https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

My experience with Spanish after Duolingo

Ok to start off I would like to say, I love to read such threads where people finished a tree/language on Duolingo and then they write their experiences after, rather than just write "yay finished tree, which did you do".

So I have completed my Spanish tree about a month or two ago, I found duolingo about a year or 2 ago, I started using it "religiously" about 7-8 months ago. A little about me, I am 17 and I live in NY. My first language is Yiddish and my second language is English. My favorite thing in the world (besides panqueques) has to be learning languages (about them and their culture). Speaking 2 languages before coming here to learn Spanish was a big bonus because I already understood that things in one language wont translate directly to other languages, so I had an easier time than some. Rather than asking why things are like that are, for example "Why is it pensar en rather than pensar sobre" < which a lot of people wonder, or why is it estar sometimes and ser other times. So I started using Duolingo about the time I got Spanish class (a little less than one year ago). I used duolingo at least twice or three times a week. This helped me get ahead from every single classmate I had, my teacher was shocked with my progress. I got a 103 (with the extra credit) on every single exam. And then now, I am going to go next term into Spanish 3 Heritage, meaning people who speak Spanish at home will be in my class, rather than beginners. Kids that were in my old class (regular Spanish 2) barely learned how to conjugate present and preterite, while I already know everything even conditional, future, past imperfect, gerunds and whatnot thanks to duolingo (duo is the best thing that ever happened to me). So I am completely ready for this. In addition to helping me with the schooling it also helped me understand a ton of music, tv and spoken Spanish (oh how I envy it when a 2 year old walks past me and speaks Spanish to their parents, it makes me cry inside how jealous I am ahah) I had a few conversations ONLY in Spanish, it makes me reallllly "orgulloso" when the people compliment me on my hard work and they help me.

Im sorry if my grammar is not the best, or if you had a hard time understanding me, if you have any questions please ask :DDD (Even if its not about this, but Spanish questions or Yiddish questions Ill try my best to answer :D) (now my goal is Hebrew in-case you were wondering xD and to keep my Spanish tree kind of golden)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheCenterZone

I think that it is awesome that you know Yiddish. It is one of the most unique languages in the world to speak. You could make a course for Yiddish outside of duolingo, like a vocabulary list of 800-1,000 words and a brief explanation for grammar. I support the revival of Yiddish all the way and think that it would be cool to learn. I wish you all the best:) Mazel tov! (good luck) I also plan on learning Hebrew in the future.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Ahahah ty :D Anyhow I already tried but it was wayyy complicated without the help of other people so I couldnt do it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheCenterZone

Unfortunately, I do not know Yiddish, but if I did I would definitely help you:D Hmm....Perhaps a simple vocabulary list and grammar guide could be created on a PDF or word document and posted here? Anyway, good luck with Spanish and Hebrew:) Also, how is the Hebrew course? Do you learn a lot of words?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak
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Im making a Yiddish memrise course that has a full list of a ton of vocabulary. It will be released soon :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Yes I learned a ton ahaha and thank you :) And I already created a memrise for Yiddish but it came out horrible-y :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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That's awesome! Congrats on the continued success! I love attending meetup groups here in Phoenix I usually go to 2 or three meetups every week and I speak Spanish daily, not just book learning but actual talking and listening. But duo is a great first step, glad to hear you've continued beyond!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CindyFahrb
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BTW, I really enjoyed reading your experience and can really relate to feeling envious when a two year old effortlessly chatters in Spanish with his or her parents.

¡Felicidades y bien hecho!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Muchas gracias :D Y s'e, estaba muy celoso hoy cuando vei'a un nin~o que tiene dos o tres an~os hablando con su madre jajaja <333 muy lindo jaja

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7
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I think it's really cool you're a native Yiddish speaker. Do you mind posting a list of resources for those interested in the Yiddish revival? My ancestors spoke it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Resources as in places to learn it? right now I can only think of two places, memrise, another would be Tinycards, where my twin made a deck with personal pronouns and alphabet (you, me, him, her etc) The place where I learned it was in my family and school, literally everyone where I live speaks it soo xD.. When duolingo makes it (it is in incubator) you can learn it there, I applied to contribute but they didnt accept me :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7
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Okay, I will check it out on memrise, thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/d100
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Yiddish pop is also a good source (even though it is in beta). Link: http://www.yiddishpop.com/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Her Yiddish is horrible sounding like the accent sounds like an Israeli trying to speak Yiddish ahaha :P But it would be good to learn the words itself I assume, and then learning the real accent somewhere else XD (also some of these words i have never seen before)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff
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CONGRATULATIONS!

I was able to understand everything that you wrote. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully this post will motivate others learners to keep trying, practicing and learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Thank you :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mohammadali26

hello ! what was your goal xp per day in learning spanish ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

50 (the highest possible)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Do you mean pancakes?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

si pero en espanol ajajaj

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/estudianteMTI3

Thanks for sharing your story! I know exactly what you're talking about. A person can pick up so many hints just browsing the forums. A community of people going through the same process as yourself is a huge help. Good luck on your further studies!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jazztonight

Thanks for your great comments. I've said many times that I wish Duolingo was around when I was trying to learn Hebrew in Hebrew school and then German in high school. I've taken college Spanish (one year), but have learned so much in the almost two years I've been working on Duolingo Spanish. Keep up the good work!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lrcarito

Enhorabuena!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Korho1

Congratulations and I am glad it worked out for you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ara-ararauna

its awesome when people help you in this! I speak spanish and I'm learning english. dou is an excellent tool to compliment your studies! you're amazing!

¡Sigue así!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Muchas gracias :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tammythree

Thanks for sharing. I am fascinated by the Yiddish language, having read a few articles on it a few years back. I've only heard it spoken once in an old James Cagney movie. Your grammar is better than some native speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Ahaha thanks :))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BARBARAINGALLS

I also want to learn modern and biblical Hebrew, and duolingo has a Hebrw program, but I haven't been able to get my QWERTY keyboard to handle R to L languages a in general and Hebrew in particular. any advice?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

You have a mac or a windows computer? or do you use the app ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BARBARAINGALLS

I use Windows 10 on my laptop plus an Android phone. Funny story for yoh: a friend taught her dog to respond to Hebrew commands. She gestured for dog to sit and said Shay. The dog sat. A bit layer, dog started to get up. Owner shook head and moved her pointer first get left to right a few times while saying Lo. Dog promptly sat again. I was jealous of a dog for understanding more He rewrite than I did! So please tell me how to get my Co. Peter and phone to type in Hebrew.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Ahhaah ok, for the computer, all you have to do is look up "keyboard language" on the bottom left, click the option which says to change language then click Add a language, choose hebrew then to change hold the windows key and hit space bar :) (do the same to switch back , or you can just see on the bottom right of your screen ENG hit it and u can change to Hebrew)

On your phone just go to keyboard settings and add hebrew lol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KevinJacks20

Thanks for sharing your story, interesting! I didn't know there were any 17 year olds with the first languange of Yiddish. Very cool! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Everyone around me speaks this language, including 2 year olds :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teddi999

Congratulations. I'm impressed with your dedication.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edR9NU

Thank you for sharing I love Duolingo too but I don't seem to be getting much better yet. I keep purposely striking up conversations to learn, but only recognize my extreme short comings. What is a tree, the three or four in a section or the entire 1st page when you start?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Korho1

Are you making a lot of grammar mistakes or vocabulary mistakes? I have started making a weekly vocabulary list and I write the words in sentences during the week. It helps with memorizing the words. As for grammar mistakes, you simply have to keep writing or speaking frequently. For me, I speak Spanish the same way I write it. So it helps to keep writing out sentences. There are many grammar pitfalls though. It's intimidating. But keep trying. Hang in there!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mohammadali26

d

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark603591

I wish it was actually Spanish the course, not an Americanised version. My girlfriend is Spanish and she thinks I am crazy using this App. I really like the App though, just the content is factually incorrect and it isn't Spanish !!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edR9NU

That's a bit strange, it seems to be Spanish in my area. Many are pleased that I care enough to learn their language. Of course I still stink at it, so they shake their heads sometimes when I say something. Maybe a little more work on your end and it will get more like Spanish. Oh also, pay attention to the fact that different dialects affect the understanding. For instance if you use the word Perdon for excuse me many will correct you and say you should use comparamiso check spelling or if you use dormitorio for bedroom they will tell you it should be cuarto. If my spelling is correct either can be correct. I am super excited about Duolingo and tell everybody about it. See the Rose and not the thorn-life will improve for you greatly in all areas. Thanks for sharing though

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark603591

It's South American Spanish I promise you: similar but different.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Hey this Spanish is correct Spanish. As you see I had a few conversations with it and I passed exams with it. The only problem is that it doesnt teach you the full language, I had to speak with many natives to speed up my comprehension and speaking abilities. (I am still not perfect in it, however I improved tons through this site and app). Also there are many ways to speak Spanish, some use Vos some Vosotros. ETC.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark603591

This is not correct Spanish as spoken in Spain. There is a big difference. It's kind of like saying Americans speak English. Of course they speak a form of English but it isn't English. Suspenders really aren't braces.

This is South American Spanish. The Spanish flag does not belong on this course.

2 years ago
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