After a decade with my Portuguese missus, I'm committing to learning European Portuguese. So far have bought the Memrise app, but would be grateful of suggestions if others know of good resources to learn European Portuguese as a beginner. Lots of the online courses are designed for Brazilian.
Unfortunately I don't know anything to help you specifically but I would recommend avoiding Duolingo. Apparantly while it does well to teach you phrases to actually learn a language it's not very good long term and you'll need a lot of other resources.
For me, I got into VRChat about 3-4 months ago and it's ended up with me meeting a lot of really cool Japanese people and making a lot of new friends. It's helped my Japanese speaking a strawberry float ton, because even though I've been learning since February 2010 (I found that out today, went looking) I never really spoke with another person until now. I'm so glad I found VRChat. I've finally got the chance to use the language every day that I've spent so long learning and that I love. Maybe I'm spending a bit too much time doing it, but I'm enjoying it. I'm usually online after work at about 5:30 until about 10PM which is 1:30AM for Japan until around 6AM. Sometimes I'll stay on longer if others are around though.
The best thing for me is I've already got plans to meet up with people when I do get to go to Japan next year which is great and I've finally found people to share all the stupid gooseberry fool I've picked up over the years and have them actually understand it haha.
Duolingo is a good way to get to grips with a language. You'll learn words, phrases etc., but the best way to learn a language is actually using it in real life i.e talking.
I've started to commit more to learning German. I've lived here 3 years (though technically a year was outside the country) and it's a language I struggle with more than any other I've learnt. I just don't find much it very memorable compared to, say, Spanish and Italian. Doesn't help that my office is like...80 percent English speaking either. I get by though. Pronunciation can be pretty hard at times, and remembering word orders etc. I've given up caring about der, die, das at the moment as I can't think quick enough yet when speaking out loud. They don't really care here as they obviously understand what I'm saying.
From what I can tell, Duolingo only offers Brazilian Portuguese currently, but thanks guys. Progress is going okay. Completely confined to the present tense currently, but that is clearly a sensible starting point.
I tried using Duolingo a few years back to brush up on my Spanish which I speak a bit of anyway. It seemed fine at first but actually found errors in some translations and it was failing me on things I knew were correct. Off the top of my head I remember it asking me to type "Do you eat apples?" which would simply be "¿Comes manzanas?" but the app insisted it should have been "¿Comes tu manzanas?" which actually translate as "Do you eat your apples?".
This image explains where im at in Japanese. Essentially the left axis is how much you know and the bottom axis is self confidence. I'm basically somewhere on the right on the blue bar. I feel like I don't know anything, when clearly based on everything everyone else is telling me I know way more than I think I do. I think it's a mix of my normal anxiety melding into language anxiety since I'm not talking much, but I don't talk much in English either so it's probably that.
I'm still using Duolingo to learn Spanish. I'm on a streak of 135 days in a row at the moment and still have SO MANY topics to go. I've found a loophole to keep getting free trials of Duolingo Plus so i've been using that constantly, but I still only feel like it's teaching me how to read and write Spanish more than talk and understand conversations which is definitely the biggest downside to it.