30 reviews between Feb 27, 2023 and Apr 29, 2023.
Reviews of Duolingo app from language learners highlighted issues with the points awarding scheme, the frustrating mobile game-like structure, and repetitive lessons. The app is praised for its free and challenging courses, but some learners felt that the program lacks structure and grammatical explanations. Users also reported technical issues such as the voice recorder error and bugs which affect the app's overall performance.Duolingo: language lessons - Apps on Google Play
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A really good app to learn languages, but the courses change and there's stuff I never learned or was never taught what it means. It might seem that it's not hard to start if it changed at the start, but I'm learning Japanese and relearning all the characters are hard, so please doulingo fix it or just add the units in in between or at the end of the last unit. You can make it so that when a unit is updated to restart the unit but the other units are not gonna restart
I'm being constantly being told in the app that "Do this and you are 4x more likely to finish the course" and other inspiring tidbits. But the biggest roadblock to finish the course is the mobile game like structure of the app. 5 hearts to complete this section. Oops you misspelled too many things you will have to start again. You just lost all your progress. You can have another heart to keep going in 2 hours. The app already has ads so why does it need to try to stop me from learning now.
This app is really very good for learning any language available. The best part is that it's free , but the only problem i see here is that the lessons and excercises sometimes become way too repetitive and sometimes not repetitive at all makeing us forget some words, also there should be a option allowing you to talk to your friends and followers there.
This is the most dumbed-down, useless way of learning a language: you either get it right or you get it wrong; good luck if you actually want to understand the object of a given lesson. Not only have they gradually stripped away any of the useful feedback like forums on each of the lessons, but they change the courses so often you can't make any damn progress. I have a 1600+ day streak, so it's definitely addictive vis-a-vis gamificaton, but beyond that, the learning opportunities are abysmal.
Not sure what happened, but I was going to do a Legendary Trophy challenge only to have an error with loading it up. Had a pop-up saying something like "we've added new lessons" in it, I don't exactly remember, but was only met with more than half of my progress being lost. Thought it was a temporary bug and tried reopening, but was only met with the same exact thing. I feel like the completely extra things added in the recent update seriously messed up the whole app.. Hoping it gets fixed soon.
App has changed quite a bit over the years. I don't really like not seeing an end to the course anymore. But the key thing to be fixed is when you have a word bank question it needs to be fluid to move words in and out instead of clicking them in order that they go in the sentence. It is really annoying when you need to remove all the words just to insert one earlier if you missed it when you started- which sometimes you answer one way but you only know they go differently at the end.
The only reason I'm still using this app is because of my streak. Changing the path and UI and levels gets really annoying after a while, one day I'm in unit 2, and the next I'm in unit 6. I keep having to start from the beginning again because of this. Stop making so many unnecessary changes to the app when it's fine as it is. I'm seriously considering uninstalling now.
Easy to use, challenging, fun and genuinely helpful. I have tried to learn Spanish previously and due to having ADHD, I could not stay focused and used other apps that would not allow me to revisit old material if I forgot a lot of it. Duolingo has turned it more into a game and made it fun and easy as well as having a leaderboard and a streak so that I have reason to go back to it every day. I've been able to learn a lot with this app and I've actually enjoyed it.
This app is amazing!! Very helpful, especially for my exams I really recommend, free too! (Unless you purchase premium) something to consider though, maybe try adding in different versions of a language. For example, spanish, maybe add Spain spanish, mexican, and Latin American, letting us we can switch between them so we can choose what we learn! As sometimes certain words we learn are not for that part of the country, and I would love to say the correct words! Great app! Thank you so much! :)
With the new layout update, it makes it a lot harder to actually learn anything on the path. You're basically learning something once, and then expected to remember it 4 months later now that the path is linear. The path is way too fast and it's hard to keep up and once you're done with a unit it's hard to recall anything from it. The old path made learning actually fun because if I didn't remember something I could just max the skill and then move on and come back when i need to restore it.
The learning system is great, I love the graphics and everything about this app would be great if it worked. It constantly stops working, I lose my progress and any motivation to use it. I'm sure it's not a common device problem, any other app works great for me. My other issue is the weird levelling test. I set my level as advanced, and later when I did the test even if I was placed on a high level I'm still forced to exercise sentences like: "I am a woman and","a woman and an apple"3
Perfection would be idealistic. I often find that I lose the motivation to keep going. I had a streak of almost 600 days and it stopped mattering. The intrinsic motivation required to learn the language and complete the syllabus/schema can be improved. I found the answer in the new motivation for my recovered gusto. Other than that, the Super Duolingo features are great and I enjoy languages enough to keep paying. Majority of the world is bilingual, so I wish you all the best.
This is a good app overall and frequent changes. One thing I'm still not sold on is the stories. I like them, but their placement in the overall like of the course is weird, as they're often in places that don't make since with the vocabulary they use vs the vocabulary that's been learned. Also recently something has changed where the volume varies dramatically within each lesson.
Duolingo is very useful for learning vocabulary and basic sentence structure. It isn't as clear about teaching grammar, but it isn't difficult to make accurate assumptions based off the examples given plus some Google searching. It feels well-designed to want to make you keep coming back and learning a new language, a lot like a game. The one thing that keeps it at four stars for me is that sometimes, when I save up 100 gems to attempt a trophy level, the app crashes and I lose all of my gems.
New UI is terrible. I do my legendary course in German and every time when i start the app, green Owl drops me down to the last golden unit. I have to scroll up about eighty units!!! Are you serious??? The most efficient tool for learning - STORIES can be considered unavailable any more because they're scattered all over the tree.. But we can change the color of the icon on the phone screen (Was it really necessary?) I'm disappointed. Hopefully, all these issues will be fixed.
The app is amazing for me, as I am a beginner in language learning. I am currently doing 2 languages (German and Spanish), and my personal experiences have been great with it. The only problems I have with the app are technical issues. They are not too bad, as the animations for when you get the question wrong or right just pop up. I have just started to notice this happening. The pictures of the people on the streak "slides" haven’t been showing up, but the speech bubbles are.
I've had some time to get used to the (what I felt were very annoying) changes. It's not bad. I found that I can review by tapping on the heart❤️ and Duolingo chooses the lessons for review. I have progressed twice as far as I had in November, when the changes were made, and I am almost halfway through the course, now. I guess the course pushing me a little bit is working out for me. Thanks, Duo. (I still want the option to restart a course, though.)
It's pretty good, but isn't as useful as before. The practice is repetitive and seems to only focus on things you know 100%. It forces you into a path that is often way too ahead, or lags massively behind where you are. Some optional extra activities are actually essential to learn the language and write it. The lessons go from individual words to massive complex sentences in a nanosecond, without breaking things up. No one learns that way. You learn less than you think due to the structure
I like the update of the path, it really helped me go forward in lessons. The thing is I have experienced a lot of bugs while using it and it is frustrating. For example the XP, sometimes it just doesn't show that I've just gained XP in the league. I just spent some gems on the games and after that it is just as if I didn't do anything. It happens also with the normal lessons but less. I think there is a lot of bugs that need to be fixed for the app to be enjoyable and just less frustrating.
4.5 stars So, I think it's supplementary to formal study, but it's a good supplement. The reminders help to build a habit, and I like the encouraging reminders throughout the day. I find the program can have restricitve interpretations of what's the right answer, so I think I've been mistakenlu deemed incorrect a few times, but it's all good. The ads are not intrusive or excessive. My only suggestion would be to implement an area where I can review new vocabulary and questions I got wrong.
I use this app in combination with speaking to my girlfriend who is a fluent Spanish speaker, and I think that the results have been great! I have learned a lot of vocabulary and grammar and I have been able to tune the general grammar from the program to more colloquial usage through in-person practice. My only reservation is that I can no longer practice any section I want. The format changed to a single learing path, which makes it difficult to pick and choose the most useful lessons.
The new UI has ruined a good learning tool. It forces the user down a specific learning route, which is not necessarily the one that suits the user best. It's hard to go backwards to practice, and variety is missing in the exercises. Certainly not worth a subscription. I used Duolingo to learn Italian, Latin, Russian and French. French is fine, but I'm struggling to get off first base with Italian with no obvious structure to the lessons, Latin is too modern and Russian is too rushed.
The Android app is frustrating. I don't think there is anyone in the Help department, except an automated reply. Problems: 1) during timed challenges, it stalls. 2) during timed challenges where 2x XP are supposed to be given, it doesn't double the points. 3) I like to practice pronunciation. After 10 minutes of practicing pronunciation, I get an error message & it won't load the exercise. Also, I don't like the path. We should be able to choose. Some of the lessons are nonsense & not applicable
I struggled between 3 and 4 stars but eventually landed on 3 due to some major functionality issues. This seems to be a decent app to getting you on your way to learn languages. It's better at some languages than others, I've found latin based languages to be better supported by this program, for instance. One big issue is the voice recorder. It often glitches out and makes me just skip the voice parts, which speaking the language is an important part so it's a major draw back.
I am using the free version and I like the gamification(which is overdone for my taste in duolingo) of learning languages. I am not sure how effective it is in reality. At least at the moment(Chinese unit 2), it only contains multiple choice and the wrong answers are mostly very different from the correct ones. Additionally, I cannot get my speech recognition to work. I do not have the option to allow microphone use for google as described in the help, only when the app is used. Lacks grammar
Lately, the app was getting worse. There are so many times I encountered the sentences not being read out loud, even tapping on the speaker icon does nothing, sometimes tapping on each word in this case reads them out, sometimes it doesn't, and then it works fine again for the next sentence. This is absolutely frustrating especially when you are on a time challenge where slowing down to tap on each individual text to read them out instead slow you down tremendously. Please fix!!
Some things I really enjoy about this app, the fact that it's free (with limited features, but still!), and I do think the learning style has good research behind it. The competitiveness helps me, as you compete with other learners. The things that bother me are that there are very few grammatical explanations (I'm leaning Chinese), and sometimes there are misspellings, or seemingly confusing teaching (two pronunciations for the same word with no explanation).
As an app it's great, but the points awarding scheme is very disturbing and annoying and needs to be checked out. For example, I get an XP boost, at the end of the exercise it shows that I got 50 points, but when I go to the leaderboard, I get 10. It has happened many times, way to many to overlook. It happens every day. Please, check the xp points awarding part for errors, it's soooo demotivating...
I have been using Duolingo for eight years now. I have witnessed most of its landmarks and I did love it. I recommended it to everyone and quite a few people have joined its ranks by my recommendation. While I still like it, it has been turning to something else recently. Perhaps the gaming side has overcome the emphasis on learning. The app itself has become a resource hog to include animations and whatnot. I find myself starting a new topic far less often since the learning path changed.
The app can actually teach languages really good, but when I start my Japanese classes, I started to think that I'm wrong. Eventhough I say the sentence correct with my voice in an exercise, it writes it wrong so the app shows it as a mistake. I was literally going to have a heart attack because of a voice exercise that tooks 21 minutes with voice recording problem. In conclusion, please fix the voice recorder for a better and more comfortable learning for everyone.
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