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Does anybody else have this weird spanish block?

So this is totally weird and I am wondering if I am the only one who does this. For some reason, I have a harder time remembering the definition and spelling of spanish words that begin with "C" and I get certain groups of words mixed up. The issue obviously goes away the more I practice, but it seems to be the hardest thing for me to remember. I wonder why this is. Maybe there are just not as many words that begin with "C" in the English language? I only count two in this paragraph, and that includes the word count, haha.

For example, I had troubles remembering "conejo." "Congrejo," and "cerdo" I remember crab all the time. I am getting to where I remember rabbit in my brain and not just if I see it, but still, I cannot remember pig. I remember that it is a short word that begins with "C" but that is all I can remember unless I am seeing the word in front of me.

Also, with clothing, I would mix up/not remember which was which for "Corbata," "Calcetines," and "Cinturon" I remember socks the easiest because it reminds me of saltines, but belt and tie I still tend to mix up and not remember. I am getting to where I remember tie.

Please keep in mind that I have only been learning Spanish for four days, so do not laugh at my mixing up what you probably think is common knowledge.

I am just wondering if anybody else has this weird block, or any different blocks.

I also mix up horse (Caballo) and onion (Cebolla) but only when I hear them. I know which is which unless I hear it being said, then I have a hard time figuring out what I am hearing.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/seelian
seelian
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Crab is Cangrejo not Congrejo.

Cerdo you may try think this way. The alphebert d is seen like big belly of the pig, o is round nose of the pig and try relate it with the pork.

Corbata you try relate it with cobra and imagine it is a Cobra which is similar to the tie and twine on your neck, and that is so call Corbata. Since they both are similar spelling.

For Cebolla, there is a type of music instrument call cello which is gourd shape, is similar to onion round shape. Then relate it with onion.

May be the suggestion i give might not really good relation/imagination to those items meaning but hope give some help. If you able to remember it, example if you able to memorize Calcetines & Corbata, then the remain cinturon you will know that is belt meaning.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elanaknt

These are good tips! Associating new words with something else (based on their sound or spelling) is one of the best ways to remember them. It doesn't work (and would be quite tedious to do) for ALL words, but it's great particularly for ones that you are having trouble with. For "cinturĂ³n" I always tell my students to remember that it "cinches" you in around the "center" of your body.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bprattle

Thank you :) Word tricks are always helpful. The snake/tie this is genius! Having discussed it in this post and having written it down in my notebook, I now know all the things I had mentioned in my post :) Mostly just writing it down helps me. Not even from the act of writing, but I have a semi photographic memory so after I write it I am able to see the notebook in my head and see the word, definition, and spelling :) As I said, my issue with the onion isn't the word itself, it is only when I hear it. I am still learning to hear things in Spanish rather than English. The phonetics are different so my ears are still learning to hear the words to the rules of Spanish grammar and spelling. Like that double LL's often sound to me more like the English letter Y and the letter J is more like an H sound. I am fine with that in the middle of a word, but when it begins a word like jugo it takes some training to remember what I am actually hearing. Thank you for the handy tricks. The pig one is fun :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seelian
seelian
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Erm, for cebolla actually my way to remember it also not follow the suggestion which i give u, it was the cebolla pronunciation for me is sound like a round shape things, and i remember in that way.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bprattle

I will see if that helps. I just have trouble figuring out which vowels I am hearing from the computer. I'll get there :) Thank you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

Don't worry, it will start to clear itself up as time goes on. This happens to everyone in one form or another. The more you see the words, and have to type the words, the more they will stick in your memory. I would have suggested doing Vocabulary practice each day, aside from your tree, but they removed it temporarily. If you do Strengthen Skills from your Home page, you will be exposed to these words again and again, moreso than doing tree Lessons. Early on I slowed down my tree progress by half, replacing it with vocab practice. It has worked out well. I have been using Strengthen Skills from my Home page in place of vocab, until they bring it back.

Buena Suerte!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bprattle

Every time I come on here (which is several times a day) I strengthen all skills at once, then I go down the tree and strengthen each individual category. I do not move on to learn something new until I can complete a category without losing any hearts. Of course once I get to the more recent lessons I may sometimes scroll over a word to double check my answer, but usually I can get it. Mostly if I see the word I am okay but if I have to come up with it myself I have troubles. Having discussed it in this post and having written it down in my notebook, I now know all the things I had mentioned in my post :) Mostly just writing it down helps me. Not even from the act of writing, but I have a semi photographic memory so after I write it I am able to see the notebook in my head and see the word, definition, and spelling :) The vocabulary thing sounds cool, I hope they bring it back! I wonder why they did away with it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mazaka.

you are right I mix up horse and onion

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindafraser
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Excellent advice from both of you, CattleRustler and seelian. I especially like the visual clues and always try to put a picture in my mind to associate with the word I am trying to learn.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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But, if you were hearing the language in context, I am about 98% certain you would know that someone was speaking about a horse or an onion. There are some downsides to learning a language "in isolation" the way DL teaches w/o any context. Don't be too hard on yourself, if you only started four days ago.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bprattle

I remember there was one sentence that I thought really had to be about a horse but it ended up being about an onion, lol.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SandiToth

Def horse and onion. Ack. I now think the horse is like a cab - a ride....caballo.

Belt is a cinch....cin-Turion

11 months ago