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Experience with the newer courses

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    I have been sticking to rather mainstream languages so far, but I would like to try one of the less popular ones and use Duolingo to get a taste of my options and have a bit of fun while getting a bit more prepared for real learning. I don't have unrealistic expectations, I think.

    There is a lot of difference between the individual trees and between putting a romance language in one and a very different one.

    How satisfied are you with courses like Hebrew, Romanian, Greek, Vietnamese, Hungarian, or Swahili? Any particular recommendation or warning, please?

    Thanks in advance for any answer.

    November 4, 2017



    I like the Hebrew tree, but I came in knowing the alphabet although I had not studies the language for 10 years. If you do Hebrew, I suggest learning the alphabet in a place like memorise first.

    The Swahili tree has no audio at this point, and that is something to take into account. For me, it didn't seem like it would be difficult to figure out how the language is pronounced, but I didn't like it because I think that feature helps me better understand the language, like how it works and more.


    The Hungarian course moves really fast. It's difficult, so some prior Hungarian knowledge is recommended.


    I love the Swahili course, but it needs some big improvements. Besides having no audio, the course also has a lot of mistakes in the English translation. It's getting really frustrating, especially the more you go down the tree.


    Yeah, I have seen quite a few comments on stuff like that and it seems very frustrating to me.


    I like Romanian and Hungarian courses. I don't like Duolingo courses with other alphabets (Hebrew, Greek [+ Vietnamese]) because the interface is not friendly. Swahili course lacks sound.


    Hebrew is a great course. I didn't know anything going in and I've enjoyed it so far. (Disclaimer: I do a small amount of study outside of duolingo, but still found I was making progress even before then.)


    So you learned the charectors from the course? If so that sounds bad. I wouldn't like doing that.

    And I agree. I think it is a good course. I like it quite a lot.

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