With its quick, gamelike lessons, Duolingo makes learning a new language feel less like studying and more like playing. Learn over 30 languages – Spanish, Mandarin, Swedish, even Klingon – entirely through bite-size challenges you can squeeze into your busy schedule.
What we love: How Duolingo leverages machine learning to adapt its lessons to you. When the app sees that you’re stuck – or absolutely crushing past-tense verbs – it evolves its curriculum accordingly.
Quick tip: Lessons are designed to teach a little at a time, but Duolingo still offers depth. To see a detailed explanation of the concepts that’ll be explored in a lesson, tap the Tips button before diving in.
Meet the creator: Duolingo’s CEO, Luis von Ahn, has two recommendations for students: consistency is key, and don’t overdo it. “Mastering a language requires hundreds if not thousands of hours, and the only way to get there is to really live with a language on a daily basis.”