I love this program overall. My issue is that it displays the Russian terms in the Latin alphabet, rather than the Cyrillic. It is very difficult to know what sort of errors I am making when I never get to see the finished Cyrillic product unless and until I have it at least nearly perfect.
Hi! Sorry for the offtopic, but...I was just impressed by your level of languages studied and mostly by the number of days on strike:) Besides willing to thank you for such an amazing motivation:) I wanted to ask - where does reaching these levels in the language get you? Can you really communicate / read/ write - whatever?:)
Thanks! Off topic is fine. :) I am trying to achieve more fluency and this is really helping me to keep those expressions, verbs, and everything else in my memory banks. The daily practice really makes a difference. I try to use the computer at work more than the app at home, but both work well. I can read Russian pretty well, and thanks to this, I now understand more of the words. I'm only about halfway through the course, so we shall see at the end!
Wow! But what bout other languages?) Btw, I am native in Russian (though some say I have a slight accept - probably cause I didn't live there for a while) so if you need any help or speaking practice - feel free:) Удачи!!
Спасибо! I'm sure that it works about the same in any language. I have not tried others, as I am focused on the Russian right now. I have a friend who was using the French and recommended the program to me. What languages are you trying to learn?
Well, I am currently living in Sweden, so concentrating on Swedish. But I have a bunch of forgotten and "underlearnt" languages like French, Spanish, Italian, German...so I guess I am with Duolingo for quite a while:)) What's your reason to learn Russian btw?:)
I can't reply to you, so I'm replying here and hoping that you see it. I want to learn Russian because it is part of my heritage and I have been there and hope to return someday. As for the "underlearnt" ones, this site is good for whole language, but you might try some other ones for actually drilling grammar. I use quizlet for my class, but that can be a lot of just vocab too. I know that for my sets I made grammar flashcards as well though, so you can search for senoritagoodman (all one word) if you want some Spanish grammar!
You're welcome, and thank you for such a nice note.
. . . where does reaching these levels in the language get you? Can you really communicate / read/ write - whatever?:)
Actually, I can't really give you a good answer. All the languages I am studying here, w/ the exception of Italian, were familiar to me before starting here on Duo.
I could already read Russian and French well enough to read popular literature w/ enjoyment, and Spanish I'd "studied" (= sat through classes in school) and so had a decent grounding in it, plus I could read Latin (and French, as I mentioned), a real boost to learning Spanish.
Duo seemed a good introduction to Italian but I've dropped it for now, as the family member who thought he wanted to learn it has given the idea up, and I'm concentrating on Spanish.
However, this blog post of olimo's expresses very well what I feel about Duolingo's effectiveness. She has another post (also in English) later in the blog about Duo, in addition. (All of her blog posts are very interesting, Russian or English.) It seems to me that for someone w/ the right attitude, Duo is great for starting to learn a language, and for anyone who has already learned another foreign language it's super.
And pretty much I agree w/ what guiri78 wrote below, too, about daily practice and trying to achieve more fluency, except I only use the website version of Duo and don't care much for the phone apps.
You can switch to cyrillic letters when you are inside a lesson. Look at the top left of the exercise window, next to the Words Tips & Notes, there is a slide that you can move between Aa and Яя.