https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

Anyone who begun with Duo now fluent?

I started learning German on Duolingo 6 months ago, and have also used a lot of other sources since starting my course. I now have sufficient understanding to read novels and watch films comfortably in German. I aim to be fully fluent before starting a job in Germany next year.

Have any of you began a language on Duolingo, and are now fluent in that language? Or, if you're still working towards it, are you finding that your understanding now is a lot better than when you began learning?

October 30, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I could understand written Swedish fairly fairly well after completely the tree (then starting over) and doing the Memrise 1-7 course. From there it became really easy to improve my vocabulary. Duolingo is not perfect by any means, but it is such a great resource and a great stepping stone and I’m so so thankful for it

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

That's good. It's great to see that your hard work is actually paying off

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/K3rnelPan1c

I think the ability of reading novels and watching films is already beyond Duolingo. If you really want to find a job in Germany, I suggest you to travel or live in Germany for a month or two. Immersing in the environment can help a lot. Also, keep working on Duolingo and its reverse tree during your leisure time to strengthen your memory. Hope you'll successfully find the dream job next year.

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

I don't know, with not a ton, but some other resources, I can understand the majority of what I listen to in movies and read in Portuguese. Thats mostly because of Duolingo. And beyond the reverse tree, laddering is a good way to develope more too. I am a big advocate of that; its quite interesting.

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

Yeah, my university is one of the best for employment prospects, and our careers service is really good, so if I get the grades this year, I won't have much trouble finding a good job. The tricky part is getting my language skills up, before I go. Next Tuesday, I'm going to Germany to spend a week with my German friends, so I should get plenty of language practise then, plus I'm reading a different book in German each week, so I should be pretty good at reading a year from now too

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonMey

Depends on how you define fluent. Is CEFR B2 fluent? If so, I'm fluent in Esperanto. If not, then no, I've never become fluent in a language I learned on Duolingo.

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

Yeah, I'd say B2 counts

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

B2 is high. Definitely bilingual at B2

October 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tonino1984

I reached B2 in German. Passed Goethe-Zertifikat B2 with 80% score. Still, I wouldn't say I am fluent :-D I can surely manage to communicate in German, but fluency is something else for me...

February 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pto001

Other than Duolingo, has anyone who has finished it found another website to be useful? I've looked at Wlinga, Rosetta stone, and so forth, but would rather not spend the money if its not going to be much better than Duo. Taking a college class next year as well.

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ellablun

websites no, but there are some audio tapes that feel useful, mostly pimsleur and Michel Thomas, although some MT courses, depending on the language, can force you to listen to some really unpleasant voices. main problem is and always will be, that all of them will provide you with basic phrases, and you'll never be able to find a course that gets you beyond that initial stage.

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

Netflix. Lots of language exposure. There is another post (which the link is below for) that asked for how people learned the amounts of the language they know/are learning. Listening to native speakers is a good resource. Is it a stand alone thing? Doesn't have to be. I think it is good.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25008435

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

Yeah, I'd definitely recommend Netflix for language practise too

October 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Lingvist (which is free, although it may cease to be at some point)

Personally, I find LingQ worth it. Although there are free options that have a similar logic (Learning with Texts), which I haven't checked out. The content I've been looking at appears LingQ-specific, so I'll stay for a little while yet at least.

Memrise, of course; they've been upping their game a lot with official courses in the more-studied languages, and if you use the app, there'll be 50% off offers quite frequently. (I haven't paid since it seems the benefits in the languages I'm focused on there would be minimal, but I think there's important extra features in the better-developed official courses: videos and such).

October 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

From what the people I've seen in forums have said, Duo is a little better than Rosetta Stone

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

The Rosetta Stone I tried isn't the most recent one, but I would say Duo is vastly better than Rosetta Stone.

October 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Karma388702

i am not fluent yet....but that's because i started a month ago, but i am doing pretty good

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

Level in a month is pretty good going. Well done!

October 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

I am not fluent, but I have a conversational capacity in Portuguese in large part thanks to Duolingo.

It would be interesting to see how far someone has gotten here (+other resources). I know someone else who got into 3rd year college Portuguese because of Duolingo, like me, which can save 100s to 1000s of dollars.

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

Yeah, amongst the over 100 million people who've joined duolingo there must be thousands who are now fluent in something, even if they ended up learning mostly through something completely different. I'd be curious to hear about their learning experiences though.

Well done on learning Portuguese!

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

Yeah, I do agree with top comment though; there is no way Duolingo can take someone all the way. But given that, its a great resource. I especially love the laddering feature. And I like seeing those stories too; seeing the person who got into 3rd year college portuguese was cool because I had just done the same thing.

Thank you kindly. Danke

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IanMendes

I can say I reached a conversational level in French after using Duo.

October 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

Que outros recursos vc usou para alcançar isso

October 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

Well done!

October 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaYoung3

duolingo is a tool towards comfort in communication. but i use many tools for learning. i am not fluent but i am communicative.

November 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

well done!

November 2, 2017
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