As I ponder how I am progressing I think back to 40 days ago. I could only speak a few common phrases and made a lot of mistakes speaking them! Today I feel I may be at a preschool level with the ability to answer simple questions, as long as the asker speaks Despacio!
I don't know how far or how long these lessons go on but I sure hope they get me to a point where I can converse relatively confidently with others who Habla Espanol!! This is definitely an adventure for me! I am really enjoying ths whole experience even though sometimes I get frustrated with myself for making silly mistakes!
I remember what it was like 40 days ago. I look forward to the next 40 days!!
Take it easy. You’re going to improve quickly at the beginning, that’s normal, something different from zero is significant. However, as you know more things and you want to express yourself better or even more confidently or conversational, things turn more complicated. So be aware that learning a language is a hard task. There are no miracles and there are a lot of things that you not even know they are there. As whatever knowledge, every time you open a door you can see a lot of new doors ready to open, then the learning turns more complex. That’s the point you have to know is coming and you’ll have to cope with a lot of new things. Spanish is difficult but go on it. Step by step. Never give up...That’s the secret.
Congratulations! Good work. Don't worry, mistakes are part of the learning process. As you develop your speaking skills, a lot of folks supplement Duolingo with watching movies, videos or better yet a talking with a native speaker to improve their listening skills.
I also remember the first Spanish phrase I spoke "tell someone to bring my water bottle because I'm thirsty" and I got what I wanted! A year later my coworkers acknowledge my progress. I've used Duolingo for grammar, SpanishDict to learn conjugation, and a plain old dictionary for vocabulary. Don't give up!! You'll keep improving if you try and meet friends that only speak Spanish.