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  1. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    This has been spoken about a couple of times so here’s the devoted thread to the best free language learning service out there :disco:

    So, do you use it? What languages do you do? How well are you picking things up?
     
  2. win_the_game

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    I use it on and off for my Italian. I was taking lessons prior to lockdown however haven’t really done as much practice as I should have over the past few months. I need to get my finger out actually.

    I’ve done a few of the basic levels in Portuguese and Turkish.
     
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  3. Dark Carnival

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    I've been having another go at German since lockdown. I must say it's the furthest I've progressed of all the times I have tried.

    ICH BRAUCHE BIER
     
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  4. Dark Carnival

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    I have 71 crowns apparently :o
     
  5. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    I’ve been doing French for god knows how long but have been making progress since lockdown. I’ve also had flutters with Spanish, Italian and Portuguese too.

    DOUZE POINT for ROMANCE LANGUAGES.
     
  6. Indie

    Indie How appropriate. You fight like a cow.

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    I have a 514 day streak in Spanish. Absolutely run out of lessons and stories to learn though.

    It *is* a great resource, but only up to a point.
     
  7. win_the_game

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    I have 167!
     
  8. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    Crown rate!

    Indie - 839 :basil:
    Soldi - 181
    Win_The_Game - 167
    Dark Carnival - 71

    I presume Indie has much higher though :D
     
  9. Dark Carnival

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    We're not doing the same languages though are we? One GERMAN crown surely counts as THREE :evil:
     
  10. Indie

    Indie How appropriate. You fight like a cow.

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    839 crowns, 3215 lingots, Diamond league bois.
     
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  11. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    Darling I have a REAL LIFE QUALIFICATION in DEUTSCH!

    I can offer you some help x
     
  12. Dark Carnival

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    I'm fluent in three languages, NIQUE TOI!
     
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  13. Indie

    Indie How appropriate. You fight like a cow.

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    I've got a GCSE in German too. :)
     
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  14. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    :D

    I do remember accidentally stumbling into English during my speaking exam :shy:

    Apparently “ich habe Sunday dinner” didn’t wash with the examiner.
     
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  15. win_the_game

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    I have a Standard Grade in French and speak a bit of basic German as I was born/lived there when I was younger.
     
  16. VoR

    VoR Take it or leave it

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    181 crowns here, primarily use it for Swedish, but also started on Russian as well.

    I agree it's very useful to a point, but it won't make you fluent.
     
  17. Diddy

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    is that why you never smile in photos?
     
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  18. Diddy

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    Maybe I should try French again? I got an A at GCSE *pause for applause* but I can’t remember anything

    probably the only time I ever used it was when I changed trains on the way to meet DC and some local station.
    Because of my beautiful supple skin the clerk asked how old I was (for a student discount), at that time I was 29 (but for some reason thought I was 30) and blurted out “Je suis 13 ans”

    I deserved the :david: look I got back :x:
     
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  19. Barnacle

    Barnacle Climb on through my window.

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    I'm a Babbel girl.
     
  20. BoysForSeles

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    I only use the free version of Duolingo and having studied a language to degree level and others to A level I fail to see how anyone could efficiently learn a language from it. It’s handy for a brush up or basic phrases I guess and helps with pronunciation which is useful.
     
  21. Dark Carnival

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    :D
     
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  22. Diddy

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    Babbel On!
     
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  23. Mats

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    does Babbel only give you one free lesson?

    I'm brushing up on my German as I'm going this weekend. what a language :disco:
     
  24. Soldi

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    My favourite German word is NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN :disco:
     
  25. Mats

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    I'll sneak that in!
     
  26. Mats

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    of course the Thomas Mann museum is closed :evil:

    VERDAMMT!
     
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  27. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    CROWN UPDATE

    I’m on 194
     
  28. Tisch

    Tisch One step forward. And zwei zurürck.

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    So I was quite happily carrying on with my German then the app changed and now it's giving me lessons like this.

     
  29. win_the_game

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    171 crowns - I've barely practiced over the last couple months. :shy:
     
  30. Pipo

    Pipo The devil's in the details

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    I've been using it for a month now, 9 crowns already :disco: :(
     
  31. vespertine

    vespertine God damn it Claude

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    For every minute I've spent on Duolingo I've spent about 4 deleting all their reminder emails.
     
  32. Barnacle

    Barnacle Climb on through my window.

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    This is why I deleted it :(

    Babbel Up
     
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  33. Alex

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    225 here
     
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  34. Alex

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    Oh goddd they are annoying !
     
  35. ZZ

    ZZ that's the only face I've got, dear

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    I'm currently learning French and German on Duolingo.
    It won't make you fluent, as you're not engaging in real conversation with anyone, but the constant repetition of things like vocabulary and grammar structures to reach level 5 in all skills makes it easier to retain the information. It helps me massively with my French studies (I also do French classes at the school I'm working) as it improves my spelling and my vocabulary as well as my grammar.
     
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  36. ZZ

    ZZ that's the only face I've got, dear

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    I'll do a bit of boasting too :basil:

    French - 454 crowns
    German - 155 crowns
     
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  37. Kalabaliken

    Kalabaliken Pop Precision Since 1978

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    I've done French, Swedish, Spanish and Italian on this to various levels:

    Swedish - 219
    French - 104
    Italian - 102
    Spanish - 47

    I've also done Dutch, German, Norwegian and Greek a bit but not much and I reset my progress on them.

    I do like Duolingo and I have a Plus account that I got on a deal for £50 for the year which is worth it for me just for the unlimted hearts thing, but I use it conjunction with other methods as it is more a revision tool than a learning tool.
     
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  38. ZZ

    ZZ that's the only face I've got, dear

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    Warning out there: the Greek course on Duolingo is F*#king shit
    I've applied again and again to be a contributor to that course, but somehow I'm not accepted. The audios are shit, the sequence of topics and stuff is shit and overall it's a disgrace compared to other courses.
     
  39. Soldi

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    I hate that it’s AMERICAN ENGLISH and the learn English course has the American flag. The Portuguese course also uses the Brazilian flag. I DONT THINK SO.
     
  40. Kalabaliken

    Kalabaliken Pop Precision Since 1978

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    The Portuguese course IS Brazillian Portuguese though. The Spanish course uses US Spanish pronunciation too.
     
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