https://www.duolingo.com/Resni

300 day milestone! + my thoughts on language learning!

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Well I finally hit 300 days on dualingo! Although it started 1 year ago, after new years eve I made a promise to myself that I will stick to a new years resolution, which was to learn a language and dedicate a small portion of time every day. Well at first it was a rough start and I broke my initial streak of 78 days, I was really bummed out on starting all over again. But I persisted, and managed to keep a steady habit of daily dualingo practice. I feel that the hardest part of learning a language is the first month or two of tackling the language as the habit has not set in yet and you are constantly feeling overwhelmed by the amount of vocabulary and grammar. Before this I never actually studied a language consciously, my native language is slovenian and I learned english from cartoons and video games that I played when i was younger. I never payed attention to english classes at school as I was acing all the tests without really studying. With this I had grown a sort of an ego where I though I had a knack for languages and if I ever wanted to learn a language that I though I would be a breeze for me. Well as soon as I decided to learn my third language ukrainian which I though was similar to slovenian I quickly got my ass a good whooping. The cirilic alphabet was super hard for me to read and also the words sounded simliar to ours but were not quite the same or in alot of cases meant something completely different. It definitely was a sobering experience, and I am happy that this humbled me as a person as I had to take baby steps in something that I though was easy. Today I have been successfully doing daily practices of dualingo and only used freeze streak on a couple of days. Though I use anki more nowadays as I want to expand my vocabulary further than dualingo has to offer (something I really suggest you should do the same), but I am happy that dualingo and the community around helped me shape myself into a better person! So thank you!

So tell me; What were your presumptions of the language you started learning and what are your thoughts now? :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/FredrikVC

It takes longer to do that I had hoped.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Resni
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Everything that is worth doing takes time! But this concept is hard to wrap your head around in times where 'now now now' is predominant everywhere. I wish I didnt set myself such high goals when starting out. I thought I could master a language in 6 months tops. Now 1 year later I can hold normal conversations but fall short on niche topics, but I am working my way there. :P

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https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

On DuOlingo, I have built on the Italian I already knew but didn't have the confidence to use. I have enjoyed every repetitive moment, met some great people and will hopefully stay for many more xp. Duo has allowed me to learn at my own pace and has become part of the daily routine. Enjoy your learning!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Resni
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Super happy to hear that Linda! Congrats on your milestone! Yes the best part of learning a language is meeting soo many great people! :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Ciao di nuovo. My greatest reward, via Duo, is to be able to speak fairly well when I go to Italy. It is easy to feel daunted but once you see a smile or two, and understand a fair bit of a conversation, confidence returns. Keep confident!

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https://www.duolingo.com/DavonaOrle
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I decided at the end of last year that I needed to put in more effort to learn Spanish. I have a 292 day streak with only 2 passes. I am starting to think in Spanish with the daily practice. I only wish that the Spanish on both Babel and Duolingo was geared towards Latin American Spanish since I am in America and most of the Spanish speakers here hail from those countries.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Duo's Spanish is Latin American - sort of generic. It's geared more towards Mexican and Guatemalan Spanish and doesn't do anything with the vos forms found in Costa Rica and in Rio Platense Spanish. I do find it almost (not quite) a perfect fit for what my (mostly) Sonoran English language students speak. I believe Babbel has a specific Latin American or Mexican course, and I know Memrise does. The differences are relatively minor - more in the vocabulary than anything else - and you'll find those differences from place to place even within Mexico.

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