Is Duolingo helpful?
Has duolingo helped anyone learn Spanish flunetly ? If so how long did it take?
Duolingo won't get you "fluent". It will give you a bit of a background knowledge though on that language. I would suggest reading short stories, watching simple videos, etc. in Spanish to help you towards fluency on Spanish though. And by how long, it depends on how enthusiastic you are with the language learning. :D Happy learning!! I wish you luck with your language (s)!
It helped improve my fluency but I was 2/3 done with Spanish 1 when I started. The best advice I could give regarding learning a language is practice it. I didn't use it very much over the summers when I wasn't studying it for school, then I forgot most of what I had learned. On the right side of the screen is a thing called strengthen skills. Use it every so often. You don't earn lingots but you will be able to recall it faster and better. This is something that I wish I had done more often.
Duolingo me ha ayudado mucho en los cuatro años he estudiado español pero necisito praticar español más avanzado en otros lugares. Pero no sería posible para mí en ese tiempo sin Duolingo. Es un sito bueno para los principiantes de una lengua.
(Duolingo has helped me a lot in the four years I have studied Spanish but I need to practice more advanced Spanish in other places. But it wouldn't be possible for me in that time without Duolingo. It is a good site for beginners of a language.)
Duolingo can at best get you up to B1 level, which is not "fluent", with better abilities in understanding text than speaking or understanding what the natives say.
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Is Duolingo helpful? YES, OMG YES. It gives you a really good basis to work from, and it's something you can use every day which is really important - it gives you that consistency and keeps you on track.
Can you become fluent using Duolingo alone? No. The fluency percentage only goes up to about 60% for a reason; it'll only get you roughly more than half-way to true fluency.
A lot of people on here end up being around B1 on the CREF scale (which is actually really quite competent) after getting to level 25, using Duo alone. To improve from there, you need to do different things. Here are some suggestions for you:
Use Michel Thomas' audio course, even before you use Duolingo; it covers a lot of the stuff that's on here, but he offers memorable explanations and it'll really, really help you with verb conjugations.
Consume Spanish media, including films, TV, books, etc., once you have a good grip of the basics.
A Kindle's really good for reading books in Spanish because you can set it to a Spanish-to-English dictionary.
Try watching Spanish-language TV/films with Spanish subtitles - it'll help you improve your listening. Your reading will always be better than your listening until you're properly fluent, so watching things with Spanish subtitles will help you to use your reading skills to boost your listening skills. Then, once you've watched something with subtitles and have a good idea of what's being said, you can then watch it without subtitles, to see how much you can pick out just by listening. You'll improve every time you do this.
Note down all the words you come across, or the important ones (from anywhere other than Duolingo) and learn them. Test yourself on them regularly. A good website for this is Quizlet.com; you can make your own quizzes and you can play games using the content from your own quizzes. You can also follow other people's quizzes.
Write in Spanish - you can use SpanishChecker.com which will look for grammatical and spelling errors and explain why they're wrong. Try using words you've recently learned!
SPEAK TO PEOPLE IN SPANISH! This is by far the best way to learn. Talk to a native speaker if you can.
Hope this helps!
Duolingo will not make you fluent., no program will. But it can help you learn the basics of Spanish.
DuoLingo will get you to the point where you can add new vocabulary in the real world... if you use duoLingo to its fullest extent.
In order to break out from memorizing the set phrases in the normal duoLingo courses, it is imperative that you use the "Strengthen skills" tool available under the Daily Progress chart on the Home page. This will make you engage in actual speech production in Spanish from scratch, and the combinations and words will come from all of the lessons you've completed so far, and not from just a narrow skill set.
Additionally, you can use the regular lessons as not just a single one-way sentence at a time, but also as a two way street. If you are asked to translate from Spanish to English, you can write the English without looking at the original Spanish phrase/sentence, and then (still without glancing at the Spanish phrase) type out the Spanish translation of what you just wrote in English while saying it in Spanish. Then, look at the original Spanish, and see if you put the accents in the right place. This again works your ease in actual Spanish speech production, instead of rote repetition.
As for how long it takes... I can generally make my way through any given lesson in 5 minutes or less, and try to do at least one completely new lesson a day while also reviewing enough previous lessons to get at least 100 experience points a day. I'll normally a thorough review of whatever skill I'm working on in the morning, and add the next lesson at the end of it. I review around lunchtime, and add another new lesson. At night, I do the same thing one more time.
I also work the flash cards, practice previous lessons in order from the very beginning up to my current level in the background, and do the "Strengthen skills" exercises.
As for how long it takes... someone who is only doing one entirely new lesson a day will take more time than someone doing three. Someone who takes the time to practice and refresh previous skills will retain more material upon which to build even higher. It all depends.
I've been doing the Portuguese course for a little over a month with no prior Portuguese experience, reaching 36% fluency according to duoLingo, and have now been able to talk fairly easily with some Brazilian employees of my local Goodwill store. I can ask for a verb, and know how to conjugate it and use it in speech, as well as learning and incorporating nouns and other words on the fly. Outside of those occasional conversations with those Goodwill workers, I have no other contact with speakers of Portuguese, so I'm very happy that duoLingo has given me enough tools for me to get to that level.
You cannot get completely fluent with Duolingo. You can only get up to 56% fluent. However, it is a good start.
The 56% is a meaningless Duo number with almost no relation to what the normal world would consider fluency.
Yes you are correct. I tried the English test and it gave me 70% fluent. I think they don't just want you to master the language in one test they want you to come back.
yes it can help but you will need other resources after you finish in order to get fluent in spanish. You will also need a LOT of practice, talking and writing. it might take anywhere between a year and 4 years I'm guessing.