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My first steps on Immersion

Magalie48
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After I had only translated some sentences from Spanish into English, I already experienced the difficulty of translating from a language you don't master too well (Spanish) into another language (English) that is not your mother tongue (Dutch). The thing is that I have always thought that I had a rather good mastering of English, but to my surprise this doesn't seem to be true at all! On the contrary, now I realize that I will still have to do lots and lots of translations before being able to translate correctly from Spanish into English. It will certainly be hard work, but I don't mind at all. I am sure that Immersion will give me the freedom to play with the language that I miss in Spanish Skills. I think I'm going to concentrate more on Immersion.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
Fazac
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Your English is great. If you hadn't said it wasn't your mother tongue, I would never have known…. and I'm English!

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Magalie48
Magalie48
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Thank you. But you have to know that I am a translator Dutch - English - Russian and I have taught English at a secondary school for more than 30 years. Translating from English into Dutch or vice versa is not a problem to me. Translating from Spanish into English, tough, seems to be another piece of cake. Let's say that my brains still have to get accustomed to the new situation.

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Reply14 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jmhoule314

I am not sure what idiom you are reaching for, but "piece of cake" means that something is easy. Maybe, "Piece of the puzzle," or "another thing entirely."

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
Fazac
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Very jealous of your Russian abilities. I'm looking forward to Russian appearing on here!

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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Hi Magalie48, congrats on venturing into Immersion!

Feel free to check out these Immersion resources created by other users:

Immersion Navigation Guide This is mainly for just getting familiar with how to use the interface. It reflects the previous interface, but could still prove useful.

Immersion Community Guidelines This one will help build skills in the art of translation itself.

Good luck on your journey!! ^_^

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gintarasan
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The Dutch had always been good at languages. Not sure what it is about them that makes them good at languages. Not to stereotype people, but it's just an observation I have :)

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Reply4 years ago