Thanks a million for duolingo
Thanks a million for duolingo, finding good resources online is very difficult but duolingo has made it so easy. Duolingo fills the gaps in my regulary language learning, I have wrote a review of duolingo to show my appreciation http://www.languageninjas.com/duolingo_review/ Once more thank you DUolingo
It isn't "pointless" for me to be able to read, write French and understand it when spoken even if I myself can not speak it.
What I like about Doulingo is that it doesn't focus on speaking a language before having any vocabulary, practiced use of grammatical structures or a developed ear for the tones and rhythms of the language.
If I lived in a region where everyone spoke another language then I would focus on learning to speak it as fast as possible even if the result was poor. But I am not so burdened and have the luxury of needing only to be able to read and follow movies, radio and t.v., magazines etc.
If I do decide to try and learn to speak French (which I doubt) it seems to me that it ought to be a lot easier if I already understand the language.
Until then I will "ignore" speaking it because speaking French serves no purpose for me right now. Time and energy spent learning to speak French for which I have no use can be better spent becoming more proficient at what I want to do with the language. Once satisfied with achieving my limited objectives (if ever) then I can move on to learning another language.
Using Doulingo I could see learning to read, write and understand 2 or 3 languages if I wanted to invest the effort. I doubt if I could ever become proficient at speaking French even after years of work given my current situation. If my situation changes and it becomes practical to actually try to learn to speak it with the belief that I will retain any such skills, then I will already be more than halfway there because of what I am learning now through Duolingo.
I also have no reason to learn Spanish it is just an intellectual challenge for me. I figured out a long time ago on Duolingo that translating English to the correct Spanish is dramatically more difficult than the inverse and doing that in real time in a conversation would be even more difficult. It is much easier to just read and do it at your on relaxed pace. So I have set a realistic but still challenging goal for myself.