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Duolingo for Children?

First of all, thank you for a great product. I've tried a lot of things to keep focused on learning languages, and you have the best product. If only you were around when I was younger....

Speaking of which... Given that young children's minds are optimized to learn languages, is there any thought to making the site a little more accessible for them? It's very close, but perhaps a simpler iPad version that's not as reliant on typing could go a long way. I'd love to get my children up on this.

April 17, 2013



A bit late. I too think a separate duolingo app or a setting in the current app will benefit for kids learning. Typing whole words is a bit too much for 5 to 7 yo. The drop down and pick words would be great for kids.


Please make Duolingo Kids available in the United States.


In order to use Duolingo you must be older than 13. We're not currently designing for children. All good suggestions to keep in mind for the future. Thanks!


Thanks for the quick reply! You would have to forgo much of the community involvement, but if you measure on impact, this would be huge. As I'm sure you know 5 year olds learn language much quicker than adults. Some would argue 13 is already too late.


But you can just throw a 5 year old in a room with a bunch of foreign speakers and they'll learn the language. Duolingo is for those of us who lacked rooms full of foreign speakers as children. :)


Indeed you are correct, and that's what I'm doing. I'm looking for reinforcement over the summer and outside the immersion program.

Of course there's nothing stopping us from using Duolingo together, but it may be tough for my ego. :-)


I agree with you therosen, my daughter is 4 and in an all French school. I would love to have a strictly verbal application, like Duolingo, for her to be able to use, as we are not strong in the language and not able to help her along as much. Unfortunately, we live in an area that will hire a French/English bilingual applicant with the same (and sometimes fewer) qualifications than an English only applicant - so, in our minds as parents, bilingualism is not really an option for our children, it's a necessity.


Is this still true? I just posted a question, and a whole bunch of young kids responded.


5 years later, we got what we wanted


For those following this discussion, you may be interested in a related discussion here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28827258/Duolingo-Kids-only-available-in-Canada

To note. Duolingo for Kids is as at this moment (9 June 2019 ) :

  • an app that is only available in Canada and Australia
  • is only available on iOS (apple)
  • is only available for English - Spanish - French


Please make Duolingo Kids in the Uk


I agree; I speak fluently french, english and spanish; I picked up duolingo to learn portuguese (went to Brasil in a trip and picked it up a bit)... but I have 4 kids, the 2 oldest (7 and 4) are learning french in school and it would be great to have the support for multiple accounts under a single "parent" account for the kids to keep practicing and learning what they learn in school

My wife wats to learn french too but i have to créate a whole new profile for her with a different email account etc.... i ouwl dbe awesome to have family packages so to speak and that the parents could supervise and be aware of the progress of the children


My grand daughter is 13 but I noticed there are flirting words which can be unlocked. I am concerned that if she really got into using the app this would not be appropriate. Can access to certain parts be restricted. Also meeting people online to chat?


For the first part, the flirting section really isn't inappropriate. I'm your granddaughter's age and I unlocked the flirting section because it was another part of the tree. It only contains things like "You look beautiful" and stuff like that, so don't worry there. In terms of your last inquiry, there's no private chat feature, so everyone can see everyone's chat.


Oh really. I did not know that


My kids just started using the Duolingo for Kids app on an ipad & absolutely love it!!! Thanks so much for developing it (normal Duolingo too hard for their age). Any chance that Greek on Duolingo for Kids will be available any time soon?


My son used Duolingo to improve his German as a second language in primary and it was really useful.


My 5-year-old loved the duolingo for kids phone app! He has finished all five (5) of the learning chapters for French. It really accelerated his vocabulary acquisition. Thank you. Now he wants to do more. when will more lessons be made available?


I found "FabuLingua" is based on interactive children's stories and also game design. I have tried many other apps and solutions for teaching my kids Spanish. My kids are much more engaged and want to play FabuLingua as often as possible. The stories and simulaneous translation method are a clever, subtle way to introduce and immerse the kids in Spanish. I found Duolingo Kids does not keep their attention and feels a bit too much like hard work for them.

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