https://www.duolingo.com/anthonytera

Reading abilities following Duolingo

I've seen plenty of "How fluent are you after completing..." topics but I have yet to find anyone talking about just reading ability alone? I feel reading is much easier than actually speaking and understanding spoken language, and I was wondering if anyone had personal experiences about just reading fluently in another language? Can Duolingo effectively teach you how to read(of course there are vocab. limitations)?

I'm not even close to finishing my French tree but I think Duolingo has made reading in French so much easier.

May 6, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/zekecoma

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.

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anthonytera

Interesting, luckily memorizing vocabulary seems to be the "easiest" part of learning haha. Thank you for helping!

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/serieultimo
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Hi, I recently completed my Spanish tree. I'm reading beginner level material without any problems. With intermediate material, I am translating the words in my head because I have trouble with the quick change in verb tense and pronouns (chiefly le and se).

May 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anthonytera

Are you finding that most of the words you're reading were taught on Duolingo and you have to translate them because you don't know them well enough yet?

May 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/serieultimo
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This is a difficult question to answer because I have been obsessed with learning the language for about one year. I have used Duolingo, Youtube, quizlet, Memrise, spandict.com & other sources to learn vocabulary. When I read beginner material, Duolingo helped tremendously. I just know what I'm reading and I don't have to second guess it. Duo did help me recognize verb tenses, but with intermediate level material the sentences are more complex. I'm reading Spanish Intermediate Stories by Ollie Richards, and within a page I can read subjunctive, past imperfect, conditional, and past preterite verb conjugations. When the verb tense changes that often I find myself grabbing on to the root prefix of the word and working backwards to an infinitive verb before I can understand anything...it's a little exhausting.

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anthonytera

I see, thank you! Helped a lot

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Certainly. That's right in Duo's wheelhouse. Granted, reading Catalan if one can already read Spanish is hardly the biggest linguistic jump in the world, but Duolingo certainly fills in the gaps, which in any case are typically most significant at the most basic language levels.

I've seen people referencing learning to read three or more languages easily in the space of two or three years here (granted, such folks usually started this journey already being able to read two, a massive leg up).

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anthonytera

Ah alright, do you feel comfortable reading in Russian? Is the Duolingo tree enough itself to say you can read in another language? I have been trying to connect how we learned to read as a child compared to learning to read as an adult, and I'm assuming the process of learning how to read and write in another language can be made to be much easier.

May 7, 2017

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I think anything outside the Romance/Germanic orbit is a challenge of a different magnitude. Could one read fluently in, say, a first Romance language with just a Duolingo tree? I'm sure not, but with a Reverso Context and the like available, can they read in a way that would be enjoyable for its own sake as well as for the inevitable learning value? I think one could at least get close to that if one has attained a good mastery of the tree. Would attaining that mastery using just the tree by an optimal use of learning time? That I don't have an answer to; learning Catalan from Spanish isn't enough experience to put myself in the shoes of someone learning a first Romance language.

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anthonytera

Thank you so much! You helped a lot, really cool to see someone so interested in learning languages!

May 8, 2017

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No problem. Here is a site with detailed reflections on the topic, choosing books to read for learning, etc. http://gregreflects.blogspot.com/search/label/Reading

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anthonytera

Wow! That's a really amazing resource, merci beaucoup!

May 10, 2017

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I'm sure this thread will be of interest if you didn't happen to see it today: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22594204

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anthonytera

That's super helpful! Merci!

May 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/_Help

I feel that I can read Spanish much better than I used to.

I read websites in Spanish, since I don't have access to Spanish books, other then a Bible, but I don't wanna read that xD

May 6, 2017
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