I studied German for 3 years in high school, 2 semesters in college, and one semester in Germany. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 meaning I don’t know a word and 10 meaning I am completely fluent, I would consider myself at about a 6. I definitely can get by, but don’t expect me to use the correct articles for my nouns or be able to hold an intelligent conversation about political theory.
So to brush up on some things and hopefully learn even more, I have been using the web-based language learning program Duolingo. Although I am still just taking all the bypass tests until I get to a level where I feel challenged, I am really impress with it so far. Before I went to Germany for the first time, and I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to talk to anybody, so I used Rosetta Stone to learn German for a few months. I began in the highest difficulty and never felt challenged. I was bored with the repetition and ultimately stopped doing it pretty quickly. I suppose the software may be better suited for those with no prior experience with the language.
Duolingo, on the other hand, has so many opportunities for those who are in the more advanced levels of learning the language to be challenged. You can also get into the “immersion” section and read and translate documents. This also definitely beats Rosetta Stone because of the great community. If you ever come across a question where you don’t understand why your answer isn’t correct, simply click “discuss” to see what other people have said about it, and you can ask your own questions.
Do you use Duolingo? If so, feel free to add me. My username is CourtneytheAmi, and hopefully some of you can motivate me to log in and practice more often!