I recommend Duolingo as a way to learn the basics of a language. And as far as repetition goes, it's absolutely necessary to learn the grammar of the target language this way. We would all like to pick up our target language the same way we did our native ones, in a holistic, contextual environment where we couldn't help but learn it, whether we wanted to or not. Realistically though, that approach is rarely feasible for anything other than a mother tongue.
In fact, Duolingo has already drastically reduced the amount of times you must practice in order to earn gold in a skill, much to the chagrin of many others and I. However, as a learner, it's very important to overlook things like this and to embrace the opportunity in the first place. The fact of the matter is that we have an amazing, free language education app in our pockets and at our fingertips. I'm not sure if I could ask for much more. Besides, once you master the grammar of a language, you tend to soak up new vocabulary like a sponge, since the biggest barrier to understanding new words is not understanding how they fit into the big picture of syntax.
This is not an accusatory review though, of those who dislike the fairly rigid discipline of Duolingo's courses. This is simply an acknowledgement of what the app does well and what it could improve on, but neither anyone nor anything is completely perfect either.
Anyways, I hope many of you were able to see my point of view just as well as I hope I see yours. And great job, Duolingo team, on a fantastic app, you guys are the best!
Before I found out about this app I was going through so many different language learning apps, all the good ones always needed a subscription or some kind of payment. And the ones that didn’t need payment didn’t have the amount of languages that I wanted to learn (most were limited to Spanish which was only one of the languages I wanted to learn.). When I found doulingo I exspect Ed so little of it but I got more than I wanted, It teaches w to write in Spanish, it helps me to better read and understand it and owes it fun to learn it with game like parts to it. This app is a very fun,and easy to use app, what I DONT like about this app is the heart system, that makes it so you have not make any mistakes or that you’ll loose a heart that is gives me a little ✨anxiety✨( I don’t like feeling pressured to be good at stuff also why the frick do I have to pay to not loose hearts ) I kinda wish that there could be an option to where you could join filtered/ chat room that filtered innapropriate language chat room(we don’t like ✨pedos✨) were we could talk to others about how our learning is going, I mean- it WOULD help , since you could also talk to different people in Spanish , it would better help the communication skills, and you skills in typing in Spanish, just an idea♀️. Overall a good app, 100%.
If you got the end of this rewiew then thank you and I hope you didn’t mind reading it.
For my reality shiftiest: 777 (that angle number means luck)
I just started to use this app again even though I’ve had an account since 2016. I’ve taken some courses in high school and college for Spanish which helps in the language learning process; most is just refreshing with the language of Spanish. I can’t provide to much input as to whether it will help you become fluent or not because I’m still on the beginning stages of the lessons. However I am enjoying my time with it and hopefully it does help me get to where I would like to be which is a fluent Spanish speaker. I rated four stars because going through the activities I’ve noticed that when it tells you to repeat the sentence the audio seems to lag on the last word and take a little while to register that you got it correct. Everything else is great, I like that if you get something wrong you can go to the discussion section where other users have had the same issues as yourself which has helped me understand errors so I don’t make the same mistake next time. Even after viewing the comment sections duolingo itself gives its own tip by using an example to help you remember and avoid the mistake you made for the future. I would highly recommend the app for learning a language but like I said previously I’m not sure if it will help you become fluent or not. Fix the audio issues of it lagging for a few seconds and I’d gladly rate five stars!!!
I used Duolingo when I was in middle school so when re-downloading to brush up on my French I was impressed about all the changes that have been made since then. There are a lot of new features that I think are very useful, like the stories for reading comprehension or audio lessons for pronunciation. This app has helped me immensely and I do love it. That being said, there are some things I think could be improved.
First, the app more than ever feels like one of those spammy mobile games with ads after every lesson that are often hard to tap out of and sometimes up to three suggestions to try a certain premium feature. It doesn’t feel like “we have an upgraded version and some apps to help keep up free” from the Duolingo I remember. It gets very frustrating after a while.
There have been glitches in the XP ramp up challenge that send me back multiple levels (due to the app crashing or me failing a lesson and being supposed to go back only one level) and I have to buy them all with gems again. In the audio lessons, I find them convenient for when I am doing other things such as cleaning but sometimes it seems to just not register especially when I’m not right next to my phone. This could be an issue with my microphone but it seems to work just fine at other times and with other apps.
Thanks for reading my feedback :)
i love this app, it has been so helpful in learning, and it’s free! i really appreciate that. i use it daily and am noticing big improvements.
NOTE FOR DEVELOPERS—-
please, reconsider the devaluation of stories. some days all i have the energy for is a few stories, and i feel like doing them is helpful in the learning process. i don’t think it’s fair to get 5 points for a 28 point difficulty story, even if i have done it before. it didn’t use to be this way, then it was, then it wasn’t, then it was— just stop please. let us have our points. our time should count for more.
that being said- i just did several stories marked for higher amounts- 20 points, 10 points— and only received 5 points each one. falsely advertised. i updated the app and it wasn’t fixed. please just let us have the normal amount of points and quit devaluing them the more times we do them, or at least maybe RESET them once a month or something. i can see why you would want to discourage someone from doing the same story ten times in a row- so maybe at the end of the month, you have an opportunity to get 28 points for 28 point stories again? please consider. thank you
I became quickly disenchanted with Duolingo, mainly because they make it too hard to begin at an intermediate level. (I took the placement test, but the app didn’t apply the results because I’d switched languages and didn’t realize I had to log in prior to taking the test. By the time I’d figured that out, it was too late to re-take the test.) The frequent interruptions for ads is annoying, of course, but even worse, for me, is the necessity to tap the screen so many times throughout lessons. Because of my prior familiarity with the second foreign language, I was acing all the questions—but that meant there was zero challenge. I wasn’t learning anything new! So I’ve abandoned Duolingo and switched to library audio and written e-materials. I find them better in every way—easier to use, more challenging, also free, and more appropriate for my level. Even if you are a brand new student, I think you will discover that library e-materials are better. The only reason I didn’t give Duolingo two stars is that it isn’t harming anyone. :-/
So I’ve been using this app for like 3 years now and I love this. I’ve tried other apps, but they don’t really get to me like Doulingo does. I learned 3 languages in the span of 3 years, Spanish(first year), Italian(second year), Korean (recently). My only complaint is the health thing. I’m not gonna lie korean is not an easy language to learn. The letters are different and the way things are said is different. I struggled a bit in the beginning and most of the times wasn’t able to finish my lesson because I ran out of hearts. I really don’t like that when I make a mistake it takes health away. I hope that can be fixed with like maybe more hearts not just 3-4, but maybe 10 lol(kidding). But other than that Doulingo is great and I would recommend it to anyone. Forgot one thing: I had a very long streak and one day I was very sick and I couldn’t log on to do a lesson..I lost my streak and had to start over. It made me kinda mad cause like I really had an excuse not to be learning, but my streaks where lost
Ok so I absolutely love this app! I worked on it and I learned it easily! And I know it may be difficult to some people, because you aren’t actually looking and it’s VERY simple. Like I don’t understand why people have problems with it! I have only gotten better at speaking German and Spanish. Like I love how you do actual sentences instead of just words or random words put together and makes a sentence that doesn’t make any sense. Best app ever! Also I just wanted to mention, there is no adds! Like that is a big thing I feel like, because the only time there’s a add is when they ask if you want another heart, or something and also you have 5 hearts! So if your trying, you can get a lot done! I mean like yeah! Absolutely love this app! And it’s all free!!! Unless you choose Duolingo plus,
Which gives you unlimited hearts, and like some other stuff. But I completely love this app and I love to use it!
Ps I’m a teen and it’s a good app.
I stopped using Duolingo for a while and came back to an updated app, I was excited then quite disappointed. The way they go about lessons no longer teaches you it kind of throws you into things and let’s you sink or swim. Seemingly only giving you a lesson once you’ve gotten a question wrong enough times.
You’re using words in sentences that are introduced as “new” words in later lessons. The option to study what you know so far is only in Plus and I’m a few days into the free trial knowing I will not keep the subscription. I’m not sure where they’re pulling the info in the mastery quiz from but it doesn’t flow at all with what you’re currently learning and have most recently been going over.
I’ve really enjoyed this app over the years and now I’m just having a hard time getting it to keep my attention. I don’t plan on keeping plus but I guess I will keep the app for very unstructured practice.
I have been using Duolingo for a while now and learned three languages, French, German, and Spanish. I would definitely recommend this app for anyone, it is accurate for learning and teaches real languages. It is also appropriate and if you want you can even let your child learn from it. If you want to take it another step further you can even let your child learn from Duolingo ABC. This is a kids app that is for Duolingo. Also, both of these apps are free and don’t have as many ads as you would expect. I have been using Duolingo for years now and I just can’t explain how good of an app it is. Because of that, I’ve made a clever and catchy phrase for Duolingo. “If you see your old Spanish friend, tell em’ they need to use what’s hot right now, Duolingo.” I hope you remember this phrase I made and, you never know, maybe It’ll come to use one day.