Has anybody tried the Fluenz program? It has been on my wish list for a long time. A friend of mine who used to learn through Rosetta Stone told me Fluenz is worlds better. I see a lot of comparisons between Duolingo and Rosetta but I haven't seen any mention of Fluenz yet.
I would love to hear any thoughts about it as Duolingo only goes to certain levels. I thought they might complement each other well.
I own both RS and Fluenz (Latin Amer & Spain) Spanish. Fluenz is great! Your friend is correct!! I highly recommend it. Fluenz's approach is completely different that both RS and Duo. RS is awful and, worst of all, really, really boring. Not motivating at all. It seems old and dated. Fluenz is a small business that relies on word of mouth for advertising. The interface is uncluttered and intuitive with gorgeous photography.
You can try a Fluenz demo (see their website) to get an idea of how it works and determine if it fits your learning style.. It uses excellent native speakers, teaches tons of sentence construction and grammar rules using a real person breaking down each conversation for the learner, but it's a bit light on vocab. Cultural aspects of the language are also taught. The language is taught in the context of short conversations you may have in real life. There are no groupings as in Duo. So you may learn a bit of past or future tenses early on if the conversation includes future / past tenses of verbs.
The Spain Spanish is more comprehensive and challenging than the Latin American Spanish so I'd recommend getting the Spain edition if Spanish is your game. I own the French version as well. They are set to release Portuguese (Brazlian) next month, I think.
I have found that using Fluenz and Duoling to be a great language learning combination. Fluenz for sentence construction, grammar rules, cultural aspects and context, Duo for increasing your vocabulary and putting what you've learned into practice via translating. I find that the game aspects of Duo are quite motivating and add to the enjoyment of language learning. Fluenz also has a Commons site where you can post questions about a particular lesson or general language questions and use the Fluenz created flashcards.. Not exactly like the excellent Duo community but there is a resource for getting your language questions answered.
Hope this helps!
It definitely does! I started an Italian demo and one of the things I liked was that they broke down the how and why of things. I really like the Duo style of just throwing you in there and it seems to work really well. But because I not only interested in achieving fluency, but also in learning about the languages, I like that Fluenz can offer that.
Fluenz is indeed better than Rosetta, in my opinion. Actually, "Tell me more" is also quite good. However, I still find Duo to be better than all of them, not just because it's free, because it has a community where you can get your queries clarified.
I personally feel that Duo does a fabulous job at preparing you to be good enough for the advanced level. Its lessons are very well structured, building up your grammar. I see a lot more idioms in the lessons than used to be there, so the program keeps on improving in term of everyday sentences too. It's points system and other incentives like "x days streaks" could possibly lure you to be regular with learning the language which is so very essential for learning anything new.
For advanced levels, of the four aspects of language, i.e. Read,Write,Speak,Listen..you've got the first two covered very well by Duo. Your speaking would only improve if you do it regularly, you can easily do it by befriending someone from here who has the same interests as you. Listening, according to me, is the hardest of all, unless you know someone native. Although web presence of various shows in foreign languages/news these days help tremendously. And of course there are foreign language movies.
To summarize, I'd say Duo provides a much pleasurable learning experience than any of those softwares you'd pay for. They just feel like a boring college lecture!!
This is very helpful. I definitely enjoy Duo quite a lot and by my tenth day was already thinking in some Italian sentences before I realized it. I was planning on joining a local conversational meet up and watching movies without the subtitles to try to develop my ear. Perhaps if I supplement with some conversational lessons via Skype, I will be able to achieve a decent level of fluency only using Duo after all.
I totally agree with Cheryl1.
I'm learning Spanish and I have been using Fluenz for about 2 months plus now (I am currently on Fluenz Spanish 3) after completing the Duolingo skills chart. In hindsight, I wished I had done both concurrently. I felt like Fluenz gave much insight in terms of the sentence structures and grammar; much more so than any other software known to mankind.
I feel like no single software can be definitive in your language learning. A combination of two or three is better in my opinion. For me Fluenz helped me a lot with my understanding of the intricacies in Spanish whilst Duolingo built my vocabulary up to a significant level.
Touch typing is a crucial asset to have for Fluenz and going slow at it is probably the best method. I have done 10 lessons a day and 1-2 lessons a day and I feel like doing 1-3 lessons a day helps to reinforce what you have just learned. Whichever way you choose, make sure to do at least one lesson a day. all the best!
I had tried Fluenz Italian. All of its course from 1 to 5. It is a very good language program for beginners and intermediate learners. However it lacks most of the italian language. Not just in words but in grammar as well.
For example it does not teach Imperative which Italians use daily basis. It doesn't teach Future Tense. It is not crucial but in written language, sometimes in conversation it comes up. And it doesn't teach Subjunctive Italian, half of the italians use it while speaking.
Maybe you can get by saying Spero che ho superato l'esame, but when an italian says 'Spero che abbia superato l'esame.' you could only nod without really understanding what he meant.