Duolingo A Free Super-Duper App To Learn French And Other Languages

Duolingo FrenchDo you know how much Rosetta Stone cost?

Well, the last time I check Rosetta Stone more closely to learn Italian, I found that the price tag was some 500 bucks, and that wasn’t even for everything I would have needed to be “fluent” in Italian.

For that I guess I would have to live in Italy for a while, but I mean, you know, to manage pretty well in the language and be able to have a decent discussion with a native I would have to spend at least $1000.  Well, I don’t need it that bad!

Recently, however, a friend told me that he was learning French on his iPhone with an app called Duolingo, (not an affiliate link) and he asked me if I knew about it.  I told him that I had never heard of of duolingo.

I really got interested right away as he was showing me how it worked and told me that Duolingo was being compared to Rosetta Stone.

Duolingo a Free App

That’s right, Duolingo is a free app that you can use on you Android, iPhone or computer, but is not just another free app, if it has been compared to Rosetta Stone, and also, it has a purpose that I will mentioned below.

When Duolingo came out you could learn only English and Spanish, but they quickly added other language such as French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and maybe more (not sure), but you can always check if they have the language of your choice.

Just Download the App or Register

To get Duolingo all you have to do is either download the app on your smart phone or register online with your email address. You can also register through Facebook if you wish, but I wouldn’t advise that if the last thing you need is another app on your Facebook account.

Once you’ve registered you will see the screen below.

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You will, then, have 60 levels, or what they call a “a skill tree.” Each day you will have a new lesson to go through. You’ll be able to go at you own space.

When you answer wrong the system will have you start over. If you answer wrong for times, you’ll have to repeat that lesson.

What’s the Other Genius Idea about Duolingo?

Do you know why Duolingo is Free while so valuable at the same time?

It’s because Duolingo translates the web.  Yes, that’s right!

Every time you translate a sentence in your duolingo app that translation is used to translate the web out there! We could say that your phrase translations as you go along and learn are recycled.

Duolingo is free because it puts you to work rather than ask you for money. Your work as you play and you play as you learn a new language! How genius is that!

How to Process on Duolingo

1 – Register with the language you want to learn.

2- Start at the basics even if you feel that you know some of the language, or you’ll get lost very fast.

3 – Even though Duolingo allows you to skip some steps, my advice to you is DON’T!  Follow the process so you won’t miss anything of importance.

4- Have a lot of fun while you learn French or any other language you may choose.

I Chose Italian – What about you?

Of course, I don’t need to learn French, so my language is Italian. As some of you know I have close ties with the Italian language, and I know I can learn it very easily because I speak French and Spanish.

If you want to learn a new language, please, get that super-duper free app called Duolingo and have fun!

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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18 Comments

  • AdrienneTwitter: adriennesmith40 says:

    Oh my goodness, how cool Sylviane. Why am I not surprised though, it seems like they have an app for anything these days.

    Not that I intend to take on learning a new language but it I wanted to I think this would be the best way to go about that. Okay, I’m curious now so I might have to install it just to check it out.

    Thanks and I wonder if Carolyn knows about this one! 😉

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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      I was wondering the same thing about Carolyn, and as soon as I’ve replied to the 20+ comments that I’m behind on 🙂 I will go to her blog and comment on her last post with the link of this post 😉

      I’ve registered for Italian, even thought my time is so limited, but I want to give it a try. It must be fun.

      The friend who told me about this is coming along with is his French.

      It will never replace a full experience with the natives, but that’s pretty cool though!

      Thanks for coming,Adrienne, and have a wonderful weekend!

  • Jeremy Norton says:

    I would definitely love to have this app. I especially want to learn French among other languages.

  • Debasmita says:

    Hey Sylviane,

    Duolingo seems really interesting after reading your review. I just wanted something like this and you have written about this language translation app at the right time.

    I wished to learn French since long but dint have time and opportunity to do so. Now I suppose I can do it any time any where with the help of my Android phone and of course “Duolingo”.

    Thank you so much for sharing the information! 🙂

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Debasmita,

      Yes, you can use Duolingo on the go, indeed and learn as you play. I hope you’ll try it 🙂

      Thanks for coming.

  • Crystal Green says:

    I wrote about this program in one of my homeschooling posts. It is a remarkable form of learning a new language. My kids and I both enjoy learning Spanish using it. (It’s a great refresher for me too.) I just hope it remains free after so many of us are pushing it. 😉

    Thanks for sharing your agreement and love for this program too.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Crystal and welcome here.

      Yes, this plugin is just great. I ‘m enjoying my Italian quite a bit.

      I don’t think we will ever had to pay for it because of the recycle use they make of our translations as I mentioned in the post.

      Thanks for coming.

  • Toni Nelson says:

    So glad I found this post. I downloaded the app for Spanish.

  • Harleena SinghTwitter: harleenas says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    I have to agree with Adrienne here – honestly…they seem to have an app for everything nowadays and it just makes me look so antique as it’s tough to catch up with things this fast 🙂

    Yes, I wonder if Carolyn’s heard of this one…you bet she would have – how tech-savvy she always is.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week 🙂
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  • Jacksmith says:

    Downloaded the app. Really a nice app for the beginners like me.

  • DeeAnn Rice says:

    Sylviane,

    This is so neat. I am definitely going to get this app.

    I know a little bit of Spanish but not enough to really do anything with it so I would chose Spanish and learn it better.

    I have always wanted to get Rosetta Stone but it is so expensive that I have never done it.

    It is great that this is free. Thank you for letting us know.

    Dee Ann

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  • Jason says:

    That’s awesome! I’ve been using DuoLingo to augment my Spanish with another program and I’ve been very happy with it. But I had no idea they were using my translations to improve the web. I can’t tell you how many times it’s said “That’s correct. Another way to say that would be…” Thanks for including that info. I almost feel like I should put more time into it now.

    @Dee Ann, I wouldn’t spend the money on Rosetta Stone. I was really disappointed and there are better programs out there.

    Thanks Sylviane.

  • Robert says:

    Great run down, I also find Duolingo to be an amazing app. The “gamification” aspects keeps you wanting to move forward and keep getting more medals and higher scores. It’s nice to be able to open my phone and practice while I have 5 or 10 minutes when I would otherwise be waiting.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Robert,

      Yes, Dulingo is a great app for mobil phone, and something you can play with every time you have a minute, while on line at the store or in a waiting room somewhere 🙂

      Thanks for your feedbacks and have a great week!
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  • Harshit Jain says:

    This is a fantastic list! I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for this post 🙂

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