29
May
duolingo

I've lived in Texas for upwards of a decade now, and there have been numerous occasions when I've vowed to learn Spanish. I haven't actually followed through with that goal (or even attempted to), but thanks to Duolingo and its new Android app, I think I may finally take the time to learn a second language.

In a nutshell, Duolingo's goal is to offer "a college-quality education without the price tag," which actually sounds pretty good to me. The reviews quoted in the app's Play Store listing liken it to other products – like Rosetta Stone, for example – and even tout it as being better than most of the competition.

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Duolingo almost makes a game out of language learning, as you have to finish each lesson with your "hearts" still intact – missing a question eliminates one heart. Essentially, you're allowed to miss four questions per lesson and still move on to the next; miss more than that and you'll have to start over.

At first blush, Duolingo seems like a neat way to learn a second language (or brush up on one you may not be so good at) – either Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, or English – and with no price to speak of, it's at least worth checking out. Unfortunately, the app is only available on phones right now – hopefully the developer will make it available on larger-screened devices soon enough.

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I am a man.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • L0cutus

    Please add Tablet support thanks !

  • Michael Ta
  • Postmodernist Cuisine

    Awesome! I've been using Anki to build my Spanish vocabulary, and this will really help to build my grammar and comprehension.

  • geez

    have been waiting for this. But this app is not compatible with my device .. for heavens sake, I am using a tablet. Nothing exotic here

  • GeForceFX

    Q_Q y u no have japanese

    • Nathan D

      You might want to check out Memrise, if you're interested.

    • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

      My thoughts exactly I have been using Ja sensi for a while now but it just feels kinda clumsy at times. not to menchion it was pricey to unlock all the modules.

    • nihon

      Japanese is the one language that I want support for! :P

    • Jon

      Or Chinese :(

    • TornZero

      It'll likely be added eventually — it's just much easier getting Latin- and Germanic-based languages taken care of first, since Japanese has roughly 2000 Kanji still in daily use in combination with two syllabaries and the sentence structure is very different.

      It would probably take more manpower and hours than they can already get, and they would have to get donations (that I would happily be willing to pay for) to make it worth really making it the learning experience people want and need it to be.

  • sivkai

    This app is fantastic! It compliments my Spanish learning on Rosetta Stone very well. Thank you for bringing this app to my attention :)

  • Bob Jansen

    They provide a great service on the website, installing the app now, hope it is just as good, it'll add to my Italian skills :)

    • Matt

      They say tablet support is coming soon.

  • Quryous

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    I can't believe that this program doesn't work on a Nexus 10.

    Also, the lack of Mandarin is glaring.

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  • Vlad Staicu

    Thank you, Android Police, for bringing this app to my attention! I've started learning Spanish to prepare for my two-month trip to Barcelona in the summer.

  • Markoff

    no chinese, let me know when it will support it