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.
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.