It’s fantastic. Duolingo is insurmountably the best way to start learning a new language nowadays. It makes learning languages in a classroom setting seem dreadfully slow and outmoded.
However, there’s always room for possible improvements:
The absolute worst thing about Duolingo is the hearts. I know they have to make money, but some things are just too frustrating. When I make a mistake on an exercise and lose a heart, I shouldn’t lose another heart if I make a mistake on the same exercise when the lesson gives it to me again so I can correct myself. This is the most infuriating thing about this app.
Duolingo also needs to realize that users who are further along in a course need more hearts in order to keep the number of mistakes they can make proportional to the difficulty of the sentences with which they’re dealing. It’s so annoying otherwise.
Another main problem with Duolingo (the French course at least) is that it doesn’t fully explain the words it gives the user. In French the sentence « Je m’en fiche » is more obscene than the English sentence « I don’t care. » It’s closer to « I don’t give a d*mn. » In French, the word « ventre » refers to the stomach on the outside of one’s body and might also be translated as « belly », while « estomac » refers to the organ on the inside of the body. But Duolingo doesn’t tell the user these things. I learned them by talking to French people on another app.
When you make a mistake related to that lesson (given in the « Tips »), it doesn’t specifically correct you (or remind you) about the grammar you’re supposed to be learning in that section. It will correct you about other things, but not that. I think it would be a really helpful feature if they added it, and it would prevent people from asking about grammar in the comment sections when the could simply be reminded of them from the « Tips ».
It would be nice if it showed you all the other possible correct answers you could have given rather than just one. Maybe have a « View All Correct Solutions » button or something.
There will often be one or two words that simply don’t register on the speaking exercises, even though I’ve said them correctly. I don’t know if it’s just me or what, but it’s kind of weird. It usually seems to do this with numbers, the name « Duo », and sometimes with new words that are introduced in that section (maybe? It’s hard to tell). The speaking exercises are quite nice overall, though.
I don’t understand the difference between Gems and Lingots.
First thing that I MUST SAY is to IGNORE the GOOD REVIEWS! Yes, there are some good things about this app, but lots of problems. I’ve had this app for about a year learning the French language. Guess what, I still can’t speak French. After and entire year of spending 2-3 days a week doing lessons for an hour each time, I haven’t learned much. I haven’t done it as much as others have but I feel that I should have learned more than I did during that time. There are quite a few problems with this app. First of all, Duo Plus. I really wish I could get Duo Plus, but it’s way overpriced, and by overpriced, I mean REALLY overpriced, considering how much you get out of it. The app tells you all the time “Keep trying! You’ll get there”. This really isn’t really true because you have to have “lives” to progress on the levels. I really, really hate that you have to have “lives” to learn a language. That’s a big problem and I think most would agree with me. Alright, second problem. Do away with the owl, please. I know it’s cute, but it’s more of a distraction than anything. Most people don’t mind it but I find it a bit annoying. Third problem, not a very good teaching method. You learn the most random phrases that wouldn’t really be used in real life. And it’s also very very repetitive, in other words, you learn the same stuff at least 5 times before you start learning new words and phrases. These are huge problems that MUST be fixed. If you’re thinking about getting this app, I wouldn’t download it. It needs some major improvements but once those problems are solved, I think I may give it a second chance.
This app has gotten me to learn languages but it doesn’t let you learn it at the pace you might like. For example you have to pay money if you want to continue a lesson after you got 5 wrong which is really annoying. The app isn’t bad in the sence that I can learn a language which it does help. But it doesn’t let you have a conversation that you like because some of the sentences it makes us practice are a little ridiculous like “is a fly big?” That was actually one of them. But most do make sence which is good. But one think that is agervating is sometimes a word will be spelt a little different if it’s put in a different context and it doesn’t teach us why? It’s just new word, learn it. Because if we don’t understand the context of the word then it’s going to be confusing when learning more of the language. Like there is 4 different words that mean “the” in german, 3 that means “speaks” and “understands” for a few examples. When I got agervated a few Months ago with “why are there 4 different words that mean the in german” I got a better response from google then Duolingo. So as a suggestion mabie have certain lessons in the context of words and make it so it’s less money grabbing. Cause sometimes I wanna do a fair share of the language but I can’t if my hearts run out! Also it makes me get the questions wrong if I get it off by one letter which can get really agervating. Because this app is helping me learn more languages but the way it’s doing it can be improved.
I’m enjoying Duolingo and have fo a year and a half. I have a paid subscription. I’ve used it on both android and iOS. It works markedly better on iOS.
I hate the exercises where it judges your accuracy in speaking the language. It usually misses the first word and short words. I’ve found pausing between words can help. But, it occasionally goes completely brain dead and no words are recognized. This is frustrating because it can savages your scoring. Sometimes the sentences aren’t well curated. Odd things like it will only accept the female form of a response when the context of the question does not merit it. Words are often omitted from the fast version of the audio. I’ve reached the point on a few languages where I could simply listen to the fast version if words were not omitted. Sometimes the noun and verbs don’t agree. Just odd things like that can really infuriate you when one lesson is particularly flawed. You can flag the questions. But, you’re still punished in your points. I have also found some language courses are better than others at fixing errors. French is particularly bad at fixing issues with only accepting feminine forms when both should be accepted. Additionally, it is the worst when omitting words usually it is English equivalent of the, your, our, his or hers. The fast audio drops the word while the slow plainly has it. I should NOT have to listen to the slow audio because it is simply wrong.
First: Let’s get real; after reading some of the reviews, let’s take it realistically because some of these reviews are not. If you take learning languages serious; with the repetition the way the app is set up, you will learn! The app also has it set up to teach you how sentences are created. The further you go the more you learn. Learning languages is about repetition to get it down to where you don’t even have to think about it (this is fluency).
Second: The app has a way to compete against others and awards are also provided. It’s nice having the award system, but don’t get caught up in taking this app like a game and trying to compete with others. Everyone has their own learning speed. It’s harder for some people than others and takes longer. Do NOT fall into that trap and comparing yourself to others. There are a lot of people who get on here and it’s a game to them; they compete, test out of skills to earn points, rushing through, etc.... then turn around and say the app don’t teach anything and it didn’t teach them anything. You can NOT sufficiently learn anything like that! This is already a long review. Just remember to take it serious, and take YOUR own time and YOUR own speed. Not everyone is the same! God Bless!
Okay, so, I used to really enjoy practicing on this app over the summer, and kinda stopped after school started. Anyways, I started using it again lately, and I’m extremely disappointed, because now I can’t really practice as much as I used to be able to since you are only given five hearts every like five hours or whatever, which only allows you to complete about six lessons per day. Not to mention, you are constantly stressing over making an error in per say the spelling (this is a learning process after all). I know i don’t work very well under stress, so this update is definitely irritating. I understand you’re trying to make extra money from the app by offering unlimited hearts and everything for the membership, but it’s a bit unnecessary since this is supposed to be a FREE app. Other than that, I love this app. Thank you for taking your time to read this.
This way of learning a different language is incredible. Duolingo keeps you invested by earning gems, experience points, and competing with others. I have learned so much from this app! The program won’t get you to native fluency (no app can do that at the moment), however, I does teach a lot all the way up to a2!
I hope this doesn’t go unseen but I would really like to see the Chinese course have a reading section. Duolingo only has a few languages available or this type of learning. Furthermore, I would also like to see an option where you can type in a foreign language on the app. Unfortunately Chinese doesn’t have this option. Finally I would love to see more uses of the Duolingo currency "gems". After awhile the currency seems to be mundane.
Overall great app! I’m at a 107 day streak!
This app is pretty good. I’m using it to learn Spanish, French, and Korean. I’m already taking Spanish in school, but I use the Spanish course for practice. One thing I’ve noticed though, by reading reviews and from the courses is that Duolingo is really useful to learn languages with the English alphabet (English, Spanish, French, Italian etc.) but with languages that use a different alphabet Duolingo isn’t much help. In the Korean course it doesn’t explain to you the different characters and the vowels, consonants, double vowels, and double consonants. It didn’t tell me what the placeholder ㅇ was so I looked it up on YouTube. I’ve been watching Korean lessons on YouTube and taking notes and it’s been much more helpful than Duolingo has. Duolingo is great with helping memorization though.
Long time off and on user and lover of the app and concept. Hate that you need to make an account to keep going when this was definitely not a “feature” before. But despite this set back I was quite happy with the services provided even on the free side. BUT...
Arabic is now the 6th Language I‘m learning and it’s absurd that as a genuine newcomer to the language I’ve already found 5 mistakes in the very first level. It’s mostly wrong audio clips but if someone is learning an alphabet for the first time and they’re being presented with incorrect information it’s more than a bit disappointing. I mean there are almost double the number of Arabic speakers worldwide of any one of these languages that you guys seem to have figured out no problem: Russian, German, French.
Hi my name is Ruth and I’m Hispanic, and I have been learning Japanese for the past three days and I already know lots of sounds and the character to write it and I know some numbers, words and I’m gonna learn so much more in the future. But what I’m trying to say is if u don’t have this app on ur phone, iPad or whatever, u missing out cuz Duolingo is the best on and idc bout the others, this app is number one for me so u better get this app in the next five seconds once u are done reading this so when u are done reading my review, u have five seconds starting..........NOW!! Go go go this app is fun!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️