my duolingo has something called "Health". I am blackmailed almost daily into buying more "health." how can I turn it off?

May 17, 2017


5 errors and you're done with your lesson. Don't take any chances, be sure to look each and every time to make sure you've got the right form, because never trying things for yourself is the way to learn a language, right?

Health is poison for the learning process.

September 11, 2017

Health is absolutely crap! It limits how far you can go, if you are trying a new section you almost cannot afford to make mistakes! But how do you learn? There is no other form of education like this! The term "blackmail" was used earlier and sadly this is quite accurate. Come on Duolingo, change it!

July 7, 2017

If enough people quit using it duo may abandon it iin favor of other money raising schemes. I recommend going to the app store and score it low with a comment about disliking health and using the website instead

May 17, 2017

Yup, that's right. It's horrible isn't it.

May 17, 2017

I fill it and it still won't let me finish my exercises! All I'm doing is filling Health.

May 18, 2017

Can you share more details? When you login for the first time, is your health full (or do you see bars that are still waiting to fill up - which could be up to 5 hours per bar)? Do you lose all of your health (5 bars) during a lesson, then pay gems and it fills up? Do you fill up in lesson or do you exit out and refill? When you refill can you go back into the lesson (or continue) and then do you lose them again?

May 18, 2017

I will use today as an example. I need to do Dativ Pronouns in German. Before starting I checked my Health and did three or four practices to fill it up. It indicated it was full. Halfway through the first Lesson of Dativ Pronoun it said I was out of Health and I either have to pay or go back and do FIVE practices. This is a waste of my time and/or gems. I'm about ready to just throw it over and quit Duolingo.

May 18, 2017

That is really frustrating. So during your lesson you made 5 errors and thus you ran out of health? Are you able to practice new lessons/skills on the website? The website doesn't have the health feature, so you can make all the errors you need to until you pass it. Once you pass it you can then practice it on your app without the health (if you use the "strengthen skills" feature - if you go into an individual skill it will still cost health). Unfortunately, the app with health doesn't make it easy to learn new information and punishes you with losing health.

May 18, 2017

I did finish online, but this is infuriating, frustrating, and distressing. Not to mention annoying. :) I've contacted Duolingo and complained but I doubt anything will change. I guess I'm making too many errors. Anyhow, thanks for your help.

May 18, 2017

I was told duolingo is free but I keep getting asked for "health" payments. Don't understand the word's usage. I want to cancel the program.

June 15, 2017

And PS: I have no interest in buying more health b/c I am one of the few who actually agreed to a paid subscription (b/c I have enjoyed Duolingo, and want to show my appreciation). But the app telling me when I can't practice b/c I made too many mistakes makes me mad!

October 16, 2017

I have not read any positive comments about health. I just switched from android to iPhone. I never type anything. I used google translate with voice for the foreign language and pasted answer in Duolingo. It gave me practice speaking because google translate was unforgiving.

iPhone is much better at voice to text. Of course like others I make mistakes - forget an article etc. some of the lessons are very difficult, eg parts of speech, and one is bound to make mistakes.

It appears Duolingo has made up its mind about health and won’t even let people pay to opt out of health. They must make a ton selling health. I doubt it’s because of concerns about binging.

I know, I know it’s a free app so they have to make money somehow. I just paid my bill today for gmail, YouTube, searching, google scholar, etc. Maybe Duolingo should adopt google business model; they seem to have some money.

August 13, 2018

Hi, Ben! Unfortunately you cannot turn off the "Health" feature. This is something that DuoLingo has announced a bit more here ( and it looks to be a feature that is rolling out. (If you search the discussion boards for "health" you will get a lot of information about this feature.)

Health only applies when you are learning a new lesson in a skill, or when you are practicing a lesson you have already passed. If you strengthen a skill, then health does not apply.

If you want to continue to use your app for your learning, you have three options for getting more health. 1. You can pay gems for a refill. 2. You can click on your health button and practice for +1 health bar. If you do this 5 times your health will be completely full. 3. You can wait - eventually the health will fully refill (after many hours - around 3-5 per bar from what I have seen).

You can also stop using your app and practice on the website - currently the app and website are not linked (at least on my account), and health does not apply to the website. For myself, it is easiest to do new skills and lessons on the computer - where I can make mistakes without worrying about being punished by losing health and having to spend gems, practice or wait. I also can see course notes and read about the skills I am learning (this isn't available on the app). After I have mastered a skill, then I can practice it on my app and the health feature does not apply.

Good luck and happy language learning!

May 17, 2017

I have very limited times to practice my Danish, and feel thwarted in my earnest attempts when Duolingo closes me out for a period of time b/c of "lost health." I cannot always go to my laptop; nor do I always have time to wait for the app to let me back in. This seems absurd. Please consider changing!

October 16, 2017

What really is annoying is when they have a bug and you keep getting told the answer isn't correct and it is I am about done with this app it's too bad because I liked it and recommended to friends but that was before this health nonsense.

November 29, 2017

I agree it is infuriating. I have screamed at my ipad more than once because of spelling errors. BUT it does force you to study your response. Incremental learning is the best way to learn a language. 15 minutes a day five days a week is more effective than 75 minutes crammed into one day. If I didn't have the health I'd just blow through it making all kinds of errors. So it has value. I just wish there were more health bars like ten maybe.

November 11, 2018
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