https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellery77314

My 6 year old loves this - but I keep having to pay. Ridiculous.

A friend showed this to my 6 year old (who is studying Spanish in school) and she fell in love. I downloaded it for her tablet, and she dove right in. Within a day, she told me I needed to buy GEMS for her so she could keep going. Confused, I made the purchase, thinking that was the end. But today - TWICE - the app asked me to pay $4.99 more each time - so she could keep going. Is there some way to make sure she can enjoy this & it remains free? She is 6. She will make mistakes, and she will binge.

July 23, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ikuusi

There is a 'practice' button in the 'Health' section of the app that will allow your child to practice what she has learned and regain 'health' to continue doing new lessons. This will let your child regain health by practicing Spanish instead of you having to buy the health back for her.

If you have a computer, you could allow your child to use Duolingo on it, as the website version has no 'Health' feature so she will be able to learn as she wants, and you won't have to buy anything.

I hope this answers your question.

July 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellery77314

My 6 year old is not allowed to use my laptop or desktop, but has her own tablet for things, so it's gonna have to be tablet duolingo. I think this app has incredible potential for children. She literally learned more Spanish in a few days with duolingo than in a year of weekly classes at school. I just think the designers might want to account for the fact that kids use it when factoring in a system that prompts payments (and totally turns off parents.) A six year old will binge occassionally - and our schedule only allows a lot of app time on weekends. But the first prompt for payment came when she was trying to show how cool the app was her her cousin, so they blew through some lessons with a lot of mistakes. It would just be great of they had some setting that allowed for kids to be kids on it. The two cousins wanted to keep going, but couldn't unless I paid. Needless to say, that mom will not be letting her daughter download the app.

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ikuusi

I think it may be possible to get the desktop website on the the Ipad. It's can be a pretty complicated process when the app is installed, but it will mean that your child will be able to use Duolingo without paying for anything:

1) Enter 'duolingo.com' in the Safari search bar (it must be Safari). If it redirects you to the app, there might be a button in the top left 'Return to Safari'. If so, that's good and you will now be on the 'website or partial website'. If not, you will need to copy this into the Safari search bar: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23664441 (This is the link for this discussion). Because the app doesn't have the discussion page, it has no choice but to redirect you.

2) You should now be seeing either this or this If you see the first one (and health is at the top right instead of practice), there should be a box with an arrow pointing upwards on the bottom of Safari. Click on that, and press 'Request desktop site' and it should take you to something like the second image. (If there is practice instead of health then you are already good to go) If you see the second image, you are good to go too!

You should now have the desktop version on your child's tablet. If at any time it redirects you to the 'partial website' with health, then just press 'request desktop site' or 'view full site' again. The main purpose of this is to remove the health from the interface. Once there is no health circle at the top, that is when you can use Duolingo purchase free.

If you encounter any problems during this process let me know!

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

I don't think the mobile browser version ever has health, so I don't know why you'd need the full website version (which, anyway, I don't actually think is accesible; the "Request desktop site" in Safari appears completely disabled for me on Duolingo).

July 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ikuusi

Ah, then the process is simpler. I never really use the app so I was just going off what I remember doing before.

July 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klgregonis

Try setting the tablet up to use the internet browser to connect instead of the app.

July 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/somelauw

You can still use the website (or buy an Android phone instead). At least for now these have remained without gems. I recommend against buying gems, because by buying them you are supporting this business model that most people want to get rid of.

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob20020

If I had to guess, she is probably binging and spending gems to keep going, and needs you to buy them to keep going. Yeah, have her practice more.

July 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellery77314

Yes - I think this app has incredible potential for children. She literally learned more Spanish in a few days with duolingo than in a year of weekly classes at school. I just think the designers might want to account for the fact that kids use it when factoring in a system that prompts payments (and totally tunrs off parents.) A six year old will binge occassionally - and our schedule only allows a lot of app time on weekends. But the first prompt for payment came when she was trying to show how cool the app was her her cousin, so they blew through some lessons with a lot of mistakes. It would just be great of they had some setting that allowed for kids to be kids on it. The two cousins wanted to keep going, but couldn't unless I paid. A big turn off for a parent.

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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use browser version of Duolingo, should be possible on apple too, if not then apple sucks more than I thought

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

If she goes back and practices previous sections, eventually, she will be able to move forward without being asked to pay. The apps halts people from moving forward if they make a certain number of errors. Staff intends it to encourage them not to binge learn without reviewing weak areas. The website version has not implemented the same design.

July 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Neither has the Android app Health/Gems.

BTW (to all other readers): You can run the DuoLingo app on Android on the Bluestacks or other Android emulators@PC/Windows.

July 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicRuler1414

Show her memrise. It is similar to Duolingo but you dont have to keep paying. They have a premium mode but the normal mode is more than good enough. It's like Duolingo but with infinite lives

July 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spacexl

My best solution is to switch to the desktop version, which is accessible from Safari. Although, if you do not have an Apple tablet (you haven't specified), there might be other options that you can find online.

July 24, 2017
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