https://www.duolingo.com/SweenCat

Suggestions for Beginners

Thought I’d share what is working for me. I started out on DuoLingo 269 days ago. It was very slow going at first. Too much to remember: words, el or la, accents, conjugation of verbs, etc. etc. etc. After some trial and error, my pattern is I do the Skills Level 3 up to a check point. Then I practice them (using the button under My Daily Goal for about a week. At the same time, I use Memrise (someone on here recommended this site). However, I didn’t start using Memrise until I finished the first set of skills or so. If you have a good memory and are not having any difficulty learning new words in DL, you would probably find Memrise boring and repetitive, but it is just what I need to cement the words in my memory. Memrise also makes you use the la or el in the answers, so you are learning this as well. By using Memrise a step or two behind DL, it is a constant review and use of what I’ve learned.

Another thing that I do is, in DL, for the tasks that require me to repeat the English sentence in Spanish, I first translate it in my head. Then after I speak it and it tells me if I spoke it correctly in Spanish, it also shows me the correct translation. Although I may not have gotten the translation exact, it lets me know if I’m at least getting the jest of the sentence.

I didn’t think I’d ever be able to get anywhere in Spanish, but by doing these, I have renewed hope. I also have started to use another suggestion I read on here. I try to speak Spanish in my head as I go about my day. If I can’t think of a word I need to form a sentence, I pull out my phone for help. I also say things to my husband in Spanish (he does not speak it) and then follow with an English translation.

I’m getting ready to connect with a native Spanish speaker to start practicing actual conversation. Good luck to the Beginners…and don’t give up!

November 11, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/san120100

deberias ver televolas o eschuchar musica en espanol . Tambien , trata de hablar con gentes en espanol. y tu puedes ver youtube vids

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SweenCat

Estoy de acuerdo. Estoy justo al punto de comenzar eso también.

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Petrina132715

SweenCat , thnaks for sharing. Is Memrise another language app?

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JoelEscalante0
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Yes

November 12, 2018

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Good luck finding people who talks spanish i speak spanish and my spanish isn't very good yet xD

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SweenCat

I've connected with a few native speakers through HelloLingo.

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TonyElPescador

Buenos dias.

Es un aventuras.

Yo estado probar aprendre para cuartro mes usar duolingo.

Por tenes probar que escriber tus repuestas, o correos, en espanol y entonces confirma con google o algo otro programa.

Tambien probar un cara a cara app como italki para conversacion. Y tambien si tu eres cerca a una escuela probar si estudiantes espanol podria trabajar con tu.

Es acerca comunicaion. Tal vez las palabras no bonita pero si 80% es comprendi, entonces esta trabiendo.

Buenos suerte. TR / Catskills.

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/berez6
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Hello, SweenCat. I've been using the same approach working with both DuoLingo and Memrise since I started my Spanish journey. It really helps me repeat the words I learned from one app, using the other. And of course, this way you can feel the differences between Spain's and Latin American accents as Memrise provides you with pronunciation from Spain.

Best wishes on your journey!

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SweenCat

I only use the Memrise courses for Spanish (Mexico) so I don't get confused!

November 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CoconutMermaid

To connect with native speakers, I like HelloTalk and Bilingua, if you're looking for resources.

Also don't be afraid to make friends around town if you hear someone speaking Spanish. :-)

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BjarneLieVage

My god, pretty Lady, what a speed in your studying. I`m impressed

November 16, 2018
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