Beware health and in app purchases! 1/5
By ken b austin
Duolingo online is very good. However, the iPhone app has this terrible health monitor. They are trying to get you to pay for gems to continue learning. It is a terrible way to monetize an app. I would pay for the app, or to get rid of adds. I won’t pay for gems to keep learning. Deleting app. Going to use online instead.
Fun & Free 5/5
So far it’s been a great refresher for French. It’s quick and easy and seems to cover basics well enough.
Love. Hate. Like It. 3/5
Learning French. Good start—Love. Then upgraded to Plus. Glad to lose the ads for nominal fee. My change to Plus coincided with Duolingo-initiated changes to progress reporting (it was simply lost) and to progress-related graphics (kinda confusing and introduced without warning). Both tech and community support disappointed—Hate. But wait...Getting motivated again after taking a sabbatical. So, I think for the present—Like It.
Demasiadas coronas 2/5
La verdad es decepcionante las coronas, son demasiadas repeticiones en vez de subir de nivel creo que estoy bajando mas.
Deberían de bajar la cantidad de repeticiones para obtener las coronas, por que eso hace a la gente sentir exhaustos y que no avanzan.
Best Language App 5/5
I have been able to speak everyday French just by learning the language through Duolingo. It’s amazing how much this app has helped me. I highly recommend it.
I’ve used Duolingo for years and love it so much, especially for Romance languages. I think one thing that would help me a lot is if on iPad you could write your answers out with a stylus or Apple Pencil. Especially when in class of taking notes, I want to see if I know how to properly write in a language like Greek or Japanese.
Great app! I’m learning Spanish!! 5/5
This app is amazing! I have been playing it for an hour a day and am learning Spanish! May I request the language Tagalog? I would love to learn the language of my family.
Learning can be fun! 5/5
By Me llamo Valerie
I randomly saw someone mention this app on FB so i thought i would give it a try to brush up on my Spanish. I am addicted now because it’s like a game. I LOVE this app & ive already learned so much!
Great If All You Need Is to Tell People You Like Bread 3/5
This app, while the best looking of the language learning apps, is actually the worst. This app doesn't actually teach you anything except to memorize things. You'll never actually understand why sentences form the way they do because the app doesn't tell you. Not only that, this app apparently assumes that you already know the language as it'll put in brand new words without an explanation and just expects that you'll figure it out. After 2 weeks with this app the only thing I can talk about in Spanish is that I like bread and I eat bread.
Easy to use! 5/5
Spanish class 5/5
By tagalog inay
Having fun learning
IOS penalizes for mistakes, unlike android version? 1/5
I just got an iPad for home, so I decided to download Duolingo for some at-home practice. I was confused that though I pay for a yearly subscription, 5 mistakes will have me have to wait 4 hours to return to the lesson or cost me 1.99 to continue my lesson. The Android version doesn’t do this.
I understand the need to monetize, especially when iOS monetizes so so well, but designing an immersion learning system based on learning from failure and then charging for this failure is just greedy and doesn’t align with Duolingo’s mission statement. Furthermore, it prevents people who don’t have the extra money to spend on in app purchases from hacking through a difficult lesson. Every tried learning a difficult concept in 5 minute chunks over 3 days? Not easy.
If this is the route that isn’t going to change, add the grammatical instruction back in like in previous versions to give a shot at actually passing the more difficult lessons.
In short - I’ll stick to the Android version.
Missing key feature: the instruction! 3/5
By smart french student
I enjoy this program and the multiple approaches to learning (type it, translate to and from english, word match, etc)
What is missing is the basic instruction as a reference to look up rules and review conjugations or vocabulary. They just expect you to guess correct and be trained but learning a language from zero means some framework of understanding basics (like - how to tell if words are masculine vs feminine in french, which is not obvious to me and I have guessed my way to level three in several categories already)
Lastly, in the free version you cannot advance without near perfect scores (80% consistently) so you are stuck with same basic vocab on loop trying to earn credits to move on ... annoying
I wish it was more versatile and not as “video game only”
Incredible but could be outstanding 5/5
By Chaos SSJ
Teach namekian and some other fictional fun to learn languages from anime’s and I’d be astonished
I recommend duolingo 5/5
Light ads, acceptable for me. Love this app I’ve learned So much and I plan to learn much more!
Korean alphabet 5/5
Difficult yet entertaining. Will keep on pressing on.
Sound is intermittent 3/5
By DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m using the app to learn Ukrainian. There used to be no issues, but at some point the text to speech that played whenever a word appeared stopped always working. Sometimes clicking the sound button on sentences doesn’t work either. It makes learning pronunciation quite impossible.
It was going great it worked well and I was learning Spanish quick but then all of a sudden I opened the app and all my progress was deleted it completely started over so i had to download another app 😪🤧😤
Best app for learning languages
Great app 4/5
By Caleb Barraza
I love this app so much. I use it to learn Chinese and Klingon too! I would just like to recommend one thing. I would like to be able to practice my Chinese without having to start another lesson. There is what I think is an Easter egg in the app. It is a tab that says practice and it appears but disappears when I press it. Incorporate this please and I will give you another star! 😉
Great app 4/5
Duolingo is a pretty great app. Although it is a bit tricky if you don’t have some experience with the language. I have a suggestion for a new language, Sindarian or Quenya elvish from J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. As a huge geek I would love to learn elvish! Duolingo already has at least two fictional languages, why not add another one?
I LOVE THIS APP!!! And that got me wondering. I am kind of famous on Musical.ly and I have 20 subs so I thought, if I can get 100 MORE people to join, could pay me $50? Plz.
Great app 5/5
Really teaches you the language, and gives you lots of options to choose from. The owl is forcing me to write this review. Send help.
GREAT APP! 5/5
I love this app. You can add more languages too if u want to learn multiple languages! It’s a fantastic app and very easy to learn!
Good, but need explanations 4/5
I’m enjoying it a lot, but I need explanations sometimes. I’ve spent many hours on it, but there are still things I can’t figure out. It would also be nice if we could see all the forms of each verb as it’s introduced. I am learning by doing, but I think I’d understand better if I could learn the rules as well.
Easy learning! 4/5
Loving this app to increase my vocabulary and understanding of Bokmal Norsk. I do agree with another reviewer that there are some differences between English and other languages-female vs male words and some of the different rules. I had a sprinkling of knowledge before, but it is increasing everyday. Luckily, I have family in Norway who can help me! The “en” and “et” before words has been confusing, but my family cleared that up! They are impressed with my increasing knowledge and understanding of the language!
Please read 3/5
This is a really good app, but I get really mad when I run out of health and can’t do anything for several hours! Can you do something that when you watch an add you can refill your health?
Some Suggestions 4/5
By Advocate, Devil's
Great app, love it, use it to stay sharp on my Spanish and also to learn Italian. I would give it 5 stars but there are some very frustrating aspects.
1. As many others have stated in these reviews, the time to wait for a ‘heart’ (5 hours) is far too long. Sure, the app gives you the option to restore one heart by watching a video, once daily, but other then that (if I’m not mistaken) it costs 350 ‘gems’ to replenish full health (which I’m pretty sure is a limited time deal). For $2 you can buy 400 gems, and gems are awarded once in a while as you progress and reach goals and whatnot. That means without spending money i can only make 5 mistakes every day. Anyone who has learned a second language knows that it takes many more mistakes to actually become fluent. If I’m so afraid of making minor mistakes I am never going to learn the language correctly, being hesitant to speak around native speakers.
2. When I say minor mistakes I mean really minor. The difference between the words ‘huge’ and ‘great’, or using correct grammar when translating whatever language into English, instead of direct translation. Also, does reporting a mistake ever actually make a difference? Does anyone actually take time to review this ‘report’ when I disagree with the app?
3. When I am studying Spanish I can tap on an unknown word to view the definition. For some reason I can’t do so when learning Italian. Why is that? Is there anything I can do to change that? Repetition is the father of learning, but sometimes I feel like I’m playing a memory game rather than actually learning.
I think this app is extremely useful and a great learning tool. There is a decent amount of praise for going on long streaks without any mistakes, but as soon as you do make a mistake (which you should and will) you are heavily penalized by it.
It’s okay 3/5
By Someone 👌🏻😂🔒
It works and I learned a little polish and got very far on Spanish but I had the new update now you have to have lives and I can’t be on it as long night delete this app and find new
Good for brushing up on foreign language skills 4/5
Good for re-learning Spanish, lots of guidance/not much for memory exercise. For a free app, it’s great!
By Yarlene Vargas Natal
Is very cool
My answer was correct!!! 3/5
By ABF Review
I enjoy using Duolingo except for the fact that I often have to report having the right answer when the app calls it wrong.
I love it 5/5
This app is really useful and helped me improve my Spanish and I'm getting so much better with it
Stopped working 1/5
Worked for a few weeks, now won’t even open.
Could be better 3/5
It is a good app and I liked it a lot initially but since the update, I feel like more focus is placed on vocabulary than becoming conversational. It doesn’t explain or teach you grammatical rules but penalizes you for every mistake, and when you run out of health after five mistakes, unless you want to spend money, you have to wait hours to practice again. If I am making grammar mistakes I need more practice not less practice.
Not working 2/5
(Update): So much for keeping a new streak going; the app isn’t working again despite an update claiming to “squash those pesky bugs.” Furthermore, Duolingo never addressed the issues mentioned below. I’ve turned off auto-renewal of Duolingo Plus.
(Previous) I had an 88-day streak going 3 days ago, but it now resets to 0 every day and doesn’t recognize the work I put in the previous day(s). Also, when I choose “practice” to regain Health, I’m not always given credit for it. The bugs have NOT been fixed despite the latest update, and the app has become frustrating to use.
By Kidz Bop #1 Fan
I learned Spanish in two days. Wow they have amazing ways of teaching.
Lessons won't open 2/5
I like the application. However, after I signed up for the free trial many lessons refused to load. They just get stuck on the loading screen and then the app crashes. Extremely disappointing and frustrating. I have tried to force quit the app. Then restart it. I have also deleted the app from my phone and reinstalled it. Neither of those two actions fixed the issue.
Recent update is frustrating 3/5
I love Duolingo. The most recent update is both good and bad. The good part is that each level contains more repetition and better reinforces learning. The bad part is that the consequence of making errors is discouraging and slows down progress. It requires the learner to pay a lot of earned points to continue, or to wait until the next day to continue. This is a bad decision on the part of the developers.
Monetization of a beautiful thing 1/5
The health bar is ridiculous. Remove it and you can have your five stars. Looking for another app.
Last Update Ruined It 1/5
Duolingo has worked well for me for two years—sometimes they get the answer wrong, but it is a valuable tool. But after update 5.2.30 on 6/17/2018, I can no longer open an individual lesson. The app opens, but when I select a lesson, it tries to load, but unsuccessfully (like the old Microsoft spinning hourglass). Tried numerous times the last two days, open/closed the app, deleted and reloaded. Nothing works. Not so valuable a tool if you can’t use it.
Error with speaking into app 4/5
When I simply press submit for a speaking portion, the app gives me the “Correct” message when I’ve said nothing and give the app about 1 second to cue the submit button. This needs to be fixed.
No music 5/5
I love Duolingo ! Excellent app but with the most current update I am unable to multitask with my apps and play music while on Duolingo ! Please change it back :)
Terrific tool 5/5
By Nashville writer
I've wanted to learn a new language for some time, and Duolingo’s giving me a short daily practice I can stick with.
This is a fab app. I don’t know if it could teach you to speak a language from scratch. But if you know a little bit it’ll bring you up to correct speech, spelling and reading. Most of all being able to “hear” what they are saying when people talk at the real speed of speech.
I appreciate it.
Worse than before 1/5
This app was a million times better before they added the life cycle. They say they want to make it free and fun, but now they force you to wait over hours to gain a life. I don’t mind the ads at all, but making someone wait to continue learning is poor development. Change the app back to the way it was where we could learn without having to wait and my review will change. This app was amazing before, but now it’s just no fun.
Newest update broke app entirely. When you tap a lesson the screen turns white and freezes.
It’s ok. 1/5
Does what it says. It was fun at times ,and I did learn a lot of the language. It is useful for making the most out of time spent waiting around. It works ok.
The heart health tracker in the corner was frustrating as I am prone to typos while typing quickly on my iPad. You can earn extra health by reviewing the same three phrases over and over. (Yeah, I get it. You REALLY want me to know how to say, “Bread and water.” And I love reviewing it because I may need to say it 50 times in a row in one sentence.)
You can also gain health by watching ads. Which wouldn’t be so bad if you weren’t already bombarded by ads. I am exaggerating when I say that I spent as much time watching and looking at ads as I did learning the language, but not by much.
I see why this app gets such high reviews. It is engaging and for some, it is a much easier way to learn than sitting in a classroom. I’m also sure that going ad free makes the experience much more enjoyable.
I stuck with it for a while, but it was clear that I couldn’t enjoy it with ads popping up constantly, along with reminders to buy the full version. When I realized that I was getting serious enough about learning the language to buy the full version, I was so annoyed with the app that I purchased Rosetta Stone instead.
Love it but... 5/5
Would like to see a night-time mode. I’ve played on Duolingo for years, every morning and night, and if hurts my eyes to look at the bright screen. Thanks!
Duolingo started off as the most incredible tool for connecting humans around the world, a free and intuitive way to learn a language. The introduction of microtransactions and “health” have turned it into just another money-grabbing app. As an American adult trying to learn Vietnamese, I will make more than 5 mistakes in a lesson. Rather than sensing that this is a difficult skill to learn that requires immersive practice, Duolingo has taken the road of greed and insists on your money before finishing a lesson if more than 5 mistakes are made. This is punitive and not conducive to learning. Learning requires a little nurturing and encouragement, not prompts for purchasing gems or whatever they’re called. Duolingo has lost sight of its origins, which is ironic for a service that connects people from varying origins themselves. Unless you have a basic knowledge of the language, duolingo is no longer the tool for you and it is a shame.