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https://www.duolingo.com/BlackRoses_23

Weird? Native Speaker

Ok, so, I've been using Duolino for a while now, and I'm a native Spanish speaker. I started using this website in English as I think better in said language and wanted to learn German. I'm not quite sure if you can learn German in the Spanish version of Duolingo, so I thought "My English is good enough" and went for it. When I saw that you could learn Spanish too, I took the test. I thought it would be fun to see how well I do. Well, it turned out I'm a level 11 in Spanish! I think it is mainly due to the fact that I'm still learning English, but it's quite funny. It may also be not due to the fact of not mastering English enough, but because I've never had to literally translate from Spanish to English before. I just thought this would be a funny experience I'd like to share, and, hey!, I' level 4 now in German, I'll just need to practice with a couple of friends who are fluent in German, even if I get embarassed. I'll just have to lose that embrassment.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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Levels aside how far down the tree did you get? Im level 23 but that is not a testament to my skill. It is a testament to my ability to earn points. Someone could get a perfect placement test score and probably not make it to level 15 in placement test points. Your English sounds very smooth. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arismartin

Even tough the question is not addressed to me, I think that some people before to come into DuoL, has already a previous knowledge of English. So, it's difficult to know which is the influence of each factor in the final result. I have finished both trees and I think that even with those abilities is not possible to write as Blackroses_23 make it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackRoses_23

I know this isn't addressed to me either, but I'm happy you think that way about my writing. And, don't worry, it requires years of practice. Many people have told me that it's because I went for a year to the US when I was 4, and it's easier to start when you're little. But, practice helps a lot. If you continue to feed your knowledge, even by watching something on TV or the computer screen or reading a book, you'll refresh your mind and also learn new patterns. Sometimes, if it requires sitting in front of the TV imitating phrases like a fool, people would do it to get fluent. And I find that helpful myself, hahaha. I might've done that at some point. (:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jfGor
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You write very well!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackRoses_23

I think I mastered about 15 different lessons, had a couple of bars filled in the rest of them, and only 2 or 3 lessons left in order to get to the bottom. And now that I think of it, it's true. Levels are more about the experience you get in the site itself. Thank you very much, you're too kind.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

That's right. Levels show experience and somewhat indicate how good one is in relation to to the lessons one has so far covered. But what lessons one has gained experience in is not shown. Sudents' trees used to be displayed but they are not now.

When a high Level is shown it just means that in the lessons one has has been experienced generally with no more than three error. However, there's no indication as to just how fluent one may be at all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Your writing sounds like a native English speaker. Where do you find the test?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackRoses_23

I can't remember perfectly, but I think that before you start a new language you can test out your skills. That way you wouldn't have to start over. Thank you very much!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FlamingoDingo

This happened to me. I speak both Spanish and English fluently. I took the test and got only a level 11 too. I read and write Spanish well, so that wasn't the problem when I was taking the test. It's what you said, having to translate the literal meanings from one language to another.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackRoses_23

It had to be. I've been learning since I was four. Sometimes I have a phrase in English in my mind but can't even remember how to say it in Spanish! I'm getting better at it by the day, thanks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

I have said in the Comments several times that our aim as students is to get beyond translating. I'm an English native speaker and I want to be able to think in Spanish without having to think in English at all. No translations!

The Duo teaching system is good in that it can a allow me to gain a handle on the Spanish language, but I am seeing how Spanish verbs as a rule are so much more encompassing than English ones are. I mean where specific ideas in English can have many completely different words with only slightly different meanings to express variations of a given idea while a single Spanish verb can contain all the associated English meanings of a given basic idea in that one word.

So what I do is look in a Spanish/English dictionary and at all the the shown English words any given Spanish word translates to and I combine then in my mind to work out the core meaning of a particular Spanish verb might be, mushing all the shown English words together, as it were, then I take the single determined idea as being what the Spanish word fundamentally means. And often that core idea can result in an explanitory phrase composed of words which do not even appear in the dictionary list of English words.

I feel my doing this paricular investigative special process will help me to begin learning to think in Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arismartin

I'm a native Spanish speaker too and I wanted to make the reverse course English - Spanish. For that I took the test and after to fail the last question touching the green bar before that I there were finished the sentence, I get a level 10. Well, as you, the problem is not in Spanish skills, this was not a Spanish test, it was a English - Spanish test. It doesn't mind if in English - Spanish I had a level 16 at that time, there are several skills hard to dominate. Well, for that reason I'm writing here. Let's go to see if reading the English natives I get to learn some interesting things.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackRoses_23

You're right. There's lots of translating, so if you haven't practiced, even if your second language skills are good, you'll fail a bit.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tbarasmussen

You should use "It doesn't" or "It does not". Neither "It don't" nor "It do not" is not acceptable!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arismartin

I know, I know, I am still learning and I used "I don't mind"... But when I changed the pronoun "it" I simply forget that it was third person... I'm sorry. Thanks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tbarasmussen

Okay, all fine then

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshtonHynes
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That actually is quite funny!! Lol! That being said, your English is pretty remarkable- I'm absolutely in love with your native language, and I can only hope to one day write so fluently in Spanish as you do in English. I think that your English is better than many native English speakers I know, truth be told!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

All my thinking also.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MICHAEL-CHAPMAN

Cool story, thanks for sharing...

4 years ago