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https://www.duolingo.com/harryclark17

Something for grammar?

harryclark17Plus
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The only problem that I have with the Duolingo system of learning is that there is literally no reference for grammar. I'd love to have sections that are dedicated solely to grammar. Sentence structure is so important in romance languages. Grammar is such a big part of german and romance languages.

I know there are other sources on the internet for this kind of thing, but I think it would be a compelling addition for Duolingo. Especially since it's a translating company, it relies on knowledge of grammar.

Despite this, Duolingo is an incredible way to learn languages.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
olimo
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Yes, grammar is not the strongest side of Duolingo, but the team adds grammar tips and notes gradually. Besides, discussions are very useful. I'd recommend to look through popular discussions in every unit before continuing to lessons and also to read sentence discussions. They explain quite a lot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vrait
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I just ordered a grammar book for Italian. Duolingo is working great, but it makes me basically assume stuff with out understanding why. I wished they would and a grammar section, with articles on grammar.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blue-oranges
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I agree! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
Salxandra
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Don't forget - Duolingo teaches grammar. It just doesn't teach it explicitly, rather, it teaches grammar implicitly.

You still learn the grammar.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/harryclark17
harryclark17Plus
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Yes, but it takes much, much longer.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
olimo
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It does not take much longer if you look into discussions as you do exercises. Most things that are not very obvious have already been asked about and answered in comments. So, instead of reading long grammar introductions before you go to exercises, you learn with practice and get answers to your questions on your way.

Also, there are tons of free grammar resources on the net. Of course it would be nice to have all the necessary reference here, but if the team makes it a top priority, they will be just duplicating something that is present in abundance elsewhere instead of developing features unique to Duolingo. With only 29 people, they have to sort their priorities very carefully.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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Depends on the person, I learn the grammar faster using Duolingo than using other sources.

Also, keep in mind, that implicit instruction is typically unfamiliar therefore, you may feel it's not working when in fact you are learning well.

And, of course, if you're puzzled, look things up.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Libby_S
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I wonder if it would be possible to crowd-source the grammar? Like, have a wiki-page for the grammar sections that we could build, so that the team doesn't have to keep churning out tips.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Payne

Correction: I am on level 16, Spanish. I just read a sentence that translated to "I do not have any cat", (that was given as the correct solution). That is not correct English. It should be "cats" "gatos" (plural) with "any", or "cat"(gato) (singular) with "a". I hope this is helpful to our Spanish friends learning English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Libby_S
Libby_S
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I think you posted this to the wrong thread...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Payne

LOL...sorry.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Payne

I was trying to let the creators of DL know about this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/check2012

I use one of those cheap plastic reference guides as a supplement to Duolingo (I'm studying German). I find it very helpful to learn the grammar in my reference guide (just a few pages of the essential grammar) and then use what I learn on Duolingo.

4 years ago