This used to be such a great app. But ever since the developers went to the pay me first approach the quality has gone downhill. Recently I went from a 54 percent proficiency rate to 49 percent rating in one day without even doing anything. My guess is that up to 49 percent is the free part of the lessons and anything more you must pay to play. Duolingo education is really not free.
Haven't taken any language since high school but I expected this to be more basic for the casual user. Instead it went right into asking me the word for a person. How am I supposed to know it if they haven't shown it . Additionally there is much too little audio. Too many words I am left wondering how to pronounce.
Update: I mostly enjoy this app. The language learning (I am learning Spanish) is pretty good, I think. BUT!! I do not like all of the strengthening exercises. Some would be fine, but today I logged on and I had SIX sections to strengthen. I never got to the new material, because I ran out of time. This happened even when I was on a 25 day streak! There appear to be checkpoints throughout the sections, but I don't know what use they are to me. One would assume that if you pass a checkpoint, you won't have to go back as long as you keep practicing/learning. I want to learn new material, but I am stuck proving that I know the old material.
This is a fun & fast way to learn another language. There's definitely some guesswork at times when they're introducing a new concept, but since it's based on natural learning methods that's to be expected & is quickly overcome. I wish you would add Japanese; I'm getting rusty! Edit (5/19/17): PLEASE ADD JAPANESE!!! My French is coming along very nicely, but I NEED to brush up my Japanese.
This app is great! I have used it for other languages and it has been amaaaaaazing. Love Duolingo. But I will say that for languages like Russian where you have to learn a new alphabet, their alphabet section just isn't sufficient! I would recommend learning the alphabet elsewhere (I used a YouTube video called "learn to read and write Russian in two hours" that was excellent). Then Duolingo is wonderful for vocabulary and grammar and keeping you motivated. But learn alphabets elsewhere- you just won't get what you need from Duolingo.
This is a great long term tool to learn to Spanish. When I do the lessons sometimes I use other software to do direct translations and to go into more specific categories but that is not what this app is for. For a beginner, it is not possible to learn a whole language in a month and this is set up for the long hual. This has lessons that will give you a variety every session that will keep you from getting bored. Whether you want to practice for 5 minutes a day or 30 minutes, if you make a specific time every day to learn, it's easy to stay on track. The system is so low pressure, I try do it before 5 am every morning. I look forward to it getting rid of my morning fog.
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