Pupil gets A in Italian without attending a class (Irish Times Article)
Guess how she did it! ;-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.