I want to speak & listen more and write & read less. Options?
Does Duolingo have a means for me to respond in voice rather than writing so much? I know that reading and writing are important, but speaking and listening are where it's at.
I am enjoying learning with Duolingo, but I don't want to get stuck thinking that my movement is actual progress. If there isn't a better means to speak and listen, I'm not sure that I'll keep working in this context.
Language acquisition, for me, starts with reading, then writing, then listening, then speaking. Reading and Writing are just Listening and Speaking in slow motion. I will never have perfect Polish, especially not written Polish, and that is exactly not my goal. I want to be able to understand and be understood.
If you want to spend a little bit more money on learning, you can buy a subscription for Rosetta Stone. They have speaking exercises and feedback rounds with a native speaker. It is available from 10Eur/month (5 without personal trainer) I have tried them when they didn't even have the native feedback yet and I think it is awesome, I learned a lot.
That's awesome. I lived in Poland for 2 years and I really don't care (at all) that I might have a letter here or there wrong. There should be a means to not take points—and totally demoralize the learner—for what would be a totally understandable phrase. Duolingo is nice, but it is about keeping people broken and paying to try to learn in a way that is not as effective as it should be.
Good point. I disagree about the spelling, I think it is awesome if you learn it correctly from the beginning. This also shows respect for and gets respect from the natives, as well. Having additional speaking exercises, and a way of validating your pronunciation, now this would be extremely cool, and it exists in the courses with most learners, afaik, but unfortunately not yet in Polish. Of course the best way to learn would be your way, living in Poland :)