Sebastian. wrote:How good/comprehensive are the lessons vis-a-vis other online options such as live mocha?
Are they designed with a total noobie in mind, or must you bring some language knowledge with you?
Dude... Livemocha is like a cheap, even worse version of Rosetta Stone, or in other words not even a course; it's more of a vocabulary generator for Romance and Germanic languages.
Yeah, I started duolingo Spanish with no formal knowledge of Spanish at all. The grammar isn't explained in the actual lesson, but there is an explanation of varying length (depending on complexity of course) on the bottom of the lesson page. It's worked quite well so far.
ceid donn wrote:EDIT: I just signed up on livemocha for Indonesian and looked at what they have. Yes, Duolingo has a very different format and does not include an option to chat with native speakers, sadly. Livemocha supports many more languages too. I suspect though for Spanish, French or German the two sites could be used to compliment each other.
But the problem with livemocha is that it doesn't even attempt to teach you anything except for isolated words. It's virtually just an engine for learning vocab and finding speakers of the target language, the latter of which it actually does very well.
I hope they add more languages soon. Swedish and Japanese would be awesome. Swahili too, but I won't get my hopes up for that!
According to the creator, Portuguese will come in the beginning of October (so right around now. Hopefully!), Mandarin is underway and will probably be released late 2012/early 2013, and then Japanese will be released after that. They're also working on Italian, if I remember correctly.
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