Suggestions to Upgrade Italian Course
After years of working with Pimsleur and Duo, I'm now taking Italian 102 at the college level. I'm in pretty good shape, overall. However, there are some topics we've recently hit that I could use more work on.
First, Clitics. This Duo section is labelled "Clitics-1", but there is no "Clitics-2." As difficult as this section is, it's enormously important, and more practice would be useful.
Second, reflexive verbs and verbs indicating reciprocal actions. These occur from time to time in the lessons, but separate sections for them would really help with learning this vocabulary.
As we move on, I may find other topics that Duo could add to the tree. And I'm aware of the fact that Duo probably can't cover everything! But it's such a wonderful tool that I want to be able to do all the topics in the language.
Some of Duolingo's courses have had a second version made, or even a third one. Much as the Italian course is well made, it would be really nice to see a version 2.
I think the Italian course is excellent and it would be superb to see any upgrades that are in the pipeline, so hopefully they appear soon.
I finished the tree many months ago and am aiming for Level 25 and although new words do appear from time to time, I am conscious that according to my 'Words' tab listing, I supposedly know only 3157 words. Although estimates vary according to sources, it is often supposed that a reasonably competent speaker of English knows around 10000 words so I assume that it would be somewhat similar for a reasonably competent Italian speaker too.
I've been listening to Italian radio during the 441 days I've been using Duolingo so far, and still even now I understand less than half the words spoken, so my desire would be to see all areas of the course expanded and to incorporate the very helpful suggestions on this thread. If we can bulk up the content to double or triple what it is now (or at least aim towards this with various upgrades over the coming years) it might be possible to use Duo to almost fully learn a language, rather than just a third or a half of it as it is presently.
I am a great fan of Duolingo and if someone had said to me that I'd still be using it well over a year on from when I started, I would have been skeptical. There's so much to like about Duolingo and it really is a great adventure but with no disrespect to Portuguese or Spanish, I would much rather have deeper Italian content and vocabulary rather than feel I needed to start other languages to overcome the repetitiveness of the late-stage Italian course, even though I know I am no-where near being fluent or conversant in Italian yet.
Duolingo works and I am very grateful to all the contributors and volunteers who keep constantly improving the course in subtle ways. It is your consistent improvements that enhance and extend the course and you really don't get as much credit as you deserve, so thanks very much indeed, your help is greatly respected and sincerely appreciated.
I am doing italian as an english speaker on the computer and on the phone and kindle app. Much time is spent on the apps with words that are basically the same in both languages. I would like to see the apps be more challenging.
Yes, the cognates make it easier. But the harder words need more practice!!
JuliaBellaItalia how you reached in level 23? I am near to finish the tree and I have 13 level.
I've been doing Duo almost daily for at least 4 years! I got everything turned golden several years ago, but I don't stop.
It depends on how much time you spend reinforcing skills--working on keeping tree golden.
Julia, great suggestions. I have a few too. Does anyone know the best place to post them ?
Anyway here are a couple of simple vocab ones. Italian is all through the language of food, and music - I think that's probably where many people encounter the most Italian. We could use a few vocab topics on that:
Music - concerto, crescendo, soprano, aria ecc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Italian_musical_terms_used_in_English
Food - linguini, risotto, foccacia. The list is endless .. http://www.mangiabenepasta.com/glossary.html
I agree, I love duolingo but having completed the tree would like to improve my vocabulary. I would find it very helpful if the vocabulary sections were enriched with new words or a more advanced section added for the same topic further down the tree.
Also I would like to see some new topics for example, The Garden, The Farm, DIY, The Kitchen/cooking, The Bank, The Post Office.
And lastly....it would be fantastic if words that we find useful but not already included, could be incorporated somehow within the tree, i.e. develop a bespoke tree for an individual user, a big ask but thought it worth a mention.
Thank you duolingo