Review date: March 14, 2016
Duolingo is the most popular language learning app across all platforms. It is not only completely free but free from ads. First and foremost this is a mobile app. Yes, you can use it on the desktop but the design is mobile first. The app takes you through a series of lessons which combines translating basic Spanish to English and back again. You will also listen to audio and then type out what you hear. Daily goals can be set and the app will remind you when you are not completing those goals.
The app doesn't supply direct translations of words but uses the exercises to reinforce vocabulary. There is no shortage of lessons
The entire app is based on a quiz type format. Every lesson is comprised of exercises to assist in your learning.
Duolingo only uses sentences to teach Spanish.
Grammar is one area that is not present. You will pick up on the correct forms through the exercises but you will not learn any rules or the 'why'.
Verbs are presented throughout the app but there are no verb translations, searching of verbs. You will learn naturally through the exercises but if you are in need of a specific verb you won't be able to find it through the app.
We are looking for Spanish apps that are best suited for students. They need to be rich in Spanish language content.
Spanish Content Score: 38/50
An app also needs to be attractive and function well in order to encourage its use and bring students back to app time and time again. The app should be a Windows 10 universal app that works across Windows 10 devices and screen sizes. Navigation should be intuitive and easy. Paid apps should have a free trial.
A full Windows 10 universal app that will allow you to save your progress (with an account) and continue on another Windows 10 device.
This is the only negative that we can find in terms of design. At larger screen sizes the app simply maintains the mobile look.
Simple an easy to use.
The app is wonderful and at small screen or window sizes it looks great.
DOWNLOAD IT! OR SKIP IT!
It you don't already have it, stop what you are doing and download Duolingo.