How to Change the Language You’re Learning on Duolingo

Key Takeaways

  • Duolingo allows you to easily switch between multiple languages and learn them simultaneously.
  • You can switch languages on both the web and mobile versions of Duolingo by selecting the desired language.
  • Removing a language on Duolingo resets your progress and cannot be undone, so be careful before removing a language.

Duolingo makes learning new languages simple and exciting. But you don’t have to restrict yourself to learning just one language at a time. Adding and switching courses on Duolingo is easy once you know how.

How to Switch Languages on Duolingo

Both the web and mobile versions of Duolingo allow you to change the language you’re learning on the platform.

Change Your Duolingo Language on the Web

Follow these steps to change your course language on the web version of Duolingo:

  1. Hover over the Flag icon in the top right corner of your screen. A mini window titled My Courses will pop up.
  2. Select Add a New Course to be redirected to the list of language courses that Duolingo offers.
  3. Choose the language you wish to learn by clicking Start Course. Make sure you make the most of the Duolingo lessons of this new language that you’ll now have access to.
  4. A new language flag will pop up under My Courses. You can simply click on it to switch back and forth between courses.

Change Your Duolingo Language on Mobile

The language switching process on the iOS and Android versions of Duolingo is the same:

  1. Tap the Flag icon in the top left corner of your screen, and select the +Course option.
  2. Choose the language you want to learn and tap Continue.
  3. Just like the web version, a new flag will now appear that will let you freely switch between languages.

You do not lose your progress when you add a new course or switch between languages on Duolingo. The only way to delete your Duolingo course data is by going to Settings > Courses, and then removing a language.

Can You Learn Multiple Languages at the Same Time on Duolingo?

Learning multiple languages simultaneously is extremely easy on Duolingo, as the platform allows you to freely switch between courses as you see fit. Your progress in each course is saved separately, and isn’t affected by switching. You can switch as often as you like, and dip in and out of as many languages as you want.

However, as a language learner myself, I would personally recommend not switching between languages too often, as that can get confusing. Instead, I tend to focus on one language for a certain period of time, before switching to another. Say you’re traveling to a different country soon (in which case these advanced Google Maps features will help), focus your efforts on the main language spoken there.

How to Remove a Language on Duolingo

As fun as it is to learn multiple different languages at once, you may decide that a certain language isn’t for you. In which case, you should remove that language from your Duolingo app.

To do so:

  1. Click on the head icon on the menu at the bottom of the screen to open your profile.
  2. Click the circular Settings button to the right of your avatar.
  3. On the next page, scroll down to Manage Courses, and click that.
  4. You’ll see a list of the languages you’re currently learning, with the option to remove each one. Be very careful on this page, as removing a language resets your progress and cannot be undone.

Being Fluent in Multiple Languages Makes You a Potential Polyglot

Learning a second language isn’t always a walk in the park. Especially learning one to the point of being fluent. However, language learning apps such as Duolingo mean more people are learning multiple languages.

If you can speak two languages, you’re considered bilingual, if you can speak three languages, you’re trilingual, and if you can speak more than that, you can legitimately call yourself a polyglot. Which is a mouthful in its own right. Just don’t ask me how to say “polyglot” in languages other than English.

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