Flashback to the 1960s! ALM Spanish?
This is eerily like my high school spanish classes. ALM was "Audio Lingual Method", emphasizing listening and talking instead of verb drills.
I'm still showing the weaknesses of that method: great vocabulary, good accent, bad grammar.
Hi abacaxi2, thanks for the feedback!
The cool thing about Duolingo is that it does not have to be used by itself. There are a lot of people out there with many different learning styles and different learning needs. Most supplementary resources can be found online without about 3 mouse clicks. A lot of users have reported good results when they combined Duolingo with other learning methods.
I personally really appreciate www.wordreference.com for dictionary with examples and also the verb conjugator on that website.
For grammar, my favorite website so far as been SpanishDict.
As for flashcards, I've heard great things about Memrise. A google search will get you an entire list of Duolingo's Spanish vocabulary that users on Memrise have created.
And don't forget to utilize the search bar in the Spanish forum to find previous QA discussions.
I hope this information has been helpful! ^_^
"The cool thing about Duolingo is that it does not have to be used by itself."
Yeah, I suppose it is without the context. I didn't have internet until I was 16. So, it's a novel idea that I can be taking a course and with a couple of clicks I can find everything else I need. I was never satisfied in school :P
I meant to say: How can the fact there is Memrise, wordreference etc. be a cool thing about Duolingo? I don't get the logic of that statement.
And yes, abacaxi2 has a point.
I am a person outside of this window with big, scary things happening in my life that are very stressful. Sometimes that means I am distracted and the perfect word escapes me for expressing empathy with someone who is frustrated, while also trying to give them resource that will help them learn a language both using Duolingo as well as resources from website outside of Duolingo. Don't let the word "cool" interrupt the rest of my message and my intentions behind it. I want people in our community to succeed using any resources they can find. Even if some of those are not here. Almost everything is within reach on the internet.
Hi Usagiboy, I understand and respect your intentions. I have read many of your posts, they are always helpful. However, in this case I am not sure that the original post was frustrated or looking for help. To me it just seemed to be a valid observation. There is a lot of hype about Duolingo, but it is not the Holy Grail of language learning. abacaxi2 pointed out a weakness of Duolingo's method. In fact, Duolingo doesn't teach you anything, it just gives you plenty of exercise. I agree with you that it is best to combine different resources when learning a language.
What interesting is that most Spanish speakers think I speak Spanish far better than I really do.
They hear the Guadalajara accent and the big vocabulary. Their own brain slides past any errors I make.
And they are polite enough to not laugh until they leave the room. :)
You can greatly improve your grammar here by advancing to a new lesson only when you have received a perfect score for its predecessor, and always writing the accents in your responses, even if Duolingo would allow you to get by w/ some errors. Duolingo is what you make of it. If you're sloppy your results will show it. Working this way can be boring, of course, as many of the same sentences will keep recurring, so drop back often to "Strengthen skills" at the top of the tree, which will provide some variety as well as review.
Yes, that's why I'm using this site. I periodically back up and try them all again.