What is the best language program on duolingo?
Basically what i am asking is what language available on Duolingo will get you the best at a language?
I've heard the Norwegian course here is both excellent and pretty extensive (I haven't done it myself). Also, Norwegian tends not to be considered as one of the more difficult languages anyway.
And Esperanto was of course designed to be easy to pick up, but I think that course here is much shorter.
The Danish course, in comparison, is full of mistakes, both in the English translations and the Danish ones. Even very simple sentences such as “She is a teacher” which can ONLY be “Hun er lærer” are somehow perverted into the fusion language of “Hun er en lærer”. In this case, a profession does NOT take an article in Danish, in fact one of the things that Danish people find hard to learn as beginners is just that, the fact that English DOES need an indefinite article ...
The German tree has the longest number of skills, and the Norwegian tree has the longest number of lessons.
That being said, I'd say that those are the ones that will get you higher in your journey to fluency. :)
Keep in mind that you cannot become fluent in a language by only using Duolingo.
The Dutch course is pretty good. It gives you history and culture in addition to language. Spanish and Portuguese are also pretty good. German is quite extensive. Welsh is decent, Swedish is pretty good. Worst (so far) Guarani through Spanish. As is normal, many of the words have more than one closely related translation, but the course only accepts one, and there is NO CLUE WHATSOVER as to which one it is, (I mean things like the word ru requiring papá in one sentence and padre in another, with the same grammar.) so you find yourself having to memorize sentences. There is also a complete lack of tips and notes. Turkish and Hungarian give you complicated sentences (or complicated in English, anyway) too early.
Well, there usually is a clue; you've just got to use hover hints when there should be no reason at all you have to use hover hints... I certainly hope they finally get some contributors willing to actually work on the tree sometime soon.
I would suspect Welsh can't really be compared to others you mention (excluding Guaraní) in terms of relative progress toward a given standard of competence in a language since it's much further from English overall than Germanic or Romance languages. But, obviously, I dont know much about it.
Yes, the Welsh course is pretty good, though very limited. After 50.000 + points I still feel fairly incompetent, though I did manage to hold a few conversations in Welsh this summer. I wish there were an advanced course, but since there isn’t, I’m planning to do a residential course next year and have bought several books to prepare for it
Probably Spanish, Italian, and German. They have SVO setup, like English, and have all features.
German isn't always SVO - it can move around; you need to look at the articles to see what's going on.
The two phrasings of your question aren't really equivalent.
Of the trees I'm familiar with, Russian and Dutch certainly stand out on quality of organization, comprehensive grammar tips, good forums, etc, but that certainly doesn't mean the Russian course is going to get you all that far along on a path to fluency. On that metric, it's probably hard to beat inter-Romance trees (more so for ones not teaching French, I suppose).