Target Language Account Challenge
Challenge yourself to speak in your ‘target’ language by making a separate account!
My experience on Duolingo thus far has consisted of me completing skills and building up my language levels, translation tiers, follow list etc. from this one account. While this has served me well, I continually slide back into using English, as most of the people I follow are native English speakers. This is my language, the one which I know and am good at, and thus I prefer to express myself in English.
It is easy to grow complacent and use your native language. However, language learning is the purpose of this site. Therefore, I have resolved to challenge myself by creating a separate account dedicated to speaking entirely in my target language! The only English I allow myself to speak on this account involves me asking questions about Spanish sentences and correcting native Spanish speakers’ English sentences.
I am building a separate follow list on this account comprised almost entirely of Spanish speakers. This way when I look at my Activity Stream, all I see are conversations in Spanish, with the occasional English that may have some mistakes which I can correct. Sometimes you may not be able to concentrate enough to form complete sentences in your target language, but you are almost always able to find mistakes in English and kindly correct them in order to help those learning our language.
Working on Duolingo trees, reverse trees and laddering trees are all great ways to start learning a language. Translating articles in Immersion, both to and from your target language, is also helpful. But the two main aspects of this site are merely stepping stones. By giving you sentences to translate one way or the other, they point you in the right direction of fluency, without actually making you fluent.
In order to become fluent, you have to start thinking in your target language. And the best way to do that is by minimizing English as much as possible while you are studying, and putting yourself out there by having conversations with native speakers. The Target Language Account Challenge combines the two of these nicely, so give it a shot if you are like me and find yourself continuously falling back into the habit of using English when you would rather be spending more time fully immersed in your target language.
You can also do this on Twitter. I have an account on Twitter that I speak 99% Esperanto alone on. It's been fun for meeting people.
Yeah, I really enjoy it. I say some pretty silly stuff but it's all in good fun :). My name on Twitter is the same here.
Thanks for suggesting this! I've never used Twitter before, but it sounds like a good site in which to practice my target language. If anyone has any other websites where they speak specifically in their target language, please feel free to share!
Interpals. It has a really old interface but there is no problem finding people from all over the world, practice your target language and offer help for those who learn your mothertongue.