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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Stellar game-based lessons make for solid language learning

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age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 7+

Es muy bueno!

4 of my children use this app. My 5yo uses it through me and I teach them the words. Bit hard for them o. Their own to use but my other 3; 10yo, 11yo and 12yo, all use it on their own devices. They have learnt more using Duolingo then they ever do from schools! I homeschool one of them and this is how we learn Spanish! Easy to see how much they have progressed and where they need help. It's fantastic! Worth the money for the family plan when there are plenty of us using it!! Definitely better to get the paid version. Having the option to go over mistakes and to use specific lessons such as listening/speaking exercise.

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Educational value
Great role models
Easy to play/use
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age 7+


Why 13+ ? This has a good Privacy Policy and really helps in learning that is good for kids !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Duolingo breaks the complex details of language-learning into manageable, meaningful chunks. Users don't just read about how the language works; they're guided step by step through exercises and they get instant, detailed feedback. The lessons use several methods to help kids understand vocabulary words, usage, verb conjugation, and other elements. They view photos to learn terms, translate sentences back and forth beween languages, and type in phrases that a narrator reads aloud. If they make a mistake, they’ll see the correct answer, and their responses help the system customize future lessons. Kids can also opt out of sections if they're familiar with the material, making this an especially engaging, helpfully differentiated experience.

The site's clear, comprehensive format serves users with a range of abilities and language experiences. The game-like features -- like experience points, hearts, and streaks -- all help make the tool rewarding and addicting in equal measures. The teacher dashboard takes this progress tracking a step further and turns those scores into something meaningful and actionable for a teacher. It's easy to use this data to get a detailed, realistic sense of your students' time on task and their growing abilities across skills. Overall, this is a rigorous, appealing tool for supporting language instruction at all levels.

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