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Does Duolingo Work?

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    I'm wondering if that if anyone here has actually gotten fluent by only using Duolingo. If someone out there knows their language, comment below saying how long it took you, etc.

    May 5, 2017



    It's a very good baseline to get you started in a new language but fluency is relative. Some people consider broken English, Spanish, French etc. to be good enough while others want to speak as well as a native.


    It's impossible. Duolingo will get you to a pretty good level of understanding, but if you want B2+ fluency, you'll need to use other sources.

    That said, it's really good for teaching basic stuff and practicing.


    I think that if you ever want to be truly fluent in any language, you have to speak to those who are fluent in that language- if you are fine with just being fluent in reading and writing, that's a different story - but I know that pronunciation is not really possible to get fully if you aren't listening and talking to those who are fluent. Also, understanding them can be harder than it would be in a classroom for example because first of all they'll probably have a little different accent, and secondly, many romance languages speak really fast and you have to just get used to it by being around them. I don't know if I was at all coherent in that paragraph, but I hope that helps!

    P.S. If you want to be more natural in a language - sort of learn how to speak in the vernacular, texting or emailing those who speak that language is really helpful as well!


    I've been taking french in school for the past five years, and DuoLingo is a great review, although I still haven't gotten up to where I am in class due to the low amount of time I've put in on it. I've never taken anything irl about Welsh, and while I'm definitely not the model student, I can understand most of the sentences they're giving me and can say a handful of sentences whenever I want. This site is definitely super useful


    You can't become fluent by using Duolingo only. It's just for practice. I learn Spanish in school because Duolingo doesn't really teach you anything, just lets you practice, but the more you practice, the more fluent you become!


    I don't think this is entirely true. Duolingo does teach quite a bit. I knew nothing about Esperanto (probably the easiest language here for a native English speaker) before Duolingo but now I can understand some basic stories and text.


    I concur that it's not just for practice. If you want to start a completely new language here, it is absolutely possible — not just "easy" ones, either.


    How are you level six in Japanese when it's not out yet?


    There was a glitch that allowed access briefly a few weeks ago. There are also seemingly at least dozens if not hundreds of alpha testers, many of whom are active in the forums.


    Ugh, I missed the Hindi glitch and the Japanese one. That's frustrating. Thanks for clarification.


    Don't worry, you're not missing much from the glitch standpoint. It mostly just repeats two or three words over and over.


    Language is speech at its foundation. Duolingo is a great way to begin reading and writing. Efficient speaking can only be obtained through practice, primarily with natives.


    I am using both my foreign language classes at school and Duolingo to become more fluent in the language. If you have classes at your school it might be helpful to take those if you are looking to actually learn the language. But if you want just an intense overview of the language, Duolingo is perfect for you!

    I just started Duolingo a few days ago and I have already blasted through a large section of the tree. It is pretty simple, but I have learned things that I am not learning in my language class so it definitely works.

    Happy learning and good luck!


    if anyone here has actually gotten fluent by only using Duolingo.

    Short answer: No! But Duo is better than nothing.


    Duolingo's facility for developing speaking skill is weak / non-existent. But you can definitely make massive strides. The amount of additional practice required to convert knowledge gained here into easy speaking competence will vary widely. For those who have already learned particularly a closely related language, it mightn't be very much at all.


    Duolingo is for the first stage of learning a language. It'll give you a knowledge of the basics of a language's grammar, and some foundational vocabulary. It won't take you as far as fluency - that's not what it's designed for.

    Duolingo got me enough Spanish to be useful when I was there, in a fumbling, massively incorrect sort of way. I'd have been ideally placed to take Spanish further, if I hadn't started learning other languages instead. Duolingo's got me to about the same stage in Italian.


    I think it can help but I personally think that if a person wants to be really fluent in any language. They have to immerse themselves in it. If they can it would be beneficial to go and spend time in a country where the language one is learning is the native tongue. A visit or vacation would be good but I think even better would be if a person could live there for at least a year perhaps even a couple years. If you have friends/family that speak it you can say we are only going to talk/write in ____.

    I don't think most would become fluent by just doing Duolingo or any Langauge learner. They might learn enough to get by but I doubt they are going to become fluent like they are a native speaker at least not most.


    You have to take real classes to become fluent


    You have to use a language to become fluent. Taking a class is no guarantee of either condition.


    It will give a head start.

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