What study materials do you pair with Duolingo?
I've been using Duolingo for years, but I've only recently began to take it seriously as a studying tool. When I feel the urge to waste time on a video game or on social media, I open Duolingo and study. Truthfully, there are moments I click the game or social media instead, but I mostly study languages.
That said, I'm curious to know what you guys like to supplement your studies with. I've been studying on my own, and I've found the following sites to be most helpful:
Italki.com It's a foreign language exchange site that connects you with other learners around the world. You have the option to pay for a teacher or tutor, or you can just find a language partner for free. I have 3 language partners that I've made friends with, and we've talked for 3 years now! (the down side to finding a language partner is finding someone who is serious about studying. I have had countless language partners, but only 3 stuck for long-term)
studyspanish.com Has tons of information about Spanish grammar for free. Of course there is an option to pay for more material, but if you're on a tight budget you don't have to.
spanishpodcast.net This one is my favorite. They are a podcast channel that have their audio and transcripts available online... FOR FREE! I will warn you though, it's Spanish from Spain. It works for me because I love the accents of Spaniards, and I want to talk like them. On the podcast they talk a lot about colloquial expressions you wouldn't normally read about in textbooks, and they explain grammar.
What do you use in addition to Duolingo?
FSI Spanish Part 1 https://www.livelingua.com/fsi/Fsi-SpanishBasicCourse-Volume1-StudentText.pdf FSI book online
Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language by Professor Bill Worden, the University of Alabama https://www.kanopystreaming.com/sites/default/files/learningspanish.pdf
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language FAST and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner, ISBN 978-0-385-34811-9 Fluent-Forever.com/Spanish
¨Behind the Wheel¨ by Mark Frobose, 4 levels with 8 discs each
Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish – This TV program was created in the early nineties by university professor Bill VanPatten as a way to teach Spanish to beginners. This Spanish educational program has 52 episodes over 2 seasons and follows the fictional story of lawyer Raquel Rodríguez who travels the world in an attempt to solve a mystery for a dying man. Language: Spanish: Video: Destinos https://learner.org/series/destinos/watch/
Also, go to Duolingo "Discussions" Click on the search icon - magnifying glass Type search term "Spanish"
You will come up with all sorts of discussion posts with amazing links, like this one: Spanish: LEARNING SPANISH FOR FREE https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/8281011
Also look for posts by HelpfulDuo like False friends in Spanish https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24509921
I have been listening to the free podcasts the Apple Podcasts app called Coffee Break Spanish, they're quite good: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/coffee-break-spanish/id201598403?mt=2
Yes! I've listened to that one as well. I like that at the beginning it was done with someone who was actually learning Spanish on the podcast. It was a relatable approach.
I use this great app for radio, as you can see on the picture you can browse stations by country and language.
Windows, Mac, Linux https://odio.io/
If you want to listen on your phone you can of course use Odio just to find a station you like and then simply search for that station by its name in any radio app for phones.
I listen mainly to a daily podcast called Hora 20 on Colombian radio Caracol. http://caracol.com.co/radio/podcasts/
Now during the holidays they don't do shows so I either listen to older episodes again or just tune in to the radio. If they start playing more than two songs in a row (which is rare) or start talking about football for too long I switch to Radio 5 Madrid. You can find both of these stations on Odio and many many more, these are just my personal preference. A lot of talking, more serious topics and little music.
Most of the time I spend on books though. Currently 1h a day in Spanish and another hour in German. I also do the book/radio thing in English and some other languages that I maintain when I have more time, since books and podcast/radio for ES & DE take me at least 3 hours a day.
Thank you for sharing! I'm going to check out some of the radio stations.
Late to the party but I complement Duolingo with Anki. Whenever I encounter a new word I add it to my deck for study the next morning.
Would you be willing to start a discussion thread about how to use Anki in conjunction with Duolingo?
I got really excited about using Anki after reading Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language FAST and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner. Even with the tips on his website, Fluent-Forever.com/Spanish, I still found Anki cumbersome.
Like some other posts in Duo discussion groups, I found creating my own Anki cards enormously frustrating and time consuming.
Maybe you would be willing to explain how you have successfully used Anki?
I've listened to this one before via podcast, but I didn't realize they had a site as well. Thank you for sharing!
I haven't started yet with Spanish, but with my Latin I like to listen to audio books, while following along with the text, or just reading. It might sound like cheating, but reading or listening to texts that you are already very familiar with, is a good way to pick up vocabulary, without it feeling so hard, as opposed to reading something completely new.
That's not cheating at all. It's a fantastic way to familiarize yourself with the way the language sounds. Just make sure at some point you take the text away and give it a few listens without it as well. We tend to miss a lot when we're focused on reading texts, and you'll impress yourself by how much you can catch without it once you're ready for that step.
I would like to remind anyone who passed than 2/3 of the tree to give the "stories" section of Duolingo website a try. It's easily ignored if you mainly use the Duolingo App. It's a great way to pick up some extra vocabulary and really make sense of the grammar and phrases in context. It also helps to train your ears for longer sentences. Plus, the stories are fun in themselves.
I am using a lot of different programs and methods in my studies.
In conjunction with using Duolingo, I use the following programs/websites (in no particular order)
-Memrise (mobile app)
-Tiny cards (mobile app)
-Netflix (really enjoyed Sin Senos Si Hay Paraíso, La Casa Del Papel, and El Ministerio Del Tiempo)
-rtve.es (MasterChef Junior is fun to watch)
-Youtube - Butterfly Spanish, music videos, Spanish instruction videos, Extra en Español...
-Destinos from learner.org
-Italki (just starting with this)
-Amazon digital books (have a lot saved, but haven't really dug into most yet)
I am constantly listening to Spanish music via youtube, Amazon, mobile, CD (and I mean constantly). This probably is one of the biggest things that keeps me motivated in my Spanish learning. I've become a huge fan of Malú! Just last month I traveled to Seville and attended her Oxígeno concert there. I have many of her songs written out and spend a lot of time following along concentrating on listening to the specific words. I also like Selena (I'm from South Texas), Shakira, Carlos Vives, Julieta Venegas, Yuridia and Dennis Fernando.
With few exceptions, I have all but stopped watching English TV shows and only watch those in the Spanish language.
I'm always checking the Duolingo forum for other ideas.
Hi! Looks like we use quite a few of the same material. I love using the digital book on Amazon. I only mentioned the free sources in my initial post, but I pay for the Kindle Unlimited service on Amazon, and I pair the books I really enjoy with their audio version when available.
In addition to using Duolingo daily, I'm very slowly making my way through Harry Potter y el piedra de filosofal. I use Tiny Cards for learning vocabulary from the book that I am learning and read the audiobook with it (also practicing reading it out loud myself).
The only other thing I've recently begun integrating is Lirica for learning some songs to get stuck in my head ("Suavamente, besamé~")
I have my boyfriend who speaks a little Spanish and one coworker who is a native speaker to practice a little bit with. Slowly but surely, I know more than I did a year ago <3
I like using anki over memrise or tiny cards because its very customizable.
I have physical books and notebooks for the languages I'm studying because I find them more useful than anything else. I guess if anything Duolingo is supplemental to those. Its good for the community forums and to push you.
Sometimes the language exists on Netflix, if so that's a great help. Youtube for music and other content can't be beat for listening skills.
I love Mosalingua, and use the Android app on my phone. I go back and forth between the two. It has a great learning repetition mode, and has really augmented my ability to get things done when I travel. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mosalingua.esp&hl=en
For reading : any novel, just make sure you are reading regularly For writing: i use the CAE and CPE books from Cambridge and just translate the questions into spanish and write the answers in spanish For listening: netflix, HBO go, YouTube, podcasts, mexican soap operas ( i watch these daily) básically dont watch anything in English. For speaking: I suggest paying for a couple of hours of speaking based classses each week. General conversations in spanish are very importante but having to prepare complex presentations and defend your argumentos verbally is what you need to take your language to the next lével. For grammar: fine a set of grammar books you like, i use https://www.amazon.es/Gramática-uso-del-español-práctica/dp/8467521090