https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

My unexpected progress

Wall. And a quote or a phrase on the wall. It is in Spanish. I walked many times beside that wall. I always wondered what that sentence means.

Since I started learning Spanish I walked beside that wall four times.

The first time I understood a few words, but I haven't tried to understand it all (because I thought I didn't have enough knowledge yet).

The second time, I actually tried, but I felt like I need to study more to understand it.

The third time, I actually understood 1/3 of the sentence and I felt some kind of a pride, but, at the same time, I knew still had a lot ahead of me.

Yesterday was my fourth time and I understood it. I got a really interesting feeling in my stomach. I don't know how to describe it. I got a similar feeling when I finally learned English, but this time, it was a little bit different.

It felt like the world of languages opened to me. Like I can touch them or something. Not just languages, but all the cultures around the world and with them, I felt connected with the world and all the people in it.

Okey, maybe I got a little carried away, but that's been a wonderful experience. I hope you will get a chance to feel something similar. But, you got to keep going. So do.

P.S. For anyone wondering what the sentence was, here it is:

Es irónico como puedes hacer muchas cosas para alguien y nunca se dé cuenta, pero una vez que cometes un error, nunca lo olvida.

August 30, 2019

77 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/uphilldweller

Good expression.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Are you referring to my way of expressing the experience or to a sentence that I read on the wall?

If it is the first one, thanks! :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MopasMipy

That's such an amazing experience, isn't it? :D


When I was first staring out Spanish, I knew how important it is to learn from the media so I wanted to listen to songs in Spanish. Problem is, I know none... I searched random songs I know and wrote "cover en espanol". (<- didn't have a spanish keyboard yet back then...)

One song I've been listening to since then & I remember when the realization first struck me: I understood the words of the chorus!!! I was so excited even though now I think back & realize that the chorus has only 5 spanish words before starting to sing in English... ._.

Right now I'm trying to figure out "Siete Años" & hopefully I'll be able to understand "Callar" (from Aladdin) because it is so difficult..

...But I'm getting there & that's what matters :)


GL with the rest of your journey! :D

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Max-V

There are heaps of bands singing in Spanish. And I discovered more since I started learning the language. I am not sure about the style of music you're after. If it is anything close to my tastes then try Nostra Morte (not sure why they called themselves in Italian, the band is from México), Anabantha, Mago de Oz, Amadeüs + some songs from Stream of Passion (e.g. Nostalgia). After that you get heaps of suggestions from youtube

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Thanks for sharing and GL to you too! :)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sona_chan

What does that sentence mean? I don't know Spanish. PS. I had the same feeling when I was watching a Japanese anime and I was able to read and understand the title.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

It's ironic how you can do nice things for people all the time and they never notice. But once you make one MISTAKE it's never forgotten.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sona_chan

Relates to me very well. I help many people, one mistake and we become enemies. :-[

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/languagepeeps

it means this

It is ironic how you can do many things for someone and never realize, but once you make a mistake, you never forget it

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davey944676

I'd bet most parents, anywhere on the planet, could relate to that quote on the wall.... :)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

:D

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joshorst

Cheer up, Davey, one day they'll acknowledge it.

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AR1US

This has inspired me to learn Spanish! I read the sentence and understood half of it, and after I translated I realized that I was actually correct. I knew that I could understand much Spanish before, probably because of hearing it at a young age and taking Latin and French, but you have really set me onto learning it! Thank you so much :D

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AR1US

And about the experience itself (silly me, that was what the post was about XD) I know that feeling so well, it’s a barrier is broken in your head :DDD

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Wow! I am glad man. Do it. :)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Allan152846

I am very happy for you! You "broke through a wall" and you also read a wall.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

hahah Thanks! :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cbiggs100

Nice quote with a deep meaning

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ceydacaylak

It's like looking at a picture by parts and then suddenly you start seeing the whole picture. I wasn't able to understand songs in Spanish properly for a very long time, but one year later, finally I can understand the most of them and I'm still amazed by it.

(And a good quote though)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Yes, nice way to put it. Like a puzzle. :)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeonFanHK

Amazing. I've been stuck to Spanish for a year and still haven't as much progress as you do ;')

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

You will. Just keep going.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edenf.rst

You know I have started Spanish recently and what you said was a kick start to my thoughts about it. I mean, a day comes and your on the track of your dream of eloquent Spanish. Great impression.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

I am glad this inspired you. Best of luck! :)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Felpix

Good inspiration!

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

:)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thea210

Lovely post, very recognizable experience.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Thanks! :)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Passerby1010

That is so wonderful, LearnTillDeath. I could not help noticing that you are on Level 21 and can read this sentence, and I am on Level 19 and have not even come across half of these words. I could not read it, even with trying to figure it out with few the words I do recognize. Did you already know a little Spanish before starting the course? Hopefully, I will get there. : /

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

I have been learning Spanish for about 1 year and 2-3 months. I started with Duo and I did it for 5-6 months and then, I got bored of it (because I wasn't practicing properly) and I transitioned to some textbooks and YouTube videos. Exactly 72 days ago, I came back to Duo and I am happy to be back. So, maybe because I wasn't restricted to Duo the whole time of my studies, I understand Spanish a little bit better than you.

Anyways, just keep going and don't rush and you will get there. Good luck! :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fictionkitchen

I love what you say about the world of languages opening up to you. Very poetic! This poster deserves a lingot. How do I do that?

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Thanks! :)

At the bottom of every post you can see 'give lingot' sign.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fictionkitchen

OK, Thanks. Here's a lingot. I hope it works!

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joshorst

Well done. Lingot for you.

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UG_Influential

Cool story. That’s awesome. Congrats!

I recently started learning Spanish on Duolingo because we have so many Spanish-speaking customers where I work. I’d like to exchange words with these people rather than the usual smiles and gestures! Your story has me inspired and excited to (hopefully) experience something similar to the feeling you’ve described.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Awesome! Maybe start with simple words like: 'Hola, cómo estás?' and then expand it little by little. In no time, you will speak like a champ. Good luck! :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UG_Influential

I’m still a bit nervous since I’m still so unfamiliar speaking Spanish, but that’s good advice! I’ll give it a shot sometime this week!

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nitegeoff

I thought it was going be: "Lavese las manos antes de regresar a trabajar".. Either that or "se habla español". I see those a lot in public places.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eduardoxrib

I'm learning english, it's not difficult, but I need effort and the formation of the sentence is different from my language (Brazilian Portuguese). For me, this quote is easy, Spanish looks Portuguese :D

Congratulations on the achievement!

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Thanks! :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marlaina640625

YES! Learning new things always has the WOW! effect on me too.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarlaTheGeek

I really like your approach, I think I know what you mean, it’s like holding a key to new possibilities. I’ve been learning Spanish for almost 4 weeks now, after a long hiatus in learning anything, let alone languages, and I can feel my brain really enjoying the exercise. The quote is also on point.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Yes, learning languages is, all in all, a beautiful process. :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EduardoTec3

Hola, me alegra que les guste aprender el español :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Gracias amigo! :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moelad

language learning is one of the most rewarding activities you could ever participate in.

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zdd0423

:)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

;)

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alan518560

A paraphrase of the old HAMC saying. "when we do good no one remembers, when we do bad no one forgets. "

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jane568703

HAMC?

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davey944676

Hell's Angels

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joshorst

We're hardwired for that, alas. It did get us through evolution so far though.

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StormPch

So now I am trying to learn Jap, but I need inspiration, I feel quite disencouraged at times, any advice?

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Focus on your daily practice and don't worry about progress (it will come with practice).

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beata_Pietraga

You wrote it wonderfully.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Thanks! :)

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mahsa-sadat

Such a nice exprience! I become more motivated than before to learn spanish!

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Awesome! :)

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NguyenThanhDuong

nice

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marlaina640625

Learntilldeath, the lingot on the your next post was actually for this post the one about your learning experience. I put it on the other post because that is where I realized I could give one.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

It's all good. :D

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RCami24

I have a similar experience but happens to me when watching Spanish shows with English subtitles. Time will come i wont need subtitles anymore

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

:)

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roddy217

Awesome Testimonial.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Thanks! :)

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nofoofro

That's awesome! It's one of the best feelings hahah - I was happy that I could still understand what it said even though I haven't studied Spanish in many years

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Nice! :)

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BatataK989

¡Felicitaciones!

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Muchas gracias! :)

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis226235

Nice example i feel same, in my case, i was surprised understanding a Rap song (isnt a joke) and was great. Is like you said, you see the world opening

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joshorst

I love your attitude. Good story, thanks.

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnTillDeath

Thanks! :)

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/languagepeeps

''It is ironic how you can do many things for someone and never realize, but once you make a mistake, you never forget it'' this is a great quote

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdgarMigue550336

X2

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OvBl2iz4

I have the same feeling with songs, I am happy when I can understand the lyrics of a Spanish or English song (and I am a big fan of Latin America) !

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hecate4stuff

Congrats. My wow moment recently was when I woke up & realized I had dreamed speaking Spanish! I do thibk there may be an error in the Google translation posted below. While (because of the absence of personal pronouns) it says "you don't realize" & " you don't forget " I think it might be "it isn't realized" & "it isn't forgotten."

September 5, 2019
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