I find that I can remember the sentences and what it all means when its in my face and Im saying it and hearing it. Well a couple hours after my lesson I cant even speak a sentence (or remember how to speak it) but later on when I get on I remember everything again. How do I fix this and will this website make me proficient enough in spanish to hold a big conversation?
One of the reasons DuoLingo is effective is the idea of 'spaced repetition'. Ultimately you need to let the language sink into your long term memory (which doesn't happen right away). DuoLingo will repeat words and concepts at intervals and after seeing things a few times you'll start to remember.
I imagine everyone has trouble remembering. Don't try and force it; just keep working at it and it will sink in.
I am also learning spanish and french at the same time! will that confuse me?! I feel like its not because the words I can remember I know which language they belong to.
I see that your very far in spanish! When did you start to build enough confidence to speak spanish out loud in front of people? when did it really sink in for you..
Well, I'm not that far down, and I've only been doing it for a few weeks, so I'm certainly not conversational or anything. But the early lessons sunk in quite well after about a week I'd say. It slows down a bit after that because there is more to learn and you have to revise stuff as well, but I'm keeping a steady pace.
That should be ok, just make sure you take a break in between learning each language, ie. don't jump straight from spanish to french. buena suerte!
Think input only at this stage. Just keep taking in information. Don't even try to speak it yet. Input Input Input. On DL repetition has been programmed into the system. Read, Listen. Write. If you focus just on these 'systems' you will be surprised how fast it will come. Forget about mistakes. Making no mistakes may mean you have just memorized 'that sentence'. Experiment here with how you think it could be said. Later, much later you can Speak i.e. Output. Think how a child learns. I am still at the input stage but I've had the benefit of being coached by a friend who learned English. Reread this down the road if it doesn't make sense right now. I wish someone had told me this when I started. Read Listen Write = Input.
I found that after a short time words just came to me, without me being certain of their meaning. It just felt 'right'. This was due to the fact that they had appeared before my eyes so many times on here that they had become engrained without me knowing it. In answer to your last question, I speak to my partner, who is Colombian, solely in Spanish. This is largely down to Duolingo and to Pilsner. I have spent the last year living with her and communicating effectively in Spanish as a result of this programme. I hope that this might give you a bit more confidence.
Thanks everyone you have helped so much! My mother is fully white and she speaks spanish very well. Im half guatemalan and cant speak a lick of it.. YET! Ill be able to talk to my nephew in guatemala now . Thanks!