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Old 03-24-2020, 05:57 PM
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Anyone here have experience with this program?

I have been wanting to learn Spanish for the longest time. About half my class speaks a language other than English at home. Many speak Spanish.

I just discovered that Duolingo is available through my district so I started the lessons today.

I worked my way up to level 2 this evening. I'm just wondering of anyone else here has used it and found it effective.


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Old 03-24-2020, 06:05 PM
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I have a 797-day streak on Duolingo. I use it to practice a language in which I'm proficient but haven't been speaking much lately and to review and learn more about a language I learned in college and never used. I use it very casually and I definitely have increased my reading/writing skills (and, to a smaller extent, my speaking/listening skills). If I were trying to learn because I had plans to put it to use, I'd get more out of it.

Duolingo is available for free online. Does your district pay for the special, pay version?
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Old 03-24-2020, 06:35 PM
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797 day streak! That is impressive!

I didn't even realize it's free. It just showed up in our district portal.

It must just be the free version because there's an option to upgrade.
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Old 03-24-2020, 06:38 PM
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It's really effective. I would suggest that you try it out. Once you get to a level where you feel a little more comfortable with the language, it would be really helpful to listen to some Spanish, too. It's amazing how much you can learn, but then when you hear someone actually speaking it, you don't understand a thing.

I can't recommend the podcast Coffee Break Spanish highly enough! They have seasons for beginners, intermediate, and advanced. They also teach many other languages. It's created by Radio Lingua. I hope you check it out. I don't work for them. I just remember how much their podcasts helped me.
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Old 03-24-2020, 06:38 PM
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And I was wondering about the speaking part. So far it definitely focuses on reading/writing - and basic vocabulary and grammar.

I was proud of myself for testing up to level 2 in the intro after just a little time on the site.


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Old 03-24-2020, 07:25 PM
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I speak multiple languages, and am always interested in learning more. I tried to do Russian through Duolingo, but I hit a roadblock because I didn't have a Russian keyboard. Also, since Russian is a Cyrillic language and very different from the Romance and Germanic languages, it was much harder for me to learn. I got up to level 2 and had to give up.

It is great that you want to learn Spanish, especially since many of your students speak it. I think Duolingo is a nice introduction to the language, but at some point you may want to switch to an online course through a college or university, like Carnegie Mellon University or Arizona State or something local.
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Old 03-24-2020, 08:15 PM
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My sister is learning Swedish through Duolingo and loves it.
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I have used Duolingo for Spanish for a couple of years. I have tried to learn Greek, but have not been successful!

I have encouraged my 4th and 5th grade students to use Duolingo as part of our distance learning experience. They have generally had good things to say.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:17 AM
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Thanks for all of the advice.

My families always seem to enjoy when I speak just a few words of their native language. I would love to be able to truly communicate effectively.

After Spanish I'll have to learn Portuguese!
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:24 AM
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Duolingo both personally and professionally.

I use it to learn Spanish. I also use it with German to stay fluent/conversational.

When I was teaching I used Duolingo with my 3rd graders. I put it on my Promethean board and the class learned German. We did it as a reward or time-filler. They loved it! (Since I speak German I would always teach them words or phrases anyway. This was a natural progression )


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