Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free Education App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Duolingo
  • Updated: Nov, 13 2012
  • Version: 3.2
  • Size: 14.34 MB

Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

Seller: Duolingo, Inc

• Sometimes smaller is better - the app size has been nearly cut in half.
• Hello new people! Russian, Turkish, Hungarian, and Dutch speakers can now learn English on Duolingo.
• More general awesomeness than before (i.e. we fixed some bugs).

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
1277 Ratings
All Versions:
61637 Ratings


Duolingo is Apple's 2013 App of the Year!

Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.

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

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

"We’ve also tried a few other methods such as book learning and Rosetta Stone, both of which bombed. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try Duolingo. And believe me, it’s addictive." —FluentIn3Months.com

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. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages.

Yeah, it's pretty sweet.

Customer Reviews

  • Awesome, simple and fun

    by Lynnjenna

    This app is great. I love doing it when I have down time.

  • Fantastic app

    by Tmills0513

    This app allows u to learn another language at ur own pace. It makes learning fun and kinda addicting. Love this app!

  • Good

    by Soelo8

    Helpful app! Transcribing audio is hard, but it makes sense if you are going to be talking out loud. I'd like a separate conjugation drill for French verbs. I need to review that every day.

  • Great

    by Thnyfx

    Great for new a new learner

  • Great app!

    by dinj

    Works wonderfully.

  • Simply Fantastic

    by depintel

    Best language app I've seen so far. Easy and fun. 5 minutes a day goes a long way.

  • Learning app

    by Gabbers1889

    Best app for learning the languages it offers.

  • Hopeless

    by BFTL

    I have tried learning Spanish using many options so far this is the best. In spite of myself I am picking up some words and understanding.

  • Amazing game

    by Omar Fedah

    This is amazing game help me learn languages in a quick and easy way. I would hope to see more languages in the next update such as Japanese!!!

  • Much better time waster than a game

    by Metalman_98

    I still like this app even after a couple of weeks of playing. I'm not sure how often I'll need to use phrases like "My horses eat cheese" but I'm guessing such simple phrases are part of the learning process. I'm curious what the 'end' of the app looks like, or if I'll ever get there. This is the longest I've ever used an app for language learning, versus dropping it after a week of use. One glitch I had was resolved by logging out and back in. A great app overall!

  • Best Language App EVER

    by Tay~Chet<333

    I live this app. I now know 5 languages and can speak them fluently thanks to this app!

  • Good

    by Poileth


  • Love it

    by Crownlesskingg

    I'm using it to learn Spanish

  • Great for learning at your own speed

    by Jbslider23

    I am loving learning German with this app- I can use it on the bus, at lunch, whenever I have some spare time. It is more about memorization than learning the skills, so it's easier to read than have conversations. Regardless, Duolingo is a great starting point!

  • the duolingo, best way to learn a language

    by reza mehrabi

    hi every body thanking to duolingo team for this prefect app , i have few offer first please add russian to your course seconde please add basicly word to your app like use able verb , like am , is , are , etc thanks

  • The perfect educational tool for a guy like me

    by Miked13819

    I play lots if video games - something like this is right up my alley - it's already helping me understand languages better, and it's a great rehash from the days of high school Spanish.

  • Excellent

    by Jude

    Very helpful

  • Fun way to learn Spanish

    by RatbonesWazer

    I am enjoying this app to learn Spanish. The simple word structure and having it read to me then me read to it makes the interaction positive

  • Fantastic app!

    by ryuNsea

    Learn foreing lang. easy and fast. I love this app...

  • Brushing up on my French skills!

    by UAB-DG

    Great app to jog back your memory! I will say it's much easier since I've had exposure to French, may be a lot slower process if I did not. Overall it gives you the basics and will get you around! Love the oral and written variations! Limited languages available but can't wait till they add some more to it!

  • Fantastic app!!!

    by Keg_T

    I've always wanted to learn another language and this is by far the easiest way I've tried. It really works!!!!

  • Señor

    by El Peno Bandito

    I only rate really good or really bad things. Had to give this 5 stars it's awesome.

  • Best app

    by drift007

    Would've given a 5, but, as somebody mentioned, it needs a section for various grammar rules that is necessary for the particular language, something like a chart, so you can get a bird's eye view on what you have to learn. Other than that. Perfekt.

  • Learn

    by Black red Manu

    This is great love it!

  • Супер

    by Goldman Fisher

    Мне очен нравиться

  • Amazing app!

    by theneverafter

    Actually makes learning Spanish fun! ¡Muy bueno!

  • It simply works.

    by thomas.sweet

    Love it! I already feel much more confident in the languages I am learning.

  • Muy Bueno

    by Elroy88

    What's not to love about an app that gives you easy-to-follow steps on learning any language you choose?? I've been wanting to put forth a genuine effort to learn Spanish and this app has definitely become a great teacher. Can't say enough good things about it

  • Great

    by Kicks rock

    Love this app quick and easy games that help you learn a new language. Also when your in the go and don't have time to read a book or sit it class ..

  • Great way to learn!

    by balancemichele

    Easy and fun way to learn another language!

  • Awesome

    by Passenger123

    Entertaining & educational

  • Love this app,but

    by Jaybay Calhoun

    I love that the app is super easy to use and goes over a lesson multiple times so you can be confident what you are saying is the right thing. BUT You need to be able to study more than one language at a time. You should add Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese.

  • Good App

    by Ottox

    I just started to learn German. For me was a good experience to know the basis of that language.

  • Fun!

    by Roseanne Lasater

    I love this program! Graziè

  • Really useful!


    Great way to begin learning a language. Basic, but thorough.

  • pretty nice

    by aplereallysux

    Great way to drill vocab and concepts and it's something you could do every day while in the bathroom, lol. The only minus is that they use computerized voices instaed of prerecorded speech so I would supplement this with something where you hear a real speaker, or else you will end up sounding like the Mac robot in whatever language you're learning.

  • Great!

    by Viaggiatore87

    Fun, helpful, great way to learn.

  • Really fun!

    by 12minuteathlete

    Wish I'd had this app in high school Spanish, i would have actually learned how to speak the language!

  • Excelente aplicacion

    by Jose_Anaco

    Divertida, bonito diseño y fácil de usar. Me parece q ayuda mucho con la gramática

  • Great ap!!!

    by Missysar

    This app has been so helpful, sure it won't each you the whole language but it reenforces everything you do learn! So worth downloading!

  • Great Tool!

    by ScottyD1974V

    Still in beginning stages, but so far, so good. Lessons build upon one another, but subtly so.

  • Hollysue

    by Hope j

    I really enjoyed the app

  • Awesome app

    by NJhelp

    Five stars for sure

  • Fun & entertaining

    by Robert el nabo

    It's a way to invest your time in having fun & you also are learning

  • Awesome it really helping.

    by Ifuufiri

  • Suggestion

    by voodooman69

    This is great app ,I enjoy using it . If possible could you or the programmers add pictures that would support the idea of the lesions being taught. It's a good program I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn ..

  • Learning is now easy and fun

    by Cosimo De' Medici

    This is better than any class because it is so personal. It also makes learning very fun and easy. Unlike any other. If you want to learn a new language or two then you should definitely get this app. Only problem is it doesn't really tell you why. But it still is the best by far. Love this app.

  • Excellent resource

    by Kalfgd

    Parallels a Spanish course I am taking and it's a great way to practice and expand vocabulary.

  • Great app, especially considering price...

    by Timm Peterson

    Picking up some Spanish pretty quick, can't wait to try it out with native Spanish speakers...

  • Great educational app

    by NancyMN

    I really enjoy using this app. I tried Pimsleur, but this work much better for me.

  • Easy to use. Easy to learn.

    by Fallon Gillingham

    This app is awesome. I never thought I would find a program that would make learning fun and easy. Best of all it's portable so I can keep up practice even on the go.

  • Fun to play and learn something at the same time!

    by jbrodersen

    Love it so far, though that might change as I work into more difficult sections! We will see if I can actually speak a full paragraph in French over the next couple weeks.

  • Comprehension Builder

    by PahFish

    Wonderfully created. This application really teaches vocabulary, grammar, and speaking while forcing you to review previous skills periodically so that nothing is forgotten. This is the only foreign language tool I've found that even comes close to classroom participation or immersion. Good work, Duolingo!

  • Great !

    by Cascadesnow


  • Awesome app!

    by Tnicoleg187

    Hands down one of the best apps I have ever downloaded. They make it fun, and easy to learn the language of your choice. Have fun!! It's addicting.

  • I love it!!!!

    by LvnFulOut

    I am really enjoying this learning process! It's fun and entertaining! Keeps my attention for the whole time. I like that I can hear the phrase as often as I like

  • learn on the go

    by atyp1cal

    simply perfect

  • Love it

    by Arthur270

    This is a fun way to learn another language.

  • Duolingo

    by ..Sanka..

    Great app, and a new great way to learn a language while all you actually do is play! Have been searching for such an app for long time Can't wait for new languages to be there

  • Great!

    by Kddddddk

    Lots of fun!

  • Great program, but really hard to hear the French Audio clips

    by atando2

    I started last week with French, and am having a great time going through the lessons. It seems to be working for me. The only problem I have is that I really can't hear the audio clips well. Even with different pairs of headphones, the audio is muffled, which especially for French makes it really hard to get through without losing hearts.

  • Easy to use

    by Salas112

    Simple and easy way to learn the basics and then some! Great app.

  • Great app!

    by Italy rom

    This app Is amazing!

  • Great so far

    by Reddymi

    Not sure it will stick but it is fun.

  • Really good!

    by BNLGusterfan

    I've only been using the app for a couple of weeks, so I don't know yet how much it works, but I do look forward to practicing daily!

  • I like it

    by thisnickname was taken

    I like the app

  • Fantastic

    by ^*!!yes!!*^

    Best language learning tool out there and a brilliant and beautiful app, 5 stars no question

  • So smart

    by Ndminsalv

    It makes learning a language a game. You want to do better - totally addicting! Love it.

  • Love it

    by OliAgnes

    Love it. With every class i feel more comfortable to speak Spanish. My kids are learning French.

  • Great application

    by Albert Francis Simmons

    Get started today and learn that language you always wished you had taken in college or high school. This is genius and the writing and reading aspect go a long way! Amazing product!

  • Love it

    by Tisgaym is cool

    Beautiful interface and in depth courses

  • Great app!

    by Anthony Giacalone

    Love, love, love this! Get it now!

  • Best app I have tried to learn German

    by WoodenRabbit75

    Maybe it's because I know some German already, but this app is really helping me to get a better understanding of some things, like all the pronouns. I like the setup and the flow of the lessons. This is great. Now, I am brushing up on a little Spanish that I had learned back in high school. I recommend this app.

  • Terrible, the worst possible

    by J-doog

    I mean like if you already know the language it helps but it doesn't teach you anything. It just throws you into the middle of the language and doesn't teach you anything before hand, and literally any other app is better this one looks all fun and professional but it's just terrible and useless, unless ofcourse you know the language already

  • Fun and interactive!

    by Djsept15

    I'm addicted to this app as if it were a game! What a wonderful and easy way to learn a language. Great for beginners, probably not for the well versed, more advanced student. I think kids should have this kind of program in schools!

  • Never mind

    by Sp=Sonic player

    I actually did it wrong.

  • I love this app

    by @mindofju321

    This app is amazing!

  • Easy to use, and fun!

    by Schopend

    I've tried Rosetta Stone, and classes for learning Spanish, but neither is as fun or simple as Duolingo.


    by SpaceBoots3362

    It would be even better if Duolingo came in Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Arabic (for English speakers), gave more in-depth grammatical explanations, and even more lessons. Thanks

  • Amazing!

    by Rogerfish64

    Would recommend to anyone. Great interactive way of learning.

  • Just what I needed.

    by KCCO World

    I've always wanted to practice my Spanish with somebody and this takes out the need to have somebody else to practice with. Iit is an amazing app for someone who learned Spanish from a textbook and wants to get better.

  • Love this App! The whole family loves learning!

    by Esorrells

    As a liberal arts major and self-professed nerd, I took 3 years of Spanish and 5 of French in high school and college! So this app has been so much fun helping me remember what I learned so many years ago! My kids have downloaded on their devices as well and now we have French night where we sit around the dinner table and practice our French on each other! I highly recommend this app, it helps keep you on goal and I love that you can strengthen skills without having to redo the entire lesson.

  • More languages

    by Happy town

    I would love it if you guys added Russian for English speakers.

  • Great app for learning

    by Palmer Haas

    Great way to learn Spanish.

  • Makes it very easy to learn French!!

    by Orchid mom

    Great app. I am actually enjoying learning!!

  • Amazing

    by MacBOOKERR

    Just amazing work is done on this app. I have learned more from this app than my class. I would like to have an option where it explains to me what I did wrong.

  • Phenomenal

    by Megadtanyn

    Best way to learn languages period.

  • Wish it had Other choices

    by Lizzy0708

    I like this app and so far it's been helpful in learning a new language but I really want to learn Russian, Swedish, or Japanese and I wish this app had them

  • Genius!

    by nmfrontier

    Almost perfect. Can't wait for the undates!

  • A fun mix

    by Mcauleyorama

    Good for beginners. More than memorization, as you must speak, read, listen, and type.

  • Good

    by 89pages

    Good but could spend some more time introducing words and grammar

  • Buen curso

    by Tuzasa

    Es un buen curso. Ya he visto muchos y este ha sido el mejor. Te pone examen en cada lección. Ha vas aprendiendo en cada lección. Muy buen cursó felicidades

  • Awesome Rescource

    by Herby Shawshank

    Bringing the people of the earth closer together. :)

  • Love it.

    by Hazoorah

    I love love love it, it's easy and challenging, it's a must.

  • Awesome app

    by MomRose

    Can't limit myself to just 10 min a day.. Too much fun. Wish you could buy more stuff with points though.

  • excelente!

    by sentadopensante

    aprendí mucho con esta aplicación, lo use para no perder la práctica con el inglés pero a parte aprendí mucho cosas que siempre quedaron colgadas.

  • Awesome

    by Gaurav Ojha

    Very interactive, simple and fun to use, great user interface, and excellent learning tool. The best part - you can learn a language on the go.

  • Great ap!

    by Heather Bracey

    Thanks to the developer for a great ap! I love it!

  • Addictive

    by Jencornell

    Amazing app!! Totally learning a lot and worth the time.

  • Great!

    by Mase33356


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