Not free anymore
I’ve been on Dualingo for several years. I used to be able to go on to more advanced lessons without a limit of errors. Now, five errors and it shuts me out. Wants me to buy in. You need to get another way to finance it so I can go on learning. Now I find myself going back to very basic lessons so I can get five in a row before being blocked out. I’m no longer able to go on
The punishing teaching method "Health" is only in the iOS app.
A popular workaround
Use www.duolingo.com in the Firefox or Google Crome browser on your iOS device.
As a Plus subscriber, you can switch off "Health"!
This is due to the disgraceful health system. You are punished and prevented from learning by an organization that CLAIMS to support language learning. If you want to buy more health, the cost is way above what beginners can pay. The entire health system if a black mark on DL.
Just practice 5 times and your health will be restored, no purchase needed. If you have "gems", like "lingots on the web, you can refill and health and continue on. The practice feature never blocks you from continuing and you shouldn't have to go to basic levels to practice. Because of availability, I use the iOS more than the Website, so maybe I have gotten a handle on the system and it doesn't impact me like it does you. I have never paid actual cash to continue learning.
There is an option to spend 500 gems on 30 mins unlimited health in the shop, but yes it is a pain the health thing, especially as often the errors are in the app not allowing my translations etc or typos. I tend to start a level on my computer so I can jot down the vocab and just practise on my ipad on higher levels where I make fewer mistakes. Love the workaround posted above to use the browser version. I will be trying that
Why is "health" a thing in iOS?
I use the web, and sometimes the Android app.