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Does Duolingo really help you learn the languages properly?

Right now, I'm learning French, I think French is really fascinating and Duolingo is the only website where I think I can learn a language properly. What do you think?

October 1, 2017

29 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchByte

There may be other websites that help you learn, review, or study. But DuoLingo is mostly quite a good website for learning languages.

October 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Ya, I tried a bunch and duolingo worked the best for me, a lot of other websites costs real money to continue and stuff.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchByte

Like an online French School? That's kind of like Code School vs. Codecademy.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

No, they were websites like duolingo where you can learn multiple languages but it costs money

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchByte

Well, on Code School you need to pay (enroll), but Codecademy is free.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

oh okay

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cluney2

Well I actually would say that NO website is the only website where you can learn a language. I think it takes a combination of many different activities and programs to really master a language. Duolingo. Rosetta stone and all the others are not good enough to learn a language. But together. All the programs and different activities combine to make something quite amazing.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

I definitely agree. I tried many websites and a lot of them need membership and stuff which is annoying

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cluney2

I think that Duolingo is good at teaching phrases. but one thing I would suggest for translating simple nouns is the Google translate thing. I would suggest using proper websites for learning grammar and stuff but Google translate thing is good for translating nouns such as 'The person, the cat, the tissue, the computer, the cow, the tree, the cake' and so on. But I think Duolingo has a huge part in getting the grammar especially with all the discussion

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Yup, google translate is not that great though

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cluney2

I agree but for nouns I find it good. Not much else really. Mostly only thing like the(word), or a(word) Like I know no French and I can head to the Google translate and now say Le chat or L'homme. But you're right it's not very good.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Nick447035

You have to be REALLY careful with google translate. I was using it to talk to a native from Italy and we were joking around and I didn't know how to phrase something so I used google translate and I ended up calling her something really bad and I didn't mean to. When I found out that's what I called her it was not what I meant to say at all. On top of that, google translate does not know context at all, so it an screw you over in that aspect. Just use it for individual words and you should be fine. But if you're using it to copy/paste full sentences it's really not a good idea.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Yup, google translate takes the most common word related to what you want it to translate and it uses that word and its usually wrong

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mindstorms

No website can give you a complete study of a language. Sometimes, one needs outside study and classes. For the most part, though, Duolingo can teach you enough to be conversational.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Ya, I also have french classes so

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I don't know what you mean by "properly". There are a lot of ways to go about learning a language.

I'm a native English speaker. So, I learned through trial and error growing up, immersed among other native speakers. I took English classes in school so I could learn to identify one (but not the only) standard's norms and rules.

I had a friend learn English watching TV. His first language was French.

I've taken 2 years of Spanish and almost 2 years of Japanese in Uni. The lessons weren't how to speak Spanish or Japanese like a native speaker. Instead, both classes (at different uni's) were aimed at teaching me vocabulary and grammar (and for Japanese the writing systems.) It was expected that these uni classes would be a jumping off point (theoretically) into further study elsewhere and then rounded out with Immersive study with native speakers and native produced media.

Now I am going through Duolingo's lessons for various languages and similar to uni classes, I am learning language mechanics and vocabulary. I am not necessarily learning how to speak like casual native speakers. And, like with uni, I don't expect to be fluent at the end of each course (even if I memorize what every lesson was trying to teach me). But, it is a good jumping off point. ^_^

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Thanks for sharing, you seem to learning a lot of languages, being bilingual helps a lot in life.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

DL's approach to language learning should be treated as an introduction to the subject at best, and it will give you a peculiar perspective on your language if you use it on its own. Despite its attempts to cover all bases, DL only really offers a fun and motivational introduction to language learning. It is often recommended for learning grammar more than anything else, however, the site only really covers the basics, skipping over huge chunks of valuable stuff you will need to become proficient often in favour of other not so useful stuff it could easily leave out.

Having spent a few months completing my tree, I found that if I hoped to have any chance of improving my Spanish it was best to use DL only as a support and revision tool for the more comprehensive and focused self-study program I have embarked upon. I regularly do my daily DL goal and approach the grammar puzzles of its lessons as a warm-up. I then spend the best part of the time I have set aside for Spanish learning by reading, writing and speaking with others. I found that, although DL helped me with grammar, it did very little for my impromptu conversational Spanish. I would only use DL more intensively again as an intro to grammar if I decide to learn another language in the future.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Yup, I definitely agree.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Nick447035

Duolingo is great but not by itself. I recommend that in addition to Duolingo you use youtube, college classes, videogames, movies and talking to natives online. Duolingo by itself won't really get you anywhere, it's best used as a supplement to go along with other things. Learning a language takes more time and dedication that almost anything else in life.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Yup I definitely agree. Duolingo is good for building your vocab and give you a strong base.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CheshirePat

I finished the Spanish tree and it definitely improved my Spanish greatly. I'm not fluent, but I am far far better at reading websites, articles, and even books in Spanish. I still struggle with listening comprehension, but it's cool to text, message, and post in Spanish and have full conversations that way. Definitely all because of Duolingo.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

I'm pretty sure no website can help you learn the language 100% fluent, but it definitely gives you a strong base for you to learn further. Real life classes probably would help more, but duolingo is a very good practice and its good for building your vocab.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaYoung3

Mondly is great resource but has a fee associated for the full program. memrise is great and so is italki. as far as not website learning I prefer to read watch movies and talk to natives. :)

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaYoung3

duolingo is a great help but I don't think it will get me near proficient enough in any of my languages to answer your question it gives you a good starting platform for linguistic development is whichever language you choose

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Yup, I totally agree. You seem to be learning A LOT of languages

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaYoung3

its a bit of a hobby for me. I found early on that I have a passion for communication with people, and languages are an avenue for that :) there is so much to the intricacies of what makes a culture the way it is and parts are not visible until you know some of the language.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

I completely understand, I'm really into French, I'm thinking of learning Spanish right now but ya.,

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xStylistic

Is German hard to learn? I kind of want to try to learn german.

October 2, 2017
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