What else do you use to learn?
Duolingo is great, however I'm sure that most people would learn better using it alongside other resources rather than as a sole tool.
So what other things are in your school desk? For me there is...
Spanish Grammar app by Buffalo Software https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buffalo.software.studyenglish.spanishgrammar - Although duolingo is great at motivation and drilling, it sucks on grammar and I needed this app especially with conjugations. I.e. it doesn't teach you verbs, it teaches you what conjugation is so that you may apply these rules to new words and sentences. Can be found online here http://www.studyspanish.com/tutorial.htm
About Spanish spanish.about.com - has articles on differences between similar words e.g. por and para. Has helped me get my 'head around' certain topics.
Spanish verb app by Appicenter https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.muth.android.conjugator_es - a reference list of verbs and their conjugations. If software wore out I'd be on my third copy!
Sentence maker http://www.123teachme.com/translated_sentences/sp - has verb tables however I find the sentence maker most useful to see a new word (not just verbs) in context.
Wiktionary http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page - a dictionary, but I mainly use it to see where a new word comes from, usually a Latin root. I can then more easily see how it relates to its English equivalent, which makes it easier to remember. For example 'although' - once I found out that the 'aun' in aunque comes from the latin for 'even' then its easy - even though!
Google translate - as flawed as it is it's still the place for a quick and dirty translation.
List of duolingo's words http://feralninjapigs.com/duoSpanishVocab.zip - for all this technology it still comes down to learning words. And the best way I've found is a pack of little cards with an English word on one side and its Spanish equivalent on the other. Shuffle them up and test yourself on each word in turn. When you get one right place it aside; if not put it at the back of the pack to repeat. Even if you fail to guess a word several times you will do eventually and it'll be easier next time.
So I've shown you mine, let me see yours!
I bought an excellent book that someone on here suggested, it's called "english grammar for students of spanish" It runs through english grammar to explain exactly what a direct object etc. is, then gives spanish examples and the differences. This is by far the best thing i've used alongside duolingo.
Just bought it (for $.01 & free shipping, on Amazon). Thanks for the tip, mate!
If I had the money I would buy it again. I used to have the book but it´s either in storage where I used to live or I´ve donated it to someone along the way. But, if anyone is interested, I found a copy of it for $5 (This includes shipping and handling, the book itself was $0.99) at www.alibris.com But, I only found the one copy at that price.
I use http://radiolingua.com/shows/spanish/ - coffee break spanish. I also like Memrise - but don't use it as much as Duolingo (http://www.memrise.com/home/) the public library has a program that I use called Mango... and I have flash cards on my iPad called Brainscape. (https://www.brainscape.com)
The Coffee Break Spanish sounded good although I've now got the song on my brain!!
I have tried Mango for Ukrainian. I don't know how they do it in Spanish, but I couldn't continue in Ukrainian because they would take phrases, translate it to the English equivalent, and then go word for word with the wrong words. I will use a Spanish to English phrase for an example: "Me llamo James means My name is James" It would then ask, "How do you say "My" in Spanish? (expected answer is Me) How do you say "name is" in Spanish? (expected answer is llamo)
I just couldn't continue.
I haven't used it enough to know if it is any good - appreciate hearing your experience though for Ukrainian. Right now my favorite place is Duolingo.
Spanish Dict (also free) is much better at giving translations for Spanish. It has its own app too. Thank you for this information. I really like the grammar app from Buffalo. Very helpful. Lingot for you!
I just went to download the SpanishDict app, but it has 104 1 stars and 190 5 stars, that is not a very good ratio. One reviewer said it would flood my playlist with Spanish audio files... >.> So, I immediately uninstalled it.
PS I don't know about Buffalo's Spanish app, but their Japanese grammar app is all stolen material from Tae Kim's app. :(
On my phone I have 4001 Spanish Verbs (free/works offline/all possible conjugations/search in both langs) and VidaLingua Spanish English Dictionary + (free/works offline/search in both langs) both can be found at Google Play for Android
I did not realize there are flash cards in Doulingo (under "words" at top of home page) until i am about a third through the tree. Just made 1002 and I actually learned some of them.
No me di cuenta que hay tarjetas de memoria flash en Duolingo (en "Words" en la parte superior de la página principal) hasta que estoy cerca de un tercio a través del árbol. Acaba de hacer 1002 y realmente aprendí algunos de ellos. Google translate.
Thank you for sharing all of your resources with us on duolingo.
I know our world is becoming more and more digitally oriented, but I do like this book for verbs: "501 SPANISH VERBS (Barron's Foreign Language Guides)" by Christopher Kendris and Theodore Kendris. ISBN13-: 978-0-7641-7984-6. It also comes with a CD-ROM for Windows & Mac.
501 Spanish Verbs is awesome! I have that one and also 501 Japanese verbs. Unfortunately, my 501 Spanish is in storage. :( But, in it's place I use www.wordreference.com which is free and has extensive conjugation charts as well as a dictionary with sentence examples. :)
From time to time I read articles in spanish wikipedia (http://es.wikipedia.org/) to assess my reading comprehension and so far I can understand the articles, relying mostly on contextual clues to fill out the gaps.
I use anki to commit some words into my memory.
Finally, I look for free online resouces at http://howlearnspanish.com/ to immerse myself. Right now I'm starting with children literatures ans stories.
Lot of good suggestions in this thread. Here are a few other links that may be of use to someone.
http://www.memrise.com/home/ ... remember when we had vocabulary lists on Duo? Well, you can actually find a lot of them here on Memrise, entered by enterprising Duo students. Click the 'browse' link, pick Spanish and in the search box enter 'duolingo' and you'll see a list of most of the Spanish lessons. Possibly this link will work to spare you those steps and take you there directly: http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/spanish/?q=duolingo
http://www.acapela-group.com/ this is a speech synthesizer which was invaluable for me in French, where so many words sounded alike. It's not as essential for Spanish but at times it was helpful. You can select from two Spanish dialects and then from a couple of different speakers and enter text to be spoken.
http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-spanish.html ... enter any form of a verb and it displays the full conjugation. Just be careful with words like 'fui' which have multiple verbs, it just displays one.
I have the Pimsleur Spanish audio disks. I listen to them on my way to work, then I do a Duolingo lesson with my daughter (7 yo) when I get home. I like getting to practice speaking in phrases and call-response mock conversations, but the app lessons are much more manageable chunks for her. As we learn we start incorporating the lessons as much as we can.
Fingers crossed there is a Japanese Duolinog set-up soon because that's the language we want to learn next.
For Japanese, I'm using a variety of things. But, I'll just list the ones I use everyday:
Midori (iPad/iphone app that costs $ but I use this more than anything else. I can't imagine not having it.) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/midori-japanese-dictionary/id385231773?mt=8 English to Japanese/Japanese to English dictionary. Romaji/kana/kanji/English input. Another input method: you can also draw the kanji on the screen if you don't know what it is. Conjugation charts, still frame as well as video review of kanji stroke order. Tons of example sentences. They've also added some explanations for particles.
All About Particles (Book, available in paperback or Kindle) When I was in school, I used this book a ton. I was very sad when a guest spilled water on it. It's all lumpy and stained now but I love it too much to toss it (And, it's still mostly readable!... >.>)
Kotoba-chan (free app) This is just TONS of vocabulary from JLPT5-1 (5 being the first level and 1 being the most advanced.)) It uses spaced repetition for memory and allows me to say "I know it" so that they completely remove it from the list.
Skritter-- This is one of those resources I would use if I had the money, because it offers a ton of on-screen kanji drawing exercises from what I saw with the tutorial.
www.wordreference.com Dictionary, verb conjugator
SpanishDict (the website) awesome for grammar!
DUOLINGO woohoo!! (No, but really! I went to the gym today and used Immersion like a reader. I couldn't do a lot of typing to do lessons or translating, but I could read through articles and occaisionally tap a word to get a definition.:D)
I go back to the book: Merriam-Webster's Easy Learning Complete Spanish (available at Borders) for grammar, verb conjugation tables, and a lot of useful information
I put post-its that contain the name of the object on the objects in my flat. I planned to add sentences to the post-its that are related to the object, e.g. Como un huevo, Duermo en la cama.
A friend suggested to remove the post-its from time to time and write them again or for the beginning shuffle them and put them back in place.
I use http://www.elemadrid.com/de/page710.html to quickly check conjugations of verbs.
Yes aboutspanish.com is what i go to when i need clarification. also i use Practice Makes Perfect - Verbs for an orderly way to learning verb tenses (then DuoLingo reinforces & tests my understanding). When I finally comprehended all tenses, I started reading literature so I could see tenses in action especially subjunctive! Am reading Isabelle Allende's Zorro (2013!) I make flashcards on Gflash+ also, scrupulously adding all words I run across that are unknown. One more thing: I learn Spanish songs....great for my pronunciation and for travelling.
I have tried most major language apps and methods and give honest assessments of them, though I am also building a web app that reflects my beliefs about the best ways to study languages. Here is a description of my current process:
My first goal in every language is to master a core set of high-frequency vocabulary in context, without relying on rote memorization or fake example sentences. To do this, I use WordBrewery (my site) to read sentences from news sites around the world. Each sentence consists primarily of high-frequency words at your particular level (from Beginner, representing words 1-500 on the frequency list, to Master, representing words 1-30,000 on the list). If I get stuck on a word, I add it to a study list and can automatically generate a list of additional example sentences for the word. I then export sentences I have collected to PDF printouts or Anki for further offline study. Here is an example of one of my Spanish sentence lists:
Aside from WordBrewery and Anki: I have tried many apps and methods but am currently using only these two as well as KanjiBox for Japanese. I like some Memrise courses, but they are too slow-paced for me, and I refuse to study words in isolation, i.e. out of the context of (preferably authentic) example sentences. I also like Clozemaster (but don't trust the sentence quality / authenticity, as the sentences are from Tatoeba, which is useful but not very reliable) and LingQ (but would prefer sentences to focus on high-frequency words rather than be selected at random or as part of longer pieces). I am using Duolingo a bit for very basic Greek. And I have a method I have followed for years to help with speaking and listening: gather many audio courses for the target language (usually from the library), then create a "smart playlist" on iTunes that plays random tracks from these recordings at until each track has been played 5 times (or 4 if the material seems easy).
-- Ryan from WordBrewery