Health is a terrible addition


I love Duolingo and have been using it for a while but I just got my son started with it. He is making a lot more errors than me but because of this, his 'health' is dropping to zero so he can't finish the test.

This is really bad, you need to remove this.

Do I have to subscribe and remove this feature, I am certainly not buying 500 ingots (or whatever they are called now) each time.

May 16, 2017


Go to app store score the app down and comment on why in the meantime he can get to the website it's not as easy to use on a phone but they aren't doing health

May 16, 2017

I agree it's very frustrating. I attempted to leave a review in the App Store (first time I've tried doing that) but it wouldn't seem to send. Here is what I wrote: I was previously a very big fan of Duolingo. Unfortunately what previously was a relaxing education experience has changed entirely with just a couple of new changes they made to the app. The "health bar" is the worst; a staple in video games, this just adds an undesirable level of stress to this app when attempting to learn new material, and from what I've read this can be especially punishing for younger users. It also appears that some of the add-ons also basically cost more now too with the jewels instead of ingots. Basically, from a behavioural psychology perspective the Duolingo folks have devalued the positive reinforcers and included more negative reinforcement (i.e., motivation based on trying to avoid something bad happening rather than being rewarded for your efforts), which I find rather unfortunate.

May 27, 2017

The workaround is to use the website version. From what I've heard, they intend to blanket the mobile platform with health, and it will be irrevocable by conventional means. From their metrics or something, they have determined that it helps learning. I don't personally think so, but I'm not in neither technical nor executive for Duolingo.

May 16, 2017

I agree, it makes for a more stressful learning environment where the student is constantly worried about making a mistake.

May 17, 2017

I agree, they've really made a massive mistake here with the health system.

May 17, 2017

This is exactly what is happening to my daughter and myself learning Spanish together! She is 7 and lately running out of health frequently. We were trying to compete to keep up our progress together but Health makes this impossible. I really can't go on using this program if it is demoralizing for her.

May 18, 2017

I'm not a fan of this health business, either. The problem is when one fears errors one tends to make more errors.

May 27, 2017

Exactly, from a psychological point of view. It's like the principle of "If you look at the tree, you will hit it".

May 28, 2017

I just purchase the 6 months lessons thinking that would solve the health issues , but according to the forum that's did not help. If I know this ahead of time I would just opt not to pay since it didn't help my lessons but just give me more fustration and wasting time to wait for it to clear. If you have paid for the lessons so you can go through them when you have the time to do it, then they should get rid of health. How can you get your money back for wrong product advertising? I hope Duolingo take that into their app process!

February 1, 2018

Hello Duo, I really enjoy your lessons. I am 83. I last spoke French in 1964 when I was living in Tunisia for 4 years.

I have a problem with my eyesight and cannot read your printing with blue and yellow on a white background. Also your Correct Answer corner is dark green on light green, it is difficult to read the accents. The Incorrect Answer is dark red on light red and that is OK.

I do hope you can make your printing more prominent, otherwise I cannot proceed. I needed someone to help me read the blue print here.

Best Wishes. Margaret Bown 843282

April 18, 2019
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