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A question for those that have completed the Chinese tree.

First of all, what is the last section about? It has "Duo", and the picture is a heart. Just wondering what Duo is supposed to mean. Second, when I finish the tree, would I be able to have conversations if I went to China? I am about halfway through the tree, but I am going slowly so I can remember everything as I go. Where did Duolingo leave you? Do you have any free recommendations on what to do from there? Thanks for reading this, and if you answer, thanks as well.

May 8, 2018



I think, these videos are useful when you've completed the Duolingo tree. At the end of the videos the sentences are read out at normal speed.

Super-slow Super-clear Chinese Listening Practice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJJRixS1fOk&list=PLGAohsc-9JhXs5thbT8cxS_CdUYOuSQee&index=0


(At the top, when I said the last section I meant the last circle or exercise in the whole tree.)


What to from here? I would recommend getting a conversation partner at...https://conversationexchange.com/

I've used that site for several years. You can do an advanced search for age, gender, location, and find someone you can work with.


To add to what Effie said, to find language partners you can also go to www.italki.com and to HelloTalk which is a smart phone app. Italki also facilitates finding a teacher which will cost anywhere from $10 to 25 a lesson. They also have people they call Community Tutors that are native speakers, but do not have professional teaching credentials. Cost is about half of the professional teachers.


The last section is words and sentences relating to the Duolingo website. Duo is the name of the owl that is the mascot for this site.

I don't believe finishing the Chinese tree is enough to really get you where you'll want to be with the Chinese language. I can hold a pretty simple conversation fairly well, but I'm easily lost when people start talking at their natural speed. The trouble with Duolingo is that you're only presented with a sentence at a time. It's easy to comprehend one sentence. It's much harder when natural speech consists of many sentences back to back. By the time you've translated the first sentence in your head, they are already on their third or fourth sentence and it's difficult to catch up.

I highly recommend continuing your Chinese studies both by completing the tree several times and by seeking out other sources for learning.


Thanks so much! I was just wondering about the Duo thing. I agree with your "natural speed" idea, but Chineseclass101 can help me with that. I think eventually I can get it, but it may take a while. I can speak it better than understanding and reading. Speaking of reading, if anyone knows what the "letters" behind the characters mean, please tell me. Is there a way to write them, or are they just a bunch of characters I have to memorize? All I do now is memorize the looks, and hope that works, but it is harder when it comes to big characters. Again, thanks for the help.


what letters , you mean Pinyin , like ma for 妈? Pinyin is a crutch for reading characters. Any character can be written. Google how to write Chinese characters


Thanks, I thought so, just confirming.


One of the big problems with duolingo courses, especially when it comes to a language like Chinese, is the lack of proper natural voices. I would even get Duolingo Plus if they got real voices for it.


Emm it gets you to HSK 4 which is considered fluent :)

  1. Flirting with Duo :)
  2. Basic conversations, yes. Chinese is not a foreign language to me, neither have I finished the tree. So I don't really know...haha... Anyway, you don't have to rely on Duo solely. Interact with real Chinese people asap. Jump into the water, you will learn to swim.


The only problem with that is I am only 12. If I had a Chinese friend, I might be able to converse. I would like to get in touch with a native speaker though, it is not yet possible. Thanks anyway! (ps: I am unfollowing this conversation)


Yeah, as a teenager you must communicate under the guidance of your parents. May there are Chinese teenagers on the forum too. I don't know.


Thanks, I hope so.


After you finish use Chinese Skill ( App) . After that find pdf of chinesebooks. Integrated Chinese Level 1. It will take you 2 years to memorize every charater from ChineseSkill, Duolingo and a Level one book.


For one, it'll be a lot of help if you find someone who can speak Chinese and practice with them. I can help you if you want, by adding me on qq or any other media account :) (ps: I’m not sure what Duo means in Chinese, even though I can speak it.)


Watch Chinese-language TV. The only way to increase comprehension of faster speech, is to listen to a lot of it and give your brain a large enough sample size to work with. Helps a lot whether you're still going through the tree, or if you've finished it.

Rakuten Viki has a lot of Chinese-language shows with English subtitles available for free (and legally, as far as I can tell). https://www.viki.com/

Putting on both English and Chinese subtitles at the same time (where available) will improve your character recognition, and help you parse the specific words that are being used.


Hello. to anyone who is learning chinese and does not know what to to do after duolingo. A great website is kinezika its in russian I have a link to a translated version chinese practical reader 1-4 are all there also, you should have already done hellochinese and chinese skill. https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kinezika.info%2Findex.php%2Fyliko


I really recommend www.popupchinese.com. They have hundreds of free dialogs you can listen to for free. Their format is to listen to the dialog at full speed, then go line by line, and then to focus on any grammar or vocab portions of interest. The dialogs are all free. If you pay an annual subscription you also can access the transcripts of the dialogs.

Learn Chinese in just 5 minutes a day. For free.