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Learning a new language via english - when it is not your mother tounge.

Hi! I teach children spanish, ages 12-15 in Sweden. Their english knowledge-level is quite high, but not all of the students.

An area I would love to discuss is:

The theme of learning a new language via english - i.e. a third language. Sometimes at the age of 12-13, it becomes a bit too dificult for the students I have found. Ages 14-15 is easier.

How the learning is initiated-mediated-presented and then in what forms it continues, is of course also dependent on; the interest-, motivation- and previous language learning exposure and experiences of each individual student. At least what I have come to understand.

I would also therefore very much like to discuss if/what you understand and have come to know about language learning prerequisites.

The reason is that I find Duolingo being a truly fantastic language too in itself. It also has a strong accessibility factor - running fantastically on a smartphone.

But, as I mentioned earlier, the learning of, for example spanish, is not taking place between students mother tounge swedish-spanish, but via a third language, english in this case.

When I compare it to the online-site Babble, I believe Babble has some advantages image-wise. What do you think - any input, agree-/disagree? My impression is that because of the imagery there is a lower threshold for a third-language learner. What are your impressions and ideas, suggestions?!

Regards//Eva Larsson

April 29, 2015



You do have a point, me as a Russian guy learning German, its very hard, but since I know english very well I can do it with a third-language as you said.

But, In my honest opinion I think this website is much better than Babble,



Now the thread at https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8674646 also addresses Duolingo not yet offering courses for Swedish speakers.

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