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Speed of learning languages and repitition of answers

When I do duolingo, I memorize most of the answers when I do a lesson faster. I am not sure if this is helping me learn and understand how to use the word since most of the answers are VERY often repeated and I know the answers straight up instead of thinking about it and walking myself through it. My guess is it depends on how in-depth you want to learn the word. For this reason I question the effectiveness of duolingo. I still think duolingo is one of the easiest ways to learn a language because most language learning programs do such.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bill-Roca

>> "I question the effectiveness of duolingo."

http://www.duolingo.com/comment/138340 ... "A study comparing the effectiveness of Duolingo to Rosetta Stone and college classes."

The short version is that about 35 hours of Duolingo was roughly equivalent to a semester of college. I think it was 55 hours for Rosetta Stone.

If you dig deep into the thread you can find the test methodology ... the same company did the comparisons but I think RS was in 2008 and DL was 2012. I know Duolingo has improved in the past year and perhaps RS has as well. Also DL was machine-timed because it was on the web while RS times were self-reported, so maybe the times spent studying are off for RS. Otherwise the methodology was similar.

This is a pretty good endorsement for the effectiveness of Duolingo. Especially since it's free while both college and Rosetta Stone will cost you several hundred dollars.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I.m.Geniza

Thanks! I needed someone to give me the numbers!

4 years ago

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I believe that memorizing a lot of these phrases gives you a head start in conversation. I am amazed by how many things I can now say in French without having to think about them. And having a lot of complete, correct sentences float around in my head actually helps me form new, unseen ones.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I.m.Geniza

So memorizing answers is not bad at all but it can help you get head starts on conversations? I find that very interesting. Thanks! I am still memorizing answers.

4 years ago