How fluent can you get with Duolingo?
Ive been using Duolingo for quiet some time now, and im wondering, for those of you who finished all of the branches, how fluent do you become? Are you completely able to speak the language? Or do you have to go to other resources to become fully fluent?
According to duolingo, you can become 60% fluent. I think that duolingo prepares you for going to a country, and when you get there you can communicate. After a while, in the country, you'll become fluent.
With the internet, I think we can create a lot spaces/times of immersion throughout the day right where we are. At the very least, our homes can be Spanish if we want them, too. I'm using a headset to listen to Spanish sermons while I drive, walk in the park, and do some daily activities at my place among other things.
Please read this blog post: https://bookboundpolyglot.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/why-i-dont-want-my-grammar-corrected-a-krashen-inspired-experiment/. I finished my tree, but I don't consider myself fluent in Spanish. However, I'm spending more and more time listening to Spanish sermons and watching Spanish TV. I'm starting to also read El Camino A Cristo in Spanish, too. I figure I can read roughly a page a day. If you go the immersion route, I believe that will be the best real world test of fluency.
That blog is actually pretty interesting, Ive been all frustrated with grammar and trying to figure it all out, and yeah Im learning German, so ive been watching things in German and attempting to read things in German so I can pick things up from doing that too.
Oops. My first link wasn't even the real link I wanted to give you. Here is the real one that I wanted to share that breaks down the input hypothesis: https://bookboundpolyglot.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/input-hypothesis-the-basics/.
I'm glad you're reading and watching things in German! :) I'm thinking more and more that is the best way to pick up the language, but I think it just has to be consistent and given enough time.
If you stick with it, I believe you'll learn much about grammar intuitively. I'm planning to read the book that inspired that blog post about the input hypothesis. The link is given at the end of the blog post, but I'll also post it here: http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/books/principles_and_practice.pdf.
I like the links that you share. Keep doing it!
I'm also glad that they support my preferd method of learning. That's good to know.
Ahhh I love input learning, that was the very first method I wanted to try, then duolingo as a seperate source. I just dont see how it works though, it must take a really long time, when I watch things in German I can pick up a few words and follow their tones and understand whats going on, but they talk so fast xD and German is a romantic language so theres multiple words with the same meaning each used differently
I'm going to try to read a lot of the book on the input method tomorrow. http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/books/principles_and_practice.pdf
Anyways, the testimonies given in the blog post on the input theory seem very solid.
No amount of studying on Duolingo can ever make you a fluent speaker of a language - you will only gain this confidence and spontaneous thinking from actually doing it. I have done every lesson, although I'm still not done going through them all to make sure I haven't forgotten any words... I would say in writing about A2 level or maybe a low B1, but for speaking and listening you'll need other resources.
Of course, the only thing about dulingo is that its mostly for memorization, not really for telling the differences between words, well for the German courses anyways. But the biggest thing is to just keep practicing it
Duolingo can be a good start, but if you want to become fluent, you will have to do much more. Additional resources both online and offline are necessary to become competent in a language.