Can't get rid of unwanted language

I accidentally pressed German as one of my languages and now I can't get it off my profile. They should include in the app update a way to delete languages off your profile. But they should still keep the progress just in case you delete the language you actually wanted to learn

February 28, 2014


You can remove languages in the settings area. You can always add it again.

February 28, 2014

But don't you lose your progress ?

November 20, 2014

If you do, you can test out of skills.

June 30, 2016

Except sometimes you do mistakes on the Test out and it doesn't take you where you should be, I had that happen

May 19, 2017

Look on the bright side, it means you can retake those things you made mistakes on and make sure it's solid now to avoid future mistakes. :D

May 18, 2018

You do, unfortunately, at least, that's how it seems.

November 21, 2014

If you have signed up for a course with a German base language, and it is the only course with that base language, I think you can't remove it. At least, that is something that people have talked about before.

If you aren't sure what I mean by base and target language, here is an explanation:

Target language is the language you are trying to learn.

Base language is the language you are learning from.

(I am learning Spanish from English. My target language is Spanish. My base language is English.

I hope this helps! (Also, I don't normally help out in Troubleshooting because I'm not a tech person. It is possible that someone with more know-how will stop by if I'm wrong. ^_^)

February 28, 2014

Hi Usagiboy7, there is a way to delete a course if it is the only one from that base language. I posted this in a thread the other day:

Your English level (or any other language level) is combined across all the different user interfaces in different languages on which you are learning it. i.e If you are level 3 from Dutch, you will be level 3 from German and all the other languages you can learn English from too (but your trees will not be combined). If you want to delete your English progress from only one language, I'm sorry but I don't know how to do it. This method allows you to delete your English progress from all interface languages.

  1. Go to a user interface in a language which teaches the language you want to delete, English, and another language which you are already learning (but not necessarily from that interface language). For example, if you want to delete English from x language and are learning French from English, you could go to the Spanish interface as that teaches English and French. From now on, I will use this example, but you can substitute in different language combinations.

  2. Start learning French from Spanish. Your French level in the Spanish interface will be the same as your French level in the English interface, but your trees will not be combined. You will also be learning English from Spanish automatically, at the same level as you are in the English from x language interface, but again the trees are not combined.

  3. Go to the option in settings which allows you to delete or reset a language (still in the Spanish UI). Click 'delete' for your English progress. YOUR ENGLISH PROGRESS HAS NOW BEEN DELETED ACROSS ALL INTERFACES!

Basically, this works because you only have one level per language. This means that you only have ONE level for each of the Duo languages you are learning, even if you are learning the same language from several user interface languages. If you delete your progress in one language, it is across all the interfaces. Since you can only delete a language in a given interface if you are learning another language in that interface, you have to delete your progress in English from an interface where you are learning another language.

If the second language in that interface is one you are already learning, it will not make any difference to the number of flags shown when you are posting as levels are combined across all the different language interfaces.

If you still want to use the English/German forums or similar, subscribe to these BEFORE you carry out these steps. If you do go back to learning English you can delete it again using the steps above. Sorry if this has been quite complicated or unclear but I hope it helps.

Link to source discussion:

It takes quite a long explanation but it works, even though it is long winded. Of course, the problem will go away completely when there are more courses from all the user interfaces. :)

March 1, 2014

I don't necessarily think this method still works. The way levels, etc are determined have changed (to wit, made more sensible).

I don't think it's possible to "remove" the first language from a new base language, but this is a matter of no consequence. Simply zero out progress for that tree, switch the base language back to one you care about, and forget about it. All practical results are the same (at least on the web interface; simply haven't tried the app personally so I can't speak to it). There will be no flag for that language in the forums (unless you're learning it from another base language, in which case, that won't be affected). You won't get any e-mails about it (since you're on a different base language). If you ever go back to it, you'll be greeted with the opportunity to begin with a quiz out test or start from the first skill, just as if you'd never clicked on it to begin with.

September 10, 2016

Did anyone even bother to read this? Thankfully English is my only base language.

February 19, 2016

Hey, it addresses an important problem for some of us. I used it a while back and am trying to use it again!

June 12, 2016

This didn't help me at all.

September 10, 2016


February 28, 2014

Try clicking reply`` beneath my comment so I know its directed towards me.

February 28, 2014

I did the exact same thing. I learn spanish and french and accidentally pressed german

March 1, 2015

settings-languages-remove a language I tried it and it did work but it does delete progress which is fine because i have none on german because i dont learn it. hope this is helpful....

March 1, 2015

Good instructions. Your advice is still helping people. Thank You Addison.

March 6, 2016

You will need to log in on a laptop or desktop to delete unwanted languages

August 29, 2016

I don't have a section for learning languages under my settings page, there are only your profile, daily goal, general, accessibility and notifications. Please help guys. Call it OCD, but I can't stand the language I chosen accidentally in my list of languages, especially since I've already finished another language to its entirety. Thanks!

June 23, 2017

can somebody help me i put korean as one of my languages and it all turned to korean and i don't know what it says please help.

November 20, 2014

Use the menu here to change it: Do NOT click on any grey text. In the future you can also visit the Wiki's faq then go to the courses tab, then how to change my course. It has visual directions of how to do this in case you dont have the direct link. The wiki is here: (full og good stuff you should check it out.). ^_^

November 20, 2014

Super thanks!

January 5, 2015


March 2, 2018

me too

January 19, 2015

changed it to arbic and cant get it back to english

April 17, 2015

Why is there no such section in my settings?

July 20, 2015

same with me but only with french

September 9, 2015

yeah. I accidently clicked French when I meant to click Spanish.

September 27, 2015

i didn't understand this. can you make it more understandable. :D

November 4, 2015

go to your settings then go to learning languages, right under see all languages is a button that says reset or change. Hope this helped.

November 6, 2015

Thank you so much i finally was able to delete the language i didnt want!!!

January 11, 2016

I have all of these languages on my IPad, and I just want to keep Swedish! I don't know how to delete the other languages. I have a IPad mini, so I guess it is different on how to delete

January 27, 2016

you can't delete it on an app, you can only delete it on the web version (

April 11, 2019

I want to delete some languages but I can't find reset or remove

July 4, 2016

How do I remove a language from duolingo on my cellular phone?

August 7, 2016

you can't :-( it's not a feature, at least not yet

April 11, 2019

I can't find it... Help

August 27, 2016

yup i agree

August 29, 2016

On my laptop, "Reset or remove languages" does not appear. Any tips? How can I report this problem?

December 3, 2016

Go into settings (click on your icon). On the right hand bar, click 'Learning Language'. There'll be a faint grey bar under 'See all language courses'.
It says 'Reset or remove languages'. Click on that and choose which one you want to remove. DONE!

December 20, 2016

I've been wanting to delete most of the language I've selected, since they kind of get in the way of my German practice, but since I have mobile version, every time I try and go to the settings and delete them, I see not buttons what so ever that say DELETE language or whatever. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME

December 23, 2016

I think you have to be on the website to delete them. You can go to settings, or just click on the flag at the upper left of the tree.

December 23, 2016

but do remember you cant have no languages so if you have 1 left you need another one to delete it

December 30, 2016

While true, this is a fact with little consequence. If you want to fully deactivate your account, you deactivate your account. If you merely want to get rid of all languages from a second base language, indeed you can't exactly do it. But when you zero out your progress from that base language, there's no functional distinction between that and theoretically being able to totally delete it (i.e. you'll never see any hint of those trees, nor will anyone else, and if you ever returned there, it would be as if you'd never been before).

December 30, 2016

woah you have a lot of languages... B-]

April 11, 2019

Hi, I wanted to try the Placement test for English from Czech language. Now I'd like to remove the language, but I'm only able to reset the progress. How do I delete it? I don't want to add any course like English from French or such.

January 3, 2017

You can't. Read my two others posts in this forum for why this is not an issue in any conceivable way.

January 3, 2017

it's really sad :-( I want to delete my French-English course because I'm already good at English I don't need to learn it from a different language. i hope the duolingo team works more on these things rather than just simple aesthetics

April 11, 2019

um very useful unless you cant read ariac!

January 29, 2017

thanks it didn't work can't read aribic

February 2, 2017

im leaning french i accidentally did spanish...

February 5, 2017

really mino????!!!!!????

February 8, 2017

I can't though

April 20, 2017

I guess you can only do it on the website because I couldn't find it on the app. If you found it on the app please tell me it would be really helpful.

May 20, 2017

How do you remove a language on the mobile app

June 2, 2017

If you delete the language on a web browser first, then uninstall the app then re-download it and sign in. It takes the data from the web, and signs in with what is on the online source. It worked for me. Hope it works for you.

June 18, 2017

I had the same problem but if you open the app from this web page or another online one it gives you the option that everyone said works. Tried it and succeeded.

July 4, 2017

With an iOS I recommend getting on the website then log in, go to setting, learning language, restart and reset languages.

July 16, 2017

How do I do this? There is no learning language setting

March 2, 2018

I wanted to learn sweedish but I then decided I didn't want to and I now can't delete it

August 15, 2017

I have been tryingfive tryning to follow these instructions but I have tried so many times and it doesn't/ hasn't worked. What do I do? What did I do wrong?

August 15, 2017

In case you still have this problem: Log on a computer, go to Settings and remove any unwanted course, then go back to your phone and there log out and log in again. All done.

August 30, 2017


March 2, 2018

To Antoniates555, How you do it is you go onto settings, then click learning language, then it will say reset or remove a language, you click that then remove your German language

March 10, 2018

I have this problem but I can get to the part in settings where you can delete languages but the delete button doesn't work

July 23, 2018

I can’t delete high Valyrian from my languages. I’ve looked at the advice here but can’t seem to find the menu mentioned.

October 6, 2018

I can’t delete high Valyrian from my languages. I’ve looked at the advice here but can’t seem to find the menu mentioned.

October 6, 2018

1.Click on Settings 2.Click on Learning Languages 3.Click reset or Remove Lanuages


June 22, 2014

I don't have any of these options! Settings doesn't have a learning languages option...

February 28, 2015

Here, there is an explanation in the Wiki FAQ: Courses page I hope this helps :)

February 28, 2015

I had the same problem. Do not use application interface, use web interface. Application itself in android does not have the capability to remove language. Just go to your profile here in this forum and remove unneeded language.

May 23, 2016

THANK YOU!! that was helpful.

November 26, 2016

Just to add a note to what Me.gUsTa wrote, please be careful of doing this if you are taking more than one course. See the notes on this entry here:

June 25, 2014

That link no longer works. :(

December 3, 2016


September 10, 2014

oh my gosh thank you so much.

October 21, 2014


December 23, 2016

If you go to Settings, Learning Language, there are small grey words saying "Reset or remove languages." Click on the words and then you can delete languages, although it deletes all of your progress. I'm not sure if this was a feature eight months ago, and it seems like you've already resolved your problem, but I figured this might help other people.

October 30, 2014

Thank you!!!

March 25, 2015

This is only for desktop. Not the app.

February 24, 2017

Thank you sooooooo much :)

November 23, 2014

thank you so much

August 22, 2015


September 6, 2015

Thanks! Can't wait until they have finished making Klingon!

October 27, 2015

Whaaat?? When can I learn that?!

June 21, 2017

Thanks So Much! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

October 30, 2015

thank you so much

June 10, 2016

Thanks you so much!!! Somehow I got to level 5 on Spanish. And I had no idea how that happened.

June 14, 2016

Muchos Gracias

April 17, 2017

No "learning languages" in my settings on iPhone. Cannot delete a language

April 4, 2017

If you delete the language on a web browser first, then uninstall the app then re-download it and sign in. It takes the data from the web, and signs in with what is on the online source. It worked for me. Hope it works for you.

June 18, 2017

What the f#$&!!. Why can't you just delete a language using the app?

August 2, 2017
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