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prepositions taking too long to master

going has been smooth till i landed upon prepositions, now i'm taking the same lessons over and over again and failing. is it normal? any tips?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

This will probably happen a few times along your journey. Many people find "object pronouns" hard, but you get the hang of it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/herekittykitty99

There have been some rough spots where I literally have had to go through a lesson 3 or more times... It's frustrating and it feels like I will never learn it, but then each time I go through it gets a little easier because I learn from my mistakes. Other times I feel like I will never get good at this and become discouraged for a bit, but languages are hard to really learn. I have to remember that this may take a really long time but I really want it. It is definitely normal. Other sections are easier.

Best of luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/metalchemist

thanks for the motivation :) just got through the lesson!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/herekittykitty99

Yay!!!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Prepositions (and object pronouns when you get there) are just hard - from any language to any other language. The lines just aren't drawn in the same place, and our tendency to translate is a real handicap with them. Breaking them up into smaller skill sets wouldn't help, because a big part of the problem is the overlap. I felt like I was walking through mud with this skill - but I got there!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RAMOSRAUL

When you start from a European language, learning another has some advantages.... prepositions are probably the biggest disadvantages. I know of none where a preposition can always be literally translated into an other. That is, every time you use a preposition X in language A, you always use an equivalent preposition Y in language B... I haven't thoroughly checked, but I believe this to be true. And because prepositions are such a natural thing to a native speaker, the learning process is confusing at best.

The good thing is that natives may well understand what you mean and give you an on-the-fly correction.

So, you will get there, just needs lots of practice, and time to sink in.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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A few basics:

de = from

con = with

a = to

del = the contraction of de el (never, ever, write that)

al = the contraction of a el (never write that one either)

pero = but

Of course, y = and

4 years ago
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