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This is not working.

So I am not sure if its Duolingo or me, but I just can't seem to get a firm grasp on Turkish, French, Spanish, Hebrew, or even Klingon! I tried another website, Babbel, and fell in love. It worked so well! But then I realized it cost money to continue after the first lesson, so I am not sure how it would have held up in the long run. Duolingo doesn't really teach me how to pronounce things that well, and the speech is fast and slurred when it tries. It just... isn't teaching me the way it promised it would. I get it, I know, its a free app, but I can't seem to be taught by it. Does anybody have this problem with Duolingo but not other sites? Or maybe it's me. I am a C+ spanish student at school, so maybe I just cant be taught. Does anybody know how to, well, FORCE another language into your head? Force yourself to learn it? Because I want to be one of those people who are fluent for free, one of those people who sits in the doctors office getting new vocab. Any suggestions?

April 17, 2018

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At level 2 you are not giving yourself nearly enough time. Learning a language takes months, if not years.

Many of the sentences have a speaker and a turtle button. If you click the turtle the sentence will be said more slowly. Listening takes practice. Someone gave me a tip once: say every sentence out loud along with the recording over and over until you get it right. It will slow you down at first but it pays off in the long run. You get better at pronunciation, but also your listening skill skyrockets!

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