FREE language? This is how the world should be.
I kept waiting for ads or asking for donations. NOTHING. I started to get suspicious. Then I went to the About page and the method of revenue generation is GENIUS.
I'm so happy I was pointed to this site. I've been wanting to learn Spanish so badly for so long but it's virtually impossible to do alone if you don't know anyone who's bilingual. Now I can finally be bilingual myself.
Also, it's REALLY fun. I have to admit the sound effects are what keep me playing. I like getting scores for things. And HEARING it in Spanish is the biggest help of all.
When they first introduced the sound effects, I thought I would be very annoyed and considered muting them. I'm very glad that I didn't; hearing the correct or incorrect sound after answering a question is addicting. I think it helps reinforce learning a lot.
Agreed! Even the Sad Owl Sound. It makes it seem like playing a videogame. Once I get through Spanish I'm moving on to French. Ideally I'd like to be decently fluent in both within a few years.
If I didn't know about Duolingo, I would call you crazy for that last statement. With Duolingo, that's entirely possible!
I know! I'm already doing WAY better in Spanish than I was with two semesters in college!
It DOES require a bit of outside research to get some of the specifics down, but that's pretty standard.
I tried doing French and Spanish at the same time and it got hard for me. So I'm learning Spanish and after that do French.
Then you might start getting them confused with each other. :D For me, I just want to stick with one until I'm good with it, that way I can really devote myself to learning it well.
I was afraid it would happen to me, but if I, say, learn French for an hour, take a coffee break and then come back for an hour of Spanish, it's fine. The French and Spanish grammars are so different it's hard to mix them up, but I imagine it would be a lot harder with Spanish and Portuguese. (Then again, I'm doing this to myself on purpose. Not being able to switch between languages fast enough has always been a problem for me.)
That's great it's been working out for you! I guess everyone is different and there is no one method that fits all as best.
By the way, I saw on your profile that you need to get to a certain level in Spanish in order to get into the college you want. Last month, DuoLingo had me take a real college placement exam for Spanish (as part of their collecting data I guess). It was from WebCape, which many colleges use, and for the score I got, they said it would place me into a 4th semester course or higher at many colleges! I had only been doing Spanish on here for about 3 and a half months, and the only Spanish I had done before this was a couple years ago with RosetaStone and whatever I learned with that, I had already relearned over here. So this DuoLingo really works! :)
When I first found this site, it took ten minutes of googling to convince me it wasn't a fraud.
YES! That was exactly my thought! I was like, "No freakin' WAY lessons this good come free.
Not to mention free language with built in, inclusive awesomeness :D (Not perfect, but still leaps ahead of many!!) Spanish text reads: "Despues de decier eso, se fue con su esposa." su is gender neutral for your/his/her/its. Esposa is feminine for woman spouse. English test reads: "After saying that, she left with her spouse/wife." <--- DL let's me do this :D
DL thinks up every sentence that is accepted as correct because they have to input it. In other words, the first person to write the sentence above, was a DL staffer. And, unlike us everday users who only see a down vote, staff sees who gave the down vote. You aren't invisible and I'm betting that at least one DL staffer is LGBTQ identified because of population percentages. ^_~
It's even better then Rosetta Stone :) Especially that Duolingo is free :D It makes it easier to learn.
I have Rosetta Stone and I completely agree. I have stuck with duolingo far longer than I did with Rosetta Stone. It is way more fun!
Yeah even though I'm not sure Duolingo is actually profitable at this point (I think they get all their money from donations), I think the best thing is that it can be seen as an investment by the donors into the community. The value of having tons of bilingual (or greater) people is huge.
Duolingo does not charge students to learn a language. Instead, it employs a crowd sourced business model, where members of the public are invited to translate content and vote on translations. The content comes from organizations that pay Duolingo to translate it. Documents can be added to Duolingo for translation with an upload account which must be applied for.
My high school has THE WORST language learning program. They seriously must have tried to find one that bad. It is called 'power speak' and its online as well (though the school does have to pay for it). Nobody actually learns from it. People just do it at home when they can use google translate. I actually wanted to learn spanish (I live in Texas, its a good skill to have) so I tried rocket languages, which works, but it costs eventually. Duolingo, though, is SO FUN. Its more of a game than learning. I play it on my phone. Thats right. PLAY- and I learned more in duolingo in one day than almost a semester of power speak. Even though it is free, I would totally pay for it. Wish they did a school credit thing :/ oh well I'll just use both. It actually makes me want to learn french when I'm done. Maybe German, too.
cheers, mate. welcome to Duolingo :)
just like you, beside the cute sound, I was thinking this website would ask for subscription to continue. but nope. Duolingo is at its best.
I love duoligo!! My job paid for a temp subscription to Rosetta Stone.. but it was not enough time to learn... this is just as good, if not BETTER... thanks soooo much!! I have improved my basic Spanish understanding a million times and I am getting better every day!!
Nothing in life is free! Though in certain things, like language learning, maybe it should be that way! I don't know what you mean by "sound effects", but if you mean the computerized voices that speak the voices here, I think that is a major weakness with Duolingo. I hope they move on to real human voices when it comes to the speaking parts.
I would guess the 'sound effects' that people are referring to are the 'dings' for right answers, and other such sounds.
I agree that recorded human voices, by (crowdsourced?) native speakers would be an improvement. It's the sort of thing I imagine will likely be introduced at some point, though probably not any time soon.
Sometimes my computer freaks out and mutes the sounds and I'm like NNOOOO GIMME MY DINGY SOUND!!!! As pokemon would say, it's super effective.
I really agree with all this. I had the same story with French thank god I found duolingo. the best is that you learn valuable information for FREE
yes I agree Duoligo is amazing, not to mention the sound effects. I joined just today!
I agree I love this site! I am so glad it's free. I've spent so much money on language learning and I wish I would have found this. I really believe people should have free access to education like this. It's really wonderful. :D
It's better than my college courses! I learned more in the first week than I did in two semesters.
Sounds highly familar! Only after leaving school I learnt much of what I now know about French. It’s a miracle I can read like everything in my main languages French and Russian, even though classes at school and university had mostly been useless. So I learnt langs not thanks to classes but despite them. My active skills are still extremely lacking but Duolingo keeps reminding me of the fact that we have to do something everyday. :)
I am the same! I felt like I barely knew anything after a semester in Spanish (I did so poorly, I didn't even think about Spanish 2). I have done just about as much in the 10 week class as I have learned in like 2 weeks on duo and I feel like I am retaining it a bit better. My mom just asked me if I actually am retaining anything and just spouted off a bunch of sentences.
I remark the profoundly well aimed technology behind this site...
It's very easy to learn even if you don't know anything about a language !
I like you am happy to have this ssite. I have always wanted to learn Spainish and be bi ligual
It's really a nice tool to learn a new language without a tutor. I am really thrilled to learn German language and able to show some progress by learning with this tool. Keep up the good work.
Great crowdsourcing concept and very user friendly learning tool. I'm using Duolingo to complement my Spanish and Italian lessons and find it well-structured and intuitive. Thanks Duolingo team! :)
I am getting my articles translated into English in BULK. That too free of cost!!!
Yah i like duolingo alot i
m homeschooled and love learning new languages im focussing on spanish right now.
I agree... I have spent £300 + on German classes/ books etc... and in two years I'm still at a basic level !... but in just three days of using this site my vocabulary has improved greatly.... I'm finally starting to understand der, die, das... AND Its made me start learning Spanish ! Its the only site I have tried so far that has actually kept my interest too... I actually replaced sleeping for this on the first night because I was so keen to keep getting coins, lol Typically its the site that deserves money that hasn't asked me for any !!! Its definitely the best site I've ever tried.
I found that the method they use is really similar to rosetta stone...which is really one of the bests for learning a new language faster...
I love Duolingo - It is one of the great tools in the Language-Enthusiast arsenal. It helps my grammar a great deal. I great really cranky when I am out of reach and I lose my streak points....But it is oh-so-motivating.
I completely agree! If language in school is free, why should you pay to get extra help or advance on skills?