Interest in Mandarin
I am very interested in learning Mandarin, or other languages that do not use the Latin alphabet.
So, my question.
Is Duolingo a useful resource for learning these languages? How useful is it for learning the characters?
I use Duolingo to improve my Chinese but it doesn't have traditional, it only has simplified Chinese, which some people only read traditional Chinese. I would suggest you to not use Duolingo if you don't read simplified Chinese. But if you still want to use Duolingo, I won't stop you from using because I personally read traditional Chinese better than simplified Chinese, but I still use Duolingo because I read a little bit of simplified Chinese.
Can't speak for other languages, but when it comes to Mandarin - Duolingo leaves a lot to be desired. Since you're a begginer I'd suggest HelloChinese app.
One more thing - Mandarin does not use an alphabet, but characters - each of them has separate meaning and pronounciation*
yes I use duolingo along with HelloChinese it is a very good app to go with Duolingo, because i feel like the Mandrian course on Duolingo can get confusing sometimes
I wouldn't suggest Duolingo for Mandarin, instead I would say try HelloChinese and/or LingoDeer
Same here! I honestly think Duolingo's course is a little inaccurate and needs some work, but other than that I think it is good for beginners.