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I had given up...

I'm homeschooling my two kids. When they were younger I THOUGHT I could teach them Spanish b/c I got a minor in college and actually did an exchange to a Spanish speaking country. BUT that was back in 1994 and I had forgotten sooooo much! So about 5 years ago I purchased Rosetta Stone Spanish but, ugghhh, it just wasn't the program for me. I found it boring and dreaded doing the lessons.

So after teaching my kids only the very basics of Spanish vocabulary, I had given up. Then, just a few days ago, I discovered duolingo. I'm already to level 7 in Spanish and am amazed at how easy and fun practicing is! I am remembering a lot and have recommended the site to both my kids (they are now teenagers).

My daughter just started learning Welsh!! Thank you duolingo for this fabulous, free, fun tool! Mucho gusto!!!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

A lot of us are "retreads" getting back into languages long forgotten. Glad you found us and continued success.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robloxian_Kitten

WOW! Amazing story!! Always remember, if you/your kids have any questions, tell them to ask me, and do you like my profile picture? I can get one like it for you, too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferTheQueen

Your topic subject had me scared for a moment!

Congrats to you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PerizadaB

So sorry! I guess it does sound a little dramatic.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-LiamAnderson-
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I though you haVE given up instead of haD given up XD lol. I wish you all the best. I also wish I could do an exchange. I haven't said a Spanish word in conversation until now, with my teacher at college (high school if you are estadounidense)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Oooh! Welsh is good!!! Also glad to see you returning to Spanish!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez
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Great story!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/janey89
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Aw this is a great story. Kids are so often on their phones too that I'm sure the app is really useful for them. :3

Duolingo is absolutely great. Can't believe it's a free service.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RabbitsRabbits

The internet is an amazing resource. You can learn anything you want :) I made a list of the best free resources (in my opinion) for learning Spanish. I hope it helps! https://sites.google.com/site/learnspanishdirectory1/ Loads of fun tools

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AuntieJenny

¬°Excelente! Muchas gracias. I've added the link to my own list I started 17 days ago when I began the Duolingo journey to learn Spanish. Many of your resources are on my list.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thatkellygirlxo

I just discovered Duolingo and it's really amazing so far!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marymacincv

I also tried Rosetta Stone, but once I found Duolingo I have never gone back! I like tha tI can have Duolingo on my cell phone and also on my chromebook. I am quite addicted now. I like the immersion section with the translations. Enjoy your jorney!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Medicham

wow! I'm glad you enjoy this website too c:

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angeldeleon177

Thanks for share it with us.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AuntieJenny

Excelente! I'm at the same level as you, but started about a week earlier. I love Duolingo and enjoying recalling some of the Spanish I learned many years ago in Jr. High School (aka Middle School to others).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelRpdx

Welcome back to the multilingual world! Thank you for sharing the story.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oxfordst

Very inspiring story !

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km_carswell

I took Spanish for three years in high school and took such a great interest in it. It's been awhile and I had forgotten some things but this is fun and helps me remember what I love about learning Spanish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/n.t.5

do not get ahead of yourself. duolingo is nice to you when you start. and just when you think you are making progress ,bammmmm!. some of their practices are purely medieval. a long time ago i used to teach elementary grades somewhere in a distant land. i would have never booted out a student for making one mistake or for having a strong opinion on any issue. soon enough you will understand what i mean.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkBu777

you can get booted out? That scares me.... I want to keep learning all year, until we move to Spain (to live). After 20 days anre about 2,700 points, I am just beginning to realise that Duolingo 42% fluent, means I am about 0.42% fluent LOL. I hope to be able to at least buy tickets, be polite at dinner, and order food, taxis etc by the time we arrive. I SHOULD complete the tree at least by then.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ubimacapuno

I've not heard of being booted out, either. Meanwhile, our daughter lives in South America (Spanish speaking country). We planned to visit but had zero Spanish, and so did Duolingo for some months before we went. We are in our fifties and I've never been good at learning languages, but when we got there we found our Duolingo study made a huge difference. We were in a city where almost no-one had any English but we felt confident to go into town on our own, buy things, order food etc. The vocab we had learned had a strange way of coming in handy - for example my husband had an illicit 'manzana' in his luggage when we arrived at the airport, which we had to throw away; we had to get 'llaves' cut; my granddaughter even had a squeaky 'cangrejo' toy! Now we are back home we are keeping up our Duolingo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkBu777

Thanks for your comment. I can already see some possible shortcomings, but even if it was only 90%, it would still be a great free resource. It is good to be even able to be able to practice speaking, as well as learning written and hearing the language. It takes a while for me to twist the mouth different ways to my antipodean accented english.....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/n.t.5

at some point you will run into translations that make no sense. for instance , i kept pronouncing cualidad while duolingo demanded i pronounce calidad. they did not let me continue until i did what they wanted. i am multilingual and it does not take too much to see how limited and medieval they are.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EAJames1991

No offense, but the word is 'calidad' not 'cualidad' so the software was just trying to ensure that you understood the correct pronunciation before allowing you to continue on to other tasks. Although I agree some pronunciations are a little 'boxed' because of the computer voice and some sentences are non-sensical (especially early on), forcing you to keep working until a skill is at least understood (if not mastered) is a good feature of the site. If you were learning in a classroom I'm sure the teacher would also correct a mispronunciation.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/n.t.5

there is a difference between correcting and stonewalling as wide as the great canyon.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AuntieJenny

If Duolingo's translation is incorrect and/or there's a better current translation, have you reported it to them?

This is why I am using multiple resources to check and verify some vocabulary and phrases. Duolingo is great (I love it!) but I want to be sure I'm speaking the modern language so people still alive today will understand me. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkBu777

Thanks for your comment. I can already see some possible shortcomings, but even if it was only 90%, it would still be a great free resource. It is good to be even able to be able to practice speaking, as well as learning written and hearing the language. It takes a while for me to twist the mouth different ways to my antipodean accented english.....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EBuDDe

yah, Duolingo

2 years ago