What methods or ways do you learn other than Duolingo?
Although Duolingo is great! It will not help you learn absolutely best. For example, I watch (more listen) commentary type YouTube videos in German to get a sense of the sound and pronunciation. I also read magazines and booklets I find in German with the help of a dictionary, (kids books seem to help most). I am also lucky to have a few German friends who help me every once-in-a-while. So, what things do you do to improve your studying?
SPEAK SPEAK AND MORE SPEAKING! Find some chat rooms where you can speak with Germans. You will make mistakes, but that's okay. That's part of the learning process.
I use the flashcard memorisation software Anki for vocabulary. I add new words that I've had to look up every other day. http://ankisrs.net/
I listen to music in german and sometimes translate the lyrics.
I watch Tatort streamed online at ( http://www.daserste.de/ ) almost every week even though I'm not a big fan of crime series.
I also watched the tv-series Weissensee when it aired recently and quite enjoyed it. It improved my DDR vocabulary and I learned new words such as: Datsche, Genosse, Spitzel and Wanze.
I'd be happy to get recommendations of other worthwhile things to watch online on Das Erste.
I've read children's books and books for young adults. I would recommend books about Willi Wiberg for those that want to begin with something easy in german.
On Youtube I watch "Get Germanized" and "Deutsch für Euch":
all those look very similar to duo.
I began learning with rosetta stone, but I lost my password, and every time i click "forgot my password" it would say server timed out or something :P. any way, i think i might try these! thanks!
I've used Pimsleur, Michel Thomas, Roseta Stone, many youtube channels for different languages and videos (news, TV broadcasts, documentaries, movies, anime etc.) Youtube used to be a great place to learn by meeting new people, writing and reading comments but it's finished now... I also like many traditional self teaching texbooks though I avoid silly stuff like "Learn Japanese in 30 days/lessons/30minutes a day". If you want to master a language is like to loose weight: no miraculous diet but you exercise and work hard ;-) My flat is full of dictionnaries, grammar and vocabulary books, not to forget more specialized vocab lists and idiomatic expressions. Reading (aloud if possible) is great for both vocabulary and pronunciation, especially when reading and listening to the audiobook simultanously but anything is fine: press, magazines, leaflets. Then listening to songs, studying lyrics, singing, I recommend karaoke, it's fun! And, of course, one has to practice speaking. Finding native speakers is quite easy nowadays with so many meet-up groups, language exchange websites, Skype etc. Tests, exams and certificates are very efficient if you want to be motivated and to keep studying. My favorite and most efficient educational tool when learning a language is travelling alone :-) There are still countries where people don't speak English (what a relief :-) so the only way is to practice their language.
watch tv shows that i usually watch, but in spanish spanish music, & follow spanish celebrities on twitter :)
Mostly books. I started off by reading "How To Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and on Your Own" by Barry Farber. It was mostly "inspirational" and I didn't learn anything earth-shattering from it, but it was still a useful read to point me in the right direction.
I spent hours online researching the best books to learn Spanish from. One of them is "Practical Spanish Grammar: A Self-Teaching Guide" by Prado. It's deceptively short. It is taking me quite a while to work through.
For pronunciation, I am relying on Pimsleur from the local library. I'm not learning much grammar or new words, but I think I have the pronunciation nailed down pretty well.
I have not advanced to the point of listening to Spanish radio or TV. When Spanish people speak, they often run words together and it makes it hard to understand for a beginner like me. With the Pimsleur material, I am able to catch when they "run words together" because the enunciation is so clear. So this is prepping me for the "real world" where speakers don't always speak so clearly.
I also bought a copy of the unabridged Collins Spanish-English dictionary.
Now I'm here on Duolingo and tested at level 8 on my first day!
I found "Practical Spanish Grammar: A Self-Teaching Guide". by Prado, at my local library a few months ago. I agree with you, nortino, it's an excellent introduction to Spanish.
I learn English, though I didn't learn any here, since I made the placement test and ended up with all the skills finished, in an English school near my house, by watching videos, and I have my tumblr totally in English (I refuse to answer or write anything in Spanish). I learn Italian at school, and liked some Italian pages in Facebook. I learn Portuguese, other that through Duo, by entering to a chat room from Brazil, and by paying a lot of atention to native speakers each time I'm in Brazil.
I don't know if you want flashcards, but Brainscape is a really good website for flashcards. You can buy the German flashcards or make your own. I believe that you can also add audio to them.