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Saving Hearts by not misspelling in different languages

Most folks probably know this. It's easy to misspell words in any language. Most computers have "Spell Checking" Right click on any word you are spelling and not sure of. Slide down to "Spell checker options" Pick the language you need and click on the correct spelling for that word. You can also add any additional languages. You can toggle back and forth between languages as needed. .It just takes a second.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/angel194462

Hi Ranchers1! Your idea is helpful when writing essays or typing to someone, but absolutely do not use it when you practice your language. Don't be lazy! If you want another heart, then use an extra heart from the shop, but using auto-correct slows your progress. Actually, I don't even suggest buying the extra heart. The reason you lose hearts is because DuoLingo wants you to recognize and remember your mistakes so that there won't be a next time. Keep that in mind! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ranchers1

I'm just offering it as one of many tools available as others at DL have done for me. I am many things, but lazy isn't one of them. Thank you for the input though. One of the things that truly sets DL way ahead of any other program is the ability for Discussion. That is truly the best tool in the "tool bag" :)

4 years ago

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I thank you for this suggestion and will try it. I am just an awful speller (and not always so good on the keyboard) and would lose even more hearts if I wasn't always getting corrected for my English misspellings! I don't want to write a book in Spanish, just learn to communicate while on vacation. Thanks again!

4 years ago

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The first time through the French "tree" I used the spell checker. Now going through it again, a second time, I'm not. And I'm not using a spell checker for Spanish anymore, either. Not using the spell checker is much better for learning French or Spanish--especially for spelling, but it also gives more confidence in general. Give it a try, Ranchers1. It may slow you down at first, but not using the spell checker will help you become an awesome, champion speller in Spanish, I bet.

(a lingot to you angel194462. Entry edited to correct "French" to "Spanish" in a few places.)

4 years ago

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Another method is to learn the alphabet of your chosen language. There may be some help on YouTube. This really only applies if your chosen language is phonetic (Italian and Spanish are, unfortunately English is not). Once you know the alphabet you will be able to pronounce words and if you can pronounce a word, you should be able to spell it.

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Almost. There are a few exceptions in Spanish, at least, such as words with a z instead of an s, v and b which are pronounced the same in Mexican Spanish, at least (and here on Duolingo) I've seen my Spanish speaking ESL students write siervo instead of ciervo for deer. They are a lot easier than English, but you still have to memorize some words. English speakers and to a certain extent, French speakers, should be used to it, but it is harder for speakers of other languages.

4 years ago