Why Duolingo Won’t Get You Fluent (But Why You Should Use it Anyway) (2023)

Whether you find Duolingo to be a green-feathered friend in your pocket or an intimidating monster lurking outside your door waiting to pounce on you for not meeting your daily study goal, there’s no denying the app’s ubiquity and widespread cultural influence. Even Saturday Night Live has done a skit about it! Given its popularity, I am frequently asked whether I use Duolingo myself and what I think about it as a path to foreign language fluency. The answer to the first part of this question is easy: yes. Every single day. The answer to the second half, however, is far more nuanced and chock-full of caveats. Read on to see why Duolingo (alone) won’t get you fluent in a language, but why I think you should use it anyway…

Why Duolingo (alone) won’t get you to fluency

Duolingo gets a lot right (I detail my favorite features and tips in the next section), but they face the same issue that nearlyalllanguage learning apps and courses do: what is easiest and most profitable to design is rarely what is most useful for learners.

Here now are the specific problems and limitations I see with Duolingo, written from the point of view of a learner, teacher, and linguist.

Duolingo does not offer much “authentic input” or “true output”

Humans acquire languages when they get tons of meaningful, comprehensible, context-rich exposure to a language, and lots of practice communicating with others in real-time, real-life contexts. This is how we all learned ourfirstlanguage, and it’s exactly the same template successful language learners follow as adults (with the added advantages that we already have massive vocabularies, already understand complex concepts, already know how to learn, and can seek out personalized resources and opportunities to practice).

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While Duolingo does provide some input (listening and reading exercises) and an itty-bitty bit of output (typing and pronunciation exercises), this is a far cry from authentic input (e.g. reading manga or watching anime) or true output (e.g. speaking with a native Japanese speaker). These two factors―authentic input and true output―are the keys to reaching fluency in a language, not tapping away on a screen. Best of all, real input and output have the added benefit of making language learning far more fun, interesting, effective, and efficient. I call this approach to language learning Anywhere Immersion™ and it’s something anyone can do anywhere to learn any language on anybudget! Leveraging the power of digital resources (e.g. podcasts, YouTube, Netflix, ebooks, blogs, etc.) andonline tutors and language exchange partners, you can now create yourself an immersion environment right at home that’salmostas good as the real thing!

Duolingo relies too much on translation and indirect learning

Most exercises in Duolingofeellike language learning, but are in fact exercises in “indirect learning” and accumulation of passive knowledge instead of active skill. Two key examples? 1) translation exercises, and 2) matching / fill in the blank exercises.

  • The problem with translation: Most language learners (and many app makers) assume that we learn a language by systematically translating each word and phrase, one by one, until we have matching sets of equivalent terms in our native and target language. This seems logical enough on the surface, but there’s one major problem: this is not how our brains work. And it’s not how languages are best acquired. While occasional translations can be helpful to create context and increase comprehension, true acquisition proceeds most quickly and efficiently when we develop instant, subconscious associations between sounds and deep meanings. Translations add an additional, unneeded step that slows cognition and gums up the works. Many learners, perhaps fearful of the inevitable uncertainty and ambiguity that language learning entails, get addicted to translations early on in their journey and find it very difficult to break the habit later. Sadly, apps like Duolingo serve to normalize and reinforce this behavior. Incidentally, translation is very much within Duolingo’s DNA since the original version of the app was created to both teach learners andgathercrowdsourced translations of sentences on the internet.
  • The problem with matching, filling in the blank, etc.What do matching words, answering multiple choice questions, dragging words into the correct order, and filling in the blank have in common? They are all easy, comfortable, and mostly useless for actually reaching conversational fluency in a language. Such exercises are easy todesign andgrade, but they have almost no direct relationship with the actual skill that most people aim to master: speaking with real people. When you are face to face with another Homo Sapien, you do not use your finger to drag words around a screen. You use your vocal cords to create sound waves. Therefore, the latter skill is what needs to be practiced.

Instead of relying on translation and contrived exercises, it’s far more effective to learn a language directly (i.e. by actually speaking it with other humans). Instead of wasting timelearningaboutthe language, actually learn inthelanguage! Choose realwork instead ofbusywork.As James Clear puts it in the forward to Scott Young’s excellent bookUltralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career:

“Directness is the practice of learning by directly doing the thing you want to learn. Basically, it’s improvement through active practice rather than through passive learning. The phrases learning something new and practicing something new may seem similar, but these two methods can produce profoundly different results. Passive learning creates knowledge. Active practice creates skill.”

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For more on this topic, see my post Directly Practice the Language Skills You Want to Improve.

Why You Should Use Duolingo Anyway

Okay, now that I’ve covered what I see as the downsides of Duolingo, let’s get into the many benefits:

Masterful Gamification

I’ve tried out hundreds of language apps and programs over the years, and Duolingo has the best gamification features I’ve seen to date. The company’s curriculum designers and programmers obviously know a thing or two about human psychology, behavior change, and the formation of robust “habit loops.” From the leaderboards, to learner leagues, to achievement badges, to daily study targets, to skill trees, to use of sound and color, every detail of the game…I mean app…is designed to keep you coming back for more. Though part of me is less than excited about the prospect of an app (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, etc.) being intentionally designed to override my willpower, hijack my day, and maximize my time in their ecosystem, another part of me knows that these seemingly evil means can be used for good if applied to positive habits like learning a language.

I actually quit Duolingo for a month as part of a “Digital Detox” advised in Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport. I worried that Duolingo had become dangerously addictive for me and that I would be better served spending my precious language acquisition time elsewhere. Though I thought the gamification features were “cute,” I assured myself I didn’t need them to continue putting in consistent time every day. I was wrong. About a week into the detox, I realized that I had done zero language study that week. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

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I started using the app again, and am now on a 37-day streak as of writing! More importantly, I’ve felt motivated to do many other language acquisition activities each day such as meeting regularly with my Japanese tutor on iTalki,listening to Japanese podcasts like Nihongo con Teppei, watching Japanese shows on Netflix, andreading articles on Japanese Wikipedia.

So if you need a little extra dopamine to get you to spend time learning a language (or if are a competitive person like me!), I highly recommend leveraging the motivational fuel afforded by Duolingo’s masterful gamification features.

Duolingo lets you leverage the power of “reverse learning”

If you are a beginning Japanese learner, the standard “Japanese for English Speakers” course is a good place to start. But once you have a decent amount of 日本語 under your belt, I highly recommend checking out Duolingo’s English for Japanese Speakerscourse. For a number of reasons, I find this approach far more interesting and useful. Perhaps it’s my background in English teaching, but I especially enjoy reading the grammar explanations for each lesson writtenin Japanese but about English.

Duolingo now lets you learn through stories!

As my friend Olly Richards argues over at I Will Teach You a Language, learning through stories “puts the fun back into learning.” I couldn’t agree more! And that is in fact one reason I historically struggled with the standard Duolingo skill trees: each lesson was comprised of piecemeal sentences devoid of an overarching narrative or meaningful sequencing. But with their release of the Duolingo Podcastand Duolingo Stories, they’ve deftly overcome this limitation and kept at leastthislanguage learner quite happy!

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  • The Duolingo Podcast(available for Spanish and French learners as of writing) includes a series of real-life stories presented half in English (to create context and increase comprehension), and half in the target language to provide interesting listening practice. The production quality and narrative depth is extremely impressive (on par with popular shows likeThis American Life), there are new episodes released almost every week, and you can read complete transcripts online.
  • As of writing, English speakers you can enjoy Duolingo Stories inSpanish, Portuguese, French, German, and NOW Japanese (!!!). If stories are available for the language, you will see an additional book icon in the app tray. I have been going through their Spanish stories with earnest and have really enjoyed thenarratives and fun, unexpected twists.

Duolingo has a great team and a large, active community

Though I am a proud “solopreneur” and know that I work best alone or in small, agile teams of high performers, Ialsoknow that there is power in numbers. If you want to create something of scale, you need the team, community, funding, and vision to do so. Duolingo has all four in spades.

Duolingo was founded byLuis von Ahn,a Carnegie Mellon professor, MacArthur Fellow, serial entrepreneur, TED speaker, and the inventor of CAPTCHAs, those annoying “challenge-response tests” many sites and apps use to prove we’re human and not a computer bot. He jokes that Duolingo is in part a way to make up for his karmic debt of wasting people’s time answering CAPTCHA riddles!). Having been born and raised in Guatemala, he himself is also a language learner (reaching fluency in English after moving to the United States to study in 1996). Incidentally, he has never wanted to move back to the country of his birth partly because of a tragic even that happened in childhood: the kidnapping of his aunt (you can hear the whole story inepisode 8 of the Duolingo Spanish Podcast: “El secuestro”).

The company itself is growing rapidly (200+ employees as of writing) and is consistently bringing in healthy revenues ($36 million USD in 2018). This is a really good sign for users. It means that the company, the community, and the app aren’t going away anytime soon. And it alsomeans that the company has the bandwidth to take user feedback to heart, the money to invest in new resources and features, and the infrastructure to support a nearly infinite number of users and volunteers (most of whom can take advantage oftheirwise “freemium” model in which a small number of paying members subsidize the larger majority of free users).

In addition to smart management, a fun culture, healthy funding, and the addictive gamification features mentioned above, another key to Duolingo’s success has been leveraging and supporting its rapidly growing community of learners (300 million+ users as of writing) and thousands of volunteers who have helped develop and expand their courses (in a crowdsourced way much like Wikipedia).Duolingo has a extremely large, active user forum where learners can ask questions, get answers from more seasoned learners, swap tips, and share resources. In fact, there are even specific discussions around each and every exercise in the app! Simply tap the little speech bubble icon in the bottom right corner after submitting your answer for a given question.

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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Duolingo

Lastly, here are a few quick tips to help you get more out of Duolingo:

  • Try listening to sentencesfirstbefore reading them (I will often close my eyes or look away so that I’m not tempted to peak). This helps prioritize development of your listening skills and shows you what you understand in real time with your ears versus what you can parse out word by word with your eyes.
  • Before tapping “Check” for a given exercise, tap the speaker icon to hear the sentence once more (which provides a little useful repetition and an extra dose of listening practice), say the sentence aloud at least once, and then double check your answer for mistakes. It’s easy to forget something obvious when trying to go too fast.
  • If you happen to get a given exercise or answer wrong, tap the little speech bubble icon in the bottom right corner see that question’s forum discussion. Chances are that others made the same mistake for the same reason, and someone else has explained why the answer is wrong and how to get it right next time.
  • Access the leaderboard tab by clicking the shield icon second from the right in the app. Here you will see your current “League” and where you stand in the rankings. The top ten are promoted to the next league at the end of each week, while the bottom ten are demoted.
  • Compete with your friends! While competing with strangers using the League feature mentioned above is just fine, I find it far more motivating to compete with friends, family, or colleagues instead. Once they’ve joined Duolingo, you can see your relative rankings by tapping the face icon (second from left) and then the “Friends” tab in the upper right.
  • Although I love the Duolingo mobile app, I’ve found that you can work through lessons much more quickly using the desktop website version since you can type out answers on a full keyboard and leverage keyboard shortcuts instead of tapping (e.g. typing the number of an answer instead of clicking it, using the enter button to proceed, etc.). Moreover, you can then turn on keyboard typing for translation exercises instead of using the default drag and drop option. The former is more difficult but far more effective for building fluency and an example of more direct learning. By having to produce language from memory, you get a better feel for what words and structures you actuallyknowinstead of just reinforcing passive recognition. Another major advantage of the web version of Duolingo? In the mobile app, you have use 200 gems each time you take a level test to skip to the next level. Online, they are free.


Does Duolingo actually help you become fluent in a language? ›

Can Duolingo make me fluent? Research shows that Duolingo is an effective way to learn a language! But the truth is that no single course, app, method, or book can help you reach all your language goals.

What makes Duolingo bad for learning a language? ›

Duolingo relies too much on translation and indirect learning. Most exercises in Duolingo feel like language learning, but are in fact exercises in “indirect learning” and accumulation of passive knowledge instead of active skill.

How close to fluent can you get with Duolingo? ›

When it comes to listening and reading, they found that 5 units of Duolingo is comparable to 4 university semesters. As for speaking, they found that at least 50% of learners that had completed 5 units of the French and Spanish courses reached at least an A2 level of speaking.

How long does it take to become fluent on Duolingo? ›

A note from the Fluent in 3 Months team before we get started: You can chat away with a native speaker for at least 15 minutes with the "Fluent in 3 Months" method. All it takes is 90 days.

Which is better Babbel or Duolingo? ›

The biggest difference between Babbel and Duolingo is the approach to language learning. Babbel is a better option if you want traditional language instructions through modules and lessons. By contrast, Duolingo works great if you need a playful, gamified experience.

What is the hardest language to learn on Duolingo? ›

Across multiple sources, Mandarin Chinese is the number one language listed as the most challenging to learn.

What happens if Duolingo is too easy? ›

If you have previous experience with a language and feel that lessons are too easy, you can scroll to the next locked unit and tap the circle that says “Jump here?”. If you pass the test, you'll unlock that unit! NOTE: This will complete all levels up to that point.

What is the longest Duolingo streak? ›

Congrats to John Arnold, who has the highest-ever Duolingo streak of over 2000 days! He's a horse farmer and chemist.

What fake languages does Duolingo teach? ›

Duolingo fictional languages

These are High Valyrian and Klingon, taken from Game of Thrones/House of the Dragon and Star Trek respectively. As you might expect, these aren't as in-depth as some of the other courses and aren't as well-supported.

How long should I use Duolingo per day? ›

You don't need to spend hours on Duolingo each day. However, you must put a reasonable amount of time into learning. If you log in to complete one lesson and sign out as soon as you've reached 10XP, you won't get very far. To optimize your learning, aim to spend between 15 and 30 minutes on the app each day.

What happens if you finish Duolingo? ›

Once you complete all the levels in a unit, you'll complete a challenge to earn your unit trophy. You'll also have the option to earn the Legendary trophy for each unit.

How long does it take to 100% Duolingo? ›

To finish a language tree on Duolingo in 6 months, you will need to spend a minimum of 130 minutes per day on Duolingo, for a full 180 days. That's 2 hours and ten minutes.

How many Duolingo levels should I do a day? ›

Casual is one lesson per day, Regular is two, Serious is three, and Insane is five lessons in a day. I have my daily goal set to Serious, which requires completing three lessons daily, but I'll often do more lessons if I have the time, typically around five or six.

Is Duolingo a slow way to learn? ›

Learning with Duolingo is slow and inefficient. But as with many other not-very-good methods, you can learn something if you put enough time into it. With Duolingo, you will form low-quality memories that will fade quickly.

What is the best way to progress through Duolingo? ›

“Hover” around several skills – spreading your time across a handful of nearby skills – and alternate between gaining crowns and doing new lessons. Hovering across multiple skills helps you maximize learning by practicing what you've already studied while continuing to learn new material.

What is better than Duolingo? ›

Top 10 Alternatives to Duolingo
  • Rosetta Stone.
  • Busuu.
  • Lingvist.
  • Mango Languages.
  • Babbel for Business.
  • Open English.
  • Memrise.
  • italki.

What is super Duolingo? ›

Super Duolingo is a premium addition to the Duolingo experience. With Super Duolingo, your benefits include: No ads: Learn without interruptions. Unlimited Hearts: Enable unlimited hearts so mistakes won't slow you down. Mistakes Review: Make a mistake?

Is Rosetta Stone better than Duolingo? ›

Yes. After thoroughly testing out and reviewing each language learning app, we found Rosetta Stone to be a superior program to Duolingo. While we like Duolingo's gamification of learning, Rosetta Stone is simply more comprehensive and effective.

What is the 1 hardest language? ›

Across multiple sources, Mandarin Chinese is the number one language listed as the most challenging to learn. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center puts Mandarin in Category IV, which is the list of the most difficult languages to learn for English speakers.

What is the #1 hardest language to learn? ›

Mandarin Chinese

Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. Mandarin Chinese is challenging for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the writing system is extremely difficult for English speakers (and anyone else) accustomed to the Latin alphabet.

What is the 2 hardest language? ›

2. Arabic. Arabic is the queen of poetic languages, the 6th official language of the UN and second on our list of toughest languages to learn.

Does Duolingo ever get hard? ›

Learning a language is hard, so it's important that we make our app fun and exciting to keep up momentum. At the same time, we think it's important for people to regularly challenge themselves with tougher lessons, even if it might be outside their comfort zone.

Is finishing Duolingo worth it? ›

Finishing a Duolingo course might teach you how to process the written language on some basic level, but going through thousands of short and unrelated sentences doesn't really have much in common with actual reading. This is why you should develop your own reading practice.

What is the least score in Duolingo? ›

The minimum score is 10 and the others are 15, 20-25, 30-40, 40-50, 55-60, 65-70, 75-80, 85-90, 95-100, 105-110 and 115-120. The highest band corresponds to IELTS 7.0. The highest possible scores in Duolingo are also 125-130, 135-140, 145-150 and 155-160.

What happens when you reach a 365 day streak on Duolingo? ›

You get automatically inducted into the club once you get 365 days logged.

Who has the most XP in Duolingo ever? ›

The user with the most XP on Duolingo is Pat159978 with 7,918,158 XP and the user with the second most XP on Duolingo is Faeryeye with 6,877,711 XP.

Who uses Duolingo the most? ›

Learners around the globe take up multiple languages

The countries where the most learners study three or more languages on Duolingo are Finland (#1) and the U.K. (#2).

Is Duolingo voice Safe? ›

Duolingo's community guidelines indicate that Duolingo ensures a safe environment for user interaction by removing inappropriate and offensive content, but some personal information may be publicly visible. However, Duolingo warns users not to overshare personal information when interacting with other users.

Does Duolingo use robots? ›

There is also a “help me reply” button in case you get stuck. Duolingo says that their bots “are powered by artificial intelligence and react differently to thousands of possible answers.”. The bots feature is currently available for Duolingo's Spanish, French and German courses.

Can you get banned for cheating on Duolingo? ›

Depending on the severity of the violation, you may also be permanently banned from taking the Duolingo English Test again.

What level does Duolingo get you to? ›

At Duolingo, we're developing our courses to get you to a level called B2, at which you can get a job in the language you're studying. Reaching that kind of proficiency requires dedication, varied practice opportunities, and a lot of time.

How many hours of Duolingo is equal to a college course? ›

According to an independent study conducted by the City University of New York and the University of South Carolina, an average of 34 hours of Duolingo are equivalent to a full university semester of language education.

What is the easiest language to learn? ›

And The Easiest Language To Learn Is…
  1. Norwegian. This may come as a surprise, but we have ranked Norwegian as the easiest language to learn for English speakers. ...
  2. Swedish. ...
  3. Spanish. ...
  4. Dutch. ...
  5. Portuguese. ...
  6. Indonesian. ...
  7. Italian. ...
  8. French.
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What happens if you make too many mistakes in Duolingo? ›

Every day, you get five hearts on Duolingo. If you make a mistake and don't get a question right, you lose a heart. If you lose five hearts, it's game over. You have to wait before you can try again, and it usually takes a pretty long time.

What happens if you miss a day Duolingo? ›

Get a streak freeze to make sure you don't lose your streak when you forget to practice for a day. A streak freeze must be purchased in advance of a day of a missed lesson to protect the streak. You can equip up to 2 streak freezes at a time. You can purchase a streak freeze via the app and web shop.

What percentage of people finish a Duolingo course? ›

An informal study estimates that course completion rates fall as low as 0.01% for Spanish learners (second most popular language on Duolingo), and peak at 0.24% for Ukrainian learners.

Is 115 a bad Duolingo score? ›

115 is considered a good Duolingo score. A score above 110 is considered good, and that above 120 is considered excellent in Duolingo. Is 120 a good Duolingo score? Yes, 120 is considered to be an excellent Duolingo score.

How hard is Duolingo legendary? ›

This is good, as legendary challenges can be pretty difficult. That's because you don't get any of the hints that you get in the usual lessons. So if you don't know the meaning of a word or sentence, you're not able to tap the words to reveal their meanings.

How many times can I take Duolingo in a month? ›

While there is no limit on the number of times you can attempt Duolingo, you can attempt it only twice within 30 days. If your score was unsatisfactory, you could re-attempt the test.

What age group uses Duolingo the most? ›

Audience composition can reveal a site's current market share across various audiences. duolingo.com's audience is 50.34% male and 49.66% female. The largest age group of visitors are 18 - 24 year olds (Desktop).

How much XP does it take to learn a language on Duolingo? ›

Individual lessons = 10 XP (+possible bonus XP) Practice (accessible via the barbell icon via desktop web or Hearts tab in the iOS/Android app) = 10 XP. Ramp Up (Available on iOS and Android app) = timed exercise where you can earn up to 40 XP. Placement Test = 100 XP.

How many languages should I learn at once Duolingo? ›

At Duolingo, you can learn as many languages as you want! We encourage you to select a new language to tackle once you've completed a course. A language expert? Take as many courses as you would like at the same time.

Does Duolingo teach correctly? ›

Research shows that Duolingo is an effective way to learn a language! But the truth is that no single course, app, method, or book can help you reach all your language goals.

What is the easiest language to learn in Duolingo? ›

Overall, it's typically easier to study a language more similar to the one you know best. For English speakers, that means many languages from Europe — like Spanish and German — will be easier to learn on average than languages that aren't related to English at all — like Arabic and Chinese. But even this can be murky!

Can you learn a language while sleeping? ›

Not a lot, unfortunately. As Jennifer Ackerman notes in her splendid 2007 book Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream, learning a language while sleeping “is probably impossible, [and] attempts to teach slumbering adult subjects vocabulary of foreign languages or lists of items have failed miserably.”

How long does it take to become fluent in Duolingo? ›

A note from the Fluent in 3 Months team before we get started: You can chat away with a native speaker for at least 15 minutes with the "Fluent in 3 Months" method. All it takes is 90 days.

Should I complete all levels in Duolingo before moving on? ›

The way Duolingo teaches requires users to finish a skill or set of skills before moving on to the next set. The skills are displayed in a way that makes them look slightly like a "language tree ". Users must complete all the skills on each row of the tree before moving to the next row.

How long does it take to prepare for Duolingo? ›

We'd recommend making a start at least one month before your potential exam date, or even six weeks just to be sure.

Can you become fluent in Japanese with Duolingo? ›

As we have already mentioned, Duolingo takes you through basic study to an advanced beginner level. Yes, you read that correctly. You are not going to become fluent using Duolingo exclusively. For those who already know some Japanese, the beginning might seem extremely rudimentary.

How much Duolingo should I do a day? ›

You don't need to spend hours on Duolingo each day. However, you must put a reasonable amount of time into learning. If you log in to complete one lesson and sign out as soon as you've reached 10XP, you won't get very far. To optimize your learning, aim to spend between 15 and 30 minutes on the app each day.

How far does Duolingo Japanese take you? ›

As of October 2022, Duolingo's Japanese course has a total of 6 units, broken down into a total of 131 skills. That means there are 655 crown levels in Duolingo's Japanese course — or 786 if you include the legendary levels.

Is anything better than Duolingo? ›

We have compiled a list of solutions that reviewers voted as the best overall alternatives and competitors to Duolingo, including Rosetta Stone, Busuu, Lingvist, and Mango Languages.

Will Duolingo get you to C1? ›

At Duolingo, we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to set goals for different proficiency levels when we design our courses. The levels are labeled A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2, and they cover increasingly complex language needs.

What happens when you finish a Duolingo course? ›

Once you complete all the levels in a unit, you'll complete a challenge to earn your unit trophy. You'll also have the option to earn the Legendary trophy for each unit.

Is kanji Chinese or Japanese? ›

kanji, (Japanese: “Chinese character”) in the Japanese writing system, ideograms (or characters) adapted from Chinese characters. Kanji constitute one of the two systems used to write the Japanese language, the other being the two indigenous kana syllabaries (hiragana and katakana).

What's the best way to progress through Duolingo? ›

“Hover” around several skills – spreading your time across a handful of nearby skills – and alternate between gaining crowns and doing new lessons. Hovering across multiple skills helps you maximize learning by practicing what you've already studied while continuing to learn new material.

Is there a Duolingo for ASL? ›

Is ASL on Duolingo? Duolingo doesn't have ASL available. But there are plenty of other apps that do. Rocket Languages is another well-known language app that offers a complete ASL course.

How far does Duolingo Chinese go? ›

Our Chinese course teaches more than 1,000 words and nearly 1,000 characters, covering all vocabulary and grammar points necessary to pass levels 1 through 3 of the HSK (the official Chinese proficiency test), as well as almost half of the content of level 4.

Is it possible to learn Japanese in 6 months? ›

You Can Learn Japanese to a Good Level After Just a Few Months. Chris Broad (Abroad in Japan) shows that it's possible to survive in Japanese with as little as 6 months of studying.


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