Ciao a tutti!
It has been 500 days on my latest streak! I wanted to share this occasion with fellow language enthusiasts! Some things along the way:
Every ten days you get 1/10 the number of lingots for number of days learning. 500 day streak = 50 lingots! They do stack up though I rarely use them. I will use them to take over the world! Mwahaha!
Just kidding... or am I??
Duo is great as a first step but there is the internet that makes distances trivial. In the past you could always blame a lack of opportunity for any amount of a lack of speaking ability. But unless the language you are learning is some rarely spoken language, you have little excuse not to practice with native speakers. Avail yourself of opportunities like HelloTalk, HiNative, conversationexchange.com, meetup.com, iTalki, YouTube, Skype, WhatsApp, etc.! Most are free, but ALL are available now!
You need to get over yourself. When it comes to speaking, many adults thwart their own best efforts to learn for fear of making mistakes and sounding foolish. The quicker you accept that you're going to make mistakes and sound foolish the quicker you will get better and stop making mistakes and sounding foolish. Just look at how effortlessly children learn languages and they are corrected ALL THE TIME! Let's take a page from the children shall we?
Languages take time. We all feel we should be further by now and that this shouldn't be so hard. But give yourself a break! Set realistic goals and meet them 1 by 1. Being fluent in Italian in 3 months might be a ridiculous goal. Memorizing 100 Italian words and phrases this week might be easier. Break down your big goal into little goals and give yourself time to attain them!
With that said, we all have oodles more free time than we admit. When you wake up, what's stopping you from punching out a quick lesson? How about right before you sleep? There's another opportunity. In the bathroom? Do another lesson. Do you eat alone? Turn off the mic and punch out another lesson! We all have time if we stop giving ourselves excuses. Make the time for your new language If you want to be successful at it.
Feel free to tell me what you've learned on your language learning journey below! I am interested in hearing your insights on the process.
Thanks for you time and thanks Duo!
Well, I've started on Duolingo 8 months ago, and I did not notice how beautiful was to learn a foreign language apart from English, which I dominate since I was 5 years old, and Spanish, cause I'm from Perú, I looked at German first, i fell in love with it, cause it's pretty similar to English, and the pronunciation is so complex, that I feel atracted to it, and practiced it every day. French and Italian, those are pretty common languages in my family, My cousins are from Italy and Canada, and I want to go there one day, that's why I decided to learn those. Norwegian,Danish and Swedish are Escandinavian languages, and I was not interested in that before, until I met a friend from Sweden when I traveled there, The pronunciation and words reminded me to German and English, and that's the reason of why am I learning mostly every language on Duolingo, cause I love Indo-European Languages, cause I wanted to know where did those words come from, so, I started learning Greek, cause It's one of the most classical and ancient languages that have existed, Russian, Ukranian and Polish, cause the Slavic culture is soo rich and nice, I love its music, arts, buildings, and so many other things from there, Welsh and Irish, cause I know they are languages that most part of the people don't know about, and also, cause Celtic culture and languages are the origin and base from Romance and Germanic Languages. Turkish and Romanian, cause they have a very cool pronunciation and words, and they are languages that are between Asia, Africa and Europe, so they have a lot of influence from those roots of languages. Catalan and Portuguese cause they are languages that have mush in common with spanish, and just cause I wanted to look at their differences in pronunciation and writing. Vietnamese and Chinese cause my grandparent come from there, My grandad is from Canton, andthe father of my grandad is from Vietnam. Guaraní, cause I think learning a language from a tribe is very useful and helpful, cause it helps you to look at how were the languages before the conquerors arrived to America. Hungarian, cause it's one of the weirdest langauges I've ever heard, it's a finno-ugric language that does not have a single thing in common with Indo-european languages. And finally, Esperanto, I did not know what was Esperanto, one day, I accidentally clicked on, "I want to learn Esperanto" and I fell in love with the language, it mixes elements from Germanic, Balto-Slavic and Romantic langauges, that's why it's one of the easiest languages to learn in the world for a Spanish Speaker. But, I'm sad cause there are not many Esperanto Speakers in Perú, I think there are only between 4 or 10. Well, that's all I wanted to say apart from Congratulations for your big streak and all your achievements, Good bye.
Awesome! I love that you find beauty in so many languages! I have down time between clients at my job so I wanted to pick up some Chinese during my time between clients. Speaking English, Spanish, French, and Italian already gives me a large number of people I could possibly chat with. If I throw in Chinese that would make an incredibly large pool! Good luck on your continuing languages Patrick! I am amazed at your acquisition!
Thanks! Good luck to you too!
Very interesting, what countries do speak Esperanto ? I never heard about that language.....
It's not an official language in any country, cause it's an artificial language created by oftalmologist L.L. Zamenhof,
Congratulations on your Streak! Great suggestions, especially about allowing ourselves to feel foolish : ).
5oo congratulations ! But I do not have oodles free time like you ! I am egyptian where 70% of population live below poverty line. Perfection necessiate a media where economic support,safety,peace and order are all available.
Thanks Camilla! I won't complain if someone adds me but not will I try to get on that list myself. I do this for the love of languages and don't really have many other motives except for future travel. My own reachable goal is now to hit 600 days and improve my Italian. I foresee this happening in another 100 days?
you would have to add yourself, nobody can add another person. Great collection of languages you are learning! Which one is your native language?
I am a native English speaker. I speak Spanish fluently and almost Italian. I struggle with French because I don't practice it enough. I want my level 25 in Italian then I concentrate on German.
Awesome congrats. Good suggestions to there are so many chances to practice even if its just one lesson here and there.