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Become Fluent?

Hey guys! So I am new, in fact I just started duolingo today. I am really interested in becoming fluent in Spanish. I have been taking classes for three years now. However, the program was literally useless. My abilities are at a year one student still. The most I have learned has been today using duolingo. However, I really want to become fluent for many, many reasons. Just wanted to know if anyone can recommend other programs/books/etc. literally ANYTHING to help me learn Spanish more. Thank you! :-)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

What do you mean by 'fluent?' Reading, writing, speaking, or listening? If you want to be able to carry on meaningful conversations, you'd best supplement Duo. Take a look at the Spanish episodes of "Extr@" on YouTube, watch Spanish TV, DVDs, listen to radio, podcasts, etc. and try to find a way to talk to people -- the servers at Mexican restaurants have been very helpful. ;)

4 years ago

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Great suggestions. Verbling is excellent for practicing listening and speaking. I've talked with folks from all over the world.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimesLikeThese28

Great thank you. Basically I want to be able to communicate with people who are dominant in speaking Spanish. Good ideas! Thank you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Useful_links_for_learning_or_practicing_a_language_outside_of_Duolingo

TONS of great ideas here. At the top are tools for learners of all languages, then the individual languages are listed in alphabetical order. So be sure to peruse the top AND the Spanish section.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimesLikeThese28

Wow, that's actually supper helpful. Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yasminn95

Hey Duo is a great way to learn a new language. I suggest that you watch Spanish cartoons meant for children.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimesLikeThese28

haha, I have watched la casa de corta :P also I know a lot of people who are fluent or first language is Spanish, so when I am with their families they have Spanish TV on. You are right- it is helpful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andinoe
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If you practice Duolingo everyday I can guarantee that at bare minimum you will be able to fluently read and write Spanish. You shouldn't try to learn it as much, but rather absorb it. Write down all the words you learn and their translations and respective genders and try not to use the hover aid to see translations of words you already learned. Spanish and English also share roughly 30-40% Cognates in their languages which means the words look similar, sound similar, and mean the same thing. Practice my friend, and the confidence to use what you've 'absorbed' with real spanish speakers. (:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andinoe
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I also recommend thinking about your actions and narrated them in your head in spanish as you do them if you have no one around to practice with.

4 years ago