To Dedicated People on Duolingo
Be proud of yourself for learning new languages, for pressing on when it seemed hard, for sacrificing time to learn new languages, some say it is impossible to do it but those are the ones that do not give any effort to learn new thing, be inspired to go hard during the hard times for it is then that you learn the essence of the new languages, everyone can be dedicated for it is a choice to do so, to learn a language. be inspired in hard learning. Marilynn Krahn.
I found Duo by mistake but once started I couldn't stop. Although I'm not in great health and no longer young I pressed on each day and have been amazed at how much I have learnt. I feel a huge sense of achievement and pride for what I'm doing and would urge anyone to learn this way it's great!!!
I see that your doing spanish, did you learn how to speak, and how good were you at spanish when you first started?
I am not the best at Spanish yet, I got inspired by my sister to learn Spanish on duolingo but got sidetracked to French as it is the second language in Canada. I started September 2018, I do know some Spanish sentences mostly picked up from my sister when she would speak Spanish around the house. I do not know Spanish as well as French. I would like to learn Spanish fluently yet after I finish French. I find it quite confusing to learn two languages at once as I always get mixed up between the two.
@MarilynnKr As some have posted, circumstances can influence your ability to process 2 languages simultaneously. I began Duolingo out of necessity as my husband and I retired to Panama and lived on a mountain a good distance from the city. In the city multiple languages are not uncommon but in the country side, it is rare. The private Spanish instructor we had off the mountain was not reliable and rarely prepared for class, so we gave it up. I was desperate to learn and landed on Duo. As they say, it saved my "bacon". I understand more than I can speak but we had to move back to the US when my husband took ill and died. I was unable to continue French when he was ill. I just could not concentrate. One was out of need and the other … just because. However, my friends there are surprised I still understand when I return to handle legal matters there and I respond (more or less) correctly. I play with French off and on these days. ;)
I am so sorry to hear that, I hope that you liked living in my country and that we were nice to you and your husband, may he rest in peace. Keep pushing hard, we're meant to do that and try to find the best of us.
I loved living in Panama! The people were great and the country is beautiful. If I were not so remote being without my family there, I would have stayed. Thank you.
I'm sorry your husband died. No wonder you couldn't concentrate! I would guess that eventually, you may find that using Duo may be a pleasant pastime again. Keep your chin up, Kathi!
Sorry for your loss. This comment touched my heart so here all all of my lingots! Good luck with your French! <3
Speaking of mixing languages up, I studied Latin (mostly to help with my spelling, but it was also fun), and now I am studying German. I sometimes get the two mixed up as far as basic words or pronunciation goes.
Ay I'm from Canada too, my parents are from Romania but I don't speak it. I speak fluent french and that helps a lot with learning Spanish and Romanian since there are similar words.
I started learning French on duolingo for a trip to Montreal and Quebec City last fall. I was able to use a little French there and have continued my studies since. J'aime le Canada.
@MarilynnKr I grew up speaking French, and took time to evaluate the course before I started Spanish. The French course is also terrific! I've found that my knowledge of French has helped me a lot in learning Spanish; both Romance languages, so I actually think a familiarity with one Romance language might very well make learning any of them easier. I hope that offers some help.
@MarilynnKr - I agree with you about learning 2 languages at once! lol At different times of my life I have studied Spanish or Italian. Each time it seemed like the current one of the two chased out everything I knew of the other. On Duo I had the same problem when I tried to improve my French concurrently with Spanish. I also found that many of the terms I was used to from living in Quebec were not the ones Duo used. I wonder if Duo stresses the Continental French. I encourage you to keep up the Spanish as I have noticed that many whose mother tongue is Spanish and who come to Canada seem to settle in Quebec.
CarolBroth, dont say your no longer young, everone is young. From one second young to 100000000 years young. even though there probably isnt someone that age lol
@CarolBroth - I have read that learning a new language is a great way to stave off dementia. I am no longer as young as I'd like to be either. lol
I'm in exactly the same position, Carol. But Duolingo has opened some new horizons for me, and (while my health isn't what it was 30 years ago) I'm now comfortable enough in Spanish that I'm looking at volunteering to teach literacy and ESL to the Latin American community in my city. I love that Duo continues to update course content to make the courses more effective (loving the April 2019 content additions which are in beta testing right now), how much fun they make it and how supportive the community can be!
The stressful times are the best of times. It's when you're confused the most that you're learning the most.
If you keep going everyday and be dedicated, you'll no doubt learn the language.
Thank you for this inspiring post for the community.
thank you for being a moderator! i have put in an application to be a moderator, and i hope to be accepted, thank you for being a good example!
De rien !! It may take a few weeks for the application to be accepted ;) if you're not accepted you'll get no response usually.
Anyways, yeah it's really fun being a moderator, thank you for thanking me... It truly means a lot. It means a lot to all the moderators.
Merci beaucoup Marilynn :D <3
I love Duo as it has helped me push my French skills far beyond what is taught in the classroom, even to the point where I'm able to converse with French friends on the internet and to a certain extent in person.
Good luck to everyone learning a language here on Duo! Persistence and dedication is key :)
@MathsRobot Merveilleux! Avez-vous essayé de lire des journaux français en ligne ou d'écouter des podcasts en français? Ce sont deux façons efficaces et amusantes de pratiquer une nouvelle langue et, compte tenu des progrès que vous avez constatés, vous serez sans aucun doute étonné de constater à quel point vous en savez plus que ce que vous pensez en faire!
i actually started French because i had friends on the xbox 360 who where French. and that motivated me to learn it!
I think Duolingo is my every day routine now. If I am nervous or sad, or even I want to distract myself from life problems, or feeling depressed, I use Duolingo as way to cheek out. I used it even I was on holiday abroad. Hopefully I didn't lose my streak do far. Major changes make me nervous sometimes. But I didn't abandon the try. Clubs helped me a lot to keep tracking of my progress each week. I hope Duolingo don't leave us.
I thought I was the only one that used Duo for those kind of reasons, it's really a good way to have some fun or relax for a bit. I also find myself using it almost daily now. I hope you feel better, stay strong. Good luck, and have a wonderful week!
Hi Stergi3, the same for me. I feel like doing some lessons on duolingo is a nice break in the day, and I usually do it in the morning. Perhaps I do more later in the day. The good thing about duolingo is that I feel I am accomplishing something, even when I am doing it to relax.
You have some of the highest ranks on here is 25 the highest rank?
Can you you understand any of those 25 ranked languages fluently on tv or in movies? or have a a conversation with a fluent speaker?
I am still new here so I am asking.
@DanNolan9 I know the more you use it, it gets faster and faster (more like native speakers would talk and that helps you process conversation faster). When we first moved to Panama I was constantly saying más despacio por favor. Now it is much easier to understand when I need to return - hang in there!
Many say rank 25 is still a beginner and some make it sound that it is not even good enough to watch tv or movies in the language.
I know it can only help to reach that rank even now that I have reaches Spanish rank 8 I feel like I know quite a bit more even if I am still a beginner.
Thanks for you advice.
Merci Thank you, it has been tough to keep at it but if I do it in the morning I can do it, sometimes I'm racing to get it done before 12am, I do have streak freeze in place just in case, I don't really like to use it as it seems like cheating to me but it has helped on a occasion when I finshed at 12:05 am.
Merci beaucoup every one, j'aime apprendre de nouvelles langues. I find it intellectually stimulating to immerse myself in new experiences, I love the sense of learning new things, It's inspiring to see others Just as excited as my self.
I wonder what a world would be like if we didn't have things like Duolingo. A world where there were no language courses and we were all sitting around mystified because we couldn't communicate in different languages. What would we be doing with our time? What would all those teachers be teaching? How would people immigrate and become successful? Lots of famous people have passed through the language barriers. The government wouldn't be able to communicate with other countries in their languages. Where would we be? What would we be doing? What would become of us, our time, and our world? I suppose we will never know because we should just be thankful we have something as wonderful as Duolingo to help us learn new languages.
Wow I am learning 20 languages at a time and you really raised the bar I am impressed.
I read or heard somewhere recently that the more languages you know, the more easily you can learn a new one. Good going DanNolan9 and TheBookKeeper06 . Your accomplishments are so far beyond anything I could do. :)
One day humans wont really do this because they will have translators so you could converse with any human on the planet and understand each other perfectly.
It still wont be the same thing of course.
DanNola9, I think that humans will still want to challenge themselves to learn to communicate with others. When you think of Esperanto which was developed as 'Universal Language', there must have been some reason why it never caught on. People like their own languages for many reasons and I personally feel that it encouraging that there are efforts all around the world not to let languages die out. Here in Canada, I have noticed that people are making an effort to teach Métis to youngsters who haven't been exposed to their own language.
That is true but the translator will allow us to near instantly communicate it will be way more convenient than anything humans use today.
It still wont be as impressive as speaking to someone in their native language without the translator.
I wish I found Duolingo years ago! It has been a valuable tool, one I think is too often unappreciated by some. It provided the means to cross important barriers in my language learning process. Very important for analytical people such as myself, people who can suffer paralysis by analysis.
Honestly this is my first time using duolingo and I am just doing it for fun, I feel like I have already learned so much and yet I have only been here for a month.
I've found that I actually now have a passion for learning languages. It's something that I look forward to everyday. I know now what I would like to study in college and possibly make a career of. Duolingo has taught me persistence and to stay dedicated to the tasks at hand. Even if you feel as if you haven't learned anything, I can promise you that you have! Just stick with it! Thank you for the encouraging words.
I couldn't agree more. But I know I won't be able to go on once the clubs will be axed, without the interaction and feedback Dúo Will be dead
True, it's sad that they're letting go of clubs when I learned a lot of conversational French skills there. Not just talking about what Duo wants me to talk about, but what my heart desires (e.g, talking about my hobbies, feelings, and our daily lives in different countries). It's sad to see it go especially since I've made friends with many of my club members who have been with me for as long as -well, look at my streak, I'm pretty sure it's longer than that . :|
The most sad thing is that now we are in random group of strangers with different level of skills and commitment. Leagues are such a big mistake. How is it possible to mix people learning different languages?
Not exactly, after a few weeks we will all be in our own level. That’s all right, except we will be learning different languages, we won’t be able to talk, it won’t be with friends, and some people get to level 25 in 10 years some in a month. It will all be very random.
Exactly! It doesn't make sense that you can group people learning different languages to compete. Also, we should have a chatbox in that section so that we can still learn.
@AnitaRRC - You may find that you are addicted to Duo and that you continue no matter how it changes. We used to have the ability to upload documents and translate them with anyone chipping in what they could or helping/correcting someone else's efforts. We could comment back and forth about those and I enjoyed that very much. When they just disappeared without warning some of us felt very disappointed. We had enjoyed it so much that the servers couldn't cope with the load.
Anita, I didn't even know about clubs! You mean you could interact with each other? Oh that is a great loss. I am sorry for everyone who will be losing this ability.
Something similar happened about 1.5 years ago, when the ability to interact with every duo user on their "activity stream" was terminated. And then the ability to translate together was axed. That too brought a lot of emptiness and loss. It was a deep sorrow, and we are many who felt the loss for a long time. I have not been as personally engaged in duolingo ever since. It was such a rich experience, being able to communicate with other learners.
The discussion board (this here you are reading now) is useful, but less personal. Some people have made a topic that they keep alive, and where you can always communicate with them. That's an idea. (I don't remember where any of them are, and you'd want to make your own anyways).
Best of luck, don't lose spirit, and I hope you can find a way to keep the friendships going.
Hello Camilla-danesa, I used to love the translations and the camaraderie we had doing them. Some of the others who also did started a new site for cooperative translations but although I explored it, I found it difficult to use. There are groups on Facebook for Spanish learners but I think I can't split my attentions in too many directions.
that's the same for me. Translations taught me SO much, and collaborating taught me even more. I certainly spent too much time on duolingo when these were available. Now I'm doing it in moderation. I wish I had been able to save some of the hundreds of hours of work. We put so much effort into getting our translations to work really beautifully and accurately.
Tusen takk! I've only been learning for a little while now (have kept the streak since day 1) and it has been somewhat difficult at times, but I've kept at it. I just hope I can become really fluent someday.
I'm trying to use Duolingo every day. It's been hard but I'm almost at 30 days!
On my first round I got to day 69 and my internet went down, so I went back to 0 day streak. Now I keep a streak freeze activated in case it happens again ;) As you can see, I'd be over 1000 days if I had been able to maintain it :D Just keep at it. It does work.
Kathia481297 well done keeping with it!!! Nice streak, now you are almost at 1000!
I would give you a lingot, but at 1319 you (like me) probably have more than you need. I don't remember to go to the discussion forum often, so I forget I can give them away :D
30 days is a sizeable commitment and a credit to your ability to make this routine. You'll reach 100 in seemingly no time at all! Keep up the good work!
Hey! I’m currently learning French and I was wondering if you were able to reach a level of fluency using Duolingo? I seem to find pronunciation especially hard. Do you have any tips for this? Thank you! :)
What I do for a new language is study the anatomy of the mouth and where each sound is produced. I can hear the sounds easily, but try to physically emulate how native speakers produce those sounds. A little practice reinforces those movements. Here are some videos I think you may find useful:
The woman in the latter link has exceptional material.
Best of luck!
That advice is worth a couple of lingots from me. :) When I understood that I would need to move my mouth in different ways, it became much easier for me to speak Spanish. When I go through the lessons I make a point of always (well most of the time) repeating the Spanish word or phrase out loud. By using Google images it is often possible to get graphics of how the tongue and lips are placed for different sounds in various languages. The trick is finding the keywords to get to what you are looking for.
I am fluent in French enough to get around in a French community, I know some basic yet needed French sentences and can understand the French labels, Canadian stores basically have French and English labels so that has helped me some, Pronouncing is a bit difficult (especially the words that sound similar) I just trying to get what I say to sound as much how it is said, just repeating it and also listening and watching French ads can help improve it. Hope it is helpful. -Marilynn-
Yes, this was very helpful! I hope someday to be fluent and I never thought about listening to advertisements, thank you very much :)
hi Anna, you can improve your pronunciation by getting some good French songs and learn them, and sing along.
I have a few French songs I’m really enjoying at the moment, thank you for your help :)
I found duo when I was 8 years old, with the will of improving the language skills I knew I already had, and here I am :)
I think learning new languages, especially the ones I never thought I would ever learn, have given me a lot in many ways.
i believe that. if you want to learn "Language" you need to understand how they describe things from their point of view, to understand how they really comunicate and describe things.
umm, im not good with grammar and so but i hope someone knows what im trying to say. :> or its just me..
@AdamsAstro I think I understand. There are many ways to learn a language. When we were looking at places we wanted to live in Panama the person helping us spoke English and kept telling us that once we were there we would learn it fast. Immersion is the way to go, he would say. Well, that didn't actually work for me. I needed the structure of educational tools (I am older, so I guess it was how I learned). Duolingo helped me get there. Also, learning HOW native speakers say things is very important. We learned our language from our parents, siblings, friends and educators in our own language. There are additional resources within Duo and other places that help you with that. The Duo stories seemed foolish at first, but I was early on in my learning. Now, I find (because they are going faster) they are educational - still foolish at times, but educational. They are reinforcing what you know and challenging you with new concepts and words. Please keep in mind, though, the language you are learning is the 'proper' version. There will always be dialects and idiosyncratic usage of words in any language based on country or region within a country. Good Luck!
i just wanted to say that everyone on this site is amazing whether they are helping with a language, or just answering a question on a forum. thank you all for being kind. keep it up!
Hi shygirl7 - You have been working away at Duo for a long time and I see that you have dipped into many languages. Of the ones you have worked at regularly, do you feel that you are retaining enough to be useful to you? Would you be able to travel to Italy or France and converse with the residents? This is my dream. I want to travel to a Spanish speaking country and be able to take drawing or painting lessons in total immersion.
hi jellylava, I recommend that you go take painting or drawing classes in spanish! what a great idea! You have dona lot of spanish learning here, and it is a wonderful time to put it to use. I hope you have a great time!
Learning a new language can be fun and inspiring. Also, I've found an unexpected positive side effect. It helps me relax, especially after a stressful day. I start on a few lessons and forget everything else.
Learning a new language definitely requires consistent efforts. Besides, one needs to immerse in the language they are learning for better and faster learning. Immersion in the language may be in the form of watching movies, listening to songs, watching TV series, reading stories, etc.
Thanks so much,Marilynn. I have started with Duolingo to brush up on my Spanish- I had learned in high school. German was totally new to me, and I was frustrated it didn't make no sense at the time. Right now I get it, yet I still have trouble with the pronouns ( a bit). I 've stuck with it, stayed the course and am interested in choosing another language, its so much fun- unlike in high school
My friend told me about duolingo so I tried it out and it is a great way to learn languages
Thanks for the support Marilynn, learning Italian is hard but one day I'll be able to speak with my cousins in Italy, and in their first language!
I have recently started my german journey and this is great inspiration! Danke!
Thanks MarilynnKr!! Have a quote!~KD
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." -A. A. Milne
A long time ago, i found duo by mistake ( A meme). I always thought that it wont be that good but then i realized that duolingo can help you learn many languages, and realized it means something to get a streak ( mine is currently 87); and i have learned i lot from duolingo, またね later!
I see you have your daily goal set at 50 xp. I found it helpful to set a low daily goal – this way keeping the streak becomes more fun. I gave you some lingots.
True that... i am currently doing Spanish and now i somewhat communicate with some of my Mexican Friends and one of my friends who is from Spain so its actually pretty cool to be able to do this... and quit frankly this is way easier than taking it in school full of people who don't even want to be in there.... and some who don't even attempt to learn anything they are just in that class to get out of having to do something else.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post and give everyone some support, it's also really great to see everyone's responses. Good luck to you all!
I actually found this website through the duolingo memes. I've always wanted to learn a new language in addition to Norwegian and English, and this website has made it so much easier. Love to learn.
thank you for this encouraging message. learning a different language is hard but you can do it if you put your mind to it
I had an old account but I've been on here since around 2012-2013? Long enough to remember the old Duolingo. I hope that you continue using it and keep learning languages!