Hi I'm just beginning to learn German and I'm unsure of how well if i just use Duo lingo how beneficial it will be. self teaching a language is pretty daunting and im wondering does anyone have any tips or other tools that will help me, i really dont want to give up so any help would be appreciated
My American friend started to learn German with Duolingo 2 years ago and now she is B1, close to B2 in German. That is in Europe a very good level. It means you are able to chat and talk whole conversations in German. Of course you won't become fluent if you only use Duolingo. But it gave her a great start she said. I'm going to visit her this summer in America and I can't wait to talk about our experiences with languages :-)
I can only tell you about my experience in learning my languages. Duo gives you a very good introduction into your target language and I certainly learned a lot. I started with Irish and about half-way in the tree I considered buying some books to get more explanations. At the moment I am concentrating mostly on Russian because I fell really hard for it.. Duo is great for some things like getting vocabulary and even in teaching basics of grammar but I ask also a lot of questions and use different apps like memrise to support my learning..
You can learn German here and ask whenever you have questions and use some other resources as well. I wish you the best of luck and enjoy your studies.. ;-))
I am German and I live in Germany but I have always been very fond of Ireland, I don't even know why. I love Irish music and the country and its people are so nice. When I found out duo offered Irish I got started and although it wasn't that easy (although I don't think learning foreign languages can be called easy since you really have to put some effort into it) I loved it. Your second question is more difficult to answer because I never got the chance to actually use the language unlike Russian which I can practise often - if only by writing to a friend. And I think this is part of the problem.. I got some good starting helps but I would have needed more.