Why Duolingo Stories Are The Best Way To Learn
I have found that the stories on Duolingo are very helpful for learning how to put sentences together. Here are some reasons why they are the best way to learn:
They allow you to see what real conversations would be like. I have always wondered what it would be like to have a conversation in French, and Stories showed me what it would be like. It is cool that Duolingo includes multiple voices, so you feel like you are witnessing a real conversation. It also helps to repeat the sentences after you hear them.
When I first tried out Stories, I expected them to be simple, boring stories with boring sentences. However, I found out that the Stories are quite interesting. During school, we would read boring stories about a person who just talks about their life. On Duolingo, the Stories can entertaining.
The Stories are easy to follow. The text pops up on the screen with each sentence. After a small conversation is over, there is a review so you can understand what is going on in the story.
I recommend that you try out the stories, since they are very helpful in becoming fluent in a language :)
I agree, they're great. As they're only available in 4 languages currently, I've started work on a website where people can add community translations of them. It's in alpha at the moment.
I was going to say I'm learning German only and I've never heard of this feature, what is it?
I think the stories are super useful, too! They help with immersion (most of the time), but they can also be pretty entertaining.
Same here. After plodding through Duolingo for quite some time, I was becoming a little bored and de-motivated to continue. The stories area great way to listen to other voices speaking French and to experience more colloquial French, oh, I nearly forgot the 'bestest' bit, they make me laugh!
Ye Yes. The stories are great and I like the actors playing different characters.
They're currently only available in Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.
Yes, although I think they appear in Spanish first and then are translated into the other languages over time. Spanish has more stories than German, for example.
They're only available in four languages so far since it's in its alpha stage, (Spanish, French, German and Portuguese).
True; I have only done two stories in French but do plan on doing more once I learn enough vocab
I agree, I know what u mean about these stories. I’ve read one in French, it was called “It’s three o’clock in the morning!” (I’m sure u know it,) It was really fun with all the voices.
Yeah, they will eventually I would assume. You can edit your comment by the way instead of replying. :)
The stories are a very useful resource. I have a notebook where I write them down. I split the page in half: german dialogue on the left, english on the right. In a sense I write out the script. Then before you click "done with story" I record it so it's one continuous conversation. I listen as often as I can.
It would be a nice addition if they were to add illustrations! Btw I gave you a lingot. ;)
They're quite funny and education, definitely the best way of learning
I disagree. Stories are a good way to learn, but the best is to go talk with a native speaker. Then you can practice your accent, grammar, and comprehension at the same time, and also increase your confidence in that language. I speak from experience. Maybe you find it fun, and believe it's best for you, but you will never be able to speak a language fluently with only stories. Other features like the Podcasts, Tinycards, and Duolingo Events are also very big parts of language courses as a whole.
If stories are really so effective, how come you started a three day streak and haven't been online for three days?
True - if only I weren't disabled and old and broke! HaHa! Dúo is cheaper than travel and available for as long as my old computer continues to work!
It's a way to give someone a lingot in a supportive way. Jerk. Let people imagine.
I regularly speak with native Spanish speakers and I wouldn't say it's always the best way to learn because 1) they often speak too rapidly for me to follow what they are saying; and 2) they often use words that I don't yet understand. So while speaking with native speakers is valuable, in my opinion, it's only part of the package.
The stories are awesome but I have finished all the available ones in Spanish. I need more. I enjoy them so much more now that they dropped the tiny cards. Flash cards are excellent, but the ones in the stories slowed down the reading. (Maybe because I am extremely goal oriented and did every single one available for each part of a story before moving on.) The tiny cards in the story were not at consistent levels and didn't handle things like verb tenses well. There would be very simple words combined with complex phrases. They also only gave credit for one particular answer when there were many possible correct responses. I would like to have a way to use tiny cards with vocabulary from lessons or that we could create ourselves. I have been using https://www.cram.com to create flashcards for myself from the stories. I like the Tiny Cards format and wish I could use that.
While I find that the stories are a valuable addition for learning vocabulary and for listening comprehension, I wish that after going through it once and answering the questions, there was the option to simply listen to it without the interruption of the questions. For me, that would be ideal.
They did have that feature, but they didn't wait long enough. They took it out because of "lack of use".
I was kind of hoping they'd reintroduce it when they added the super-simple sets last week.
I know that I used the feature once when it was available, but it really was too hard for me at the time. I'd be able to use it now, but alas, it's gone.
Yes. The stories are great. I repeat them regularly and I find they’re a great learning tool. I also love the quirky story lines!
What you get from them is what you put in. It's important to make your utmost effort to understand before checking any words, and to say each sentence out loud to yourself, visualising the story. I only wish there were more stories and that they were available on mobile.