https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra

Questions about Learning Problems (Disability)

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As a person who has a learning disability and has struggled for years with learning foreign languages, Duolingo is AWESOME. This is the first time that I've enjoyed and looked forward to learning a foreign language. A couple comments/questions. ONE - I'm looking forward to the addition of actual human voices for the audio portion, but please don't remove the computer voice. At minimum, leave the computer voice as an option. My auditory discrimination is extremely poor and having a computer voice that never varies is really helpful. TWO - Has Duolingo thought of adding a phonics practice. I could use some focused explicit phonics instruction, but please don't make it a required portion of the progression. (For example, I had to give up on Rosetta Stone in the past because during that program it required me to produce and distinguish sounds that unfortunately, I was lagging way behind expectations. It became extremely frustrating, and I gave up. So, far on Duolingo, I've always been able to progress even when I'm struggling.

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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I absolutely agree. I'm a bit dyslexic, and even though I've studied languages for years, I find this framework to be incredibly helpful. I think the gamification helps tremendously, as does the fact that the only drawback to making a mistake is that you have to do it over until you get it right. Much nicer than making a low grade in a class, even if you are learning the language!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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I agree. I think that you point out 2 other aspects of Duolingo that are very helpful. And, kudos for taking foreign language courses. Back in college, I would never have risked my GPA with a foreign language.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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I didn't know I was dyslexic- I thought I was just a really bad speller until my professors at the Sorbonne told me I made mistakes only dyslexic people make. I think I just found lots of ways to compensate, but yes, I was very frustrated at the grades I got for language classes. I probably would have made Languages my major otherwise.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
Salxandra
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I found out about my learning issues after I finished my formal education (post graduate school). It makes me wonder if I would have done things differently if I'd known. I'm not dyslexic but I was told that I should have been dyslexic except that I'm overcompensated. My big weakness is auditory processing, short term memory... (simply, I'm a visual-kinesthetic learner) I'm glad that I can use my reading skill to get around my difficulties. I would have loved to have taken more humanities courses and foreign language in college, but my GPA would have plummeted. So, now that I am older and thanks to Duolingo, I have the pleasure of going back and learning the stuff that I avoided in college.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eleatiri
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I was also diagnosed with auditory processing difficulties :D I've found that this is a good website. My only problem is learning to distinguish particular vowel and consonant groupings for pronunciations :) And I also am much better with learning visually and kinaesthetically, hence my predilection for sports and ironically musical instruments :D.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Thanks for writing this thread. I shared it with the entire team. :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jlanoux

I have brain damage which interferes with language processing. I came to duolingo specifically to try to force my way past the damage and regain some abilities. While I have had many headaches, I am amazed at how fast I am picking things up.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melinda77

I'm so excited to have found Duolingo ! My daughter has been struggling this year with 7th grade Spanish. She's a very visual learner, and the teacher has not been teaching from the book. Some initial tests suggests she has a learning diasability too. At any rate, Spanish class has been frustrating and boring for her because she's not following along. After just a few weeks with Duolingo, she is picking up more in class. Plus she finds Duolngo fun and easy :-) I am going through the lessons myself and keeping up the same pace with her.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salsalatinjazz

i had a few friends with problems learning a foreign language, not sure if it was a disability on their part, but it seems that duolingo is a big help to them.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thetankwhoo

same, i have dyslexia

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/darknerd
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I love this because I also struggle with learning disabilities and dyslexia. This has helped me fill in holes where I am weak and home in on problem areas. This is especially useful for accents and near similar words across Latin Romance languages.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mahmoud.arafa

I start to use Duolingo because i am trying to learn German to be my fourth language , and i really found it was interesting and the interface of the website is awesome ,,,, but i find a really big problem in learning a such a foreign language cause i have hundred rules of the other three languages that makes me confused , So this a big learning problem

5 years ago
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