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.
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
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.
- Flirting with Duo :)
- 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.
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.