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