Has anyone actually become fluent in a language by using duo lingo?
I'm new to the site but there is a lot of hype about duolingo and I'm curious if anyone on here has been using the site long enough to be able to comfortably communicate in the language they are learning with a native speaker (both speaking and listening)?
You would never be fluent with this alone because there's no conversation element. Not that any course would ever make you a fluent speaker of a language, but without that, no. It's like learning anything else, you can't use the one tool in isolation.
From my point of view most people consider fluency to be speaking and listening (hold conversations).
There is four (possibly 5) distinctive parts of languages and everybody has different levels of each 1. Speaking 2. Listening 3. Writing 4. Reading (5. Translating) Can be a trick to do even if you are fluent in both
Duolingo will not make anyone fluent but it can get people a long way towards it in reading, writing and particularly translating. Listening and speaking not so much.
I don't believe you can become fluent with Duolingo alone. ^^" You need to use more sources either online or offline, to write the language, to read the language, to listen to TV shows/movies/music in the language and also speak regularly with native speakers via Skype or some other way. Some people say that after Duolingo, they're intermediate(right? or is it between elementary and intermediate?) in the language. So, no, it's not enough to be fluent, but maybe enough to get by. ^^" (I'm just saying what I've saw on discussion boards, so don't quote me >< I'm a silent reader of the forums~).