I want Duolingo to receive as much of my subscription money as possible. Which option is the best?

I would prefer to subscribe outside of the iOS app store, the way I do for Netflix and Spotify. Apple's 30% fee is appalling to me.

I don't have much money but if I do decide to subscribe (and it might just be for a couple months, on and off) then I'd prefer to pay directly to you using whichever method yields the maximum percent to this wonderful company.

I know even MasterCard and PayPal will skim a bit off, but surely they must be less than 30% ! No?

August 8, 2019


I don't have much money

Then don't go for "Duolingo Plus" but use the web portal (without health/gems) for free.

August 9, 2019

Yes. Then they make money off you for advertisements, and you don’t have to spend your own money, a win-win.

August 9, 2019


Are you saying the web version has all the Plus features but for free?

August 9, 2019

Not really. But, for example the health shield isn't necessary for the web because it has no "health". Which makes PLUS not really worth it for a lot of people. And (like I said), they make money off of you using the web via ads and stuff.

August 9, 2019

But the Plus version has quizzes that grade you.

Also, I don't do ads. Ever.

August 9, 2019


Sorry, I am not a "Duolingo Plus" member.

It could be possible that the "Progress quiz" is now also available on the web.

But on those 2-3 discussion threads mostly IOS / IPad app users have been posting about them.

The rest of new users from the last weeks / months is just complaining about the "Progress Quiz" anyways.

IMHO you do not really need to take it before 6-12 months.

It tests you across the FULL A2 CEFR vocabulary, with all skills, all tenses, Subjunctive.

My math says that it could also be possible that your quite long Spanish tree takes you ~1,8-2,3 years before you have finished it if you go more slowly and you have to start totally from scratch.

As a new Spanish or Japanese learner who has no previous skills in that language you will be simply lost with the quiz and its x/5.0 rating.

When I started to learn Portuguese here from scratch, I did not bother in taking it too soon because of those reasons.
I had completed my PT tree within one year with other resources in parallel.

August 9, 2019


No, the web portal has not the mobile app Plus features like offline mode or "health shield".

August 9, 2019

I think that using your mastercard will skim off the least amount, PayPal takes a fair amount. If you have a credit/debit card other than mastercard, some others will take even less.

August 9, 2019

I agree @girl but I can't find anyway on the Duolingo site to sign up to Plus!

August 9, 2019


August 13, 2019

I cant find how to sign up to plus. Its not there to see anywhere. in the app or on the web. is it only available in america?

August 12, 2019

@tinagwee try visiting and the tapping the button "Try 7 days for free"

August 13, 2019

Well so basically back to square one: there's no way for me to pay Duolingo directly for their premium features.

This is like the exact opposite problem that Spotify and Netflix have

August 9, 2019
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