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Duolingo is Apple's 2013 App of the Year!
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Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.

"Far and away the best language-learning app." —The Wall Street Journal

"Duolingo may hold the secret to the future of education."—TIME Magazine

PC Magazine Editors' Choice for Language Learning: "Among iPhone apps for learning or practicing a language, you can't beat Duolingo."

"The most productive means of procrastination I’ve ever discovered. The short lesson blocks are painless and peppy, and reaching the next level (and then the level after that) becomes addictive." —Slate

Duolingo is changing the way people learn languages.

With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends.

Yeah, it's pretty sweet.


Get rid of health

But for one feature I would give this 5 stars. The health "feature" on the iPhone app only allows you to make five mistakes before you get locked out. At this point, you either have to buy more health, or wait for it to refill. It wasn't a big deal for the first few lessons. But I got to one that was harder for me and instead of giving me more practice to get better, I have to wait several minutes to continue. It became so frustrating and discouraging that I've chosen instead to pay to upgrade my old rosetta stone version. It's too bad because our whole family is learning French together for an upcoming trip. I loved being able to see everyone's progress. Noone else in the family uses apple devices and they don't have health. I can't understand it in the first place, aside from making people spend money. But why only have it on apple devices? This is a huge flaw that needs to be fixed.

Great language app

Love the app overall! Sometimes it has poor voice recognition, but is otherwise very good



Just let us learn

It’s just the money thing for more health. It doesn’t have to be that way. Adds are enough to deal with. Just let us learn.

Fun with learning

Easy to use, learn,

Well made.
Whisky Traveler

I was a little skeptical about a free language learning app, but this is surprisingly polished. Most importantly, from what I’ve seen, they get the language part right. It is able to compensate for minor differences in syntax or verb agreement etc. There’s a good mix of listening comprehension, written translation, verbal repetition and vocabulary matching that evolves with your ability level. I’ve used this app to practice languages I have learned previously and begin from NOTHING with Chinese and found it to be pretty effective.

It is fun

You add your friends and battle them to get more crowns

Beyond amazing

I am telling you right now.... you need to get this app. I’m learning Italian, my 6 year old is learning Spanish and my parents are learning German. It’s easy and fun to use.

LOVE Duolingo, one question

Okay, I want to start off by saying that I LOVE duolingo! I just wanted to write this review because I have one question. I am learning Swedish and I am on level 4 of basics. It is teaching me the same words that I have already learned over and over again. I have unlocked basics 2. Should I try that, or will the basics level just go on forever? I still LOVE the app!

Health killed a great app

Duolongo is amazing on a tablet or laptop but the mobile version has been destroyed by the developers greed. They incorporated a health system that they claim helps you learn. If you get five wrong answers you get cut off for 5 hours. Bear in mind that your phone’s autocorrect ensures you get a few wrong. Consider the bumps on the train or in the car and your ensured to get 5 wrong. But don’t worry, you can buy more health (of course). If the health system is designed for our benefit, why can I circumvent it with money? Feels like a money grab in the great trend to in app purchases. So sad for a once noble company!