This used to be such a great app. But ever since the developers went to the pay me first approach the quality has gone downhill. Recently I went from a 54 percent proficiency rate to 49 percent rating in one day without even doing anything. My guess is that up to 49 percent is the free part of the lessons and anything more you must pay to play. Duolingo education is really not free.
Haven't taken any language since high school but I expected this to be more basic for the casual user. Instead it went right into asking me the word for a person. How am I supposed to know it if they haven't shown it . Additionally there is much too little audio. Too many words I am left wondering how to pronounce.
Great app. I will only post what improvements should be added since the app is near flawless. It would be nice to chat with members in your group for help and motivation. More achievements and more items to spend lingo on would be nice. Inactive members should be removed if they are inactive after a certain amount of days (can't tell the admin to kick them). The comment sections for lessons are filled with spam and not many helpful tips. This app would be perfect and I would pay if those were applied. Thank you.
Update: I mostly enjoy this app. The language learning (I am learning Spanish) is pretty good, I think. BUT!! I do not like all of the strengthening exercises. Some would be fine, but today I logged on and I had SIX sections to strengthen. I never got to the new material, because I ran out of time. This happened even when I was on a 25 day streak! There appear to be checkpoints throughout the sections, but I don't know what use they are to me. One would assume that if you pass a checkpoint, you won't have to go back as long as you keep practicing/learning. I want to learn new material, but I am stuck proving that I know the old material.
This is a fun & fast way to learn another language. There's definitely some guesswork at times when they're introducing a new concept, but since it's based on natural learning methods that's to be expected & is quickly overcome. I wish you would add Japanese; I'm getting rusty! Edit (5/19/17): PLEASE ADD JAPANESE!!! My French is coming along very nicely, but I NEED to brush up my Japanese.
I've been using this app for a long time now and I love it! The exercises are very good and there is an abundance of follow-up information in the comments from some very helpful and active community members. The app also does its best to keep you motivated. My only complaint is that the app tends to encounter an error while processing payments for streak repairs, and it takes money without actually repairing the streak. This happened two times already, so 4 stars because Duo owes me 5€ -_-
- Show streak in home
- Show fluency score in home
- Challenge correct streak animation and bonus XP
- We're hiring an Android developer: duolingo.com/jobs