Duolingo Italian

In this post, I’m going to recommend an excellent FREE Course that you can take everywhere you go. You can practice and have fun at the same time because it’s very much like a game. You will be advancing levels in the program while you’re learning the language. They sure are doing things right because they launched de program on November 30th, 2011 and they already have 150 million registered users across the world.

It’s name is DUOLINGO! And you can access it by clicking here.


DUOLINGO is a platform that includes a language-learning website and app that can be run on iPhone and Android.

The platform’s idea of learning a language is very practical. It doesn’t force you to read grammar texts to complete the course. It’s designed so that you can understand the meaning of the sentences in the course intuitively, only with the images and the translation tab. Also, the mistakes that you make help you to learn, because the program marks and corrects them on the exercises that you fill in.

Languages available in DUOLINGO

DUOLINGO means that it involves two languages, in our case: our base language, English; and our target language, Italian. There is a great deal of languages available onDuolingo world DUOLINGO to learn thru English. At the time of this post, the languages that are available are:

  • Latin American Spanish
  • German
  • Italian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Dutch
  • Swedish
  • Irish
  • Turkish
  • Danish
  • Norwegian Bokmål
  • Polish
  • Hebrew
  • Esperanto
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh
  • Hungarian
  • Greek
  • Romanian
  • Swahili.

If you are interested in one of these languages, you can also go to DUOLINGO thru the link above to start learning them also. You can surely become a polyglot using DUOLINGO.

Duolingo Languages

What can you find in the DUOLINGO Italian course?

Starting the Italian course, if you are not a complete beginner, you can take an exam so that they assign you to a certain level. And of course, you can just start at level 1. The course begins with some basics, some easy phrases and naming foods. It is impossible to learn Italian without thinking of delicious Italian food. As Italians say, in their passion for good food: “A tavola non si invecchia”, that simply means: “Eating at the table with family and friends, you don’t become old”.

Duolingo Course

Each level consists in completing a certain amount of tasks. These tasks can be: translating correctly a phase from Italian to English or from English to Italian; looking at a picture and writing its name in Italian; matching English and Italian words, completing an Italian phrase, and so on.

Duolingo Images

When you fill in a task correctly, you advance. When your task is incorrect, you move backwards. You complete the level when you arrive at a finish line.

Duolingo progress

During all the process you’re constantly motivated with a cheered up sound each time you submit a correct answer. And once you cross the finish line you are awarded with points, that you can later spend buying some costumes for your DUOLINGO buddy. You can also use these earned points to enable certain special powers, or to open certain special levels. With it’s gamified structure, you’ll become a child again thinking you are playing a video game.

Duolingo Store

You can keep tracking on your daily progress, by watching how many points you earned each day. You can also see what words you have been exposed to during the entire program. You can also take track of which words you have been exposed to recently, and which have been seen a week ago, two weeks ago, and so on.

Duolingo learned words

As you complete levels, some upper levels are activated. Every now and then you have to return to some of the completed levels for a quick review, as the program simulates how words fade away in your brain after some weeks without using them. I really like DUOLINGO! I think it’s awesome!

Duolingo Lesson complete

Some more features in DUOLINGO are:

You can receive amplified explanation in every phase that is submitted. There is the option to view the grammatical rules that are taking place in the phrase. Tons of examples of different uses of the words in the phrase are also explained in this option.

In the tasks where you are required to translate, DUOLINGO permits more than one valid translation. And if you have translated a phrase and it has been qualified as incorrect, there is an option to submit to DUOLINGO for consideration. But they have been through a lot of testing and they do an excellent job in judging correct and incorrect.


So, there is no excuse. DUOLINGO is an excellent program and it is real fun to use. And to cap is all, it’s FREE!!! Just click here to check it out. Our DUOLINGO buddy is waiting for you to start with the training!

Duolingo training

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46 thoughts on “Duolingo”

  1. Thank you for posting this. I have wanted to learn how to speak a new language, Italian or Spanish are my choices.

    I was looking around for resources that will make learning a new language easier. Duolingo looks promising, looks like it will allow me to learn at my own pace.

    The time practice quizzes look fun. Are they timing you on how long it takes you to get the correct answer, or is it a countdown timer? It’s more of a challenge if it’s a countdown.

    1. Good! I am glad to hear you want to learn a new language! And yes, you can immediately start learning with Duolingo, and you can go at your own pace. If you decide to Parlare l’italiano or Hablar en Español, in both cases you will discover that learning with Duolingo is fun! And right now, quizzes do not have a countdown timer, but I still find it challenging to cross each finish line! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

  2. Wow, Duolingo sounds pretty incredible! The first time I heard about it was a few years ago when my grandpa told me he was using it to learn some Spanish. I can’t believe how many different languages they teach with it!

    I like the gamification of language learning they they incorporate into the app. There’s just something addicting about earning lots of points while you are playing. I’m going to try it out on my iPhone for sure!

    But in your option, do you think that the phone version or the computer version is better to use?

    1. Yes, Doulingo has really grown fast since it was launched. And they keep on incorporating languages at an astonishing pace.

      The gamification of language learning has really made it fun!

      I frequently use the phone version, because it is very practical. Once in a while, I have some spare time and I go to the phone version. I also use the computer version, when I have a bit more time. I really do not prefer one above the other, but I really appreciate the fact that I can practice a little when ever I have a chance!

      I am glad to hear you will give it a try! And thanks for stopping by!

  3. OMG I absolutely love Duolingo! I used it first to learn Spanish and when I finished all the Spanish exercises I decided to learn some Italian. It was similar to Spanish but it is still a different language. I am currently at level 6 in Italian, but I stopped practicing because I am focusing now on learning Russian…
    Thanks for this great article!

    1. Hi! Thank you! That is great to hear you have tried and liked Duolingo! Qué bueno que pudiste terminar todo el curso de Español! Felicitaciones 😀 I also see that you love to learn new languages! So you can speak Spanish, Italian, Rusian and obviously English! That is wonderful! Nelson Mandela said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. 😀

  4. This sounds like a great tool. I could’ve used it when I spent a summer in Italy, which I love by the way. Can’t wait to go back, and when I do I will take use of this tool and brush up my Italian. I only speak a few phrases so it will come in very handy.
    English is my second language I saw that it translate Swedish as well so I will actually introduce this to my kids as well, they are pretty fluent in Swedish but learning more words are always helpful,

    Thank you,

    1. I am glad to hear that you love Italy, and that you would like to visit it again! Yes, Duolingo will surely help a lot while you are preparing for your next trip! 😀
      Duolingo also has a Swedish Course, and it would be great for your kids! With Duolingo, they will enjoy playing and learning Swedish at the same time!
      I really appreciate that you stopped by and shared your thoughts. Thank you very much! Have a great day! 😀

  5. I had been happily learning Italian with Duolingo, when suddenly the lessons stopped. I was given a “golden owl” for my efforts, but Duolingo does not allow me to continue. Has Italian been withdrawn from the list of languages offered? Has Duolingo decided to cut Italian off at a certain point (I was at Level 10)? Could somebody please contact me about this? This letter does show that I am very disappointed not to be able to continue with Italian on Duolingo. (I must add that Duolingo keeps giving me daily reminders to continue with my Italian!) I would strongly recommend Duolingo Italian to anybody – provided that the lessons have not been cancelled, for whatever reason.

    Thank you for everything you have taught me so far.


    1. Hello, Margaret! I really appreciate your keen interest in learning Italian and Duolingo is a great course for this purpose. It must have been a temporary issue because I can happily announce that the platform is up and running for Italian. 🙂 Please tell us how it’s working now on your end?

      I also want to recommend you a very interesting complement to Duolingo. It’s called Tiny Cards and it’s powered by Duolingo. To take a look at it, click here. I wish you continue having a wonderful time learning Italian, and now with Tiny Cards, your lessons will be even better! Please text us back and tell us how you liked this new complement. Best wishes! 🙂

  6. Henry,

    This is a great post and very informative. I have two boys in high school that are taking Spanish. An app like this could be very useful to them. I will definitely have them check it out.

    The content was well thought out and organized. It was easy to follow and showed just how easy it can be to use. With having a website based on traveling this would be something I would recommend to people traveling abroad.

    Great post


    1. Hi Richard.

      Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, I highly recommend this app for your boys. They will enjoy their time learning a new language.

      And this is a great resource for anybody that’s traveling abroad and needs to learn a language. Duolingo is a high quality language course and the best of all is that it’s free!

      All the best!

  7. Hi Henry

    WOW, thank you for this thorough and interesting post. I only recently learned about Duolingo, but what I have learned from this post of yours alone, proved that I hardly knew what the power of Duolingo really is.

    I was about to ask whether they’ve got a PC version, when I saw somebody else’s comment and your answer to it, so I will definitely check out the PC version – thank you, you’ve answered my question, even before I could ask it. LOL

    It is also very valuable to have a list of the words that was already learned – I like that. Does the program have a reminder system in place to remind me that certain words need to be reviewed at a certain time or do I need to just look at the graph and do it manually? This is a great idea, I love it!

    Thank you for this information Henry, I’m going to check it out! 🙂


    1. Hello, Sharlee!

      Yes, check this great free online course. You will like it very much.

      Concerning the reminder, Duolingo simulates how words fade in our brain while we don’t practice them. So it has a system that shows which lessons should be repeated, based on how long has passed since we practice the words in that lesson. 🙂

  8. One of my biggest regrets is not learning a second language. Sure I had taken a couple of classes in school of learning Spanish, but I never really grasped it and know very little of how to speak it. I love that you talked about Duolingo and how it can be used to learn another language, especially Italian. I like how you listed what to expect in each level. I love that is free and I think I will give this a try 🙂

    1. Hi Brian! Thank you very much for your comment! Yes, Duolingo is an excellent course to learn Italian and Spanish. And the best part is that it’s free! I highly encourage you to start as soon as possible. You have nothing to loose and lots to win! 🙂

  9. Thank you for reminding me how great Duolingo is! I’ve been thinking about getting back into learning another language and completely forgot how easy it was getting into it with Duolingo.

    Maybe this time I’ll try learning Italian… Or maybe I’ll try to improve my French skills. Thanks for the reminder. 

    1. Hi Petra! I’m glad you had already heard of Duolingo and know about it’s cool way of teaching languages! I’ve tried both courses (Italian and French) on Duolingo and they’re awesome! Come on! Start again learning a language today!  

  10. Thanks for your great post.  I liked how you show screen shots and described how the process works. It sounds really great to get encouragement and nice visuals as you’re learning the language.  So as you’ve shown it – it really looks like a fun way to learn.  The powers and games look like a really cool and motivational way to learn. FREE just makes it better.  Just a shame they don’t do the asian languages too.

    1. Hi John! Thank you very much for stopping by! Yeah, Duolingo has nice visuals and a really fun way to learn a language!

      I’m sorry that it doesn’t have many of the Asian languages, but they still have Vietnamese, and have recently included Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian. I hope one of these is the one you have in mind. Keep well!


  11. Doulingo sounds like a fun way to learn other languages. I’ve always wanted to learn other languages, in addition to English and of course my native language Filipino. I am considering in particular Italian, Hebrew and Greek; Italian because I think it’s cool and Hebrew & Greek because I want to read my Bible in their original languages.

    And did you say it’s a free course? I wonder what’s in it for them if they don’t charge the users. I am pretty excited about this. However, I’m not so sure this is going to be easy because I’ve been in other countries and lived there for many years, yet I never learned how to speak their language fluently.  

    But I will give this a go, I hope it works. Thanks for posting!

    1. Hi, Alice! For people that are already bilingual, learning a third, forth or fifth language is much easier than for people that only speak one language. So, I highly encourage you to pursue this purpose.
      You’re pursuing to learn the three languages in which were written the title on the cross (John 19:20): Hebrew, Greek and Latin (Italian, with a bit of a stretch). Those were the three major languages in the world those days. That’s pretty cool!
      Concerning Duolingo being free, they place some adds (I have been using the program for a long time and they place one add only in the main menu and it’s so discreet that you hardly even notice it, but it’s there), and they make part of their profit that way.
      That’s cool you have been living abroad for many years. The more you immerse yourself in the new language, the quicker you’ll learn it!
      I say, go for it! Learning languages is a great exercise, it is fun, and you’ll be learning more of the things that are top priority for you! 🙂

  12. Wow, that is some incredibly popular language learning program. I mean it must be good, if it’s that popular. The learning methods also do suggest this as I have read some studies in the past that have shown that learning through context is the absolute best kind of learning of language.

    It’s how we naturally learned our very first language as babies. It’s really remarkable.

    I’d love to learn some Italian, and honing my German skill would also be so beneficial and envigorating.

    I must admit that the reward system of Duolingo is very well thought out, simply brilliant. I imagine it makes the learning of the language much more enjoyable and effortless as you do feel like playing a game, yet you are actually learning. So, so awesome!

    I’m absolutely hyped about this one, can’t wait to get started!

    Cheers and have a Great One!


    1. Hi, Matiss! Yes, it’s incredibly popular! I have never seen a language learning program as popular as Duolingo before. The fact that it’s free may help, but the key factor is it also is of high quality!

      You’re right, the approach by which you learn a language is all important. This one that Duolingo has chosen is really cool and effective!

      Go for it! You’ll feel great learning Italian and practicing your German skills. Keep well!

  13. Duolingo sounds amazing. 

    A few years back we lived in Sweden for a few years and naturally, my kids picked up Swedish. Sadly they more or less have forgotten it now and I would love them to pick up some of it again.

    Is the app totally free? Often they say it’s free and it’s just the trial that is free. 

    1. Hi Hollie! Yes, you can do all the lessons at Duolingo without paying a dime. You’ll have ads showing up at the end of each lesson, but they aren’t really annoying. During a lesson, no ads are displayed.

      Sure, I encourage you to present Duolingo to your children so they brush-up their Swedish. 

  14. Duolingo is a very popular app. I personally believe it’s the best of its kind in the World. Few years back, I tried learning French with the app. I progressed quite a lot but after a while stopped for reasons I can’t seem to remember right now.

    But based on my own experience using Duolingo, this is an app I can wholeheartedly recommend for anyone that wants to learn a new language. And as the cherry on top, it’s free!

    1. Hi Mikay! Yes, Duolingo is indeed a very popular app. The app and learning languages on the site are free. But that doesn’t mean that a lot of hard work hasn’t gone into this platform.

  15. I’m happy this app exists. I have been reading about it’s founders, Luis Von Ahn and Severin Hacker, and how they support free education.

    Von Ahn was born in Guatemala and saw how expensive it was for people in his community to learn English and this inspired him to create Duolingo. His project benefits us all worldwide.

    1. Hi! Yes, this is a great project and it’s founders have always had people that can’t afford to pay for courses to learn a second language in mind. Nowadays there are no excuses to learn a second language. Thank you very much for your comment.

  16. Hey there! I am really looking forward to learn a new language. And italian is one of them. I am not quite sure if I should pay a tutor or just learn it from youtube. Do you know if this application can help me? I would really appreciate your response. 

    1. Hey John! Good! I wish you the best on your journey learning a new language. Duolingo is a complement. It’s a very good program/app, but it can’t constitute your only source of learning. But I’d advice you to start right away with Duolingo, since it’s free, while you make your mind between a tutor or just youtube.

  17. Duolingo is a really handy app. It’s even better that it’s available on different platforms, especially on mobile devices, meaning that you can take your lessons anywhere with you. It’s also great that it offers the lessons in bite-sezied sessions making learning easy and accessible to almost anyone.

    Thanks for featuring the app!

    1. Hi! Yeah, I really like it’s lessons are in bite-sezied sessions! It makes it fit into our agitated lives. Thanks for stopping by! Keep well!

  18. I was looking for the Chinese language in the list but unfortunately, it’s not yet on the list. Maybe in the near future it will also be included together with Korean and Japanese language. I really need to learn these languages because, they’re our neighbors here (I’m from the Philippines). But since they aren’t here yet, then for now, I have to try other languages on the list particularly Italian.

    1. Hi Gomer! I have good news for you! Duolingo now has Chinese. They have opened quite a few Asian Languages too. I’m happy you’re excited about learning languages. All the best.

  19. I like the idea of taking a test first to establish at what level ones training in the language should start at. Italian is a very compelling language to learn. 

    My first visit to Italy was in the latter part of the last century and I loved every moment I was there. We had Italian hosts when out to restaurants that made it easy to understand the menu. I would have preferred to be able to read that myself. This free language course sounds very tempting to me. Definitely something to consider.

    I’ll be bookmarking Duolingo! 

    1. Hi Edwin! I’m glad to hear you have gone to Italy. Visiting this cool country and having Italian hosts makes a huge difference. You get to enjoy every aspect of your visit smoothly, without the language limitations.

      I’m also glad you found Doulingo interesting. Yes, it’s an excellent way to get started with a language. Please try it!

  20. Duo Lingo seems like it might be just the tool for me to finally learn Spanish, a language that is much needed here in the Southwestern US as well as Italian. I was looking for Rosetta Stone alternatives and was surprised at the power and ease of this app. Thank you for a detailed review to help me make a sound choice on systems.

  21. I have really enjoyed using Duolingo the past year or so, it’s a lot of fun as some of the other commenters mentioned. The gamification makes it a lot more interesting to say the least. I haven’t been using Duolingo to learn Italian but I have been using it with my mother and brother to learn French together. Your post caught my attention because I am interested in learning Latin or maybe even old Latin that the Roman Empire spoke. That said, I’ve also been wondering if it would be best to learn Latin first, or to learn Italian first? Do you know which would be best in your opinion? Thanks.

    1. Hi! I think you’d benefit a lot from learning Italian first and then moving on to Latin. Thank you very much for stopping by. Have a good day.

  22. Hello, thank you very much for sharing this post here on this awesome application. I am looking to travel down to Italy next year and I was looking for the perfect platform that will really help my learning process and I am very glad that I found DUOLINGO. I would very much like to give it a try but I will like to know how long it will take to learn a single language.

    1. Hi Henderson. How long it takes to learn a language? That is a difficult question to answer with a set time frame because there are so many factors that intervine. But, here is a video that might help to answer and also encourage you to get started. 

  23. Oh wow, this sounds pretty cool to be able to get to learn many different languages all in one single app. That’s pretty awesome and its not something that one sees regularly. 

    I like the fact that you could give us very good and detailed information on the platform as well. Is there use of language sounds in the app. I mean does the app communicate with us using the language we wish to learn?

    1. Hi John! Yes, the app has a lot of audios in the target language. In most excersises each sentence and even individual words have pronunciation audios attached.

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