It is AMAZING what we can learn at any age! ( Duo is BETTER than the "R" Paid program!
I was taking Hebrew on another program but chose to switch to Latin American Spanish here and there for practical reasons. This is a MUCH better program that keeps improving with time! I will take Russian, Hebrew here, and more as soon as they are ready and many more. Can I do it? Of course lol #IthinkIcan. At 49 I am doing better than I ever imagined. God bless Luis V.A.! The concept and program are purely brilliant! Thank you Duo-lingo Team!
Yes, this program is amazing. I am Danish with a good but not excellent English. I am 65. After 68 days of intensive practice in Spanish from English on Duo, I could communicate in Spain. The people I met in November before Duo were amazed, that we now could entertain. I have finished the tree, but are practicing and redoing. My goal is at least one time, not to have to ask people to speak slower, when I go there again.
Jette73A that is SO inspiring to me! I believe what I wrote but to hear you say it has already occurred in your life seems to make it even more tangible. I know I will finally be conversing in Spanish and not simply understanding it or speaking "Spanglish"! I love Spanish the way it is spoken in Spain. In South FL the Hispanic population is predominately Latin American. I am getting pretty good at hearing the dialects and knowing what country they are from. Columbians so far are my favourite to listen to. They are singing when they speak. I find it beautiful! Best of luck to you. Muy Bien! You are awesome! BTW I don't know if Duo offers penpal situations but there are penpal websites for people learning each others language. I can't think of the name off hand. I looked into it last year. My penpal was in Spain which made me think of this. Blessings~ Buenos Noches!
Your comment, has put into words, what I think about DL. It's the 'concept' that is so wonderful. - We pay for the program, by simply using the program, which gives DL it's revenues from commercial translations. I don't use the word often. but the 'concept' is Genius. :)
I love learning my Italian, which I have been doing for so long, I don't feel I'm getting anywhere. But it's only DL that has kept me going! I started a bit of Spanish, but liked it so much, that it detracted from learning Italian, which was always my goal; But Spanish is just so nice :)
I'd like to find out more about your school year 'half English / half Hebrew' - Have you a Jewish background, may I ask? - I don't, but I did go as far as buying a Hebrew Teach yourself type thing, but got little further than 'Aleph' LOL.. But it looks so amazing just written! If anyone can teach it, it will be DL. I would guess it will be fairly simple to solve the 'right to left' problem, but the characters less easy. But that's the same with all non-roman scripts - Chinese, Japanese etc. I have a half Burmese Grand-daughter. So I guess that should be high on the list of priorities! :)
Have a Lingot; And I am waiting for Hebrew too.
As for the 'R' word, I looked at their little 'free sample' program on the internet. Very Polished! But I think DL knocks it for six! I can't Imagine how it could survive!
Thank you so much Maddy. You are too kind. Yes I was born Jewish. (I am a believer) We were reformed and the only reason I wound up in Yeshiva ( private school ) for a year was because my mother was ill. She was also over protective. ( Jewish mother!) and preferred I be bused to a private school rather than walk to the public school. Something about crossing a busy highway! sounds absurd now but I am grateful either way. I didn't exactly feel that way at the time. I got home at 4 and my friends were home at 3. I really love the language though! It was surely one of the best years of my young life :) I did start the "r" word last year to learn Hebrew. I switched to Spanish because I was doing so well and felt I should be practical and learn Spanish first. I had not found Duo yet! So I still have 6 months ( in Spanish..oh well ) there but I never use it. That says something right? :) Duo is simply better for me for so many reasons. I can take multiple languages which I adore! The concept as you said is genius! People here, like yourself, are making this over all the most amazing experience and I am very grateful to be here. I find having multiple languages is enhancing my learning experience. It could be because I had ADD and I never get bored here! LOL
You may indeed :) In 2nd grade I was sent to Yeshiva. For the entire year half the day was in English and the other half in Hebrew. The alphabet is beautiful. Reminds me of calligraphy. Plus writing from right to left is so interesting! I just really enjoyed it then and now as well. I find it unique challenging which I love. The last thing is it is REALLY difficult to find a program other then the "R" word that teaches it. Surely nothing inexpensive. That part saddens me. Is it a secret society? ha ha May I ask which language you are enjoying the most and why? :)
I've been studying Spanish for 3 years now, mostly in school. When I was a little kid I always wanted to learn to speak another language because I would be fun to speak a language that none of my friends did. Now that English is spoken by mostly all I know I feel that there's no special thing about it, so now I want to learn speak a language that hardly any of my friends speak to feel a bit special again ;)
Plus I think Spanish is just the bomb ;D
I totally understand your desire to understand languages that others don't speak. I don't know why I want to speak so many languages, that ( other than Spanish ) I will not be able to share with anyone I know currently. I feel that we are already special. Who we are and how we treat others. I also believe that knowledge it a gift and the key to the universe. It is life changing for me and I feel better about myself. Only my dog is Multilingual. She understands how to run in Hebrew, Spanish, English and I will soon teach her German when I learn it myself! That's mydogsas all creature rights advocate and she has friends worldwide. Not me... her! I kid you not. :) Ich liebe mein hund! Te quiero mi perro! ( Is that how I should say that or would it be Yo amor mi perro?) Espanol IS the bomb and I loved your candid comment and gave you a lingot for being special already. Have a blessed day!
I completely agree :) what a cool dog you have by the way, I have actually never heard of a multilingual dog before.
EDIT: And about the dog part - you can say Yo amo a mi perro :) not sure about the quiero part, I think it might just be quiero a mi perro.
Oh and thank you for the lingot ^^