Duolingo: Time to say goodbye??
I'm having trouble keeping motivated with Duolingo. I have seen progress over the past few years and currently on a 369 day steak. I currently spend 15mins a day on Duo and approx. 1hr babbel on weekdays and weekends 1hr Duo 2hrs+ babble. When I first started Duo I was learning at least between 1 & 2hrs a day and searched for a new program once completing all trees (around Jan this year) I find Babbel very good for my grammar and currently trying Fluent U. I have lived in Germany for a year now and would say I'm semi-fluent. I have also been thinking about trying Fluenz. So what do you think? is duolingo purely for beginners? should I spend more time on Duo? or try something new? Any suggestions or learning methods would be greatly appreciated.
Duolingo will only take you so far. If you think you are ready to move on I would go for it. Duolingo leaves a lot lacking as far as speaking and grammar. I always recommend a lot of reading. Find some German books. Listen to some audio. Such as music, radio, or audio books. I really think from what you have said that you have graduated from Duolingo, congratulations! If you live in Germany then you are in the best position to speak with natives which is the best thing you can do for learning to speak a language. Good luck! :)
Well... maybe you need a break and try something new. Find a german-speaking friend and practise your skills with him for a while. Duolingo still be here.... but if you are living in germany and have the possibility to speak, go for it. Life teachs you more than some programme
At level 24 living in the country using the language daily, I don't think you need Duolingo anymore. If you do stay, I would recommend either doing the reverse course (English for German speakers) in order to translate into German more often or learning a different language from German. Currently French and Spanish are also available for German speakers.
If none of that appeals to you, just work on German somewhere else. This is a site for getting the basics down. It sounds like you are beyond that.
How far are you from level 25 btw? That is the last level and if it were me, I think I would keep at it until reaching that point and then do other things instead.
Why limit yourself to one source? Go with what motivates you. I am fairly proficient in French but I still use Duo for warmups each day. It's great for keeping m/f and sg/pl combos straight in my head. Italki is great for finding native speakers. Not sure if you're in the US, but try Mango languages if your local library is participating. Very useful and nice interface like Duo.
If you are living in Germany already, and fairly fluent, I'd say ditch Duo for German, just read and write and watch and talk a lot, and your brain will do the rest. Maybe pick up a dedicated grammar book to point out some of the more obscure grammar issues. Ask (native speaking) friends to not hesitate to point out any mistakes you make.
Time to say bye-bye. If the tool is no longer providing a real benefit, move on. I am still building my foundation, so Duo is useful, as well as other programs, such as LanguageTransfer, Notes in Spanish, and various TV game shows and books. Why spend time on a tool which no longer is an assistance to you? Perhaps you will come back for refreshers in the future. Enjoy your freedom and change like a mariposa.
I always suggest people to actually take a German course in school or something for Grammar. I left Duo for a while and took a course, then came back to Duo to enlarge my vocabulary. I would never imagine Duo to help with my speaking though haha. Now I finished the entire trees and am also keeping all the bars full. So everyday I just need to practice like 50-60 points. But as for Grammar, you do need an expert to lead you into the right track, and Duo, as a little machine, won't be able to achieve that.
You could try learning another language FROM German. It will help you think more in German. I've done this for Italian from French and Catalan from Spanish.
Well, if someone is just mechanically collecting a huge pile of points in a language they already master perfectly, that could be very much like cheating indeed. But sometimes you might find a good momentum in your learning and you feel that nothing could stop you, my highest point totals happened that way.
I am currently at the emerald league and I just avoid getting promoted. In the league it seems that you get demoted with points less than 500 a week and that sounds a reasonable challenge for me, and not a too crazy one.