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Does this really work? Thumbs up if it does thumbs down if not.

Bonjour je m'appelle Rachel; Hello my name is Rachel, I just started and i was wondering if anyone here has been here for a long while and knows a language perfectly or really good. Please thumb sup if this has worked for you and thumbs down if you been here for a while (three months or more,) and you haven't learned anything, or barely anything. Thank you!

January 15, 2016



You will not learn the language perfectly through just using Duolingo. To become a fluent speaker you should be fully immersed in the environment of whatever language you are studying. However! Duolingo will take you to a conversational level by the time you've finished the tree :)


Totally and completely agree. I'm amazed that I can string a few sentences now, and have a conversation in my own head though (haha). I still can't decipher spoken French though, and that's what I'm working on, day by day. Thank God I have two French-speaking friends who try to help me as much as they can!


I took spanish in school and it was okay, but as a stay at home mom, this is the very best way for me to continue learning a language I love. I can't afford to and don't have the time to go back to school right now and so I love that I'm actually progressing and learning so much in Spanish. I'm speaking it to my children and my 13 mth old asked me for an orange today in spanish! It's a wonderful tool and I encourage you to give it a try if you really want to learn another language.


that's great! they might be interested to hear that in the stories from duolingo discussion too https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12912609


I have a similar story. I took Spanish in school and studied over the years when I could, but I have found Duolingo to be a wonderful way to recall and really solidify what I have learned. It is also a great example for the kids and I'm happy to say both have surpassed me (one now in college and one still in high school). I'm about to start Grand Hotel in Spanish on Netflix.


It works, but to really learn it and keep it, it takes 70-80 xps a day. I set it to 30 xps and do that new, and then do 40 - 50 xps of practice. Keeps everything gold and clear in your head.


oh man thats a really good strategy


Hey, if you wanna learn French, finish your french tree and then start watching some videos of youtubers that speak french. That is how i learnt French. :)


Hey can you give some french youtubers :) Merci!


Yeah!!! here they are: Norman Cyprien Les cliches de jigme


Duolingo will help you as much as the effort you put in. But it is not the best to learn how to speak. After you finish your tree, you should be very good at reading, good enough at writing, passable at listening and you may make a fool of yourself if you try to speak (but, it would still be worth it, you can't learn to speak if you don't try, and you will make mistakes, like it of not).

Duolingo does make it easy and enjoyable to put that extra effort, though. It makes it look like a game instead of hard work, it's also addictive, so there's that.

I encourage you to read the tips and notes at the beginning of each skill (available only on the website, unfortunately) and to read the comment section associated to each sentence that isn't perfectly clear for you. If you want to ask a question in the discussion of a sentence, please check if it has already been asked and answered before. But if it hasn't, go for it!

Also, don't abuse the report feature, you have no idea the amount of completely irrelevant reports we course contributors have to skim through on a daily basis. If you think your answer was right and should have been accepted, first check the comments to see if someone said it wasn't and why. But if you find nothing contradicting it, and you genuinely believe it was right, do report it, it's the reason the feature exists (and we don't check the discussions for each sentence all that often, so we might not see it if it's only a comment).


I'm one of those people who does not mind making a fool of myself in a foreign language! I prefer to try to travel to parts of countries where they don't speak much English either, as it evens things out a bit.


And you do well, anyone who has mastered a foreign language had to go through this. If you're not afraid to make mistakes (which is a very irrational fear anyway, almost no one makes fun of someone speaking a foreign language), you'll learn faster!


Thumbs up! 10 lingots for you!


Hi, Rachel. Nice to meet you. I think that Duolingo gives you a good advantage, because it won't bother you with boring grammar rules, but it starts with the real thing and it's free of charge.I'm doing German and French, languages that I already knew. I was lucky to live a while in Germany and to work there. But, as I didn't practice my German for ages, I had lost the ability to speak it the way I used too. Duolingo is helping me a lot,even if it has some mistakes in it. Anyway I am still grateful to it for having given me the chance to improve my German a lot within a week. About my French, it's another story. I studied it in the middle class, in high school and at uni. Yet, I didn't practice it, so I fogot a lot. Yet, it is gradually coming back . I Like French very much and I find it very easy to learn. Being an Italian has helped me a lot and having studied Latin at school has helped me a lot with German and having lived In Australia, has helped me with English. I'm feeling lucky to have lived around the world and met so many interesting people. Thanks to all of you for talking about yourselves. A big hug to all of you. Have a beautiful night, or afternoon or evening. Ciao


Wow. I am impressed! An Italian learning German and French and writing almost perfect English. Congratulations.


Thanks a lot for your well received compliments. I was also lucky to live everywhere in the world.Yet, at the moment I'm very committed to resurrect the languages, I once spoke fluently. By the way, your English is perfect, and as I assume that it isn't your mother tongue, it makes that incredible. My goodness ! ll these languages you are learning. It's really amazing. You've inspired me to take one more language. Spanish would do , because it's very similar to Italian. I will accept the challenge to to learn the language I don't know any thing about it.. So I will have to start from scratch. Thanks again. Have a nice day.


That is so funny, in a nice way. I am as English/Scottish as it is possible to be.! I had studied French before starting Duolingo but my Spanish is entirely via Duolingo from scratch. I have just started the BBC Spanish course which is excellent and actually making me speak the language as opposed to just reading and writing. Best of luck with your studies.


It works as long as you are consistent. Duolingo is good for learning vocab but I'd recommend doing extra outside practice, especially with verb conjugations. Also reviewing lessons is super effective in helping you get words in your long-term memory. Good luck!


Yes! But you have to be dedicated.

Maybe as a Canadian, I have a cultural advantage with regard to French, but I swear that I learned more French through a month of Duolingo than through six years of mandatory elementary school courses.

You have to be dedicated though. You have to read on your own time. That's why there's the immersion feature. But right now I'm reading Victor Hugo (with a dictionary though!), and I give the credit for my ability to do so to Duolingo.

You get what you put in, and it's not easy sometimes. But it's like growing wings.


Merci! Thank you to everyone who responded. It really helped.


It has really helped me learn french!!


Bonjour, je m'appelle Courtney! I just started using this sight today and I am really impressed with it so far. I agree with a lot of the comments I am seeing here, you have to practice a lot and really pay attention to each lesson to grasp the concept that is being taught. However with practice you should be able to get a good understanding of any language that you wish to learn.


It's really helped me in learning Irish ,Spanish,and French,the languages i really wanted to learn, and i thinki should know, since i've been using Duolingo for 5 or so months now, so i think i would reccomend you to give it a try,Rachel!


I'm trying duolingo and taking in person classes at the same time. They complement very well. Classes give me a little more theory and insights about the way some things work. Duolingo lets me practice in a fun and easy way.


The sentences and the way they translate things seem pretty choppy at times. I haven't really used Duolingo to learn a new language yet, instead I'm using it to brush up on my French. Once you get to a certain level, you forget the simple + early bits of a language. Overall though, Duolingo has done a great job helping me to refresh my French x


You must practice a lot to become fluent in a lanuage, but for the most part I think Duolingo works.


To become 100% fluent in French, a visit to France is not a bad idea as some of the other commenters have stated, you must be fully involved with the practice use of your language.


i have been here for almost 2 years. i know a lot but not everything. should i do thumbs up or thumbs down? by the way bonjour je m'appelle Kayla


The main problem with Duolingo is, that you are learning sentences without context. Yes Duolingo is a great way of learning the basic of a language. But to learn to speak you need to use other resources too. There are great language courses, which teach you to speak, with a entire Story. Currently I'm learning with such a course on CDs (German-French, 'Ècole Parisienne'). But there also such courses for English speakers. Maybe you have the fortune to know some people who speak French as there native language? Then speak with them.


I don't think you can learn a language only using Duolingo, but it's definitely a help. I've worked on learning two languages with Duolingo (French and Esperanto) and in both cases I eventually hit a wall, where it was difficult to progress any further and it became so frustrating that I needed to consult other resources to continue.

I already spoke French reasonably well when I came to Duolingo for review, but I still hit a wall where I got incredibly frustrated. I spoke no Esperanto when I started on Duolingo. Esperanto is possibly the easiest language to learn and teach yourself. If you could learn ANY language solely from Duolingo, Esperanto would be it. And yet I still eventually found it too difficult to move further without outside resources.

I don't think this is a reason to NOT use Duolingo, you should just start with the knowledge that Duolingo is a fantastic resource, but you're probably eventually going to supplement it with others once you get the basics down. Particularly with grammar, the immersion method Duolingo tries to use can get pretty frustrating unless you are actually immersed in the language, and hearing it constantly. De-contextualized and with occasional practice, you're going to eventually need to consult works on grammar to understand what is happening and why you keep making the errors that you do.

Memrise is one outside resource I've found helpful when Duolingo lessons seem to be progressing too quickly for me.


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