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?
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.
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
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.
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. ^_^
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.
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.
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.