https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Is the Vietnamese course worth it?

The inconsistencies, drop down hints a crap shoot, questionable translations and seemingly lack of support seems like Duolingo has given up on it.

Is it worth the aggravation?

2 months ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Huy_Ngo
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Duolingo is a good start, I'd say from my experience in some other courses here that I actively learn(t) (German, French, and Norwegian). However, in the long run, it is not so good for your learning, not to say even detrimental, due to some bad exercises, including: exceptions without explanation, mistakes in the original languages or the English translations, lack of variations, inconsistency. At some point, when you reach a certain level, you may find that the course actually holds you back, as your language skills develop and it stays constant. So, I think it's better to find a language-learning or Vietnamese communities (or communities of any other languages you learn) for practicing and interacting with actual native speakers. At such places, you're able not only to practice your skills and ask your questions, but also to learn more about the culture of the lingosphere.
Here are two discord servers I'm in:
https://discord.gg/v5awPnT: Vietnamese-English language exchange: quite active
https://discord.gg/mM8EDA9: Learn a Lang: quite dead tbh, especially the Vietnamese channel.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann
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@Huy_Ngo I've noticed you've been quite helpful in the forums. Have you considered applying to be a moderator for the Vietnamese course? It would be great if some bilingual users can help polish up the Vietnamese course.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huy_Ngo
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Thanks for the credit. I have applied long ago, but there was no response.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arcsec
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It is frustrating for sure, especially in the last few checkpoints of the course, there seem to be more broken sentences than correct ones. I wish Duolingo would support their existing courses instead of ignoring them once they are released. Seems like they only care about quantity of courses instead of quality. As far as I can tell, there hasn't been a single correction in the Vietnamese course in over 2 years.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GerwinMaria

I am not sure but i agree, i also never got any answer to my questions, the practice courses are boring, no support, inconsistence... I am not satisfied at all, especially when you consider that they claim to use the data of millions of learners to improve the app. I do not see any improvement that has reached the vietnamese course so far.....

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MattIholts

I personally have been using it for a few months now. It has a few errors in it, mostly Northern Vietnamese dialect, but do you learn? yes. At least I do. Its also free.. You do something over and over again your going to learn it. I could care less about the one error I get a month. Even when you get a questionable answer and get it wrong, just more typing practice in my book.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrantWoj

At this point, I am using it mainly as an interactive resource for practicing my vocabulary. Using other online resources or books to further my ability to understand sentence structure or when/where/how to use variations of words that mean the same thing.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Szczepanovich
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Which other online resources and/or apps would you say are the most helpful? Links are welcome.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrantWoj

App wise I only use this, L-Lingo Vietnamese and Memrise, L-Lingo is decent, they had a decent amount of information on most lessons. It is kind of a meh App but it helps, and you need to pay to get access to all the lessons, but I think it was only like 10 bucks or something.

I found a good YouTube channel called Tieng Viet Oi: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBWZ4YRAivDHkIhNMs6iQ4A

I have some other random stuff I found on my home PC, at work now so can't access it all. Also, note that sadly most of the things I've found are Northern Dialect, which is the standard but I go to HCMC so wish I had more Southern Dialect info.

Wanted to add my play list of Vietnamese music that I've found on YouTube, took me a long time to find stuff I liked or at least was closer to what I would listen too.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmDz7SibpNdCe_kO2hgmxd0JmOMBLw0-S

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LThanhTng618179

Southern dialect

1/ Learn Vietnamese with Tommy

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yCsA9sJZLM&t=160s

2/ Learn Vietnamese with Annie https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnieVietnamese

3/ Learn Vietnamese with SVFF https://www.facebook.com/groups/206558596350074/?tn-str=*F

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alfredo_555
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Like all duo courses, it provides a very good start. After finishing the course, a good thing to do is listening to something like TV or the Vietnamese radio, and read to expand the vocabulary.

2 months ago
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