Where to go from here?
I must admit I am not sure how Dueling works. I have completed(I think) all the available exercises and as of yesterday I was proficient in all.. I am at level 16 and my comprehension is at 65%. Yesterday I spent five or more hours practicing and my comprehension did not go up even one percent. Where do I go from here? thanks
You will learn much more Italian words and more difficult sentences by using the "Strengthen" features.
Here is the link to "Best Way to Make Your Tree Turn Gold and Stay Gold"
Other ways you could improve your Italian:
The reverse tree, the course English for Italian speakers, is very useful. There you have to translate much more from English to Italian.
Here is the link to the Duolingo Help Center for
"How do I switch my Duolingo course language?"
Use the web version of Duolingo (http://www.duolingo.com) instead of the App. The web version works also fine on a tablet or phone, when WIFI is available (or 4G/LTE in an internet bundle)
Try to read and write in Duolingo's Italian discussion forums. There you will find the daily used words, sentences and idiom.
Apart from that
- read a newspaper article every day and try to learn its new words
- listen to podcasts, watch movies with or without subtitles
- converse with a native speaker as much as possible
- write smaller texts, upload them on http://translatihan.com/ and let them be corrected by native speakers
- more tips in knudvaneeden's
There are numerous possibilities. Duolingo will only bring you to an A2/B1 skill level in reading/writing and A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.
Info about language levels: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
Read from "Common reference levels".
When I finish a course on Duolingo it's a bittersweet moment. I've accomplished something, but no longer have the goal of finishing in front of me. In the past, I've done something like this:
--Find a graded reader to apply the reading skills I've developed. I like the ones that start at the very beginning and go to at least A2. You'd be surprised how much grammar you thought you understood until you see it in action. It gives your study focus.
--Pick a goal to review on Duolingo. I often did 30XP a day, just to keep up the momentum I had when I finished. You'll know when your ready to step it down.
--Try Memrise's official courses in Italian. You can probably skip to course 3 or 4. Their courses are full of phrases and expressions. I've used this method to supplement both my Spanish and Portuguese.
--Find someone to talk to. I like Lingbe. I get very nervous and very self conscious when speaking another language. This app will pair you with random people (whom you could add to a friends list if you want to speak to them again).
--Most importantly, share your results with us. We all benefit from what you learn about learning (only if you share ;)).