Edit 06/22: Stars deducted for the most recent update that added the timer to strength exercises. This should have been an option where people could choose what works for them. I'm probably going to look at other software to continue my studies as I find this extremely distracting, and frankly, unnecessary. This reminds me a lot of another company's expensive language software - but this is laid out in more logical lessons and it's free. I feel I've learnt a lot in a short time. I would like to see other languages added over time, even if they are premium addons.
This is the absolute best language learning app and website, miles better than Rosetta Stone and LiveMocha. This app allows me to speak with both native speakers and advanced students of any language that I choose to study, all while providing an in-depth and repetitive exercise set for SEVERAL grammatical and vocabulary topics. It also helps me to keep track of my fluency! If I can offer any criticism, it would be to have a better and clearer diction with the audio clips, as well as to somehow implement some cultural and historical aspects into the lessons. For example, it would be fun to learn about Dalí and Garcia Lorca and Mexican revolutions when studying Spanish, or to discover some Eastern European art or literature when studying Ukranian. But those are just small things. Overall, GREAT JOB, DuoLingo!!
Really enjoying the newly added Japanese. It starts off teaching Hiragana and then delves more into vocabulary and phrases. Also it is really cool to be able to learn languages such as Irish as well as more traditionally learned languages such as French. Free version of app does contain ads, but they are minimal and not intrusive. Great app to learn languages with!
The timer puts me back in the lessons at school that are the reason I don't speak any other languages. I really liked this app until then. Now it's like all the times you were shamed at school. But your phone is shaming you. I have no idea what they were thinking. Avoid the shaming.
Helpful! This is an app that is suitable for all kinds of people that are interested in learning a language. One of the few apps that I would consider essential on any smartphone. It is easy to use, and the only suggestion I could offer might be different difficulty levels. Naturally, I have no idea how (or if) such a component would (or could) be added. Also, the android developers must have been working hard these past months to bring Japanese to the android version of the app. Your hard work doesn't go unnoticed; thank you very much!
I'm usually quite lazy when it comes to using apps, but DL is a great app that I'm really happy with! I feel I'm learning alot in a nice steady pace and it repeats phrases and words enough to allow you to really learn. Dutch is my first venture for this app and so far, so good! The odd sentences can be annoying though. Eg: "I am not a lemon", like whaaat?! All in all, it's VERY useful.
Announcing the launch of the Japanese course for English speakers, the most requested course in Duolingo's five-year history!
- Learn to speak Japanese and read all three of its writing systems: Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanji
- Get ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a special bonus skill
- Learn all of the vocabulary and grammar needed to pass JLPT N5, the most popular Japanese language proficiency test in the world