Duolingo ABC

Rating Duolingo ABC - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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Duolingo ABC Review

Duolingo ABC is a free app helps young children learn to read with 300 different lessons, like assisted reading, decoding, and sight words. It uses letter tracing, interactive storytelling, and other activities to teach kids ages 4 and up phonics, reading comprehension, and more. 

Duolingo ABC Features

  • Adapts Duolingo's gamified approach for early reading and writing skills
  • Consistent, engaging graphical style with animations and sounds
  • Spoken instructions, feedback, and story narration with clear pronunciation
  • Structured learning path with focus on each alphabet letter
  • Speech recognition for practicing pronunciation

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How much does Duolingo ABC cost?

Duolingo ABC is free to all users (no subscription or login required).

The Pros of using Duolingo ABC

  • High-quality, interactive learning experience
  • Effective use of audio for instructions and phonetics
  • Encourages systematic learning with repetition
  • Works offline for flexible learning environments

The Cons of using Duolingo ABC

  • Potential issues with speech recognition accuracy for children
  • Letter tracing activity may be too forgiving, lacking precision
  • Repetitive nature might lead to boredom in extended sessions

The Experience of using Duolingo ABC

Duolingo ABC is designed to help young children establish their understanding of letters, words, and reading.

It takes cues from Duolingo's gamified language learning experience and adapts them to assist young learners in reading and writing. The app has a consistent graphical style with animations and sounds that enhance the learning experience without being intrusive.

The app has a lovely, consistent graphical style. Little flourishes are common where animations and sounds play. These never intrude on the learning but just make the experience that bit more fun and interesting. 

The spoken word is used to good effect in the app. All instructions and feedback are said aloud and the simple stories are also read out. Letter sounds and names are pronounced clearly and usefully without strong accents which is important for children learning to recognise and pronounce the sounds for themselves. If users miss anything, they can tap an on-screen button to get the app to repeat what was said and in the stories, each word is highlighted as it is spoken.  

The activities are accessed in a defined order. Each letter of the alphabet is introduced with a short and simple story that emphasises its use. Each subsequent bite-sized activity in that section is then based around that letter.  Its name, its sound, how it is formed, how it rhymes and so on are all part of the lessons. Usefully, upper and lower case forms of each letter are also covered.

Quite uniquely, Duolingo ABC does not just speak but it listens too. Borrowing from Duolingo's main apps, speech recognition is used to help children practice sounding out words. This can be a useful feature but parents should think about it in the context of their children and how well their speech has developed.

Some children take longer than others to be able to enunciate words clearly. It is also possible that the speech recognition facility is more finely tuned for adult voices. Both of these could lead to some errors in recognition. If your child falls foul of this, you can turn off the feature to avoid harming their confidence. This does not mean that the practice it offers should not be carried out, but an adult's feedback might, in some cases, be more useful and sympathetic.

Every activity has a clear purpose and usefully employs repetition. This emphasises the Duolingo way of little-and-often.  Marathon sessions with this app might cause the repetition to become a little tiresome but this is not how the app is best used. Make some time each day with your child to play through just a few sections. This will keep the app interesting and mean that the repetition reinforces learning rather than leads to boredom.

More Information

Offline Offline
Gameplay Gamified
Narration Narration

Suitable for ages - Kindergarten Apps (3-5 Years)
Primary School Apps (5-7 Years)

Subjects & Topics - English / Literacy

Great for - Academic Relevance

Download Duolingo ABC

You can download Duolingo ABC on your iOS devices from the Apple App Store.

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Final Verdict: Duolingo ABC Review

Duolingo is a great app to have on children's devices. Each activity is short enough to be easily slotted into the time available. There is plenty of content to keep children learning for some time. It works offline so there is no requirement to find wifi or use up data. Most of all, it is an app that provides a great educational experience and, at the time of review, is free to download. You should go right ahead and make the most of this great app.

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Data Safety

Does the app provide a secure and safe experience for its intended usersDuolingo ABC is safe to use

Value and Presentation

Is the app easy to use and accessible?Duolingo ABC is easy to use and accessible
Is this app well-made and presented?Duolingo ABC is well-made and presented
Is this app useful for its intended users?Duolingo ABC is user-friendly
Does this app provide good value?Duolingo ABC provides good value to the users