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Duolingo Kids is a fun and effective new way for kids to learn languages! From the makers of Duolingo, the most popular language-learning platform worldwide, comes a new app for early readers and writers to learn Spanish, French and English.

*Gamified language lessons*
Kids will have a blast unlocking new levels, earning crowns, and playing with our friendly animated characters – all while learning a new language!

*More than just vocabulary*
Our lessons teach sentences and expressions that kids can apply in their everyday lives so they can get a head start developing their bilingual abilities.

*Start early, speak like a native*
With our interactive speaking challenges, kids will be encouraged to produce and speak entire sentences on their own! The earlier your kids start their language-learning journey, the more likely they are to reach proficiency quickly.

*Learn a language, anywhere*
On a plane, at a restaurant, or in a park? No problem! Duolingo Kids is available for both online and offline use.

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Terms of Service: https://www.duolingo.com/terms

We would love to hear your feedback! If you have any questions, comments, or bug reports, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

Version 1.0.26

We work hard to pack bug fixes and other improvements into every release. Send us your feedback at [email protected]!

Ratings and Reviews

Great, just one thing.

My sister loves this. She’s 4. However, there is no spaced repetition. So once my sister completes the app, she’s done, finished the “game”. She’s too young to go back and practice these things. I hate the crowns system on Duolingo itself, but it’s okay on Duolingo kids. Just needs to develop spaced repetition.

It should be de Duolingo

I would like to let the developers to know that they made a great work with the animations. And I would like to let the team to know that MY GOD THIS APP IS MAGIC. Duoteam, you’re the Pixar of the apps. You create magic with these codes. I would love to work there someday! You rock guys!

Age setting....

Is there a way to change the age setting on this app? It asks the age when you start but then there’s no way to go back and adjust it. I found that the age I selected was too difficult for my child but now am not able to switch. I’ve even tried deleting the app and reinstalling but still no luck. Advice?

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Duolingo, Inc

151.3 MB


Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
iPod touch
Requires iOS 10.0 or later.

English, French, Spanish

Age Rating
4+, Made for Ages 6–8

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Sours: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/duolingo-kids/id1261096643

By KC Ifeanyi4 minute Read

Since launching in 2011, Duolingo has become one of the most popular language-learning apps on the market. While that remains its core service, the recently public company has loftier ambitions. “One of the things I often say is we’re trying to make Sesame Street for grown-ups,” says Timothy Shey, the company’s vice president of studios and content.

Inching toward that goal, Duolingo unveiled a diverse roster of characters last year that appear throughout the platform’s courses. And now, instead of using generic text-to-speech (TTS) audio for language lessons, each of Duolingo’s characters has its own distinctive voice, as well as a backstory.

“One of the elements of great storytelling is great characters,” Shey says. “We were looking at things like sitcoms or shows like Sesame Street where there’s a cast of characters that you really connect with and engage with, and it gives you a reason to come back every day.”

Duolingo is synonymous with its mascot, Duo, the cheerful green owl whose persistent reminders that you’ve been slacking on your lessons became a series of memes around 2017. Seeing how the internet embraced Duo prompted Shey and his team to build out the Duolingo universe with human characters.

Lily is an emo teen who’s inexplicably best friends with bubbly Zari. Eddy is a thirtysomething single dad to his 8-year-old son, Junior. Vikram formerly worked in finance but quit his job to become a baker. Oscar is a gay art teacher who “relates to art better than he does to people.” There are nine characters so far with a wide range of races, ages, religious backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

Emily Chiu, senior creative producer at Duolingo, explains that in addition to having international representation, which makes sense for an app that offers 40 distinct languages to learn, creating relationships among the characters is also a shortcut for storytelling. “Some of our stories can only be like a hundred words, which is a huge limitation for storytelling,” she says. “But if you know the characters and their relationships, then there’s really no need to explain quite as much.”

On top of narrative context, the team at Duolingo believes giving characters their own voices could aid in the learning process. Prior to the latest update, courses used generic TTS audio for all characters, meaning 8-year old Junior sounded the same as Oscar, who’s in his 40s.

“It might be unintentionally funny,” Shey says, “but how much better would it be if it sounded like Junior?”

Duolingo hired casting director Ivy Isenberg (Call of Duty, Robot Chicken) to find voice actors to play each character—but that presented a series of challenges. For TTS to work, the input audio has to sound relatively flat. Instead of speaking with normal inflections and variations in tone, each word has to be stated evenly.

That said, the voice actors still had to make their voices fit their characters. One line in a Duolingo course is “I’m sick, but I did not vomit.” For Zari, a character who Chiu describes as someone who’s all “sunshine and lollipops and rainbows,” the prompt for the voice actor was, “Say this like you’re convincing a teacher that you’re well enough to go on a field trip,” Chiu says. Or if it’s a positive line such as, “This is my greatest treasure, my family” but it’s a pessimistic character like Lily who’s delivering it, “she has to say it with monotone disdain,” Chiu says. “We gave [her voice actor] the direction of, ‘Say everything like your mom is forcing you to say it.'”

Duolingo is banking on that attention to detail with the characters to create an even stronger connection with its audience. Shey notes that even before the rollout of these distinct voices, users would tweet things like “Duolingo stories are my favorite TV show” based solely on the characters’ interactions. “We know they’re keying in on what we’re trying to do,” Shey says. “We’re really trying to play on tropes from animation and sitcoms where there are simple relationships that you can build, hopefully, in an infinite number of stories.”

“If we’re really going to make language learning something that everyone does every day, then we’re going to have to make it as fun as the apps they use every day,” Shey continues. “So our competition isn’t other language-learning apps. It’s things like YouTube, Netflix, and the places that they’re spending their time.”

But, in terms of creating a cinematic universe of Duolingo characters, Shey says they’re trying not to get ahead of themselves. “It’s probably still a small core of our learners that even know these characters’ names,” he says. “Our ambitions were fairly simple in the beginning: Can we make characters that people will like?” Knowing that’s been the case so far, Shey can envision these characters surfacing in other places across Duolingo, possibly including the company’s forthcoming math-learning app.

By putting storytelling at the forefront, Duolingo is slowly building a catalog of intellectual property that would undoubtedly be turbocharged by the company going public earlier this month—all of which is paving the way toward a familiar street. “We have this really broad ambition: We’re a platform and a tech company, but we also are creating original content from all of our lessons,” Shey says. “We’re still building that core competency of great storytelling, but we aspire to be the best. We aspire to iconic things like Sesame.”

Sours: https://www.fastcompany.com/90664438/duolingo-wants-to-be-the-sesame-street-for-adults
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How Duolingo designed the new characters for its Project World

Language app Duolingo is unveiling a new cast of characters that it hopes will help users better learn new languages, even during the toughest lessons. The characters will act as guides within the app, cheering you on if you get an answer correct, or reacting in a disappointed (or sassy) way if you get one wrong. The nine characters of Duolingo Project World all have unique personalities, and serve as guides to make a new language feel more familiar.

“Obviously Duolingo is a very gamified language learning app,” says Duolingo art director Greg Hartman. “We took a lot of cues from other games, and I think you realize how motivating characters can be; when you remove the main character you have an emotional attachment to you’ll probably play that game less. We wanted to establish some emotional connection, and have characters that encourage users, by giving them positive reinforcement.”


Learning a language can be a challenging journey that takes a lot of mental energy, Hartman notes; you’re learning things like how to order food in Spanish, phrases that would be useful to communicate with other speakers, but maybe not the most scintillating conversation material. “So the question was: How you make these everyday scenarios fun?”

Keeping the Duo Design

In designing the characters that inhabit Duolingo World, Hartman says the team wanted to keep the same design elements of their mascot owl Duo, with his large eyes, simple body shape, and detached feet. With most cartoon characters, the design is informed by the character’s personality— triangles are dynamic, squares are solid, and circles are fun, for example. But the characters in Duolingo don’t really have story arcs, they’re only there to support the user. Hartman says they decided to let the design drive the characters’ personalities. So a girl with purple hair and lots of sharp angles became an emo


character named Lily; a round fellow with a beard is kind-hearted Vikram; and a blocky child character with a flourish of red hair became energetic Junior. They went through many shapes and iterations before arriving at their final nine designs, Hartman adds.

They also decided that in order for the experience to feel authentically immersive, they’d have to add voices, rather than relying on their default male or female voices. They hired a voice actor for each character, and worked with Microsoft to create custom text-to-speech fonts. “It brings more personality to the app, and if you’re not hearing the same voice all the time, it helps train our learners’ ears,” Hartman said.

Duolingo will be releasing the individual characters’ voices in the coming months.

Finding universal names

Choosing the names proved a bigger challenge than Hartman was expecting. They needed names that sounded the same across languages, so that ruled out some early ideas, including “Jun” for one character because in Spanish it would be pronounced “Hoon.” And they renamed one character when they realized that in French “Pete” can sound like the word for “fart.”

Hartman also says the team wanted to make sure they weren’t choosing names that might translate into something offensive in another language: “We checked each name in every language we teach,” he says. “That was a huge part of the development of the characters.” He adds that having a diverse workforce proved valuable: “All I had to do was go to a member of our team, and say ‘tell me where we’ve gotten it wrong’ and people were kind enough to help guide us.”

The last big redesign at Duolingo happened in 2018, when the company changed Duo’s look and gave him more expressions (if you’re not guilted into finishing your French lesson by a weepy green owl, I can’t help you), and redesigned the rest of the app to reflect his newer look.

There are no plans to get rid of Duo, Hartman says; Duolingo is Duo’s world and these other characters live in it. But, he adds, they decided not to design the new characters as other animals, because it didn’t quite feel right for what they were trying to accomplish. “Language is so deeply rooted in human culture, and it seemed weird to add a cast of characters not from our world,” he said.

Fan Art Fridays

Duolingo started rolling out the new characters to appear in lessons in the app earlier this year, and have since been adding them to other features within the app as well. For instance, they began appearing in Duolingo Stories in July, and earlier this month, showed up in mid-lesson animations to cheer learners on.

Then a funny thing happened: Fan art versions of the characters started showing up on social media. So the company started a Fan Art Friday contest to encourage people to send in their art to be featured in Duolingo social posts.

The characters will officially roll out today at Duolingo’s annual Duocon conference. They’ll be available in Duolingo courses in which both languages are one of Spanish, French, German, English, or Portuguese, with plans to eventually add them to other language courses in the app.

Hartman says Duolingo thinks of gamifying language learning as a way to make a sometimes difficult —but ultimately rewarding— process more enjoyable, much in the way sports can make physical exercise seem like less of a grind. “It’s sometimes hard to get up and just run around your yard, but once you introduce a ball and healthy competition, you think less about how physically hard it is and more about the ball and the goal,” he said. “Duolingo wants to introduce a ‘mental ball’ to keep learners motivated.”

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