I´m soon done with my Spanish tree, and I´m absolutely in love with Duolingo! I feel like I have learned so much from this website, thanks to Duolingo, I´m soon fluent. Which is an amazing feeling, especially given that I didn´t really practice. I did the subjects, and then, the words and sentences got "placed" into my brain, almost effortless.
However, now that I´m going to start with German on Duolingo, I´m a bit worried.
As said, I feel really good about my Spanish, thanks to Duolingo. I have learnt many new words, and I also get a lot of self-confidence and motivation! Nonetheless, I also have Spanish as a subject in school. We´ve only had it for some months, but it´s an undeniable fact that it also has helped me a bit. The thing is, that at the start of the year, we learnt how to pronounce the different letters in Spanish. Like that the "j" is like a Norwegian "h".
So, my question is: When I start learning German, will I then soon understand how to pronounce the different letters, and will I understand how to build up sentences on my own, just from Duolingo?
PS: This post was a little weird built up, just woke up. ;)
You will start learning how to pronounce the letters, but in my opinion German words are hard to pronounce. To help with the pronunciations of words you can go to the "Words" tab, and it has all of the German words that you have learned. If you hover your mouse over the word you are tying to learn, but to the right it has a box with pronunciations and where you can find the word. Hope this helps! :)
I don't think German words are that difficult to pronounce, you can get the hang of it pretty fast. Some of their sounds are pretty difficult, but unlike English, where you pretty much need to learn for every word separately how to pronounce it, in German every letter or sometimes combination of letters (like sch, ch or tsch) is always pronounced the same. So when you learn how to pronounce those sounds, it's pretty easy to know how to pronounce each word, even for words that you don't know. At the beginning it's really helpful to have the sound on to hear the words more times, but later it's not even necessary.
For me the most difficult thing about learning German is to memorize the gender of every noun, which was really difficult to learn just from Duolingo, but there is a course on Memrise with the Duolingo vocabulary, which is very helpful to use in parallel with the Duolingo course.