Tinycards by Duolingo – Flashcards for learning languages

Anybody that has been following my site for some time, knows that my main goal is to bring you all the good resources available online for learning languages. And I’m glad to tell you once again, that many of them are completely free! And this is the case for Tinycards by Duolingo.

You have probably used flashcards before to memorize things. And have discovered it’s a very useful technique. Now here we’ll talk about some cool flashcards for learning languages. Specifically, for learning the basic vocabulary.

Our site is focused on learning Italian, but with Tinycards, you can not only learn Italian. There is quite a lengthy list you can choose from. In fact, it’s not limited to learning languages. You can use Tinycards to learn practically anything.

What is Tinycards about?

Tinycards is an app (IOS and Android), and it also has a website version, where you can learn virtually anything you want with flashcards. To go over to their site and take a look, click here.

Tinycards is completely free. There are no premium accounts nor up sales. All features are unlocked for any user. It’s even add-free. Duolingo won’t make a dime from you for using it.


How does Tinycards work?

To help you learn vocabulary, Tinycards shows you a bunch of flashcards first. Like introducing them to you. On one side of the card there is the word you’ll learn with a cool picture. And on the other side is its translation.


There is also audio. You’ll have the word you’re learning pronounced by native Italians.

After viewing a few cards, it asks you to recall the information. It does it employing different approaches. It can give you multiple choices and test you to see if you click the right one. Or it can also tell you to type in the word and in other cases its translation in English.


Concerning languages, you can use flashcards created by Duolingo. And regarding other topics (and even more languages) you can use flashcards created by other users, or by yourself.

For those of you that already have an account in Duolingo you can automatically login to Tinycards. If you haven’t opened an account with Duolingo, we highly recommend you do. Duolingo is also free! To learn more about Duolingo, click here.

Duolingo combined with Tinycards

For those of you that are learning Italian, you should use this combination. In my humble opinion, Duolingo is a good free Italian course and Tinycards is a proper complement. Duolingo will help you with the basics and Tinycards will help you with memorizing vocabulary.

Duolingo has a point system and it’s linked to Tinycards. In other words, the points you earn while learning vocabulary with Tinycards will immediately show on Duolingo.


Duolingo Italian Tinycards

I highly recommend you to use only the flashcards created by Duolingo. There are decks of cards created by other users but there is no guarantee that these are accurate. So, to play it safe look for the little green owl icon as shown in the picture below.


Here is a sneak peek into the content Duolingo has uploaded to Tinycards to help you with your Italian vocabulary. You’ll spend quite a while to absorb all this vocabulary. You’ll also spend quite a while scrolling down to go through all these decks Duolingo has uploaded to Tinycards.

There is a brief description of the cards contained in each deck. Take a look below.


It’s impossible for you to learn a language only using Tinycards. But it’s a great aid for learning vocabulary. It’s designed to work intelligently, making sure you get to repeat the words you failed to remember. And making you recall words after some time. If there is a particular word that’s difficult for you to remember, the program will give you hints.

The trick is to make your brain remember words when you’re just about to forget them. And by continually doing this, you get them solidified in your head.

Tinycards – Pros

  • It’s completely free. No premium memberships, no up-sales, no ads.
  • It’s a good supplement while you’re learning Italian (or any other language) with Duolingo (or any other course you’re using at the moment). It will help you greatly with your vocabulary.
  • It’s linked to Duolingo in relation to points. The points you earn with Tinycards will immediately appear on your Duolingo profile.
  • You can create your own flashcards.
  • Beyond using Tinycards as a support for learning languages, you can also use it to memorize virtually anything.

Tinycards – Cons

  • There are many language flashcards that weren’t created by Duolingo. There is no guarantee they are accurate. You can solve this by only using decks of cards created by Duolingo. Avoiding decks created by other members is very easy. Only use decks identified with our friend Duo (the little green owl).

I encourage you to give Tinycards by Duolingo a try! You’ll like these flashcards. Click here to go over to their site!

Chances are that you have already used these flashcards and have an opinion about them, so feel free to leave a comment below.

There are some of you that may have suggestions concerning other similar products. Don’t hesitate to mention them in the comment section below too.

26 thoughts on “Tinycards by Duolingo – Flashcards for learning languages”

  1. With TinyCards the pros outweighs the cons. I’m really impressed with the quantity of decks Duolingo has uploaded to the platform. There is no need to use decks created by other users, and thus we avoid the principal disadvantage you mentioned.

    I like the fact that the points you earn inside TinyCards also show on Duolingo.

    1. Hi! Yes, Duolingo has uploaded quite a few decks. You have seen some of them listed in this post. It will take you sometime to learn all that vocabulary. And there is really no need to use decks created by other users.

      The point feature is cool! It will help you meat your daily goals at Duolingo.

  2. I had never heard about TinyCards before. I was researching about Duolingo and landed on your site. I’m excited to learn about this wonderful complement. Duolingo helps us to master the basics of Italian. And TinyCards improves our vocabulary.

    I was deciding if I would download Duolingo to my phone. But after reading your posts I have decided to download Duolingo and TinyCards.

    1. Hi! Yes, TinyCards works as a good complement to Duolingo. I’m glad you have decided to download both. They are two good free resources.

  3. This is an insightful article. Learning vocabulary takes time. And it requires discipline. But TinyCards is a good aid. And it makes learning fun.

    I have used flashcards before. And have enjoyed my time with them. But I have never used electronic flashcards It’s a novel idea. Thank you for writing this review.

    1. Hi! Yes, flashcards are a good aid for learning vocabulary. And TinyCards can make your learning fun.

      You have taken advantage of conventional flashcards. And TinyCards combines the advantage of conventional flashcards with the convenience of an app.

  4. TinyCards has study material for many languages. But not all languages have equal amount of decks and quizzes. In my opinion, Tinycards has some problems, though it  remains a wonderful free option for learning a new language. It’s also an Editors’ Choice for free language learning apps. Thanks for putting this out there.

    1. Hi! Yes, although Tinycards is a good free alternative, it still has it’s problems. I could list a few of them:

      1. Decks created by users have mistakes. To avoid this, only use those decks created by Duolingo.

      2. Not all languages have the same amount of decks. But concerning Italian, there is quite a good number.

      3. Some state that Tinycards is no so entertaining as other options.

      But, as you have concluded, Tinycards remains a good free option. 🙂

  5. This is definitely a great way to learn Italian. I have made use of flashcards in the past. But I have never done it before using an app. I am really eager to see how this works and how fast it can help me to learn Italian. I have a new phone and I’ll download this as soon as possible.

    Is it actually for only Italian language or can it be used to learn other languages?

    1. Hi Jay! Yes, flashcards are really useful for learning the vocabulary of a language. And this app is really useful.

      Tinycards is not only for learning Italian vocabulary. It doesn’t have as much languages as Duolingo, but it has quite a few.

  6. Hello Henry, learning foreign languages can be a herculean task that calls for constant practice and perseverance.

    Reading through your site, makes that herculean task to look so simple with all the resources you recommend. I’m glad most of them are free.

    I like the captivating visuals in Tinycards. And I also like it has audio integrated for each new word we’re learning. And to top it all, it’s free.

    1. Hi! I’m glad there are so many free resources available out there to learn languages. And that’s also valid for Italian.

      TinyCards is a must. With the help of captivating visual (as you have described them), TinyCards will aid you greatly learning the basic vocabulary. 

  7. Duolingo has really put themselves as a leading language learning app. The addition of Tinycards will only but solidify their presence in this space.

    I like that Tinycards is free of ads. I couldn’t be able to concentrate in memorizing new vocabulary if those pop-up ads were springing up every 5 minutes. They are really annoying. 

    As for cons, I can’t really consider having other members publish their deck of cards a disadvantage. And if there is some negative point, Duolingo has sorted that out by uploading their own deckcards to guarantee we’re learning from the right source.

    1. Hi! Yes Duolingo was well established it’s presence in language learning apps.

      Giving Tinycards completely free is really great. Take advantage of it.

      Duolingo has plenty of their own cards on Tinycards so you’ll have a lot of vocabulary to learn. Always check the little green owl on the decks you use and you should be safe.

  8. I’m glad I found your site. I really like this cool tool. Flashcards have proven to be useful and having them for learning Italian will absolutely help me on a daily basis. I’m going to work on my vocabulary using these.  

    I like that the content on your site is easy to follow. Thanks!

    1. Hi Mark! You’re welcome.Yes, flashcards are really useful. Specially for learning vocabulary as you have said. Enjoy Tinycards! Keep well!

  9. I thought Duolingo only had the app but I was wrong. These flashcards are an excellent complement. It’s good to know the content on these cards is checked by Duolingo and is 100% accurate.

    Thank you for sharing the benefits that these little cards can offer. I must admit I wasn’t very convinced before I read your article. But I now do understand how they can help us learning Italian.

    1. Hi Josie! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, having trustful information on the cards is important. And these cards can aid us learning vocabulary. They can complement your Duolingo course as you have said.

  10. In my book Duolingo Tinycards is a game changer. The cons only seem to be an advise on what ought not to be done. All the rest are pros.

    Also, with the massive list of Tinycards provided there is no need to go searching other cards outside those that have the Duolingo label.

    I definitely needed a tool like this. Learning Italian, and specially vocabulary, has always seemed like a very hard task to me. I wished I had found your post some months earlier, but it’s never late! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi RoDarrick! I’m glad you found a tool like this useful. It will indeed help you learning vocabulary! I wish you all the best learning Italian!

  11. Loved this informative article about Tinycards by Duolingo. These flashcards for learning languages are so cool! I lived in Italy for one year while I was studying abroad for college years ago. I loved the language but without being immersed in it, I have lost a lot of the language skills I had. I have been wanting to take Italian at our local community college to brush up on the language but with a young 7-year old son I have been unable to attend. So, I started looking at alternatives and came across your site. I love all the information you have about learning Italian, you are a true resource. I love the idea of using flash cards to practice my vocabulary at my own pace and when it fits into my schedule. This is brilliant, and just what I have been searching for. Thank you for letting me know about this nice educational tool. I intend to sign up right away and get practicing. Thanks again, Ciao!

    1. Ciao, ciao! I’m glad you found a useful tool that will aid you brushing up your Italian skills. And it’s also fun to refresh all this vocabulary! 🙂

  12. Tinycards by Duolingo is incredibly useful. Our experience with it on a recent vacation to Italy, as we prepared to learn some of the vocabulary was fantastic. We learned a great deal of words between the two of us and the confidence it gave us was a real life saver. Tinycards is by far, the best language learning app we have used.

    1. Hi Tim! I glad you have used this app. And yes, it really helps us learning vocabulary. I also advice you to try Duolingo. Have you used Duolingo? Give it a try, it’s free.

  13. Great article! TinyCards seems like such a great tool to learn languages. I remember my brother using flashcards all the time to study for his tests. And I understand it’s super efficient. The fact that you can use it for free is intriguing too because a lot of the time, having a price tag attached to things is a major deterrent for using a product. Thanks for this suggestion!

    1. Hi Kohl! You’re most welcome. Yes, flashcards can efficiently help us learn new vocabulary. And TinyCards is free so it’s a no-brainer for anybody that’s learning Italian. I wish you all the best as you progress with your lessons.

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