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i am learning welsh obviously (plus brushing up french)

the welsh is going badly -- french is telling me i am 24% fluent, which is a fib imo

mark s, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:23 (six years ago) link

should I install this and see how bad my German has become, y/n

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:28 (six years ago) link

(I'm already downloading it)

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:29 (six years ago) link

Duolingo is a great way to absorb language basics and grammar rules, but once you have that stuff down and are in the mode of adding vocabulary I found it kind of inefficient.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:29 (six years ago) link

xp You will learn many duck-related German sentences ime

JoeStork, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:32 (six years ago) link

i have been surprised how much french i still know in terms of vocab: my grammar was and is terrible

mark s, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:33 (six years ago) link

polyphonic otm, I finished the French tree and have never gone back, currently use Memrise (and used Lingvist until I ran out of words) to build vocab

rob, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:35 (six years ago) link

in welsh i have discovered nothing about ducks but i have encountered a DRAGON (draig)

mark s, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:38 (six years ago) link

I completed the Japanese Duolingo and it is good for absorbing things by wrote but I grew frustrated with never having any of the grammar explained to me. It’s provided a good base.

There’s some more discussion of Duolingo

Do You Speak A Second Language?
日本語は話せます 🇯🇵

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:39 (six years ago) link

pimsleur >> duolingo

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:39 (six years ago) link

well but Duolingo is free

rob, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:44 (six years ago) link

honestly DL is more like a fun app that helps you read stuff in a foreign language

rob, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:45 (six years ago) link

huh 46% fluent

not bad I guess

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:45 (six years ago) link

Was going to say, however tell me more about why pimsleur is good? Everything else I have been trying has been lower cost but really falls down on getting me to speak. I’d pay for some live interaction.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:51 (six years ago) link

I used to be fluent in Portuguese but haven't used in 20 years - wonder if this could get me back on my bullshit.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 20:27 (six years ago) link

Duolingo fluency shield suffers from grade inflation especially when you are progressing through, say, the first third of the course or have just taken the placement test. At some points if starts to drop off and decay and you may regret giving into your ex-clever schoolboy’s craving for this particular form of external gratification.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 21:49 (six years ago) link

Think last word should have been "validation."

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 22:00 (six years ago) link

whenever i type "nos lau" (thursday night) it tells me i have a typo and that the correct spelling is "nos lau"

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 09:20 (six years ago) link

Did you type a lower case “el” (wrong) or a capital “eye” (correct)?

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 09:42 (six years ago) link

oh right that makes sense yes

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 09:43 (six years ago) link

That was really it?

Some of the answers in some of the courses are messed up so that it will tell you about an alternate answer or typo which seems to be dependent on some punctuation, or even some other “invisible punctuation.” There seem to even be cases where it is supposed to accept some letters from say, a standard English alphabet, without certain diacritical and just tell you to “mind the accents” but it gets into some looking glass world where it doesn’t accept the correct foreign alphabet letter. Feel like I️ saw this happen in Turkish, with the non-dotted i, the ı.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 09:56 (six years ago) link

i haven't gone back in and checked but yes, it's quite likely tha:, since i realised when i read yr post that i was listening to DL's pronunciation of Iau and thinking "wow the initial i sound in front of those vowels is really like an L isn't it?" -- based on assuming my grasp of welsh pronunciation is actually worse than it is

(the pronunciation i learnt as a kid IS different to the version they're using: spoken welsh has surprisingly strong regional variation: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13474058/Dialects-much-more-than-a-simple-north-south-divide)

(but it's not really the consonants that vary)

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:04 (six years ago) link

Ah, some weird keyboard autocorrect is now putting something strange when I type the letter capital “eye” I.

Speaking of which, at some point iOS seems to have added a Welsh keyboard, which may um, assist you in your answers.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:04 (six years ago) link

"wow the initial i sound in front of those vowels is really like an L isn't it?"

or maybe the other way round, anyway i was struck by how different their pronunciation was than mine would be -- which is because i was misreading the letter

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:06 (six years ago) link

Sometimes wonder if the Welsh as taught is just some sort of approximation standard that is in fact spoken by no one at all, like Bokmål/Nynorsk, I️ think.

How is your pronunciation of the letter double el?

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:12 (six years ago) link

Ach, still the weird “ego problem” or “ego trip” with the capital eye. Think I️ need to delete my autocorrect dictionary.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:13 (six years ago) link

Tom, delete ILX all my bookmarks my autocorrect dictionary now!

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:15 (six years ago) link

Ah, that didn’t seem to work. I’m stymied.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:16 (six years ago) link

my double ll pronunciation is p good i think! the nearest large town to where we went on family holidays when i was a kid is machynlleth and i know how ppl who live in it say it

this was before welsh was actually taught in schools -- indeed, it was actively discouraged in schools back then, and i know someone who was made to leave school at 16 because he preferred to speak welsh (as did his entire family, of hill farmers)

(he became a mechanic and a builder, and is now very comfortably off and owns half the town)

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:18 (six years ago) link

Ah. I have never been in the presence of a Welsh speaker as far as I know, apart from John Cale at an instore.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:25 (six years ago) link

I against I against I

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:27 (six years ago) link

(Had to chose the *RONG* spelling for each of those eyes to get the correct one)

Seems to me the pronunciation of Welsh, especially the “ll,” involves a lot more spittle than, say, English.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:30 (six years ago) link

At one point I was having some problems with the days of the week with when to put the word for day in there, such as “dydd Iau.” Seem to have sorted it, can’t remember what the problem really was.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:39 (six years ago) link

The other thing to remember of course about the “i” is that the word for Thursday starts with j for Jupiter-or Jove! do u see?! in most Romance languages.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:47 (six years ago) link

yes i haven't worked out when not to use Dydd yet!

(tho i also haven't yet been marked wrong on either, and have been assuming -- perhaps wrongly -- that they are effectively interchangeable, at least in this limited context)

ooh handy steer on the root of the day names, i'd spotted they were "a bit like French" but hadn't taken it any further

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:50 (six years ago) link

To throw a spanner in your welsh works - Memrise has a course in Belter Cant.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 11:01 (six years ago) link

Sut mae, Marc? Sut dych chi?

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:13 (six years ago) link

Dych chi eisiau coffi?

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:17 (six years ago) link

Learning Dutch thru this atm and I like it.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:17 (six years ago) link

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd!

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:25 (six years ago) link

Both the Dutch and Welsh courses have been spruced up in the past few months, so you guys are on the cutting edge.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:27 (six years ago) link

/too much time on Duolingo

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 02:50 (six years ago) link

"The grapheme k was also used more commonly than in the modern alphabet, particularly before front vowels.[3] The disuse of this letter is at least partly due to the publication of William Morgan's Welsh Bible, whose English printers, with type letter frequencies set for English and Latin, did not have enough k letters in their type cases to spell every /k/ sound as k, so the order went "C for K, because the printers have not so many as the Welsh requireth";[5] this was not liked at the time, but has become standard usage."

"why doesn't welsh have the letter k?"
"we ran out that one time and never restocked"

mark s, Thursday, 9 November 2017 09:46 (six years ago) link

grrrr i am just as bad now at grammatical gender in french as i was aged 13: le cheval but la souris whyyyyyyyyyyyy pourquooooooiii

mark s, Friday, 10 November 2017 11:06 (six years ago) link

some rules and patterns here (but of course no clue why le cheval but la souris):
http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/le_or_la_in_french.shtml

mark s, Friday, 10 November 2017 11:07 (six years ago) link

my devoted year+ on duolingo french got me enough of the basics that I was able to get a civil servant job in France where I speak French full time. it helped that I was living in France most of that time and that I'd already spent a lot of time reading french (or trying to, with much dictionary use) and that I already spoke Spanish pretty well (son of a native speaker but didn't grow up speaking it, only learned it in school). so I am yay duolingo!

I spent some time on the japanese tree earlier this year as I learn that language next but I'm going to need more than just duolingo to do it because I don't have a great sense of the grammar whereas learning a second romance language, I already grokked the main structures, what I really needed was enough confidence in applying those structures to go ahead and speak it irl.

although I think the japanese accent is easier than the french accent, so duolingo may be ok in that regard (japanese mostly sounds like it looks, unlike french)

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 10 November 2017 15:55 (six years ago) link

I'm doing German which I'm already sorta conversational in as my Dad is from there. I wasn't raised speaking it though and what I do know is only what I've picked up listening to him speak with friends and relatives and the times that I've spent there. I'm really enjoying it so far though and am excited to improve :).

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 10 November 2017 16:03 (six years ago) link

i just discovered the chats-with-bots feature (after several days of just ignoring the you-have-mail signal): i like that it goes "excellent response!" after what is (in another, more accurate sense) a pretty basic not-actually-rude response

mark s, Friday, 10 November 2017 16:14 (six years ago) link

I spent some time on the japanese tree earlier this year as I learn that language next but I'm going to need more than just duolingo to do it because I don't have a great sense of the grammar whereas learning a second romance language, I already grokked the main structures, what I really needed was enough confidence in applying those structures to go ahead and speak it irl.

I can recommend the ‘Human Japanese’ App for this.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:29 (six years ago) link

Revisiting Catalan for some reason.

I & I, Claudius (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 May 2023 14:01 (nine months ago) link

We will see how long this nth honeymoon lasts, but right now I am enjoying terms like “vestit espacial.”

I & I, Claudius (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 May 2023 14:07 (nine months ago) link

For one thing the tts voice has improved slightly so as not to be jarringly staticky.

I & I, Claudius (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 May 2023 14:11 (nine months ago) link

Just learned about this:

https://www.upc.edu/slt/ca/recursos-redaccio/dubtes-frequents/dies-hores

2. Per referir-se al dia en curs.
Avui som dimarts.
Avui som a dimarts.
Avui és dimarts.

Cathy Berberian Begins at Home (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 May 2023 14:35 (nine months ago) link

Good news: this new Words vocabulary trainer
Bad news: closing courses such as Guaraní and all non-English Esperanto courses

The Original Human Beat Surrender (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 June 2023 12:47 (eight months ago) link

I sprung for Max last week and it’s not a major upgrade on Super but the AI chat bot is quite fun and the ‘explain my answer’ feature intermittently useful. The latter seems like something that should be baked into any course as standard, tbh.

I’ve recently completed a year-long experiment to see how far I could get in Spanish only using DL and no other study tools, with progress tracked against a third-party spoken Spanish assessment and it has been effective to a point. I’ve gone from CEFR A1 to a solid B1, which is, more or less, what DL claims it will do.

ShariVari, Tuesday, 6 June 2023 10:26 (eight months ago) link

Yes, I can believe it. Don’t want to play for Max though.

CeeLô Borges (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 June 2023 11:35 (eight months ago) link

Today I have reached a 2001 day streak. More and more I rely more heavily on other apps. I will continue to use this one as well, despite various misgivings I have accumulated over the years.

CeeLô Borges (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 June 2023 21:30 (eight months ago) link

This is kind of interesting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnPBoh0W0M0

CeeLô Borges (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 11 June 2023 21:32 (eight months ago) link

Somewhere along the line male and female tts voices were added to the Irish course which makes it that much more appealing.

Holly Godarkbloom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 18 June 2023 14:00 (eight months ago) link

FInally hitting the Duolingo wall in every language and may heed the siren song of Steve Kaufmann and try LingQ.

Johnny Bit Rot (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 June 2023 22:56 (seven months ago) link

Went back to Duolingo after a gap of months and found to my horror that you can no longer use the keyboard to type in the web version, you're stuck with the word bank.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 4 July 2023 06:10 (seven months ago) link

O RLY?

Looking For Mr. Goodreads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 July 2023 12:56 (seven months ago) link

Sorry. Are you sure that’s true, sometimes there’s a magic button somewhere hard to notice.

Looking For Mr. Goodreads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 July 2023 12:56 (seven months ago) link

I hate the web interface with the heat of a thousand suns though so very rarely use it.

Looking For Mr. Goodreads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 July 2023 12:57 (seven months ago) link

It's really completely gone. There used to be a "use keyboard" option, but they took it away except on maybe one question per set. It's awful.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 4 July 2023 14:18 (seven months ago) link

Terrible. Maybe it’s time to try Clozemaster or Glossika.

Looking For Mr. Goodreads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 July 2023 14:49 (seven months ago) link

Please remind me again which language(s) you are learning?

Looking For Mr. Goodreads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 July 2023 14:56 (seven months ago) link

German mainly, though I teach French and I like to assign Duolingo to my students as homework. I don't require them to spend much time on it, and they can go at their own pace, but it's been a good way to give them some general practice time and the chance to see more vocab than we can get through in class.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 4 July 2023 17:22 (seven months ago) link

Kind of wish someone would learn Catalan with me, but I know that's not often how it works. Believe there was someone upthread maybe who mentioned it. There are some good YouTube channels and podcasts these days like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYA7LheeFcE

Looking For Mr. Goodreads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 July 2023 19:52 (seven months ago) link

It's on my (long) list, but sadly I wouldn't have the time at the moment.

I'd love to try and learn at least a little of several of the Iberian languages.

brain (krakow), Tuesday, 4 July 2023 20:37 (seven months ago) link

I just don’t know why people continue to use Duolingo when we live in an era with LingQ, Drops, Memrise, and iTalki

beamish13, Tuesday, 4 July 2023 22:46 (seven months ago) link

I've tried most of the alternatives people are suggesting and don't like them nearly as well, and many of them you have to pay for. Duolingo at its best was a genuinely effective, well-organized, free app that made you use the language in sentences rather than just memorizing vocab. It's been getting steadily easier, which is frustrating, but until they took out the keyboard I still liked it a lot.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 4 July 2023 23:09 (seven months ago) link

Duolingo is very addictive in many ways, but after all these years, I am finally at the point where pretty much all my languages are maxed out to where I can’t really advance much and they are either too easy or too hard or both at the same time. Those other alternatives are all configurable in way that makes it more possible to find the sweet spot of real progress.

Looking For Mr. Goodreads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 July 2023 23:13 (seven months ago) link

Steve Kaufmann indulges in some annoying stuff at times but the things he says about language learning usually seem to ring true and LingQ seems to be a useful app so far.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 20:48 (seven months ago) link

I tried LingQ but it seemed to just be one-word-at-a-time translations like you'd get from reading an ebook. And it didn't seem to know how to handle German compound verbs - it would only let me click on one half of the verb at a time, and of course that would result in a totally off-base translation. So I gave up on it pretty much instantly. Is there more to it?

Lily Dale, Sunday, 9 July 2023 20:52 (seven months ago) link

They have these mini-stories as a way to build up vocabulary and experience the grammar live. They don’t actually teach grammar, he recommends you buy the smallest grammar book you can find.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 21:01 (seven months ago) link

Then you can make your own lessons or find some uploaded lessons you like. I found some Catalan videos and podcasts I like which is why I wanted to try it. The main thing is that the vocabulary is color-coded so you can easily see which words are new to you and which words are difficult, versus words you know and easier words.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 21:04 (seven months ago) link

You can also search and list your vocabulary based on the difficulty level.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 21:05 (seven months ago) link

So it first glance it looks pretty kinky but maybe there is something to it

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 21:25 (seven months ago) link

Ha, hinky not kinky

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 21:26 (seven months ago) link

My anecdotal experience is that when I do it and then go back and use some other software I seem to feel more confident, the other software seems easier and I retain more.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 21:28 (seven months ago) link

The intention is supposedly to have more material, more repetition and variation.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 21:30 (seven months ago) link

I like this YouTube channel called CouchPolyglot. I see her, Laura, talking about something called Comprehensible Input with some other language YouTubers and it makes sense to me. Think Steve Kaufmann of LingQ seems to be on board. She speaks German and has lived in German-speaking countries for several years, maybe she has some German instructional videoa.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 23:31 (seven months ago) link

Well she does but they are in Spanish:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqSBh6kVn0g

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 July 2023 23:33 (seven months ago) link

Looking at the German in LingQ right now. Seems to understand the compound verbs.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 July 2023 00:05 (seven months ago) link

There’s a ton of stuff available for German in there.

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Elektra) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 July 2023 00:10 (seven months ago) link

“The basics you can learn in a classroom,” said Flores, who was interviewed in Spanish, along with most of the players, for ease. “But to speak the language, that comes from here in the clubhouse, on the street or from television.”

Live and Left Eye (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 July 2023 16:53 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

Just started using the add your own dictionary search feature to Clozemaster and it is truly awesome.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 October 2023 20:48 (four months ago) link

I may yet wake up tomorrow with an enthusiasm hangover but right now this trick is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 October 2023 04:31 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...
one month passes...

In addition to all the other apps I may use, I just started messing with something called uTalk.

Blecch’s POLLero (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 December 2023 16:26 (two months ago) link

Still on this jag

The Glittering Worldbuilders (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 18 December 2023 03:52 (two months ago) link

I'm back at DuoLingo again after taking enough time off to forget the previous interface. Still working on Spanish and right now "ir" is giving me pain.

Jaq, Monday, 18 December 2023 04:30 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Yeah, I hate this. I used the paid version, which obviously I don't want to continue to support if they're going to lay people off and, presumably, end up with a worse product. But I also don't want to give it up. Its whole shtick works well for me. Fifteen minutes a day, structured lessons, nagging notifications, etc etc.

trishyb, Tuesday, 9 January 2024 11:52 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Wonder what this will be like.

https://lingonaut.app/

Al Green Explores Your Mind Gardens (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 5 February 2024 16:29 (two weeks ago) link

Also wondering if anyone else is following the recent memrise snafu.

Al Green Explores Your Mind Gardens (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 February 2024 17:14 (one week ago) link


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