https://www.duolingo.com/Radorkan

Did Duolingo actually help you?

So I'm new around here and I would like to start learning a new language (specifically German). But I have a question: did this site actually help you learn the language you wanted to learn and knew nothing about? I know that if you're really dedicated to learn a language, you should probably have some language courses, but you can use sites such as this one to enhance your knowledge. So is this site worth it?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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Absolutely. I will take Italian as an example. I had never uttered more than ciao or arrivederci in Italian before duolingo. Since taking the course here, I have gotten very good at it. However, after completing the tree, I took some memrise vocabulary lists and memorized most of them, I talk to native Italians several times a week through Whatsapp or HelloTalk. Sometimes we chat through Skype. I even attend an in-person Italian meetup every Saturday morning which is truly a much looked forward to event every week. I am getting close to conversationally fluent in Italian and I wouldn't be at this level without duo even though it wasn't only because of duo. It's a great first step. If you're serious about learning, it shouldn't be your only step.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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I know that if you're really dedicated to learn a language, you should probably have some language courses, but you can use sites such as this one to enhance your knowledge.

This website kind of looks like a game, but make no mistake, it's all about language courses. Spanish, Russian, German... you name it. It's designed to introduce absolute beginners to a new language, and help them build a solid foundation. I wouldn't recommend it to an intermediate learner who's looking to enhance their knowledge, but I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a new language and doesn't know where to start. Personally, it has helped me a lot.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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Indeed it did, and does. I use Duolingo Irish course as my main resource, and my core vocabulary comes from it. It also played a part in helping me fall in love with the language. The Irish community here is small, but most of them are great and helpful people. (It's been a year I'm learning Irish, just for your info) I emphasize that Duolingo alone doesn't get you much further. It should be combined with immersion resources, like radio, TV, books, audio books, video games, speaking with a native, etc.

I'm a very slow learner, but when I was at, like, 50% of the course, I started watching TG4.ie's shows (Irish language broadcast), which made me take a leap in the process, and I could even proceed faster. Immerse yourself, if only for five minutes a day with a radio app!

German, for one, doesn't have a lack of learning materials, and the tree is quite thorough, or so I hear. Have fun on the trip!

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Edit: Having seen the questions you asked of iwc2ufan, I must say most (?) Duolingo courses aren't very "practical" at first. Memrise, for example, teaches you "traveler's" stuff right from the start. Duolingo focuses on introducing you to the language, the constructions, the rules, the usage, and yes, most frequent words. It's less frustrating and more fun than Memrise, but serious learners I've seen use Memrise at some point.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgoth_Bauglir
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Absolutely. I knew nothing of Dutch before Duolingo, and now I can read simple stories and articles.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/givvy1
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I recommend it very highly. I began using Duolingo to learn Italian around six months ago and now have a sufficient level of knowledge and proficiency to have managed adequately on a trip to Italy last week. A combination of daily Duolingo and a regular lesson on Italki works well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tomer530853
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Without doubt. Of all of the many websites I tried, this was the most effective in teaching the most vocabulary and grammar in the least amount of time.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iwc2ufan
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Yes, this site is a great start to learning any language, whether you have previous knowledge or not.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Radorkan

I see you've learned a lot of German on this site. How was it? Did you start from nothing? Can you communicate with a German right now (not well, but at least ask for help and explain the situation, if you're in trouble, as an example)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iwc2ufan
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I have done German on here on and off for a few years. I did mainly start from nothing. I'd studied a little, little bit on my own, but only maybe the first few chapters of a textbook on my own, so nothing serious. I'm OK at German. It was never my main focus. I have just been here for about 4 years and I started with German, but they kept introducing languages that interested me more, so I actually only finished the tree a few weeks ago.

I can understand some German though and I successfully used my German in a few restaurants in Munich a few years ago. I haven't had a lot of chances to text it out since then. I'd say it got me to maybe a pre-intermediate level even with me not putting a brilliant or consistent effort in.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RRVCAB
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Yes. This is great learning tool. It's a very organic form of learning. Light on the technical aspects of the language but with consistent practice the words and sentences become familiar. Combine Duo with a simple book in your chosen language or conversations with others. I highly recommend Duo !

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/k-ahmed131

It has helped me alot on understanding spanish and i myslef are quite a new user but however it hasnt really got me talking and understanding when someone else actually talks but i can understand if its in writing

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redrose44444

I think it has helped me a lot with German. I wasn't expecting it to do everything. I have gotten better at listening and reading in German. Before Duo I didn't know any German unless it happened to use the same word in English. Funny thing to me is in an anime I was watching, some villains used German and I could understand almost everything they said.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob20020
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Yes, but use https://learn-german-easily.com/ before using Duolingo. It helps a ton, and I could speak basic German super fast. Do all basic lessons, and try out anything else you want (most lessons cost money) but it helps a lot, he uses a weird technique that really works.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klastiron
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Yes, Duolingo helped me with learning German, especially with vocabulary. I didn't know any German before I started with Duolingo.

I had done about a third of the German course on Duolingo before I had started a German A1.1 beginning German class at the Goethe Institut, in a face-to-face group language learning course. I could see that I was definitely ahead of the rest of the class due to this; however, near the end of the A1.1 course I could see that we were starting to learn things that I hadn't encountered on Duolingo.

I also took the Goethe Institut's A1.2, A1.3 courses, A1 exam, and A2.1 course. Duolingo was still good for practicing vocabulary, but I was definitely learning a lot more in the courses than what I was learning here. I still use Duolingo every day though because the daily practice is wonderful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zekecoma

No. The problem I had when I completed the Spanish tree. It didn't teach me any important vocabulary. Then it taught the tenses, if you wanna claim that. It taught you the imperfect and preterite, but didn't explain the difference between the two. It ignored the future tense and just focused on "ir a" rather than the actual future tense. It barely touched subjunctive and subjunctive is very common. When I used sources like Assimil, Language Transfer, and Lingvist. I actually improved in Spanish and could read, write, and actually make sentences.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kmpres
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I took your recommendation and tried Lingvist. I like it a lot, I will continue to use it daily and see if I can get to level 35. Good advice!! Thanks....

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zekecoma

No hay de que.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anne6395010_2048
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Yeah. It is worth a lot to me. It has helped me a lot with French. Adding ALL the courses for English speakers is fun ! I did it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aheadfullofwords

Without a doubt!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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Yes, it did. I've learned quite a bit of both French and Spanish on Duolingo, although I already knew some of both when I got here, and I'm still not fluent in either.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elle_rose9234

Yes

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jahe12
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Absolutely. I highly recommend using Duolingo for everybody willing to learn a new language or to practise old skills. I've been using Duolingo for a year and I think it's great.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LexieB.99

Yes absolutely. It's even free

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Romulo.Np
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Duo helped me a lot.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Yes, it is so easy and relaxed and keeps the knowledge fresh.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaphneTheSnail

Definitely. I didn't know a single bit of Swahili until Duolingo and now I'm impressing people with how much I know... I haven't even been on for 2 months! You can do a really good job in learning a language starting with Duolingo and then moving on to a class or another website, maybe even traveling to the country/ies where it's spoken. Goog luck on German!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JJT60K

A friend was watching me the other day and was really impressed by how much I've learned in the last year, so definitely yes!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deyan161
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Definitely. I didn't know a word of Welsh before Duo. On a visit to Wales last week discovered I could read a lot of the signs quite easily whereas Welsh used to look like an unpronounceable mystery. The courses vary but they're an excellent introduction if you don't know any of your target language. You will have to use other resources, though, if you want to take a language further. Happy learning!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1
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I learned more Spanish in three months with Duolingo than four years in school. It shocked me that I actually found a great method to learn languages with.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kaphinga
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I think so, although I would recommend a basic grammar book and some audio resources, such as Pimsleur or Assimil or podcasts, to supplement Duolingo.

What I learned on Duolingo helped me tremendously when I visited Italy and Turkey.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RaquelGP1
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It is really helping me! I work in tourism. I'm Spanish and I usually speak English, french and german. Duolingo is my best way to maintain the three languages, by studying French and German in English. Sometimes I study them in other ways, but I use Duolingo every day, and for me is the best online course Just one thing. I don't find it useful if you are starting a language from 0.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea237351

It helped me a lot. Although I studied German in school for a few years, I never learned it properly and after almost 10 years of not using it I forgot pretty much everything. Now I've been learning for 3 months, on Duolingo and Memrise, without any other courses, and I can read children's books, watch some German TV series or movies dubbed to German and a few times I managed to have 1-2 hours long conversations in German. Of course, I'm still far from fluent, I don't understand everything, make a lot of mistakes when speaking and often have to ask people to repeat something or speak more slowly, but it still works okay.

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