What's the main thing you wish you knew when learning Spanish?
I wish I had known how much fun it is and how easy it would be for me, because then I would have picked it up years ago. Don't get me wrong, I still have so much to learn, and I know the real difficult part is to get from the "yeah, I kind of know the grammar now" to the "I can speak the language without having to think about it" state, but I am really surprised how fast I got Spanish to a level where I can listen to and understand YouTube videos and even tv shows in Spanish and where I can communicate in writing and, to a lesser extend, orally with Spanish speakers. Because the only language learning experience I had prior was English and Latin in school, and in English it took me several years before I had learned enough to really use it for something (and of course you never really get Latin to an active level, because it is a dead language).
I really had underestimated how many Spanish words I would be able to simply guess based on my prior knowledge of English and Latin. I would say I got about 70-80% of the vocabulary almost "for free". And the spelling is so consistent.
'Se' is also used for impersonal constructions, and the verb depends on whether the object is singular or plural.
Se usa la cuchara. Se usan las chucharas.
Whoa. I'm kind of astounded at how many languages you have on Duolingo, how many languages do you understand fluently?
Okay, that aside thank you for the advice. I'm going to keep that in mind.
I wish I knew more vocabulary, but that will come with time. :) AP4418