I've recently started to learn German on here and I've been finding it very useful! I already knew the odd word in the language (from my father who used to go train-spotting in Germany and from my mother who did German at school, oh and of course Rammstein, ha ha.) but I've probably pronounced them wrong. I know that when Duolingo asks me to say a sentence in German, I believe that my accent stops me from saying things clearly and so I miss a word but hey ho. I'm really enjoying it so far. I much prefer this than when I did languages at school. I did French from Year 3 to Year 9 (I've forgotten most of it,oops) and I did Spanish for GCSE. I wasn't very good at that either xD
But yes, how is everyone else finding it? Feel free to friend me :)
P.s What languages would you like to see on here? I wouldn't mind seeing Finnish and Japanese.
I find duolingo very useful, but it will never compare to a proper language class. Being a language teacher myself, I encourage my pupils to embrace duolingo as 'an extra tool' to gain vocabulary, consolidate topics seen in class etc , however, I don't believe that duolingo alone can provide the necessary social interaction one needs in order to 'learn' a foreign language. One aspect that I find Duolingo lacks of is dialogue practice. I know it is a piece of 'software' that relies on translation, so for this instance, it may be ok, but, again, it will never compare to a proper interaction in a classroom.
Ive been using duolingo as well as a few other things to learn german on my own and I find myself missing social interaction like i had when i took french in college. I found a website recently, though, that has started to help with that part. I still use duolingo and mindsnacks but I also use gospeaky for the social aspect. Its a great way to find native speakers and you can video chat as well as just messaging. I think its a really great tool for pointing out what areas you need to focus on and practicing the more practical skills for real life conversations!
I started using Duolingo just over a week ago and I love it! For years I've wanted to the learn the language but became too overwhelmed or intimidated to venture anything beyond the first one or two lessons of my various attempts.. I'm on a '4 day streak' so far. Goal is to keep that streak going well into triple digit numbers! We'll see! Best of luck to you! :)
I'm currently studying French as AS Level and starting to learn German on here :) I'd like to see Latin because i'm distraught that I didn't take it at GCSE :'(
hey hey hey ,,i'm learning German too and I find it very interesting in spit of the hard pronunciation of those complex words... also , i'm a member of a group for German beginner learners of Duolingo members on Skype ..if you want me to add you it's very amusing too just send me your Skype id or i will send you mine " cause you know it's frown upon her to post personal contacts " ...thanks ,,good luck ,,, and what is " Rammstein " ?? :D
I like duolingo a lot. Besides its easy and simple nature, you fell that you can progress really fast, and the ability to just go back and review something you don't feel strong with allows you to go back and work more on that lesson. The only thing missing, as others have pointed out already, is the social / speaking aspect. As such, duolingo works best as a support tool. Still, a great resource to try a new language, see if that is something you would like to learn in the long run.