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How long do you study your language every day?

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I just read an article on about how long it takes to become fluent in a language, depending on what language it is and how long you study.

How long you study (using or not using Duolingo) on average, every day and how many days of the week/month you do it? It would also be helpful to know what language you are learning.

I do at least one lesson a day (many times more than that, but it really depends), and at least 30 minutes, three days a week. I really want to "crack down" and do more, but I want to know what study time is actually reasonable.

Thanks for all your help. I'll give you a lingot if you (legitimately) reply.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

I put in at least a half hour every day, and sometimes I get bored and do lessons or strengthening to pass the time. I haven't finished my French tree quite yet, but I'll probably have It done in about a month or so based on current practicing pace, but that does not by any means mean I'm retaining everything so even when I get it all done I'll probably continue practicing daily and will work harder on completing my reverse tree that I started a couple weeks ago for the additional practice.

I also use Memrise but not as much as Duo at the moment. Maybe 5-10 minutes a day or so.

I haven't quite gotten to where I'm supplementing with videos but I do listen to some music in French and always get excited when I understand what the song's about without looking it up. Of course I have a handful of songs I know the meaning of that I'm working on learning to sing through just for fun. Of course some of the lyrics are a bit saucy so I won't detail that information at the moment, heh, but let's just say I'm glad I live in an area where no one gets what the heck I'm belting out sometimes.

That's my current routine. I would say on an average day I spend about an hour working with my non-native tongue, and some days it's a few hours depending on what I have going on.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Okay, thanks for that input. I have heard of Memrise, and my sister (who is also learning Spanish) does it sometimes. Do you recommend it?

She also listens to (Christian) songs in Spanish but I don't like music most of the time, in the first place so I don't really listen to any Spanish songs. Should I start?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

The music thing really depends on you. If it's not something you enjoy, it won't be as helpful because it won't be as fun.

As for Memrise, yes, I do recommend it for additional vocabulary supplementation on top of what you learn here. Duo does a great job with grammar rules and sentence structure as well as a decent supply of basic to intermediate level vocabulary, and Memrise can bring your vocabulary to a much higher level. It's another nice resource to keep in your back pocket, anyway.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Okay, I might not listen to music, but I do ease drop whenever I hear Spanish. And I enjoy that.

That's what I've heard about Memrise. I'll probably sign up after I finish my Duolingo tree. Thanks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UneJamKuqEZi

For me, it varies a lot. Sometimes I feel like practicing all day, sometimes I feel like practicing one lesson a day. This changes frequently, for example, the day before yesterday and the day before that, I felt like finishing my entire French tree, so I started working on it all in one day. I didn't get very far, as I am still less than halfway through the tree, but I made significant progress. However, yesterday and today, I'm not feeling so motivated and I did no lessons of French yesterday but only the first three skills of German, and today I only did two lessons of French and no lessons of German.

(Please don't give me lingots, I have 1520 of them, and I have too many, I want to get rid of them.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Thanks for your input. How do you think your fluency is coming along?

I wouldn't mind taking some of those lingots off your hand! But you seriously don't have to give me any, only if you want to.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dooted

90 lingots. I've never seen anyone get that many off of a comment before. So, for record, have 8 lingots.(It's all I have.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KoolKat08

some one gave me 100 lingots form a post i did

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UneJamKuqEZi

I took Portuguese before this, and I completed the tree, but I deleted the course, because I wanted to start it all over. When I finished the tree, I was pretty good at Portuguese, I understood most of it. I also talked to some Brazilian natives through this website called WeSpeke, and most of them said that I was pretty good at Portuguese. There was this one person who I talked to when I first started Portuguese, and then I talked to him again when I finished the tree, and he said I improved alot. I was actually surprised. However, my speaking and listening are not so good, with the latter being worse than the former. I was trying to listen to Brazilian radios/podcasts to try to practice my listening of Portuguese, but since I stopped learning Portuguese for now, but when I start learning Portuguese again, I'll start practicing even more.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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How long did it take to get to that point in Portuguese? And why did you (temporarily) quit?

Also, thanks for the lingots.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UneJamKuqEZi

For some reason I can't reply to your comment, so I will include your comment in my answer.

The progress you made in such a short amount of time is impressive! Just a curiosity question: are you ever planning on going to Brazil?

First Part:
I just wanted to see how much Portuguese I knew, and I took the progress quiz, and I got up to Level 10, and then since my Translation tier for Portuguese is 3, (from when I had the tree before) I started translating sentences of an old article that I posted and that not much people had translated. I'm actually surprised that I got that high a level! I took the Spanish progress quiz, I got everything right, and I only got up to Level 9. But with Portuguese, I didn't get everything right.

Second Part:
I hope to go to Brazil, but I am only 15, so I can't go by myself. If I had to pick a country to live in for the rest of my life, I would pick Brazil. I love everything about Brazil. I definitely will go to Brazil sometime in the future, I just don't know when.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Duolingo stops all replys at a certain level, and we reached that. Also, it's a little obvious, but the "I'm" in the last sentence was a typo. I meant to say "is" and I have corrected it. Forgive me for my ignorance, but what is a translation tier?

I love living where I am in North America, but living in Brazil does sound interesting! I guess it's good to start learning the language now, if you are so passionate about going there!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UneJamKuqEZi

I started learning Portuguese, somewhere in April. (Before I found Duolingo, I didn't even know Portuguese was a language.) I finished the tree in late May or early June. I (temporarily) quit, because of two reasons, I wanted to relearn everything, and I also wanted to restart and finish every tree in order, starting with Spanish.

You're welcome for the lingots! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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The progress you made in such a short amount of time is impressive! Just a curiosity question: are you ever planning on going to Brazil?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dooted

Well, after about a month I got to level 5 with 17% flueny, so... I guess it's going pretty well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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That's good! I've noticed that keeping a streak isn't everything about motivating yourself in Duolingo, but it helps a lot!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dooted

I wouldn't mind helping you use those lingots. It's just like, your not using them, and, It would be a shame and a waste of work to waste them... So, I'll help you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UneJamKuqEZi

Take them, I don't need them. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dooted

:D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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LOL!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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1 hour a day, every day. Not only DL, I take other classes online.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Faton444

Same here man :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rdee1000

At least one hour day is what I try to do as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Great, I think I'll start doing that. It looks like it's been going well with you, as you are at level 25 in German.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jazztonight

I probably spend 30 to 90 minutes per day on Duolingo Spanish. (It's the only language I'm pursuing currently, but I may add another language at some point, maybe Portuguese, in the future). Since I'm retired and no longer have to go to school ;-) I pursue my own interests--Spanish is only one of them. I spend an hour a day practicing flute; I work out and/or walk 3 miles a day; and have other reading and writing projects I work on. I like Duolingo a lot, and wish they had it when I was in high school!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Okay, thanks for the information. It hard for me to do more than I do now, mostly because of school and other interests. I can probably fit an hour everyday in though. Good luck with your Spanish!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000
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Usually I begin each day with strengthening what I know, and then I do a lesson or two, at least once a day. But if I'm busy, I might just review.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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I actually make sure all my lessons are gold before I move on to unfinished lessons. Do you think that is a good idea? It's not easy, but I want to make sure I have what I have learned "down" before I move on to new lessons.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/faulheit
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@JBW. You have to study at least 1 hour a day, 7 days a week. It only took me 5 months to become fluent in German.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Only 5 months?! That's awesome! A few questions though. Did you do anything other than Duolingo, like talking with native German speakers or use a different language learning service along with Duolingo?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/faulheit
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There is a really great app called Tandem-Language Exchange. You can find native speakers and practice with them. Not to mention I visited Germany frequently.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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That is great, congratulations. How do you practice conversation? It has been very difficult for me to find a partner.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaraReed1

I practice everyday with natives in www.languing.com

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Priscilla95-

10 minutes a day, sometimes more

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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I do more than that when I do it, but I don't do it everyday.

I need to work on doing more than what I do, consistently, daily.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/priya1800

i am new to this but i like it...i missed practicing it yesterday but covered that part today so i'm happy

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Good! I wish you the best of luck in Spanish!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dooted

I normally do two or three lessons a day, except on weekends, but for some reason I decide to set my daily goal to 10. And, a question: If I set my daily goal higher, does that mean I'll level up faster, or learn at a faster rate? I'm thinking about bumping up to 20.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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Changing the daily xp goal will do nothing regarding your progress. It's just the number of xp you need to earn to keep your streak, so I think it is sensible to keep it lower rather than higher.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dooted

Ah. Danka Schon.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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In your opinion, is it better to measure what you do by time, or by lessons? Also, my daily goal is 10xp; I haven't changed it since I started Duolingo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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I'm practising both my French and Norwegian on Duolingo every day. For the time being I put Esperanto on the back burner because I want to concentrate on the other two. And I won't be starting earnestly on Russian for a while yet - I definitely will finish my French tree first.
I usually do my Norwegian practice during or after breakfast while having my second cup of coffee. After that, the rest of the day is reserved for French. As I am using both the browser interface and the android app, I often do a couple of practice sessions on the tablet while watching tv (during commercial breaks etc.).
On top of that I have been consistent in doing one hour (~ 300 flashcards) of French on lingvist.io each day for the past month.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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I also want to learn Esperanto, but not as much as Japanese or Spanish, so it's also on the back burner. I seem to have a different schedule, but no matter what I do, I think consistency plays a big role. It would be awesome if Duolingo could have, along with standard lessons, a game like interface to make learning more fun and less like work. Languages are still fun when you learn and remember new words.

I hate learning grammar though. Even a lot of English grammar. Fortunately, Duolingo is good at teaching grammar, so I don't have to struggle.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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well I try to practice every language at least 30min but sometimes it's less. But I think that on average I study languages from 2 hours up to 6 hours depending on the day, it's less if I have a lot of homework.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/compicej

Wow! How many language can you speak?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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I'm confident having conversations in 8 but studying about 15 in total :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/compicej

Wow! Amazing! I want to be like you some day :D By the way, what are the eight languages in which you feel comfortable, if I may ask?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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Sure ! finnish, estonian, english, swedish, german, italian, spanish, portuguese :) watch my fb page: legend of polyglot, if you're interested about my learnings in languages, history and other stuff that I do.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/compicej

Cool! Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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I only have one language I'm learning now, so I'll do 30 minutes+, preferably an hour.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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I generally spend one to three hours a day on my primary language ( Spanish). I've temporarily stopped gilding the trees for that language so I can use my time on listening exercises (I'm using yabla.com, because it does a great job of transcribing the video the way it is actually said, hesitation sounds and all). I'm also doing Portuguese, German and French through Spanish here, which I count as being Spanish practice time. In addition, I read for at least a half hour most days, and watch some Spanish language TV. I only spend the time it takes to regild and do a new lesson on the other languages, so I know I won't have quite the grasp of those when I finish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Thanks for the information. What do you think is your most valuable language learning resource?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Well - Duolingo, at first. Now that I'm more advanced in Spanish, reading and Yabla seem to work the best. Reading just random things (for me, mostly novels and the local Spanish language newspaper) is a great way to improve vocabulary and get a real feel for how language is used. Then, Spanish language TV. I get a lot from trying to speak Spanish, but those opportunities aren't as frequent, even here in Tucson, as I would like them to be.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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I don't think I read Spanish as much as you, but what I do read helps a lot! I actually have more speaking opportunities because I live in Texas, but not tons more because I usually am not the person to "strike up" conversations.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunadashi
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I usually do something every day. Sometimes just a little and sometimes a lot depending on other life demands. Figure out what time of day you learn best and try to practice then. For me it is morning. If I push practice at night, I just get careless and make dumb mistakes.

I've only been on Duolingo for a couple of weeks but I took Spanish in high school (ancient history) and I did a few months with Babel as a beginner in German so I'm working my way up the tree somewhat faster than I might otherwise.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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I do a similar thing to you. I do better in morning than at night.

I see you have a 15 day streak, so keep up the good work!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sbelhh
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I'm learning several languages at the same time, - I don't follow any rules. I'm writing with native speakers in Spanish, Arabic and French, it helps a lot!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KoolKat08

i'm doing like 1-2 hours a day

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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I usually do about an hour, but I do go to an online school, so I have more time on the computer to do it. I'm currently learning German, it's not the hardest language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Okay, that's good. Thanks for the information. I don't know if Spanish is similar to German or not, but in difficulty, Spanish seems similar to English.

Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunadashi
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Just my opinion, but I find German much harder than Spanish in spite of the fact that German and English share a lot of words. .(1)Not only are there three genders instead of two, but determining gender from the form of the noun is not as easy to predict as it is in Spanish. (2)Then there are all the cases requiring ending changes for both nouns and adjectives in ways that are quite complex.. (3) The word order of a sentence follows rules quite distinct from either Spanish or English. Just take a German paragraph and put it through Google translate and you'll see what a toss salad you get. (4) There are multiple ways to form plural words, not just adding "s". (5) Getting my mouth to find its way around German sounds is not that easy either.

I'm not saying that some languages aren't even harder, but German is a challenge.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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I see.. Would you agree that German is not extremely hard, but a lot harder than Spanish?

Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunadashi
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I don't have much else to compare with German. Beside my native English and high school Spanish, I took some French in college. The reading/writing part wasn't hard but I butchered pronunciation. When in doubt I said words like Spanish....can still see the professor wince :).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunadashi
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A P.S. to what I just posted. See this Duo post from a couple of days ago which describes the German challenge better than I could.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11552199

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Wow! How do you even learn German without living there!? It looks terribly hard!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bricejohnson2003
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I study between 2 to 5 hours, sometimes more if it is a good day. My GF studies about 8 to 12 hours a day for her medical degree and I spend my day with her with languages. I use pimsleur and take long walks, Duo and LingQ at coffee shops. So It isn't that stressful for me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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That's a lot! I couldn't possibly fit five hours into to my schedule, and two would be a stress; I'm planning on doing almost or at least one. I do Duolingo on the mobile phone when I have spare time, so hopefully that can help push me closer to the goal of fluency.

Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bricejohnson2003
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Thanks, I am practicing for this December, because that is when I meet my friends (and GF) at Kiev. They all speak Russian. Also for this Thanksgiving because my brother's wife, who's mother tongue is Russian, is coming over. I been only studying Russian for 6 months now and I can talk like a small child.

I think that you can make it to fluency if you put an hour an day. Especially if you have someone to talk with. :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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I have my sister to talk with, but that doesn't count, as she is learning also. But she is better than me.

Trust me, I can find plenty of people in Texas to talk Spanish with. I just need to start. I'm shy. In fact, my sister uses Skype to talk with people all over Central America and South America to practice her Spanish (and the other person's English) with. I don't want to do it, but for the sake of learning the language, I might start.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunadashi
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Oh gosh! You live in Texas? Just have a few phrases ready when an opportunity presents itself. (like at a store when a clerk is speaking Spanish to someone else) You don't have to set up any regular practice partners to start. Just have the words "mas despacio por favor" ready if you get a reply you can't catch

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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"Lentamente" means slowly, and after looking it up in a translator, I found the word you gave, "despacio", to be synonymous. Do you know if the difference is simply by region?

Again, referencing my sister, she has a similar phrase she says on Skype. People who speak Spanish can get so fast at it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunadashi
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Lentamente/despacio... interesting question. I believe despacio was the word I learned in school. It is what I have heard and used the most. It could be California/ Mexican usage.Although, I know lentamente, I really can't remember hearing it much. Maybe that could be your research project question for the next native Spanish speaker you run into in your Texas town.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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To below reply: Good idea. I know a lot of words can change from culture to culture, especially in Spanish. Thanks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bricejohnson2003
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I am currently learning some Spanish. I learned German and I am trying to get up to a confident level in Russian.

Talking is the is the final stage of any language. Also it is the hardest. Especially when you meet a native speaker and you just freeze up and forget everything you learned.

You live in Texas? I live right above you in Oklahoma. :D

2 years ago

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How hard was German for you? ¡Buena suerte!

That is very true. I want to talk, but I don't want to get words or grammar wrong. I don't think most people judge you on that if it is your second language. It's still hard to get over though.

Oh... hola!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I have to get at least 10xp in each language I'm actively studying, which is easy because i can do them on my work breaks. I spend a lot of time listening to my co-worker speak Spanish to me, and also practice with my niece. I do a German course book, i try to complete at least one page a day. Also a few times a week, I will listen to Disney songs or other types of music on YouTube in my target languages. I also try to use memrise for at least 5 minutes a day.

2 years ago

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That's a lot of languages you are learning! Do you ever get mixed up? How long do you think it will take you to reach fluency in your best language?

2 years ago

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I don't ever really get them mixed up, honestly. At least not yet. I hope to be fluent in German at least, by the end of next year, and then hopefully Spanish!

2 years ago

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Is German really hard? It seems to be, but I would like some of the opinions of people who are learning it.

Good luck!

2 years ago

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At first, yes! I won't lie. The cases and remembering genders are a struggle. But I found flashcards really great for those, as well as writing my own sentences practicing each case over and over. Eventually you will get it. Other than that, I actually found German pretty easy. Knowing English will help you more than you'd think! As long as you push through the things you don't find easy, it will be okay.

2 years ago

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Okay, thanks for the info. Maybe I'll start learning German sometime... I have a lot of languages on my "to-learn" list though, so it might take me a while to get to it.

And you are very right about pushing through things! If you have a passion and consistently work on something, even if it is hard, you will get through it. It might not be easier, but you will get through it.

2 years ago

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Yeah, I agree. I regularly feel lost but I just keep going and find that I am getting better at the gender/case tangle. Actually I''m more or less using Spanish as an ego booster. I keep switching between the two languages.The Spanish is always so much easier just because it is a refresher course for me. I just started German in 2015.

2 years ago

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I'm in a rather unique situation; I'm retired, don't want to work with my hands anymore, and I want to be an English to Hebrew interpreter. So what I do is sleep when I'm tired, wake when rested, and study at least 100 Xp per day- and since I'm running two accounts (I signed up twice using the wrong email) I'm actually doing the same intro work twice per day. I'm 57 years old- not as sharp as I was 30 years ago. So this works for me. I study when I get to it. My goal is to be "proficient" in 6 to 9 months, and professional skill level in one year- then, I've got this idea of doing it as a part time subcontracting translator

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