Language Learning Questions
Hi Duolingo community. I'm sorry, but this will be a little long. To start off, I've always wanted to learn a new language and I think what Duolingo is doing is amazing. I want to learn more languages but am unsure of where to start and how to go about doing this. Obviously I have been using Duolingo, but I am unsure about the best way to use it to get the most effectiveness out of it as well as work at a fast enough pace to where I am learning the language at a reasonable speed. I also want to know how much one is able to get out of duolingo. On one hand, I have heard success stories of people using the target language immediately and communicating with natives effectively. On the other hand, I hear that some people gain only the basic roots to the language. I would like some knowledge to this. I am not in a position to go and mad out polyglot and buy a ton of books, but I would like a structured solution that can fit. So basically I have three questions.
1. What is the best way to navigate and study a Duolingo course? 2. How effective is Duolingo towards a mastery level? 3. Given that I am not in a position to spend money on heaps of resources, what is a good move during/after a Duolingo course completion?
I know there is a lot of questions that I have here, but I hope that these questions can also help the community here. Thank you.
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Some answers and observations. I find Duo an excellent way to learn. And a little motherly advice it seems you have started 5 languages at once. If you don't find it confusing my hat is off to you. Or you might want to progress in one before reintroducing other.
Oh, and you don't have to buy books (save your money and the trees) the internet has loads of sites teaching languages.
Both of these cover many languages. Also try Google and You tube.