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What are the drawbacks to Duolingo?

This is basically a summary of what this website has to say. You are not exposed to natural sounding conversations and sentences (at least, not until very much later as you reach more advanced ...
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What are the drawbacks to Duolingo?

Except for the issues already mentioned in the other answers, a big problem of Duolingo is that by grouping words in 'semantic clusters' (e.g. ANIMALS: elephant, lion, snake, horse, cow, mouse, spider ...
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Is Duolingo effective in learning to speak languages?

It is useful as a supplementary tool. Pros of Duolingo: Good repetition system Words and grammar structures exercises are well organized. They are repeated often enough to make you remember. You ...
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How does Duolingo calculate its fluency percentage?

From an official Duolingo developer, This is exactly what it sounds like: our estimate of your fluency in the language you're learning. It is calculated based on what words you know, how important ...
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Positive vs. negative reinforcement in Duolingo

Type in what you know, then fail the question. Duolingo uses spaced repetition for your review sessions, so you will tend to get questions involving words you are weak in. In order to do this, ...
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How useful is it to study Chinese using Duolingo's English for Chinese speakers course?

I actually find the reverse courses very useful. I have worked with the reverse courses in many languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, and Portuguese. Perhaps my experience is ...
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Similar Languages to South-Slavic/Balkan

I suggest that you learn the constructed language called Interslavic. In fact, it would be a service to the community if you learned it well, used it for communication, and then reported the results. ...
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What are the drawbacks to Duolingo?

I am a Duolingo user, currently working on the Spanish course. I do find it to be beneficial, but it does have its limitations. A few that I've noticed are: As has been mentioned, the sentences used ...
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What are the drawbacks to Duolingo?

Quote from "Does Duolingo “Trump” University-Level Language Learning?" by Stephen Krashen: Duolingo is a web-based self-paced language teaching program that guides students step-by-step through a ...
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How does Duolingo calculate its fluency percentage?

From What does my Fluency Score mean? Fluency measures your mastery of the vocabulary and grammar of a language and your ability to understand and produce the language. Duolingo estimates your ...
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Positive vs. negative reinforcement in Duolingo

DuoLingo's algorithm records when you use the hover-over hints, and accounts for this in deciding how well you know a word. If you repeatedly check the hint for a word, you'll see it more often, even ...
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How to combine the new Duolingo (with crowns) with spaced repetition?

Duolingo still retains the information about word and skill strength, even if it is not (easily) accessible to users. There are basically three ways of having spaced repetition with the current ...
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Tinycards and Anki

Here are three articles that talk about the two apps (1, 2, 3). They are both spaced repetition systems, but here are some key differences: They have a different look and feel, so that is a ...
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How useful is it to study Chinese using Duolingo's English for Chinese speakers course?

Interesting question! I've never thought about using reverse language courses to try to learn a language, so I tried it out. Since I'm fluent in Spanish, I tried out Duolingo's English for Spanish ...
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What are the drawbacks to Duolingo?

So I'll answer this a little more personally. Duolingo is useful in many ways. I used it to learn Esperanto and to refresh my Spanish. A drawback to Duolingo is that it is, at least to me, boring. ...
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How useful is it to study Chinese using Duolingo's English for Chinese speakers course?

To be honest, personally I don't think Duolingo is useful at all for learning languages. That is, even if it had a Chinese for English speaker course, it wouldn't help you much at all. You'd be best ...
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What's the difference between Duolingo and Duolingo Kids?

I've been using Duolingo Kids for a week or three, and have completed the entire course for at least the easiest level, and have been using conventional Duolingo for years on and off. One of the ...
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Can I see word strengths when learning Danish with Duolingo?

If you do not have a 'Word' tab for your Duolingo Danish course, then either Danish doesn't have one, or you are part of an A/B test and your 'Word' tab is deactivated. What you can do for a ...
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How useful is it to study Chinese using Duolingo's English for Chinese speakers course?

Interesting. I have tried to learn Chinese by use reverse language course. I thought: You can learn that, but it is hard. You need to master Pinyin, but Duolingo will not help it. You cannot practice ...
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Positive vs. negative reinforcement in Duolingo

Every time I don't know the definition of a word, should I get the definition by clicking on it, or should I simply do my best? In my experience, you must avoid to click, it's better to try to ...
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Is Duolingo effective in learning to speak languages?

It's very effective if you use it... Effectively. This sentence seems a joke, but you really need a good method to learn efficiently with Duolingo. Passive learning gives limited results. It ...
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Is Duolingo effective in learning to speak languages?

I find it is good for repetition and visual and audio word association but after around the first level it’s just a game. It took me until about then to even realize that there were “tips” on each ...
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Should I review recently learned concepts before concepts learned a while ago?

It depends really what you assume to be your weaker subject and your own way of studying. For example, I may learn Present 1 first and Negatives last but if I feel I have more trouble with the ...
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Positive vs. negative reinforcement in Duolingo

From http://gregreflects.blogspot.com/2014/12/how-to-make-gold-duolingo-tree.html: To Duolingo, strength is about words, not skills. Strong words have a score of 100%, and they decay over time ...
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Can I see word strengths when learning Danish with Duolingo?

Duolingo does not have word strengths for Danish. Currently, that feature has only been rolled out to only the most popular languages (Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese). (Thanks to @...
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How developed are Duolingo courses for each language?

I speak 7 languages, and I've learned 4 of them heavily on DuoLingo. Outside of the "main" languages, like French and Spanish, many of the other languages started with reduced content, but ...
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What is the maximum number of languages a 16-17-year-old can learn before they are considered ready for entry into the world of professional

I don’t think that there is a maximum number of languages a person can learn in general. Of course, if we are talking about efficiency, quality is better than quantity. Even so, everyone is different ...
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Practice Welsh Pronunciation in Duolingo

Only some languages have that feature, and unfortunately Welsh does not.
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What is the maximum number of languages a 16-17-year-old can learn before they are considered ready for entry into the world of professional

Can I learn all the languages simultaneously, or should I learn them one by one? Yes, you can. Do you want to learn them all simultaneously? It's easier and I think faster to learn one language first,...
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