8+ Best and Free Resources to Use Along with Duolingo

Duolingo is a game-based learning platform on which you will be getting to learn new languages. There are a lot of features that you get with Duolingo like earning gems, XP, etc. It is the platform which will help you to learn all the basics of the language chosen. The only drawback that comes with Duolingo is you do not get to have advanced level knowledge and sometimes there is not much content in your chosen language. Thus to help you in finding out the solution to this problem, we have discussed some of the best and free resources to use along with Duolingo.

Quick Takeaways 

Following are the best and free resources that you can use along with Duolingo-

1. Rype
2. LingQ
3. Spotify
4. Jumpspeak
5. Reverso
6. Babbel 
7. HelloTalk 
8. Drops
9. TripLingo
10. Lingvist
11. Blogs from polyglots

However, you must read till the end so that you get all the important facts related to these resources.

What are the best and most free resources to use along with Duolingo?

If you are losing motivation in the language learning journey, you can think of using some of the alternatives of Duolingo. Further, we have discussed all the best and free resources to use along with Duolingo-

1. Rype

Rype is a platform on which you can have a video conference with the other native speaker. You can take up 1 on 1 private calls with it. Obviously one of the best ways of learning a new language is by communicating with the native speaker. Although it is not similar to Duolingo, you must still try it. It will not only help you to get a professional but will also help you to develop your communication skills.

Further on this platform, you will get fully developed lesson plans based on your needs. There are a lot of languages like Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, etc that you can take up on the platform. According to TrustPilot, the average rating for Rype is 4.5 out of 5. The ratings show how much great this app is. 

2. LingQ

There are many languages like High Valyrian, which have fewer listening and reading exercises. Having lingQ with Duolingo can help you with these two skills. On the platform, you will be getting different comprehension, that will help to develop your reading and listening exercises. The focus of this platform is based on keeping the person engaged with the lessons.

You will not be getting boring comprehensions from different textbooks. There are a lot of new articles, podcasts, etc that are available on the platform. LingQ is the platform that will help youtube stay motivated by inviting you to read the content that interests you.

When you are using the platform, you will see the words are highlighted, in different colours. If it is marked in blue colour, it means that they are totally new words. On the other hand, if you see a word which is marked in Yellow colour it means that you have seen the word before but do not know the meaning of them. Further, if there is no colour on the words, it means that you know the meaning of the words.

3. Spotify

Spotify is the platform on which you can get a lot of different podcasts (including Duolingo Podcasts) and listen to music of your own choice. If you think that it is only limited to listening to songs and podcasts in your native language, then you are wrong. You can choose the songs and the podcast that are available in the language you are studying.

When you listen up the songs or podcasts in your targeted language, it helps your listening skills. Of course, it will take some time to develop your listening skills and understand the content. But gradually when you will listen to it on repeat, it will help you to understand the content easily. Further, when you are listening up to the song or the podcast, you will not need to put much effort into it. You can start by listening for up to 2-3 minutes and gradually should increase the duration.

4. Jumpspeak

One of the most important things, when you are learning a new language, is to be able to communicate with others in that language. With the help of Duolingo, you can easily learn and grasp the grammar rules and vocabulary. But courses like Japanese or Dutch, may not involve a lot of exercises that involve much speaking skills. To help you with it, we have brought a platform known as Jumpspeak.

On this platform, you will be in real-world conversation settings with chatbots and practice 24/7 from anywhere you want to. Although there are features like Duolingo events where you connect with other users and get a 250 XP score, but they occur on a specific time duration. You may not be able to attend the event at that time. Thus, you must try to use the Jumpspeak platform to get such settings all the time. 

5. Reverso

Reverso is a platform that works like Google Translate. When you are learning a new language, you will want to know the translation of the language. When you are using Google Translate, you will be seeing a lot of words which they will not be giving you the right translation. Thus Reverso is the platform that is a step above the Google translator. When you put a word or phrase in it, you will be getting the proper meaning. It is because the content on Reverso, is much higher than Google Translate.

The platform will help you to know if they fit in the sentence. You will be able to get to know how and when you can use it. If you are using LingQ you may find the words that you are not able to understand. At that point in time you can use Reverso app. Although there is a tip page on Duolingo, still there are words that you may not understand. Therefore, you can use Reverso app to get a lot of meanings and conjugator tools for you. Further, there are many features, which are paid. However, using the free version always give you enough words to understand.

6. Babbel

Babbel will provide you with an instructional language course that will help you to know the basic words in the course. However, the disadvantage of using this platform is that you will have to buy a subscription plan for learning the course. The course on this platform has free and paid versions. Some of the features are free whereas, most of them are paid.

Further, if you are learning the French language and want to learn a new language you will have to take up the subscription for it. The only problem is that you will only get 14 languages on this platform and 31 languages for English speakers. Babbel will focus on helping with beginner conversation phrases. On the other hand, Duolingo will focus on grammar and vocabulary.

7. HelloTalk

HelloTalk is the platform to find out native speakers easily on the platform. On this platform, you will have to set up a profile in which you will have to add up your personal data. You will have to add up the users who are communicating in your targeted languages. So basically you will be getting a person who will be learning your native language and you will have to learn their native language.

It is the best platform on which you can send messages, GIFs, memes, etc. Further, you can also talk to the person which again helps you to develop your speaking skills. Also, the free version of it is absolutely worth and you again do not need to pay anything just like Duolingo.

8. Drops

Drops is an app which helps you to learn the language in a different manner. The app basically helps you to learn with the help of a 5-mins sprint in which you will have a single session for 5 minutes. It means that you will have to take only a 5 minutes session to learn the language. The limitation of this app is done intentionally because the user will be able to remain fully focused. It will eventually improve the memorization of the user.

You will also get to learn things which are based on Visual images. Other than these images, you will be having fun games, listening to the audio, creating illustrations, etc. When you complete the course, you will find the progress at the end of each day. You get this platform on both iOS and Android.

9. TripLingo

To be honest, this platform is not a specific language learning platform. Triplingo is basically a platform which is specifically designed for international travellers. On this platform, you will get to know more about the culture, safety tools and budget. Further, there are two main features Voice translators, and phrasebook.

These two features are basically the key factors that help you to learn the language. So if you are travelling to another country which has a different native language you can always choose this platform. However, if you want to get a deeper knowledge of the language then it might not be the best option for you.

10. LingoDeer

LingoDeer is the one platform on which you can learn Asian and European languages. You can easily learn Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, etc. The platform will teach you to travel phrases along with the deep grammar of the language. With the help of the platform, you can develop your reading, speaking, and writing skills in a 10 min separate session each day. You will get all the basic foundations of the language from alphabet series to grammar. Further, you can learn 2 languages together with more depth and understanding. 

11. Lingvist

Lingvist is the platform on which you will be getting the vocabulary that you will be hearing in real conversations. There will be a lot of words that you will be using and you can track them. You will be getting the material in the course which is presented in a systematic manner. Most of the words that you get on the platform are very helpful to you in practice.

Again it will help you to track the words that you have already seen through it. You will get a lot of Flashcards which will help you to remember the content in short. The only problem with this platform is that you will only be getting 4 languages and on Duolingo, you will get 35 languages . However, if your chosen language is available on the platform, you must try this platform.

12. Blogs from polyglots

Polyglots are people who are specialized in more than 2 different languages. You must read their blogs or watch their videos. It is because it will help you to overcome the periods that you find are the most difficult ones. You can get a lot of information from these people. There are people like Steve Kaufmann, who can speak up to 20 languages.

You will be shocked to know that he is the founder of LingQ platform. Further, there is Richard Simcott, who can speak up 16 languages fluently and may have studied 59 different languages. You will be getting a lot of his videos and talks from the YouTube channel and blog posts.

There are many other famous polyglots who will help you to know the basic rules and regulations of the different languages that you are studying. You may also get blogs and YouTube videos of them that will help you to learn what are the best ways to learn a specific language like Spanish

13. Memrise

Memrise is a platform which is free to download and has a list of 100 languages which you can choose from. Again it is like Duolingo as it will help you to learn a language in the game style. On this platform, you will find videos on an advanced level. In these video clips, you will find locals or native speakers communicating with each other. Just like you can watch Duolingo offline, you can again watch the content on Memrise, but you will need to buy the premium version of it.

Further one of the weirdest features of this platform is that you will be taught the language in a way that you are working as an undercover agent on the platform. In this game, you will be acting like the agent that is visiting the nation of your targeted language. The videos that you get on this platform are better than Duolingo’s introductory levels. 


Duolingo is the platform on which you can learn a new language with the help of different features like Duolingo XP, gems, etc. Using Duolingo is the platform which easy to navigate and will help you to stay engaged with the lessons in the course. Although Duolingo is a great platform, you must also know some of the resources are the best and free resources that you can get with Duoling. Some of the best resources that you must choose from are Rype, LingQ, Reverso, Drops, etc. Further, you can take help from blogs and youtube from people who know more than 2 languages. It will help you to develop your knowledge of the different languages.

William Christie