Website review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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age 13+

Stellar game-based lessons make for solid language learning

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age 11+

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age 8+

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age 18+

Innuendo in an app marketed to younger teens

My husband (formerly studied Spanish in high school and a little in college) has been using Duolingo to brush up on his skills alongside our teen daughter who is taking Spanish class for the first time. Today he was in Set #36 called "Quiero ser como tú," when an adult asks a child, "Why do you think I'm a lion tamer?" The child responds that he/she has found some lion tamer tools in the adult's closet. These items will be universally understood by adults as accessories for S&M. A young child probably wouldn't think much about that statement, but it is completely inappropriate for their target audience, teens. Teens are already bombarded by so much inappropriate content in media. How is it that Duolingo - a language app- with its cute owl logo, is promoting normalcy of carnal dominance scenarios? Innuendo in an app promoted for and most commonly used by young teens is not funny. It is irresponsible.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much sex
age 7+


Why 13+ ? This has a good Privacy Policy and really helps in learning that is good for kids !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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