Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. Best of all, it's 100% free!

https://www.duolingo.com/_.3superman3._

quality of site

wanting to know what people think about the quality of the site, it it is worth using if you want to speak fluent.

2 years ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/StandWithRand

The quality of the material the site teaches is high, however do realize that Duolingo will not make you fluent in a language. Not even close. For that you will need outside sources. Duolingo is a free way to gain a little language knowledge. The amount it teaches is increasing though, so eventually it may be able to help you achieve fluency.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Faton444

It's more than great but I always suggest to people to combine it with other sites and do other stuff like Watch movies,listen to songs,read books(in the language you're trying to learn).I'd also like to recommend you Michel Thomas' course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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I'm don't agree with those who say that "Duolingo doesn't get you even close to fluency". It is true that when you finish your tree you won't be completely fluent, but it really does get you close. When you've finished your tree you'll know the main important aspects of the language -- of course there will be words and phrases and idioms that you won't understand, but there always will be no matter how fluent you are.

Duolingo does more than "a little knowledge", it does a pretty decent amount. If you want to achieve complete fluency, I would recommend that you read a dictionary, books, newspapers, etc in that language. Also, if you can find a fluent French speaker to talk with, that can be a super big help. If you combine reading and speaking with what Duolingo teaches, you will be able to achieve fluency.

Let me know if you have any questions...Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lelieblad

It depends on what you call 'fluent', really. I consider fluency to be C1 or C2 of the levels described http://www.examenglish.com/CEFR/cefr.php here.

I'd say Duolingo can get you to B1, maybe B2 (note: C is better than B), but only if you really use it to its fullest extent, like say writing down words that you have trouble with, reading newspapers and such, and talking to fluent speakers of the language.

So I'd be one of those who'd say that Duolingo alone doesn't get you even close to fluency, but if you're doing Duolingo alone for a language for several months, I don't think you're learning as much as you could be.

Duolingo not getting you near true fluency doesn't mean that it's not a great learning tool. It's great, but if you want to rely on it alone to get to be almost fluent you're going to be disappointed.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

I think Duo can get you to intermediate level by itself (B1 or B2) but it isn't designed for complete fluency. There aren't enough lessons and enough words one learns and the speaking/listening exercises aren't robust enough for true fluency -- TTS only works so well and a computer analysis of speech patterns isn't as accurate as a human checking your speech and pronunciation.

Duo does an exellent job in getting a person to intermediate by itself and someone could probably navigate their way around a setting in their target language without too much difficulty, but it isn't going to get someone to full fluency. If one wants to become truly fluent, one would need to supplement with additional vocabulary and human speakers to converse with (and/or a teacher to assist in such matters).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoColts6
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It's good. I learned a ton from it. Happy learning!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7
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Yes, coupled with other resources. My favorite is watching films and reading in other languages. Of course when you're watching South Park en Espanol it is easy to just drift off in bliss lol....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Urgent-Sponge

Language software can help a person get to the point where an individual is fluent enough to really benefit from conversation and media.

Re: Language software options:

There are a LOT of software options out there. I have personally tried about 15 or so. I am new here but already I can tell that of the software I have tried duoLingo is my favorite. My second favorite is memrise.com. Both of these options are free but even if I had to pay Rosetta Stone prices these would be my first and second choices.

In my opinion what sets duoLingo apart is the friendly competitive gaming aspect of the software which really helps with motivation. Also the people on this site have developed their own methods of encouraging each other via competitions and challenges, which appears to be unique to duoLingo.

I hope this is helpful.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_.3superman3._

thank you HelenDunn1 and StandwithRand

2 years ago