Duolingo is not working for me. Here's why.
I'm trying to learn Spanish and Duolingo is not working for me. It seems that Duolingo is practicing without learning. I get things wrong and I don't know why. I get things correct and it seems like I'm guessing. I try it, get frustrated, drop it, come back later, get frustrated again for the same reasons. The game-like score-oriented approach just shows how bad I am. I don't come away feeling like a learned anything. I don't even know what I should study to make use of the Duolingo practice sessions. Not inclined to use Duolingo any longer. Instead, think I'm going to use books and take some classes and talk to some real people. It won't be free. But free is loosing its luster for me. I'm going to try paying someone local for teaching and practice.
Hi! Thanks for this honest feedback. It's good for us to hear what is not working for you. I'd say you definitely have to stick with Duolingo longer to get the most out of our approach (some more info on how we go about creating lessons: http://blog.duolingo.com/post/41960192602/duolingos-data-driven-approach-to-education). Have you completed more skills than Basics 1 in Spanish?
Different people learn best using different methods. Personally I don't like Duo's method of teaching grammar by osmosis.I get a bit hot under the collar every time something new is thrown in and I lose a heart because it was not explained in advance. However, I really like duolingo as a secondary resource. I value the repetition. My primary resource is a set of lesson books that start each lesson with grammar. You may need to try different approaches to find what works best for you.
I really wanted to just add that as a Spanish instructor myself I think that Duolingo is an excellent supplemental tool. It's free, it gives lots of repetition, it provides an organized layout that shows what you do and do not understand, and most importantly it gives you lots of rich visual and audio language "input". I wouldn't give up on it. Instead, make a list of all of your favorite Spanish learning tools (including Duolingo) and use all of them to your advantage when designing your own Spanish studies. ¡Buena suerte!
but it does not explain that you are screwing up a particular kind of conjugation - that's something humans are good at; but if it was turned around so that it starts by listing what is to be tested, then you'd know how to prepare and where to go to review when the mistakes start piling up
It is from here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages Yeah I might not ever reach that level and I'm a world class screw up too :) My point was learning a second language is a bit of a challenge no matter how you do it.