https://www.duolingo.com/zixster

Duolingo verses other courses

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I have been studying Spanish in collegiate high school for 4 months now, I have done Rosetta Stone in the past, and I have studied Mango languages at the library but out of all of these things if i had to pick one way to learn Spanish, besides speaking with Spanish people, I would definitely pick Duolingo. Hearing the words AND typing in both languages just makes it click for me. In fact for the first month of my Spanish class my teacher actually though I spoke Spanish because there Duolingo tree was about a week ahead of the class haha. I had to tell her that I didn't and was just studying online.

So I just wanted to the the Duolingo staff and the makers of the Spanish course for getting me a good grade in Spanish class, and opening up the world of languages to me. It's now my favorite hobby. I spend an average of about 4-5 hours a day studying Spanish and Arabic, yeah by the way Arabic team PLEASE HURRY :). but seriously, thank you all.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EnterM

I agree, the only thing I'm really missing is the option to view/learn/test the words in a row instead of a sentence!

Especially for numbers, days of the week, months etc. this is very helpful. Now I'm doing this elsewhere.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amodia
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Where would that be? :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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I don't know but there are several sites which do this sort of thing. Flash cards are one way and Anki is probably the best of these. A similar system is Memrise and there are a number of lessons on these which support the DL methods. These two are both free but just google 'flash cards' and you will find a long list of options.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fbianh
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I would give memrise.com a try - it's more fun than anki or similar flashcard systems - and should also be more effective. For me, duolingo and memrise make a perfect team :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saxicola

Me too. Memrise and DL are the best of the bunch that I have tried. Both a bit too addictive though when you have other things in your life that need doing ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

Based on what you and others have said here about Memrise, I gave it a look last night. It's pretty cool so i joined. I can now at least practice vocabulary, if nothing else :) I took the mexican spanish 1 lesson and was immediately exposed to future tense where 2/3 in my tree i havent reached that yet on duo. Now I know how to say Me gustaria un poco de vino, lol. Thanks for the suggestion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wynrich
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Yes, I love memrise.com, too. It's essentially only for vocabulary but is great for that. I started memrise about a year and a half before discovering duolingo and because of memrise know nearly all the duolingo spanish tree vocabulary. In duolingo, it is nice to be able to focus on grammar, etc. and not the vocabulary. My memrise username is wynrich. Let's follow each other there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saxicola

I'm saxicola on Memrise too, but I don't know how to find anyone there. It is not set up for communicating like DL is. If anyone wants to follow me there the best way I can think of is to find me on the Leaderboard of a spanish course called 'Body Parts' where I'm near the top.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wynrich
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Saxicola, you can use this URL to find a user on memrise by replacing "name" with the username:

http://www.memrise.com/user/name/

E.g., here is yours: http://www.memrise.com/user/saxicola/

I agree memrise makes it hard to connect if all you have is a user name.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Landsberg
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Anki is great for this. Github has some scripts to allow you to export your learnt words to an Anki list.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ian847

Cuebrain is a great app for this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moogy
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Try Quizlet .There are many Duolingo Spanish related sets posted there.What you need should be covered ,otherwise add one !

http://quizlet.com/subject/duolingo-spanish/

Good luck !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amodia
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Thank you all for the suggestion, I've actually used Memrise a lot before I ever heard about DuoLingo. I think I'll swing back to that and start using it again :) Thanks all :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMakhoul

Once ahead in DL, I find it more efficient to combine it with other resources.

Spanish for Dummies is a book that features basic chitchats, asking for directions, phone calls, shopping, emergencies... along with other basics. Great combination with DL.

Would you know of any book series that teaches Dutch Basics? Preferably adopted by schools in the Netherlands or so?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

I guess this is a good thread to inject the ol'...

BRING BACK THE VOCABULARY SECTION!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimmybgood9

Absolutely! How can they not have a vocabulary list? It's all computerized.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zixster
zixster
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agreed. i'm trying to add my duolingo vocab to memrise so i can practice just vocab at school...it's slow going...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vwlj
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DuoLingo is excellent, but I would also add a comprehensive grammar text (so you can look topics up when you need them), a big, fat up-to-date Spanish/English dictionary (for looking up the words in Immersion when hovering just doesn't nail it), and - perhaps most important - a Spanish-speaker to listen to and practice with (whenever I hear someone speaking Spanish, my ears flap! Better yet, save up and go for a few weeks to somewhere they speak Spanish. Take an immersion course there. They can be pretty cheap).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zixster
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cheap is relative. and i'm a broke college student :) luckily i live in the south and i found a latin church to go to.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

Alone, all of them (including Duolingo) are relatively poor sources if your goal is to speak at the level of natives.... which is my goal. If I had to pick, I would use as many sources as possible. Self-imposing a one-source limit on my language learning experience would be insane.

Rosetta Stone + Duolingo is waaaaaay better than RS or Duolingo alone ten fold because they make up for what the other one lacks.

synergy ftw

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cyneburg
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If I had duolingo when I was in high school I would have done a lot better. My teacher was great, she was a Greek teaching Spanish, she explained things today that I still remember but I just couldn't retain the language as well as I do now because of duolingo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KTKee-EnglishEng
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It's the only course I've ever stuck with, so for that alone it's the best. The speaking and listening part needs a big improvement but hopefully they're working on that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2langs

I haven't really tried the other popular courses like R Stone or Mango, but I tend to agree. The convenience is also a big factor. As long as you have a web connection, you can practice Duolingo on the fly, during lunch or whenever.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Peremptor

I have to agree to everyone. Although there's still a lot of improvement needed for this page, learning here makes fun. Never had this in school and I tried computer software, it was all cruel. The only thing I had for computer that was wonderful had been for Win95 and I can't find a way to run it on Win7 :) And of course I haven't tried the other online courses, they are much too expensive for me. The only thing I would pay for in learning languages would be public courses.

I'm also missing learning single words so I hope the Duolingo team will add the vocabulary again. Never heard of a way learning some language without a vocabulary....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EnterM

Have you tried: Right mouse button (on the program) -> properties -> compatibility -> run this program in compatibility mode for windows 95?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Peremptor

Sorry to disappoint you, but I have 64bit Win7, there's absolutely no way to start a 16bit application. And Virtualbox or VMware aren't good enough to get my headset working. I also thought about programming my own but I couldn't get the recognition to work...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TravelnLass

Thanks pisionpete - for the tip on memrise - you're right - that and DL make a great team.

That said, I reeeeeeeealy miss the DL vocab component that they say their bring back "soon". Question is... it's been weeks 'n weeks now - W.H.E.N.???

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittySch

I feel like an old lady using stacks of actual books and paper flash cards to learn with, guess I'm just a bit old fashioned like that! I have a few books to recommend though, since Duolingo bans slang, curse, and dirty words, which is totally a good thing, sometimes you feel the need to use those words though. So I thought I would tell everyone about some good Spanish and Portuguese books that teach these words, phrases, idioms, etc. So two Portuguese books are: 51 Portuguese Idioms, Speak Like a Brazilian by Luciana Lage and Renata Barboza-Murray and then also Dirty Portuguese by Alice Rose, Nati Vale, and Pedro A Cabral. Then four Spanish books: Dictionary of Spanish Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Michael Mahler, Street Spanish Slang Dictionary and Thesaurus by David Burke, Street Spanish 2 The Best of Spanish Idioms by David Burke, and Street Spanish 3 The Best of Naughty Spanish by David Burke. I figured I would supply this info since schools and duolingo and probably no other internet course is going to teach these things! They were all fairly inexpensive on Amazon.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittySch

I had someone asking me about Rosetta today and I see you have used it. Just out of curiosity (because i was telling this person i thought it was extremely expensive) how much does it cost for one language?

Also, I have used Babbel.com for some Portuguese and although it is very similar to duolingo, the lessons on pronunciation helped more on babbel. However, it costs money, so i stick with duolingo. I am beginning Italian and it would be helpful to have some pronunciation lesson on what letters and letter combinations make what sounds exactly! Hint, hint duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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RosettaStone costs $250-$500 depending on what package you buy. Other pay courses that I consider to be better than RosettaStone are Transparent and TellMeMore. They are better because their teaching method is more refined, and they teach more content. They don't waste tons of money on advertising like RosettaStone does.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittySch

Thanks! It's cheaper than what I was led to believe, but is still way expensive! Especially when there's duolingo for free! Also, thanks for the suggestions of other sites! I've managed to rack up tons of lingots from starting Italian, so please take one for posting that info for me!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zixster
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there is one thing i will give rosetta stone. they taught my to read/type in the language. for relatively obscure languages (pashto for me) it can be difficult to find a program that teaches you to write along with speak. however duolingo does this for the languages. but you can also get personal tutors on sites like italki.com which can give you the same thing. only you can get around 25 hours with a personal tutor/native speaker of the language learning instead of pretty much guessing as to what the rosetta stone picture is talking about.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittySch

oh yes I used to tutor on a site where anyone could find a language tutor to learn a language with natural conversation; I had forgotten about this, but it's called WyzAnt.com and it's your choice of tutor or if you want to pay the individual tutor what they request (and it's totally up to the individual tutor, not WyzAnt in any way) per hour for payment amount. The tutors must give the site a percentage of what they earn so students do not pay WyzAnt anything, it's completely free. In short, kind of like what I would imagine a free dating site to be like, only it's for tutors and students or anyone that wants to learn any subject, languages for people from here in particular, instead of singles looking for other singles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittySch

That is extremely cool that they offer hard to find languages that very well could be extinct within the century! I was just reading about some different languages, linguistics, stuff like that which i'm totally into and interested in learning about. I read (I understand you cannot trust everything on wiki, but seems most of it is true) on wiki that within this century 50-90% of languages will cease to exist and continue being living languages. That totally breaks my lil linguist heart! I hope more language learning programs will get with the program and promote dying languages to learn so they can stay alive!

Like this Pashto, I've never heard of! I completely regret taking KIchwa at the university I was going to, as I heard it's one of the only universities that offer it and the professor has a native speaking wife and lived in ummm Ecuador (I think) with native speakers for a very long time and he knows the language well and teaches it well, and if my overhearing the lady I knew who was in her second year of Kichwa was saying there are not many people who speak it and it's really hard for governments and whom ever to find translators for the native speakers who do not speak another language. I really regret not taking a few semesters with that professor and learning a rare language! But too late now, my goal is to have 10 languages acquired to semi fluency in the next few years, as I have a brilliant business idea in which would be my dream job and business to run and the more languages I can acquire, probably the more prosperous my business will be!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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Depends on what language you are learning, but have you looked at YouTube. Search for alphabet / pronunciation plus your language. I have found tha learning the alphabet thoroughly, including double letters and accents, really helped my pronunciation and even my spelling (but only for phonetic languages like Italian & Spanish).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittySch

that's a great idea, thanks! and it's italian i need pronunciation for, so that would work well!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pierre-YvesB

Yesssss!!!!! Arabic please :) Uhibu allura alarabya!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kael66
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Love how learning German finally. I always wanted to learn it. I attempted once teaching myself, but failed. I tried Spanish too. Funny how bad I was in high school. On here I seem to learn more than I ever did in that 4 years. Can't wait until they get Russian for English.

4 years ago
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