App review by Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Plentiful, fun, fantastic, and free language lessons.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 21 reviews

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age 8+

Great beginner language learning app

This language learning app is great for beginners and anyone wanting to get a basic grasp of a new language. I like how it's visually easy to look at with no distractions from any advertisements (I chose the free version) or busy backgrounds to keep you from the main task at hand. The set up to get the app is fairly simple-choose an email and username or use your Facebook or Google account to log in. You can opt in or out to purchase the app or use it for free. Once you're in the program, you can choose the language you want to learn and it gives you options on how often you want to practice everyday (e.g.5, 10, 20 mins., or etc.). I chose the casual 5 minute daily practice and it was great. It starts out with simple phrases of two words and works up to putting those words into a full sentence. It has a default pronunciation in regular speed and it has a turtle option to slow it down. The progression is easy enough to encourage newbies to keep trying and get the free heart points to continue learning. As you get better at the game, the difficulty level increases but in an encouraging way where if you get an answer wrong, it'll give you a report on the correct answer and lets you continue on. When you fill the green bar at the top of the screen, it'll finish the language practice with a high five and send you to the main page. I would totally recommend this app if you're a beginner language learner who doesn't mind its simplicity and basic layout. It's very easy to use and kid friendly.

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Easy to play/use
age 6+


What duolingo has been able to do is bring the same learning style of expensive language learning programs like rosetta stone, and make them more fun, more engaging and most importantly more affordable (free with an optional monthly premium plan which adds offline capability).

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Easy to play/use

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