https://www.duolingo.com/KristaOcon

Why bother?

I started doing this as a casual hobby because I live in California and I thought it would be handy to know Spanish. Only now am I beginning to fully understand the massive undertaking it is to get anywhere even close to fluency.

So considering the increasingly tremendous workload I seem to be looking at, I need to know: Is this really even worth it?

I kind of thought I would have a guaranteed job just from being bilingual, but most jobs I'm seeing for translation require you to also have degrees in law, medicine, or teaching. I have met bilingual people who are otherwise inexperienced, and they work in taco trucks, and taquerias. I saw one formally educated person selling Spanish tutoring on Simbi for 40 S (a crypto-currency with no cash value).

Is this skill seriously that worthless?

19 minutes ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/StevenWath
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As a casual hobby it is definitely worth it.

If you want a career out of being bilingual that you will need way more experience and training than Duolingo will supply you.

The only way to get to fluency is to actively USE the language in talking to other people - a lot. Duolingo will not get you fluent.

14 minutes ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebekahBray1
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Well, I wouldn't say it was useless to know another language. It could come in handy someday; you never know. I will use my language skills in the future for jobs in the military, or for the government. It really depends on what type of motivation to learn you have. These bilinguists you see may not have felt they need their second language, or had a different career path they wished to follow. That said, if you do wish to become fluent, Duolingo is not the place. Look around for live human beings whom you can learn with or from them.

9 minutes ago
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