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So sometimes a person has to enjoy the small triumphs when learning a new language to communicate. Yesterday we took a trip to el supermercado, and I was able to politely correctly ask for and respond for what we needed, en espanol. I might have messed up once but the clerk saw I was making an effort, clarified my question and all was good. The other small milestone again was over purchases. In the village we live near a man drives a produce truck twice a week to supply everyone most of the fresh produce, as well as to all the local businesses and stores. He speaks fluent in at least 4 languages so I really don't have to speak en espanol, but I've been trying to. Today I spoke the whole time plus some small talk with only a few corrections from him. Then next I see him he kind of quizzes me to see if I remember. Small tiny steps, but still view it as progress.

Does anyone else have small hurdles they have been overcoming that keeps them going?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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My new roommate is fluent in Spanish. Sadly, I'll be moving away soon. But we've succeeded in small talk recently. Sometimes, he'll slip into Spanish without meaning to. Those moments are my favorite :D

It's really cool that you're out there, making the effort. I really appreciate reading these stories. They are so encouraging. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidMDaniel

While I live in Mexico, it is a part of the country that caters to foreign visitors... so I <<can>> get by only speaking English... BUT.. Yesterday, I went to the mall, looking for a particular piece of electronic equipment. I went into the store and asked (admittedly, I looked up the word for the specific product) if they had it. I got into a conversation about where to go to get one and what times the store would be open. It was not that I <<could>> have this conversation.. in the past, I could have struggled with it, mixing English and broken Spanish, but it was that I did it effortlessly in Spanish. Every day, I am faced with small triumphs that most people would never notice... I can talk to a taxi driver... or make a joke with my Mexican friends... in Spanish... So.. yes.. it is these small triumphs that build to a confidence that you <<can>> learn a language - even at my <cough> advanced age... okay, I am about to turn 49... but I am NOT 50... yet.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MagicalMaya13

I am currently been reading a book in German. I am very proud to say that I can read about 2/3 of every sentence. I try not to use the dictionary, because I want to try to figure the words myself. You should try it. I'm so proud that I can sort of read a book in German by using Duolingo! And I'm only halfway done (with the course, not the book)!

I am also trying to talk to some of my friends here on Duolingo. It's great for practicing and getting to know the person better. I started doing it recently and I really love it.

Whenever I do either of the 2 above (and smaller things, even as simple as saying guten Morgen instead of good morning) I feel like I am 100% fluent in the language and that I can do anything because I know about 5% of German (5% out of 100% fluency). It makes me feel as if I'm special, because I'm learning a language and no one else is (which is REALLY not true). But this just proves that learning a language is good for everyone, and everyone should try it!

2 years ago

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I do that too! In the morning at work I almost always say Buenos días or Bonjour, and rarely good morning. I think that THEY think I'm crazy, but they tolerate me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tammythree

It's funny you should mention not looking up every word. I just heard a professor say the same thing. He said only look up words that you're absolutely curious about. Example, you see the same word three or four times and haven't figured it out. Glad to read from someone using the method, so thanks for posting. I'm going to try it tonight.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cleokatra88

I have a few Ticos on my FB as friends and when they post news clips or memes, I try to read them first, and then try to translate. Still a ways to go on that but getting closer.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidMDaniel

One note of caution: Facebook Spanish is about as accurate as Facebook English.. which is to say, it is full of misspellings, slang.. abbreviated words.. DO NOT THINK the problem lies with your translation, if you are having a hard time.. quite often, they are incorrect. I have spent so much time tracking down... FB-ese.. Of course, the flipside is that it is fun to try!

2 years ago

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No mi, pero muy bien hecho para tu hablando practicar. Sonidos como un buen lugar donde tu vives.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RichardCoc2

I still vividly remember the feeling of accomplishment I had the first time I went into a restaurant in a Spanish-speaking country alone, and ordered the food I wanted in Spanish, and how miraculous it was when they brought the right food out! I was 15 years old (I won't tell you how long ago that was).

It gets easier and more natural with practice. But the fun doesn't stop, nor does the sense of accomplishment. I can't count the number of times I've been in a party or gathering and thought to myself, "nobody I went to grade school with would understand a word being spoken in this room, and here I am, mingling and having fun, and understanding (almost) every word of it!"

2 years ago