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Hardest thing about learning new languages...

I love Duolingo, or rather, I appreciate it more now than I did when I first downloaded it. I'm learning German and though I won't be traveling to Deutschland anytime soon, I appreciate the guttural nuances n' stuff. However, I HATE running out of words, it ruins the experience of becoming fluent.

We've all been there. The first sentence you can say without have to pause and say confidently feels amazing! It makes you feel cultured! Like something near a polyglot (person that speaks more than 5 languages), but as I practice and aim to be 25% fluent by month's end, I become frustrated every time I can't express myself in this new tongue.

Just a thought:) Thanks for reading/sharing. I'd love to hear what you guys are going through as well!

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https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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I feel the same way. I know it's stupid but… English is my first foreign language and I'm fluent in it. Now I find myself way too often comparing my Spanish, French or whatever to my English and getting slightly frustrated when I can't express myself like I can in English. I've studied and used English for 10-15 years and the others on and off for a couple of years or less, so it's not exactly reasonable to expect to be at the same level but I still keep doing it.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pseudocreobotra

Same... "I already went through the process! I can speak in a foreign language without even thinking about it AND still be eloquent!" ... yeah, but it took me 10 years to get to this level with several hours of instruction per week. NOW it is easy to be eloquent, back then when I started it definitely wasn't. But I also was younger and less articulate in general and just knowing a bit of one foreign language was HUGE and super exciting... My expectations definitely were different back then.

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https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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My Spanish is really easy; leveling up like no one's business :D

My Irish, though, is another story. It's a very complex and confusing language that needs a lot of practice. I am improving though :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/MarcustheGreat

Aw man! I didn't know they had Irish on here! I'm so totally getting that next! But yeah, Spanish is one of those languages that are easy to pick up being that (if you're American) our language is Latin based. Besides, I basically speak Spanglish every day lol.

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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Well, English isn't based in Latin, however to learn Spanish is easy because English has a lot of roman influence. English is in the Germanic Languages family (like Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian), so it comes from Old Germanic, not Latin. Latin based languages are in the Romance Languages family (like Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian and Catalan).

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https://www.duolingo.com/MarcustheGreat

I stand corrected! Sorry for that misinformation. Still, the language differences are so amazing!

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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Yes, the languages diversity is really cool!

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https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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I feel the same way about Irish.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sombrero_owl_500

hey bro

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

I'm still struggling with Polish pronunciation; I end up having to resort to copying and pasting answers for the listening exercises because I just can't get the typing for the pronunciation right. It's so frustrating. I know when I started with Italian I found certain lessons really difficult that I think are so easy now. I just have to take my time and remind myself to not get frustrated. Going through the tree quickly won't help either. I just have to remind myself that it's ok to repeat lessons multiple times and even just a few xp a day can really get you somewhere in the long run as long as you keep up with it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/jdmert

One of my biggest problems is understanding what is being said. the female voice, my bad hearing just do not get along. Add that the Norwegian just doesn't sound like it looks and it all adds up to some frustrating lessons. But it is a new endeavor for me and I will keep plugging away... It is something I have wanted to do for years and now Duolingo has provided me the opportunity.

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https://www.duolingo.com/MarcustheGreat

I love this community! You guys make it feel so cool to self-teach a foreign language. I originally was gonna spend a fortune to learn German at the Goethe Institute here in D.C, but with DL and the positive reinforcement I get from you guys, it's a penny well saved!

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