I have completed 5 stories each in French, German, and Spanish. Can't wait for the Italian (though I suppose I'll have to.)
I applaud DuoLingo for the effort. They (the stories) are gentle, mildly amusing, and occasionally offer interesting vocabulary options - I keep a notebook handy.
Again and again and again, I say, thank you DuoLingo, because I know you are free.
I think DL is the first step on a long ladder, maybe Stories are a second step. Reading newspapers and magazines and books is a major part of language-ing. Bravo, DL, for bridging the gap.
Ciao Bryan. Thankfully Italian now has a book club which is going to get interesting, and a "chatty" forum. Stories would round it off nicely. Best to you.
Carbs. Sì sì, after a big whinge about a certain post, Mmseiple suggested a book club. We all jumped at it and are now reading "Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio" to be reviewed on 7th July. Should be interesting. A dopo...
How many pages, when did you start, is it physical or electronic? I want all the gory details
Grazie mille. (That's the sum total of my Italian knowledge)
So, effectively, a chapter a week of chapters perhaps 5-12 pages long. Sounds like a good time :)
Carbs. I bought it for my tab, (Kindle/ebook £5.00 or thereabouts). 189 pages. I started a week ago, I go v slowly, learning a lot. Italian is just nice. Some humour, some pain, some "fruity" language, a touch of everything. Hope this helps. Ciao...
Well, I know nothing of Italian (except that which I can guess at from Esperanto and Spanish), so it wouldn't be much use for me, but I'm intrigued by the book club idea. How many members, are you expected to read the whole book within ... two weeks? :O
If they bring stories to Mandarin, I'm going to need a bigger magnifying glass. I feel like a 1st grader learning how to print letters using huge size with a thick pencil. How in the world could I ever read in regular print, much less draw, a 50 stroke word in this space: __
In Vietnamese, sometimes a person will write a short story in Vietnamese Discussion and I have to be quick to Follow it as things like that tend to get downvoted in quick order. Don't know why that happens, there aren't many people studying the course.
Carbs. It's very new so not sure how Mmseiple will organise it. We shall soon see. Bye for now.
I love the stories. I have been reading them first in Portuguese, then in French. I particularly like the new French stories. A female car mechanic, a lesbian married couple! Thank you, Duolingo!!!!!
It's great to see someone apprieciate the job that Duolingo does for, as you rightfully noted, completely free of charge. Back in the day the translation section was kind of a second step, but I have a firm belief some form of advanced education material will be implemented on Duolingo sooner or later. What I find supplements this app pretty well in its current state is https://babadum.com , it is also free and while you can only learn some new words, there are quite a few of them and it is pretty fun learning them with the UI they have.
Just tried the feature, it's so awesome and enjoyable. Great to see there are other fun ways to practice and learn.