The things I appreciate of Duolingo is that the easiest way I’ve found to try and get a glimpse of a language that I know nothing of and I’m slightly curious about.
Just like Welsh was for me.
I had totally enjoyed singing nonsense on Datblygu’s songs without understanding anything, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to actually study it.
Still, when I got an e-mail by Duolingo saying the new Welsh course was up, it took so little effort to check it out that I just did.
Well, then I lasted about…three days.
But I tried again a few months later, maybe for a couple of weeks, and right there I found the link to SSiW.
At that point I was already a bit more motivated, I saw this Forum, tried one challenge and…you already know I got hooked.
However I’m not sure I would have tried SSiW if I hadn’t tried Duolingo before, because it takes a bit more effort to get in tune with this course, and follow it.
I soon quit Duolingo ’ cause just like @margaretnock with Japanese, I couldn’t remember anything of what I studied with Duolingo (except Nos da, draig, which was too funny!).
But after talking with a few Duolingo fans (including, I’m sure, the same one @tatjana mentioned in her post) I understand it’s good and “better” than SSiW for a few types of people:
1- those who just want to spend a few minutes a day studying a tiny bit of everything - reading,writing,listening, speaking - pretty much everywhere and with the least possible effort.
Those who need to write and read more than speak, or need to learn formal language more than informal.
those who are strongly visual learners - they just really struggle a lot with this method.
Those who feel they’re learning only if they know exactly what’s going on…like rules, grammar, schemes and so on. With SSiW they have the impression of learning sentences by rote without understanding anything and they may get really frustrated.
The lady I talked to (that I suppose the same Tatjana mentioned), in fact, liked Duolingo more but also started taking provate lessons with a tutor (and also for very cheap!)
And well, I can’t blame her…she really didn’t enjoy this approach and it didn’t work for her and probabably anyone with the same preferences or needs would feel the same.
So it’s just good that there are more options, I think!