For anyone thats interested, my friends and i have started a blog for a university project. Although the blog is not dedicated to Duolingo in particular, we are facinated by Duolingo and how it has managed to achieve such a loyal and loving fan base so we will be dedicating a number of posts to Duo!
I am also writing my final year dissertation on Duolingo and although its in its early stages, the assignment will be focusing on the alteristic nature of Duolingo (how it benefits society and people), but i will also be investigating the negative effects it can cause. To do this i want to engage with the Duolingo community (which i know and love) and use feedback to form my research!
You will all play an important part in my research!
If you are interested in the topic and would like to get involved could you leave a messege on our facebook or twitter page!
Any input you can provide will help me massively with my dissertation and will be thoroughly appreciated :) Thankyou very much!
our second post (our review):
Duo doesn't just claim, there is a research report to back up their claims that dedicated users, after 34 hours, could test out of 1st semester Spanish. No such claims have been made of the other languages ( yet ). I would say the claims are close. After 3 months I got into and am finishing up 3rd semester French, I have a solid B. The problems with a Duo education are pretty well documented in the discussions and they make no claim to become fluent with the tool alone.
That said I was able to go from virtually 0 to being able to read a lot in a very short time. I'm still having a lot of trouble speaking, but it's not bad considering my age, this is my first foreign language, and the fact that I've been at it only 30 weeks.
I don't know about altruism though, the founders have a goal of creating more bilinguals to power their next generation ( pay ) translation platform. I don't know of too many negative effects except for possibly those who get too caught up in all of it.
I am going to begin a Bachelor of Languages in February... I am very keen to see how my advancement through the French tree helps me with my French101 and 102 subjects.
Based on where you are in the tree, you could probably test out of 101, a few hours a day and you could probably test out of 102, but it would be a little rough. When entering 3rd semester french with 2/3 of the tree done ( 3 months of intensive Duo study ) my biggest weakness was understanding the teacher and being caught up with the vocab from the preferred textbook.
Thanks. That is where I am hoping to be at. I am aiming to complete the tree by the time 2nd semester begins. Duolingo is wonderful but it is not a complete package, I am hoping the Duolingo knowledge sets me up so that I gain a much greater insite as I work through the courses.
I would actually recommend not testing out of the tree, though it's more work to go straight through. Why pass up the opportunity to practice every skill?
I was not suggesting testing out of the tree, but testing out of the low level language courses as duo learning quickly surpasses what is taught in those low level classes.
Hey, yeah thankyou, i realised that after writing it and have been meaning to edit it. In terms of altruism. Theres a gtood TED video of Luis discussing the benefits. Such as availability to everyone, becuase languages previously were off limits to poorer people, due to the high cost of software like rosetta stone or person to eprson lessons. Which i think is great. One of the things im concerned about is such things as the translation of buzzfeed and CNN. CNN especially, spread alot of false information and bigoted opinions. Often even touching upon being discriminative and racist. So the ability for them to be able to spread their views across the world now (more cheaply) in my eyes is something that is quite worrying. Everyone translating CNN articles will also be exposed to these biased and persuading views. But this is my view, that i have developed after studying American media. I will be talking about this in my next article so if you're interested in getting involved try and follow our content :)
Thankyou for reading though and goodluck with your French!
But with more bilinguals and a cheap(er) platform of translation more content will be available to all. While CNN/Buzfeed might be the first to take regular advantage it seems like others should as well if it does what it claims.
Thanks for posting!! I enjoyed reading it..I am excited to see what you post next!! Duolingo is such a great community and I'm so happy to be apart of it..I am now finally be able to comprehend what I read in french and look forward to the moment when I can have my first conversation with somebody :)
Thankyou ljan for reading, i appreciate it. :) its great, the first ever conversation in another language. Especially if you get drunk. it all flows out a little more easily!
So true!!!!!! I was in Amsterdam after only 2 months of learning and I woke up one morning and my friends were like "Lauren!! What the..?! You were speaking so much french last night!!." Hahahah