https://www.duolingo.com/Ghashmary

My Duolingo Experience

I started using Duolingo to learn Spanish last October. Back then, I knew 0 Spanish. In late December, I took a placement test at the university and I tested into the intermediate level, skipping 2 levels altogether!!! I'm taking intermediate Spanish now, but I am learning more from Duolingo. I currently feel that my Spanish is higher than my classmates'. I'm also reading short stories in Spanish and conversing with native speakers.

Thank you, Duolingo!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/sebasm90
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Sigue así! Te sorprenderás de lo que puedes lograr con esa dedicación. :) Saludos

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https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Awesome levels :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/Marc_B
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You too. : )

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Thanks :) You're getting there too :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/Marc_B
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Well, I'm trying. : )

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hosscomp

Where do you find easy short stories in Spanish?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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You can get Aesop's Fables (and a bunch of other Spanish titles in the public domain) from Project Gutenberg. http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/es

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https://www.duolingo.com/rewong
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You can download OverDrive ebooks from your local library onto your computer, tablet, or reading device

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hosscomp

Thanks. Can't believe I never heard of that.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Children's ebooks in Spanish, from Amazon.com (admittedly most of them are NOT short stories but it's a place to start looking): http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link_359169122_28?ie=UTF8&node=5087583011

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https://www.duolingo.com/bjfritz
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and they are cheap for Kindle... I bought several for .99 I highly recommend Mi Mascota Alocada La Rana by Scott Gordon

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https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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I picked up some children's ebooks (including bilingual books, that show both english and spanish) through Kobo.com. They offer coupons periodically, which can push their prices below what a Kindle ebook would cost.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BillyJoeJimBob

Try LingQ.com. They've got tons of great content for all levels.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AImaMexicana

That's great to hear! I'm just starting out so your update is really motivating.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Learner4life2

That is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ghashmary

For easy short stories in Spanish, you can check out Historias de Mexico, Historias de Espana or Historias de Latinoamerica by Genevieve Barlow.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hosscomp

Thanks to all who gave suggestions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/obstschale
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Thx for this tip. I put them on my amz-wishlist ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/akemal

yes i agree with you, duolingo seems very good and enjoyable for now :)) and also thanks for links to read short stroies.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VickiZee

Awesome! I'm hoping to SPEAK it. That's my goal, conversation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ghashmary

That's my goal, too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marcus44445

HOLA! ;-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shabaz1

hola :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samwiggety

Amazing!

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https://www.duolingo.com/JuanLewis

cool, have you had a chance to talk to any native speakers?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kennethswim

congrats

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ghashmary

muchas gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VictorRivasG
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You should try to listen to some music in spanish, some slow music with good lyrics. Maybe something like Arjona, Maná, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Marc Anthony, I believe music helps a lot, you can try to sing along with the lyrics.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cblazek23

Los Redondos :) !!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bobi94sm
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si , con duolingo es mucho fácil por aprender :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Was your testing all written or did you have a component of oral comprehension too? Just curious. Felicidades.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ghashmary

It was reading, writing, and listening! There was no speaking, though.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Sounds like a great test. If given an entirely written test I would score 100% higher than one including comprehension. For me, reading a Western language is the easiest component to language learning. It seems listening comprehension is usually the most challenging for most people. How often have I heard: I can read Spanish, but when someone talks to me I can't understand it?

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https://www.duolingo.com/AnkushDeshmukh
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duolingo is one awesome experience!! learning a foreign language has become a piece of cake now! :) thank you duolingo!! muchas gracias!! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ItsDolaps

Do/did you practise on duolingo every day?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ghashmary

I used to, but these days I'm pretty busy. Besides, I also get some practice in class and through reading on my own.

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https://www.duolingo.com/francicp

hello !!!!!!!i like duolinguo. I learn english is very funny

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https://www.duolingo.com/bjfritz
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Me, too...been working since November -- went to Peru & Ecuador. Came home studied some more and its off to Honduras now. Duolingo & travel! What a combo :) Congrats to you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/suezq
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Yes thank you, thank you Duolingo. I am living in Spain and this is helping my language so much. I am telling all my friends about it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JiyoJollyP

Wow, Congrats

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shabaz1

how good are you at spanish

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Way to go! Keep it up :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/jesse.acos1

How do you feel your conversation skills are in a real setting? Do you feel like you have a handle on conjugatioj and subjunctive form? As someone that speaks Spanish regularly at an intermediate level, I just started using DuoLingo to fill the gaps in my skills. It's been great for Spanish because of my strong background, I'm just curious how it would be for someone with little to no experience with languages. Right now I'm learning French with zero background in it. I'm wishing I had a good course book by my side to look up questions and tables. I feel like I'm learning, but more blindly learning. A person immersed in a language doesn't have tables and books either, and just shoots from the hip with gut instinct, which I guess is what DuoLingo is doing for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ghashmary

At the moment, my speaking is lower than my reading or writing skills, which is I think natural for a new language learner. That said, I think my speaking is improving rapidly because our teacher makes us practice it extensively in class. I'm also taking the class as a guest student; I'm actually a college professor teaching English as a second language, and many of my ESL students are Hispanic which gives me a great chance to practice my speaking even more.

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In my opinion, learning from tables, conjugation lists, vocab lists, etc. is OK if you are primarily going to read or write the language, and have the time to think about what you are saying, to revise it, and to proofread it. It would be find if all your correspondence was through email, for example. But I find that at least for myself, the method duolingo uses puts the grammar where I can access it more automatically, and even if it comes out wrong initially I know it sounds wrong, so I can correct it. I speak with Spanish-speaking ESL learners before and after class, and when explaining grammar, and find myself MUCH more comfortable now than before I started working with Duolingo. I started Portuguese and Italian just to see if it would work for languages I knew nothing of, and while I am not far down the tree I can pretty quickly think of the way to say simple sentences, better than I really ever was able to with French or German at the level I've reached here.

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https://www.duolingo.com/MikhaelOliver

congragulations!

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Very encouraging. I also started Spanish and I was wondering how much the spanish skill is worth after I finish with duolingo. I'm looking forward to talk other Spanish-speaking people :D

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Felicidades :)

I am interested in Spanish too.. I'm learning just for 6 days, but I believe I can get on higher level, sometimes...

Good luck :)

(shhh.. there is three lingots for you :)) )

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