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Hi my name is Gabriel and I just started Duolingo So I don't really know what to do I'm trying to learn Spanish and all but its too hard to memorize the words but I like learning Spanish Thx for reading

January 10, 2018


Just keep going it starts to stick more and more over time.

Hi Gabriel, I am from México and my natural languaje is spanish. I'am studiying englis and like you, to me learn a new languaje is very hard. If you like, i can help you with spanish.

Greetings from México.

your English is very good edgar

If you like learning Spanish, you have a good chance to be successful.

It really takes a lot of "repeating" the same words more or less everyday before it becomes automatic.

Would you try to wage a 7 day streak?

If you can manage that, it may be the start of a new beginning...

Hi Gabriel! Welcome to the community.

I find language learning hard too. Like, really hard. I dunno what will work best for you, but, here are some things that work best for me:

I tried a LOT of different approaches. I wrote vocabulary lists repeatedly. I stuck post it notes of vocabulary all over the place. I made huge posters of grammar concepts that I could see from across my room, so I could read it whenever I looked up, without having to walk up to it to read small writing. I talked to my cats in English and mixed in whatever Spanish words I could remember. I sang songs in Spanish, watched movies subtitled in Spanish, dubbed in Spanish, both. All of those things helped. And, by trying new things whenever I got bored with the old strategies, I gained new excitement and motivation.

Here are some of my favorite strategies though: 1. I say everything out loud. I don't wait for Duolingo to prompt me. (This has been a HUGE help.)

  1. I found a friend to practice with. Like with my cats, I switched out English for Spanish for any words I could remember.

  2. I set reachable goals. Once I reach those, I set new ones. Back when I had in mind to be "fluent", I just felt like the goal was too far away. So, when I took a break from my language studies and forgot almost everything, I felt like a total failure. It was really demotivating. So, I changed my goal. My goal became something I knew I could reach in the near future. So, It could be, in one month, I want to have completed 3 skills. I wouldn't make it something like 20 skills because that's not realistic for me. And when I don't reach it, I'll feel that I've failed, instead of like I've succeeded. 3 skills though, I can succeed at that. And, succeeding feels good. If 3 skills in a month is too easy, I'll make it 5 or whatever is achievable, but not so easy that I feel that I'm not doing anything worthwhile. Achievements need to feel both achievable, and significant.

  3. I gave my memory a workout. This means that I would do a lesson maybe three times. Then I would take a 15-20 minute break before coming back to work at it again. Taking a break means that I have to sit and think about the answer. It won't automatically come to my mind. I have to make my memory expend effort to recall the answer. After doing the lesson a few times, then I would take another break. I would repeat that a few times. After, I would move onto the next lesson, even if I hadn't memorized everything in the previous lesson. That's because I've learned that language for me isn't memorization, it's familiarity. Growing up, I didn't learn English by memorizing it. I learned it because I encountered it regularly and in different contexts. After a while, I began to develop a "feel" for the right or wrong way to say something.

  4. I stopped assuming how fast everyone around me was learning and comparing myself to them. Not everyone completes the course at the same pace. And, not everyone who completes the course has the same goals in mind. For instance, I completed the Japanese tree in 33 days. But, my goal was not to learn all of the material on it. My goal was to "race the tree". That is, to complete it as fast as possible. After I completed it, I spent a LOT of time reviewing it. And, I'm still reviewing it. Some people race as many trees as they can. So, don't assume that you are surrounded by people who know all of the languages they have badges for. I have several language badges. But, I am not fluent in anything but my native language, English.

  5. And finally, use google if you get stuck and avoid perfectionism. You don't have to rely 100% on Duolingo to teach you a language. There are a lot of websites out there with explanations. And, it is ok to not perfectly understand a concept the first 30 times you encounter it. Move on. You will encounter it in other ways and eventually, something will make it click for you. ;)

Good luck with your studies! :)

no problem, good luck mate

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