With Duolingo you can learn languages for free! It's fun and effective.
So - I'm quite excited, as I'm vaguely approaching the second 'Keyhole', after which I'll be in the final third of the lessons in Duo Lingo.
My question is: when I've finished all the lessons, where will I be?
It doesn't seem to tell you anywhere what the ambition is for using Duo Lingo. Is this a complete course that will reach fluency (I'd assume not)?
Or will it have taught me all the major grammar points, after which I'll be able to usefully take conversation classes, or holiday in Spain to improve my fluency?
Or does it only get me to the end of an intermediate level, after which I'll need something else?
Or maybe it's getting me to a point where I can just about translate most web pages (that's the idea, after all!)
It doesn't really affect whether / how I'll use it, but it would be nice to know what I'm aiming for.
Having completed all of the offered lessons in the course section, I think it covers most of the grammar you would need to be fluent. There's a lot of vocab too, but there are always going to be more words to learn. I think reviewing regularly is the most important part, and if you run out of material to practice in the course, the translations offer new vocab.
In comparison to another popular and expensive language program, this one offers tons of writing practice while the other has very little. You won't get speaking practice though, or much listening practice. I think this is mostly aimed at getting better at reading Spanish, but maybe we'll be able to translate from English to Spanish at some point.
I think we can say we are learning English after completing the Spanish to access the English to Spanish translation. I'm already learning to write English better by looking at other people's translations, so I think going through that half would be extremely beneficial.