What addition language learning resources do you use?
I have been using Duolingo for the last month or so to learn spanish and it has really been great. However, I am curious about what resources people use to supplement their language learning and how effective they have been(Anki, Language exchanges, videos, podcasts)?
Does anybody have a language learning routine that includes but is not limited to Duolingo?
I try to make use of native content as soon as I feel like I have a loose grasp of the language (like as I was nearing the end of the Duolingo tree). I installed a dictionary browser extension and use it to read the news and other articles online. I make my way through podcasts and TV shows whenever I have some free time. Intermediate-level podcasts really helped me move my listening skills out of nonexistent territory. I've used Anki but I find flashcards a little dry and would rather assimilate the language as I'm actively exposed to it through reading/listening. It's good for tackling tough vocabulary though, as long as you stick to it.
In the early stages of learning, I found Duolingo, paired with a good grammar site, fairly sufficient, but I regret not starting to listen to native content earlier.
I use the Mind Snacks language learning games for French and Spanish. I think they also have German and Japanese, maybe other languages too. You get a limited number of lessons for free and then can buy the complete thing for about $5. I did buy the Spanish one, but not the French because I felt I knew most of the words already and it wouldn't be worth it. They're kind of silly and only help with vocabulary, not grammar or comprehension, but they're fun and easy to do during little moments of down time. I also often use the French About website, french.about.com, which has a Word of the Day section, a verb conjugator, explanations of grammar and other tricky things, and some articles in French and English. There's a Spanish one too, though I found it less helpful than the French. I also find it very helpful to watch movies in French with French subtitles. If I have English subtitles I often just tune out the French, and if I have no subtitles I simply loose the words I don't know. However, if I have both French audio and subtitles, I learn lots of new words and familiarize myself with the pronunciation of words.
If flash cards help you, as they do me, I strongly recommend using Anki. At the very least, they help test you on noun genders. I have every noun I learn as a flashcard where on the English side I just put the word, and on the French side I put the French word, with the appropriate le/ la/ l' article, and I put it in blue font for masc. nouns and red font for fem. nouns.
If this sounds interesting to you for flash cards, Anki is really good at customizing the cards. It's only downside is that it's a little tricky to use because of how customize-able it is. But I love it :)
I use youtube videos in the languages i am learning, i find it helps to consolidate my learning and i do travelling also to really put myself to the test and work placements abroad and then i make sure i keep in contact with the friends i make there so that i am speaking the language everyday
Destinos is an excellent resource for Spanish. It begins with some English interspersed and a slower speaking rate, but advances to conversational style and speed. It provides a range of cultural information, regional variations and different speaking registers. It's in the style of a soap opera. http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch/