Language-learners' chat

A thread for people learning a language or several. Truly MSE as many apps are available free.

Are you using language-teaching apps such as Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, Drops... lots of others are available, these are just apps I use or know of. Are you working from a book, making friends with a native speaker, something else?

What language are you learning? What app are you using? What are you enjoying, what are you struggling with, can others help?

I'll kick off: I did French at school and I'm using Duolingo and Drops to iron out my mistakes, improve my understanding and confidence and keep my brain busy (apparently language learning is very good for the brain). I'm also slowly working on Brazilian Portuguese as I know someone for whom it's a first language but I'm really struggling with pronunciation.

I also did a couple of years of Latin at school and it's a very beautiful language (and more useful than you can know till you've studied a bit) but I can't get on with the Duolingo version, it doesn't seem to explain things as well as their French course does. I've just been recommended Wheelock's course so I need to have a proper look at that one day.

I'd be really interested to hear what others are doing and maybe we can cheer each other on.
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  • PipneyJane
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    Count me "in" @Cherryfudge.  I'm doing Duolingo French and I'm on day 579.  I've learned considerably more words than I ever did at school.

    I did four years of French and German at school.  I did two years of French first, then changed schools and got to do German as well.  The first 3 years I did of French were a total waste of time - terrible teachers.  The fourth year, I was slotted into a remedial class and learned considerably more, but it never came naturally to me (unlike German).  

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    Hola!

    (Learning already LOL)

    I shall be attempting to only lightly butcher the Spanish language via DuoLingo. Off to start Day 1....
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    Salut et bienvenue tout le monde, and that's as far as my French goes today. :) I had to look the 'bienvenue' up and I think I got it right (The Difference Between 'Bienvenu' and 'Bienvenue' (thoughtco.com)).

    Count me "in" @Cherryfudge.  I'm doing Duolingo French and I'm on day 579.  I've learned considerably more words than I ever did at school.
    Enjoy day 580! I'm on day 315. :) I've learned some new words but mostly it's about speaking, listening and grammar for me. As I'm getting into Unit 3 it's starting to get harder work. Actually I did French for A level and failed it with an 'O', probably because I struggle so much with grammar, and focussing on details.

    Is anyone using 'Drops'? It's mostly vocabulary, resented topic by topic.

    (ETA: I just spotted my typo but it's too good to take out!)

    As a retired teacher of French and Spanish, with German and Latin as well plus a little Italian I am delighted to see such enthusiasm for learning languages. If one "system" doesn't work for you, then try another.
    Just keep on going and stay safe.

    Thanks for the encouragement @retiredinfrance - it's good to know it can be done! Have you been in France long?

    diminua said:
    I'd like to join. I'm mostly learning French at the moment, via Duolingo, and did start their Italian course but got frustrated with it. It was probably a mistake to do both at once. 
    I struggled with doing two at once so I use different apps now and push on harder with one than the other. (I'm sort of hoping to learn Portuguese by osmosis and surprisingly it is very slowly happening, though completely grammar-free). I read an article on the Duolingo blog once about learning more than one language at once and as far as I remember, their advice was to focus on one till you feel you've made quite a bit of progress, then add in the other. Once you're well established in one you can add a layer of learning by studying the other language via your main language, if you see what I mean. So if you are more confident in Italian, you could change the app to study French through Italian.

    I usually study on my phone so perhaps I need to try via laptop. Getting the regular reminder through seeing the homepage is a good idea. When I tried the computer version I found I had better access to the community and it was helpful to see where others had found the same problems as I did.

    PollyWollyDoodle said:
    I learned French at school and at one point could speak it fairly fluently, occasionally I try and read a French novel just to keep it going. I went on studying it as part of my degree and even spent a month in France. Sadly like most things, if you don’t use it, you lose it. For some reason I could not get on with German though and failed my German O-level.

    I did start doing Italian in the sixth form, but we never got as far as doing an exam. I went to a comprehensive school where Latin was not taught, and I really wish I had had the chance. I couldn’t get on with the Duolingo course, but I’m going to look for the Wheelock’s book which someone mentioned on another thread. I might try Duolingo for Italian, because people seem to say that it’s better in other languages
    I really struggled with Latin on Duolingo, feeling I had missed something somewhere but no idea where. It didn't feel as well thought through as the French course. I think there is a webpage for Wheelock's but it's basically a book.

    Your German got a lot further than mine. :)

    CAFCGirl said:
    Hola!

    (Learning already LOL)

    I shall be attempting to only lightly butcher the Spanish language via DuoLingo. Off to start Day 1....
    A faultless start! :D Let us know how it goes!

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