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  • Paulo Werneck

    I am sorry but the article did not help me or will help anyone that does know duolingo. Of course no app will make you fluent. French, for instance, has kind of 3.500 words, a very small amount compared to the number of words a fluent speaker should know. Duolingo is marvelous for the begginer. You can study in your own pace, learn the basics, a little vocabulary, a little grammar, enough to visit the country and not get lost, hire a bed in a hotel, buy a ticket, find a place. If you want more, you have to watch films, read books, talk. So, the soluction is to study in a course or take conversation classes.But these are expensive to learn the first words and constructions. Not only you have to pay as well as you have to have time for them and for going there and back, while you can study using Duolingo in your spare times, in the bus, while waiting for someone.

    As for healph, I have no idea. I study every day, a planty of languages, and no lection becomes closed. Of course I have to repeat some lessons lots of times, just because some languages are so different that my brain requires time, effort and repetition. Mandarin is one, Arabic another, Greek yet another. But progress is made,

    As for tones, yes, duolingo explains tones (read the tips) and has a lot of quizes in which you have to get the right tone to find the correct answer.

    But, of course, no app can study for you, and their purpose is to teach you something of value. Duolingo does that. When I finish the course, not just get into the end, but with confidence, giving correct answers most of the time, then, and only then, I will worry about finding a teacher or a live course. But it is a long journey until then.

    • Max Hobbs

      Hi Paulo,

      Thanks for your detailed feedback, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say, this is the beauty of language learning and using apps - it's all about opinions.

      Duolingo does many things well, as we stated, but as fervent language learners, we wish to point out how it can improve - and there is no doubting there are ways it can do this.

      I think your summary that "Duolingo is marvelous for the begginer. You can study in your own pace..." is right on the money but personally, I maintain it can do more when talking about tones.

      This is the first thing a Chinese language learner should be exposed too and because of the nature of the app, you don't really ever get the chance to talk and differentiate the tones like you can with other apps.

      You are indeed right when you say Duolingo teaches us something of value. It's a market leader for a reason - but for sure, there are always things that can be improved to help all of us learners :)

      Thanks again for your comment and taking the time to write it Paulo :)


  • Neil

    Not a fan of Duo myself, leaves too many things open and focuses on number of language rather than quality

    • Max Hobbs

      Thanks for your comment Neil

  • Odin

    Good for beginners, otherwise don't bother

    • LTL Team HQ

      Thanks for commenting :)