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My English is getting better

alexlunac
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Hello everyone! fourteen months ago I started to learn English, honestly my English was really bad, so each day I did two or three lessons and I have to recognize that some friends said me “You are a geek” “you should spend your free time resting (I’m a chemical engineering student), but I kept learning.

I spent more or less 6 months to finish my tree, after that I was really motivated to go out from my comfort zone and I decided to join an English academy, because as you know Duolingo only gives us an excellent bases in grammar but we have to practice our speaking a listening skills in which Duolingo isn’t good enough yet, currently I’m in the level 10 of 17, time runs so fast!.

Turned out that my English improved why? Because I never gave up my goal, and I have to share an excellent tool for learn watching your favorite TV series or movies: ororo tv you have to pay 3 euros each month but worth it.

Beyond that I say that if you want to learn English you have to do a lot of things such as read the English forum, speak with a partner that speaks English or the language that you are learning. review the lessons each day isn't a good deal for me, because studying grammar and grammar and so on is too boring.

Concluding, after fourteen months, I'm really motivated and excited, I'm learning English each day and my motivation increases and increases, the next week I’m going to participate in the 8th International Medical Mushrooms conference and obviously I have to speak only in English, I’ve been studying my speech several times but it doesn't freak me out I’m really excited about that.

Thank you for reading my paragraph and sorry for my mistakes or errors I’m 24 years old and if you are reading this in English- forum don't get mad at me, the Spanish forum kind of isn't too active.

3 years ago

72 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
JBW.
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Wow! Fourteen months! Amazing! I saw a few errors here and there, but I'm a native English speaker and I understood everything you said! Great job and keep up the good work!

I'm currently learning Spanish, on the other hand, so wish me good luck!

Here's a few lingots.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you for your comment and your lingots too! Le deseo mucha suerte, espero que aprenda Español, con asombro me he dado cuenta que muchas personas están interesadas por el Español

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Only 14 months! You're doing very well for having started only a short time ago. Although there are some minor errors, everything that you have to say is very understandable. Good luck on your speech. I look forward to hearing how it went.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MTAllenby
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I agree with Elizabeth. As a native English speaker I had no trouble reading this piece. All I can hope is that in 6 months time my Spanish is almost as good as your English. Muy bien.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Muchas gracias MYAllenby, Try to read the Spanish-forum, there are some interesting stories of people that are learning your language (written in Spanish), I recomend them.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you Elizabeth, sure I'll come here to tell my story.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
NtateNarin
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Congratulations on your accomplishment and perseverance! You speak English really well and it motivates me to never give up in my French language studies!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Merci beaucoup la langue française est fascinant I hope you make it, I started French (a few lessons) but first I should learn English, maybe someday, anyway good luck with your French!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaughterofThor

yay! congratulations! I hope you do good on your speech, and keep up the good work! =)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Muchas gracias por su comentario :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaughterofThor

:D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stokebloke
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Congratulations, that is excellent for only 14 months of studying! I have been trying to learn Spanish for 3 months, I hope I manage to reach your level of achievement.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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I'm pretty sure that you make it. Buena suerte

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stokebloke
stokebloke
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I also meant to say that I know many native English speakers who could not have written the post as well as you did!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyShizuka
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Wow only 14 months yet you speak better than 50% of the people I know, like 3-4 more months and you'll be fluent! Once you finish English you should try all the other languages on Duolingo, cause if you could learn English that fast who knows. Perhaps you could become a polyglot!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you Lady Shizuka Maybe English is easier to learn because despite that I live in South America I see something written in English each day, books, softwares, music and so on. An advantage is that from Spanish language (my language) you can learn easier Italian (very similar) and portuguese too. Keep learning Spanish

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Clemente-Pablo

Hi alexlunac: I am not going to look for gramatical errors because what you wrote was very easy to read and understand. One comment I would like to make is something really important for you to learn and practice. That thing is punctuation. If you look at what you wrote, you would think there was a rule to not make a paragraph of sentences that all end with a period, but use commas only and only a period at the very end of the paragraph. Well, this is NOT the rule any Americans learn. We need to think about what we are saying and when we come to the end of a complete thought there has to be a punctuation mark stronger than a comma. If you don't use a period at the end of a complete thought, the reader will get confused. If you have something that still relates to what the first part of a sentence says, you can use a semicolon which is this mark ; It is kind of like a comma and a period together. For example, I could say: I am going to the store; I am wondering if anyone wants to go with me. With this sentence you have a choice of either ending the first part with a period and having two complete thoughts like this: I am going to the store. I am wondering if anyone wants to go with me. Or you could leave it the way it is with the semicolon between the two complete thoughts. One additional way to write this idea is to use the conjunction "and." So then you would have this: I am going to the store and I am wondering if anyone wants to go with me. This last one is the one I prefer. I could re-write your note to us and easily put in a dozen periods which would make it as correct as any English scholar. Better punctuation leads to better public speeches. My last comment is that you need to capitalize the first letter of a sentence, which you know I am sure. Put to practice these ideas and you are going to really be in good condition as an English speaker.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you! Your comment is like gold for me, I'll follow your advices and you are the first person who mentioned it, thank you again for read and comment my post.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MetroWestJP
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This was something that surprised me about written Spanish; there is no such thing as a "run-on sentence" in Spanish. One correction: You forgot to put a comma before the conjunction ("and") in your example of a compound sentence. It should look like this: "I am going to the store, and I am wondering if anyone wants to go with me." :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MattHiebert

Your English is very good for 14 months. I've spoken it for 51 years and still make errors.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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You're right besides I read that English has more words than any language in the world, it's the hardest part for me, vocabulary. Anyway thank you for your comment.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Craig7777

Just starting to learn Spanish and hoping that I can show the same tenacity you have shown. Good job!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you I hope you make it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KoratBora
KoratBora
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Congratulations! I have read your writing above from beginning to end. And I am very excited for myself. I know English a little but I try to learn English, Spanish very well here (if I can do). So, your this writing will motivate me. You have a wonderful way of study. Excellent. Congratulations, again.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you KoratBora, I already read your Spanish paragraph, good work and keep up.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jorgelagato

I gave u a lingot

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LukeSpains
LukeSpains
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I love hearing these kind of stories. Your English is really good and your motivation is infectious. Keep going :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you bro. Keep learning Spanish too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/winter.morning
winter.morning
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Congratulations! I'm learning English too and I don't know why I'm not writing this in Spanish but better that way. I'm a bit younger than you and I'm still learning English at school but I see you have improved your English very fast and I would love to try some of the things you've done to get it. Good luck with your speech!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you bro! Try to learn the grammar rules first, after that you can watch a TV serie that you like in English with or without subtitles.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CheapQuester

Your doing nice for only 14 months. Keep up the good work.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you for your comment. Keep learning Spanish too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lanainparis

Only fourteen months?! Your English is awesome! Great job, keep up the hard work, you doing quite well!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you, I hope you keep learning French too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ntiaki
ntiaki
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great job, alexlunac!! I will take your story as an example and try tough to learn Spanish or anything else!! Buena suerte with your speech!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you! Good luck with your Spanish lessons. Take care

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/casalily

Well done, alexlunac! Congratulations on your excellent English and your positive attitude. You sound like a young man who will do well in whatever he does. You're a great example to the rest of us. Best wishes for your success.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you for you comment, I hope you keep learning as many times as you want.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maldito23
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Your English is coming along quite nicely. Keep up the good work. :) Having the tenacity to stick with your studies is key to language learning in my opinion. There were many times where I felt like giving up on Spanish but I stuck with it and continued to learn. I still have a lot to learn but I can do so much with what I already have, and I wouldn't have it had I not continued to my studies. I keep reminding myself of this with German because I am struggling with it and have had plenty of thoughts about giving up.

Have a great time at the conference. Getting to enjoy a language that you have worked so hard on in a social setting is quite a gift.

Saludos desde los estados unidos.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Are you learning both Spanish and German? I think (my opinion) you should focus in one language why? I started to learn Italian and English and I had to spend double time and under my experience I had to remember the double of things, here a example: when I was learning Italian and duck in Italian means L'anatra and in Spanish means Pato so I have to memorize for one word two meanings and maybe I can confuse them, and while you are learning only one language you learn Duck and other animal. This is my opinion some expert can give you a better advice. Saludos desde Colombia

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maldito23
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I am an intermediate Spanish speaker, so I am not starting two languages at the same time. I agree with you that starting two languages at the same time would be a bad idea. Right now I am focusing on German (I am a complete beginner in that language) and I am leaving my Spanish in "maintenance mode" (in other words, I am not studying anything in Spanish; I only use it to read, watch TV, listen to music, chat with my girlfriend, and use with friends and coworkers). Besides, both of them are so different that I have not had any problems confusing them yet.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HandsomeNwealthy

Awesome job. Hard work always pays. If you want some help editing let me know.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you bro.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sylnicduo

you are doing GREAT ! Congratulations :) what a success story!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you bro. Take care.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sylnicduo

i am not a bro, esta una mujer ! LOL

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kranthi10

Hi Alex that was a wonderful paragraph and hope you do well in your conference.I can just give you only one tip i.e start thinking in the language you want to learn.If you think in ur native language and convert it into english you will make mistakes.Instead if u start thinking in english your mistakes will be minimised.I am kranthi from India..I am very bad at learning languages but just thought to give it a try to learn spanish.Hope it goes well but I dont have anyone here to speak spanish with nor do I get spanish chanells to watch.Hope I will keep getting motivated and go as far as possible.. Kudos Alex.....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Your English is excellent and thank you for your advice. Keep learning Spanish bro.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kranthi10

you got confused with my name.. :) I am a girl not a boy..Thanks for the encouragement..One day I hope I can write a pragaraph like this in spanish..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nora414956

I enjoyed reading your comments and wish you great success with your Medical Mushrooms conference! Where is it being held? Your written English is quite good- so your hard work is paying off.
You never gave up on your goal and thank you for sharing the to keys to your success: watching your favorite TV series in English, and attending a special English academy.

I am trying to improve my Spanish. I studied Spanish in High School over 40 years ago and wanted to study again and be able to converse with my friends and patients who are native Spanish speaking. I have been using Duo lingo for only a few months and I am trying to read a book in Spanish but struggling because my vocabulary is still very limited and my grammar is WEAK! When I purchased the book in Spanish the salesperson happened to be from Peru and he shared his experience coming to America many years ago. He did not speak any English but he had to try to get a job and support himself. He studied English by reading the daily newspaper in English and he was forced to try to converse In English every day. He suggested I try listening to books in Spanish. I have not tried it yet but plan to do so. I also will read El Diario when I can get a copy and have been watching the Spanish language channel -- I especially like watching soccer and American Baseball on the Spanish language channel and the Mexican news channel -- and of course the Latin Soap Operas!

Thank you for sharing and I hope you will tell us more about your presentation at the conference!

Muchas gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Hello,the congress would be held in Colombia (my country), Thank you for your comment, I hope that your Spanish keep improve, Don't be frustrated remember that learn a language required a lot of work, I want to speak and read as you do. Take care.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samantha645548

Incredible! my first languages are spanish and english y buena suerte con el ingles yo estoy estudiando francés me gusto lo escribiste mucho te voy a dar unos Lingots

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDrWho

☺ ☺ ☺☻☻☻

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tropicalnut
tropicalnut
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Wow You must be a natural language genius, estudio español cerca 10 años y no estoy tan bien que tu, soy celosa

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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10 años es bastante tiempo, seguramente eres más buena de lo que crees estoy seguro, te mando un abrazo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tropicalnut
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Thanks for encouragement, but I did not have who to practice with. Also many of the programs that I used were not good. I can hold a conversation now with most people in mexico, but I am certainly not very good. I have to ask many times for an explanation. I did not study every day either and there were long periods when I did not study at all. But I was lucky and found Duolingo, it is the very best language course I have found. The other good one is Pimsleur. But I am not as good as you are in 14 months, You are just a natural language student Bravo. Your English is almost perfect.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tropicalnut
tropicalnut
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And thanks for the good idea, I will be looking for a Spanish forum. Also good luck with your speech! I want to do some speeches in Spanish next winter (December - February)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
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I notice a problem, maybe you are a little bit unmotivated and you are studying with a wrong way, follow my advice and come back to tell me if you feel any positive change, also you can practice with me, I speak Spanish. take care.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caarbogast

You go dude you shoot your goals to the stars and more.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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Thank you so much

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/athletedenise

In only 14 months! I've been doing Mandarin for 2 years and I'm not even as good as that!!!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
alexlunac
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But Mandarin is harder than Spanish, keep learning :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/athletedenise

It is isn't it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelodyMcCabe

Hello! I am learning Spanish at the moment :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDrWho

0_0

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caarbogast

woot woot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

congrats! there may be a couple of errors. but overall you are doing well. and i am a native English speaker

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CasaJoco
CasaJoco
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Bueno, felecidades . Por favor, Únete a mi club Juntos. El código es... aw2vjy ¡Práctica todos los días conmigo!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rj_123

Wowiee good job! I on the other hand, am still in the process of trying to learn Spanish right now. There's just so much schoolwork going on, that I can't exactly find enough time to spare. But, I'm trying :) Lol. I love the Spanish language though. It's pretty intriguing.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/firewolfx71

good job!

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bluemoon49437

wow! only fourteen months! there was probably only two errors but your English is amazing. most people on duolingo don't even use proper capitalization or spelling. i am learning spanish and i hope i can get as good as you did with English. this is an amazing example of how duolingo can REALLY help people learn a language. ps: i would give you lingots but i only have 2 because i just spent a bunch pps: i am going to follow you ppps: what is your streak right now?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Graymon1

Thrilling stuff old boy, you're English seems to be just spiffing, you really are a force to be reckoned with!! I'd like to take you down the proverbial swanny and give you a good gnawing!! You squire must meet quackiness herself, dear Elizabeth my boy!! Come come away with you you devilish bunny!!

6 months ago