Anyone else not finding Duolingo Italian lessons all that helpful?

Hi All,

My girlfriend and I are visiting Italy and France next year, so we decided that she’d take Duolingo’s French lessons and I’d take Italian.

She’s learning useful phrases related to travel and introducing yourself, etc., whereas I’m finding out how to say there are ants in sugar.

Am I missing something with these lessons? Are there more basic, useful, travel related phrases that are in the Italian lessons?

Sorry if this is kind of a rant but I just find it a bit frustrating.

September 6, 2019, 5:36 PM


Only complete each skill to Level 1. That way you get to the more useful parts faster.

September 6, 2019, 5:56 PM

You never know, you might find an ant in your sugar while sipping a spritzer anywhere in Italy. Please don't diss this course:-) it's brilliant and the support madrelingua are the best. Pop a phrase book app onto your mobile or even use a paper one. Ciao e buon viaggio in bella Italia:-)

September 6, 2019, 5:58 PM

I find that as well. The random ordering of duolingo is chaotic. I took a very deep dive into Russian and got to grips with it from duolingo. It is strange that Italian seems to take longer for me. I am doing babbel for Italian. Perhaps the fact that I read a Russian dictionary very often helped. I considered myself terrible at languages until last year. (There's no close major language to greek, my language)

September 6, 2019, 6:04 PM
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