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https://www.duolingo.com/StanLanguages

Another cool website to learn languages!

Hello Guys, I would like to share with you another cool website that I use to learn languages: www.babadum.com

The website offers 9 languages with each of them teaching you 1500 words in 5 different games.

I do not think it is good for total beginners, nothing is explained, not even conjugation. However, it is a very good tool for practice. You can reinforce what you have already learned and along the way learn some new words. In addition, the design is awesome! :)

Check it out. :)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cantchooseaname

There was some reaserch (I forget when or where) which suggested that students of any particular subject are more apt to learn and remember things if they have to do work in order to understand them. Duolingo's way of doing things might frustrate a few (show first, explain later), but at least for me, it's doing the work it's supposed to do, which is teaching me the language. Most of the grammatical concepts come to me through careful scrutiny as opposed to memorization. This ensures that you actually understand the language and gets you thinking of its inner workings. It gets you to go out of your way to notice what makes it work and to properly understand what doesn't.

This way of doing things works especially well today (and perhaps will even more so in the future), seeing as you don't really need anything but the internet and a bit of work on your part. The few things I've learned are sculped in my brain because I actually spent time experimenting and was able to see why rules are the way they are. Hope the Duo team doesn't change this aspect of the site.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roodvuur

Yes, fully agree. But I wouldn't finish a Duolingo three without looking at some grammar sites at least once in your career. Duo's method has severe shortcomings, like the traditional methods, and I don't see one being used successfully without the other.

Silly example: before I ever had any English classes in school, I had read through multiple English books (Harry Potter and the like) and I would put myself at B2 level around that time. I did struggle some with a/an however, because it was never explained to me and I just thought you had to remember it. After reading that one simple sentence in my English textbook, I never made a mistake again.

But then again, the opposite has happened quite often as well. Struggling with word order for example can be understood better by just reading something in the target language, than trying to go through all the grammar rules associated with it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cantchooseaname

Oh yes, that is what I meant. The idea that a concept should be presented before being explained. The more you struggle with it the more you want the answer, the more you want the answer the more you think about it, and the more you think about it the more the solution is going to stick in your brain once it's there (either by having understood it on your own or by having someone else tell you the solution). Either way, the so called "struggle" is to me very important to the retainment of any meaningful piece of information. It also fuels the passion one might find in the idea of learning languages, turning a matter of memorization into a matter thought.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seth_H
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I really like it! It seems good for vocab. Oddly enough, it's loading fine for me.

Edit: I really like the Hiragana practice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Also working fine for me (on an iMac). One of the things that really gets me (not just for this website) is that it's really good-looking. That's one of the reasons I like Duolingo a lot. I'll post it on the Spanish forums.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich
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I just tried it! Oh, what fun! I'll stick with duolingo now because I'm a beginning student! Thanks for telling us about this game!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Haha, gotta love the "all languages" option... I'll have to try that again later when I've completed a few more trees. It loaded fine on my Ubuntu laptop, and I actually quite liked the graphics.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

this is so awesome! pictures without translations... just the language you want to learn coupled with visual information.

many thanks for sharing this resource with us :)

edit: and it has different modes? very awesome

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thoughtdiva

That's great, thanks! I learnt stuff :) I wish there were an end-point to each game, though...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hunspike
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you can learn 1500 words or even more on memrise, in less time... but it's not a bad website.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Celine1988
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Love the website! Thanks for sharing this. I already learnt some new German words!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ooOBilalOoo
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Merci beaucoup!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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Great site, and indeed visually very nice. I like the statistics as well, it would be great to also have these stats for your own account (and compared to the overall high scores).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caz84
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Super-slick site, and it's fun too. Forces me to do some problem solving because my German vocabulary is small :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mafferd

thank you. it is interesting

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Ah, it's taking forever to load. I agree with the interesting design, but I'm not sure if it could beat Duolingo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StanLanguages

I agree they need to work on the loading speed of the website. I don't think their aim was to beat Duo, they are very different in my opinion. It is just another tool to learn languages. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Wait, what's with this bug, everything we post says "yesterday".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StanLanguages

Strange indeed! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg
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Not for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Oh, it's fixed now.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg
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Ridiculous loading time.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/javax
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That's weird. It starts immediately in my case.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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I know right? Did you even get to use it?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg
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Nope.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Neither did I.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StanLanguages

How much time does it take you? Yeah it is not fast but it's bearable I think. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg
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Actually now on my home computer it's much much faster. This is nice. Something that duolingo should work with further.

4 years ago