Opinions on Duolingo
Duolingo is a very effective and quick form to learn different languages. Though I have only been here for a day, I know that I will use Duolingo in times to come. With virtually endless hours of lessons and millions of users, Duolingo is the biggest thing since Rossetta Stone. Thank staff and members.
I think it's a good starter. I mean technically it can get you pretty far (take the Japanese course for example, out of the 5 JLPT levels, you can get most of the 1st level down pretty well.) But then again, I said it's good as a starter. If you really want to learn a language, you need to invest yourself in literally everything there is about that language. For example, if you're learning French, you might want to really indulge yourself in French culture. I'm learning Japanese mainly right now, and I think Tofugu (a website which is really informative on the Japanese language and also has a good aesthetic value which I appreciate) really helps me stay on track and actually continue to care about the language. Aside from Duolingo, you might want to buy textbooks on the language you want to learn, and read news articles, read stories, etc. in the language you want to learn. I like to pair my studies up with Memrise, which is a good flashcard app (it might sound boring but flashcards are a really good way to retain memories). Also, depending on the language I'm really focusing on, I'll change my phone language to that, and most of my search results include questions about the grammar. Just following threads on that language in general should help. I can go on a lot more but I think I just said a lot of unnecessary stuff for this thread (I don't want to delete it though because it's like 3 minutes of my time)
Yeah so anyway, it's really good as a starter, or something you can use to pair up with something else. It's pretty good, but I think it really has the potential to become a lot better.
What is the follower thing about? It seems pretty lame (unless two friends begin a language at the same time, etc.)