I have a question
How long has everyone been using Duolingo? Was it useful? Did it help you throughout your school years? Is it worth using?
I've been using Duolingo (Spanish) for 2 or 3 years. It's not as good as having a human teacher, but is good for practice. I would say try it out for a month or so...at best, it's a useful tool and helps you out; at worst you get some practice. Duo Stories and the chat feature on the mobile version are (in my opinion) fun, and worth the time. I used (and am still using) Duo for highschool Spanish. It works. I think a class provides better instruction through interaction...but I'm an extrovert, so that may just be me.
Also to add...I don't even log in every week, unlike some of the polyglot users.
I moved to hawaii in the middle of my freshman year and before i moved i took french. Well they didn't offer that class at my new school, so for the past two years i've been using duolingo to stay up to speed. Then when i moved back to where i live now, i signed up for french 3...which is probably a mistake but we'll see!! It's been a while but Duo has helped a lot
About a year and I think it is a good resource for gaining meta-linguistic knowledge; but, I think it is important to acknowledge its limits and not use it alone if meaningful language learning is ones goal. I think for a lot of people it is 'trendy' to know a little bit in another language, and duolingo can be a way to appear that way and have little practical knowledge.
I can say it has been one of my primary resources for learning portuguese, especially the vocab. Though I have practiced the language a lot outside of duolingo. Now, after 9 months of studying portuguese at different intensities—and remember, I have used other resources—I would say I have functional portuguese skills. My strong knowledge of Spanish grammar plays a large part in this (I am fluent in this language), but year I think duolingo is useful resource to get vocab, some exposure to a language, and some ok grammar; but it is a piece in the puzzle and instead of saying it is not everything, I like to look at it for what it is and utilize the other resources that I know about.
Sí, acuerdo contigo que inmersión es un muy buen idea; pero recuerda: nosotros vivimos en un mundo donde somos muy conectados—por lo bueno o lo malo—y se puede encontrar otra gente con quien se puede practicar.
But yeah in general, yeah. If I really want to learn portuguese, I need to be speaking it and hearing it regularly; that is the connection for tangible language utilization.
Ahhhhh. Esto es genial. Especialmente para tener alguien en su familia; no tengo una familia así pero me encantaría tener una Española. Estuve en España hace un poco más que un año, y para estar en EEUU no es lo mismo porque no puedo conversar con cualquier persona en la idioma. Pero es cierto, hay gente, pero son menos y eso no me encanta.
También creo que estes foros son buenos espacios para practicar. Estoy aprendiendo português, y a veces intento responder a las preguntas de la gente brasilera. Si ya sabes español português es fácil, en general (como todo en el mundo, es un poco más complicado que eso).
I can't wait to visit countries to learn more of the languages! Also, writing helps you learn. I write letters in Spanish, although I'm not good enough yet to do it on my own I use google translate and then copy it out by hand. It's all learning! Then when I receive the reply letters I read what I can before translating them.
Oh, and duolingo provides dopamine hits which are nice in the short term, but I do not feel are good in the long term, but I don't think you have knowledge of or are asking about neurotransmiters :). I hope my response provides a unique perspective and some information for you.
I've only been using it for two weeks, and yes it hasn't definitely been helpful. I've been learning Hebrew for 2-3 yrs now, and to start, I was learning it from books. But after a while I wasn't retaining anything. Then this school year, I started using Duolingo, and I'm actually learning!!!! This website is so worth it! It has been so much help to me!