Duolingo is a Tool, NOT a... | Duo Learning Tip #1
Newbies, keep in mind that Duolingo is a Tool... NOT a Method.
This is very important to remember and far too often overlooked.
These are your tools:
Duolingo, Duolingo Stories, Anki, Podcast, Netflix + Subtitles, Newspaper, Online Conversation Classes, etc.
Use them in conjunction to become fluent but don't obsess with one over the other. A lot of people forget that here and look at Duolingo as "The Answer" to becoming fluent.
Keep that streak going BUT mix it up or you'll be in Duolingo Translation Mode FOREVER.
Hope this helps. I'll be posting more language learning tips soon.
Hasta pronto :-)
It's true that it won't take you to fluency, but I don't think there's anything wrong with using Duolingo exclusively at first. It can build up a decent base in a new language, without overwhelming beginners.
There's plenty of time to mix in or move on to other resources later, if people don't want to do that right away.
Exactly my point. It's a great tool for adult learners to build a foundation, no question.
Tool, method... It's still the best "free" Language site around, if used wisely. Enjoy it while you can.
I personally use Duolingo (and some stories) to supplement what I learn in my high school Spanish class, and I've found that that works the best for me because I get a brief overview in Duo, I go to school and learn what I couldn't pick up just by doing Duolingo, and then I go back and practice it more. I have found that just doing Duo gets very confusing sometimes in the other languages I try.
I have found that to be true anytime I venture away from romance languages, for sure. It gets tough! :-/
Exactly. Learning a language, if you're going to be successful, needs to be a project that you yourself own. It's down to you to deploy the tools you need in order to achieve success.
Neither Duolingo, nor any other online course, nor the teacher of a classroom course, can own that project for you. All of them are learning resources that you can make use of as part of your project, but none can provide the entire structure of your learning.
Thank you for the reminder. Sometimes I lose sight of that and get hooked on daily goals.
I am now shifting my focus away somewhat and giving other mediums more of my attention in order to broaden my toolbox.
Duolingo uses a translation method to teach. Lots of matching and translating back and forth between English and French/Spanish/etc. It's good for building a foundation quickly, but to get fluent you really have to move off of that after a couple of months.