Continuing after Duolingo?
I'm new to Duolingo, and it has been very helpful thus far. However, I'm just wondering how others plan to proceed after completing it. Luis von Ahn, Duolingo's creator, said that upon finishing a course in the program, the student would have achieved an upper-intermediate level of proficiency with the language. Besides visiting the country (which won't be an option for me anytime soon), what are some ways you plan to continue advancing the study of your chosen language(s)? I intend on using Skype, but I'm just interested to see if there are some other resources (free or paid) to assist in progressing toward a level of mastery. Thank you.
There are tons of sites you can use to further your language skills. I like Livemocha.com and Lang-8.com. You can also do the reverse tree (instead of English to German, German to English). I also try to practice on social media sites like Twitter and ask.fm (by following and interacting with native speakers) and Pinterest (by following boards in the Target language). If you use Language Immersion for Chrome, it will translate words on the pages of websites you visit to help you learn new vocabulary. There's also a website called Mango Languages Premieres that uses movies to help you learn the language. I hope these suggestions help. Keep studying!
Thanks, I've heard of Livemocha, but none of the other resources you've mentioned. I'll check all of them out.
Hi bluewavetab! From my experience, I've learned that even if you learn a language on here, there is still so much more to learn! Like Kplilly, I suggest you use www.lang-8.com, where you can write in a journal and have native speakers check it for you (I've never tried it, but I hope I can after I finish my Spanish tree!). Practice reading Spanish articles online, and make sure to keep track of new words that you catch along the way. Work on translating in the Immersion tab of Duolingo. Personally, I believe that apps are helpful, but there's always a limit to how much they teach you. You can only be your best when nothing holds you back! Hope this helps! :)
Thank you, angel194462 and everyone else, for the answers. I've looked into all the suggestions, and they seem like they'll be very useful resources to use, following the completion of Duolingo (or in tandem with the program).
Also watching videos on Youtube in the language you want to keep on learning. And i love food so now I'm also reading up on Italian recipes and watching people making food on Youtube as well.