https://www.duolingo.com/poche112

A multi lingual morning..

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I was in the corner grocery store near my house and I overheard a man talking to his small daughter in Italian. TODDLER ITALIAN now THAT is my language! :-) So I summoned up the courage to talk to him outside as he was unlocking his bike.

I asked where he was from. Re replied Milan. I asked if he had ridden his bike from there. He laughed and said it was a long way. It started to rain and he told his little girl that it was raining but that the sun was still out. I told him that I was learning Italian online and he said I was doing good. I thanked him and said 'piacere' he said that it was a pleasure to meet me.

Next I crossed the street into a burrito place noticed that the guy taking my order was obviously hispanic so I placed my order and thanked him in Spanish.

Nothing spectacular and no meaningful intelligent conversations.. but it was fun being able to communicate at least a little in three separate languages in just a few minutes.

Thanks Duo! :-)

8 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TimeLoad

I have a habit of slipping in to different languages when I'm really tired. Last year my mum woke me up really early in the morning because she needed something and asked me a question in English which I answered in Esperanto. My mother then said "Please speak in English, I can't understand that gibberish". In my head I thought "right, not English" and then continued to repeat exactly what I just said in Russian. Thankfully, my mother understands Russian and let me get back to sleep.

Subconsciously switching between languages for no reason isn't uncommon for me, changing what language I think in is quite easy for me to do.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fallingleaf_271

Lol funny. In my Chinese class I accidently answered a question in Norwegian once. +1 lingot

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle
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Hahahaha!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Catherine966298
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Timeload, that is very interesting. Please tell me more about your experience with Esperanto. I am thinking of going to Europe, before I join the peace corps. Would Esperanto be helpful? Thanks for your time.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie
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Hello, Catherine. I hope not to bother, but I'm from continental Europe, not well traveled, but still: I wish Esperanto was a common language, exactly what it was supposed to be actually, but I've yet to meet someone with even a basic knowledge of it (some are not even aware of its existence). I'm still planing on learning it, cause I love the idea, but your English should be much more helpful, and whatever you can muster of the local language: a "hello", a "thank you" can open you many doors and many hearts. I wish you the best in your travels.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Catherine966298
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Vabelie, Thank you for your comment. Before my trip, I will learn the important phrases and words for basic survival. Bathroom, water, food, lodgings, and of course money will be invaluable. There is lingot under the tree for your time.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie
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It's always a pleasure to give back something this amazing community has been giving me for one year and a half. If you happen to come to France and need some hints, I will be more than happy to help. And I would love it if there were a way to mark ourselves up IRL as Duozens, as I've seen some moderator name us :)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Catherine966298
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You are very kind. My husband wants to take me to Europe, but illness stands in our way. We have been to the emergency room twice this year. I worry about emergency care. And gaining a hundred pounds!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie
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So sorry to hear this :( I'm with you in spirit.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimeLoad

Honestly, I have no clue how many people in Europe speak Esperanto. I only know one person who speaks Esperanto where I live (apart from those I met at an Esperanto gathering). If you're interested in the language, then go for it. It's a really easy language to learn, only takes a month or two to be get to a pretty good conversational level. I don't think it would help for travelling around Europe, but it's a fun language to learn nevertheless.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RhinoBug
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I like the story like yours! It must have been a very special morning for you! I never tried my French yet but I once was eavesdropping at the grocery store where there were two people chatting in French! I only understood very basics such as "me, too" or "I don't know" things like that but it gave me a warm feeling.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Catherine966298
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You are very brave. Have a lingot for courage.

I just found out that I will have to wait for you to reply before I can gift you.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/D3act1vat3d_Us3r

Congrats on using your skills in real life! I haven't had a chance to do that yet (not that I have much skill :/ ).

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/poche112
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It is very scary. I have been trying to get the nerve to do it for some time. A few months ago a nice lady started to speak to me in Italian and I froze. I could understand her but I could not form words with my mouth. Today was fun, I think the little girl was the ice breaker... even if I had not been able to communicate with her father.. I could have told her hello and to have a nice day.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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@Poche112

Hallo Louis,

I up-voted your thread.

As I can see on your profile https://www.duome.eu/poche112 that you have additionally completed all the SP, IT reverse trees and SP-IT laddering tree, I maybe have a very curious question to you:

  • Has anything (positively) changed about your feeling, when you are about to start speaking Spanish or Italian and the usual frozing (mind goes blank) we get when we are forced to do the active / production / speaking part since you have completed those 2+ "active writing/production in the L2 target language" courses?

  • Have you ever signed up for local 4-6h (full-time) upper-intermediate speaking classes for ~3-5 months and how have they improved your skills?


I am sure that my PT-DE (and PT-EN) reverse tree(s) will improve my Portuguese skills...but without a full-time local course - as I successfully did with "Business English" at Berlitz in 2005 - for at least 3-5 months, I would not expect that I will ever learn how to speak it.

So no, I do not expect that those Duo reverse and laddering trees will help me very much on the speaking part, besides maybe a bit with chatting/writing.

Viele Grüße

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/poche112
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I don't think that the extra trees help with speaking. What they do do is to really help to reinforce the grammar rules of the language and that to some extent does help with listening comprehension. The more that I understand the rules the easier it is to understand the spoken language. Maybe it is because of my poor hearing, but I struggle to understand the words... knowing grammar better helps you to use multiple words together to understand. For example, if I hear an article that refers to plural numbers of things then my brain now knows to expect a plural noun. I know that I am not making myself clear, but it is my experience. I have never taken an in person language course, though at this point I am sure one would help. What I would like to do is attend some local language group meetup events to get more experience speaking the language. As for listening and comprehension, I do listen to Italian language news radio online.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruby_Peculiar

I've spoken with people in Chinese, at a store in Chinatown in NYC. They were very patient with me and my horrible pronunciations.

Another time, I was in France, and I was attempting to ask for postcard stamps at a corner store. I kept tripping over my words and pulling out my language book, but the guy behind the counter was incredibly patient and polite, even though I was completely mangling his language with my silly American accent.

8 months ago
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