The good people over at Lifehacker.com are running a poll on people's favourite language learning tools:
So far, Duolingo is leading very comfortably. That's good to know, but not surprising.
"When they include Hindi, Arabic, and Mandarin, I'll try it. In the meantime, it's a great tool for the world of 1960."
Lol. Spanish and English (Languages that Duolingo teaches) are both spoken by more people than Hindi and Arabic, but apparently that doesn't matter to him. And besides that, a language's usefulness is not based purely on numbers. It's how you use it that really matters. Wolof could be the most important language in your life if you live in an area where it's spoken by the majority.
:d Easy to complain. Heheh. :) But Arabic? Yes, that's actually why I'm here. But I have patience compared to them and I know for a fact that it will be supported thanks to this awesome community of collaborators. :P I'm learning some Italian in the meantime. Hehe.
I've been doing it wrong all these years! When I'm evaluating a language learning tool, the first thing I ask is "does it support the language I wish to learn?" rather than "does it support Hindi, Arabic and Mandarin?" (none of which, apparently, existed in 1960). Good thing that genius showed up to set us straight.
Well, so long Duolingo. It's been fun, but I now realize that I cannot continue to learn German, French, and Italian on a site that doesn't teach Hindi, Arabic, and Mandarin. Looks as though I'll have to ditch Michel Thomas too. And I'll have to make sure that the publisher of my Italian grammar book also produces grammars for Hindi, Arabic, and Mandarin.
To be fair, the author of the piece did not say that. A commenter named Jake Merchant said snarky comment. And he was on there making other snarky comments as well.
I'm glad I read the article though as Memrise sounds like it could help augment what I learn here. :)
I never said the author of the article said that. I linked to a comment by Jake Merchant that said that.
And yeah, Memrise is awesome. Especially the 5,000 most common words courses.
I also vote for Duolingo even if the language support isn't the best yet but it will be, thanks to the Incubator and this awesome community.
Some of us other tools next to duolingo. I use duolingo as my guide, but also use anki to extend my vocabulary. Many people in the forums here use memrise. Livemocha seems also nice, especially for oral practice.
Yes, I think Anki complements Duolingo very well. In particular, I like the way I can create the cards on my PC (mainly based on Duolingo vocabulary) and they sync automatically to my phone, which I use for flashcard practice.
I use a shared deck of flash cards provided by Anki. It is the one thousand most common words in French. Those lists of common words comprise about seventy per cent of conversation in Western languages. I also use Memrise. They both really expand the Duo approach.
Duolingo, haven't even checked out the competition - but after reading the below comments I probably should check out a few to complement Duolingo
And ... Duolingo won with 58.26% of the vote (1,664 of 2,856)..
Congratulations to the Duolingo team!