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Duolingo vs. Busuu?

emjayc
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I know people have discussed this before, but I would like to bring it up again: I had been using the Busuu site to learn languages on and off for quite a while before I discovered Duolingo. I love DL so much more! I have only been using it for a week, but I feel that it is much easier to use than Busuu and I like the immersion/translation aspect. What do you all think?

4 years ago

51 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ladybassca
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I love duolingo but wish they had more languages. I'm waiting for mandarin :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mary2100

I'm too :) But we're forced to admit that Duo is already doing great ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tim4Portuguese
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In this context you should use the more emphatic "I am too" the contracted version doesn't sound right to a native speaker. I too am waiting to see if DL will bring out a Mandarin version - until we have to put up with Busuu which was wonderful - then they completely ruined it just trying to get more revenue from it - now they have improved it a little but it is still not as good as it used to be. The other site that is quite good for mandarin is Livemocha. Both Busuu and Livemocha allow you to learn faster than Duolingo - Duolingo is better for basic grammar and is less confusing than Livemocha if you want to study more more than one language at a time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/resh.v

Its a budding platform and many more languages are on their way :)

you might see 4 more languages in the coming 3 months as per the completion percentages i've seen on some duolingo projects

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rebeccaellner
rebeccaellner
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and Tagalog :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seby-07
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I don't really like Busuu because of 2 reasons : 1. Duolingo is free, Busuu isn't. 2. Duolingo is for me personally a much funner way to learn

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mary2100

@seby-07 I totally agree with you, and I've also noticed that with Busuu, there were tons of problems; especially the fact that for me it was quite slow. Duolingo is much better.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

I only use Duolingo, Memrise, and books. I have tried Busuu but I just don't like that you should pay for more languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

When I started using Busuu, everything was free, including doing as many languages as you wanted. I appear to still have access to them, but can't be bothered. I just use DL, some books and media stuff. I'll go check this Memrise site, people mention, out of curiousity, but you'll never get me off DL. Unless I get thrown off! lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

Did the first couple of units in Memrise. in about 2 minutes! Maybe it gets better later on, but it seems very basic. Does it get better? Nothing beats DL.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

It is also free! But then nothing beats DL with quality! It is actually like DL! In Duolingo you maintain your skills golden but in Memrise you need to water the plants (it is the equivalent to skills in Duolingo). And also, I will make a Tagalog Course there in 15 hours!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

Tagalog is from the Philippines, I think. Forgive my ignorance, but am I correct?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

Yerp!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

Thanks. I'm not as ignorant, as I thought I was :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Treegarden
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The very only think that is of high quality on duolingo is that you can write full sentences as opposed to flashcard learning which is useless imo (at least for me). But the sentences have become repetitive for me and with all the data duolingo could easily about me (for example how well I know a word) is not used to improve the learning experience. So overall I think duo is bad

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl
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There are a huge number of courses there, I am sure the content must vary. My basic Finnish course on Memrise contains 500+ words. I challenge you to finish and remember those in two minutes. ;)

I prefer Duolingo for the practise you get in building sentences, the 'streak' feature, and the great community. I do like Memrise to help build my vocabulary though, and it emails me when I am due to 'water' (practise) again.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

It depends on which course you choose to take on Memrise. For example, beginning German would be very basic, then there's intermediate German and advanced.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emjayc
emjayc
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You used to not have to pay to learn more than one language. I hope that DuoLingo does not become more money-oriented as Busuu did.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

DL self-funds itself from other sources, It will always be 'free' You pay for it, by spending time using it. That is its beauty.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rifkhan619

Yes, duolingo is just awesome. I wish I had paid or donated to duolingo, instead of all the money I spent on bussu.

Duolingo is really, really engaging and provokes and inerest in learning languages. The interface is just awesome!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl
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I had the Buusuu app, and I kept getting glitches with it. I also didn't like the way they tried to 'upsell' stuff to me. However, some people may find it useful. To each their own. Personally I use Duolingo and Memrise.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThomJB

I liked the idea of Busuu, but in practice it didn't really work for me. I think it would be awsome if Duo introduced a similar mark-other-peoples-work thingy. =]

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emjayc
emjayc
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I agree!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

Apart from a little BBC Course (Book and CD) I started on Busuu, and liked it at the time. When I used it, I seem to remember everything was accessible and Free. But now you have to pay for the important bits like grammar! It's OK for learning a bit of vocabulary. After using DL for a long time, I went back and had a little look at some of Busuu's later units.... They just seem to introduce lots of long and obscure words, that you'll never use. The quality of the voices is excellent, and it does have it's bits of humour, but overall you can't really learn a language with it. You can with DL!! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ambyrjayde

Whynotboth.jpg Seriously I use duolingo, fluencia, busuu and memrise. Since they are all available it doesn't hurt to use them all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephT.Madawela
JosephT.Madawela
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very logical!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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i am on busuu as a "teacher" I gave up trying to learn from it, but I correct translations and answer questions. I agree wholeheartedly that DL is so much more better.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

The tiniest of points. 'so much more better' doesn't sound quite right in English. Just 'So much better' would suffice. The word 'better' means 'more good' so putting 'more' in the sentence is tautology (needless repetition) It's a small point, and most people wouldn't notice. I'm not a pedant, but as you are a Teacher, it should be good for you to know :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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-__- like I said "DL is so much better" I put teacher in "s for a reason, i am not really a teacher, but in busuu people need help from the community to learn, and since I speak English, that is all I do on their site anymore.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emjayc
emjayc
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Yes, that's what I have done

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ahmed1312

busuu is bad

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StankaVitlov

I agree. Busuu introduces very very difficult dialogues all of sudden. With phrases, words and even verb tenses never explained in previous lessons. So. just to understand it (because you want to continue studying) you have to spend a lot of time with a dictionary and still not get it...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LockyHK

I agree with this totally, I just cancelled my Busuu subscription to use Duolingo and Memrise exclusively for learning Italian.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Terrapod
Terrapod
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Never heard of this Busuu, and now I'm insanely curious. Do you have a language from their site?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emjayc
emjayc
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It's a language learning site much like DuoLingo, but it involves more interaction between speakers. I was learning Polish on it. You can only learn one language at a time, though, otherwise you have to pay to become a premium member. (I have no idea who downvoted my question or your comment, but I see nothing wrong with this conversation...)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Terrapod
Terrapod
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I see, I might have to check this site out

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

I think there is a bug on this thread. I just up-voted emjayc and the score changed from 5 to 4!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emjayc
emjayc
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That would explain a lot O.o

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikamjh
Ikamjh
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Maybe it was just people downvoting him while you upvoted him. or maybe you dont know how to operate the website...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

That could be true. But it seems strange that as I give an up-vote, two people would give a down-vote. But DL is massive (Global) so that could be true. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Denglish-Eutsch

I need to check these sites out! They sound interesting.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Juanchis2015

Esta es muy che veré y difícil

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Juanchis2015

Esta muy chevere y difícil

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bella.Jenner

i will choose duo cause its completly free

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paolomargari
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Their methods are slightly different so whoever is willing to pay an extra can use both. Personally if it's about paying, I'd go for Duolingo and Babbel (at the moment I use only Duolingo though).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Desiree-GraceB

For me its the other way round but i still think duo is better

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aysegul.b

Couple of years ago I'd say busuu was better since you could practise grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading and speaking for free. Even if these practises were not in a very advance level, they were quite useful, contributed me a lot. I don't understand how busuu could get worse and worse by time. It requires premium membership for most features and there are lots of problems with busuutalk. That's the reason why I started searching new platforms to learn a language. Duolingo seemed pretty nice to me and I loved the immersion part. For vocabulary, memrise is quite good, too btw.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/afdafdasfsafd

I use Duolingo, Busuu, Memrise, and others simultaneously. But personally I like busuu and memrise more than duolingo, because after about 5 lessons on here they start teaching you things that you wouldn't EVER say, plus it is rather hard for me to retain my Duolingo-Learned information during conversation.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hshdss13

I like duolingo more because i can learn more languages and is easier to use than busuu, plus duo is free while the busuu is paid. you can still use busuu for free but it is very boring and confusing duo is also fun, but busuu is boring, complicated and confusing

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Unni571691

Duolingo is nice to learn more words, but useless for much else. No grammar, no practice in using the language and think sentences for yourself and get feedback on them. + it only gives you access to lvl A1 in skill, while Busuu gives you access to B2, with tests. You can also get feedback on some of your skills. So Duolingo for vocabualry, but busuu if you want to learn more than basic and get pratice in acctual useing the language.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pawel_fci
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I am using Duolingo from long time ago (even if there was break in using this app) and love the fact that Duolingo is absolutely free and has a great interface. I will not going to leave DL but I am aware that Duolingo would be not enough for me, so today I started to using Buusu too.

1 week ago