Moving to Germany using Duolingo. (How useful is duolingo anyways.?)
I'm planning to move to Germany this year and curious of those that have used duolingo. How useful have you found duolingo or is there anything i should focus on?
Ha, Bonus joke of the day for lingots ;P "Don't be sad because sad backwards is das, und das ist Nicht gut!"
Well, I won't claim to be fluent or anything, but Duolingo is almost the only thing I have used for learning German, and a friend of mine who is excellent in German told me that I was quite good at it. I think Duolingo has brought me a long ways, but it doesn't offer 100% fluency in any language. Good luck!
Thanks for the feedback. Do you just go down the list each day or what? I have a Gold tree so far but not sure when to go back and redo things aside from not knowing a word and having to re-find that section.
I try to strengthen my skills, and I also test my German in the Immersion articles, if you have that (some users don't have it).
I started with no knowledge of the German language, all I could say was 'aufwiedersehen' and 'danke schön' (Which I pronounced like "Donkey shone".) I wouldn't call myself fluent, but I do think I could have a brief conversation with another German speaker, and I am confident that I could get around in a German-speaking country.
By the way, nice joke:)
Think of it as an introductory course. It is good as a review of the basics or as a way of learning a language with no prior knowledge to get you to the point where you can start to have little conversations and read and watch things to improve after the course.
If you finish the whole tree and get up to the highest level (25) you will be off to a very good start as you will have seen all the basics and reviewed them enough to have internalized them.
I would definitely do more than just Duolingo though to be able to easily live in a country with a different language.
Where in Germany are you moving?
Hi, I don't think you'll get very far exclusively using duolingo, but I think it's very good for practicing the basics. You need to look elsewhere for more in depth explanations of grammar, and the vocabulary appears to be 2012 words. Combine it with other things!
There are a lot of good courses online for free, like http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/s-2469
Duolingo is pretty good to get started, I think. But since you are actually moving there, I think you might want to start immersing yourself a little more like watching some German shows, listening to the music and even the news. I'm not sure if you have already done that, but just in case, here are some good links. They are all free too. :)
Deutsche Kanal, RTL 2 mit verscheidene Sendungen. Nicht alles ist kostenlos aber is gibt noch viele die kostenlos sind. ^^ http://www.rtl2.de/
Auch, hier ist Readlang. Man kann YouTube Videos anschauen, Artikeln lesen, Musik anhören, alles mit Untertitel! Ich benutze es für alle meine Sprachen. http://www.readlang.com/
Viel Spaß! Ich hoffe ich habe am wenigstens ein bisschen gehilfen. :)
In your position I would learn German phrases by heart like. 50 languages in German, in which an audio is free from the net, and Michel Thomas. Duolingo is a very good start, but I would use that in addition to a crash course in common phrases that are used in Germany. http://www.50languages.com/language-mp3.html , but you need to buy the book
Wait? You're moving to Germany USING duoLingo? I didn't know they offered such services ;-)
Hehe, but I understood what you meant.
Yes, duoLingo is very helpful. I have been using it for over one year and have been living in Germany about a year and a half. I definitely picked up a lot of useful words which I can use in my everyday German. Also, it helped with getting more familiar with sentence structure.
My advice--use as many resources as humanly possible. Watch German movies or easier to understand children's movies and tv shows (without English subtitles preferably because anyone can read subtitles in a language they already understand), find a tandem partner to Skype with who is a native German speaker who wants to learn your mother tongue, listen to German music, make handwritten flashcards and practice with them everyday to build vocabulary, watch thousands of YouTube videos regarding the German language, read German books (children's books in the beginning and then progress to more difficult stuff as you go along), etc., etc, etc, etc. The more input and the more varied that input is, the better feel you will eventually get for the language.
Good luck with your studies!
I just moved to Germany. It seems to be fairly good. I strongly suggest you finish the whole German Tree before you come here so you actually understand most of it. Also try to use the formal pronouns (Sie, not Du) as often because most of the time it is rude to call someone Du without asking permission first. Kind of like using Nick-names in English without asking first.
I would absolutely recommend enrolling in the "Integrationskurze" that will be available to you. They are quite full-on though. Usually 5 days a week, 3 hours a day. Mine was 5.30 - 8.30pm daily for about 8 months. Totally worth it though. Otherwise, yes duolingo and memrise are excellent tools to help you learn. I would also recommend Michel Thomas and Pimsleur to get you started.
I completed Duolingo and then did several months of intensive courses in Germany. I think Duolingo is a good start but it really is just a start. You'll be able to recognise some of the language - but only when it's spoken clearly. And speaking freely and spontaneously will not be possible just with Duolingo - more like basic information sharing (asking for directions, taking about your vacation).
Aside from studying the grammar - and Duolingo is NOT the right place to properly understand German grammar - you really have to speak a language to learn it! The pressure of a real conversation brings out your brain's creativity:- you can have the words at the back of your mind, but you need to re-wire your thinking to access the language and dredge up the right words/structures when you need them. Part fire baptism, part creative opportunity.