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Should I just remove Spanish?

rhythmixed
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I'm having problems debating whether or not I should just delete Spanish from my languages list, because I never really practice it. I've been learning Spanish in school for ten years (since Kindergarten, though next year I plan to take German) and Spanish has been starting to bore me. Though I live on the US-Mexico border, I never really use my Spanish (I feel that I'm not confident in using it. My grandfather speaks Spanish, and I can practice speaking with him.). I never practice it here on Duolingo, and I've reached a few bumps in my tree, and not being able to pass those lessons really frustrates me and brings me down. I feel like I should remove it from my list and delete my progress, and then if I ever want to start up again, I can take the placement test. I'm not sure if I want to delete my progress though, because the placement test might end up putting me somewhere farther back than where I am right now, and I might be discouraged by that. What do you think I should do?

4 years ago

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
_pinkodoug_
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Giving up is rarely the best course of action when facing challenges.

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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenkvist
Lenkvist
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The biggest challenge might be to stand up against people who tell you to do things you don't want or need to do. If this person is more interested in learning German, making her/him feel bad about giving up on Spanish isn't going to help.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
_pinkodoug_
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Sure, that's why I said "rarely" rather than "never." That's certainly not meant to make anyone feel badly about their situation. If she's got no real desire to work on the language and would rather spend her time and energy on something for which she does have some passion, then perhaps this is one of those rare instances where quitting makes sense. Ultimately, though, this is just something that she is going to have to figure out for herself. When all is said and done, the opinions of a bunch of internet randos without any more than a cursory bit of knowledge of the situation isn't going to be terribly helpful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/masynk
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I'm sorry if I offended you. Really, I understand what your saying. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
_pinkodoug_
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It's no problem. I took no offense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/masynk
masynk
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:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/masynk
masynk
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Amen! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Just take a break. You might find motivation again one day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/masynk
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Hi Rhythmixed! So, your asking if you should delete Spanish? Well, I can't really answer that...but what I would do is give it another shot: exert ALL of your mind power into studying Spanish for one day. About a month ago, I was in your same situation, and I tried that, and I ended up really wanting to know more! I was addicted to Spanish, and now I cant stop learning! But I would definitely not delete your progress. Over time, you forget what you've learned if you don't keep practicing it every so often, and you would probably have to start over. That would not be fun. So that's my advice. :) Ask me anything, I'll do my best to answer! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yullen

Don't give up. When I hit a brick wall with my Spanish I try and remember why I started it in the first place. Sometimes, I watch youtube videos about language learning that I find motivate me.

Maybe take a break from DL but find other sources to keep Spanish in your mind. For example, have a Spanish radio station on in the background and you might be surprised that you understand more than you thought. I found with Russian that I noticed my progress a lot in the beginning but once I reached intermediate level I struggled to stay motivated because I felt I wasn't really making progress. I still struggle with that now but I refuse to give up. I hope you stick with Spanish :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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I know how you feel, I tried to learn French some time ago because it was an useful language, so I started learning it and did some pretty good progress. The problem was that whenever I faced a challenge I didn't feel like going through it again or doing my best, I wasn't enjoying the process because I did not like it. So if you're just having trouble with a lesson or can't understand something, please don't. If you're giving it up because you don't like it go ahead and delete it! It's fine not to like useful or mainstream languages, one learns because one likes to, not because others want you to. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lakari228

Keep working on it. Do little exercises, and talk to your grandfather more. The more you work on it, the more confidence you will build. Just think: if you give up now, you might just be giving it up right before you need it. I'm working on Spanish myself, and I don't have anyone to converse with in Spanish, so I bought a notebook, and I translate a page out of the book I am currently reading to help me practice. I'm still not that good though and I forget a lot of the words and where the accented letters go, but I know that if I keep it up I can always use it to get a step up in the workplace. Don't be discouraged by what you perceive as "failure." Instead of looking at it as a "failure" turn around and look at it as "progress." Good luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenkvist
Lenkvist
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Just put it aside or even delete it. I've finished my Spanish tree and I didn't feel like I learned as much as with French, partially because I'm just not as interested in Spanish. Spanish may feel like a language you should know because you live next to the border; you have family who speak it; it's an important language... but it's about what you enjoy about a language, not about all the reasons you can make up why you should maybe still continue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Subidonpop

Why not just set up another account and do the placement test to see how you get on? If you score lower than 6 keep the other Spanish tree active, if it's higher than 6 delete the other tree and just come back to it when you've got sufficient motivation to tackle it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sk8rgrl428

Why not just leave it there and whenever you want to refresh your memory and not bug your grandfather, you can have right where you can get to it. I do the same thing with French. And don't feel so uncomfortable with trying to speak Spanish. The right moment will come.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Whle_
Whle_
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You're never gonna get anywhere with a language you don't enjoy. You should never feel like you need to speak a certain second language. If you wanna do German, do German! (I dropped German for Dutch and it's fine!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pobrecito13

I'm curious. Did you go to public or private schools? There was nothing like that when I was growing up. You didn't have the option to start with languages until jr. high (7th & 8th grade). But things have changed, as I have a friend with a daughter that was in an immersion program at a public school. It was a pilot program, but they ended it at the beginning or ending of jr. high. Anyway, back you your question. Do you use Spanish much? Are you bored because you aren't learning enough? Maybe that is the problem. Also if you are too scared, or lacking in confidence, to speak Spanish, what is going to take away that fear or lack of confidence in learning German? It really depends on what you want. From a strictly economic point of view, with your location in mind, I would say stick with Spanish. You can get paid more in some jobs by being able to speak Spanish. You might be able to get higher pay with German, too, but it's probably very rare or very specialized. Someone else posted their similar experience, which I thought was really inpirational. Check it out, and good luck. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3902745

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam_A_123

If you tell us where the "bumps" are we might be able to suggest resources (such as web sites) that you might be unaware of. In any case I would strongly recommend keeping it(even if you take a break for a while).

4 years ago