seat64k wrote:. It also contains some strange sentences that no human would ever say.
Braybuddy wrote:but I sometimes wonder if some program is composing the sentences: "The cat gives the woman a skirt" is not a sentence I could ever imagine needing.
einsteinboricua wrote:I found that for basic words, it works. But to have a true handle on the language (written and spoken) formal training works best in my opinion.
fr8mech wrote:...but I've been able to say "Ein Bier, bitte" and "Entschuldigung, wo ist die Toilette?" for a long time.
fr8mech wrote:My son struggled with Spanish all through elementary & middle school. We decided to start fresh in high school with German this fall.
I decided to learn German so I can help him if needed, and do a little bonding.
I started using Duolingo back in February and I feel I'm doing well. Moving right along. I was thinking it's a great program.
Now, I'm a American of Greek birth, who came over as a newborn. Grew up speaking Greek, but I'll be the first to admit, my Greek vocabulary is stunted at the 6 or 7 year old level, my reading even lower, and my writing non-existent.
So, I added Greek to buttress my command of Greek. I'll tell you, if I had started with Greek, I wouldn't have continued as long as I have. I suspect it's the different alphabet and syntax. But, the Greek pronunciation that Duolingo uses is terrible, especially the alphabet. And, clearly, the syntax I've been taught is subtly different than the Duolingo syntax. I find myself making more mistakes with Greek than with German.
Anyone else here have a similar experience? Kinda know a language, but want to add to it with a language app, and struggling?
max999 wrote:I agree with others that Duolingo is a supplemental tool. The main disadvantage of the app is that it does a poor job of teaching you anything outside of vocab and pronunciation.
max999 wrote:I recommend something more comprehensive than Duolingo to learn German properly.
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