How good is Duolingo in order to learn a new language?

How good is Duolingo in order to learn a new language?

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  1. It’s great. Obviously it isn’t as effective as taking a class or hiring a tutor. That’s why its the free option though. If you stick with it it definitely pays off enough to teach you the basics which is what you said you need. I’d say try that before spending too much on a class or tutor.

  2. It’s good for expanding vocabulary and basic sentence structure. But on the flipside it also teaches you completely pointless words and sentences that aren’t usable in any real life situation. But it’s good to have on the side just for the vocabulary aspect.

  3. I’ve been using it for 3 years almost straight to learn French. I will say it has its limitations. I can read and recognize words and phrases well enough that if I went to France or a French speaking country I would be fine. But it’s not good enough for you to get fully engaged in a conversation. To me this would be phase 1, with phase 2 actually having daily/weekly conversations with someone in that language. You really have to stick with it though, doesn’t work over night.

  4. It’s as effective as apps like these are going to be. But realistically, apps like these aren’t the best way to learn a language in the first place, as others have pointed out.

  5. Bad in my opinion, it’s pretty monotonous and learning a language should always involve people that actually speak the language, otherwise it’s pointless. I took English in school and I had a wide theoretical knowledge, but I didn’t get the important nuances that are essential to properly communicate. I still sound like a snob sometimes.
    But it can be useful for basics.

  6. It really depends. I feel like it’s better as a stepping stone to learn some vocabulary etc or as revision for a language you haven’t studied in a while. In my experience (learning French and Russian it teaches mainly vocab and while you pick up some grammar it doesn’t explain grammatical rules and how to apply them. I’ll admit I haven’t used it tons though

  7. good for absolute beginners

    good for people who like ordered learning like in school but without mean teacher yelling at you

    instead of that you get emotionally blackmailing owl that asks you everyday if you practiced…

    and good for language junkies who want to study 5-10 languages at once

  8. It’s good for laying a foundation for learning a new language. I don’t expect to achieve full fluency using Duolingo alone, but it’s definitely allowed me to form sentences and understand the language a lot more easily if I hear or see it. I use it for Swedish because my partner is Swedish and it’s nice for when I speak to his parents. Their English is decent but they speak English so rarely that they’re always rusty, so it’s good to be able to bridge the gap with what little Swedish I know.

    If you’re serious about learning a language to fluency, I highly recommend Duolingo, but I also highly recommend not using Duolingo alone. It’s a great supportive learning tool but it probably won’t get you there by itself.

    I’m lazy so I only use Duolingo right now but if I was dead serious about becoming fluent or if we were actually planning to go live in Sweden, I’d be doing a lot more. My partner speaks English at a native level and prefers to speak English wherever possible but I’d definitely ask him to speak more Swedish to me if I was serious. I’d try reading Swedish books or watching more Swedish shows (tbf they do have some good TV there!) and I’d use additional learning tools.

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