What would be really great is an audio immersion section.
I only really get to us Duolingo in my commute but the robotic voice makes it hard to tune my ear to the language I am trying to learn.
What would help is a per module hearing exercise where I can listen to full conversation of native speakers and then attempt to translate.
And of course an offline mode for this section as well!
Great work guys! Keep it up.
I hope they're going to implement their recent idea of creating exercises in which we are asked to translate short segments of YouTube clips...
^^. This is brilliant for audio immersion, there's also a podcast (if you're learning French). They speak slowly so you can understand. There are 'slow' podcasts for other languages too!
I like the listening exercise idea and hope something like this gets implemented. Maybe they could ask questions on it so you are not being forced to translate and it is instead your understanding they are looking for.
do you know why the newsinslowfrench podcasts cost on the website but are free on iTunes?
They don't cost on the website. After you click the link, Episode #138 is right there.
Thank you for sharing that link :)
And yes replying with a response to a question instead of just translating is a great idea.
www.podclub.ch is pretty good. I listen to "a mi aire". Full transcripts so you can listen and test your comprehension. I usually read it first and then listen to see if I can understand it all. And then I might listen the next day to see if I can still understand it. They have other languages other than Spanish but I have never listened to those.
www.newsinslowspanish.com/ and www.newsinslowspanish.com/latino/ are also good. If you download the free flashcards they have a lot of the phrases used translated into English which you can follow while listening or read first and then listen.
Thank you for the link. I have started listening to L'avis de Marie (French) and am enjoying it.
Here's a great tool for audio/visual learning! They have interesting spanish articles that you can read along with native speakers. http://www.veintemundos.com/en/learn-spanish/read-and-listen/
I fully agree with you. Although duolingo is really good at strengthening our reading and translation skills, there's almost nothing regarding conversational learning. This is probably one of the most important ways to learn a language, and I hope they start adding more conversational and audio based activities soon!