Level 25


Heute bin ich am 25. Niveau angekommen und als ich für meinen Streak-Jahrestag gemacht habe, dachte ich, dass ich einen (hoffentlich ziemlich kleinen) Beitrag dazu schreiben würde.

Zuerst will ich sagen, dass die Entfernung groß ist; zwischen den Baum zu erledigen und das 25. Niveau zu erreichen. Hoffentlich dazwischen tut man mehr als nur Duolingo Übungen. Ich hab die Fragen ein paar Leuten, die Niveau 25 erreicht haben, gesehen (werde offensichtlich keine Namen nennen) und es überrascht mich, wie viele einfache Fragen sie gestellt haben. Fragen, die viel früher als Niveau 25. beantwortet sollen hätten.

Deshalb empfehle ich, dass man möglichst bald möglichst viele Quellen findet, die einem helfen, Deutsch zu lernen.

Zweitens finde ich ein bisschen komisch, wie viele Leute es gibt, die eine Unmenge Sprachen auf Duolingo lernen. Ich frage mich, wieso die das tun. Als ich gefunden habe, muss man viel mehr als nur einige Duolingo Übungen machen, um eine Sprache zu lernen. Also will ich wissen, was diese Leute zu erreichen wollen, während sie lernen 20 Sprachen auf Duolingo.

Ich will kein Klugscheißer sein, aber ich glaube schon, dass viele Leute vergessen haben, für was Duolingo gemacht wurde; Sprachen lernen.

Ich konnte einen Beitrag schreiben, der über die vielen Vorteile Duolingo erzählt, aber leider habe ich diesen geschrieben.

May 6, 2017


In my opinion Duolingo is great when you start a new language from scratch.

In few months you can go from zero to being able to start reading children books. Then, few months later, you can start reading adult books.

I discovered Duolingo twenty months ago and started doing lessons in French and German just for fun and out of curiosity. Nothing serious. I didn't have any goal, to be sincere.

Little by little I added more and more languages, again just for fun and out of curiosity about languages in general.

Now, one year and a half later, I can read books comfortably in French, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Esperanto and German (well, in German I still have to make quite an effort when reading some adult books, it is not yet that natural for me, but for example I could read your message easily without any dictionary at hand), six languages that were completely new to me.

Prior to Duolingo, I thought this was not possible. So I am really happy that I found this site.

I would like to achieve that same thing (to get to a point where I can read adult books comfortably) in another five or six languages, but as I said, it is not a serious thing for me, I only do it for fun and out of curiosity about how different languages work.

Thank you for your fascinating response. I think you're a superb example of what can be achieved using Duolingo.

You might have been able to tell I was in a bit of a hump when I wrote this post. I'd read another post that annoyed me somewhat, then happened to move onto level 25 and thought "I have to write a post!" and that annoyance sort of flowed into my writing.

I can't think of many better uses of duolingo than the one you put so eloquently, but obviously people use duolingo for a variety of reasons, ranging from - assistance in as high fluency as possible in one language raises hand; comprehensive grasp of a few languages; a basic level of understanding for a larger number of languages - and obviously that isn't nearly an exhaustive list.

One of the beauties of duolingo is the "game" like feel to it. You're playing games to level up and learning a language in the process!

The downside I was eluding to for much of my post, comes from this "game" view of duolingo, I think. What I've noticed, and what I don't think does anyone any real favours, is people racing to complete the tree (or even level 25, but that is rare) and exclaiming that they've "completed the game" and that they're going to "move onto another one" (another one meaning another language); when in real world terms they've learned next to nothing!

So my post was directed at those that learn lots of languages on duolingo just for the colourful emblems that show next to their profile, and those that think completing the tree is the end, when really; it's the beginning.

Ich frage mich, wieso die das tun

E.g. challenge, curiosity, fun, ...

Als ich gefunden habe, muss man viel mehr als nur einige Duolingo Übungen machen, um eine Sprache zu lernen.

Duolingo is an easy, quite fun method with a low threshold to keep practicing. It is certainly worth the efforts to use Duolingo to learn a new language. So it is a good starting point. One can also choose from many languages and be presented with the same interface (GUI), so uniform, same approach which makes it easier and more easy recognizable for most.

"So it is a good starting point."

I completely agree.

As I said, you have to do much more than just a few duolingo exercises to learn a language; I'm not just talking about starting - so I agree totally with your comment, with the small amendment of:

"It is certainly worth the effort to use Duolingo to start learning (or supplement learning) a new language."

If one does a DuoLingo course and learns most words, one has a basic vocabulary of about 1000 to 2000 words, which should be a very good basis for starting to communicate in the language, e.g. on vacation.

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