Lingvist~an excellent website to learn French?
Im not really sure how popular this website is but I tried it for the first time today. Lingvist but it seems to be an excellent activity to combine with Duolingo for those learning French. https://lingvist.io/
It basically works in a similar way to Duolingo but unfortunately you only ever write one word instead of the whole sentence so it isn't too great when it come to grammar but as Duo does this well so I would say these learning tools complement each-other.
It uses real voice recordings and the pronunciation seems to be pretty spot-on and a big plus is that it teaches you words in frequency order!
Another big plus side is that the reading section is selected based on the words you know so you are guaranteed to read something suited to your ability.
Anyway, I think its worth checking out but it seems that in the future they will start charging for the use of the site so I'm hoping to finish it before they start charging :D
I gave it a shot, and it said that I was in the top 3% for their website! That's an ego boost for a struggling French learner! It estimated that I knew 612 words, and said that it would tailor lessons to my ability level. I'm going to give it a try and see how it works. Thanks for the info!
I spent some time on Lingvist, and they have a nice listening and reading section. They are grouped by level and have relevant topics. I also like the review piece for the words introduced to you. I would say that it is a great vocabulary builder with much higher quality listening opportunities, and it would be a great compliment to the more grammar heavy exercises on Duolingo. Merci beaucoup!
I'm just over half-way on Lingvist, and I like it. It's great for vocab, and also for practicing the verbs. Also hoping to get through it before they upgrade from beta and start charging ;-)
Another thing I like about them is that if you have a gripe, it's easy to send them a message and they always get back to you.
Just downloaded the app and ran through the test and intro. Some of the words it was asking of me were not the same words as I would have used from learning through Duo but that's a good thing - expanding vocabulary is always good.
I like it. I'll add it to my routine for a while and see how it fits with the other tools I use.
Yes, Duolingo does make us write complete sentences, but in our base language. We do very little writing in our target language. Duolingo basically teaches us to understand foreign language but to use our own language correctly as they were planning on monetising on our translations. But since that plan is gone, I don't see why we couldn't do most or even all exercises in out target language.
Duo's pedagogy is of questionable value. The lack of quality production of the target language is one of my pet peeves.
I recommend taking the reverse tree after you're finished with the one for the language you're learning. Since that has the same problem but in reverse, you will get to produce a lot more of your target language (and read the equvialent complaints of the other native speakers in the comments). And turn off the sound, because that means you'll avoid getting a lot of English listening exercises.
The drawback is that, just like we're not always asked to produce the most idiomatic English, the target language is also not always the best. Comment threads help figure out where the biggest failures are.
Guys, here's what I ned to say about it. Yes, it works. I have tried that website for several weeks now and it seems great how quickly you learn the words and grammar of the language.
HOWEVER, Lingvist.io has made it abundantly clear that they are not going to remain a free website. This is only a beta testing to promote others to join the website; they will begin charging after they officially launch the site.