Super Duolingo is Duolingo’s (sort of) new subscription service for 2022.
I say “sort of” as it’s pretty much exactly the same as Duolingo’s original subscription service, Duolingo Plus. The only difference is its name and how it looks.
As such — this review is pretty much exactly the same as my Duolingo Plus review. If you’ve already read that and decided that you’re happy with the free version, then I highly doubt this will change your mind. (Unless you’re crazy about the new colour scheme!)
Still, if you’re interested to see how the owl has switched things up, or you were never that familiar with Plus in the first place, then stick around, as we’re about to answer the question that everyone’s asking:
Is Super Duolingo worth it?
Let’s dive in!
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What is Super Duolingo?
Super Duolingo is Duolingo’s new premium subscription. It replaces Duolingo Plus and gives the owl and the iOS app a futuristic makeover.
As you’d expect from a premium subscription, it opens the door to some fancy new features and gets rid of some annoying ones.
That’s pretty much all there is to it.
Is Super Duolingo the same as Duolingo Plus?
For the most part, Super Duolingo and Duolingo Plus are identical.
All the features are exactly the same. The only difference is the name and the theme — Super Duolingo swaps out the spacey, galactic vibe of Plus for a more colourful, futuristic appearance.
How to get Super Duolingo
As of May 2022, Super Duolingo isn’t available to all Duolingo users.
Everyone will have the option to upgrade to a premium membership. However, the flavour of this membership is determined by where you fall in the A/B testing, and your platform.
Some will get Super. Others will get Plus. It’s just luck of the draw.
Keep in mind that the two memberships are exactly the same. They cost the same and you get the same features. They just look different and have different names. That’s it.
How much does Super Duolingo cost?
The cost of Super Duolingo depends on a few things, such as where you are, how long you subscribe for, and whether you go for an individual or family plan.
In the USA, Super Duolingo starts from $6.99 a month.
In the UK, Super Duolingo starts from £6.49 a month.
In Australia, Super Duolingo starts from $10.83 a month.
And in Canada, Super Duolingo starts from $8.91 a month.
This is based on taking out a 12-month subscription. You can also get 1-month and 6-month subscriptions that will cost a bit more per month.
There is currently no lifetime plan for Super Duolingo.
Super Duolingo Family Plan
One way to slash the cost of Super Duolingo is to sign up for a Super Duolingo Family Plan.
The Family Plan lets you club together with up to 5 other people — friends or family — to save on the yearly cost of Super Duolingo.
The savings can be huuuuuuge.
For instance, in the UK, a Family Plan will set you back £105.99 for the year.
Spread across 6 people, that’s £17.67 a year — which works out at just £1.47 a month!
Wait, isn’t Duolingo supposed to be free?
Yes, Duolingo is 100% free. Super Duolingo is simply an optional bolt-on.
The free membership comes with all the essentials, such as complete courses, stories, audio lessons and leagues.
In theory, there’s nothing stopping you from getting to where you want to go with just the free membership. It’s a brilliant offering. And if you can stomach the ads and the heart system, you probably won’t be interested in Super.
Why you might resist subscribing to Super Duolingo
In my case, I resisted subscribing to the premium membership for a long time. Several years to be exact.
As we’ve just covered, Duolingo is famed for being a free way to learn languages. It’s quite literally their mission to make language learning ‘free, fun, and accessible to all.’
Even though it’s billed as supporting free education, I couldn’t see how a premium service was consistent with their mission.
And make no mistake: Super Duolingo is a very premium service. Unless you go for the Family Plan, it’s pretty expensive, especially when you consider how solid a free membership already is.
That, ultimately, is why I was on the fence for so long.
The free plan gives you access to complete courses across a range of devices. 38 languages in your pocket or at your desk, free to learn anywhere at any time. It’s easily one of the best deals in language learning.
But as we all know, the owl is persuasive, so eventually I gave in and subscribed.
And I have absolutely no regrets.
So should you join me in the land of Super?
To answer that, we’ll have to consider a couple of things: the features, and you.
What do you get with Super Duolingo?
As mentioned, Super Duolingo adds new features and removes others.
However, you’ll notice that Super Duolingo doesn’t offer as much as Duolingo Plus did when I published the original review back in March 2021.
The additions include:
Offline lessons[update: now included with free memberships]
- Progress Tracker
- Streak Repair
- Unlimited Skips (so you can test out of any level if it’s too easy)
- Free XP Ramp Up entries (IOS)
Pronunciation Review[update: disappeared a few months ago]
- Practice Hub [update: previously Mistakes Inbox]
- Legendary Levels (unlimited attempts)
The things that Super Duolingo removes include:
- Hearts (in the form of ‘unlimited hearts’)
It’s important to note that Duolingo have a habit of rolling out new features on IOS before Android, so some of the above might not be available on all devices.
This also applies to their A/B testing, which selects users at random to receive certain updates.
The core Super benefits, however — specifically the unlimited hearts and getting rid of the ads — are available to all Super subscribers, which is ideal because these are the features that make all the difference!
Why you should consider subscribing
Even so, the question remains — do these additions and omissions justify the price?
To answer this, I’ve broken it down into three areas that will affect your experience. This should help you get a better understanding of how these features stack up in context.
Let’s start with what I consider to be the biggest perk of Super Duolingo.
As great as the free membership is, something that really grinds my gears is the heart system. Duolingo claim that it’s designed to discourage binging. But what it really discourages is making mistakes. Get too many questions wrong, and you temporarily lose your licence to learn your language.
This is problematic because making mistakes is an essential part of learning a language. Exposure, repetition, immersion — these are non-negotiable pre-requisites on the road to fluency. The heart system erects roadblocks that can eventually make you consider turning back.
Super Duolingo clears the way with unlimited hearts.
No more worrying about making mistakes. No more avoiding the hard lessons because you’re worried about losing your licence to learn. With Super, you are free to fully commit to learning your language.
For me, this was the big game-changer. Sure, I could always watch an ad, complete a practice, or splurge gems to refill my hearts. But these are distractions. I just want to learn a language, not mess around watching ads about energy providers I have no interest in switching to.
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Let’s be honest: Duolingo’s free membership is already convenient. But Super takes it to a new level.
It gets rid of ads, paving the way for a smoother and quicker journey between lessons.
Getting rid of the hearts is also super convenient. No more 5-hour waits for a heart refill. With Super you’re free to dive in to your language wherever and whenever you want.
Individually these perks might not seem like much — certainly not enough to justify the sizeable subscription fee. But together they combine to make a significant difference to the flow and feel of your lessons.
The free membership is already plenty supportive (where would we be without Duo’s daily encouragement?) but with Super, the owl is extra determined to carry you to language learning success.
Granted, some of the premium features are a bit pointless.
If you’re on the fence, I doubt a new app icon is the thing that will convince you to hit ‘SUBSCRIBE’!
But most of the features are genuinely useful.
The Mastery Quiz, for instance, gives you a good sense of where you’re at in your target language. It measures how much of the course you’ve completed and how much of it Duolingo thinks you’ve mastered.
The Practice Hub is another feature I use a lot. It lets you revisit questions you got wrong in previous lessons and challenges you with some toughies you might not have come across yet.
It even breaks it down into listening and speaking exercises so you can get super specific with your practice sessions.
Super Duolingo also puts you at the front of the queue for new features going forward.
Things like Pronunciation Review (which they’ve removed for some reason…) and Practice Hub are fairly experimental features that Duolingo like to roll out to their Super members first.
This isn’t always the case — they have been known to trial new features with free users as well — but generally, the juicier features get rolled out to Super members first.
This is why I describe Super Duolingo as being more supportive. It gets rid of the punishing nature of the heart system and creates an environment in which making mistakes—and being able to practice them—is actively encouraged.
How to cancel Super Duolingo
If you decide to give Super Duolingo a go, but then decide it’s not for you, rest assured you can cancel it at any time!
If you signed up through the Apple App Store, then you’ll need to do it through your Settings app. Tap your account at the top of the page, then hit Subscriptions, Duolingo, then hit Cancel.
If you signed up through the Google Play Store, you can cancel through the Duolingo app. Just tap the Super Duolingo icon, hit Settings, then Manage Subscription, then follow the instructions to cancel your subscription.
If you signed up through the Duolingo website, then you’ll need to do is head over to the website, login to your account, hit Super Duolingo, and then select ‘Cancel Subscription’.
For more details click here to read Duolingo’s step-by-step instructions.
How to get Super Duolingo for free
Did you know it’s actually possible to get Super Duolingo for free?!
Well, for a limited time, anyway.
As far as I’m aware there are currently three ways you can do this:
1. Take Duolingo’s 14-day free trial
Everyone should have access to a 14-day free trial of Super Duolingo.
The easiest way to do this is to tap on one of the Super features (e.g. unlimited hearts, Practice Hub). You’ll then get the Super Duolingo upgrade screen, where it should say TRY FOR $0.00.
Tap this, sign up, and your 14-day free trial will start immediately.
2. Look out for promo codes
Another great way to get Super Duolingo for free is to keep an eye out for Super promo codes.
Every now and then, Duolingo will release fresh codes that will let you snag a Super Duolingo subscription for nothing.
For September 2022, Duolingo is offering a mega 30-day free trial of Super Duolingo using the promo code DRACARYS.
To get your free month, simply click here. Keep in mind though that for this one you’ll need to enter payment details. However, so long as you cancel before the 30 days end, you won’t get charged.
3. Extend your streak
Extending your streak doesn’t just get you some cool goodies from the streak society. It also gets you some free trials of Super Duolingo!
These trials are usually a lot shorter than the ones above, usually lasting no more than 3 days at a time.
They’re also a bit more random and sporadic. I’ve seen users get these free trials at 7 days, 50 days, 100 days and 150 days.
Over to you
Now for the big one. The thing that matters most. We’ve considered the features. Now we need to consider you.
Why is this the big one? Because deciding if Super Duolingo justifies the price is a very personal decision. It all boils down to your priorities, goals and circumstances. From this side of the screen, I can never know what those are. All I can do is present the facts and share my experiences.
It’s also important to be clear about what Super Duolingo can do for you. Even though it’s a premium service, Super won’t make you fluent in your target language. Not by itself, anyway.
That’s because learning a language requires a balanced diet of study and application. You can’t limit yourself to just one thing.
In my case, Duolingo features heavily.
But I also use NordVPN to access thousands of TV shows and movies in my target languages (see how here);
LingQ to work on my reading and listening;
And HelloTalk to practice my messaging.
Super Duolingo simply enhances that one part of my diet. It isn’t an all-in-one superfood that meets all of my language needs.
So, with this in mind, is Super Duolingo worth it?
As unhelpful as this may sound, only you can decide.
In my case, I think Super Duolingo is totally worth it. Because I use it so often (every day for roughly 10-30 minutes) it works out at roughly $0.22 a day over the course of the year. As far as I’m concerned this represents excellent value, as it means I can get rid of the heart system and the ads, and take advantage of the Super-only features.
But, again, everyone’s different. So here are my recommendations:
Stick with the free membership if…
- You’re just starting out on your language learning journey
- You’re not ready to commit to Duolingo or your target language long-term
- You’d prefer to spend your money on other resources
- You’re looking to cut back on expenses
- You’re happy with the free membership (e.g. you don’t mind the heart system, ads etc)
Consider subscribing to Super Duolingo if…
- You’ve been using Duolingo for a while
- You use Duolingo every day (and have done for at least 30 days)
- You’re frustrated with the heart system, ads etc
- You want the extra features
- You’re in a position where you can justify it financially
If you’re still on the fence about Super Duolingo…
If you’re still undecided then I’d highly recommend taking advantage of a Super Duolingo free trial. Duolingo usually offer them on a 14-day basis, which I think is plenty of time to get a feel for the service and make an informed decision as to whether it’s worth subscribing.
If the 14 days isn’t enough or they aren’t offering free trials, then it might be worth subscribing for a month to give yourself a bit more time to figure out if it’s the right membership for you.
Have your say!
So, after all that, what do you think of Super Duolingo?
Is it something you can see yourself subscribing to or are you happy with the free membership?
Do you prefer it to Plus?
Be sure to let me know in the comments!
Super Duolingo is worth it. The paid subscription removes the ads and allows users to make unlimited mistakes. This is best for people who want to learn a language fast. At $80.00 a year in the US, it is also a relatively inexpensive way to learn a new language.Is Duolingo Plus worth it 2022? ›
It's quite literally their mission to make language learning 'free, fun, and accessible to all. ' Even though it's billed as supporting free education, I couldn't see how a premium service was consistent with their mission. And make no mistake: Duolingo Plus is a very premium service.What is the difference between Super Duolingo and Duolingo plus? ›
For the most part, Super Duolingo and Duolingo Plus are identical. All the features are exactly the same. The only difference is the name and the theme — Super Duolingo swaps out the spacey, galactic vibe of Plus for a more colourful, futuristic appearance.Why did Duolingo change Duolingo Plus to Super Duolingo? ›
With a progress tracker, Unlimited Hearts, an ad-free experience, monthly Streak Repair, and much more, Super Duolingo is a faster, more fun way to use Duolingo, and we wanted a new look that communicated that sense of speed and energy.What is different about Duolingo super? ›
Super Duolingo is a premium addition to the Duolingo experience. With Super Duolingo, your benefits include: No ads: Learn without interruptions. Unlimited Hearts: Enable unlimited hearts so mistakes won't slow you down.Can you become fluent with Duolingo? ›
We see this question a lot and the answer is: yes. Duolingo is a free language-learning platform, and every language and lesson is totally free!Is Duolingo Plus worth it 2023? ›
You can access everything, albeit with some weaknesses, without a paid subscription. I'd recommend sticking with the free plan. I don't think the Duolingo plus will help you learn more or in a better way. This is honestly not worth it.What happens when you get a 365 day streak on Duolingo? ›
VIP Status works in yearly tiers. You reach the first tier once you hit a 365-day streak. After that, it goes up every year, and this will be reflected on your weekly leaderboards and profile page.What happens when you finish Duolingo? ›
Once you complete all the levels in a unit, you'll complete a challenge to earn your unit trophy. You'll also have the option to earn the Legendary trophy for each unit.How do I get unlimited Duolingo plus? ›
- Make sure you have the latest Duolingo app version.
- Open your Duolingo app and tap on the Super Duo icon (top).
- Tap the Unlimited Hearts to turn on.
- Now you should be able to make mistakes without losing any hearts.
Referral rewards can be claimed in the app when someone uses your referral link to sign up for a new Duolingo account. Once the friend creates their account through the link, you will see a notification in the app to manually claim your reward. Your free Super Duolingo period will start once you tap "Claim Now".Can you learn more than one language with Super Duolingo? ›
At Duolingo, you can learn as many languages as you want! We encourage you to select a new language to tackle once you've completed a course. A language expert? Take as many courses as you would like at the same time.Can 2 people use Duolingo plus? ›
Invite anyone — whether they're your family, friends, friendly neighbor, even your neighborhood bear! Here are a few things you and your group can look forward to: Six Plus accounts. Each family plan member will get full access to the features of Duolingo Plus, all on their own Duolingo accounts.Which is better babbel or Duolingo? ›
Is Babbel better than Duolingo? After thoroughly testing out and reviewing each language learning program, we feel that Babbel is better than Duolingo for multiple reasons. Based on the strength of their curriculum, teaching style and delivery, we rate Babbel as the superior app over Duolingo.Why did I get unlimited hearts on Duolingo? ›
All Super Duolingo subscribers have unlimited hearts as a benefit of their subscription.What is the highest unit in Duolingo? ›
The old Duolingo levels ranged from 1 to 25 — with 1 being the lowest, and 25 being the highest. However, the new style levels depend entirely on the course you're taking. As a general rule of thumb: the more content your course has, the more levels it will have to work through.Who uses Duolingo the most? ›
Learners around the globe take up multiple languages
The countries where the most learners study three or more languages on Duolingo are Finland (#1) and the U.K. (#2). Finland's polyglot population isn't too surprising, given 93% of adults in the country report speaking more than one language.
- Sign into your Duolingo account via web browser (like Chrome)
- Click your username in the top-right corner, and choose 'Settings'
- Select 'Super Duolingo'
- Select 'Cancel Subscription' and confirm.
You don't need to spend hours on Duolingo each day. However, you must put a reasonable amount of time into learning. If you log in to complete one lesson and sign out as soon as you've reached 10XP, you won't get very far. To optimize your learning, aim to spend between 15 and 30 minutes on the app each day.Is Rosetta Stone better than Duolingo? ›
Yes. After thoroughly testing out and reviewing each language learning app, we found Rosetta Stone to be a superior program to Duolingo. While we like Duolingo's gamification of learning, Rosetta Stone is simply more comprehensive and effective.
The short answer is as much as possible.
Realistically, however, at least 20 minutes per day should be dedicated to learning a new language. The ideal amount of time to spend on daily study, if you can find the time, is an hour, but you don't need to cram it all in at once.
We have a team of PhDs dedicated to this. According to an independent study conducted by the City University of New York and the University of South Carolina, an average of 34 hours of Duolingo are equivalent to a full university semester of language education. You can see a full report of the study here.Should I complete all levels in Duolingo before moving on? ›
The way Duolingo teaches requires users to finish a skill or set of skills before moving on to the next set. The skills are displayed in a way that makes them look slightly like a "language tree ". Users must complete all the skills on each row of the tree before moving to the next row.How long on average does it take to complete a Duolingo course? ›
Most of the Duolingo marketing touts “Spending 15 minutes a day learning a new language.” So, if you have 387.5 hours of material to get through – and you practice for 15 minutes a day – that's 1,550 days. (387.5 hours is 23,250 minutes. Divide that by 15 minutes per day, and you get 1,550 days to finish a language.)Who has the longest current Duolingo streak? ›
As of February 3rd 2023, the longest Duolingo streak is 3676 days, held by user christi3. This means that the longest Duolingo streak is over 10 years old!How long is a good Duolingo streak? ›
The streak is a fun and simple feature, but committing yourself to keeping one is also one of the best ways to stay on track of your learning goals. It's no wonder that Duolingo learners who reach a streak of just 7 days are 3.6 times more likely to complete their course.Can I freeze my Duolingo streak for a week? ›
If you are traveling to another time zone and would like to prevent your streak from resetting, you can purchase a streak freeze using gems or lingots from the shop within the app in advance to protect it. A streak freeze must be purchased in advance of a day of missed activity to protect the streak.What percentage of people finish a Duolingo course? ›
An informal study estimates that course completion rates fall as low as 0.01% for Spanish learners (second most popular language on Duolingo), and peak at 0.24% for Ukrainian learners.How far can Duolingo take you? ›
Can you become fluent at a language through Duolingo? No. Duolingo is a useful way to practice and learn a few things but it is not a method for gaining fluency. It is very translation-based and encouraged quite a phrase book-y approach to learning.What happens if Duolingo is too easy? ›
If you have previous experience with a language and feel that lessons are too easy, you can scroll to the next locked unit and tap the circle that says “Jump here?”. If you pass the test, you'll unlock that unit! NOTE: This will complete all levels up to that point.
What are Legendary Levels on Duolingo? Put simply, a Legendary Level is designed to be the toughest level in a skill. To reach it, you need to complete four challenges without any hints or tips. It's the ultimate test of how well you know a particular skill.Why are my gems disappearing in Duolingo? ›
If you've opened your village to find that gems have gone missing, it's because they've somehow been spent. Usually, it's just because another person has used the gems (like a friend or family member). This is also likely if you've loaded your village onto someone else's device, and didn't sign off.Can legendary crowns break? ›
Do Legendary Levels Break or Crack? Yes, Legendary Levels break, however, it takes longer for them to break than the normal lessons. Not having to restore lessons seemed to be the reason Duolingo originally added Legendary Lessons.Do you get super Duolingo after a 30 day streak? ›
Reaching certain milestones (such as 100 day streak) can earn the user 3 days of free of SUPER Duolingo. The Streak Society, claimed as the most exclusive club in Duolingo, is unlocked once a user maintained a 30 day streak. Most users have got this after 30 days or even before.What languages are hardest to learn? ›
- Mandarin Chinese.
- English – 1,121 million speakers. ...
- Mandarin Chinese – 1,107 million speakers. ...
- Hindi – 698 million speakers. ...
- Spanish – 512 million speakers. ...
- French – 284 million speakers. ...
- Arabic – 273 million speakers. ...
- Bengali – 265 million inhabitants. ...
- Russian – 258 million speakers.
- Norwegian. This may come as a surprise, but we have ranked Norwegian as the easiest language to learn for English speakers. ...
- Swedish. ...
- Spanish. ...
- Dutch. ...
- Portuguese. ...
- Indonesian. ...
- Italian. ...
Adjusting existing content: We're running experiments all the time testing to see how we can teach most effectively. We might be updating your course to tweak the content to help you learn better and more completely. Making totally new content: We want to align all our courses with the standards of the CEFR.How much is unlimited plus on Duolingo? ›
Duolingo Plus Pricing Explained
The app is entirely free. However, Duolingo Plus is priced at $6.99 per month. A free trial for 14 days is available.
You will earn Gems or Lingots for completing lessons on Duolingo. Typically you will earn Gems or Lingots when you meet your daily XP goal. You can use this virtual currency for purchases in the app/web shop. To access the store, tap the Shop tab.
Busuu offers a language learning experience that compares to Duolingo. They have a structured curriculum that you can progress through involving audio, vocabulary, and other gamified experiences. However, unlike Duolingo, Busuu has a more limited free version as they have a premium subscription-based business model.Has anyone become fluent using Babbel? ›
You will most likely not become fluent with Babbel. It's a solid language app and can give you a strong foundation in your target language, but to achieve fluency, you'll need to use other resources. While it won't help you become fluent, Babbel can help you improve your language skills.What language learning program does the government use? ›
The DLIFLC is under the Department of Defense. It is regarded as one of the finest foreign language learning institutions in America. Located in Monterey, California, this premier language provider considers its mission deadly serious.What is the broken heart in Duolingo? ›
Learners in Duolingo lose a heart when they make a mistake, so using a broken heart as the symbol for past mistakes resonated well with our learners. In the final feature, learners are able to correct all their mistakes and “mend” their broken heart into a gold heart!Is Duolingo Plus forever? ›
This is based on taking out a 12-month subscription. You can also get 1-month and 6-month subscriptions that will cost a bit more per month. There is currently no lifetime plan for Duolingo Plus.What is Duolingo most exclusive club? ›
The streak society is described as Duolingo's most exclusive club. When it first launched, it was only open to users who had a streak of 365 days or more.Which is better Babbel or Duolingo? ›
Is Babbel better than Duolingo? After thoroughly testing out and reviewing each language learning program, we feel that Babbel is better than Duolingo for multiple reasons. Based on the strength of their curriculum, teaching style and delivery, we rate Babbel as the superior app over Duolingo.How much better is Duolingo plus? ›
Duolingo Plus Vs. Free. Duolingo Plus is basically a Duolingo subscription which gets you a few added features that aren't included in the free version. The Duolingo Plus features are ad-free lessons, offline access to lessons, unlimited mistakes, and the ability to track your progress.Why did Duolingo give me super Duolingo for free? ›
With our referral program, for every 1 person you refer and sign up for a Duolingo account, you receive a free week of Super Duolingo!Is there a better alternative to Duolingo? ›
Many language learners feel that Memrise is best for learning vocabulary, while Duolingo is better at helping users form sentences. Using the free version of both of the apps can be a smart way to fill the gaps between the two.
You don't need to spend hours on Duolingo each day. However, you must put a reasonable amount of time into learning. If you log in to complete one lesson and sign out as soon as you've reached 10XP, you won't get very far. To optimize your learning, aim to spend between 15 and 30 minutes on the app each day.How advanced does Duolingo get? ›
The levels are labeled A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2, and they cover increasingly complex language needs. Most people don't need to master all, or even most, of the levels. It's all about what you want to do with the language.Who has the worlds longest Duolingo streak? ›
Congrats to John Arnold, who has the highest-ever Duolingo streak of over 2000 days! He's a horse farmer and chemist.Is Duolingo good for the brain? ›
The purpose of Duolingo courses is to teach you to use and understand a new language—so this improvement in executive functioning is an added bonus! Duolingo learners transferred benefits from one realm (language learning) to another (executive functioning).What is the most efficient way to use Duolingo? ›
“Hover” around several skills – spreading your time across a handful of nearby skills – and alternate between gaining crowns and doing new lessons. Hovering across multiple skills helps you maximize learning by practicing what you've already studied while continuing to learn new material.