https://www.duolingo.com/OldHillwalker

Old Dogs Learning New Tricks

I first walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2014 from Saint John to Santiago while knowing only about five words in Spanish. I want back to walk in 15, 16, 17 and 2018 knowing a few more words every year, but still very hampered by my lack of knowledge. Currently, I am working every day on Duolingo, building my Spanish skills and loving it. I have always worked hard on my physical fitness in support of my love of hiking, but now I am also working on my mental fitness learning a new language. This doesn't sound like much, but consider this. I will be 80 on my next birthday. This is great mental exercise for us older folks.. I am going back again every summer until the day comes that I cannot walk any more.

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Good for you, old timer! Although I'm only an occasional hiker, I'm studying foreign languages for a variety of reasons, not least for the mental exercise. (I'll be 83 on my next birthday.)

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https://www.duolingo.com/bobtheswag

Wow I'm a teenager and learning Spanish. It's crazy to think how many years we are apart, yet learning the same language with the same app. I've been learning spanish because someday I would like to travel and communicate with people of a different language. Hopefully soon you can have a conversation in Spanish during your walk!

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https://www.duolingo.com/01LearnFrench01
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Es muy bueno que usted camina mucho. Caminar nos mantiene fuerte física y mentalmente. Yo tengo un familiar que camina mucho también. Felicidades por todo su esfuerzo manteniéndose en forma física y mentalmente. Quizás le guste Luminosity Brain Training también. Que bueno que usted a progresado tanto con Duolingo. Le deseo mucho éxito. Buena suerte.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FaaoyABZ

I agree with you that learning a new language is a great mental exercise and especially with Duolingo a great fun! I will be 82 on my next birthday and in this way I not only learn Spanish, improve my English (I'm Czech) but also entertain myself. Sylvie

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sunny.Kay
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That's wonderful!! It seems that there are quite a few of us oldtimers on here, as well as some very young folks and all ages in between -- one of the many, many things I love about Duolingo. Happy hiking!

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https://www.duolingo.com/jusjim37

82 in June - Colombia

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi,

I'm impressed. You set the bar very high for us spring chickens.

best regards, Angel

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https://www.duolingo.com/wightrider
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That’s brilliant Well done I am 64 and love to walk too but am hampered by my bad back due to years of running so up to 10 miles is enough I spend a lot of time in Southern Spain and have been trying to learn Spanish on Duolingo mainly as a hobby for my mind too If you have the Duolingo app join a club Our club code NFXFQU and the admin lady Alicia is trying to encourage people to write between each other member to improve our Spanish

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https://www.duolingo.com/ChillyenChili
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You sir, and others like you are an inspiration. I first tried to learn Spanish back in high school and I wasn't very good at it. As the years went by I always wanted to learn Spanish but it was always in my mind that I wasn't good at it and, as I entered my 30s, that I was too old. Seeing posts like these always reminds of what poor excuses those were and that you are never to old to learn.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sher818015

I feel the same! I hike as well as a few other things for body fitness and study Spanish for brain fitness. I spent two months in Mexico last winter and one in Panama this winter. Thank You for inspiring me to keep at it!

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https://www.duolingo.com/jusjim37

Medellin, Colombia visitar Colombia, es superior a los países centroamericanos, en mi opinión.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sher818015

I will travel to South America next winter. and yes Columbia looks beautiful!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lanessar

Just the reason I've started Spanish lessons... Hoping to make a trip there next year.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JoieB54
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How awesome! I will be 65 in a few months, and I decided a few years ago that I would learn German in order to speak to a German speaking friend (instead of having to use Google "translate" all the time and getting some really ODD translations!). Also, my father was German, and I only learned a few little sayings when I was a child; he didn't speak much German himself. I'm also taking French because my mother was French and Cherokee, and I'm taking Spanish, because I took a total of 8 years of it in school, but have gotten quite rusty at it. My level in Spanish doesn't reflect my level of understanding of the language, but I'm having a lot of fun starting over with it while learning the other two languages. Like you, OldHillWalker, I believe that learning keeps our minds alive and I've always loved being a student - of just about any subject. I'm having a ball learning these beautiful languages, and I'm so impressed that you are older than me and still striving to learn - I was pretty convinced that I was among the oldest here on Duo! I hope that Duo is still around when I'm your age, and I hope by then to have mastered the languages I'm learning now, and to have moved on to others - maybe Cherokee? Have a wonderful time this coming summer on your walk in Spain!

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https://www.duolingo.com/sher818015

Cherokee! That does sound amazing! I am one year behind you. I think there are many of us good wines on here!

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https://www.duolingo.com/JoieB54
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I looked, and so far, they only have Navajo. But maybe by the time I'm much further ahead with my studies, they'll have Cherokee too! And you're right - there are definitely many more of us good wines on here than I ever thought there were! :-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/pv1204
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Great story! I'm only a couple of years behind you. And like you I have gone to Mexico every year since 2000. No better learning tool than trying to communicate with those folks in their native language! Buena suerte! Puedes hacerlo!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/snaggletooth7

Wow. I should kick myself for believing I'm too old at 47 to properly learn Spanish. I'm waiting for a new hip but will revisit Mexico and enjoy walking and meeting new people. Well done Sir !

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https://www.duolingo.com/josetineo90

Hola, yo hablo español y te puedo ayudar a mejorar, el español es mi lengua nativa. Hello, I speak Spanish and I can help you improve, Spanish is my native language

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https://www.duolingo.com/jusjim37

Sir, English is my native language. If I can help you improve, it would be my honor and pleasure Señor, el inglés es mi lengua materna. Si puedo ayudarte a mejorar, sería mi honor y mi placer.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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until the day comes that I cannot walk any more.

Take care and that day will never come. Thank you for sharing, and I second RedAngel666's opinion: "I'm impressed. You set the bar very high for us spring chickens." Lol! :D AP4418

Good luck!

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That's great to hear! I'm thinking about doing the Camino as well (for the first time) and am spending more time studying Spanish.

I would love some tips on the walk if you have any to share!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Danny875398

I did the walk in September / October 2018. I recommend you get a decent book like Camino de Santiago by John Brierly and a couple of good apps for your phone might be useful (not essential). I had been learning French and tried Spanish before I left but that just confused me so I stuck witht he French. I hope to learn a bit of Spanish this year a I intend to return. There are some great websites which help with planing and have loads of tips etc. If you can practice long walks with a backpack before, the attrition rate was really high and for some reason it was mainly the younger people who got injured. Keep to a pace which suits you and .... Bon Camino:)

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Thanks for the insights! The most I've done with a backpack is trek in Nepal for three straight days. And that was tough. And I intend to do at least a month at the Camino. I'm torn between spring or fall. How was the weather in September/October for you?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Danny875398

Very hot first few days even on the Pyranees. After a while it was quite cold first thing but later it was pretty good overall

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https://www.duolingo.com/DMcdGdLQ

I just turned 72. I'm doing this for mental fitness, and just maybe I'll journey to South America. I visited Spain many years ago only knowing a few words of Spanish. I love the classical music of Spain.

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https://www.duolingo.com/pv1204
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Parece al día mayor en el Dúo!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Betts_LA

That's awesome!

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https://www.duolingo.com/germandexela
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Excellent my friend, motivation is the key to learning

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That's great. I'm 66 years old this year and started learning French 2 years ago. My goal is teach my grandson to be bilingual. I believe it helps to keep your brain young and it's a lot of fun when I talk to my wife and she has no idea what I am saying. Heh heh heh.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sunny.Kay
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How funny, @BuddyIrwin! I do the same thing with my husband. It tickles me how the simplest sentences, like, 'I don't eat turtles and bears don't drink milk', can sound much more profound when delivered in Norwegian. The trick is to deliver them with lots of authority!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sebbo19763

Bears will totally drink milk, given the opportunity!

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https://www.duolingo.com/PrincessPolly1

Wow! I am not nearly as old as you and I thought I was slow because I was too old to learn a language. So thanks, because you inspire me!

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https://www.duolingo.com/SusanMurph17

Here's a Lingot for your tenacity! I have tried to get my parents to do Duolingo but they aren't sticking with it, sadly. There's all kinds of research documenting that speaking more than one language significantly delays the onset of dementia!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Baleria836738

Wow! I thought I was probably one of the oldest learning Spanish on Duolingo. I will be 64 next month. I took a semester of Spanish in high school, and always wished I could learn more. My daughter told me about Duolingo. She used it to practice when she was taking it in college. My brother told me about it too, he was learning Japanese for mental exercise. I am having so much fun learning! I have been doing my lessons every day. Started three months ago. I would love to walk the Camino someday. Keep up the good work!

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And can sites along the Camino be reached other than by walking, if you can still travel after that point?

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https://www.duolingo.com/XaylaJacob

wow

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lathan464082

Nicely put very inspiring I too am learning everyday good luck to you,Sir

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