How learning Spanish has increased my knowledge of English

Recently I've started to try and translate almost everything I see into Spanish, and although I can't usually get all of it, it really helps with stuff like verb conjugations and faster vocab recall. It's great practice, and it lets you improve your Spanish without actively learning.

I have also realized a lot more of the idioms we use in English that don't have a logical Spanish translation. Recognizing this has caused me to wonder about the roots of some of the phrases we use in English.

I have also learned more about the roots of English and the origins of certain words. For example, I used to think that the English word "Welcome" was just a collection of syllables used to express a greeting. Then I looked at the Spanish word "Bienvenido" and realized that "Bien" means "well" and "venido" means "come". "Well-come". Who knew? I now know that "Welcome" probably originated from "Well come" or "Good coming". Little things like this have been a great joy to learn.

Bottom line: Thank you Duolingo! You have not only taught me a fair bit of Spanish, but I have also learned more about my native language as well.

August 7, 2019


Learning a language is a both way road. Some would say a triple 'cus we end up learning a bit about ourselves too.

¡Buenos estudios!

August 7, 2019

Right on, man!

August 9, 2019

It's fascinating! I think if there's one language that you can improve by learning others, it's definitely English. The nature of it deriving from so many other languages means there's an almost infinite amount of things which native speakers don't actually acknowledge, but make the composition of English that much more interesting!

August 7, 2019

I love this! Even I, as a native English speaker, have been revisiting English words I knew but hardly (if ever) use. I don't typically speak with words like, "gracious, phenomenal, extraordinary, complacent, comprehensible, etc." However, I know what they all mean.

As I learn Spanish, I'm almost forced to find an English word that matches the sound of the new Spanish vocabulary. For example, some translations say that "utilizar" means "to use," and it does. But, in my opinion, the problem remembering that is it doesn't sound similar so I'd end up making up some other mnemonic device for it. Luckily, there is another English word that means "to use" that sounds just like the Spanish word "utilizar," and that's "to utilize."

Because of this, I'll use "utilize" in my college essays or during a presentation rather than "use." There are more examples I could give, but you clearly get the point given your epiphany about "bienvenidos."

Cheers to leveling up your English and Spanish!

August 9, 2019
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