Can we appreciate how good the Stories are for a second? (Plus my first post!)
As you can probably tell from my profile info, I'm from the UK and studying Spanish (with a desire to pick up German again in the future!)
I've only been doing Duolingo for about 2 weeks alongside some discounted Rosetta Stone / fast track Spanish classes I'm going to. On Duolingo, I've only just started doing the Stories - they're very fun and engaging despite being very simple (but good for teaching you!) stories!
Since it's my first post, I thought I would share why I've opted for Spanish over German - or another language.
First, I don't mean to dismiss smaller or endangered languages, or those who have a passion for smaller ones, but I opted for Spanish because of its near-universality in an awful lot of countries.
Second, One of my best friends is from Mexico and I hope to visit in October this year, I promised her I would learn Spanish and hopefully impress her, her family and her mates!
Finally, I've just finished University and I wanted to find a worthwhile thing to do in the meantime besides video games, gym and whatnot - even on the Duolingo App it says on a load screen, "15 minutes on Duolingo can teach you a new language. What can 15 mins of social media do?". Very true.
Before I sign off, let me say how much I'm enjoying Duolingo as well as all the other aspects of learning a language; that satisfaction when you make a mini rule in your head or make a connection you didn't realise before is so satisfying :)
It's like I've found this new passion/excitement I didn't know was there.
Best wishes to all :D
Edit: I didn't expect such a positive reaction from my post! So long and thanks for all the lingots! :P
I try to listen to the stories with my eyes closed so I can practice hearing the language spoken without reading the words at the same time. For me, being able to follow a conversation in Spanish when they're speaking at full speed is the hardest thing to do. I do like picking up the new vocabulary words in the stories, too.
There's a userstyle called "Hide Duolingo Hints" that puts a box on the written portion of the exercises, so that you can't see the written text unless you hover over it. It has helped my listening comprehension quite a bit; only problem is it takes you a while to get used to translating instead of actually typing what you hear in the language, because normally in Duolingo when you only hear the audio, the exercise is prompting you to type what you hear. It was so confusing for my muscle memory at first, and I'm not proud of how long it took me to catch up! xD
You'll need a browser extension like Stylus to run the Userstyle. https://userstyles.org/styles/159302/hide-duolingo-hints
Hey, could you answer some questions? How do you keep up with all those languages? Do you know how to read and speak all of them? Just some? And why did you do this? Isn't it easier to learn languages one by one?
I find the Stories to be helpful in reviewing what you learned on Duo, simply practicing the language with only skills/lessons is not enough and reviewing the skills/lessons one by one is more difficult given how many skills/lessons are there. The Stories helps to apply what you learned.
Very nice first post !
You hardly need these links but I'll post them anyway
Completely agree about the stories--the French ones are very engaging! I tend to do a set at a time, sometimes, because they're so enjoyable.
They are entertaining but the questions posed are much too simple. It is really easy to make a correct educated guess without having really understood the content. This could be a great vehicle if more thought had been given to the nuances of the options in the multi-choice answers.
I've noticed they get progressively harder as you go on. You can learn a lot by hovering over new vocabulary and taking notes. On the later series, they are entirely in the target language. There are a lot of phrases that one could use in real-life situations. And you can always repeat the phrases out loud, working on your pronunciation and adding to your ability to actually speak the language. Practice is essential. I really think the stories are very well thought out.
When I did stories the questions were in French as were the answers. I found them difficult enough. But now that my eldest son is doing the stories the questions are in English instead of French.
Yeah, I think that is because they have re-done the stories a few times, so maybe your son is using a newer version. I completed the first two sets of Spanish stories, and I went to do some more yesterday. They had been changed to sets 3 and 4, and now there are new stories for 1 and 2 (that are quite easy actually, better for beginners).
Yes. The difference was striking. I recently finished all the Spanish stories. When the new stories popped up as set #1 and #2, I started them right away.Very very easy for anyone who has been studying Spanish for a while.
Yasss! I love the stories it's super hard to follow along for me though because I just started french yesterday but, I'm catching on. Hopefully there will be stories for every language soon!! Au revoir!
I second this, the French stories are weirdly good, my only concern was some of the French to English translation were being translated word for word.
I've read so much about stories and I am jealous!:D Patiently waiting for Duolingo to maybe add stories to the Italian course one day, ahh a girl can dream
Io le potrei tradurre... (I could translate them!) I sent in my volunteer application today!
Me too! I just discovered the stories in my French course and am having so much fun with them. I'd love to see them in the Italian course, and in the "Italian for French Speakers" course as well.
The German stories have been excellent thus far as well. 10/10 would recommend.
I agree, stories are genuinely fun and they've improved my vocabulary quite a bit!! I've been quite engaged and intrigued by them at times ^-^
Hope they add more soon :D
I used to have related Tinycards come up after each story, but I have probably disabled the feature accidentally. Does anybody know how to get it back?
I don't have Tinycards anymore. I read that they've been taken for an upgrade..
What I do is search Tinycards for Duolingo Stories and I find the Tinycards I need. It isn't working well with German, though. I only find the Tinycards I have previously pinned.
I have been predominantly using the app and after a very long gap of language study I logged on to the website to find all these extra features.. the mini stories are my favourite and I am so glad they are an option. I can't believe I have been missing out! Thank you Duolingo!
omg yesss, the stories are so fun i literally read 2 and about to read more of them. so FUN lol
The Spanish stories are a great learning tool and a nice diversion. Anxiously awaiting some in Chinese, please?
How far do you have to be to get to the stories? I've never got them (probably because I'm on mobile)
Stories are only available in german, french, spanish and portuguese. Hope they introduce them in some of the other languages because they are very helpful.
You need to get on the web version - you'll see the STORIES tab next to the LEARN tab on the upper left. :)
I too love the stories. I find that reading them over several times is very beneficial. I get better each time and train my ear and brain to work together to better understand what is being said.
I'd also recommend learning English as a Spanish speaker on Duo. The nuances are slightly different and if the response required is in English, I try to translate it in my head first in Spanish before the reveal.
Great tip! When I finish my Spanish tree, I'm planning on doing it in reverse
I'd love to see what all the fuss is about the stories, but there are none for Norwegian.
At least I have Mystery of Nils for now.
I love the stories too! Perfect tool to reinforce some vocabulary and see it used in context. I'm also learning Spanish, mostly because I'm expected to teach it! Primary school Spanish ... but still! I went on a course through my school to learn the basics and I'm trying to continue building on it. I did German for 7 years at school and got some qualifications and even the year prize for it, but I'm still nowhere near fluent. Guess that's just the state of language teaching in schools! I'm trying to pick it up again and finally learn it properly. I'm surprising myself by how much I've remembered (and forgotten)! Good luck with learning both! They're very different but equally satisfying! :)
Lol yeah. I just read abt a girl whos ex boyforend is (the person she was going to rent a room in)’s new boyfriend lol
I love the stories as well! I can only speak for the German ones, but I love how ridiculous they are. I wish other languages have stories too.
YES, the stories are great! They're really realistic and have the best plotlines. Helps a lot with dialogue. That was an awesome first post! Good luck!
I just started French so I've never been able to check them out, but now you've got me intrigued! :)
I know! They are so good and useful. I have tried them just for fun to see what they are like, and I wish they had them for all the languages on duolingo. I am learning Chinese and I wish they had some in that language. It seems like the language with the most learning tools is Spanish (longer tree, stories, and podcasts), but I guess that is the case with many language learning sites. Spanish is such a common language people learn and use in America.
If you get a good Spanish dictionary, you can see how vocabulary differs in countries outside Spain where that language is spoken. As you probably know, Mexican Spanish has a lighter sound as well as words of its own. I hope that you have a good time in Mexico. Keep it up!
i'm currently focused on a language that doesn't have stories so hadn't even realised these existed in languages that I'd like to keep up but don't want to go through the whole course again. Brilliant way to keep your skills up - thank you for highlighting GR5ZG/ facilitating duolingo
I found that there was a large jump in difficulty from the third to the fourth set of stories. It was particularly jarring since the transition happens across two parts of the same story. From the fourth set, there are many idiomatic expressions, speakers tend to have longer phrases, they speak at a natural (i.e. rapid) pace, the questions asked of you are: harder; made in the target language itself; posed idiomatically rather than simplistically.
I wish that it defaulted to getting you to just listen to the stories, rather than listen and read (which is good too). I use a Grease Monkey userscript to block out the text until I hover... I got sick of closing my eyes.
I did some of them in German and hated the plots and stereotypes with passion. And now I had to listen to some of them in Spanish. Nothing for me.
i wish stories existed for all languages. truly unfort. i plan to learn spanish eventually tho so im glad to hear theyre pretty decent.
Dude! You've done racked up 119 lingots with this post! Positive people are awesome. Here's another! Buena suerte con su amiga!
Duolingo Stories made my comprehension of written French so much better. I can now read French even if I can't quite speak it yet:)