Learning a new language, boosting your confidence

Hi fellow Duolingo users :),

I have been using Duolingo for a while now. I took a break for a while, but I am back to being a daily user. I am mainly trying to learn Portuguese. My partner's family is Brazilian and I would love to be able to communicate with his family members in their primary language.

Duolingo has helped me pick up on words that I hear my partner say and helped me during a visit to Brazil. My partner has also been tagging me in Portuguese videos and I am able to comprehend some of what is being shared. I am definitely not fluent, but the learning this app provides has boosted my overall confidence. It has also provided me with a sense of belonging to his culture. My primary language is English and Portuguese is also not similar to my background language.

I think this app allows everyone to learn a language that they may not have been exposed to or just want to better develop their skills in. There are so many benefits to this app and the impacts it has on one's overall being (i.e. maintaining a daily healthy habit etc.).

I just thought I would share. How has Duolingo helped you?

July 31, 2019


Hey, on the part you say that portuguese is not similar to your background language, I get what you mean, but once you get a little better you will see that english and portuguese have a lot, really a lot of related vocabulary, because even though english is a germanic language, a huge part of english vocabulary it's from latin and french influence

I'll give some examples(some found in your post):

vocabulary = Vocabulário; language = língua; To use = Usar; Family = Familia; communicate = comunicar; members = membros; primary = primeira; comprehend = compreender; culture = cultura; benefits = benefícios;

(a lot more here

Now, moving to your post's actual topic. Learning a new language it's fascinating, when I learned english I didn't really wanted to, my parents made me to, but now I'm really grateful they did as most than half of the media I consume on internet are in english, the scientific content on portuguese youtube doesn't even compare with english's

Now in my adulthood I really enjoy learning new languages, so far I've started learning only 2, japanese and norwegian, but the amount of fun I have learning them is immeasurable, I think is really fun to look how languages have different structures, for instance, japanese does not have a specif verb tense for future, the phrase "he eats" and "he will eat" have the same translation into japanese, the same happens in norwegian, "he eats" and "he is eating" are translated to the same phrase... I think these kind of things really interesting and fun for me!

I hope my post doesn't have become to long or boring, thanks for sharing your thoughts and good luck with portuguese. sorry for any bad grammar or spelling

August 3, 2019

Hi there,

Sorry for my delay in responding. I did not know that I received a response. Kinda new to the discussion aspect of Duolingo and I have been using my app solely for the last week. When I access Duolingo on a desktop it is easier to respond. Thank you for your encouraging words and insight. Your post is great.

I think it is fascinating myself. Languages are so beautiful, unique and complex. I think it is great that you are working on learning new languages in adulthood.

Right now, I am working on learning Portuguese (Brazilian) and American Sign Language due to some circumstances in my life. I just love how languages connect people!

Thanks again for your thoughts and time.

Good luck on your language learning pursuits!

August 9, 2019
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