https://www.duolingo.com/desamaru

My first 100 days

Today I reach my first 100 days in Duolingo and I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I feel happy because I have made progress in my language skills, but on the other hand I feel a little frustrated because as I go forward I realize how much I still need to learn.

But, if I had to balance the positive and the negative, I think I have more positive things to share. For example, now I participate more in forums in English, I can establish conversations at a very basic level, I can understand almost everything someone says, especially if it is a topic of my interest.

The negative is that I feel that I have not learned the grammatical structures well and that makes it hard for me to locate myself according to the grammatical tense. This in turn makes it difficult for me to express myself properly in a written way, so I still help with the Google translator to make sure I am transmitting the correct idea.

Apart from everything, in this one hundred day balance, what I do have clear and I have no doubt is the quality of the lessons that Duolingo offers and I am also aware of all the work of continuous improvement they do to facilitate our learning .

On the other hand, something very positive is this forum where I have learned a lot of things and from which I have obtained many references that have helped me in my progress. Thanks to all of you for sharing your knowledge and experiences, that makes this space a very pleasant place.

September 4, 2018

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanni0604

Duolingo is one of the only places left where the community is all nice, pleasant people. The only people on Duolingo are people that want to better themselves by learning a language, or for some other reason. The people here on the forums are great, and a big help, too! I can't imagine using Duolingo without the community :)

September 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TravisNord3

Feliz 100! It is my 100th as well. Like you I have came along ways, but still have a long ways to go.

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/J_Tchaikovsky
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Felicitaciones guy!

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ningyezi523
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who is the guy in your profile? looks like Einstein

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern
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It's Pikachu. XD

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ningyezi523
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lol tu es drole

September 5, 2018

[deactivated user]

    you are completely right

    September 5, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Daglinton

    oh is good , Iam not know many english congratulations

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern
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    I feel a little frustrated because as I go forward I realize how much I still need to learn.

    ^ I'm sorry to say, that will only get worse. It's a great community. Glad to have you here, and good luck with your goals.

    September 5, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/angus390025
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    I agree that duolingo is very helpful. As is this forum. Typically I get my questions answered within an hour or so. I wish I had known about duolingo long ago. Today makes six months for me (I created this account on March 4). I discovered it by googling "on line free french" or something like that while trying to help my son with his French homework.

    I was in Mexico for a week in May and in France for two weeks in July. No doubt duolingo helped me scramble to brush up on those languages beforehand. I still use a translator for long email messages to people in those countries as well, and I carry a paperback dictionary in my backpack.

    I started Portuguese here from scratch and just got the owl yesterday. I can totally credit duolingo with any Portuguese I know because I had no prior knowledge of that language before coming here. I can now order a beer, ask where the men's room is, and say that the dog likes to eat carrots. I think having studied Spanish for many years in school has helped me to pick up Portuguese quickly, but I have much to learn. Maybe I'll visit Brazil or Portugal one day, but I don't think I'm quite ready today.

    I think the biggest disadvantage is that duolingo is rather addictive. I don't know if this happens to you, but some days I neglect other things because practicing foreign language is too much fun. That reminds me that I should probably go to work now.

    ¡Mucha suerte con sus cursos!

    September 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/desamaru

    Yes, it also happens to me, duolingo is a bit addictive, now I'm mostly concerned about keeping the streak, which is fine because I practice every day and almost without noticing I feel that I have been improving my English skills.

    Once I complete the English course in Duolingo, I would like to start learning German. I think that only then I can say that I have learned thanks to this app, because in the case of English I already had a base and the only thing I have done is to reinforce it, which is not little.

    Thanks for your comment!

    September 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MissClawful
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    When I was first going through the lessons I was crediting duolingo for teaching me some things, but last night I got to thinking, duolingo actually hasn't taught me anything, I taught myself. What duolingo provided were the sentences, a reward system, and forum to keep me motivated. It provides sentences, but as you are learning them, you really aren't being guided as a teacher would show you, you aren't being told why this is this way and how such and such works in whatever sense it is used in or even given any vocabulary lessons prior to dropping you into random sentences, it just tells you if you are right or wrong and if wrong shows the right answer, that's it. You learn by repetitive action and trial and error and memorization, unless you also use other outside sources. We are our own teachers here, as well as we teach each other when interacting in the forum.

    I started learning french a couple months prior to coming to duolingo, but then after a little bit quit duolingo, but I didn't stop learning, but also didn't stay consistent. I eventually came back, a new crown system was in place and I started learning again, and haven't missed a day since (almost did, I get depressive issues and have self destructive moments, so nearly quit some days ago but then canceled the request and came back later that day). Duolingo has kept me motivated. Why? I dunno, makes no sense given the reward, which are experience points and lingots that really amount to nothing, but seeing progress even if merely numbers on the screen and pretty gems and flames, it somehow works enough to keep me at it. It feels like a game in that way, I've been given a challenge and am looking to beat it, thus I keep at it. So for that I am thankful duolingo exists.

    September 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern
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    The best part is that it doesn't have to make sense to be useful. I'm frequently downvoted and taken to task by linguistic elitists for stating as much, but it's true that the goals and measures are tremendously helpful for some of us. The best system is the one you stick with, and I appreciate everything Duo does to keep me engaged.

    September 5, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MissClawful
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    Doesn't seem to be a good reason for being downvoted, but sometimes people in not liking what one says, take it personal, thus as an attack on their beliefs, so retaliate with a negative action. I love hearing others' differing views (sometimes can even learn from them), so long as they have substance and relate to the topic, should be no reason for any kind of nonsense as downvoting.

    September 8, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/desamaru

    Interesting reflection. It reminds me of a video called "the machine is us", because it is really us who teach to duolingo what is the best way we learn. Because it is based on hundreds of experiments carried out with millions of users who have come to build a whole system of language learning that is unprecedented.

    Personally I like to discover that I am learning something new, and that I reinforce it to trial and error. Sometimes I also go into the panic because I do not know what the grammatical structure I am using is, but what matters at the end what matters is being able to communicate my ideas. Then I will worry about learning this more theoretical part of the language.

    Thank you for that profound and thoughtful comment!

    September 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MissClawful
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    De nada.

    September 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dennis364413

    I think what you've learned--besides SOME of a language--is that happiness is in large part simply accomplishing things. Good luck.

    November 12, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/LaurelAnnP

    I am only on day forty or so. I feel like I am making progress but it is very limited in some ways. I came to this discussion to see how people who had studies longer felt and am encouraged by your answers. It is addictive - but so is Facebook, Toy Blast etc... and those don't improve you at all. I am much happier switching to Duolingo. One thing I do not understand. I have it on my computer, phone and iPad and they don't sync. I have to do work on all three every day to keep my counts going - because I want to be able to use which ever device I have with me and not be thrown back into the early lessons by default. Also, why is there no "health" life on my iMac. I am glad. I can spend hours on it and not run out of life. I want to keep it this way - but why is it this way?

    September 5, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/AlexandraP108091

    Maybe you should contact customer service about them not syncing. They sync for me.

    As for my experience with whether Duolingo actually works -- I would say it definitely does, at least for my learning style. I've done it pretty intensively, combined with reading a lot off things at www.spanishdict.com and www.studyspanish.com/grammar. With these three things and toying around with Google translate sometimes, I can have simple but meaningful conversations in Spanish. (The town next to me has a lot of grocery stores, restaurants, and businesses run by native Spanish speakers, and they are very friendly.)

    September 8, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dennis364413

    I encourage you to write your journal or diary into Google translate. Your journal/diary is how you speak--the topics, the vocabulary. Soon, you'll see all your thoughts in Spanish.

    You don't journal? Words are almost as important as experiences because words make experiences last. If events are not written down, they will fade and even disappear. I've been often amazed to pick out a page of my journal from years past and find that the events on the page are completely forgotten. It's as if I'm reading about another person.

    A journal helps you keep perspective in life. You write about some dramatic, traumatic event. Years later, you read your account and you can't believe you got that upset.

    You write a journal also if you want to have meaningful memories in the future, rather than vague recollections, or even total fiction that your mind has created.

    Keep a journal, and one day, it will keep you.

    November 12, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/ziutex10
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    Fully agree, although I already experienced that when started with english - the same problems with finding words and transmitting ideas. Don't give up and keep on practicing - you can only be better and better which I wish myself too!

    September 5, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/SitaV.
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    Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment :D

    They say the sign of true knowledge is knowing how little you know! So take that as an indiction that you are on the right track. It can be overwhelming learning a language but the main thing is not to give up (which your 100 days on duolingo has shown!)

    Congratulations once again rock star! :D

    September 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Beanthequeen06

    Congratulations I'm 6 only days behind you! :)

    September 11, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lyssyt

    Happy 100 Days!! And I want to say that I feel your mixed feelings of accomplishment and frustration. I have been trying to learn Spanish off and on for years.

    I first took Spanish I in school in 7th and 8th grade. I took Spanish II when I started high school but decided not to go on to Spanish III because I felt uncomfortable writing essays in Spanish. I transferred schools in my third year of high school and decided to take up Spanish again at the new school. Unfortunately Spanish III at my new school was like beginning Spanish I all over again. The lessons consisted of very basic Spanish that I had already learned and watching movies in Spanish.

    Two years ago I started the Duolingo app but was not able to devote a lot of time to it due to being in nursing school. I started the app again at the beginning of the year, porque mi novio es Salvadoreño y quiero aprender a hablar con su familia :) I guess I now have the motivation I needed.

    I struggle most with the different tenses and conjugation of verbs. I am able to write and speak better than I am able to understand spoken Spanish. I practice on Duolingo most days, use Google translate for assistance, and try to find answers to anything I don't fully comprehend. My boyfriend is an excellent resource as he primarily speaks Spanish. He is still tweaking his English skills so we are able to help each other a lot.

    My primary goal is to be able to speak Spanish with my boyfriend and his family. I also would like to be able to understand to communicate in Spanish with my Hispanic co-workers. And as a nurse, I feel that I could better serve my Spanish-speaking patients by learning to speak their language. I live in Texas, so we have a very large population of Spanish speaking people.

    Thanks for sharing your experience! I wish you the best in your language learning endeavors!!

    September 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/LaurelAPal

    I will be following you. Your on again, off again story with Spanish is similar to my own - except I am old enough to be your grandmother, live in Ohio, and have no access to Spanish speaking communities. I am thrilled you have un novio hable español. My husband barely speaks English because he has a form of dementia which started as Primary Progressive Aphasia - language was the first to go. Neither of us drive and we live quite rural, so my ipad and Duolingo have become my companions. There was a program that just allowed you to practice verb conjugations that was very helpful to me. I have lost it - but perhaps you could find it. I am vision impaired now or I would find it for you. Good luck. I will be watching your progress and cheering you on!

    September 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lyssyt

    Thank you for sharing your story and thanks for the follow. I followed you as well. I am sorry to hear about your husband's dementia and aphasia :( I admire your determination in studying a foreign language. I will search for that verb conjugation program, it sounds helpful. I wish you the best in your Spanish learning adventure!!

    September 9, 2018
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