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!
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".)
I love the design if this program, particularly how it scaffolds new learning, while simultaneously reviewing previously learned content. My one criticism is the lack of explanation, unlike the desktop version that includes lesson material. It would be really helpful to have the same material available on both platforms.
It has become more and more of a begware throughout updates. It started out only appearing after completing exercises, where it can be skipped directly. Then it started appearing more commonly. Now it even shows up when one quits and exercise, and the bottom part is replaced by a "Go ad free" button, bringing you straight to the purchase screen. It's trying to make the ads more annoying, which makes the experience a whole lot worse.
It's really fun. It turns language learning into a game and explains grammar nuances that Rosetta Stone doesn't cover nearly as well. I have stuck with this longer and learned more than any other language program I've tried. It just keeps getting better!
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!
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