I would like to hear stories on how you heard about Duolingo, and how Duolingo has helped you learn (a) language(s)? And how it's inspired you?
Well, I had an earlier account about to years ago. Then life/career kinda got busy, so I deleted my account during that time. I had been wanting to learn French and Korean. When life got less busy I came back. I hit Spanish first (even though I am a 100% fluent in it) so I could get to level 2 fast, so I could help other users with their Spanish or English. So my Spanish was just so I could post in the discussions, but I'm really after French and Korean.
thanks for getting back to me and your insides.
I am curious:
If you would take the "intro comprehension test", how much can you test out on your DuoLingo tree?
Do you really only get to SP level 2? :-) :-)
I did it with DE-EN, and I think I got to level 8-9 or 10 (can't remember exactly; did some checkpoints or skills manually later either for DE-EN/EN-DE).
The skills after the last checkpoint are more difficult for me as words and phrases/sentences popup which I do not have to regulary use...or which I have not learnt yet.
For sure, testing out checkpoints / skills on DuoLingo is IMHO not a very easy job to do, even if you have been practicing years the language (e.g English).
BTW: I badly failed to test out any skills from the Spanish "intro comprehension test" after completing my Portuguese tree.
The 89% lexican similarity between Portuguese and Spanish does NOT work for me to understand enough of the Spanish language...the basics are still too much different, so I definitely would have to learn it from scratch :(
I first heard about Duolingo when it has been launched on the AppStore. I'm a french native speaker and when it started my english was so weak that I needed it to improve my english skills. Then I gave up. I went to university where I learnt : Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. Two years later, I'm coming back to improve my Scandinavian skills from English. I began Slavic and Roman languages + Greek, Japanese and Korean and Esperanto too for fun. :)
I must say that I've learnt more German than 10 years at school thanks to Duolingo !
Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. Two years later, I'm coming back to improve my Scandinavian skills from English.
Wow! 4 language all at once (from scratch).
I am curious: Did it work for you to be able to speak ANY of the four on a conversational, or at least intermediate, level?
Didn't the latter three confuse you a bit when you learned them all at once in the 1-2 years?
Hi. Yes Four languages, it's was kind of Scandinavian languages pack and we had to introduce ourselves at a new langage. I live in the north of France so hearing some flemish and dutch in my region is easy. (Only 20mn from the Belgian's frontier).
I can speak at an advanced level Swedish, intermediate Danish and conversational Norwegian. We began our 1st year with Swedish as a major. The Dutch came for the 2nd one, and finally Norwegian for the 3rd and last year. It was a bit tuff at the beginning of 2nd and 3rd year because of the new language that comes, but after like 2 months, you are able to separate the languages and learn them separately. I just can do a difference between Swedish and Norwegian while speaking. I hear the difference of pronunciation but actually I can't pronounce Norwegian in a different way, so it's like a french/swedish accent in Norwegian when I speak, kinda funny. ;-)
Well, mine is a long story and I have explained it many times, so I'll post a link to a discussion where I somewhat explain my experience:
Long story short, I learned about Duolingo through my first high school French teacher. She forced our class to have accounts in 2014 and that was how I "discovered" this site.
Duolingo definitely helped with my reading and writing comprehension of French, especially when Immersion was still around. In general, Duolingo helps with building my vocabulary, as I had went on a hiatus due to personal reasons and came back with some knowledge of French already.
I have been greatly inspired by not only Duolingo itself, but its members. My communication and social skills have, surprisingly, been enhanced, since I was so shy and fearful of vocalizing my opinions. This site has increased my courage.
In terms of learning French, the language has inspired me to want to be a French literature writer, on the side of being a Neurosurgeon. I also want to be somewhat proficient in Romanian and Japanese, since those have been great inspiration for story ideas, in terms of culture.
Thank you for asking this! What is your experience? If, of course, you're willing to share. ^ ^
I heard about Duolingo from a friend (who is now learning Norwegian with Duo and having a great time). I knew some people who spoke French, and I had been looking for a good French course for a while, so I dived right in. Before long I discovered a new fun fact about myself: languages were my passion, and I actually wanted to spend time (read: hours) learning them. So I started learning French, then Russian. After Russian came Italian, and then Turkish, and finally Czech and Irish. Because of Duolingo I was able to spend time in an all-Russian environment and not feel lost. My French has improved dramatically and I can speak, read, and write without too many deep pitfalls (though I have clear memories of trying to explain to someone about Universal Studios, when they were asking about something completely different XD). I definitely wouldn't be having so much fun with languages if it weren't for Duo.
I've been learning French for a long time and recently picking up on languages like German and Arabic.
Languages and cultures are intriguing topis for me, so I was naturally interested in Duolingo when I stumbled upon it.
So far, my experience with Duolingo has been going well, though I think it could be improved in terms of integrating lesson along with practice.
I would want to advise you to practice / review vocabulary outside of DuoLingo.
Personally I am using Memrise, because MartinPen had created the DuoLingo Portuguese vocabulary (clone) course on it.
There I am learning single words, verbs in their infinitive, whereas DuoLingo shows me full sentences and conjugated verbs and tenses.
As you are starting Spanish, also try http://www.lingvist.com for EN-Spanish and ~5000 words.
It shows full sentences and reads them out load, where you have to fill in a word (translate) into a blank.
The good thing: You can translate/guess the word from the full given context.
Here is the latest blog announcement for 2018 changes: https://lingvist.com/blog/new/2017/11/02/a-letter-from-lingvist-co-founder-mait/
I heard about duo lingo from my mom... I find it a very cool way to learn. It makes me want to practice Spanish, especially when I don't have too much motivation, and I like that you can actually hear how the Spanish words are said, so that you can get the pronunciation right, and that it can test you on pronunciation. I like that you only have to do a little to learn a lot, and how it keeps you strengthening skills so that the words get really cemented into your brain. Duo lingo has inspired me to like to learn foreign languages, and to want to really learn Spanish well, so that I can go to a foreign country like Mexico or Columbia etc. and be able to communicate there. I like that you can ask other people about your questions on the discussion stream, and that you have XP to motivate you to keep your daily streaks. THANKS, DUO!