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https://www.duolingo.com/Bahalam

I love my favourite green owl. Are you gonna stop being free? :(

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What is the best free online solution to learn new languages? The answer is without doubt the green owl but Duolingo isn't free anymore. They used to say it in the Help section that Duolingo is and will remain free, cause we make money out of immersion part. Well that's not the case anymore. After closing the immersion part, they started showing these ads at the end of the excercises. That was okay. But I just saw an option in Power-up section (only Android version!!!) for removing the ads for $3 per a month. That will cross out Duolingo from the entirely-free applications. That may be still fine but my concern lies in more distant future. Worries me the possibility that they may keep developing these paid features and even make some languages only available in Premium version. I think if someday that happens, they'll have a lot of powerful opponents to compete with. Please, don't. I know you guys work day and night to make this possible. But please find other ways to make money, show us ads and make us translate Coca-Cola is awesome but don't change this to a paid solution. Show mercy to your longtime friend.:( You may say that this will never happen but who would have thought that comes the day that they close the immersion part? All the ones who agree please like this up.

1 year ago

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TimmohB

You're overreacting.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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As far as I've gotten word from staff, the initial language courses will remain free. That does not guarantee that any potential tree extensions will remain free or that there will not be advertisements or added paid features, such as streak replacers. So, Duolingo will remain true to its commitment of "Free language education for the world."

The last figure I had, it cost Duolingo $45,000 a day to store data on servers and pay staff to keep Duolingo running. It is unfortunate that Immersion did not produce enough revenue to cover the costs. So, they have to find a new way to keep the doors open.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

It costs money to develop, run and maintain DuoLingo, it's gotta come from somewhere. And 'profit' is not a four-letter word!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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Duo is still free for learning languages. The adverts etc are not too onerous and paying to have them removed is completely optional.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosQuin342077

I would be willing to pay money if they kept developing the language I'm learning (French). I finished my tree months ago, and it has not been the same since. Now I find Duolingo boring. It would be great if they gave us news lessons once in a while.

I ended up subscribing to Babbel where I now spend most of my time learning french.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bahalam
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I tried Babbel. I liked the lesson plan but I noticed some problems. So I bought the Premium Busuu. I'd paid for that but the level is very different to here.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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As far as I know, learning languages before Duolingo came along was never free. I know I paid several thousand dollars in college just to be able to take some classes in Spanish and French. Other language learning applications, such as Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur, may offer you a few free lessons, but then you'll have to sign up for the paid version if you want to learn more. So what if Duolingo now has started putting up ads on their mobile app. The ads keep it free. And what is $3 for having the ad-free version. Spare change if you ask me. So far, there are no ads on the web version and it's still free. Nothing stays free forever. Better get used to it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bahalam
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I am not upset for $3. I said my concern was in more distant future. Well, in that case, paid Duolingo will need to improve remarkably to attract users. The oldest languages (top five) is being taught almost everywhere for a long time now. And no one can deny that Duolingo is just efficient for A1 and A2 level. So why bother and pay here at first place? All I'm saying is that Duolingo will not be the same after going premium.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Right, Duolingo was not designed or meant to make users become fluent in the languages it offers, so that's why they have been able to keep it free because it only teaches you the basics of a language. And again, you don't have to pay. Only if you want to use the ad-free app. And if the ads bother you so much, you could stop using the app and just use the Duolingo web version, which you can do on a mobile device as well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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It is not required to pay a fee to do any of the learning activities.

Several people have been asking for a paid version.

This allows duo to give both the people who wanted a paid version and the people that support duos mission to get what they want. Pay the fee or not.

This has been discussed repeatedly so even if I agreed I would not be voting this up.

1 year ago