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Topic: Best language resource(s) to use?  (Read 3768 times)

  • Colonel Rebel
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Best language resource(s) to use?
Firstly,  :cheers: to all!

I need to learn conversational German before September arrives. I am all too well aware of Rosetta Stone, but I am unable to justify spending $300-400 on it's equipment. Anyone know of any decent language resources that might be available, or indeed, that anyone on here can vouch for personally? Free would be nice, but I am willing to go up to about $35 or so, if need be.

I have downloaded Duolingo and Mindsumo on my IPad, but don't know much about them, other than they are free. I'll be trying them shortly.

Thanks to all, and hope you all have an excellent year!

Re: Best language resource(s) to use?
Reply #25
FWIW, I've still yet to have time to thoroughly study either French or German as I'd intended. Work is having me do a lot of hours. Has been for 3 years now.

  • Frenzie
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Reply #26
Comme on dit en français, c'est la vie. :)

  • jax
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Reply #27
Duolingo is quite OK. It got that needed interactivity fine. It is not sufficient, mind you, but a reasonably fine way to do that necessary practice.

  • Frenzie
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Reply #28
Quite OK seems a bit of an overstatement even if it's praise adjacent at most. I went through their French thing a bit a few years back and a lot of the pronunciations were just plain wrong. But the general principle is useful for some of the basics at least.

The pronunciations being computer-generated and wrong may not be the biggest issue if you could just turn off the sound, but there are literally speaking exercises where you should repeat the sample...

  • ersi
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Reply #29
Computer-generated pronunciations? Eww.. I can recommend Speakly. I updated (or kind of upheld rather) my French there when they had a free campaign for a while. No computer-generated nonsense. No real-life interaction either, but if you just want some conversation phrases in writing read out to you so you can repeat, it's fine.

The best conversation exercise is still live interaction. This cannot be changed. Find a real-life friend among native speakers, if you are really serious. (I am not that serious.)

  • jax
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I don't consider computer-speak to be a major issue (though sometimes it is grating). To get proper pronunciation you need more focused work anyway.

The biggest problem is the one language-fits-all approach. Each language is different, and you need to learn the specifics of that language, from a teacher who not only knows the language, but how learners learn it.

But most of language learning is chore, and DuoLingo does that chore well. Use specialised resources to get the rest.

  • Frenzie
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