Duah lingo new & improved!! 1/5
Every upgrade is degrading this app and sinking into abyss of cesspool... greed for money is showing up into this app... I suppose it was inevitable and normal trend for these free apps... Thank you for the fun for a few years, I will not recommend this app to friends unless developer will commit back to original mission, free language lessons to people. It was a noble commitment and thank you for sticking for awhile... but it is time to say goodbye...
Hate the health 1/5
This app was great, then they updated it. In an attempt to get, what I can only assume is money, they ruined their "free" language service. In order to truly use the system you need to buy more diamonds to continue to fail! It is common knowledge that failure is the cornerstone to learning a language, now I have only 5 failures before I am forced to wait 4+ hours or fork over money. Not okay!
Sans The Ads 3/5
It's a great format overall for retaining vocabulary. DO NOT pay for anything though. I paid for ad free experience then I was still fed ads either way.
Simple and wonderful but limited 4/5
By Sekkou 13
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.
Avoid Japanese! 2/5
I used to like this app, but then I decided to review my Japanese, which is a new language to the app. I lived in Japan for 8 years and had enough proficiency to test out of several sections. That said, it is confusing and unnecessarily complex. They mix up the 3 writing systems with no explanation. Sentences are long and complex right from the start. Vocabulary is obscure and not useful for a beginner. Also, you lose strength bars so quickly (even on topics with perfect scores) that you can never keep up. If you are a beginner, you will just be confused and discouraged from day 1!!
The best part of this game, in my opinion, is the way the language is taught. Instead of the usual boring, tedious, overwhelming hours of study and drilling words into your head, Duolingo has created a creative new kid-friendly way to teach a language. Kid-friendly being the most important word! In my opinion, kids aren't understanding of culture at all these days (I'm young myself, so I should know). Mention the geisha, for instance, and people look at you like you have a major disorder, because, "What's that?" "Uh... is that a type of dessert?" Speaking of, thanks for adding in Japanese. I've been excited to learn it for a while now so I could talk to my aunt in her native language. However, please add in the chat bots and extra lessons like you have in Spanish and French. Also, please consider fixing how the words are introduced. The lessons go from singular characters to so many it makes you dizzy, such as going from the singular sound "ni" to ""watashi wa genkidesu" in one lesson. I feel like it comes on a little too fast, so please fix that.
I would rate this app:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- a wonderful language app for both kids and adults, enhances an understanding of culture
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-aesthetically pleasing graphics, the way the lessons are presented resemble a game, an in-app currency allows you to purchase cute outfits for Duo the owl or extra lessons without using real money
⭐️⭐️⭐️-takes the idea of a language-learning app to a new and creative level
Thanks for reading!
The Health feature ruined this app! Please Fix!! 1/5
I was on a 40 day streak before I let it go because of this new update. This whole 5 strikes and you're out rule is horrible. It impedes your ability to progress through the language at your own pace. You're supposed to be able to make mistakes and learn from them. This update punishes you for them and will even kick you out of a lesson until you pay for new health. I was so proud of how far I had made it in learning Spanish. But now I struggle to even get through a lesson because I FEAR making a mistake. This is not the the way to go, Duo. You're actually hurting people with this. Please take away the health feature.
What is the issue? 1/5
The app keeps locking me out. Keeps saying I don't have an account. I need to constantly establish a new account and lose all progress on all languages. Frustrating to say the least because then it says my email is already taken.
Fix this please because this app is extremely helpful when it works.
I was so excited to get this app! My high school had Mandarin-Chinese so I thought it would be cool to get ahead, but they do not have it. This language is one of the most spoken languages in the world, you would think they would have it.
Bonus Lessons 4/5
By Totes best
The app is great, I've been using it for practice for months. But using it for all that time and having an finite number of lessons has made it a little repetitive. I've also already learned the TWO bonus lessons. So I think there needs to be more bonus lessons added to French or new lessons altogether to keep it from getting boring.
Horrible Health Bar Update💩 1/5
If you have the app and you have this update, Get RID of Duolingo app immediately! Whenever you start a new lesson there will be a Heart icon with 5 life bars. And for even the tiniest mistake you get deducted a health point. And once you run out of health you will be locked out of ALL LANGUAGES for a maximum of at least 6 hours due to the recover of each Bar being 6 hours each.
The only way to even get hearts back is to pressing the practice button which takes you to a RANDOM skill which you already KNOW how to master. Or refill for the cost of Hundreds of Gems! Which got converted unevenly from your lingots
Duolingo started with the Adds, the payment for streak repairs, and now they try to get you to purchase gems starting at $6.99 to $19.99 with REAL money if you want to continue learning languages with this app. Utterly ridiculous. Stay away from this app if you have that update and try out Memrise or Babbel instead.
Very good 5/5
By NewLine Gaming
The people that say that health ruins the app are incorrect, the health feature can be an inconvenience but you practice five times and it is back to normal.
They sold out big time. 1/5
When this app came out it was ad free and achievement based. Now the app has ads in between every practice session and lesson and has thrown away achievement based rewards for micro transactions. I can understand needing money to help keep the service going, but what they have done is sell out. At the very least they need to get rid of the stupid health feature and micro transactions. They can leave the ads in because they aren't too intrusive, but they should consider getting rid of the ads and charging for the app instead. As of right now the app does me to piss me off then to teach me french.
More languages please. 3/5
Please add Japanese to the app. Japanese is the only language I actually want to learn. I will be so happy if this gets added.
5 start health 1/5
By A normal girl
Get rid of it. You are becoming like every other app once they've become big. Wanting money.
Updates are Back & Forth 3/5
By raven 19
I like this app. , I've had it since the iPad mini 1 came out. My one complaint, is that over time it seems developers are going back and forth with the updates, first they add a new health feature which makes you feel like your really being pushed to learn the material , you can only make a couple of mistakes or else you'll run out of health and won't complete the lesson for the day. Now, they take that away and come out with a new update that does not use this approach, basically, your free to make as many mistakes as you want, keep trying. This has been going on for a while now, why take it away now that I've gotten used to it. In terms of learning languages, the changing platform is annoying at best. Whatever change developers make, they should trust that long-term fans of the app will stick with it, only change what you have to.
They only use "popular most used" languages 3/5
I really wanted to learn my dads language "Bemba" which is most used in Zambia, Zambabwe, and other countries near those in Africa. They don't have it on the app I also noticed thy don't have Korean!! Now I can't communicate with my family in Africa because they all speak Bemba. THANKS DUOLINGO!! Also, the accent that they use makes it hard to understand what they are saying and also, it's really staticky and hard to understand. I have a brand new iPhone 7 so I know it's not the speakers PLEASE UPDATE VOICEOVERS AND ADD MORE LANGUAGES!!!
Great way to learn languages 5/5
By Mama dank love
This app is the bomb! The way that they present the lessons is simple, easy, and much like you would learn a language naturally. They start with basic words and phrases and you soon pick up an ear for what sounds right. I recommend it to everyone! And I have my 10 year old son learning Spanish!
Please return the progress graph 3/5
The progress graph has been missing from the iOS app for A YEAR and has been non existent since.
I also wish for notes. There none on the Moblie website either, anymore. I feel that at least having a text document on my app could be the least one could do.
Translation multiple choice is FAULTY 1/5
Please fix the bug on the multiple choice sentences. I answered each one correctly, even the variations, and they were still marked incorrect. I wasn't able to carry on with the lesson because this bug depleted my "health". This app used to be my favorite. I won't be using it anymore
Is it free or not? 1/5
By Cal Relsie
Currently, the App penalizes users who perform poorly by charging them money, or making them wait hours before continuing a lesson.
Maybe game theory teaches that this penalty will encourage better performance. I'll just stop using the App until Duolingo either charges an easy-to-understand and inexpensive fee, or elects to make the App free again.
An all time favorite app:)
Health Feature 1/5
I never write reviews, but this is pretty ridiculous.
This health feature blackmails users into paying money for a previously free service. You can't expect people to make no mistakes on new lessons! I've taken to google translate so that I can make sure I won't lose health points. I hope you can remove this feature and return the app to the system with lingots--it was much better that way.
I love duolingo, and I've used it every single day for nearly the last 200 days--but I'm thinking of making the switch to another system of learning if I'm expected to get everything right the first time on duolingo.
Frontload more input to be effective! 2/5
By brian peck
Duolingo has incredible potential! Im an native English speaker and Spanish teacher who is learning Vietnamese on your app to simulate the experience of my students since I encourage them to use Duolingo. I have found the opportunity exciting but frustrating. I think the problem is twofold: too little input and a lack of compelling material. First, I find that being prompted to translate from L1 to L2 early on in lessons is a mistake that frustrates learners who haven't acquired the language yet; it's simply too premature! I've been stuck on a possessive lesson for three days and just can't seem to get enough repetitions to get them straight - I'm not understanding and the program is already asking me to reproduce the language albeit by translating word for word but it's still challenging. Add in the fact that the meaning of the messages isn't very compelling - the program loses its appeal quickly. I'd recommend you attend a TPRS conference or classroom and see how they make language acquisition personal and compelling without forcing kids to produce language; that comes naturally. For an app, making the messages compelling might be hard for a large audience but at least give us more input at first even if it's boring. We need more L2 to L1! Tell stories at least...the sentences are just way too disjointed and meaningless. Great start!
Great language teacher 5/5
Love it love the updates
Daily goal messed up 4/5
No matter what level I've chosen the app has it completed after 10 XP
We need Arabic 5/5
I am about to finish the German . But please ... Arabic.
By Yea boooooooi
I love this app! It really helped me a lot! I would it love if there was Korean!
By Griffon girl
i think it's a great app so after dropping spanish class in school, i wanted to stay caught up. i just noticed that it doesn't talk about grammar rules. the whole feminine and masculine and how different people will have different verb forms. it just kind of throws it at you and i thought that it'd be a good idea to put that in the lessons. other than that, i'd say it's great! i especially love the bots!
great but.. 4/5
this app is really good for learning different languages (its probably my second favorite one and i have like 7 lol), and its really great dont get me wrong.. but, i reallyy would enjoy if they had korean 😫❤️
LOVE IT! 5/5
Omg!I love this app! It help me get a A+ in Spanish and I also got the Tinycards, which is flashcards👍🏻love this app
Love this app but... 5/5
I absolutely freaking love this app and I'm learning/reviewing 4 languages. My wishes to improve the app are A) please have the texting thing available for every language (like the texting thing you have for german) and B) teach new words more often like out of nowhere ill get a new word and I can't even click to see what it means. Other than that I love it but yeah I just wish you had more options for the Russian language (and others like that) like you do the german one.
What happened to clubs???????
Good but 4/5
There are tips on the website but they should also be available on the app. Also what happened to the club I was in?? The new update removed me from the club and now I don't know how to find it
i can no longer access my club. great app though
Amazing app, but... 3/5
By Lexmaster foreverr
it doesn't tell you what the new words mean before you start the course. It's annoying and reallt
hinders my capability to learn.
add sign language 4/5
By Breakfast eggs
i have been really happy with the other languages i'm learning but there is no option for asl and it would be cool if you added it thank you
Mug buen! 5/5
This app is very useful and it teaches very many languages! Currently I'm learning Norwegian and I can have full on conversations in Norwegian!
Great App 4/5
Love the app don't mind the ads occasionally just wish the meter will fill faster
A Must-Use App 5/5
By Ezra R.
That said, you get what you put into it. It is infinitely helpful for drills and mild simulated conversation.
You're awesome! 4/5
Just it needs to explain the grammars and more levels!
Good app 4/5
Great app. Should put plurals and show how to conjugate in the first couple sections.
Great app!! 5/5
Love the app. It's a fun way to learn a new language.
Duolingo is killing their own app 1/5
I formerly used Duolingo everyday. Literally, everyday. I had a 750 day streak going. I've found the app to be useful for maintaining basic competence. I just lost that streak. This asinine update has killed my motivation to use Duolingo. I got a handy message saying I could restore my streak for $9.99.
No thank you. Your grimy cash grab has forced me to reckon with the fact that Duolingo can only get me so far and that I'll need something better to continue progressing. Thanks for the moment of clarity.
Nice, but the health bar system is horrible 1/5
It's a nice and convenient way to learn a language at your own pace, but the 'health' system currently in use in the iOS version is really detrimental to the learning process. After only a few mistakes it can take hours for health to be restored and more progress to be made. It's not really 'free' education if you're constantly being blackmailed into having to buy more practice time. It's honestly just a thinly veiled way to get more money from frustrated users
This app is great, but it needs more languages 4/5
I rate it four stars because I was able to learn it without any trouble. The problem is that I didn't see any Tagalog, and I wish that I can learn it.
By Morena Mg
This really helped me learn French in a fast way because I thought it was going to be a long time until I would learn 10 percent French😊
By Parrotfish King
I love it and I can learn all the languages I want and I can hear how to pronounce them
PLEASE ADD KOREAN 3/5
By Sweg Chicken
I'm a huge kpop fan and want to try learning Korean but this app doesn't have it😩 , instead I'll just focus on learning Spanish
By Knight Rush Addict
The new update alleviated the symptoms but didn't cure the disease. At least I can practice like I used to, redoing lessons over and over again, but the health bar system is overall garbage and I can't give five stars while it's still as is. Granted, people generally don't go through new lessons fast enough for the hearts to be a huge issue with the new update, but I still don't like being limited.
(For the unaware, the update made it so your hearts regenerate when redoing old lessons, but didn't make them regenerate when doing new lessons)
I get it, you guys gotta make money, but this isn't the way. Truthfully, more ads would be okay as long they aren't too intrusive.