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Learning a language from English instead of your native language

As a more or less bilingual person, I did the Italian tree from English due to the lack of one from German. However, since French is available in both, my plan is to study both simultaneously so I can create even more connections and hopefully recall everything better.

Now, I do wonder why you have to completely switch to the German version of duolingo if you plan on doing as I am. Obviously, it's entirely possible, but wouldn't it be easier if you simply had a list with all your courses like you do in the respective versions of duolingo?

I can't be the only one who's doing a language in English because there isn't a course for your native one, so I wonder, why have this hurdle in place unless it's to do with the way duolingo is set up. Just some input, and if anybody is doing the same thing I am and has any tips, I'm all ears!

2 years ago

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/GoColts6
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I think you should go on with doing it from English because you're pretty good at it already. In fact, if you hadn't said that you're native in German (right?) and not English, I would've thought you're a native English speaker. :) Happy learning! ;D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

Haha thanks, I would hope so after spending a year in the US ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoColts6
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Lol yeah. :) Good luck with English!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabzerbinatoEng
gabzerbinatoEng
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Originally I started studying languages from Portuguese, my native language. But due to the lack of languages from Portuguese, I created an account in English (hence the gabzerbinatoEng), and since then it became my main account. And I don't see any problems with this, as it's easier to type in English (no accents, conjugation, etc) and there are more available courses.

And by the way, there is a plugin(I'm not sure what it is) called Duolingo Course Switcher. It's a great relief for those who are taking courses from multiples languages: When hovering your flag icon, it shows a drop down menu of "From", where you'd find, for example, the American and German flags. Then by hovering each one of those flags, it gives you another menu for the courses you're taking from that language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

Ah thank you so much, that's really useful!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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Here is a course switcher userscript that makes it easier to switch between base languages. There is a little more information about duolingo userscripts here on the (unofficial, but still amazing) wiki.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

downloads userscript Thanks so much :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sonjakii
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I also had to choose English as my learning language due to the complete lack of Finnish study material (my native language) and very limited supply in Swedish (which I consider my second strongest language). It's actually funny that sometimes I learn more about English (grammar) than the other languages during the games which is bit weird :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Queen_of_Antiva

I have similar experience. If I were to stick to learning foreign languages only in my native language, the resources available for me would be very limited. Thanks to that not only do I learn a new language, but also gain some proficiency with English. It's a win/win situation ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DhH18
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i m learning norwegian in english too, bcs there isnt a course in german... i mean i can strenghten my english this way, but if I make faults because of my english and not because of my norwegian it s a bit annoying;) And yes, i like the idea of having the option to switch to courses in english, if they arent available in your native language, without needding to create a new profile in english

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

Yeah, making mistakes because of that does suck but I think it's really amazing that I am good enough at English to learn other languages via it. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DhH18
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ja das ist wirklich toll wenn d English perfekt beherrscht, dann kannst du andere Sprachen lernen und gleichzeitig Englisch trainieren.:) Aber wie du gesehen hast ist mein Englisch noch nicht so gut wie deines und dann kann das schon mal ein bisschen mühsam sein... Aber ich hab ja noch ein paar Schuljahre Zeit um mein Englisch so gut hinzubekommen wie du deines;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

Üben, üben, üben. Am Allerbesten wäre ein Auslandsaufenthalt wenn du dich das traust/dir leisten kannst bzw. willst, aber mit Büchern, Youtube, und Fernsehen bringt man auch viel weiter, und die Ressourcen sind ja im Gegensatz zu anderen Sprachen auch leicht zu bekommen. Lass dich nicht entmutigen, bis zum Abitur/der Matura wird das sicher ganz super :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Texangymnast

Wow! You're English is very good! I would just keep on doing what you are doing, unless you have some problems with it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/giorgo2

Hallo ! Ich komme aus Griechenland und Griechisch ist meine Muttersprache . Deshalb lerne ich Spanisch und Russisch aus Englisch , wie Sie mit Italienisch machen. Ich glaube , dass es besser ist , weil ich die Gelegenheit habe , meine Englischkenntinse zu ueben und gleichzeitig andere Sprachen zu lernen ! So fuer mich ist es nicht so ein grossartiges Problem .

Entschuldigung , falls ich einige Fehler gemacht habe . Ich habe bemerkt , dass Sie Deutsch sprechen und dachte , dass es eine schoene Chance mein Deutsch zu ueben ist.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

Ihr Deutsch ist sehr gut! Da Deutsch eine ausgesprochen schwere Sprache ist, wundert es mich immer, wenn jemand meine Muttersprache so gut beherrscht. Mein Griechisch beschränkt sich leider auf "Kalimera" und "Moussaka" ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/giorgo2

Ich glaube ,dass, das Deutsch eine sehr schoene Sprache ist und es ist auf keinen Fall sehr schwierig zu lernen. Ich hatte meine Eltern einen privat Lehrer gebeten zu mieten, sodass ich Deutsch lernen koennte , denn in der Merheit der griechischen Schulen gibt es leider keinen Deutschlehrer und die Kinder lernen immer Englisch und Franzoesisch nur eigentlich :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

Schön auf jeden Fall, aber leicht würde ich nicht sagen! Es ist auch (weltweit gesehen) eigentlich keine besonders nützliche Sprache, aber es schadet ja nie Dinge zu lernen. Noch viel Glück auf jeden Fall :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/giorgo2

Vielen Dank ! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj
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A good way to get around this is using Duotweak, which is a userscript. This adds lots of things to Duolingo, one of which allows you to select a course that is from a different language in the dropdown menu. If you need instructions on how to install, contact me on my stream, where I would be happy to help!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duedeluee

My native language is also German~Hallo I prefer learning in English since there are more resources. I'm learning Korean and there are only (good) websites in English. For Duolingo, the tree xy for German speaker doesn't really teach grammar. It's just remembering vocabulary.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UweRo
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I would propose to do the Italian-French course. Both languages are so similar, one can learn a lot with having one in the right and the other in the left ear. I went the other way. English-French, now French-Italian. Besides, I am german too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

Oh yeah, that's a really good idea, I honestly hadn't thought of that! I think I will do this for Spanish and Italian though, as I'm really only at the beginning for French.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I'm a native English speaker and recently I decided to learn Catalan in Spanish because I want to learn Catalan but they don't have it in English. It is very hard, but I think learning a new language from another non-native language should be encouraged, because it will strengthen your skills in both languages. It seems that you're doing a great job so far! I would have guessed you were a native English speaker from the way you write, keep up the good work. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scheherezade97

Thanks so much! I definitely think you can benefit a lot if you learn that way, but it's also fairly time consuming if you connect all your languages. However, I would think that all of them being connected (as in, literal neural connections) should be a pretty big advantage. I would love to read some academic studies on this if they exist.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kirouo

I entered duolingo and there was no german for Arabians so I learnt ferman for english and now I practice two languages instead of 1 :) . Good luck with your courses :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyAspeslagh

English is my second language and the only problems I got while learning swedish was chief tenses, the only thing I (know of that I) occasionally get wrong

e.g. I wrote "payed" instead of "paid or "send" instead of "sent". I didnt have a problem other than that

2 years ago