Cool motivation idea!
We can write on posts of duolingo about our language learning (for example about why have you choosed that language? which is your motivations to learn that language? which is your level in that language? which is your way to learn that language? what's your opinion about that language? which will be your next language? even we could write it in that language!) because talking about our goals gives us motivation to get our goals! even i'm writing this with motivation! because when we make our goals public we feel that our goals will become real, the first thing to get the success is get motivated! we learn languages with motivations, our motivations can be anything, but that thing will get us the success, so please give a like up to this post start writing your own posts and have a sucessful language learning!
I studied English and French many years ago. I chose English because it is used worldwide and French because France is near where I live, and it is also a wildely spoken language. And I love them, of course. Well, time passed and I had to choose jobs were languages were not involved, I did not practice much them. Then, a year ago I realized I was forgetting the languages I studied for many years and I decided to exercise and to exercise all my life long, not to forget them anymore. I thought it was a good idea to practice online because i could hear the pronunciation, and I could not practice listening by using books. I found Duo, I am still here, I want to do six couses with Italian, French and English. I'm almost half of my goal. Duolingo has a basic level, but it helps Learning the most important concepts of the Language and the 1800-2000 most common words. It is a good start for revising. I feels it is getting more and more easy, sometimes boring, and that's a good thing because it means I know the words. Sometimes I have enough of repetition but I want to make an effort to finish the trees. Well, happy studying to all!!!
I've been a duoLingoist for exactly three hours riiiiiiiight NOW. I love it!
I am learning German for school, have no plans to visit the country, and the German reading I need to do is academic and largely uninteresting so my motivation has been low. I have high hopes that using duoLingo will help me stick with it!
I am talking German almost everyday, starting to watch TV show without subtitle, can read easily (even difficult texts) and I am starting to write more. Now I have time for Dutch ! But why Dutch ? Because I am gong to university in the Netherlands next year (and I am really excited :D). I started today (exactly 4 hours ago) and I am quite serious about it. I have a textbook and a pen and I re-write every Tips and Notes that the course offer. I really like Dutch, I think it is beautiful (even if I thought it was really unpleasant at first, I am starting to appreciate the sound of it.) However, the pronunciation and spelling is quite hard. But it's been only 4 hours so I have tie to progress. My goals are to achieve a B1 or B2 level before September 2016. I have two Dutch friends, and I hope they are going to be willing to support me in my quest. One of my friend who is also going to the Netherlands is also learning Dutch. And it became a competition and it gives me extra - motivation. Yeah, I hope I will succeed and if I loose motivation, I will remember that I am going to the Netherlands in 10 months and I need Dutch in my life, at least an intermediate level. With German and English in my pocket, it should be quite easy so wish me luck !
I study English, to be honest I don't have any choice because it's a compulsory subject in any school in my country. We have been taught to learn and speak English since we were very little. At first, I didn't like it, I felt it was too hard and confusing, still I love how English sounds and I used to believe that if you can speak English as a foreign language you are very smart. But I actually found my motivation when I was nine years old. One day I was doing English exercises with my teacher. She gave me an exercise and somehow I could do it. I didn't even know how I did it. I thought I was able to do it because I was having so much fun learning that year. I sent my exercise and got all correct. I felt so great at that time. Then, I told myself "from now on you're going to study English as best as you can because you can do it". Since that day I immersed myself with English. Every time I found any words I didn't understand I would open the dictionary, I also would watch and hear anything in English like songs, movies, books. I did that because that's what I love to do and I know it could help me to learn English while having fun at the same time. By doing that, I eventually figured out how the language works. I fell in love with English and would try to speak it every single day. I also improved my grade so much and my friends even started to ask me whenever they have problems with English. I'm in my last year at high school now and tomorrow I will answer one my biggest examination in my life. The day after tomorrow, I would answer my English papers, I'm so nervous and hoping that the question will be easy for me,I would do my best to ace the examination. Anyway, I felt like English has chosen me not me choosing English, although that sounds weird. I would never stop learning languages because I know there is so much more to know and improve. I'm planning to learn my third language. I haven't chose yet, but I started with Spanish as a try, I love it but I'm not sure if Spanish would be my third language. Learning language can be hard but once you work hard and love the language you're learning you will succeed, nobody says that it's going to be easy but when you achieve you success you will feel glad you do what you're suppose to. Sorry for long post. Good luck :)
That's really encouraging. I hate my native language (English) because I've heard it's a pain in the butt to understand its mechanics. I applaud anyone who can master English as a non-native language. You're really good at it too; I'd be surprised if you didn't pass your exam with flying colors!