https://www.duolingo.com/tedgoas

With no more Immersion, how should I level up in a single language?

I'm currently 57% in Spanish and would like to improve. But ever since Duolingo removed immersion, I have less to do here. I've completed all the skill coins and chat bots, and they don't surface themselves for repeat practice nearly fast enough.

I used to, um... immerse myself in immersion when this happened. But now there's no other avenue for me to improve my Spanish.

Have I outgrown Duolingo?


EDIT: Thanks for the responses, sounds like I've taken Duolingo as far as it can go for one language.

SIDENOTE: Why was this down-voted so much?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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Go and talk to real people, listen to the news, read websites in your target language, read books, listen to music, upload translations to Lang8, listen to the radio, subscribe to some podcasts...... all of these will increase your ability.

These things are real immersion in your chosen language.

Admittedly, you won't get a numbered icon for doing any of this, but they're much better ways to 'level up' (that is to say, improve) in your target language than sticking to immersion. At some point, you need to be using other sources than Duo. It's a beginner resource.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Great ideas! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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One more option is taking a Duolingo course for speakers of your chosen language.

For example, I already finished the Duolingo course in Spanish for English speakers and I'm getting some more practice in Spanish by taking the Duolingo courses in English, Catalan, and Guarani for Spanish speakers. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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Well Duolingo is here to help you reach a modest B1 Level in any language they offer. It is a great place to start but you won't reach fluency only using it. I suggest you to start reading, listening and speaking in Spanish using other ressources.

Have a nice day

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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I don't think Duo could get us to B1 in any language. We need to have real conversations to progress past A2.

Then again, if you meant B1 in writing and reading only, I agree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Yes, you have outgrown Duolingo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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With no evidence of a reverse tree, I'm not sure this is a tenable statement.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Perhaps not, but opinions of doing a reverse tree are varied. Like immersion, some value it, some do not. I tried immersion a and a reverse tree and I consider non-Duo resources to be more valuable.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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It may have been downvoted because people are sick of hearing about Immersion.

I tend to wonder why duo didn't come up with a new Level system when they removed Immersion. Or gotten rid of the Level system altogether since they really are meaningless.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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For the same reason they didn't come up with a child-appropriate course aligned with young learner exams before they introduced the 'schools' feature. Because they are making up as they go along.

As to CEFR, I don't think you'd even cover A2 without knowing the culturally the appropriate formula for expressions like 'Please may I have the bill,' and 'two returns to Brussels, please.'

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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It does seem like this company has zero focus. It's interesting that so many people keep asking to pay for something with no real long term strategies.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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child-appropriate course aligned with young learner exams

B/c Duo's biggest market, the U.S., doesn't have them in any standardized way maybe?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Briton296

Why don't you do a new language?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenBookmye

I agree you are passed using Duo unless you want to learn another language

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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It was probably voted down b/c it's lame to talk about "leveling up" and ascribing any seriousness to a Duolingo fluency score. See if there's anything new for you in the English for Spanish speakers course. It incorporates some of the hard stuff: subjunctive, indirect object pronouns more organically.

But yeah, definitely be looking beyond Duolingo and its 2000-odd word trees. A lot of the next 8000ish words you need to be a halfway functional speaker will come very quickly as they're a lot like English, but you do have to have actually encountered them.

1 year ago
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