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Is Duolingo a Good Thing? Is This Site Safe?

do you the people like duolingo is it safe, why does it ask for your email?

September 20, 2017



Duolingo is quite safe. Even though the Duo bird does keep your family hostage until you complete your Spanish course, it's fairly safe :)


I think Duolingo is a great program! It is also very safe with people checking out discussion to make sure everything is okay. It asks for you email because it sends you updates, info, daily reminders, and your weekly score. All in all Duolingo is safe, and good.


I think email is required in order for the staff/administrators to get in touch with you in case of need.

I don't know any forums that do not link the membership to the email address. And yes: I feel safe on Duolingo.


Hi Emmy!

Duolingo will not sell your email address. You can choose whether or not you want to receive notifications when people reply to discussions you are part of, study reminders, and stuff like there here: https://www.duolingo.com/settings/notifications

Also, other users will not be able to see your email address. Moderators will be able to send you messages, but, they will not be able to see what your exact email address is. Instead, it will be routed through Duolingo's servers to protect your privacy. In fact, Duolingo tells people not to give their email address to anyone. What you want to avoid is creating a "Classroom" or joining someone else's unless they are your actual teacher outside of Duolingo. This is because the classroom link reveals your email address to the instructor. (It also would let the instructor change your password, and shut off the forums and Labs and other features.) Duolingo Clubs on the other hand are different. If you join a club, people cannot see your email address.

In terms of safety: No place on the internet is "safe". This is why the Community Guidelines tells people to be careful about what information they give out online. Along with the Community Guidelines, Click Here for the FAQ discussion that will teach you how to navigate the community. It also lists a set of Internet Safety suggestions.

Enjoy your learning! :)


Duolingo is VERY safe! well.... unless you miss your Spanish lessons....... Hopefully my parents don't get hurt. (lol. Duolingo is very safe and there is no need to worry. The Dulingo bird is not real and cannot make you beg for your life in Spanish. The email thing is most likely just so they are able to send you messages to remind you to continue your lessons. I do not mean to offend the creators of Duolingo with this comment. lol. anyways.. make sure you don't miss your lessons!)


no he gonna find u


Duolingo is bad he captured my parents and he is coming for you if you don't beg for your life in Spanish you could end up like my parents for forgetting your Spanish lesson for uno day.


They need your email to confirm you account and to be able to restore your password in case you loose it. It's a very normal procedure for any site where you need to have a personal account. No need to worry in this case.


Pretty much every site on the internet you have to sign up for requires your email. And if a website has your email, the worst it could do Is spam your inbox. But don't worry, Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning sites on the internet so I think your quite safe.


It does that to remind you of your goal and connect you w/ your friends


Anyway, you should have at least 3 email addresses :

  • one professionnal, you give only to your professional relationships
  • one personnal, you give to your friends
  • one garbage, you give when a website requires an email, but that you never check after you have been accepted by the site.

You can also have one for gaming, one for the family, one throw-away, etc.


Duolingo is perfectly safe :) they want your email so they can send you reminders to practice and such. They also email you when people comment on your things in discussion (such as your post here). There's nothing to worry about :)


So ur know Duo w/ knife Or creepy reminder Angry Birds commercial


is it i want my family


Duolingo is completely safe. I didn’t do my Spanish lessons when I was on holiday and nothing happened to me.


Yes and yes. I don't know why they ask for email, probably for backup purposes.


They ask for your email just in case you forgot your password and it will send you a password reset request to your email.


It's safe as long as you don't choose a duo to bug you in real life


Why does it show Duolingo as "not safe" site on my laptop? did anyone else face the same issue? how to fix it?

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