Duolingo is a free language learning tool supported by advertisements. These ads make learning free for everyone. I’ve been using Duolingo for more than 6 years now. Not as a main language learning app but as an additional resource.
For those who don’t want ads on their app, you can purchase an ad-free subscription available on the app. I mostly only use Duolingo when starting to learn a new language. Duolingo makes it easy to be familiar with the new vocabulary that’s waiting ahead. However, for a truly language learning experience where you can talk achieve to talk like a native, this app isn’t for that.
Whenever I start learning a new language I dive into Duolingo first. It is because, in this app, you are welcomed with the basic vocabularies that you’ll be needing throughout your learning journey. From saying “Hi!” to knowing the words for mother, father, old, fast, and other beginner’s vocabulary.
Therefore, for me, Duolingo is curated to cater to first-timers. And then after diving into 3-10 lessons or levels, I’ll try to migrate on a different app which could be Babbel or Memrise. Depending on the language you’re learning the vocabularies that you’ve learned on Duolingo should be enough to get a boost on learning conversational phrases.
The advertisements on this app are not intrusive. You are only greeted by them whenever a lesson ends. So there will be no ads in the middle of your learning session. There’s no need to purchase the ad-free subscription unless you’re really irritated of those.
Overall, Duolingo is my first door when learning languages and it’s doing quite good on that. But as mentioned, it can’t be used independently because the method used is not really for long-term memory. On the other hand, after learning a new language and reaching a higher level or when you’re acquainted with the language already but you will want to refresh your memory, Duolingo must be your go-to-app as well.
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