The popular language learning app Duolingo just made a bunch of announcements at its annual Duocon conference. The company is adding new features, more language courses, a new family plan and more to the platform.
First of all, Duolingo Plus benefits from two new features: the error inbox and the legendary level. The first is a hub where you will find all your mistakes so that you can correct them. The latter is an “extra hard” level that will put your knowledge and skills to the ultimate test.
Duolingo Plus costs $ 80 per year or $ 12.99 per month and offers ad-free access to the platform. You also get unlimited hearts, quizzes, and more. All of this will now be available for up to six family members at just $ 120 per year. With the new Duolingo family plan, subscribers will be able to add five additional learners to their accounts. Because “learning languages is better together,” says the company. It’s unclear, however, how existing Duolingo Plus members can upgrade to the family plan which unfortunately doesn’t have a monthly payment option.
Duolingo also makes it easier to learn languages using non-Latin alphabets, such as Japanese, Korean, Russian or Arabic, with new tools. Many of these languages use character-based writing systems. The app now provides readings in English for these characters. You can tap on individual characters to hear their sound or learn how to write them. Well, this feature has been available on Android for quite some time now, but it’s also coming to iOS and the web.
On top of that, Duoling adds game-like character arrangement puzzles to help you learn how different characters manage to form a syllable in a particular language. This feature is available in Japanese, Hindi, Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Korean, Greek, Russian, and Ukrainian.
Duolingo also adds five more language courses
In addition to new features for existing language courses, Duolingo has also added courses for five other languages. We now have an English course for speakers of Tagalog, an Austronesian language spoken by the Tagalog people of the Philippines.
In addition, English speakers can now learn Zulu (an ethnic group spoken in southern Africa), Xhosa (one of the official languages of South Africa and Zimbabwe), Maori (spoken by the indigenous population of New Zealand). Zealand) and Haitian Creole (one of Haiti’s two official languages).
Duolingo also promises some minor improvements throughout the app to help make learning new languages more fun and efficient. Finally, the company announced that it is also working on a new elementary level math app. This app should be available next year.