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https://www.duolingo.com/michael386195

DuoLingo...FREE ???

Hey there...I started using Duolingo for Spanish on Saturday and found it much better than when I bought and discontinued using Rosetta Stone 4 years ago.

I plunged in with both feet.

But now...I keep running into the "Health" issue where they want money to continue.

I really do not have a problem paying "something" but I would like to pay ALL fees upfront or in installments so I can progress at a rapid pace and not keep getting stopped for making mistakes.

Any advice from users would be appreciated.

1 year ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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Use the website, not the app.

The lessons are more well-constructed, there are tons of useful grammar tips before many of them and, most importantly, there's no health!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michael386195

Thanks...I will give that a try. Really like the program...want to learn as fast as possible!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Keikou_
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don't rush though

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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When you run out of hearts, switch to review lessons. You'll improve your understanding of the basics and you'll earn your health back.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/potatoeglot
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Are you using Duolingo on an Apple device? I heard that there are some extra services there.

Duolingo on Android doesn't have that issue, last I checked. But I prefer using the web app since it doesn't bug you to pay anything and it has more functionality than the apps.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michael386195

Thanks for your reply. I am using Android.This has happened SEVERAL times. After making a few mistakes a popup comes up and tells me I am out of health and I can pay $4.99...$9.99 or $19.99 for more "gems" to continue'

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/potatoeglot
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Huh, I haven't encountered those issues. Maybe my app isn't updated.

Well, like what Mr_Eyl said, just use the Duoling website. The apps aren't as helpful and there's no advantage to using them anyway, unless you don't have a laptop/desktop.

Good luck with your learning!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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It's just started on Android - it might still be an A/B test.

Just use a mixture of web and app. Your Health bars come back after a while, or you can earn them back by doing a strengthen within the Health bit. Also, the web site works OK within the mobile browser.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/robin.fli
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I'm surprised you don't get a note about restoring health with gems as well, though I am a iOS user. If I get any notes that ask if I want to pay, I drop out and just practice 5 times to restore health. To earn gems, practice 1st to meet your required level for the day you get a "prize" of gems when you go back to home. Mine is set to 10 so I only have to practice once. I guess less on lessons and I am able to get through lessons to earn gems. For 350 gems you restore health, 500 gems for a "health shield" for 30 min. In my situation using the website on my iPod is harder and my desktop is not portable so I have wrestled with the app and figured out to use it successfully. I don't pay because the whole reason I started with Duolingo was that it was free and easy to access.

1 year ago