How much Spanish can I learn by June? Its currently February
So its February right now, and I have to meet my boyfriends family around late June, and most of his family speaks little to no english, and mainly (or only) speaks spanish. When I go, I want to be able to communicate with them, and not just sit there awkwardly. I want to be able to at least hold small talk, since his direct family (sister, brother, and mom) speaks fluent english and spanish. Sooo this isnt me being impatient, but just worried that I can't talk to them. So how well will I most likely be able to speak spanish by June?
It depends on how aggressive you are about it. Only using Duolingo? You're not going to have much luck. Am I correct in assuming your boyfriend speaks Spanish? Immersion is truly the best way to learn a language, so see if he can help you! Have him speak to you in Spanish, point things out and tell you the Spanish name for them. You won't be able to become fluent in Spanish quickly, but I'm sure they'll appreciate that you tried your best to learn Spanish just to talk to them. =)
He sadly doesn't speak spanish... like at all. Im hoping to suprise him and be able to speak to them, and not have him awkwardly have to lead me away. But thank you! I'm not thinking I will be fluent in like 2 days, I at least want to be able to hold small talk. But thanks for the advice, Ill see if there are any other ways I can learn spanish!
True true! I dont know how much she speaks but Ill try and see if I can contact her. Thats the first time though I can formally meet her (the event in June)
There are way too many factors that go into this. It's almost impossible to calculate how well you'll be able to speak in that time frame.
Only you know you. How well do you recall information after seeing it a few times. How effectively do you study. How long?
I know this wasn't the answer you were looking for but I hope I helped some.
Best of luck on your journey!
Thank you! I have a pretty good amount of time. And Im okay at remembering things. But thank you! Im really trying! Thanks
You're so welcome!
I'd say you'll get pretty far. You'll be able to have decent conversations at least.
It depends - how much time do you have available to spend on it, how much Spanish do you know already, how good are you at learning languages, how much experience do you have with learning languages, how much review do you need to do to retain what you've learned?
No matter what the answers to those questions are, four months is not a whole lot of time to learn a language, but you can make a good start, which you can build on later.
Unfortunately, teaching speaking is not Duolingo's strong point. You can build your vocabulary and understanding of grammar using Duolingo, but the best way to learn to speak a language is by speaking it.
If you study hard, do 250+XPs a day, use other resources (memrise, babble, langvist, yabla), learn 20+ new words every day, you'll be able to carry on a simple conversation. Otherwise, your conversations will be very short and awkward.
You need about 600-800 hours to become somewhat conversational.
My EN-Portuguese DuoLingo course (a little bit longer / more lessons than the Spanish tree) took me ~1 year.
A DuoLingo forward tree (to Spanish) won't teach you that much in writing and speaking but focus more on reading/understanding (e.g grammar).
100 days course with sentences native recorded MP3: www.50languages.com
You can also find those "50 languages" courses on Memrise created by a user, so you can daily review.
There are helping user scripts like "Memrise Audio provider", "all typing, "auto correct" to make good use of theses courses, which may not have uploaded audio for every word/phrase/sentence.
In my Lingvist end of year 2017 challenge I was able to learn 1000 Spanish words (in context, with sentences, fill in the blank) in 11 days.
The limitation was the Lingvist word teaching stack / error repeat system and that there are no defined "learn new words / review words" progress bar sessions, unlike Memrise.
They say in their Lingvist blog that they assume / proved that a learner (3 learner statistics polled from their database) can learn 2000 words in 17 hours.
I could not hold that promise (1000 words in 20 hours).
Personally I think it would be much easier to learn more words on AnkiSRS, Memrise....
But the question is not how many NEW words you can learn, but to RECALL successfully after a few days when you learned them either alone (e.g frequency lists) or in context with sentences and if you can translate from L1 English to L2 Spanish or just remember the given Spanish word.
Be aware, that DuoLingo IMHO won't focus in 4 month to teach you good phrases / sentences which you can use in speaking; the same applies to many words you have to learn (e.g abstract objects, animals, food, etc.) which you probably will not use that soon or maybe never in personal talks / chats.
The fastest option to learn vocabulary A1, A2, B1 (e.g 2000-3000 words) besides AnkiSRS Windows application and shared decks is probably the superlearning mode of the free www.languagecourse.net vocabulary trainer VT (e.g available for Android).
DuoLingo's tree, teaching style (including reverse trees), vocabulary trees, it's weird sentences put together by the robotic engine is IMHO more directed in the long-term direction (1-1,5years++).
To really improve, you first would have to finish reverse and laddering trees.
It took me about a year to finish the Spanish course, at 20 minutes per day, however since you have a specific goal you can focus your strategy on that goal and should be able to do better... like Paul discusses in this video about the Bedouin kids who speak many languages - https://youtu.be/LrHWKSI9OqY
If it was me, I'd do as much duolingo as I could in the time, for general skills (so you can understand the Spanish you hear!), but would also learn some specific phrases for the task at hand. Not every unit is as useful as every other one, but for conversation you will probably need both past tenses and to know how to use va a (for things you're going to do).
Spanishdict's guides are a useful adjunct to duo http://www.spanishdict.com/guide and http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugation (I'd suggest starting with duo, and looking at the relevant guide if a lesson is too hard). You should certainly read the tips and notes for each lesson too.
Use the Lingbe app www.lingbe.com Look for some promotional codes on the comments about the app on Google Play and get lingos for "buying" free time to call native Spanish speakers who will help you to improve your communication skills. Don't waste more time. Good luck!
Fastest way to improve is to increase the amount of exposure to the language. This means SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE. Since you want to talk and listen: Google "Notes in Spanish" and download all the podcasts. Put them on your iPod/smartphone and listen a LOT. Listen to each one at least 3 times! The quality is good and the topics are interesting. Take Duolingo seriously. Some people think it is a sort of fun-for-kids course, but it is a good course. It is just not a COMPLETE course. At school or work (whichever applies to you), find someone who is a native speaker and tell them exactly what you are doing and why. See if they are willing to spend every lunch break with you. If you do this, pay them or return the favor some other way (you are asking for a LOT of their time). In other words, take this entire project seriously and you will do very well. In truth, no one can answer your question about how well you can speak Spanish by June ...
If you stick with it, a lot, but it will take a ton of work. You should listen to spanish music watch TV in spanish and read spanish books. If you do 60 XP per day you might be able to have a simple conversation. Thats if you stick. You'd be able to say stuff like "I like fried chicken. you need to try it" MAYBE