Oh jeez, it was so intense that at the end I literally sweat during the last few phases of the skill tree. It took me 76 days to finish it, which is honestly pretty fast for my own standards, considering that I had 5 exams these couple of months and I finished 12th grade like a week ago.
It was a genuinely fun trip anyhow, I can't imagine someone managing to get above a B1 level with Duolingo, but it makes a pretty sturdy foundation for any future ventures, the app itself (including the website) is honestly the most well-made tool for learning languages on the Internet. Not to mention that it is literally free (without any microtransactions or monthly payments, since I do believe Duolingo gets revenue from tutoring people languages and letting them translate various documents, but that's just my theory) and has a colorful interface, which is easy on the eyes.
I had fun with it, if there's one tip that I could give someone, is that there will always be days, even entire weeks when you won't have the mood or the inspiration to continue learning. I know I had, since there were days when I would gain 10 xp and that was it. My own idea of combating it was pretty standard, to be honest: just take it slow, learn one new skill at a time or maybe even strengthen an older one. Sometimes it's better to have days of absence and let your brain toy around with the bits of the language it gets rather than cram it in a single day and see what sticks (That's how schools do it, and I think everyone knows where it all ends up.)
Anyhow, to everybody who's still going through the tree - good luck, and most of all, have fun with it! Nobody is forcing you through it, it is your decision to continue learning and never let it seem like a chore!
Estoy muy feliz conmigo mismo :3
If you're curious, Duolingo does make its money from the translations. CNN and Buzzfeed pay them to translate articles FROM English to other languages. That's why the people whose native language is English don't end up seeing those translations. The bulk of what can bring in funds is originally written in English and needs to be translated by native speakers of other languages.
Que carajo! la gente aprende realmente en esta comunidad, y gratis! de algun lado tiene que salir dinero para pagar servidores, programadores y hardware no crees?
what kind of spanish is this, I want to learn Mexican Espanol. Will this help me?
I've been living in Mexico for nearly four years now. I've taken classes locally as I had next to zero Spanish when I arrived. I've been doing Duolingo since October 2013 and it's working just fine. It avoids all the words that might get your face slapped in Mexico but are commonly used in other areas of the world by Spanish speakers. I see vos and vosotros show up in multiple choice answers, but they just seem to be the wrong answers anyways. On my fifth time through the tree, I feel my Spanish is getting much stronger.
I do believe it teaches you Mexican Spanish, but there's words that are used in Spain as well (for instance the word "Vosotros")
"Vosotros" isn't taught on Duolingo. The Spanish on Duolingo is pretty neutral, but it's definitely closer to Latin American Spanish than to the Spanish spoken in Spain.
It is shown, however, despite not appearing in the lessons themselves
i think you are right about that sometimes i just get frustrated because the level is hard but i learned that you should never give up no matter how hard it is ! and i like how its FREE !!!!!!!!!
Hey ! you seem like a nice person,and i am kind of new to all of this .Will you please friend me?!
Wow, very nice work. I just started and I can tell I will be addicted to languages!