A really fun and casual way to learn new languages! However, I would suggest at the beginning of each lesson to have an overview of each new word, showing how it's pronounced? I find myself winging the lessons often and not retaining the information. Other than that, Duolingo is a fantastic alternative to paid classes!
Really good way to learn basics! There are some weird issues with translation exercises occasionally, but that should be expected. My only real complaint is that my fluency percent in French keeps randomly going down? I started at 52%, I practice every day and now it's down to 47%?
It is wonderful. I get to become closer to my classmates and share insights of my culture compared to theirs. Having travelled around the world to China, Israel, Hong Kong, Kenya and Singapore people are amazed at how knowledgeable I am about their culture. It is in part because of my heritage and a love for books and listening to conversations around me. People think that talking makes you a good Conversationalist. It doesn't. It honestly makes you worse. Active listening to someone makes you better. So what would my advice be concerning Duolingo and achieving success with it? Do the lessons every day one language at a time and immerse yourself completely with the culture, mannerisms, accents, and read, listen, and translate. Or if you hate translating just write in the target language every day with a dictionary (preferably Collins) and soon you won't have a need for it. Have fun and enjoy!
I really do like how they improved the gamification of this app, it's very subtle now and still motivates. Only thing what brothers me from time to time is the pronunciation of some words by the app, which sometimes makes hard to understand at the first try. The ads in the free version don't really bother much.
Had to knock back this otherwise fantastic app because of the recently introduced very annoying demands for £9.49 at the end of every lesson to go ad free for a month. Also constant demands for a wager are tiresome. By all means have the prompts but PLEASE reduce the frequency so I can use this to learn a language!
Working on my Spanish. And I credit this to helping me pass my Spanish class. I do wish they would have a "rules page" or something of the sort. In English we have a "rule book", if there could be a Spanish equivalent. That would be amazing. (The rule book helps for us dyslexics out there. It is a set of rules that are applied to the English language, such as "I" before "e" or "tryed" is not correct. You drop the "y" and put "ie", so "tried".)
- Show streak in home
- Show fluency score in home
- Challenge correct streak animation and bonus XP
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