https://www.duolingo.com/aquariusabby

spanish in schools...lol

Okay, so I have done Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 these last few years. I would have thought, that maybe since I did for an hour each day, I would be pretty fluent in the language, right? I couldn't even place in this Duolingo Placement Test! It makes me think so much about my time learning. It may have been because we barely spoke it but more of read it and wrote it. Or maybe because I was in a full classroom and couldn't really get individual help. But still, that's ridiculous how much I apparently didn't even learn. Like after I tell somebody I took two years of Spanish, they always ask me to say a sentence, and I find myself struggling to even do that. Hoping I will be able to learn and pick up better on Spanish here than I did in my own school.

5 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ahau.3
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If you really want to master a language, you need to listen and speak in that language as much as you can, just as you did as a child with your mother tongue. There's no other way ;)

5 months ago

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One problem with learning a language in school is that it's not done frequently enough. There are 365 days in a year. In the US schools require about 180 days of schooling. So right off the bat, you only have your language class less than half the days in the year. If you were like me when I was in school, you probably didn't review anything at all during the summer months, or during the larger breaks. And you didn't touch the language on the weekends, except to hurry to do a homework assignment on Sunday night.

If you want to learn a language, I really do think you need to try and do at least a little bit every day. It just doesn't get into your long-term memory otherwise.

If you do get to work on the Spanish tree here, I think you'll find some things you briefly learned coming back to you. You'll get it easier than someone who's starting from scratch, anyway. So those two years won't be a complete waste.

And if you want to continue to improve, don't be afraid to use things besides duolingo. Watch youtube videos or listen to podcasts teaching Spanish. And then move on to listening to Spanish music, watching videos or tv shows in Spanish, etc...

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mel211619

All the comments everyone has left are perfectly valid. Use every resource you can find. See if there's a !Language Echange! programme near to you, an hour or so a week will help enormously. Go to the Labs page and check it out.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aquariusabby

Thank you all for the advice! :) much appreciated

5 months ago
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