https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Three Years!

It was three years ago on this date that I started my Duolingo account and did my first lesson in Spanish. I didn’t know then how much I would come to love learning languages. Thanks Duolingo for this wonderful learning tool.

February 2, 2017

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/39101

Congrats

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thank you Devin.

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazztonight

Congratulations! I second everything you've said.

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thanks, Roberto! That's a nice streak you've got going. I see you're studying Spanish and Italian... my two favorite languages. I like those courses a lot.

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buck72

Congratulations!

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thank you Chris.

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SoyHenry

Felicidades en tus 3 años...

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Gracias a ti, Henry!

February 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrFrodo.

Congratulations! Perhaps you'd like to check out this post :D https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20544548

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thank you Frodo.

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathangrant00

congrats Congrats for your awesome anniversary! Here are some fireworks for you!

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thanks for the fireworks, Jonathan!

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aistobe

Congratulations! Wow! Look at all those languages! You're a regular language nut!

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Many thanks, Aistobe. That's a pretty impressive list of languages you've got as well!

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenHooo

1077? seriously? Adore.

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thanks, Ben. I must confess... I like coming on here every day. It's usually the first thing I do when I get up in the morning, so it hasn't been hard to keep my streak going.

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NetsanetAmare

Congratulations - inspiring!

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thanks, Netsanet!

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlanAlza10

Congratulations!

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thanks, Alan!

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrjeune23

Conrats

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thanks, Mr Jeune!

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Congrats!!! again. Do you have a favorite language?

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

That's hard to say, Loren. I'm very fond of Spanish and Italian, and many days I focus more attention on them, but I like them all. They all have their own unique rhythm and sound. It was harder for me to fall in love with Irish than the others. It's more difficult in the sentence structures, the spelling, and the pronunciation, but I'm getting more and more fond of it.

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Superhuman93

Congratulations!! :D

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thanks, Marlene!

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristine1022

Congratulations! Are you now fluent after three years? What have you done in conjunction with Duolingo, if anything?

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

Thanks, Kristine! I'm getting more and more comfortable speaking, especially in Spanish, but I can't say I am really fluent, and largely because of the the listening aspect. Native speakers talk so fast that I still have difficulty understanding a lot of what is being said. That being said, I'm getting better at it slowly. I think it's vitally important to listen to sound of the language you're learning as much as possible. I agree with the advice that is often given to watch tv shows and listen to radio shows and music in the language you're learning. However, until your comprehension gets to a certain level, you miss most of what is being said. That's why I'm a big fan of the book/cd courses available in whatever language you're learning. They speak a bit slower, and you can play it over and over until you understand it, as well as using the book to help with spelling and grammar.

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristine1022

Thank you! I currently am also listening to CDs in my car when I travel. I can see how this is very important to learning the language. :)

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/albaduine

I have learned a lot from "Complete Italian," by Lydia Vellaccio, which I found at our local library. It comes with a book and two cds. You get to hear several native speakers, which I think helps you get very familiar with the sound and pronunciation of Italian. It starts out at a complete beginner level and presents material up to a fairly intermediate level, and it moves at a fast enough pace that I never found it mundane or uninteresting.

February 10, 2017
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