Visibility of Theory / Grammar on the smartphone ?

Hi there, on my Samsung I can take lessons but I cannot see the theory explanation by each lesson. I can see the theory only when I log in from my laptop. Can someone explain why the theory is not visible on the smart phone? is there something I can do to view it? Is there a plan to make it accessible via the smartphone? I am very busy and usually I do my practice while on the bus, at the gym, in the toilet....therefore having access from the phone is much more efficient and effective. Thanks.

June 8, 2017


It's something that many many people want, and nearly all course contributors are in favour of having tips and notes on mobile, but Duolingo doesn't want to implement it for some reason. I think an explanation I've heard is that it hurts people in developing countries who have no wifi and learn on their phones using data, which can be expensive and limiting. However, tips and notes are text based, so I can't imagine the data required for them is substantial, especially considering you have exercises with images, which aren't technically necessary. Another reason is that they want people to learn through immersion rather than "boring" grammar lessons. While this is somewhat possible with languages that are similar to English, like French and Spanish, with other languages like Russian and Hebrew it becomes much more problematic and without tips and notes it can take people way more than twice as long to figure out the rules by themselves. It also ignores the fact that a large proportion of learners don't have English as their native language.

June 9, 2017

That's a really weird explanation. It's just text, and how many users actually have limited connection and still use DuoLingo? Why not make them hideable?..

It's really hard without tips and notes and without a "report a problem" button. And it is not only about apps but also about the mobile version of the site! What's the purpose of it?

It's not an objection to our dear course developers in any way, certainly.

June 9, 2017

By the way, you can choose "view full site" in the menu of the mobile site.

June 9, 2017

Unfortunately, not anymore. At least that's my case - when I access the site on my cell phone browser, I get pretty much the same version of the site as I would have it in the app. Hmmm... Very weird changes have been happening on Duolingo...

June 10, 2017

Thanks for your answer. You are correct, when I do not have time to read the grammar and try to distill the rules by just practicing it takes me a lot of time to figure out the rules, above all in Russian, where there are more exceptions than rules! I still think that they should make the mobile version equal to the laptop one. It is kind of discriminatory....

June 9, 2017

Sorry, can't give explanation, but I have the same questions :-) Smartophone / tablet apps seem to only provide the practice, to see the background info - grammar, explanations etc - I need to log on to computer....

June 9, 2017


June 9, 2017
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