Duolingo is a free text translation app that includes resources for English speakers to learn German, French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, as well as resources to learn English from all the languages mentioned, except for German. It offers written and dictation lessons and a skill tree in which you can keep track of your progress. It syncs across devices thanks to cloud services.
It offers written and dictation lessons and a skill tree in which you can keep track of your progress
The greatest part of this app is that you are developing your skills and simultaneously translating the web. Similarly, it allows going through lessons if you are offline. Generally users love Duolingo, although some of them criticize the reduced speaking practices and claim that some sentences lack context.
Once you are done with the download and installation process, there are two paths to follow in Duolingo: start studying a language from the beginning, or taking the placement test to skip some lessons if you have studied that language before. This way, you will be free to bypass the stuff you already learned.
Duolingo structures lessons as games. In each lesson you get four “lives”: every time your answer is wrong, you lose a life. If finally you run out of lives, then you have to start the lesson again. In Duolingo there are several ways to get ahead in lessons: racking up points for completing translation tasks and lessons, getting credits for particular accomplishments or increasing your tally of vocabulary words you’ve learned, amongst others. This app allows you to have friends, so you can see their scores on a leaderboard.
If you got a question wrong and do not understand why, simply click on the “Discuss Sentence” link to open a discussion forum. Usually, there is somebody that asked your same question before, so the answer will be waiting for you. If that is not your case, go ahead posting your doubt; surely there will be somebody responding soon.
Repetition is a great way to embrace new and unfamiliar content. In Duolingo, reviewing old lessons do not only mean racking up points again, but also keeping your vocabulary marked as “strong” (if you do not come back to these words often, they lose “strength”). If you are looking for something more challenging, Duolingo also includes Timed Practices you can unlock by earning 25 lingots. They consist of 30 initial seconds to answer 20 questions.
Duolingo 3.2 Features
The unique features of Duolingo are:
- English-Spanish, English-French, English-Portuguese, English-Italian, English-German
- French-English, Portuguese-English, Italian-English, Spanish-English
- Four hearts/lives granted for each lesson
- Placement test to check your level and bypass lessons
- Skill tree to keep track of progress
- Synchronization across devices
- Discuss Sentence to see an explanation for your mistake
- Ability to add friends and see their scores in a leaderboard
- Unlockable Timed Practices
- Offline mode
If you want to read more information about Duolingo before you download it, feel free to visit the developer’s site.
The minimum system requirements to correctly download and install Duolingo are listed below:
- Android 2.2 Froyo or later
- iOS 6.0 or later
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Learn different languages as well as translate text using Duolingo
By Mugambi Irene
On Monday, September 7, 2015
Are you a English speaking person and would like to learn to translate in Spanish, German, Italian, French or Portuguese, or do you speak any of these languages except German and would like learn to translate in English, Duolingo the app translator for all this work and gives lessons in written and dictation form. As you learn you can keep track of your progress since it has a skill tree. You can go through lessons while offline. While learning you can opt to learn lesson by lesson or skip a lesson if you already know it. Its lessons are fun to learn since they have live like games where you loose a life when you give a wrong answer. But you have the option to repeat the lesson if you run out of lives meaning you have failed that lesson. You can make friends with your classmates then you can be seeing their scores making you able to rank yourself. You can even have a class discussion to discuss a question you have not understood by clicking 'discuss sentence'. You have to review old lessons in order to rack up points and also keep your vocabulary marked strong. Duolingo also has timed practices where you answer 20 questions in 30 seconds then earn 25 lingots. To have Duolingo you need iOS 6.0 or later, Android 2.2 froyo or later and its compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.Try Duolingo and learn as you translate the web, and also enjoy its cloud services.
- You translate the web as you develop your skills.
- You can learn while offline due to its offline mode.
- Add friends and rank yourself by seeing their scores.
- Some of its sentences lack context.
Learn a new language with ease with themed lessons and rewards
By Ellie Teller
On Monday, July 20, 2015
Duolingo is a translation app that allows users to learn new languages by translating texts in a cool way. Each language is divided into several themed modules with increasing difficulty that cover all commonly used expressions and sentence structures, basic words and verbs. There are different exercises such as identifying a word from four images, filling in the gaps or translating full sentences from your mother language to your new one and vice versa.
Once you are familiar with a lesson and you pass all the exercises, the next one will unlock, and will make you use all the things you’ve learned combined with new terms. Nevertheless, if you fail three times you will have to restart the lesson. You will often move forward without being completely familiar with a lesson, so don’t be afraid of repeating it as many times as you need, trust me, the effort pays off later on.
- Well planned lessons and modules that cover all the basics
- The game rewards you if you practice your new language every day
- If you are a native English speaker everything’s fine, otherwise, the app has its flaws
Duolingo 3.2 is by far the best, free language learning app available
By Gfx Sine
On Thursday, March 26, 2015
Duolingo 3.2 is innovative language learning app that uses gamification to enhance language learning. Created by Luis von Ahn, Duolingo 3.2 offers several languages including French, German, Dutch, Polish, Turkish, Russian, as well as regional dialects of languages including Spanish and Portuguese. The app supports various input and output formats to cover important areas of language learning such as listening, speaking and writing. Further, each language has various tiers and levels, and users can collect lingots by completing exercises without losing any hearts. Lingots represent accomplishments. The lingots collected can be used to buy heart refills, clothes for the Duolingo owl mascot, Duo, as well as other bonus skills. Users can also view discussions for questions to further clarify confusions.
Besides being useful, Duolingo is also a smart app. Duolingo creates a list of words as users level up so that they can revisit and revise the words at a later time as they forget. Additionally, Duolingo allows personalized quizzes to strengthen one’s language skills as they move along. If a user is on a streak, then Duo (the owl mascot) regularly reminds users to keep practicing their language. The community on the Duolingo website is also very supportive and helping and users can initiate discussions if they want to ask questions.
- Gamification methodology of language learning is very effective
- Active community for discussions and seeking out help
- Regular reminders to keep away from losing track
- Customized quizzes for revising words and strengthening skills
- Not as in-depth as a language textbook
- Occasional mispronunciations in the quizes
- Rare errors in sentence translations