Would Duolingo Take One As Far As High School German 3-4?

Salutations! I have a question for my fellow Americans who have completed the German tree here at Duolingo: Would Duolingo take one as far as high school German 3-4? I need to earn my credits by exam, and I need to know if Duolingo will provide sufficient knowledge or if I should go elsewhere for this endeavor. In case this helps to inform your responses, here are the categories in which the exam be graded:

I. Interpersonal Listening and Speaking II. Interpretive Reading III. Interpretive Listening IV. Presentational Writing

I wish I had more information to give you to break down each category, alas that is all I that is provided. I know that this is a rather specific question, but I appreciate any input. Thank you for your time and, if you reply, your thoughts on the matter.

September 4, 2019


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Honestly, for your purposes I would use Duolingo as a support rather than a main source. I am enrolled at a community college for German classes as well. I can tell you the German lessons here are about lined up to get through the 100 level courses at a university. The issue is, explanations, and thoroughness is a little lacking.

As for how you will be graded, If you complete the tree and become truly proficient in all the skills taught, you will be able to do Reading and writing. Listening and speaking will be a skill. Writing your own sentences may possibly even become and issue, because the focus is on translations, rather that writing what actually comes to your mind. Just depends on your abilities to take one skill and apply it elsewhere.

Listening and Speaking, I doubt Duolingo actually helps much. Almost better off skipping the speaking exercises, and doing them elsewhere, as the speech recognition software is a joke.

Mix it with some Youtube videos though, and find a way to verbally talk to people, then you shouldn't have many issues. Duolingo should take you far enough to pass in terms of knowledge, it will be the utilizing the knowledge as skill that will be harder.

September 4, 2019

I agree. Memrise has a better support for speech recognition, than duolingo, if you want. But in my own experience, these programs help people to get familiar with a new language and to practice. But if somebody wants to speak and to write fluently, needs a course with real teachers.

Another good resource for listening and reading skills is Netflix. You can change your primary language to German (important because more German selections show up), and then many shows have German audio and/or German subtitles. If the movie/show subject is conversational, I put German Audio on and English subtitles. If the subject is more complex with technical words (for instance), than I listen in English and put on German subtitles. I hope this is helpful.

P.S. The more you learn, the more you will realize that it isn't word-for-word translation, this is good. You learn how a German speaker would speak and say things; which will be different than how we express ourselves.

Nice idea. I often watch movies in Chinese to practice my Chinese skills and I encourage my students to watch English movies. One comment to make is that you should not put the English subtitles on the screen. Put up German subtitles for learning German. If you have any English content at all on the screen or on the audio, your brain focuses in on that and filters out the foreign language. You end up just reading the movie in English instead of watching and listening in German. If you really can't understand a section, then you can skip back, listen to it in English, then skip back again, and listen another time in German.

I took German in high school up to level 3 (Pre-AP). My German teacher was the one who introduced me to Duolingo in the first place. She used it as a supplement to the main course material (e.g., bonus points for completing a certain number of modules), but it certainly did not replace "die Hausaufgaben in unseren Arbeitsheften."

Thanks to high-school German and Duolingo, I CLEP'd out of three semesters of German in college. That got me past the level 1-2 stuff and into the more advanced classes (level 3 and up). So to answer your question, I think you can learn enough German with Duolingo to at least reach level 2. If you learn the mechanics of the language and expand your vocabulary on top of what you learn in Duolingo, you could easily reach level 3 on your own.

But I would echo other comments here and suggest you also employ movies, videos, and such to work on your listening skills. And there's really no substitute for a language-learning buddy to practice speaking skills with. One of the great things about the classroom—at least in my experience—was teachers and professors who forced the class to converse, present, and ask questions "auf Deutsch, bitte!"

Viel Glück damit!

I'm not sure how to map Duolingo content to your particular High School, but here is a post that describes how Duolingo aligns with the CEFR framework:

I'm nearing completion of the entire German course and I would say Duolingo is fairly strong at teaching reading and writing skills, but it is lacking when it comes to teaching listening and speaking skills. For listening and speaking skills, I use other resources, such as Pimsleur, Deutsche Welle and YouTube videos. I'm particularly fond of the "Easy German" channel on YouTube.

Here is a recent post loaded with German learning resource suggestions:

I find this so interesting.

Duolingo is your base, it gets you going. Once you have mastered duolingo, I recommend using clozemaster, and reading and listening to native level content. Duo is great for building vocabulary and grammar, but to actually gain reading comprehension, speaking, and listening you need to supplement it.

I took German all the way until intermediate college classes. I didn't take the advanced because I was going to school for Criminal Justice...soo.....

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