Duolingo is great for intermediates and above. I have noticed a few mistakes, such as wrong word used, pronunciation and etc. This may affect beginners learning however as a Korean person I can understand duolingo well. For example 내 (neh) means my but in duolingo it says 내 is ‘your’ . This can affect beginners as they might learn the wrong thing🤷♀️. Please fix this otherwise it is pretty fun and cool :)
Did you learn a new language? Sí.
What did it cost? Mi familia.
Thanks to Duolingo I have learned a lot.
Was a bit nervous when they totally refreshed the Norwegian course that I was on, and move me in my position. However, it seems to have been done reasonably well, and there are more useful phrases than introduced early.
Another update; they have upgraded the app again and once agsin skipped me forward. Words i havent learnt being quizzed on, each level is all over the place and not on a specific category. I find my self just doing a faily lesson to keep my streak after receiving reminders. Lost the desire to learn with this now, but am sticking at it only because i want to learn
I am Very disappointed developers
Update: The new update has messed things up completely. It skipped me forward a long way, levels that i had got legendary status on were no longer and where it has skipped me forward to has words that I havent been taught. An absolute mess now Duolingo makes it easy and fun to learn I can suggest 3 improvements that i would greatly appreciate Create the ability to go back and review complete individual lessons rather than overall for a group of 5 lessons. Explain in more detail why the language works w for what you are learning, rather than an overall for a complete unit which only touches on a few things Also, create an area with all the words listed that you have learnt. Would be good to rehash that way
It takes a while to learn the basics of languages such as Korean chinese or japanese. If you ever decide to learn all 3 of those it is hard to keep track with each one. Though many people may not be interested in learning all 3 or even any at all, I have been attempting to learn each and every one of those languages. I would appreciate it if languages like those were made so that the person trying to learn the languages would have to do more work in one session.
Although there are fewer flaws, the flaws are pretty big which makes learning harder. You have to work terribly hard to do learn fewer phrases. I am currently learning chinese but it took me 1 1/2 unit’s to learn 5 numbers by heart.
Duolingo makes up for these major flaws though by giving the user a fun way to learn a language. The gems and quests make using duolingo all the more intriguing and fun to do. Duolingo makes learning a language like a game and has super cute art styles and characters. I also love how the characters have different voices so you can get used to hearing a languages from people with other accents.
To start off, the features are really good. Many languages are there, so you don’t need to worry about a language not being there. There’s practices, feeds, quests and streak freezes, etc.
Despite all these amazing features, it needs a few improvements. Sometimes when you make a typo, it says that the answer is wrong. Other times, it says you have a typo. This might not be the games fault, which is acceptable. But please add more space to add more streak freezes! Sometimes (or pretty likely) you’ll have a stressing day, and you have to do Duolingo. You obviously wanna get it over with because you don’t always wanna do the lesson, but you only have 1/2. Moving on, you should add a feature for recording your voice to help people pronounce the sentence, because the only thing you can do it match and translate the word/sentence. If they pronounce something wrong, you make them pronounce it again.
Overall, this app is really good! I enjoy it most of the time, and the features are super unique.
This is a well crafted and helpful app, and I am very happy to spend $270 per year for it (which I do), because it is, aside from the issue below, very well done and effective. However, I find it deeply troubling that this business constantly attempts to manipulate users into spending even more by “buying gems”. We all know what a lucrative revenue source this is for apps - we also know this is a shady practice, particularly when young people are a major customer base. Taking users all the way through “events” then at the last minute ramping up the difficulty and repeatedly suggesting they buy gems for time extensions at exorbitant prices is very sleazy. I work in tech so I am aware of these practices but other people aren’t and end up spending money they don’t have with manipulative gamification. I know the person who will be responding to this review won’t be responsible for this revenue strategy so I’m sorry for the negative energy… but please pass this higher up the chain if you can. It comes across SO badly. I would happily spend $300/year on this app - but I find this very off-putting. It’s a shame considering what a great app it is in every other respect.
It is so obvious you only care about money, when users have been complaining about new words and phrases in their review lessons for weeks now. The German course is completely ruined because of this. I don’t even feel confident enough to try and master a level anymore because every time I review a lesson you throw new words, phrases and sentences at me and it’s happened during challenges as well it’s completely unfair. To be quite clear I’m not sure how talking about when a store is open or if someone would like to play soccer at three correlates to using accusative case & describing language skills it makes zero sense. It makes less sense when it’s a part of my “personal training” level. How can it be training when it hasn’t even been taught yet? I’m two whole levels ahead going back to try and golden my lessons and that is what I’m met with? New words, phrases and sentences that weren’t even taught in the next two levels is bad design.
Also side note: 100 gems per challenge is insane considering how many gems you can earn a day is so little. (You also never gave users their gems back when you had the glitch that required you to complete the challenge twice before it would register.)
It’s not free and easy learning for everyone when all of these mistakes exist.
I Love the health bar love when it tells me I’m failing and not to fail again cause I don’t have many lives absolutely 10/10 never thought I’d learn a language but this app makes it super fun this game is not a cashgrab at all I recommend this game to everyone!!! I put one star so they would read my review My idea - To fix the streak problem everyone has in the reviews Make it so every 7 days or so when they complete a unit they get 5 gems every time or something So on the 7th day they get 5 gems completing a unit Day 8 they get 5 gems for completing a unit Day 9 and so on and so forth Cause gems are hard to come by but you don’t want it to hard to get them as well like it is now ( Gotta complete those legendary challenges ) Leagues - I still don’t understand why they’re a thing it’s not really like clash of clans Only reason I think for leagues. is if you battle someone like can you beat this person in a Spanish battle, otherwise it’s pretty useless it’s like look I practice more then you haha but I don’t have to prove I’m good at it Also needs a pet this game so people know why the health bars there I recon Feed it with words level it up things like that make it fun make it battle in ( French Oder German ) leagues Ahh you taught me that. ^ -ja, Duolingo ist sehr Gut -
I have a 1261 day streak and have noticed something about the gems. For the first four hundred days, there were bonus crates at the start of every day that gave you a range of gems from ten to sixty. This was a really fun concept and it was always fun seeing what you got. Eventually, the developers did away with this and just gave you from ten to twenty gems at the end of each lesson. While not as good as before, this was still okay and a cool idea, it just did away with the whole element of choice. This also came with slightly reduced amounts of gems that you got for completing the quests AKA: get a 365 day streak. You still however got at least one hundred gems for beating these. NOW, however, (and the past 150 days) you are only given gems if you complete the daily goals, (you know what I’m talking about) and even when you do, you get a max of about eighteen gems, and that takes roughly half an hour to do. If you don’t do any quests, because your day was really busy, then bad luck, you get nothing. This update also came with A: a HUGE downgrade for beating the quests to only twenty to fifty gems and B: I was on level 51 one or whatnot, and yet now it removes all of the previous ones and condenses it down, so now I’m on level 12.
All in all, I think it would be good to bring back more gems and give people more levels, since it used to be much more of a motive to actually do the Duolingo.
Duolingo has good things about it however it will not teach you grammar, only vaguely through trial and error. there are better apps out there. So I am using three apps to learn German- vocabulary (Drops), LingoDeer (grammar but only just started using so not sure yet) and Duolingo.
Also the league table is ridiculous. It would be better if you did not have a demotion zone particularly at Diamond level. A better alternative would be a minimum XP to stay at that level. Despite regular daily practice I often end up near the demotion zone if randomly grouped with a bunch of people earning extraordinarily high XP for the week. I wonder if they are learning the language or just competing to be at the top each week? That’s their business but it is not fair to others, like myself, who are regularly practicing and focusing on learning the language.
Yes I am fully aware of how to quickly accumulate very high levels of XP but that comes at a cost- not truly immersing yourself in learning the language.
I have been subscribing to this app for 6 years, of which the last 2 as a paid member (Super Duolingo) but in all of the years I have used it, there have never been so many bugs as lately. And having bugs is one thing, but being completely ignored when you report them is another thing. Even though Duolingo advertises with ‘follow friends you will be more successful’, since November last year I have not been able to follow friends (initiate to follow) or follow friends back. I have reported this every couple of weeks since December and heard nothing back. I have had error messages of which I have sent screenshots to Duolingo, I have ‘bought’ upgrades to get 30 minutes double points instead of 15 minutes, only to get a message ‘sorry your reward is not available right now, try again later’. I have also reported this a few times and heard nothing back. There are very frequent upgrades, to fix bugs but none of them have fixed my problems. I will go back to being a free, unpaid user again as Duolingo doesn’t seem to care about people paying $130 per year for this app!
Like other people who have commented on the app, the ability to learn Japanese falls down on the ability for new learners to grasp grammar, as learning connecting particles is not emphasised enough, which is necessary if you want to alter a sentence. I also wanted to comment that use of speed tests in events can disadvantage people and there should be an option to complete them without a timer or with an extended timer. This would help people who require extra time to think about the question, and allow them to participate in the events, without causing them to not bother with them, because even though they know the information, they can’t input it fast enough to be within the time limit. This can be especially difficult for people who have disabilities, as fast response can trigger a freeze response and mental blanks. Yes, you can get extra time by using points, but considering this could largely affect disabled people who use the app, that isn’t particularly fair.
For a positive though, I like that words are brought back throughout the learning process and so information gets reinforced.
Started learning French again recently after slacking off ages ago and I hav even enjoining it a lot and have been progressing well. However, couple of improvements I would like to see.
I don’t know if this feature is already available, but I think a great feature to have would be a search option where the user is able to look up different words and find the meaning and maybe even the pronunciation for those words in whatever language they are learning. An example, I am at the early stages of learning French and I keep forgetting what “A demain” means, so if I could actually look that up within the app and find the meaning, it would be an awesome feature. Almost like an in-built library.
Secondly, I do understand from a business perspective, but too many notifications trying to lure people back into the app. It’s so annoying. For me, it wasn’t even because I wasn’t tracking well. It was notis for sake of notis.
Advantages: Duolingo in a great app to learn new languages and skills. There are so many languages to pick from, and you can do multiple languages at a time. Duolingo will help you with your weak spots in a specific language. Duolingo will also make learning languages fun with daily challenges and fun games to learn words and sentences. Duolingo has characters to say the sentence you are learning. There are a few types of lessons, which l shall tell you.
1st type of lessons is speaking lessons, which is where an animated character speaks a sentence. Then you have to pick the words on the page to replicate that sentence.
2nd type of lessons is talking lessons, which is when an animated character speaks a sentence. Then you have to say that exact sentence.
3rd type of lesson is writing lessons, which is where there is a sentence on the page for you to type in a different language.
Disadvantages: There is only 1 bad thing about Duolingo, and that is the ADS. Every time you complete 3 lessons there’s an ad. A Duolingo ad, that advertises there super Duolingo plan. Which you have to pay $10 dollars a month to have. But it does have its perks. It takes away all THEIR ads. It gives you infinite lives. People who have the super Duolingo plan is 4.9x more likely to finish all their lessons ( which coming from me is a LOT), and yeah.
Why did l give it 5 stars, well l like it
and also it helps me learn French. 🥖
Duolingo is an amazing app, I find it really easy to navigate and it really helps when you’re wanting to learn a language. I really like how you can practice to earn hearts because, not only do you get free hearts but you can quickly review what you have recently been learning! Thank you for this app, I have been wanting to learn Latin for a long time and now I can for free!
There are not many bad things about this app but there are still some. I don’t like how there are suddenly all these ads of the premium thing (although it is smart to advertise your own app). I have been using Duolingo for a couple of years now (I started off in Spanish), and there never were that many ads but now there are suddenly lots. There are very distracting and annoying because I don’t really want to pay just to get some better features so the ads are kind of useless.
But apart from that it is an amazing app and you should be very proud. Thank you for sharing it with us all!
My name is Sierra, age 27 and I’m from Mexico along with the rest of my family, all of us speak Spanish, except for my four year old daughter Dina and my husband Felix. One night Dina told me she wanted to learn Spanish and if I could teach her, I told her I would love to but I had to get to work and since her papa had recently been fired I had to work more in order to pay for everything we have. And unfortunately Felix isn’t from Mexico and doesn’t know how to speak Spanish. Dina started getting really upset after I had told her this but I was running late for work so I told her I would figure something out on my lunch break. So it was my lunch break and I was sitting on the couch with Dina trying to figure out a solution, finally after heaps of research I discovered this app, I started to look into it more and found that it was perfect. I told Felix to get it set up for her. I was back from work and I was making dinner. I was watching Dino on her tablet playing Duolingo when suddenly I saw her completely freeze, I rushed over and asked what was wrong, she told me that the app had told her she was going to die so I comforted her and quickly deleted the app. It was a horrifying experience and we never spoke of the app again. Was this a bug or something because I don’t know.
I wish there was a setting for people with dyslexia, that would make it easier to progress with spelling mistakes. I struggle with spelling English words and lose hearts when I get my own language wrong. This seems very unfair. I can understand it to some degree that learning to spell another language is important but it makes it impossible to progress when you have this disability. Even with the paid version it’s disheartening to get so many lessons wrong just because you spelt the word wrong or you accidentally used the wrong word because they put a similar word in to purposefully trip you up. I know the right words but I read them and spell them wrong sometimes and it would be so good if there was a setting that could help people like me where it flags that you have made mistakes and and gives you a chance to correct it before submitting. Or maybe have less spelling based lessons until you have a better grip on the language. But apart from this one issue it’s a really great app
I have been using Duolingo now for almost 5 years and I have finally given up. When I started it was a very simple and free app, there were only two voices and the lessons were incredibly simple. Now there’s a cast of incredibly patronizing characters that speak to me like I’m a child in incredibly annoying voices. I should say, I’m speaking of the Spanish course in particular. There is no option to turn all these silly voices off and one of them for some reason is a perpetually unenthusiastic emo girl, one day I got something wrong because she said she was excited in an I assumed she wasn’t based on her tone. The cartoon owl is annoying enough but at least in the early days you could turn him off.
It’s also getting worse with the free version off the app, when I started there was ads but no love hearts, you could practice all day, now I can only use it for 30 mins at most before I run out of hearts and have to wait. It seems as though their plan is to make the free version so frustrating that you HAVE to upgrade. In fact most of the ads are urging you to upgrade. I guess that need to pay all of the animators for all their unnecessary work.
I’m done, I’ve found an app that treats me like an adult. Good luck to you reading and I hope you get more out of the app than I did.
Duolingo has gone from bad to worse with each update. The latest revamp, replacing discrete modules with “units” of mishmashed sentences, is profoundly unusable, as both a new student and someone who is trying to revise or improve a language they already partially know. I wouldn’t dream of teaching my students this way, and am genuinely baffled as to which “experts” thought this was a useful way to teach a language. Horrible UI, horrible UX, and if that wasn’t bad enough, the “tips” that used to appear have been replaced with half a dozen rubbish examples and no explanation of functional grammar. Would rate this 0 stars if I could.
(Former review, from the time the animation was introduced:
The cartoons are distracting and grossly over-animated - please stop to consider that your userbase may include those with visual impairments, vestibular migraine, or seizures triggered by moving elements. Very poor design work with little regard for accessibility. Every update is worse than the last, stuffed full of bloated loading screens, ads, and those horrible little animations. The app is unusable if you want to avoid them; the desktop almost as bad unless you know how to use ad and element blockers.
So I love this app and I try to keep my streaks going as long as possible but some days (usually when I learn in the morning)it saves my progress but doesn’t continue my streak. It’s kind of annoying. I think it might have something to do with the timing because when I do it in the night, it’s totally fine. Another thing is that when I learn in the morning, it still comes up as perfectly fine, the fire is lit for the entire day until the next day where it comes out that I didn’t do anything that day.
But regardless, I love this app so much and I play everyday, it helps me practice my French and the fun of playing a legendary round is awesome. I think you should get this app because it has helped me learn some things (but it is useful to live in a country that speaks the language you are trying to learn). Just a suggestion, maybe it could add an option that allows the users to create their own language and learn it like any other. The user might also be able to share the language with friends and let them learn it as well.
Overall, I love this app!
I have a 466 day streak and my partner has a 702 day streak and we have always loved duolingo, but this new update is so disappointing. There are multiple glitches and we feel like we are being pushed to pay for the super account despite not really being able to spare the cash due to us being 20 and only working casual jobs whilst studying. We are worried about loosing our streaks as everything costs so many gems now and practice gives us barley any XP. Alongside this, there is no help if we get stuck and need a suggestion as the first suggestion is always wrong. My partner is nearly fluent in spanish now (duolingo + spanish speaking friends) and still has difficulty earning enough XP to stay in the diamond league. I am not as fluent but have learnt a lot since starting my French, but again it is so much more difficult to earn XP and stay in the diamond league. I just wish they eased up a little with the pressure to pay for the super account and at least bring up the practice XP and go back to only some stuff costing gems and not everything…
I love Duolingo and have found it extremely helpful in learning several different languages, however I’ve just opted the app pm my iPad and the layout has finally change. I’ve been seeing the new layout on my mum’s phone and other users screenshots etc. for a few months and have been extremely happy I didn’t have the update yet as it looked horrible. But now the update is finally here and I’m not happy at all. I cannot see myself using the app looking like this. It’s awful and the first design choice of any app that I have whole heartedly HATED. I have no idea where I’m up to and even though my Rogers’s has been “saved” it’s also been simplified to baby level which actually makes it more difficult to figure out. Now my lessons don’t even have titles so I’ll have no idea what I’m about to learn and whether I want to focus on a different topic until I’m ready to move on etc. I am also a Duolingo plus subscriber however I will be CANCELLING MY SUBSCRIPTION TO DUOLINGO PLUS as I don’t want to pay for this horrible new design that I’m sure will result in me not using the app very often if at all. I will continue to use the app on my phone as it hasn’t received an update yet but as soon as it does I’m not sure if I’ll ever keep Duolingo downloaded on any device.
Duolingo is a great app for learning basic sentences and words in other languages that can help you in the future and help you get a grasp of the language early on. I remember I always went on Duolingo everyday, excited to go on it and learn. From the new update, I’ve felt really demotivated to actually do any lessons. I had almost a year streak on Duolingo and I had lost it due to the fact that the new layout makes it so hard to keep track of everything.
The layout previously, was very organised and well kept. The new layout on the other hand, is really disorganised and I don’t like the way they’ve set it out. I feel really unsatisfied with this new update and I think it would be better to change it back to the old layout where it is more efficient and made me feel a lot more motivated and happy to be learning.
I also don’t like the fact that you get forced to read the stories. I liked it when you could choose if you wanted to read them. It’d be a little fun every now and then but now it’s just boring and it doesn’t make me feel like doing any of the lessons. Please change it back to the old layout. This app is still great, but I’m not learning as much as I could be.
Very great. I love the different types of ways that you can learn languages, it’s interesting and fun. Since I am a grade 5 girl, this is quite enjoyable for me to do after school and on weekends. The challenges and the leaderboards are a great way to get me engaged with learning languages. One problem, I know it’s a cool idea to have hearts (lives, every time you mess up you loose one heart) and all but… what if you just want to enjoy the game and learn new skills, just learn from the mistake. I mess up a lot because I’m learning a difficult language and in like 30 minutes I’ve lost my hearts and can’t practice any more. But I do like the idea of practicing for hearts and the free trials to the ‘Super Duolingo’ but what if you just want to learn and your OUT OF HEARTS. It’s frustrating sometimes, but then I guess it teaches people to try not to mess up. Any way, thanks for reading this. Please reply back as I am curious to know what you think of this review. But this new Home Screen really not a fan of it. It’s so confusing on where I’m up to I really want the old one back.
I was using this app multiple times a day every day for over a month and couldn’t believe such a perfect app for learning new languages existed! I loved how clearly labeled the lessons were and how you could go back and revisit ones you had to work on a bit more and keep going over the same sections until you had grasped the lessons confidently. This update progressed me past lessons I had not finished and wasn’t confident in and the lessons aren’t labeled in any way that you can revise and work on areas you aren’t quite grasping. The update they have put out feels more like a downgrade. This new update has completely discouraged my learning and I’ve gone from well over a month of every day use and excitement to use the app to getting notifications about losing my streak and being out of the streak freezes and doing one lesson and refilling streak freezes.
My progress isn’t very clear and when I get into a lesson I’m not ever entirely sure what the lesson is going to be about and struggle to prepare for it.
I guess the app as it is now would have been fine if I had never used the the old dilungo although I’m not sure I would have stuck with it the way I’ve stuck with and loved the pre updated app.
I very rarely purchase subscription to anything and I was looking at doing the yearly family subscription before the update.
Unfortunately I’m looking into new language apps. It’s such a shame.
While I like the new update in principle - it makes the learning journey seem more fun and makes progress more clear - it does allow me to continue using duolingo the way I had been, and in my opinion lessons now tend to be far too easy.
In the past I would skip ahead to level 4, and then work my way to level 6 one lesson at a time, and this worked quite well for me as I would have to actually think to answer the questions. I would also focus on the parts of the course that I found more difficult, while skipping further ahead on things I found easier or that did not really interest me.
With the new design you can’t do this, though. You are locked in to a single path, and must complete the lessons at all levels, with few options to skip the easier levels (of the same lessons). While I don’t mind the multi choice comprehension questions (although they are a bit easy) I really hate the questions where you just arrange words. I feel like I get nothing out of them, and if anything they harm my learning because I am not thinking between different translation options.
I would really appreciate it if there were a way to turn off the “order the words” questions! I also liked the speech versions of the stories which are now gone. Otherwise, I see how this new version can be great for people new to duolingo, even if it is frustrating to those who have already started to use it in a particular way!
The path style before was 10 units and you knew what you were studying with each topic. The current path style is basically as though each topic has become its own unit, which also is wrong… on unit 15 “Say where people are from” I am learning about how people are feeling and I’ve notice this inaccuracy on other units. I thought maybe the second half prepares you for the first part of the next unit which ultimately makes no sense. So not only do the topics not match the units but there seems to be less reveals of the learned language so I can see what it means in my language at the end for further practice and I can’t go back over previous lessons because nothing matches with what or where it’s meant to be! So the only real point to Duolingo is the competitive side and the streaks which further take away from learning and make it feel more like a chore! Why, I ask, is the path not like it was before? Which is how it STILL IS on the web version? Which I would much prefer to use the app than go onto the web which I don’t always have access to… Thanks a lot Duolingo for making the process to learn a frustrating chore; from 5 down to 2… I recommend memrise - one off payment for life subscription and you know what you’re learning with real people and return to previous lessons selectively and more easily
With the amount of incentive ads, you’d think they’d chill with the cash grab updates but like every other capitalist platform, they come up with newer ways to do so. Before the update, you could earn gems through watching a video multiple times that start from 10 gems decreasing to 3 gems with the frequency but now you have to wait 59 mins and only get 5-7 gems each time. This doesn’t get people to come back every hour, in fact it promotes the opposite. I had lost interest after this update since it’s obvious they catered more towards the superduolingo or whatever users. Furthermore, the 40xp league challenges no longer give you 10xp if you’re able to nearly complete but ran out of time. The new change is obviously promoting the switch to the subscribed version and timer boosts. All these new updates are such an obvious cash grab. Thought this platform was different and encouraged the learning of new languages despite your economic background. Looks like they’re the same as every other capitalist company.
About 8 months ago, I was recommended Duolingo by a friend. I began learning Norwegian on there, as I had interest in Norway and my friend was also learning it. I’ve learnt so much in such a short time frame! I never did well with languages at school, but this app has been amazing. There’s a great balance of repetitive learning with fun learning! With each lesson you get XP points there’s lots of cool features such as leaderboard’s, leagues and badges to earn depending on your XP points. You can also compete with friends! There’s also a streak system to keep you coming back to the app to learn more. The characters and graphics are so cute, and there’s so much extra info you can learn about the language, such as grammar, composition, context, etc.
I’m also currently learning German and I plan on learning Vietnamese in the new year. The app is so motivating! Because of Duolingo I plan to travel to Norway and possibly study there! (Same with German) There’s so much to get out of this app! I could go on forever about Duolingo, but I’d say it’s one of my favourite things, so definitely give it a try.
I love Duolingo, in a nutshell it’s really good! However… there are 3 things that are the most annoying:
1) Cartoons. For younger ages, it is great and more interactive, however, for older kids and adults, they are just annoying and embarrassing. I think that if the app wants to broaden its consumer range, there should be a cartoon on/off switch so that it can be a choice
2) Accents. They are very important, so I think that there should be no leniency for them in the answers and that if you don’t put the accent on, you get it wrong.
3) Volume. If you are listening to music, and a question with a voice reader comes up, your music is overridden and turned down. Instead of this happening, I think that if you have music on, it should be prioritised and you can get the question read out to you if need, but most people won’t, so it won’t bother them and interrupt their music listening. I really do like Duolingo, and if these things were to be changed, I would give it a 5/5 star rating 👍
Encountered quite a few problems while trying this out … For a common language like Spanish, and an app that has been around for years, there are too many errors present in the lessons themselves eg. Marking an answer as wrong when you gave the exact same answer that duolingo presented as a question earlier, and worse, offering as the correct solution a word/phrase that was never introduced in the lessons (eg. marking “tu eres una mujer” incorrect and offering “usted es una mujer” as the correct answer). I “reported” heaps of errors. I got offered a time challenge several times and accepted every time and it never once happened, the app just switched to the leaderboard. Weird stuff happens in all the “gamification”, such as having to click on “claim reward” multiple times and the received gems goes up each time you click. I was forever wondering if the app was working correctly. I’m all for supporting a free version through ads but you really take it to the extreme. Plus sometime I didn’t receive the promised “reward” for watching an ad (eg. a heart) The sound effects in the “stories” playing back at an ear-splitting volume. No ability to delete my profile. Ultimately it was just a painful experience. I could go on but I think you get the picture and I’m not getting paid to fix your app for you.
Okay for starters Duolingo offers pretty much every and any language there is (even fictional languages such as Klingon) the app makes the languages easy to learn and if you continue with the same sections until all the lessons are completed you remember phrases and words very easily. Other alphabets such as Greek or mandarin teach you the alphabet as well. It does not require money to pay for but does have in app purchases same as unlimited hearts, oh I have forgotten to mention that there are hearts in game but they do recharge, the hearts make you think more about submitting your answer. There are also monthly challenges and leaderboards, the higher you climb the more gems you collect to buy things in the game. You also have a streak where you also earn gems for things, the streak keeps you going and the longest streak I know was 1000 days. In total Duolingo is a very good app, download if your are visiting a country, doing language in high school or just wanna learn a language.
Ok. We all can see not only in the actual app profile on the App Store, but the actual game, that the animations are ADORABLE!!! The ability to be able to text with the animations in your selected language is so amazing and fun. But obviously with good comes bad, I really am not talking about the ads that you have to watch, but how, if you don’t buy the premium version they make your life a disaster. My hearts almost every 20 minutes get lost, and I know you might say I need to practice but, they make the practice tests for extra hearts take forever and then when you get an answer incorrect it jumps you back 3 whole inches!!! The books that there is are so cute, however you need HEARTS to read them. I’m sorry but what do I do? If I can practice for a heart but it takes 7 years to complete, well my hearts would have filled up by then. Now, I’m done with my critic. Overall suggestions. I think that everyday we should get gems, the amount of times I end up with ten after not continuously playing every day for 7 days... The game may be more enjoyable if we had: 1. More hearts or 2. Unlimited hearts (like the
p r e m i u m users). Honestly I love this app apart from (some) fault so really I’ll give this app a 4/5 or 8/10. <3
Don’t get me wrong this is a good app for language learning I would still recommend it the only big problem for me would have to be one of the new updates let me explain in the app there are leaderboards which are there to encourage people to not just practice every day but to practice as much as they can and it definitely works in fact I’ve been using it for a while and just got to diamond League the last one the issue is I’d usually do hard practice which gives you 20xp and then 10xp for a second time which worked great for a while but now when I’m on the last league they decide to make an update that replaces hard practice with legendary level which don’t get me wrong is a cool concept but the problem is that it’s a Duolingo + feature meaning that now I have to pay money to be able to stay on the leaderboards because now I can only do regular practice which gives half the xp it’s just really frustrating that after spending so much time trying to get to diamond league as soon as I’m there I can barely move up the leaderboards.
I love Duolingo, it’s great for language learning and the theme of the app is both cute and neat.
The only thing I’m going to say is that you need to stop the streaks. I don’t need to wake up every morning being stressed over losing my streak, because I have system when learning a language that I go on Quizlet and try to memorise the alphabet. This usually happens every second day and my streak would obviously break. The constant reminder that I can’t lose my streak is stressful and pressuring and language learning is supposed to be fun and something that eases my mind because I enjoy it. I understand it’s more motivating for people who use the app to complete a daily lesson and therefore higher profit, but I think there should be an option to remove the streak or keep it. There’s obviously other people like me and the word needs to be spread so Duolingo can finally make a move. I don’t know if they have in the past but they kept the streak anyway, but I don’t like it and out of millions who use the app, I’m not the only one.
Duolingo is a beautifully crafted app, that teaches language in a fun way. The app is easy and has a variety of methods of learning such as: reading, audio books etc. The app rewards you for showing up and learning helping you keep motivated to speak the language of your choice. Duolingo also adds friendly competition in the form of a rank system. Where you get promoted to a higher rank if you have one of the top 15 xp scores. You collect xp from completing courses; again bringing another motivation to keep you on track. If you were to force me to tell you something bad about this app I would struggle. The only thing I see that could be improved is:
Not making people subscribe to Duolingo plus to get the 14 day free trail. A lot of companies do this and I think you shouldn’t have to give your bank details for something that is free. But I digress, the app is a great language learning tool and premium doesn’t determine your learning success. But premium is like a tutor: you pay for extra help. I could go on about how having limited hearts without duolingo plus is a good thing but this review is long enough.
Good luck to those learning a new language!
Duolingo used to be a great app for learning new languages, however Over the last year or so it has gone from wanting to help people learn, to more about making money. It is extremely hard to want to use this app due to it forcing you to pay to be able to learn a language. I understand it’s free to download and stuff but try learning a language when you can’t do any lessons because you’re out of hearts and they recharge one every 5 hours. I understand that there are ways to earn hearts in game by watching adverts and practices but the adverts can’t be watched all the time, the game has to offer them to you and practices are so long and sometimes very very hard.
In conclusion if you want to spend hundreds of dollars for this app when you could just pay for real life classes which would be cheaper.. go for it. If you don’t like the idea of spending money then this app is not for you.
Maybe if it was cheaper and had the option to only subscribe for weeks or months st a time it would feel better. But I will not pay hundreds of dollars for an app I will only use for like 3 weeks a year.
I started using Duolingo approximately 4 years ago to brush up on my Japanese that I haven’t used since high school, but primarily to learn a couple of Balkan languages. Problem here - there aren't any available. Excellent concept and variety of exercises. I’m sure some people like the game-type quality to it with badges, etc. however I find this to be incredibly childish (thought I was using a language app targeted at adults?) and doesn’t make a difference to my ability to learn. The biggest disappointment of all is the complete lack of any new language courses. 4 years after enquiring and there still aren’t any Balkan language courses available... they’re forever in the “incubator”, yet High Valyrian, which isn’t even a real language, is available? Make sense of that.
In summary, total lack of advancement, all the updates seem to do is introduce more childish gimmicks and “squash the pesky bugs”. Don’t waste your time with duolingo, Mango languages has far more options available and you can sign up for free access via your local library.
I have been a user of Duolingo for many years and when you got rid conversations I was devastated and noticed my ability to learn languages decreased drastically and I found my motivation levels to drop rapidly and I just didn't want to use the app anymore. I found the 'conversation' using AI 'people' conducting these conversations with you was a great way for me to grasp how to construct sentences and apply the words I had learnt during recent lessons. I really like the addition of 'stories' in the new updates of Duolingo, but I wish that Duolingo had BOTH stories and conversations, I love both and they teach in different ways than just lessons. I am a disappointed customer asking the developers to bring conversations back, I dearly liked conversations and I dearly like stories I don't like how the developers keep trading off first, conversations for, I believe it was, practicing, then practicing for stories. I really liked all of these but found conversations to be the best learning tool for me and then stories and then practicing to be the least helpful in my quest to be bilingual and to be able to use the new language in real life in a real context. So please, developers I ask you to bring back conversations. Just please don't take stories too.
Duolingo is an enjoyable app to use and has always been pleasant despite the abundance of ads. Recently they added in “hearts” which will shatter when you get an answer wrong, then you have to “refill” said hearts by purchasing them with in app currency known as “gems”. These gems can be earned by completing lessons, but of course you can also buy them. Your hearts will regenerate over time but your max is five at a time (i.e. five mistakes).
Basically, this means now you will be spending less time on the app unless you are an ace at the language you are learning, or if you refill your hearts. Personally, I don’t even spend my gems on hearts because I don’t really want to support a system like this. Though if I did, I wonder how long it would take me to deplete all my gems, leaving me with the only option of buying them. It’s safe to say that this addition of hearts is disappointing and the decision to do so was clearly driven by money. I understand that it’s a free app, but I’m sure they’re making a decent amount from the number of ads in their app.
I give Duolingo a 3/5. Unfortunately this score doesn’t regenerate.
I have been using Duolingo for almost a year now. At first I got it because I was behind in my French class and my teacher suggested it to me. At the end of the year I was top of the class!! It shows that you can learn a language really fast!! This year I transferred to Chinese and the same thing has happened... I love the fact you can learn at your own pace! A few improvements though: Sooo many ads. I understand that’s how they keep the app running but why soo many?? I also think Premium should be free. I stop when I lose my hearts because I can not be bothered to practice to get more! Well, Premium doesn’t have to be free, but maybe lose the heart thing?? Just some advice... Another thing with the hearts, why do you lose a heart when you muck up speaking?? It happens every time to me as it reads people speaking around me as it. Overall, It is great for learning a new language and would highly recommend it to anyone if they want to learn something new!
I was hoping to use duolingo to improve speaking Japanese and Greek, but the focus is on learning the alphabets rather than learning useful speaking phrases. With Japanese especially this isn’t particularly helpful. I was learning for weeks and the focus was just on hiragana (one of the three Japanese alphabets). In the short / medium term this is useless, in real world applications (eg if you’re in a train station), most Japanese will be be in kanji. Duolingo for Japanese is therefore almost completely useless for speaking and reading / writing as you get incredibly bogged down in alphabets before learning to say anything...and the main alphabet you learn isn’t particularly useful. There should be an option to learn languages for speaking, with the text written in romanised form. Most people using this app will want to use it for speaking. Similarly with greek, the duolingo system isn’t suited to learning alphabets. Again, after weeks, the phrases are totally random (‘The good popcorn’) because they are purely devised to teach you the alphabet. I have been to Greece and have never needed to say or write. ‘The good popcorn’. Phonetic phrases would be much better!
I have loved Duolingo and have recommended it many times as first point of call to anyone (adult and child) wanting to learn a new language. However I am sorely disappointed in the new “hearts” function. I used to be able to study for long periods of time and not “cheat” by looking at the answers. Now I lose a “heart” with every mistake. Sometimes it is purely a mistype. I find myself looking up the answer instead of trying to remember it, to stop myself losing “hearts”. Paying for the “Plus” option is not a possibility for me. I will continue to use the app, as it is still the best learning platform for me, but I will not be able to learn as quickly or effectively, and cannot in good conscience recommend it to families wanting to learn. I don’t mind an ad every now and then, as a reasonable cost for a free app, but a heart for every mistake?lets not even mention that I can’t mute your Duolingo Plus ad when it comes up.
This app has opened up a wonderful world of language (Indonesian for me) allowing me to learn the basics of everyday survival over a year at 5-10 minutes a day - Amazing!
Many times I’ve felt compelled to subscribe to the paid version, but have bailed out at the last minute due to the copious small faults in the lessons which threaten to overwhelm the experience. For example, while most lessons are well constructed and easy/moderate to complete, allowing swift progress, my current one is ridiculously complicated in comparison and has slowed my progress. There are also inconsistencies in translations throughout the app that result in dispiriting errors when I actually got it right with the same answer in previous exercises. Even the exercises with the most copious number of complaints seem never to be fixed.
If there was evidence that clear errors would be attended to as a priority, I’d be much more inclined to pay. The free model has obviously been successful in creating this app’s footprint. I look forward to it being more consistently tidied up so that it can transition to a well-polished paid product.
I’m learning Arabic currently and this is great for learning the sounds and letters. It’s a great starting point and I loved how they used to just put quick adds after every lesson if you didn’t have the premium, which I saw as more than fair. However now they’ve started adding 5 daily hearts (you loose a heart after every mistake) and once you’ve used them up you have to wait 5 hours for them to refill. What I loved about Duolingo is that it really did encourage free education, in place for a very quick add after each lesson that you could click off of after 2 seconds. However it seems now they’ve taken to the tactic of trying to pressure you to pay to get “unlimited hearts”. I know that they’re a company and they need to profit but surely they have plenty of people who pay premium and get more than enough money from add revenue. I even just saw one of their own adds “support free education, join premium” ...I mean.... doesn’t that contradict the add in itself? I’m just really disappointed that Duolingo has gone down this path by trying to force people to buy the premium version. It’s very disappointing because it is a great app.
Duolingo is a pretty sound app, however I do have a few small problems with it. The biggest annoyance in the game is the health bar system and the amount of leniency given towards typos. The idea of the health system is good for when you’re trying the new levels, as it encourages you to practice more if you keep stuffing up, but it shouldn’t be present in levels you’ve already completed that you’re actually TRYING to practice. Don’t get me wrong, the practice system is a good concept, but you know what you’re worse at better than a random question generator, losing health in these old levels just slows you down from learning. Of course, this would be a little less of a problem if it gave you more leniency in small typos like accidentally putting the i before the e, or if you accidentally add in a letter at the end. Losing health for small errors like this when you knew the translation is just frustrating
Also, could you guys please add in some volume options? I love listening to music, and I do it whenever I’m anywhere or doing anything, so having to switch it off or have it constantly disrupted by the forced voice over for even the text sections is a giant turn off and all round inconvenience
This is a great app if you want to make learning fun and into a game. Though I would say that they should make hearts easier to get and harder to loose. I’m not saying they should get rid of it completely, but my sister only just started French and could only do about 5 minutes of learning before she ran out of hearts. I understand why they have health, but make it a little less scarce. I was just about to finish my hour long lesson with one heart and then I made a mistake and bam, all that progress lost and you have to do ten minutes of practice to get another heart. If you want to really stick and learn for hours, I don’t recommend this app unless you want to do something like arabic because (oddly) they don’t have hearts like German or french. I also think there should be a filter to turn the health off and on so people can stick at it or just have 5 minutes a day. Currently the health shield in the game costs money or “Duolingo plus” which is expensive and not worth it as it glitches when you get it. So overall, good app, but it could be a whole lot better.
As a free to use language service I feel it is incredible and as it’s been upgraded the steps seem to fit perfectly for early stage learning (of learning Spanish for me) but the only downside for anyone who maybe has self diagnosed OCD and enjoys maintaining a streak there has been either a carefully inserted method of money grabbing or just a standard glitch that once your streak reaches higher numbers it may pretend like you didn’t follow the lessons for the day and require you to pay money to repair streaks. While I won’t pay I did find this disappointing as it even lets you open the prizes for completing your daily quota which means you've done the daily requirement yet you may still lose your streak. This has happened a few times to me through this and all once you reach a 30+ day streak. Small problem I know but this is aimed for people who may get anxiety from this sort of thing as I do just as a heads up, apart from that I really recommend this and it is a free service if you choose it to be and if you don’t mind supporting it and paying then no problems at all with the app
As a free language learning service Duolingo is incredible. Over the past 6-7 months I have been learning German using primarily Duolingo, alongside other learning resources. However, most of this period has been on the desktop web version of Duolingo. When using the mobile app for Duolingo, I have frequently noticed inconsistencies with in-app features, across multiple devices and reinstalls. I use an iPhone 6S, and my mother uses an iPhone XR, and somehow this device difference means she has access to a practice skills lesson and I don’t? Also, my usetime for the app is restricted by health, whereas many other people I know are not restricted by a health bar. Recently, my app somehow started not having a health bar, but when I had to delete it and I reinstalled it, I suddenly have to deal with making < 5 mistakes while learning again. Another thing I have noticed, is a lack of extra information for each lesson. On desktop, I can right click the lesson and have access to a deeper written run through of the lesson, however on mobile, I have access to this extra information on less than half my lessons. Particularly, I am unable to view this on newer lessons I’m learning, and thus do not have extra context and information for new concepts. For what it is overall, Duolingo is an amazing app, especially when you consider its entirely free. However, this inconsistency is enough for me to rate it as 4 stars instead of 5.
Hi guys, when I first downloaded this app I was really happy when it came to my confidence slowly growing and I was thinking to myself I could actually learn Japanese. Then I came across a little problem, the way the app teaches you is you don’t learn how to construct sentences which is vital when learning any language, but instead you learn the common phrases. And I bet there are thousands of common phrases that this app could force you to memorise along with the minimum standard of 2,000 kanji characters. I find that this is the least effective way of learning a language such as Japanese especially when your first language is English. If it were me I would teach the basic alphabets (hiragana and katakana) teach them a few basic words and then teach them how to construct basic sentences instead of having them memorise literally thousands of phrases, then they begin learning kanji and then more complicated sentence structures and then the rest is is just expanding their vocabulary. I find that this method is easier more effective and quicker when learning literally any language. And if people are facing similar issues with other languages I would like you to consider doing a huge overhaul over all of your language courses. Until then I will be trying to find someone or something which could make learning a language easier, thank you.
I do four languages daily on Duolingo. However I dislike the way the health bar can block you out of all languages if you make 5 mistakes. I only allow myself a certain amount of time each day to study and if I get blocked out I can’t get back enough health in that day to continue. Previously I just used to swap languages so I could continue to get my quota and also regain a bit of health.
I was happy to pay for the plus subscription to get rid of the ever increasing adverts but I am not going to pay for new health. Please do something about this as I am getting very disheartened by this app. However I do like the Owl popping up and giving me words of encouragement.
In case I didn’t press send the other day with the above I’m sending it again.
I am totally fed up with the current format of Duolingo. I keep getting blocked from continuing and am seriously considering giving Duolingo the flick. I have been doing four languages faithfully nearly every day and I really enjoyed it. I am also mad that I took the decision to buy a subscription. If I cannot do my quota of Duolingo every day maybe I will make the same effort to complain everyday. Does anyone actually read these comments and does anyone ever think to reply............