Tinycards by Duolingo – Flashcards for learning languages

Anybody that has been following my site for some time, knows my main goal. And it’s to bring you all the good resources available online for learning languages. Thus, I’m glad to tell you once again, that many of them are completely free! And this is the case for Tinycards by Duolingo.

You have probably used flashcards before to memorize things. And have discovered it’s a very useful technique. Consequently, here we’ll talk about some cool flashcards for learning languages. Specifically, for learning the basic vocabulary.

Our site’s focus is on learning Italian, but with Tinycards, you can not only learn Italian. There is quite a lengthy list you can choose from. It’s not even limited to learning languages. Therefore, you can use Tinycards to learn practically anything.

What are Tinycards by Duolingo about?

Tinycards is an app available for IOS and Android. Likewise it has a website version. With them, you can learn virtually anything you want with flashcards. In order to go over to their site and take a look, click here.

Tinycards is completely free. There are no premium accounts nor up sales. All features are unlocked for any user. It’s even add-free. Duolingo won’t make a dime from you for using it.

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How do Tinycards by Duolingo work?

To help you learn vocabulary, Tinycards shows you a bunch of flashcards first. Similarly as when you’re introduced to a person. On one side of the card, there is the word you’ll learn with a cool picture. And on the other side is its translation.

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Likewise audio is included. Thus, you’ll have the word you’re learning pronounced by native Italians.

After viewing a few cards, it asks you to recall the information. It does it employing different approaches. It can give you multiple choices and test you to see if you click the right one. Also it can tell you to type in the word. And in other cases, it give you a translation in English.

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Concerning languages, you can use flashcards created by Duolingo. Nevertheless regarding other topics, you can use flashcards created by other users, or by yourself. Users can create flashcards on any topic.

For those of you that already have an account in Duolingo, you can automatically log in to Tinycards. If you haven’t opened an account with Duolingo, we highly recommend you do. Duolingo is also free! To learn more about Duolingo, click here.

Duolingo combined with Tinycards

For those of you that are learning Italian, you should use this combination. In my humble opinion, Duolingo is a good free Italian course and Tinycards is a proper complement. Duolingo will help you with the basics. And Tinycards will help you with memorizing vocabulary.

Duolingo has a point system and it’s linked to Tinycards. In other words, points you earn on Tinycards will immediately show on Duolingo.

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Duolingo Italian Tinycards

I highly recommend you to use only the flashcards created by Duolingo. There are decks of cards created by other users but there is no guarantee that these are accurate. So, to play it safe look for the little green owl icon as shown in the picture below.

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Here is a sneak peek into the content Duolingo has uploaded to Tinycards. It will certainly help you with your Italian vocabulary. You’ll spend quite a while absorbing all this vocabulary. And you’ll also spend quite a while scrolling down. Will you be able to make it till the end of all these decks Duolingo has uploaded to Tinycards?

There is a brief description of the cards contained in each deck. So. please tke a look below.

You can’t learn a language only using Tinycards. But it’s a great aid for learning vocabulary. It’s designed to work intelligently, making sure you get to repeat the words you failed to remember. Therefore making you recall words after some time. If there is a particular word that’s difficult for you to remember, the program will give you hints.

The trick is to make your brain remember words when you’re just about to forget them. And by continually doing this, you get them solidified in your head.

Tinycards by Duolingo – Pros

  • It’s completely free. No premium memberships, no up-sales, no ads.
  • It’s a good supplement while you’re learning Italian (or any other language). You could use Duolingo (or any other course) and combine it with Tinycards. It will help you a lot with your vocabulary.
  • It’s linked to Duolingo concerning points. The points you earn with Tinycards will immediately appear on your Duolingo profile.
  • Nice flashcard tool, beyond using Tinycards as a support for learning languages. You can use it to memorize virtually anything.

Tinycards by Duolingo – Cons

  • Many language flashcards weren’t created by Duolingo. There is no guarantee they are accurate. You can solve this by only using decks of cards created by Duolingo. Avoiding decks created by other members is very easy. Only use decks identified with our friend Duo (the little green owl).

I encourage you to give Tinycards by Duolingo a try! You’ll like these flashcards. Click here to go over to their site!

Chances are that you have already used these flashcards. And have an opinion about them. So feel free to leave a comment below.

Would you also like to check out a course that follows a podcast style? You can listen to it during the day. Click here to take a look.

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60 Comments

  1. With TinyCards the pros outweighs the cons. I’m really impressed with the quantity of decks Duolingo has uploaded to the platform. There is no need to use decks created by other users, and thus we avoid the principal disadvantage you mentioned.

    I like the fact that the points you earn inside TinyCards also show on Duolingo.

    1. Hi! Yes, Duolingo has uploaded quite a few decks. You have seen some of them listed in this post. It will take you sometime to learn all that vocabulary. And there is really no need to use decks created by other users.

      The point feature is cool! It will help you meat your daily goals at Duolingo.

  2. I had never heard about TinyCards before. I was researching about Duolingo and landed on your site. I’m excited to learn about this wonderful complement. Duolingo helps us to master the basics of Italian. And TinyCards improves our vocabulary.

    I was deciding if I would download Duolingo to my phone. But after reading your posts I have decided to download Duolingo and TinyCards.

    1. Hi! Yes, TinyCards works as a good complement to Duolingo. I’m glad you have decided to download both. They are two good free resources.

  3. This is an insightful article. Learning vocabulary takes time. And it requires discipline. But TinyCards is a good aid. And it makes learning fun.

    I have used flashcards before. And have enjoyed my time with them. But I have never used electronic flashcards It’s a novel idea. Thank you for writing this review.

    1. Hi! Yes, flashcards are a good aid for learning vocabulary. And TinyCards can make your learning fun.

      You have taken advantage of conventional flashcards. And TinyCards combines the advantage of conventional flashcards with the convenience of an app.

  4. TinyCards has study material for many languages. But not all languages have equal amount of decks and quizzes. In my opinion, Tinycards has some problems, though it  remains a wonderful free option for learning a new language. It’s also an Editors’ Choice for free language learning apps. Thanks for putting this out there.

    1. Hi! Yes, although Tinycards is a good free alternative, it still has it’s problems. I could list a few of them:

      1. Decks created by users have mistakes. To avoid this, only use those decks created by Duolingo.

      2. Not all languages have the same amount of decks. But concerning Italian, there is quite a good number.

      3. Some state that Tinycards is no so entertaining as other options.

      But, as you have concluded, Tinycards remains a good free option. 🙂

  5. This is definitely a great way to learn Italian. I have made use of flashcards in the past. But I have never done it before using an app. I am really eager to see how this works and how fast it can help me to learn Italian. I have a new phone and I’ll download this as soon as possible.

    Is it actually for only Italian language or can it be used to learn other languages?

    1. Hi Jay! Yes, flashcards are really useful for learning the vocabulary of a language. And this app is really useful.

      Tinycards is not only for learning Italian vocabulary. It doesn’t have as much languages as Duolingo, but it has quite a few.

  6. Hello Henry, learning foreign languages can be a herculean task that calls for constant practice and perseverance.

    Reading through your site, makes that herculean task to look so simple with all the resources you recommend. I’m glad most of them are free.

    I like the captivating visuals in Tinycards. And I also like it has audio integrated for each new word we’re learning. And to top it all, it’s free.

    1. Hi! I’m glad there are so many free resources available out there to learn languages. And that’s also valid for Italian.

      TinyCards is a must. With the help of captivating visual (as you have described them), TinyCards will aid you greatly learning the basic vocabulary. 

  7. Duolingo has really put themselves as a leading language learning app. The addition of Tinycards will only but solidify their presence in this space.

    I like that Tinycards is free of ads. I couldn’t be able to concentrate in memorizing new vocabulary if those pop-up ads were springing up every 5 minutes. They are really annoying. 

    As for cons, I can’t really consider having other members publish their deck of cards a disadvantage. And if there is some negative point, Duolingo has sorted that out by uploading their own deckcards to guarantee we’re learning from the right source.

    1. Hi! Yes Duolingo was well established it’s presence in language learning apps.

      Giving Tinycards completely free is really great. Take advantage of it.

      Duolingo has plenty of their own cards on Tinycards so you’ll have a lot of vocabulary to learn. Always check the little green owl on the decks you use and you should be safe.

  8. I’m glad I found your site. I really like this cool tool. Flashcards have proven to be useful and having them for learning Italian will absolutely help me on a daily basis. I’m going to work on my vocabulary using these.  

    I like that the content on your site is easy to follow. Thanks!

    1. Hi Mark! You’re welcome.Yes, flashcards are really useful. Specially for learning vocabulary as you have said. Enjoy Tinycards! Keep well!

  9. I thought Duolingo only had the app but I was wrong. These flashcards are an excellent complement. It’s good to know the content on these cards is checked by Duolingo and is 100% accurate.

    Thank you for sharing the benefits that these little cards can offer. I must admit I wasn’t very convinced before I read your article. But I now do understand how they can help us learning Italian.

    1. Hi Josie! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, having trustful information on the cards is important. And these cards can aid us learning vocabulary. They can complement your Duolingo course as you have said.

  10. In my book Duolingo Tinycards is a game changer. The cons only seem to be an advise on what ought not to be done. All the rest are pros.

    Also, with the massive list of Tinycards provided there is no need to go searching other cards outside those that have the Duolingo label.

    I definitely needed a tool like this. Learning Italian, and specially vocabulary, has always seemed like a very hard task to me. I wished I had found your post some months earlier, but it’s never late! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi RoDarrick! I’m glad you found a tool like this useful. It will indeed help you learning vocabulary! I wish you all the best learning Italian!

  11. Loved this informative article about Tinycards by Duolingo. These flashcards for learning languages are so cool! I lived in Italy for one year while I was studying abroad for college years ago. I loved the language but without being immersed in it, I have lost a lot of the language skills I had. I have been wanting to take Italian at our local community college to brush up on the language but with a young 7-year old son I have been unable to attend. So, I started looking at alternatives and came across your site. I love all the information you have about learning Italian, you are a true resource. I love the idea of using flash cards to practice my vocabulary at my own pace and when it fits into my schedule. This is brilliant, and just what I have been searching for. Thank you for letting me know about this nice educational tool. I intend to sign up right away and get practicing. Thanks again, Ciao!

    1. Ciao, ciao! I’m glad you found a useful tool that will aid you brushing up your Italian skills. And it’s also fun to refresh all this vocabulary! 🙂

  12. Tinycards by Duolingo is incredibly useful. Our experience with it on a recent vacation to Italy, as we prepared to learn some of the vocabulary was fantastic. We learned a great deal of words between the two of us and the confidence it gave us was a real life saver. Tinycards is by far, the best language learning app we have used.

    1. Hi Tim! I glad you have used this app. And yes, it really helps us learning vocabulary. I also advice you to try Duolingo. Have you used Duolingo? Give it a try, it’s free.

  13. Thank you for your review on Tinycards by Duolingo. I have been using Duolingo for 3 months now and I am happy with it. I am currently learning Japanese on it. There are some glitches with the pronunciation on some words and sentences in Japanese, I wonder if Italian has the same problem.

    For free flashcards with no ads, you cannot beat that. Thanks for the recommendation again. I will try Tinycards, hopefully I can accomplish as many as you. 🙂

  14. Great article! TinyCards seems like such a great tool to learn languages. I remember my brother using flashcards all the time to study for his tests. And I understand it’s super efficient. The fact that you can use it for free is intriguing too because a lot of the time, having a price tag attached to things is a major deterrent for using a product. Thanks for this suggestion!

    1. Hi Kohl! You’re most welcome. Yes, flashcards can efficiently help us learn new vocabulary. And TinyCards is free so it’s a no-brainer for anybody that’s learning Italian. I wish you all the best as you progress with your lessons.

  15. Hello! I’m impressed with all the decks created by Duolingo, available on this site. I scrolled and scrolled down and the list seemed to be endless. I’ll be careful to only use them because of the warning you have us.

    TinyCards seems a great tool to use combined with Duolingo. I’ll be using them both. Thank you very much!

    1. Yes, Duolingo has created a lot of decks in TinyCards. Using both, Duolingo and TinyCards would be a great combination.

  16. Hello Henry. Thank you for sharing this post about TinyCards. I love this idea of using flashcards for learning languages. What even makes it more interesting is we can use them to learning absolutely anything.  We all know that our memories easily absorb information in visual form. Continuous memorization also makes data stick to our brains. These two combined are a game changer.

  17. I see people using physical flashcards to learn languages. I was following a YouTube channel were there is this language course for kids and the teacher brought out some flash cards and it was really fun. So I thought “There must be digital flash cards”. And voila, here they are!

    I’ll check them out. Thanks for sharing details on which decks to use.

    1. Hey there,

      Good you’re interested in using flash cards. You’re most welcome. Have a nice time learning new vocabulary with Duolingo’s Tinycards.

  18. Flashcards have always been a bit boring to me. But I also know they are effective.

    So I was first using something called “Anki” and it was nice but I wanted something a bit more illustrated and I think I have found it. I’m very visual, and these pictures are nice and warming. They make you want to study.

    1. Hi! I have also used Anki. Yeah it’s a good free open-source flashcard program. I’d also recommend it. But yeah, Tinycards by Duolingo are a bit more pleasing to the eye

  19. Hi,

    The pros and cons you shared are very helpful. Nowadays we all know that all the products come with upsells. Even before reaching the member’s area, they bombard us with upsell after upsell (one-time offers). I am really surprised and amazed to know that there are no upsells and no premium membership.

    I’ll definitely check out Tinycards by Duolingo. I have nothing to lose. Thanks a lot for the informative and in-depth article. I appreciated the suggestion about watching out which decks we use.

    1. Hi Paul,

      yeah, nothing beats free. And this is a platform of good quality. You do well in checking it out. Only be careful about the decks.

      All the best Paul, as you learn new vocabulary.

  20. Flashcards are a great way to learn and have fun doing so. I used them a lot with my own children and we treated them like a game. I was pleased to hear that the Tinycards are completely free to use which is a real bonus and being digital is awesome too! I will try these with my grandkids, it will be a fun activity to do with them! Thanks again for the article.

    1. Hi Rina, I am glad to hear you would like to use Tinycards to play with your grandchildren. Have a nice time together.

  21. Hi Jonathan, I have been contemplating learning French, and possibly Spanish. Your post about Flash Cards assisting with your language studies has piqued my interest even further. Your explanation of this method of learning languages was easy to follow and quite in-depth. I feel sure that anyone following your advice will be successful.

    1. Hi Jenni,

      thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. I wish you enjoy using these digital flash cards.

  22. This is such a great article! Thanks for sharing. My fiance is using Duolingo to learn Japanese and I have thought about doing the same thing so I just told him about Tinycards. He seemed very interested in it, especially since it’s free and a nice companion app to Duolingo. I shall be downloading it myself as well once I get into using Duolingo to help me with my own skills.

  23. When I was younger I played with flashcards. They are great for memorizing and learning new stuff. I must say I never used them, back then, to learn vocabulary in a language. However, I have heard about Duolingo for quite a long time and would like to try it and this additional flashcard program supported also by them.

  24. Thanks for sharing these Tinycards, they seem like a great idea.

    Seeing, hearing and reading all put together is definitely the optimum way to learn and remember new information.

    I agree that it won’t teach you the language, but it definitely will help to learn some words and to be able to revise words.

    I think that this is a great addition to the whole language course.

  25. I have heard of Duolingo but not tiny cards. 

    Such a good idea to combine the language app with the Tiny cards for greater effect and benefits. I imagine that the learning is easier and faster with this double-barreled approach to learning a new language.

    I found this to be an interesting and informative article, thank you.

  26. Hey, what a fantastic resource. I thought I would give it a go.

    I have been learning Latin on and off in recent years. So I tried it for 10 minutes of lessons using Tinycards. My conclusion was it’s an excellent tool!

    I’ve learned many languages, mostly under my own steam using different books and methods. Sometimes using audiotapes (in the days of audiotapes) and more recently online tools. One of the cornerstones of my approach has been to do things differently each time. That would often mean using a different book.

    Another technique I would adopt was to learn a language from one of my other languages. So for example, I have a number of textbooks on Chinese in French.

    So, after I have tried TinyCards, I’ll start using it as one of my tools. Thanks for introducing me to Tinycards.

    Best regards, Andy

    1. Hey Andy,

      thanks for sharing your experience learning languages, with these different approaches. Yes, I know they are effective. Especially the one that involves listening. Glad to hear you’ll incorporate TinyCards as one of your tools.

  27. Hi, Henry! 

    Generally speaking, learning a foreign language is difficult, but it is also interesting.

    I traveled to Italy twice and knew hardly any Italian.

    So I would like to acquire some vocabulary and Tinycards seems perfect to help me with that. I’ll give it a try! Thank you for this post.

  28. This is a really comprehensive review of Tinycards. And, through it, we get to learn a bit also about Duolingo. I cannot believe you have mentioned way more than ten groups of Tinycards from Duolingo, it’s helpful! Lots of people would be interested in learning a language like this, but very few would get to the information by themselves.

  29.  I was using Duolingo to learn Greek and noticed these flash cards. Are they new? Anyway, they help the learning process well, especially since there is an audio button, and even after hearing the pronunciation once you can repeat it as often as you need to. 

    I am not learning Italian yet, I am still focusing on Greek. My knowledge of Italian is intermediate, and at some point I would like to take a course to brush it up again. 

  30. Tinycards by Duolingo seems to be a good app. I landed on your site searching for a course to learn Spanish. I will give the Innovative Language platform a try. And since this app helps us with vocabulary and it’s free, I will use it too.
    Thank you for your helpful suggestions.

    1. The Innovative Language platform has good courses. And Tinycards by Duolingo can help you improve your vocabulary. There is nothing to lose. It is a good flashcard app, and it’s free.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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