https://www.duolingo.com/TheLord2k1

Why do people despise internet as a source of learning

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I don't know if that's in my area only
But when anyone hears me saying things in Japanese , they be like "yea you learned that from internet" ,
Once i was telling a school mate sentences in German , he was like "you learned that from internet and came to think you can tease me with it"
And i remember when i was learning Polish long ago, and was training myself to speak , people were laughing and saying aside "yea he's learning that from internet"

That may not sound like despising to you , but the voice tone that it was said in is a despising tone

Not only in languages , but whenever i speak about any information not much people know , their reaction be the same
And I've noticed they do that with other people who learn somethings from internet too (just in case you thought they do that with me only)

People are really very weird about that

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https://www.duolingo.com/Davey944676

They probably don't realise that you can actually use the internet as a serious tool to properly learn things, because they have never used it in that way.

They probably assume that everybody else just quotes random snippets from the internet in order to sound clever, because that's all they've ever done.

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https://www.duolingo.com/IsmaelSuleimanov

true

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https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

The problem is a lot of information on the internet is wrong. Sure, books can be wrong too but it was much harder to print a book (unless you were wealthy). You had editors, proof readers, publishers - and if it was a "serious" book - peer review. Very little of that happens on the internet. Worse, one person can easily copy and paste text from someone else (we've seen that a few times even here on DL in the last week or so); and it is often the most incorrect stuff that gets picked up and spread; because it often "chimes" with people's ignorant preconceptions.

So, yes, if a person's only source of information is the internet I would be suspicious.

As far as courses go, again a mixed bag. DL is pretty solid (it does have some issues) - but will only take you so far. If you really want to learn a language eventually you will need to switch to a human teacher.

The problem is the hype. How often have you seen "learn x in just 2 weeks" (when it is normally over a year's study offline)? Not only is the teaching often poor, it leaves people thinking they are "experts" in two weeks. Then they create their own course :-(

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https://www.duolingo.com/Firetrix

Sounds like they are jealous. Not everyone has the ability to self teach something new. The internet offers a lot of great content for free but sifting through the garbage to find to gold is not something everyone has time to do. I say ignore it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jaelzion
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I laugh at people who disparage the whole internet as though it's all one thing. If you're looking for say, health information, on the internet you can find completely baseless hokum from the latest snake oil salesman or you can find scholarly peer-reviewed journals. The internet is just a medium of delivery, it says nothing about the quality of the content. It's just as foolish to dismiss everything on the internet as it is to believe everything you find there. So I wouldn't worry about it. You know that you are using a reputable site that, while not the be all and end all of language learning, is pretty effective at what it was made for.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kazman27549

Very well said. Thank you.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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As a system manager in a high school, I spend at least 50% of my working time on the Internet, searching for answers to my problems on technical forums and learning new skills and programming languages with the help of tutos.

When fellow professors or students seek my help to solve an easy problem (i.e. Excel, Word or PowerPoint type), I tell them : "Google is your friend, there are nice tutos on the Internet about that", they have this surprised look and say : " Oh ? really ?"

I came to the conclusion that the vast majority of people only know the social media parts (Facebook, Instagram and the like) of the Internet. They don't realize that they have the whole knowledge of the humanity at their fingertips !... and can use if to progress....

When you tell them you learned a foreign language, I don't think their reaction is jealousy only. I think you also make them unconsciously feel guilty of not devoiding their free time to a better and more intelligent use.

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https://www.duolingo.com/tannercasa2

I always learn from the internet

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https://www.duolingo.com/pauliscool123

isn't doulingo on the internet? in a way they are true. but don't get discouraged. people act that way because they may be jealous. that's the way society works these days

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheLord2k1
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yea i think jealousy is what makes them think so too

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https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

"mean", "jealous", "haters" - maybe. But also maybe you could consider that they may have a good reason to dismiss 90% of what is online. Too much rubbish, too many courses offering the world for little effort, too many opinions presented a facts, too little reading of well researched articles (hey! you have to pay for those and they have big words and long sentences!)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Wymond
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Think of it like this, you're gonna be the king of polyglot castle and they'll be the dirty monolingual rascals.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Ignore such comments. Who is learning the most? You are.

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheLord2k1
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i'm doing so

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https://www.duolingo.com/MissPavari

People are mean. Just ignore them and continue learning on the internet. Who knows, maybe in the future you learning a language on the internet may help you in a situation!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jaedyn_Dowdy

Just let it roll of like water on a duck's back. The are jealous of you because you know stuff that they don't

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https://www.duolingo.com/jjspot
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They don't despise the internet, they despise other improving.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanni0604

Duolingo is the wikipedia of language learning. It is a 99% reliable source of information that gets a lot of flack because it's "made by people."

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheAlex67
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The internet just has a reputation of being a waste of time. It is unfortunate.

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https://www.duolingo.com/WweirdohH

probably just the assumption that you just got one line off google translate and just memorized it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/brian968059

It's because you're young & are around immature people who say stupid things.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sapere__aude
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They're wrong and the internet is a marvellous way to learn things.

But of course, I would say that - I'm from the internet after all ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kazman27549

I agree with the jealousy theory. It doesn't matter how you get from point A to point B. What's important is that you get there. It's kind of a dum statement considering that many college classes and now some high school classes use computers and internet as a teaching aid. Teaching yourself a new skill is an admirable trait that requires a lot of discipline. Not easy for many people. I think that is where the jealousy comes in. In the end, it has nothing to do with how or where you learn your new skill. Don't let haters get in your way.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

That is assuming you do get from A to B and not fall down the rabbit hole doing pointless tasks (like forum posts :-) ) or have the bad luck to sign up to a bogus course.

Teacher directed study on the internet is a different beast from self directed study. Although many people can do it you need a certain amount of knowledge to make it work well. Most beginners simply do not know what they don't know. I have seen estimates of up to 5x as long for self directed study (from any medium) compared to a curated course from a reputable supplier. Worse some never make it at all after putting in huge amount of hours.

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