What is Duolingo?

With Duolingo you learn a language for free, and simultaneously translate the Web


What is duolingo?

Duolingo is a free language-learning website and crowdsourced text translation platform.
The service is designed so that as users progress through the lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents.
Spanish and German courses are available for English speakers.
The project was started by Professor Luis von Ahn and his graduate student Severin Hacker.

Key Concepts 

  • Register for Duolingo
  • Choose a language to learn
  • Start participating and earn reputation
  • Each unit is locked until you level-up to it
  • You have to prove your abilities by taking a test
  • Duolingo keeps track of your progress and participation
  • Once you master units, Duolingo invites you to help translate the Web. You get to choose which pages you want to try and translate
  • Users vote on the best translation submitted by other users, and eventually, the translated Web pages can be published so that more speakers of other languages can read them

The Duolingo Model

  • Duolingo has one big advantage over other language tools: it’s FREE.

Some figures to make you understand

dualingo translation in spanish

Hover over the words to see the translation in Spanish

dualingo exercise to translate text

Translate text in any language you choose

dualingo check your translation

Translation resulted in an error and is displayed in a user friendly UI

duolingo name and hometown

Enter your name and hometome for teaching you basic greetings – the first step in learning any new language

translate text in duolingo

Exercise to translate text in Spanish

duolingo activate your microphone

Activate your microphone to practice speaking different languages

duolingo stream

Your activity stream in Duolingo

duolingo questions

Ask Questions and Translate

follow people in duolingo

Follow People in Dualingo

Try it Out

  • Sign up for Pingdom
  • Private Beta has started

Online Resources

1. Register for Duolingo here
2. Duolingo Blog
3. Video tutorial for Duolingo Beginners
5. Duolingo is on Twitter


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