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Cloud-based learning management system that helps educators provide language training and track student's progress.

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Pros:

Those things are incorporated in to the lessons, yet the user almost doesn't notice because it's so well integrated.

Cons:

Sometimes the theme or words become repetitive, and even the fact that you stop accessing the application makes you go back to the beginning, this demotivates you a bit.

Duolingo ratings

Average score

Ease of Use
4.8
Customer Service
4.2
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.5

Likelihood to recommend

8.9/10

Duolingo has an overall rating of 4.6 out 5 stars based on 865 user reviews on Capterra.

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Elle
Elle
Company owner in Spain
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Perfect for increasing your vocabulary

5.0 2 months ago New

Pros:

I recommend this to everyone I speak to that wants to learn Spanish. It has really helped me increase my vocabulary.

Cons:

"Spanish" is actually Mexican Spanish on the app... rather than Castellano which is Spain's main and official language. The world is biggerthan America but some companies don't allow for that in your software. I know that i can still input Castellano but when learning new words it's not helpful.

Mariella
Writer in Qatar
Writing & Editing, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Best Language Learning App

5.0 last month New

Comments: I can't forget this one time when I couldn't believe I understood full sentences in Spanish, and Duolingo stated that I was only 23% fluent in Spanish. I thought it wasn't much until I shocked myself by fully understanding what those full sentences were saying. Duolingo seems so easy in terms of making it a kind of game in learning and the next thing you know, you can easily understand the language. I appreciate the reminders as well, they can be persistent but do mean nothing but well.

Pros:

I've been using Duoling for 9 years now and appreciate how I can easily retain the lessons about foreign languages I thought would be hard to learn. I love the fact that I can not only track my progress but the app itself is encouraging, it shows you how far you've come and how much you've learned. You won’t even feel that you've been learning for quite some time now because the tests and assessments appear to be easy but then the next thing you know, you'll be able to read and comprehend sentences in a foreign language you are learning.

Cons:

As a user of Duolingo for 9 years, I can't say anything against it because it helps me learn a new language. I can easily change the language I want to learn whenever I want to.

Vicki
Sr. Software Project Manager in US
Industrial Automation, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

Great Concepts but Poor Execution

2.0 last month New

Comments: it's ok.
I am learning Spanish, but it's very frustrating to lost points or not get the points I worked hard to obtain.

Pros:

I like the lessons, the ways to learn. Duolingo used to have Podcasts in the language I am learning and in English, so I could listen and learn. That was discontinued.

Cons:

It's a total competition! And lately, either the points are wrong or I get no points at all (like this morning) for 20 minutes of learning. Don't get me wrong, I'm still learning, but if Duolingo is going to force you to compete, I need my points.

Jon
CEO in US
Wholesale, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Great for staying fresh and learning the basics

4.0 2 months ago

Comments: I am grateful for Duolingo all in all. I can hold minor conversations in Spanish thanks mostly to this app. I highly recommend and will still use until I feel and stay fluent. Unless, I find something better which seems unlikely. You WILL absolutely need other ways to study the language to become fluent in tandem with this app.

Pros:

It is Free! Love that. I have used the free version for 7 years now. I am really grateful for the program and have gotten very far in learning Spanish. The daily streak keeps me doing it daily. I have only missed a handful of days in 7-8 years.

Cons:

Verb conjugation is really POOR in Duo. No overall reviews of each verb. I wish they had full lessons dedicated to just verb conjugation. It really only teaches you based on pure memorization. Which is good, until you realize how much more you need to REALLY learn a language. For audio I wish you could control the speed. On audio lessons the normal speed is for fluent locals and the slow speed is for pure beginners. I need a mid speed so I can learn to get faster. So the other con is being able to keep up in conversation with native speakers.

Stephany
Cantora Artesa in Brazil
Arts & Crafts, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Fun and easy to learn tool.

5.0 2 months ago New

Comments: The learning trails keep me hooked at every stage. I learn quickly, practically and with fun. I like it a lot.

Pros:

An app that's like a language school. It's easy to learn, and it's fun, because the stages and the learning path keep you hooked on the app.

Cons:

The cost could be a little lower, but I understand, because as I said, the learning is comparable to face-to-face schools. It's just as good. But because it's an app, it could be cheaper.

Delia
QA Analyst in Romania
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Games, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

The best language learning app so far

5.0 last month New

Pros:

It is a learning app that offers everything, from an entertaining and interactive way to learn a new language, certification programs, courses for new learners, advanced learners, or children, and a great variety of languages. To spur your language development they set up ranking lists, you can also view your progress.

Cons:

The only drawback I found so far is the limited grammar lessons. For each lesson, the grammar explanation although they are well-written, only scratches the surface, they don't get into details.

Sarah Beth
Creative direcror in US
E-Learning, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Duolingo makes language accessible

5.0 last month New

Pros:

I love how accessible and con isn’t Duolingo is and that I can still practice on the go.

Cons:

Duolingo at times the app crashes when I do not have good service.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

interesting way to learn a language instead of studying

4.0 last month New

Pros:

Using an interesting way to learn languages, like playing a game and completing missions to have a huge sense of achievement.

Cons:

Some of the learning are not really practical, it'll be better if the lessons are actually useful to learn how to communicate to people.

Brittany
Admin in US
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

We use the free verision!

5.0 2 months ago New

Pros:

Duolingo is extremely interactive and easy to learn.My team enjoys learning in their spare time.

Cons:

The constant ads are a hassle and very frustrating. Sometimes their graphics are hard to make out.

Marcus
Publicitário in Brazil
Verified LinkedIn User
Graphic Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

I love learning more English with Duolingo

5.0 last month New

Comments: Learning with Duolingo, even in the free version, was incredible and enough to maintain my English level and not fall behind.

Pros:

What I like most about Duolingo is its practicality and the simple, objective way of learning the language.

Cons:

What I like least is the limited functions of the free plan compared to the paid plan

Rendel Anne
Teacher in Thailand
Education Management, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

An Interactive place to Learn New Languages in a Fun Way

4.0 2 years ago

Comments: Duolingo has a knack for inspiring students. All of the app's features, including the daily tasks, leaderboards, progress reports, and peaceful atmosphere, are ideal for my passive learning style. Since the lessons are brief, I typically begin one without devoting a lengthy session to it. So far, the experience has been fantastic.

Pros:

You can enroll in a variety of language classes. The way the entire learning process is organized on Duolingo — gamified, soothing, bite-sized courses to dip into whenever, even on the road — is among its most appealing features. Everything is well-organized and simple to use, including progress monitoring, looking back at previously taught materials, leaderboards, and communities for discussion with other learners and professionals. One fantastic aspect is that anyone may start learning any language right away without spending any money and avoiding receiving any advertising.

Cons:

The program, in my opinion, is excellent for novices because it provides a solid starting point for language study. However, as you develop into an intermediate or expert level, you start to understand that the software can't really help you much more. The courses start to seem a little too robotic and calculated, which is bad if you want to advance. You will need to forego the app and experiment with different language learning strategies that provide more impromptu learning possibilities. The free version's restrictions are another drawback, but those are to be expected with any application, so we can't strictly blame Duolingo for them. In conclusion, I heartily endorse Duolingo for anyone learning a new language.

Anne
Brand ambassador and affiliate marketer in Kenya
Marketing & Advertising, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Best language learning app

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: Generally, i have had a great experience with Duolingo. I am actually still using it at the moment.

Pros:

What i like most about Duolingo is the fact that it is absolutely free and out of all the other language learning apps, it has the widest variety of languages to learn; 37 to be exact. I also like the simplicity of the app. It's so easy to use even for the most ordinary person. The way the app is designed with funny animations is so welcoming that you can actually look forward to learning a language. I also love the way the app is designed to encourage the learner to not give up even when he or she has made a number of errors. Duolingo recognizes that language learning is not easy and patience is a required virtue so when one feels like throwing in the towel, the app is there to remind you in some way that it may be challenging, but it will all be worth it in the end. With all the positive attributes that the app possesses, i believe it is a great and fun tool that can even be used by children and families not just for learning, but for spending leisure.

Cons:

What i dislike about this software is the lack of option for learning offline. I think learning should not be limited to strong internet connection. If there is a way that the software can be adjusted just a bit to accommodate learners who have poor internet connection, that would be wonderful so that learning goals can be reached faster. When it comes to the ads, there are some ads that are displayed that make me feel uncomfortable even as an adult. For instance If i was using Duolingo in public and some of these ads are shown, then people can question my character and probably any other learner's character.

Shannon
People Advisor in UK
Health, Wellness & Fitness, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Learn new languages with ease

5.0 12 months ago

Comments: I have really enjoyed learning a new language with Duolingo, it made it accessible and fun and fit into my busy time table.I have completed one tree and now am starting a new language.

Pros:

Easy to use with helpful reminders in a busy work schedule.Lessons can be short enough to do on your break or you can do multiple, this can be managed with goals of how much you want to achieve.

Cons:

Some parts are repetitive and new ways to learn and be assessed would help with engagement and retention of people using the app.

Kimberly
owner in US
Writing & Editing, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

Great for latin based languages, bad for others

4.0 2 years ago

Comments: Overall, duolingo is a fast and easy way to learn new languages. Only worth it, however, if you stick with latin based languages. If you have a need or desire to learn something unique like Russian, Ukranian, Arabic, etc, I would steer clear and go with Babble or Rosetta Stone. You won't get far with the lack of a Cyrillic keyboard, for instance. The fact they do not offer this when other language learning companies do is a cop out. I should not have to install something extra on my phone or computer. I should not have to bounce out to a separate window to formulate my text in Russian and copy and paste it into duolingo. Makes it VERY difficult to learn. I am frustrated. This is a fix other companies provide. Rise up and be better.

Pros:

Picking up a second language is really easy. The lessons are straight forward, and my Spanish has improved significantly from using duolingo.

Cons:

If a language course is going to offer languages that use a non Latin based alphabet -- like Russian, for instance, they should include a Russian keyboard. Babble does this. the lack of this keyboard makes learning clunky if not impossible. I will be canceling my pro plan until they rectify this or switching to Babble where they take the time to do it right.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Fun learning with friends

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: It is an easy and quick way to learn a language and the free edition does suffice for me.

Pros:

The best thing about learning Spanish with Duolingo is learning with some of my friends in my contacts. We have made a subtle competition and is quite motivating. I am on the basic/free edition and it works fine for me. One of the best feature about Duolingo is that I am able to go back and review exercises I've recently gotten wrong and also listen to the ones i missed. Of course that is on the Doulingo Plus which I was trying for 14 days. It tempted me to subscribe.

Cons:

Sometimes I get wrong on most obvious expressions since it has its own sort of rigid interpretation. But i often ignore and move on.

Gabija
Student in United Arab Emirates
E-Learning, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Looks like a game, although it works as a teaching plan!

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: I'm a happy user of Duolingo. I recommend it to my students. It's not possible to learn a language entirely only using a Duolingo (well, that's not surprising), but it's way easier if a student uses it. I like their new features (podcasts, short stories). I would like to see improvements on machine translation and to see more customer support when users spot mistakes in the phrases.

Pros:

It looks like a game - beautifully designed and user friendly; there are new features now and then (podcasts, short stories, grammar comments, etc.); constantly changing and adding new material or diving the old one in different chapters; works both on phone and on desktop device; easy to keep track of learning.

Cons:

There is a feature of "streak" - how many days in a row have you used Duolingo and earned XPs (points). However, if one can't keep up with the streak, usually it ends up in losing motivation to learn after all. This is especially true for those who had 100-200 days of streak (well, I'm one of them!) Some topics are devided into so many small classes that they become too repetitive and might seem boring. Sometimes the phrases you need to translate make no sense at all ("my blu turtle wears black jeans" style of sentences). Also, Duolingo lacks flexibility in terms of machine translation - it simply doesn't accept different answers to the same question, although it should

Pius
Founder in Uganda
Internet, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Duolingo

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Amazing. I have taken my Spanish, French, and German to new levels. This is thanks to the ease of using the platform and customizing it to my goals in each separate language.

Pros:

Learning languages on Duolingo is fun and simplified. The units are bite-size so as to not be overwhelming like the other language apps but also the not so simplified that you don't make meaningful progress. You can customize your learning experience based on your goals for learning the language you choose and I like that a lot. I am learning 3 languages at the same time and each of them has a different goal and allocated length. This is awesome in Duolingo.

Cons:

I love Duolingo and it's the best out there in terms of learning a new language. I don't like the fact that they have not incorporated the Podcast into the App. I listen to the podcast on Google Podcasts and I think it would be even better with it in-app because then they can curate the podcast content better, based on everyone's level and fluency in the language.

Alexandre
Automation Engineer in Canada
Industrial Automation, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

App that addictive

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: My experience with Duolingo was very addictive, when I saw myself, I was doing challenges in other languages ​​in my spare time.
The app gives you the free option to choose some languages ​​and you can advance the challenges with fixation exercises.

Pros:

1) The app is intuitive and easy to use. 2) The free version has a lot of activity and language. 3) You will learn as you advance through the levels. 4) The app encourages and reminds you to do the exercises every day. 5) Any spare time you have, you can learn while having fun. 6) Application with an attractive and fun layout. 7) There is also a placement test for you to start the course according to your proficiency.

Cons:

I didn't have any problems with Duolingo, but I confess that the placement test could be shorter. Another thing that prevents it from being a complete course is the lack of interactivity with a native speaker of another language, but as it is a mobile application, it does what it proposes to do.

Rachel
Owner in Canada
Retail, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Excellent support to other language learning tactics/lessons/scenarios

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: I have used Duolingo on and off again for years now. I've used it to support my Norwegian language lessons, and I've used it to practice my French as I was planning on going in to be a French Immersion teacher (then COVID hit so those plans got cancelled). I recommend it to families I've known through schools I work in as an EA, and I recommend it to my stepkids to support their learning. It's just a great program to practice what is already being taught, bearing in mind differences in accents, and localized slang. It is a great place to learn formal language skills however and then when you visit or move or meet people from another place you can pick up on the slang or more relaxed language skills then and there. I would not use it exclusively for learning a language, you need more conversations with people and turtors and real life experience, but it's a great support and great jumping off point for basic language skills.

Pros:

It's a clean layout, easy to navigate, fun, nice animation. I've been able to recommend it to people as a free language support enhance their (or their kids') learning (essentially good for everyone young and old).

Cons:

When using as a support for other language lessons (for me I used it to support my French, Spanish, and Norwegian learning/lessons) it can be hard to understand some of the verbal prompts; as a Canadian I am learning Quebecois French accent and vernacular, and my Norwegian lessons in person were with one kind of accent (very formal language and generic accent) however when I moved to Norway for 6 months I was actually in a completely different dialect than is presented in Duolingo and most of my lessons went out the window (though they were a good jumping off point for the language generally speaking, but Norway has as many dialects as Ireland has regional accents).

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

An easy and interactive way to learn a new language

5.0 last year

Pros:

Duolingo offers the opportunity to create a strong foundation when learning a new language, by offering some theoretical information, through practical exercises (dialogues, grammatical exercises, short stories, etc.). For me, the most helpful feature was the audio lessons, where you can hear how words or specific letters are pronounced, also it gives you the chance to practice your speaking skills; afterward giving feedback (right or wrong answer or pronunciation).

Cons:

Overall, the app is very easy to use and understand, but I would love the see some improvement in the theory section; for a beginner, with no knowledge of the new language, it would be beneficial to have more information about phonetics, orthography, common exceptions and general grammatical and linguistic theories.

Priyanka
manager in Nepal
E-Learning, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Uses of Duolingo

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Duolingo is one of the most used and most popular language-learning applications. Many are satisfied with this application since they are practically at their home itself. For people who want to learn a specific language but do not have enough tie, this is perfect software as you can allocate your time per day.

Pros:

1) It is the best beginner-friendly app for people who wants to learn languages. 2) It is cost-free and very effective as it starts with simple sentences for target languages. 3) The app reminds them to practice by itself which keeps users motivated. 4) It has different parts to make users try like listening drill, fill in the blanks, matching pairs, and mock conversations.

Cons:

1) Users do not have control over vocabulary, the order that topics come in, or choose to skip them. 2) Since it is online application software, it lacks the feeling of human interaction. 3) Lots of ads in between.

John
Principal Transportation Planner in US
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

Good for drilling lame for learning.

3.0 7 months ago

Comments: Low average. The language I’m proficient in, it’s handy if annoying. The one I have some instruction in, it’s good for vocabulary. The one I don’t know the grammar going in, it sucks.

Pros:

The lessons are bite-sized. You can maintain a certain level of profiency with a small daily dose.

Cons:

If you don’t already know the grammar, their pedagogy is awful: scattered, incomplete, and rigid even when wrong. (I suspect plenty of their French, and unnatural English is all too common.). They used to have a discussion section where you could bring up problems, or get explanations of underinstructed areas from the user community. It’s gone now.

Délcio
Délcio
English teacher in Angola
Verified LinkedIn User
Primary/Secondary Education, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Duolingo is the world's best Language learning software.

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: My experience using Duolingo is the greatest. This is the most fun and intuitive way to learn languages. As an English teacher, I always recommend it to my learners. And they also have the greatest experience. You can trust. Try, and you will be amazed how it will change your life and language skills!

Pros:

Simple and intuitive interface, nice illustrations, and test, easy frases to complete, great learning system, and much more options. Duolingo is definitely the best software to learn a new language. I love it.

Cons:

Some ads just appear many times when you're learning on the free mode. But I think it's not a big problem. It's just a question of patience. When you don't pay, you just have to wait some seconds, while you see a new website and choose to visit or ignore. So, this is not so bad at all. You just keep learning after you skip the ads.

Afnan
Interior designer in Jordan
Education Management, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

good app

3.0 2 years ago

Comments: I like the app I use it daily they encourage you to study every day with notifications and Competitions ,so I recommended people to use it

Pros:

you can choose more than one language to learn at the same time ,and you can find all the language approximately ,so you can learn languages you can't find in internet ,and guess what all of this for free ,the most thing that I really love about this app is you can Compete with other people from different countries and that cheers you up to learn more ,and they give you many Strategies to teach you listening writing speaking it is lovely app I believe.

Cons:

the one thing that I didn't like about this app ,The language is not strong enough I mean there is some problem in sentence formation ,I hope they improve this side of it.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Greatest language app to discover or build a level on any languages!

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: I use it daily! Whatt I love the most is that it's a complete learning experience : I can read, hear and talk the language. I have to translate in my language or express myself in the foreign langage. It's the key to be able to fully make progress to me

Pros:

I use it daily, each morning! I love the way the learning journey is built. Usually it can be hard to have enough usefull vocabulary hen learning by ourselves a language because we start with the easy words. The app builds a strong path to be able to speak on many subjects , for holidays in the region, work, ..

Cons:

The only small point I do not really like about the app, is the recommendation of which lesson to continue. Sometimes I feel ready with level 1 on a topic and do not want to spend more time on the notion and only jump on the next