Idea: Trial/Demo/test-drive before sign-up to DuoLingo

One of the troubles with Duolingo is that you cannot try out the site before signing up. The instructional video shows more/less how it works, but nothing is better than test-driving it before signing up.

Personally, I dislike signing up to a new site if I can't see its usefulness before-hand. As an example I knew about duolingo one(1) year before actually using it, and the first time I planned to use it I changed my mind simply because I had to sign up/ create a new account to yet one more service.

Summary: A short trial/ summary before using the product(Duolingo) may attract users that would otherwise not take the plunge.

October 13, 2013


We're actually going to be trying this on the iOS app soon.

October 13, 2013

Excellent. Great minds do indeed think alike.

October 14, 2013

Thinking about how Duolingo works, it may be quite challenging to set up a trial version of Duolingo. It's my understanding that Duolingo is providing you a customized experience essentially from your first finished lesson.

Rather, a more detailed demonstration of Duolingo might help especially if it includes an explanation of why sign-up is necessary. Possibly a video demonstration of a lesson and an immersion translation.

P.S. I understand your hesitation with signing-up. I'd been told that a particular web site was good for learning Spanish. obviously not Duolingo. And, I had to sign-up before I actually could see the site, so I signed up and found out that it really did not meet my needs. But, now I am getting daily spam from the web site. Very irritating.

October 13, 2013
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