Going to Nicaragua in 64 days. I have my work cut out for me!
So. I'm going to Nicaragua on September 19th, 64 days from now. I've been doing the Spanish tree for quite a while, and made a lot of progress this spring, but then I kind of stopped for a trip to Colorado and month in Haiti. I recently started working at it faithfully again, as you can see from my streak.
Tonight I was looking down through the rest of the tree, and totaled up the amount of lessons I have left. If my count is right I have 264 lessons remaining. A lot more than I thought. In order to finish my tree before I leave, I will need to do 4 lessons a day, and 5 on every 4th day. Whew! I'm going to try it, but it seems a bit daunting.
Good luck!!! You can do it!! Here are some lingots for encouragement!
I will be working on a building project at an orphanage, I am going with my church youth group. I'd wanted to learn another language for a while, and this gave me a good enough excuse to actually put a lot of effort into it. Hopefully I will be able to communicate well enough to understand why people are laughing at me when I mispronounce words. :)
I enthusiastically applaud your efforts. You will enjoy Nicaragua and its people. And it's not very likely any local is going to laugh at your Spanish. What's more likely is that some people will want to try out their English on you--fair play says that you then get to try out your Spanish on them. You also may find that some people you meet will not understand anything at all you say in Spanish.
My recommendation for your next sixty days is that besides your daily DuoLingo lesson or two, get a copy of a Spanish phrasebook like those from Lonely Planet, and study it and study it and take it with you. Also work on the basics like how to talk about or describe your family and ask about theirs, how to order from a menu, how to say and hear the numbers, etc.
Thanks for the advice! I think you're probably right, from my experience people appreciate anyone trying to speak their language. (Actually I know this first-hand, being natively bi-lingual.)
I don't have a Spanish 'handbook', but I will see if I can find one. I am also listening to music with Spanish lyrics and watching youtube videos in Spanish, do you have any recommendations of ways to improve my listening comprehension?