Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

App review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Plentiful, fun, fantastic, and free language lessons.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn languages by translating routine conversational statements such as "I am doing fine" as well as quirky sentences such as "No, I am not a woman" or "The apple is black." Though kids begin by downloading a particular language, they can add more at any time. Themes cover basics, phrases, animals, transportation, sports, money, and more. Duolingo: Learn Languages Free is a sparkling example of how apps can make learning easy, accessible, and extremely fun.

Ease of Play

It's super easy to navigate and use.

Violence
Sex
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are some references to alcohol (which is normal for European language-learning materials).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Duolingo: Learn Languages Free is an excellent language-learning app for middle schoolers and older kids (and grown-ups, too). Kids can choose from many languages -- including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French -- using a fun, game-style system that's very encouraging. Email registration is required, but push notifications asking users to keep practicing are optional. Kids will appreciate the gentle, positive approach to mastering a language, and they'll want to move through the levels, gaining skills along the way.

User Reviews

Adult Written byEmma R. September 8, 2017

Duolingo is 2017’s Best Free Language App Available

Duolingo is a great app for people around eight and older wanting to learn another language by spending a few minutes a day practicing. This app is great becaus... Continue reading
Adult Written byletzy m. October 10, 2016

My students love it!

I use this app with my students in my Spanish class. When you download the app, they ask your language level and you can pick the beginner( start with the basic... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byEdwardRech July 6, 2014

Fun. Easy. Addictive.

I myself use this app to study French and German, and it does this WONDERFULLY. It is VERY similar to Rosetta Stone, except free and better IMHO. It is also mob... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 10, 2015

Awesome! A Must For Learning A New Language

Ok, This Is Easy and Reliable App and Awesome!!!! It has crashed only 2 times in 4 months. I am learning French and it is sooo easy and even has correct pronunc... Continue reading

What's it about?

DUOLINGO: LEARN LANGUAGES FREE packs lots of language learning into an easy-to-grasp mind-map layout. After email registration and a quick but detailed level selection, English-speaking kids can select from a list of languages -- including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French -- while speakers of these languages (plus Romanian, Turkish, and Polish) can select English (though instructions are still partially in English).

Lessons ask kids to type or select translations for missing words, select a picture to match a word, or listen and type translations. Themes cover basics, phrases, animals, transportation, sports, money, and much more. Feedback is immediate; kids will hear a happy "ding-dong" sound for correct answers. Incorrect answers are followed by a low tone, an x, and, the correct answer. Mini-lessons and hints pop up at appropriate learning moments. You can navigate freely within four groups of themes but must complete the whole group before moving to the next. Kids also can choose to test out when they feel confident about a particular theme.

Is it any good?

Duolingo: Learn Languages Free is truly a fantastic app, packing many European languages plus English and full-sentence learning into an easy-to-grasp visual map. Many themes, immediate and gentle feedback, mini-lesson pop-ups, and hints at just the right moment make for a consistent and meaningful experience. Kids will stay motivated despite the lack of games partly because they can compete with other users anonymously or find friends via email. Kids also can switch to any of the other languages at any time and still maintain their progress in the one they've left.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the process of learning a language and do it together. Learn a language along with your kid and compete on the app, and then challenge each other to keep up a conversation in real life.

  • Watch a film in the language your kids are studying. See how much they can pick up, and then turn on subtitles to check their skills.

App details

For kids who love language learning

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