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

Hello Duolingo. I am new here. Is there anything I should know?

Hello everyone. Duolingo was highly recommended to me by a few friends. I have been hearing them talk about it for quite some time. It has been a few years or so since I have been in school. I did take a Spanish class, though I did not keep up with it afterwards. I took the placement test and did better than I thought I would after all this time. I feel that I should remember more though. I am here to freshen up my Spanish skills, or lack thereof, to broaden my opportunities in my career.

It was recommended to me that I opt out of the leader board, though I do not see it just yet, and that I introduce myself on the forum and ask for any recommendations. Though that part was followed by some slight laughter, so I am unsure if I have been led into a trap. That is all of the information that I received.

I am looking forward to experiencing what I have been hearing about. If there is anything that I should know, I would appreciate it very much if anyone could tell me. Thank you for your time. I am very excited that I have another chance to learn Spanish. I will be paying more attention now than I did when I was younger.

November 29, 2019

39 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vu7xENbj

Hello and welcome!
Here some helpful information provided by GingerSnap04:

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/35141769

Enjoy your learning!

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

Excellent link. However, I would say for most people do follow the https://making.duolingo.com/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-with-duolingo link. Taking things to level 5 in one go (and the extreme alternative completing the tree to just level 1) both have serious disadvantages.

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you, I saved this page and I will be looking into it as well. :)

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you, this is great. I glanced over it and subscribed to it. It seems to have answers to most all of my questions. After I respond to the kind comments from everyone I will be looking into all of the links and advice given from everyone before I go any further in the program.

November 29, 2019

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

Welcome. Here's the Songve Starter Kit to get you rolling.

How to make an interesting post that will get you upvotes and lingots. "Follow" this carbsrule excellent suggestions: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32217562

For progress, try this. Note, you can put anyone's name for yours and see how they are doing. https://duome.eu/YOURNAME

Fourthly, be on the lookout for daily post by a mod where you can ask any question, even ones that may disappear through down voting if you posted as a Discussion. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33424628

Almost last but not least, do a lot of poking around and exploring this site. Start with Help and Guidelines and use the Search too.

Lastly... Is Duolingo down or up? Check the status here https://status.duolingo.com/

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you for taking the time to put this all together for me. This has great information. I have scanned through it a little bit so far. I will be looking into it all more thoroughly once I have replied to everyone's kind comments.

November 29, 2019

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

Hello and Welcome to Duolingo! Enjoy your time here and all your studies!

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you, I love it so far! Since you seem to be the only one to have a green circle around your profile picture, is it safe to assume that you are part of the staff?

November 29, 2019

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

No, I'm not a staff member, and there are others who have green, and other colored "globes" as well. I'm just a person who has been here a lot with some rather large stats because I love languages so much! <3

November 29, 2019

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

That is incredible! I looked through everything that was recommended to me and I understand the level numbers next to the flags now. You really do love languages. I'm very impressed. :)

November 30, 2019

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

I would suggest getting into the habit of having a look through the sentence discussions for the exercises, even when you have answered correctly - they are full of useful nuggets of information.

Personally, I would also consider restarting the course from the very beginning, without the placement test - there are bound to be at least a few useful bits you have skipped, which you may have not properly taken in at school or have never come across before. You only have to take a crown to level one in order to move forward anyway, so you would fly through the parts which are old news to you in no time at all.

Above all, enjoy your learning and don't let it become a point-grinding chore. Set yourself flexible goals and try not to compete and compare with others. :)

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you for your suggestion. I think you may be right. It seems to have skipped over some things. It shows that I have completed the first round of questions already. I looked through the Profile area thoroughly and I found where to reset it. This is a great idea, thank you for taking the time to reply to me. :)

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helpy-Helperton

Welcome aboard! Awesome introduction! I see they've already given you some great advice and reading material, so I'll just say good luck with your learning! :)

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you, I appreciate that. Your picture and name remind me of Ace Ventura. That's funny :)

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helpy-Helperton

I cannot tell you how absolutely HAPPY I am right now!!! Nobody has picked up on that yet!! HAHA!!

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George229674

In a few months start the "English from Spanish" course. Double your learning.

As far as the forums go, use the search button. Duolingo is quirky, as you will discover...and many of those quirks have been beat beyond death on the forums. And the forum has an upvote/downvote function. 5 downvotes and your post disappears. Posts about downvotes, lingot value, nothing to buy in the shop, complaints about leagues...have been beaten to death, and aren't welcome. I learned the hard way, so you won't have to. :o)

I've been learning Spanish here for about 9 months...I absolutely love it. I hope you do too.

Also, make up your own mind about leagues. Personally, they don't affect me one way or the other.

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you. How interesting! A backwards sort of course sounds like something I would love to check out after a while. Thank you for mentioning that and for the advice on other things. I am about to do some thorough research to learn more about the site. Thank you for taking the time to share this information with me. I think that I will love learning here as well. :) Also, that must be what my friends were laughing about. I knew it had something to do with the forum area. So far everyone seems very kind though. :)

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George229674

Much love...that's all I can say...a mi me encanta you're gonna have to make your own path...it's not easy here...

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erin_J2911

Welcome to Duolingo!! I hope you have good experience here ;) Cheers!

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you, I am so far! :)

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Genesis_1_1_B

Welcome to Duolingo!

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you, I am happy to be here! Everyone seems so kind.

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

Just wait until you see the spammers. :/

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erin_J2911

Yes. And always remember: DFTT.

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Genesis_1_1_B

In case you don't know what DFTT means it means "don't feed the trolls." Trolls are online troublemakers.

November 30, 2019

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

Thank you. I didn't know what that meant until I joined and read about it. I'm simply here to learn, so I will not be engaging with such behavior. I've learned that you cannot get through to people who do that, so there really is no point in even trying. I like the abbreviation DFTT and what it means. Very good advice. :)

November 30, 2019

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

I'm surprised that there are spammers here. I'm sure I will come across them though and see what you mean.

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Welcome! You will learn a lot here, about language and people. Happy learning.

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you, I appreciate that greatly. :)

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luna-Lovegood26

Welcome to Duolingo! Hope you enjoy learning Spanish. As for the leaderboard, if you are competitive, then don’t opt out(you can switch your account to ‘private’ if you don’t like the leaderboard) as it is a great challenge to try to move up leagues and all of that.
Enjoy!

November 29, 2019

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

Thank you. I do want to see what the leader board is all about before I look into getting rid of it. Thank you for your advice. :)

November 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

Welcome and good luck! Looks like I'm a little late to give you the info. ;D

November 30, 2019

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

Thank you, I am very happy to be here! :)

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicRuler1414

Remember to practice the skills you’ve completed. As well as learning new things you have to revise what you have already learnt otherwise you will forget it.

Also welcome :)

November 30, 2019

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

Thank you for the tip. I have a detailed plan for myself to stick to so that I do not forget anything I learn again. I have already made that mistake. I do still remember a little bit. I'm wondering if anything will come back to me as I re-learn. :)

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iggy80Sweden

Bienvenido!

November 30, 2019

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

¡Gracias! ¡Estoy feliz de estar aquí!

November 30, 2019

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

Consistency is key. Doing even a little a day can get it in your brain way easier and helps it last longer. Besides, having a large streak is pretty cool, like knoxienne who has 2250+

December 1, 2019

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

Muchas cosas importantes.

November 30, 2019
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