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How to Remove a Language on Duolingo

There are a ton of reasons why you might want to stop learning a language. So, how can you remove a language course on Duolingo and stop those pesky notifications? Let’s dive in and find out. 

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How to Get Rid of a Language on Duolingo?

There are two different ways to get rid of a language on Duolingo: on the app version or on the Desktop version.

I’ll go through the step-by-step way for both and you can pick the method that’s relevant for you.

REMEMBER: If you delete a course on Duolingo, you won’t be able to get your progress back. So be really careful.

How to Remove a Language On the Duolingo App

If you’re using Duolingo on the app and want to get rid of a course: 

  1. Go to your profile (the head icon tab).
  2. Head to settings, which looks like a gear wheel.
  3. Scroll down until you hit “manage courses”.
  4. Click the red circular remove sign – it looks like a stop sign – next to your chosen course,
  5. Either click “delete course” to confirm, or press cancel if you’ve clicked the wrong language. 
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How to Remove a Language Course On Desktop

If you’re using Duolingo on your desktop and want to delete a course: 

  1. Go to your profile in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Hit settings and then “learning language”.
  3. Go to “manage courses”.
  4. Then tap “See all language courses”.
  5. Here you’ll see a list of languages.
  6. Press remove course next to the course you want to get rid of.
  7. Click confirm.
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Can You Get Your Language Progress Back?

No, you cannot get your language progress back if you delete a Duolingo course on your profile. Once it’s gone, you cannot get those finished lessons back and you’ll have to start all over again from the beginning. 

You can turn off the notifications for different language courses if you want to take a break and come back at another point in time. If you’re unsure, you might just want to pause the notifications or lessen them, rather than dive right in and delete all that progress.

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Can You Start Learning that Language Again?

You can start learning a language again once you’ve deleted it from your profile. You’ll have to start with the basics all over again, so it’s like a complete reset.

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If you’ve taken a break from language learning for a while and need a refresher, you can always restart a course by removing it from your profile and re-adding it. 

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Should You Delete a Duolingo Course?

Although you have the option to delete a course, I don’t recommend that you do that.

If you’ve really finished a course completely, try doing a reverse tree, where you learn the language backward.

For example, if you were learning Spanish as an English speaker, try the English course for Spanish speakers course. I’ve done this for all my languages and it’s super fun, especially once you can start doing courses from your second language to your third, etc.

Why Would Someone Delete a Language Course on Duolingo?

Sometimes you get to a point when you’re learning a language when you decide that the language journey is over.

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Maybe you’ve learned all that you can, maybe you no longer want to learn a language, or perhaps you clicked on the wrong course and now have a language on the app that you’re not actually learning.

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