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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2020, 05:22:15 PM »
I'm trying to sluggishly make my way through the Arabic course.

I'm already able to say multicultural sentences such as George comes from Oman.

When you get as far as I have, you'll be able to say truly useful things like Omar is a fast Syrian translator. :D  The Arabic course is in need of further development.

I'm eagerly waiting for the part about easy cars.

Fascinating concept.

Yes.  :D

I understand the compulsion to use every vocabulary word in a lesson, but that was some seriously bad pedagogy. So we had an easy professor, an easy university, and an easy car.  :D
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2020, 07:32:48 PM »
I'm trying to sluggishly make my way through the Arabic course.

I'm already able to say multicultural sentences such as George comes from Oman.

When you get as far as I have, you'll be able to say truly useful things like Omar is a fast Syrian translator. :D  The Arabic course is in need of further development.

I'm eagerly waiting for the part about easy cars.

Fascinating concept.

Yes.  :D

I understand the compulsion to use every vocabulary word in a lesson, but that was some seriously bad pedagogy. So we had an easy professor, an easy university, and an easy car.  :D

Easy is an encouraging adjective but one has to be careful where to use it.
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #32 on: May 05, 2020, 08:56:54 PM »
The Duolingo Hebrew course can be especially problematic, as the audio is sometimes missing. For a language that doesn't always write vowels, this can make acquiring new forms particularly difficult.

I decided to try the Hebrew course again. It looks like they've added some of the audio that was missing. This is a huge improvement. There is also now a female voice as well as a male one. I particularly like the man's voice. It is very soothing.  :D
 
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #33 on: July 07, 2020, 04:08:56 PM »
Am I the only one who is annoyed that there is still no Persian course in development?
 
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #34 on: July 07, 2020, 04:13:45 PM »
Am I the only one who is annoyed that there is still no Persian course in development?

No.

I'm also waiting for that one. Persian has been on my list for quite some time now.
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #35 on: July 07, 2020, 04:34:53 PM »
Am I the only one who is annoyed that there is still no Persian course in development?

No.

I'm also waiting for that one. Persian has been on my list for quite some time now.

I have some other, very good resources for Persian that I can share with you in the meantime.
 
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #36 on: July 07, 2020, 04:52:26 PM »
I'm doing Duolingo for Latin. It's fine. The one for Irish had stupid translations, Anglicisms. The French one was fine too.
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #37 on: July 07, 2020, 04:54:22 PM »
I am doing the French thing there.
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #38 on: July 08, 2020, 04:30:05 PM »
Am I the only one who is annoyed that there is still no Persian course in development?

No.

I'm also waiting for that one. Persian has been on my list for quite some time now.

My wife is Persian, and after nearly a decade with her, I decided to take the language seriously. She isn't much of a teacher, so I went looking for good resources.

The best I've used is iTalki. It's basically "skype for language learning." You can pick a community tutor (cheap) or a pro teacher (slightly less cheap) and get live lessons and conversation. It's a fantastic way to learn and practice. I think I paid a few dollars to spend 30-45min with a teacher in Tehran.

I recently found out that I can claim Romanian citizenship by descent (thanks mom) and so I'm finally taking that language seriously. I'll likely get on iTalki for that here soon. EU fast lane at the airports here I come! And visa free work and residency, of course...
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #39 on: July 09, 2020, 10:51:10 AM »
For those interested, "Chai and Conversation" is a nice resource for learning conversational Persian: https://www.chaiandconversation.com/

And for grammar, I used "Basic Persian" by Saeed Yousef (he was my professor in college): https://www.amazon.com/Basic-Persian-Grammar-Workbook-Workbooks/dp/0415616522
 
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #40 on: July 13, 2020, 05:57:13 PM »
I like the Persian of Iran Today series. It is for sale on Amazon, but you can access the book and audio files for free online through the University of Texas.

https://www.laits.utexas.edu/persian_teaching_resources/

On that page there is also a link to the associated video series Café Denj, which can also be found on YouTube.
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #41 on: August 05, 2020, 04:40:00 PM »
The final verdict, from Paul at Langfocus:


Warning: some adult humor at the end
 
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #42 on: August 05, 2020, 09:18:19 PM »
The final verdict, from Paul at Langfocus:


Warning: some adult humor at the end


Oh dear - did I just watch the whole thing :wag:? I never did finish Duolingo German. Maybe it doesn't lead the same way as one-worldish Esperanto? :)
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #43 on: August 05, 2020, 09:58:56 PM »
Esperanto is certainly of the devil.

This is a sententia fidei proxima.
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Re: Duolingo
« Reply #44 on: August 12, 2020, 01:56:31 PM »
Why bother? The whole world speaks English.
 
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