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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

One of our own made the news!

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Just caught this via Duolingo's Twitter

If you've always wanted to speak another language, or just want to understand your Spanish boyfriend, then you're in luck.

Thanks to the internet, it's become easier and easier to learn a new language - and you don't even have to pay a penny.

You can watch foreign films on Youtube or streaming sites, order books from every country in the world and chat online.

Millions of language learners now also use Duolingo , a free app which treats learning like a game. Practicing earns you points and unlocks new levels of vocabulary.

We asked one super user, Matthias, about his experience and what tips he has for beginners.

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Congratulations Matthias! :D

2 years ago

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Loopulk

The writer of this article turned a pond into a lake.

First of all, "this is his secret." Is there really a "secret?" Obviously not.

Second, he didn't teach "himself 4 languages." How is "some Italian," "almost conversational Espernato" and a "good chunk" of French three languages? When the average person hears that someone "learned a language," that person assumes that it can be spoken well enough to get by easily. This is not the case.

Shame on you, writer of the article. You really got some people's hopes up only to disappoint them and further discourage them. But hey, money is money.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Delta1212
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Most people, especially most people in the English-speaking world, have a terrible understanding of what it means to "speak" a language, because they often really only have any command over their native language and so assume that speaking a second or third language means having equal command over the language as compared with your native language.

The degrees to which one can speak a language don't really register properly.

Just because that is the assumption that most people make does not mean that it is a useful assumption, and in my experience, most dedicated language learners tend to hedge how much they can use a language by quite a bit because they are far more aware of those differences. It's never really a matter of either speaking it or not speaking, even with your native language. It's about levels of command.

At what level you can honestly say you "speak" a language is fairly difficult to pinpoint accurately and may depend a lot on subjective criteria that can vary between individuals.

Personally, I think that if, for example, I could hand you a newspaper article in a language and you can give me one or two sentences telling me what the basic thrust of the article is, then you have some basis for claiming to have some degree of command of the language, even if accomplishing that doesn't really require a very strong command.

Basically, if you can use it for anything more complicated/useful than saying your name or putting out similar very basic, largely memorized utility phrases, I'm willing to accept the description that you speak that language, especially when it comes from a third party and your own self-description is more qualified.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc
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Yes, you're right. But the impression I got from the article is that he went "beyond" Duolingo by using other fountains of learning. I'm sure he can probably hold a better conversation in those languages than many people who are level 15+ who only uses Duolingo and complain about the size of the trees. A lingot for you BTW.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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It's the Mirror, I can't say I'm surprised! ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flint72
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Unfortunately, the standard of journalism in the UK is appalling at best!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Number 3 of the language learning tips really got me:

Start reading!

"Check out your local library or the internet (a lot of books can be found as pdf downloads). Now here comes what might seem like a bizarre tip: don’t use a dictionary!"

"Instead, try to understand the word from its context. This might be incredibly hard in the beginning, but I promise it gets easier. You won’t forget the words, as you might if you just look them up. And don’t worry about getting it wrong as you’ll encounter the word again and correct your mistake."

Thanks for sharing the positive news of the day, Bunneh! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I looked around and was surprised that no one else had posted it. It had some really great tips as you've pointed out. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabzerbinatoEng
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Lingots For Stories was mentioned! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kdscavella
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Another thing I recently discovered is reading subtitles outloud while the show is playing. It helps your brain adjust to the speed of the language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ii5wh0ii5

Congrats!! Very inspirational and has now got me even more motivated!! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFlash
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Wow, that is great!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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Awesome!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Funky_Puppy

Super cool! I wonder how he feels, being famous... =)

2 years ago