https://www.duolingo.com/Estrellita012

Don't be shy speaking Spanish even if you are a beginner.

Another 2019 resolution: I want to stop being shy and talk in Spanish with anyone who knows Spanish. I work in an Italian Nursing home and there is this Spanish old man that only speaks Spanish and not English. I go to his room and speak to him. He can't really hear me due to hearing loss. Well I think this also gives me the courage to continue talking to him. So I don't want to stay in Negative energy. I want to use any moment to improve my Spanish. Speak it, read it, listen it! You do so as well. Happy Friday!

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/fuzzy285293

most people would be surprised to know that a lot of native Spanish speakers, love when others speak their language, even make an attempt at it. I had an incident at work the other day where I understood to phrases in Spanish from 2 customers, they looked at me surprised and asked if I spoke Spanish and I replied in Spanish, that I knew a little bit and was learning, to have them reply "Muy Bien" made me feel really good about myself and my learning.. that is something I couldn't have done 6 months ago..

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaDhyan
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Hola fuzzy! Me gusta tu barba :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/GalaxyPotato07

I can totally relate!! My family can fluently speak Spanish and I often feel really insecure and embarrassed when I don't understand what my family is saying or i don't know how to respond.Recently I've learned though,they are used to hearing broken spanish.Spanish is a commonly spoken language since many people see it as a starting point to learn.Anyway I am proud to say now I no longer feel insecure!!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/n1mie
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I've also noticed that many Spanish speakers who were raised in this country slip back and forth between the two languages. I'm not even sure they are conscious that they are going back and forth.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sara186083

My parents sometimes speak English and Spanish back and forth. My dad is Mexican, and my mom learned Spanish. I only now un poquito. My dad talks to my mom in Spanish, and my mom talks back to him in English. I try to sometimes understand my dad, but some words I haven't learned yet. Luckily, my dad speaks English.

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https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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You know, it is hard leaving the comfort of your native tongue for a foreign one. Especially for adults. One difference I've noticed about children learning languages vs adults learning languages is attitude. When a child is learning a language, most children, upon getting corrected, just keep chatting away. For most adults, upon getting corrected, go hide in a corner, shrivel up, and die. So adults are more likely to avoid errors by refusing to speak a new language and children are more likely to learn a new language by making errors. As adults we can take a lesson from the children and speak boldy, pasa lo que pasa, and learn the language. I work daily with clients at my job and I speak Spanish with several of the clients and I also drive for Uber and I'm a member of Uber español. And the best advice is to get over yourself and speak!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EllaTheShadow

Thanks! Now you've given me the courage to! And here's a lingot I have a billion!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wcoles
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Good advice. The more we speak, read, listen, and write, the better we will become in our target language. I try to incorporate all of these into my practice, but the one I do the least is probably speaking. This is a great reminder to overcome our self-doubt and embarrassment and try to speak whenever we have opportunities to do so. Cheers.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyPeter10

I'm totally with you! I have very little access to spoken Spanish and the only other language apart from English that I am able to speak fluently is Afrikaans (worlds apart from Spanish) so as much as I have been working hard to learn the language I am not actually able to practice it. Well...I kind of... I work in a company that employs people from around the world and, yes, we have many Spanish speaking people in the office. But I just cannot pluck up the courage to actually use the skills that I have learned. So every day I walk into the office preparing myself to say "Buenos dias!" but end up going with "Hello guys" every time. It's tough but I know that's the only real way to become fluent in the language. Anyway, thanks for this post - it's good to know I'm not the only one :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Estrellita012

Escuchame! I heard Spanish Speakers reaaaally get happy and proud when they see some non-native person is learning their language. They even help them to improve and fix the mistakes. So start it up! they will love you. No problem :))

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation
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No importa que llueva…. Yeah I just had to do that

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jr.Foraker23

Wow, very generous of you. You are definitely farther ahead of me, and probably a lot of people, in learning Spanish. If just I had more time...

"Happy Friday!"

Honestly, I would like to know why everyone likes Friday specifically. It's just another day of an endless cycle of days. The only difference between a Friday and Monday is it's name, date, and occurrences. So what if you have to go back to school or work or whatever? It's just as much of a privilege as leaving school or work, because you get to grow and learn, or work and earn money. I like to wish people a happy day, because every day should be happy, whether it's Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or any day..

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mikaella_OwO21

That is amazing, I agree; also happy friday to you as well!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Allen142019

Thx.That comment makes me feel better.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FranoisDum3

That's a very good deed I encourage you to pursue. Your action probably makes hell of a difference in this old chat's life. Congrats for your decision!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ian838392

Una buena idea! Feliz Sabado !! (sorry no accent on the 'a') Toma una lingot

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/choclatepuppy

That is a amazing way to build up confidence then take it farther to the world

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paige388814

Sometimes people are intimidated when they are trying to speak Spanish to somebody from Mexico, or Spain. They are worried that they will pronounce a word wrong, or accidentally offend them. Be bold, and dare to be wrong! Don't be afraid to try!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tiascott5

i am just a 5th grader and i know some Spanish but i don't think i am good at it.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BartoszCza10

Well, language immersion is undoubtely good, in whatever form it comes. I can relate to what you are talking about. Plus, i have a distinct feeling that another language in my mental inventory will help me escape from language bubble i am in. Yes, so... yo no hablo espanol pero quiero aprender espanol ;) ... in every way possible.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nonkonform
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muy bien .. idea

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Uillz

"Muy buena idea" ^^

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MohamedFri10

From my point of view, I think not being shy will not solve this. People prefer to don't talk that much Spanish to don't fall into a mistake which makes people start laughing at them, am i wrong ?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jmaddilyn
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Hi Mohamed, I can see you're not a native English speaker. You've made a really good attempt here but let me rephrase what you've written so that you can compare how an English speaker would say the same thing, but more naturally.

("From my point of view, I don't think that not being shy will solve this. I think that people prefer to avoid talking in Spanish so that they can avoid making mistakes that will make people laugh at them. Am I wrong?")

To answer your question, I think you are both wrong and right. You are completely right in that people do avoid talking in the language they are learning because they are scared of making mistakes and embarrassing themselves.

However, I think you might be misunderstanding how the word "shy" can be used in English.

In English "shy" can refer to a person's personality but we can also say that we are shy when it comes to doing specific things that we feel could end up embarrassing us. (For example: "I am very shy when it comes to speaking Spanish.") Therefore working hard to overcome this fear and making an effort to be less shy will help people to progress in learning a language when they are too shy to speak it.

I hope this makes sense. Keep up the good work in practicing your English skills!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MohamedFri10

Well, thanks so much for correcting my mistake. And I completely agree with you

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/playingrownup

Hi Mohamed,

I'm not sure if I understand your point. I see you are learning English, so I am guessing you are not a native speaker and I'd like to help you clarify. Can you try to phrase this a different way?

I don't think people are laughing at those who are learning a new language, for the most part people seem to appreciate the effort. We all make mistakes (even in our native tongues!); it takes practice to improve.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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I have had Spanish speakers laugh at my Spanish mistakes before rather than appreciate the effort you're making. I've seen English speakers do the same thing to English learners. Luckily, these morons are only a small percentage of the people. But for language beginners, I find speaking to native speakers of your target language who are likewise learning your language are the best and most supportive help. I find native bilinguals to be the worst help unless they're learning any other language. After all, until you put yourself out there, you don't understand the struggles of others until you're struggling as well. People who don't understand this are far more likely to be the rude people that laugh at your mistakes.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J68ueYHU

Estrellita....i am a beginner (i think level 14 ?). I would love to converse with you to practise (british spelling) the little Spanish i know. Could u help ? Doc G

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FoxMcCloud14

I am a native Spanish speaker, so I could help you >w

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Geoege_Wan

okay yhanks

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https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2
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I hate making mistakes so I only talk Spanish when I have to.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Claudine296016

Thank you so much! Motivated me!

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https://www.duolingo.com/TinaBrake2003

Sounds great!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation
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Have a nice Friday, Estrellita! I'm more into Italian myself but still. I should be braver with langslespecially with speaking necause I know more than I think I do.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bob987768

well done! Keep up the great work. I to go to nursing homes and just talk and listen to older people. They have some amazing stories to tell if you just have the time and patience to hear them. It takes a while to win their trust but more than worth it. One old lady Mrs Rump was a nurse in WW1, boy some of the tales she tells of her experiences just blow your mind.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kevinative

great advice, I always try to practice Spanish when I am buying something or ordering food during my travels because they have to be sort of nice and speak with me, haha

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aprendiendo2014

Hola, te comento que a mi me pasa lo mismo con el idioma ingles, me cuesta muchísimo hablar y entender. ya no se que hacer.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Geoege_Wan

okay thanks for advice

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dlenae1992

This post was inspiring, gracias

1 month ago

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I have no one with whom to speak Spanish. No old man in a nursing home, either! I feel like giving up. Maybe someday. Bob

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https://www.duolingo.com/CesarRoulet
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Hola còmo estàs?

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https://www.duolingo.com/CesarRoulet
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Quieres practicar el idioma Español?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidSteitz

I live in Puerto Vallarta and avidly trying to become fluent in Spanish. When I visit the states twice a year and I hear people speaking in Spanish they are always surpised and happy to meet a gringo trying so hard to understand and speak espanol. I am not young so it is indeed a difficult but still rewarding endeavor.

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https://www.duolingo.com/CherylJoyH

Me encanta tu post Me siento de la misma manera. Intento hablar en español con cualquiera y con todos, incluso con aquellos que no tienen interés, solo para reforzar las cosas que estoy aprendiendo o conozco bien. ¡Gracias por el estímulo!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Todd689784

I find most folks very understanding and willing to help so yes, don't be shy.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ChillyenChili
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I think Americans might have more of an advantage here than they think. The United States is the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world. All you gotta do is throw out a buenos días and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at who will respond in Spanish to you.

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