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#1 2017-04-25 07:21:52

Sahi
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Duolingo

Ok, I have no time, but I've started on Duolingo anyway. You can find me there as Sahi485659

I've started on my French, as I've wanted to pick that back up for years now. The only problem is the spoken assignments. Not the speaking French, just the speaking itself. As I'm mostly trying to sneak this in during down time at work.

I thought it might be nice to have a separate topic, as I know marian mentioned it in the Mint somewhere, but I couldn't find it.


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#2 2017-04-25 10:59:31

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Re: Duolingo

I was pretty good about doing DuoLingo daily for Spanish for a couple years, then dropped off. :-/

(And before that, I did Rosetta Stone daily for a while, and then dropped it.)


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#3 2017-04-25 13:17:15

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Re: Duolingo

Once I'm all sorted in the little house and such, I might join you there... been meaning to get my Spanish up to scratch!


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#4 2017-05-01 03:11:00

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Re: Duolingo

Really cool article I found about how many words you need to know to be fluent in a language:

https://www.lingholic.com/how-many-word … d-to-know/

(I looked for this answer as DuoLingo states I have learned about 200 something words and claimed I had about 10% fluency.)


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#5 2017-05-01 12:09:41

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Re: Duolingo

I crashed my 18 days streak by forgetting doing it yesterday. Darn! And it claims I am 9% fluent in Spanish now.

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#6 2017-05-01 16:16:33

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Re: Duolingo

Oh, yes! I am deeply immersed in Duolingo land. I spend waaay too much time on it - five languages! Italian, French, German, Russian, Irish. But mostly focusing on Italian and French. (And I've studied Italian, Russian and German before, so I'm only starting from scratch in French and Irish.)

Irish, I'm mostly just curious about. It is so far off the track of any of the other languages I've studied that it baffles me and I can't stay away. It says something about the Duolingo program that it IS starting to make sense to me.

I'm Marian972190.

Libra, the way the system is set up, you only need about 5 minutes a day. The "insane" level is 20 minutes a day. If you have an addictive personality, you might want to hold off, though. I obviously have not been good at moderating my Duo habit. :D

Sahi, are you in any clubs? There's a French club I'm in, if not; I'll see if I have the power to invite you. Or I could leave and start my own club! I started one in Russian and Irish because I couldn't figure out which one to join. :)

 

#7 2017-05-01 16:19:40

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

Sahi, you'll recognize me because I'm using my Habitica avatar. :D

 

#8 2017-05-01 17:03:54

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Re: Duolingo

I used Duolingo a couple years ago to try to get back into German. But I got demotivated after a number of lessons... I started doing poorly with genitive and dative articles, because I didn't understand them, and I felt like Duolingo was training me to memorize them, rather than understand them, which was frustrating.


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#9 2017-05-02 00:19:00

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Re: Duolingo

No, I'm not in any clubs, Marian. I was thinking of starting a Smarch club.

And yes, Ad1tu, Duolingo is trying to teach you by immersion, the same way a child learns a language. Which can be very annoying for adults who have already learned about there being logic and rules in a language.

And I guess I followed the wrong ylvs.


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#10 2017-05-02 14:33:20

ylvs
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Re: Duolingo

Haha, Sahi. So I am not unique? *pouts*
Try ylva237382. I just followed you (which I only managed via browser, not in the app. Weird)

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#11 2017-05-02 17:39:36

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

And I could only do it in the app, not the browser! :-D

 

#12 2017-05-12 15:44:14

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

I started a French club because the one I was in was down to three active members.

Code: 9xwrm7

 

#13 2017-05-12 15:58:02

Sahi
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Re: Duolingo

I'll join when I get back home


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#14 2017-05-15 11:25:39

Sahi
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Re: Duolingo

The club is full, so I can't join.


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#15 2017-05-15 14:34:56

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

Sorry! I'll let you know when I kick out inactive people next week and the it off the public list until you get in.

 

#16 2017-05-21 10:34:41

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

OK, French club has space if you are still interested!

 

#17 2017-05-21 11:02:32

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

Oh, so just learned something important! On the desktop site, they have tips and notes for new skills. So if there is something not making sense, check that out!

I just used it for Irish eclipses, which are very confusing. (The whole language is very confusing, but wonderful, too!)

 

#18 2017-05-21 16:17:41

Blue&Green
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Re: Duolingo

I see they just recently added Japanese to this app. Might try it out now.

 

#19 2017-05-22 08:33:41

ylvs
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Re: Duolingo

For no reason what's ore ever my 33 streak got broken. I wrote a complaint and got no answer.

*pouts*

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#20 2017-05-22 16:07:09

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

Aww. :(

And Japanese would be interesting!

 

#21 2017-06-03 10:37:36

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

Last weekend, I figured out how to remove languages, so I got rid of everything except for Italian and French. That has restored a great deal of sanity to my Duolingo experience. :-)

 

#22 2017-08-24 13:28:47

Marian
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Re: Duolingo

I finished my Italian tree today! *happy dance*

 

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