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Pupil gets A in Italian without attending a class (Irish Times Article)

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1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

I nearly didn't bother to read this. So glad I did, thank you for posting it. There's hope for us all. Big thank you to Duolingo!!! I would also add that Duolingo has given me back my CONFIDENCE which was somewhat destroyed by a thoughtless teacher. And for that, I am truly grateful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juliecaesar
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I'm aware that the title sounds a bit clickbaity... I was just too tired yesterday to come up with anything better, so I just used the headline from the article. :-D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1
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It was same for me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

It's really nothing surprising. Few people have enough motivation to drive themselves for a language where it isn't spoken around them, but as it only leaves the motivated the success rate is high, unlike those who merely do for exams. The internet is full of resources, you can change all your devices to that language, so if you really have no luck for teachers, self-teaching with internet access is far from impossible. I learned better French in a few months with no classes or tutors than many students who have learned at school for 5+ years.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaphneTheSnail

That's really awesome! Too bad they don't have Swahili at my school XD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ngraner42
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I had two semesters of college French in order to graduate, 30 year ago, barely passing both times. I remembered "Je suis etudient", and a few other words. Duolingo has taken me far beyond what I did back then. They say Duolingo is equivalent to two college semesters; I would say at least two semesters getting "A" grades.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juliecaesar
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I recently took the Swedish SWEDEX certificate examination, level A2, after learning Swedish exclusively on Duolingo (plus watching two TV shows). I had never written anything in Swedish before, and the oral exam was the first time I had a Swedish conversation with anyone. I was mainly curious to see how well Duolingo could prepare you for an "official" language certificate examination. To my surprise, I aced it - got top marks in writing, speaking, grammar, reading and listening. So thanks Duo, you're amazing! I plan to keep my tree golden and branch out to reading some books and watching some films and try for the B1 certificate next year.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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What a great experiment; thanks for sharing your experience! How much of the TV shows could you understand?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juliecaesar
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Fairly little, to be honest. But the English subtitles helped a lot - not just to understand the plot (obviously), but also to understand some words and phrases I would otherwise have missed.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Antarcticite_

Duolingo is actually equivalent to one college semester, not two...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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I don't think there are any general equivalencies. How could there be when the trees differ so greatly in length? The Romance language trees cover grammar (well) beyond what I experienced in a third-semester college Spanish class.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Antarcticite_

Ah, interesting. Thanks for the correction!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nick447035

No way, I disagree completely. Duolingo is multiple semesters I would say. Italian 1 in college for me only covered the present tense. I'm not even halfway done with the tree and I aced that class, it was so basic. The hardest thing we did was possessives and some irregular verbs, which I already knew for the most part anyway. I don't see Italian 2 covering the rest of Duolingo (I'm taking it right now), MAYBE Italian 3. The one thing that you may be right about is that you learn how to write better in one semester of college than what all of Duolingo can teach you about writing, but as far as the material itself goes, Duolingo covers way more than a level 1 class.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Antarcticite_

Oh. How interesting. Because their advertised video is as follows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OebgtUjLg4

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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That video says 34 hours of Duolingo is equivalent to one college semester. In short, it's about how fast Duolingo yields results, not the overall extent of possible results.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Antarcticite_

Ah, thanks.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nick447035

Anybody can advertise anything. I'm telling you my experience that actually happened, because my level 1 class was like barely over a quarter of the tree. You're going to believe an ad over something that actually happened?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Antarcticite_

I know that you're telling me your experience. I'm just telling you what it says in the video. Thanks for your correction!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stysis
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Not true. I took two semesters of Japanese in college and Duolingo tree has covered everything.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nick447035

The Japanese course on here is not as intensive as the easier languages. I read that on one of the stickies the other day (I forget which one). SO maybe the Japanese course is two semesters. But for easier languages like Spanish, Italian and French, Duolingo covers probably 3-4 semesters.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Yep, for now at least Japanese happens to be one of the very shortest trees on Duolingo.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24435667

The Japanese course apparently has 1090 basic word forms (of which 100 are likely just the two syllabaries). Most courses have around 2000.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bobrisco
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Very impresive indeed :) thanks for sharing the article!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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I was wondering if the pupil’s situation were closer to the one shown here. ;*)

1 year ago