What level has one reached by the end of a course?
I'm about half way through the 'tree' and in the past have found that courses like Pimsleur and Memrise end far too soon. To what level does Duolingo aim to get us? Any suggestions for a follow up course? By the way, this is definitely the best online course I've seen. Huge thanks to the creators.
It gives you a pretty good grounding in the grammar, I think - I am currently about 3 1/2 skills from the end. I'd say it is more of foundation for further study than a complete course in and of itself, because there's only so much you can learn without using the language, but it has a nice balance of grammar and vocab.
(With the disclaimers that 1) I have been using a lot of resources besides Duolingo and 2) I made lots of errors I noticed when I watched it back, so I probably made plenty more errors I didn't notice, too, and 3) I have definitely not mastered all the content of the tree, this is me a week ago attempting to speak off the cuff: https://youtu.be/LOjZ6OEpzvU I can certainly have a lively conversation in Hebrew with someone sufficiently patient, even though it's not at all uncommon for me to get stuck and have to ask איך אומרים בעברית...?
I have surprised a couple of teachers by recognising or even using vocab they wouldn't expect someone at my low level to know, Duolingo is pretty good at that side of things; almost all my deliberate vocab learning has been either on Duolingo or on the Memrise course associated with the Duolingo course, so... make of that what you will, I guess!)
Additional thought: I think it's hard to say the level to expect by the end of the course, because it would be theoretically possible to just push though the lessons by brute force; how much an individual will retain and how well they know the material versus just knowing how to parrot the answers is so variable. I do think it's a very good basis, though :)
I have heard people say A1 a lot but the way I look at it is it is a great foundation of the grammar and a lot of vocabulary you can build from. I have also heard two semesters of college level language. have fun, be consistent and you will be as fluent as you want to be:) (P.S. I know nothing of the Hebrew course.)
This is (I hope) a direct link to a post by airelibre (one of the course devs) about the content from a grammatical POV: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/18750089$comment_id=18760466
So, from a much more knowledgeable source than me, it seems like it's a pretty solid grammatical grounding, which is good :D I would certainly put it in the top tier of trees I have finished.
If you repeat lessons then it is possible to get an infinite amount of XP (The amount you earn won't go down If you repeat the the lesson even 100 Times
Yes, and I appreciate that. I have to go over and over the basics because it just doesn't stick, but I get XP credits for that. I'm glad they don't "punish" people like me who need lots of repetition. It makes it a pleasant experience and I don't hesitate to keep trying. I'm in no hurry. I'm having fun with this. :)