At first I didn't think duolingo was going to be good since its free, and you do not find a lot of free language websites. I was about to pay for a program and I was looking at hundreds of dollars! The more, and more work down my language tree, the more, and more I understand Spanish! I have gotten to were I can understand my Hispanic friends, I can see a word and automatically know what it means. Duolingo is amazing, and I am so glad I found it
Yup, it's fantastic. I think the discussions within the lessons are the true gold of the site. Don't get me wrong, the system and progression and the whole setup is fantastic and motivating and fun, but since it doesn't explain much more than the absolute bare minimum of grammar, the discussions are a vital part of the whole thing and I think without them duo wouldn't be 1/10th the site it is.
With that being said, I recommend, if you haven't been doing so, using outside resources to solidify and reinforce what you're learning here since so much grammar is unexplained.
Those should pretty much cover all your additional learning/reference needs throughout the tree. As for additional general reading, writing, speaking and listening practice materials, that's a whole other ballgame of links but it seems you're just starting out so, personally, I'd wait on a lot of that till you're at least into the 3rd tier of your tree. I started trying to improve my listening and reading early on at a lot of the usual recommended sites with a lot of the typically recommended materials, but I found it very frustrating because those "beginner" materials are usually still a bit more advanced than what you would consider a duolingo beginner only on the first couple of tiers and you wind up just having to pause and go back every couple of words because you don't know most of the vocabulary.
Anyway, good luck and keep going!
Ah yes, you're absolutely right... silly blunder on my part. Fixed!
I also notice they must've recently changed the look and layout of the site. Not sure I like the new look lol. Thanks for pointing that out :)
Me too! Mi novia habla español, so it's always nice to surprise her with some new Spanish words lol. duoLingo actually made me excited 'bout learning.
Many years ago. I do not know if it is the best. It puts on too much adverts for my liking but it is free.
Ah ok. Yeah, the only reason I asked is because I see you used tables for the main content so I figured it must've been ages ago that you built it since that used to get done but is a no-no now for structuring content lol.
Really? What should I do? Divs? I like tables as they do exactly what I want. One day I will get round to learning HTML 5. My mind is still in 4.1 mode...
hey bear lol idk your real name I'm a spanish native and ill be happy to help you we could be language partners hb that?
I would also check out notesinspanish.com. Its great. They are podcast with a native English speaker and his wife (whose a spaniard) and they have conversations based on various topics (you can choose a difficulty level too). Then they explain colloquial expressions and grammar.
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