https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Italian is now out of Beta! :)

February 18, 2013

35 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/bster12

What does that mean?

February 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/IvoryFr96

I'm not tech savvy, but I think "Beta" indicates that the program is still in developing stages. In other words, it is overall a fine product to use, but there are still some kinks that could be worked out.

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/abainbridge

Yes, you are correct. Beta essentially means that the product is in being tested for its performance in the real world - to catch and resolve any bugs.

February 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/_DiamondMoon_

Congratulations, everyone! But, I still have one more question: Why is Portuguese STILL not out of Beta?

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profelevi

Thank you skylarskylar for bringing this up. Duolingo, can you let us know approximately how much longer until Brazilian Portuguese is out of Beta? Muito Obrigado!!!

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Cloutius

who are you Luis, you are everywhere

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Quazar

He's the CEO, the big man, head honcho, god of Duolingo.

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Cloutius

I now know who you are, and you are pretty damn awesome.

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

:)

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/skevinbaer

太棒啦!期待中文的上线 ;-)

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

What's up with the real world translations? I haven't seen any new ones in ages.

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lindaras

I think it should still be considered in Beta, judging from the number of "Oops sorry"s I get for no good reason.

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Yes, I totally agree. There are still so many errors in the upper lessons that the system is nearly unusable.

February 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Chris123456

I find your comments very comforting to know that I am not alone. I was beginning to feel my own heart broken by so many lost hearts. It's really confusing in the upper levels but this will only improve in time one hopes. I'm not sure how Duolingo defines "Beta" but my own feeling is that this potentially excellent product has a long way to go in its development.

February 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/anderdb

I agree. Duolingo is great but I would not consider Italian to be out of "beta" just yet.

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

I agree. It's beyond frustrating.

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/marziotta

Wow! I must oblige my mother to study English then! :) (Joking, we live in different countries, it would be a bit difficult!)

February 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ogergo

Congratulations to the whole team!

February 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/hazablad

Great! Thanks a lot. Congratulations to the team behind all of this. The woman's voice is now way better. Until now it sounded like it passed through blender. Chop chop chop. I won't be pressing repeat button so often any more :)

February 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

I don't think the voice has changed.

February 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DonnaMarie

That voice is hard to listen to. I appreciate the program but I really don't like the voice.. I wonder why they couldn't have started with a more pleasant one considering all the work it takes to develop the program. Duolingo did such a good job choosing the Spanish voice. sorry for the negative remark!

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profelevi

Thank you Luis! Can you let us Portuguese people know when Port will be out of Beta? Thank you very much.

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/liceduardo

Muchas felicitaciones y que bueno, saludos desde la Antigua Guatemala!!!!

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rohanemon

too bad Portuguese is still in beta :(

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/procrastinus

Thanks a lot!

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Franchomme

Great ! Good job and thank you !

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Karelys31

quie es Beta?

February 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
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Hey, I'm studying Spanish and fantasizing about learning another or multiple romance languages once I gain proficiency with it and I heard Italian may be the easiest to learn after Spanish. Is that true? I thought it would more likely be Portuguese. I've also heard that French is the least like other romance languages. Does that mean it would be harder to learn?

Say I wanted to learn them all (sure I couldn't, but just speculating for fun) which would serve as the best jumping off point for the rest? Should I study Latin before moving on to another living Romance language?

February 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/srajensen

I took a semester of French almost 20 years ago and still remember enough to carry on a rough conversation. I took it my last semester of college getting a BA in Spanish and found it VERY easy since it is similar grammatically and has several cognates. The pronunciation is way different, but like Spanish, follows rules (unlike English). I am studying Italian now and picking it up pretty quickly despite the fact that this ol' brain learns a little slower now :P I read once that Italian is closer to Spanish than Portuguese and would have to concur, at least from having heard both spoken here and there in movies and real life, I barely understand any of the Portuguese and pick up a lot of Italian (this before studying it now). I have a good friend who is not only native Italian, but is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale and her assessment is that Spanish and Italian are very close, but that Italian grammar is more complex. She notes that native Italians learn Spanish much more easily than native Spanish-speakers learn Italian. I would say with my very cursory studies of Italian that she is correct. I hope this helps!

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
  • 2309

It does, thanks very much.

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Hi, all Romance languages are rather similar to each other. Italian and Portuguese are closest to Spanish. This can be a good thing if your main goal is to aquire reading and listening comprehension skills (as it is for me). Learning new vocab and understanding grammar is pretty cheap. But it's a disadvantage if you mainly aim at actively (and correctly) expressing yourself in these languages. Grammar rules are similar but distinct. If you study them simultaneously, this can easily become very confusing if you're not already very proficient in Spanish.

February 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
  • 2309

Thanks for the response. I'd definitely like to be fluent in Spanish before I move on to another language, I'm just pondering which next.

February 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/RuizJorgeA

Mi piace :D

February 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Cori3399

Any idea why I can't hear the spoken exercises??

February 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Eylon.saadon

Hi, Why don't get any speaking excersises? I checked th box of speaker and microphone in the settings? and another thing I just have to say that it very often that I REALLY don't understand the sentence she is saying

May 7, 2013
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