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Am I wasting my time

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I'm starting spanish 2 in highschool, and I was Wondering how far it takes you and if it is worth it. By spanish 3 they said we are only going to use spanish. I have heard many people forget the language they learn after highschool, and going off of experience what do you guys think? The highest i can get to is AP spanish by senior year Edit: I'm not talking about duolingo I'm talking about school spanish and they really cram the information and it's not fun.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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With Duolingo alone, you'll reach A2, which is either the same or higher than you would be after Spanish 2 (taking into account how well you learn, the curriculum, and other factors). I'd recommend doing Duolingo now before you start the class, in order to get a headstart.

People forget languages because they stop using them. I know someone who learned Yoruba (had a great teacher and it was easy for them), but now, they can't tell me a single word in Yoruba, because they haven't used it at all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Just to add to that, learning some of the language before you start class can help reduce your anxiety when you first get there (which will help you retain information more quickly). It will boost your confidence which always feels good. And maybe you'll even be able to help your classmates, which will be a boon because teaching others will help you learn faster too! All in all, I think it's a good idea to get a little head start before class ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Interesting. Was this person Yoruba themself?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TP602
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Thanks, I'm trying to refresh my brain and get some new words before starting

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Yep. Learn it, use it or lose it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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If you don't use your language skills, you will indeed lose them, but learning a foreign language will help your English vocabulary and help you to decipher other words in English and other languages that you don't know. It will help your understanding of grammar. I don't think knowledge is ever a waste. It also makes it easier when you're older to pick the language back up after a many years of not using it. I am 40 something and having a passing knowledge of a foreign language pays dividends years later.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Honore
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I don't know what you plan to study in college, but many B.A. degrees require some foreign language coursework (usually through 202). If you get AP Spanish credit and/or dual credit through a community college, you can transfer those to your university and either start at a higher level in Spanish or possibly not even need to take Spanish in college. I'm not advocating not taking a language at college, but there are funner and more effective ways to learn a language if you really want to become fluent and maybe there are other things you would rather be studying at college that you couldn't study elsewhere. Hey, what's going to come in handier when you're backpacking in South America: knowing all your conjugations perfectly or knowing how to tango?

Ultimately, I'd say it's worth it because AP tests are a lot cheaper than university credits, and even if cost isn't an issue, it would give you more flexibility. For example, you might be able to graduate early or add a minor or another major if you have already completed some required coursework. If you have more college credits starting university, sometimes you can get higher preference for choosing classes.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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For what it's worth, I took 4 years of French in high school and a semester of French at University, plus 3 semesters of Latin at university, and I remember almost none of that.

Not so encouraging as an opening, I know. But here's the huge HOWEVER...

The main reason I don't remember more than a few words of any of that is that I didn't continue to use it, and at the time I didn't have good resources to use it on my own. You have the Internet!

If you learn enough Spanish to watch a TV show in it, you can go onto Netflix and occasionally watch something with Spanish audio and/or subtitles to help keep yourself from forgetting. If you learn enough to read a novel in Spanish, you can go to Amazon or Kobo and order an ebook translation of something you wanted to read anyway, but in Spanish!

People forget and high school language classes end up being useless, mostly because people don't USE the language. When your brain notices something isn't being used, it tosses it out because it's a waste of resources. Find ways to actually use it (Video games are available with Spanish text!) from time to time as part of normal life, and you can keep it forever.

It also may be worth taking a look at the book Fluent Forever, which is a very good book on language learning that just came out that talks a lot about how to use flash cards and other tools as part of language learning. Since you're going to have a separate set of vocabulary for your classes that won't 100% line up with what Duolingo teaches, knowing how to make and use flash cards well on your own could make a REALLY big difference to how easy your class is :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kristibob

It's NEVER a waste of time to learn. Duolingo serves more purposes than simply teaching a language, especially for someone as young as you are. You learn a great deal about your chosen language(s), but, you also get to meet people from all over the world that are on their own journeys, for their reasons, and they will get to know you. You learn to interact with different cultures when you meet these people. How can that possibly be a waste of time? You invest just a little time here every day and you'll get much more out of it than simply learning a language that isn't your own.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TP602
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I'm talking about school, personally I think duolingo is amazing

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kristibob

Oh, I'm sorry - I misunderstood...lol.forgive me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TP602
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Haha it's all good

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Oh! I might have also misunderstood! Yes, if you have a chance to learn with a group of others face to face, you should take the opportunity! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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Ooooh I didn't quite catch this in your original post either.

I'd say school is worthwhile, because the part of language learning that's tough to get when you study on your own is speaking/listening. And school can offer you the chance to hear your teacher speak and to talk to the other students.

Edit: Also, if you stick with Duolingo and get way ahead of everyone in your Spanish class, you'll get to bask in feeling like a genius.

Okay, maybe that's not a noble motivation, but whatever works? ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ccolema3

I believe it's worth it to do it in school. Duolingo does a great job at providing a reasonable amount of lessons for learners(Grammer lessons, not just words). Outside sources like school will help better your learning experience overall. Also, there are plenty of sources on the internet that can help fill in that void for you, but the reasons listed above are great reasons to do it in school as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jeanprendiville

Grab it and Duolingo! I remember saying " French, a waste of time, I'll never use it". Famous last words, ten years later I found myself living in Belgium. It may not be Belgium, it may be Kurdistan, with one foreign language,even a smattering, the next one becomes easier. Good luck with your decision.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/InfinitiJAK16

have you tried "Visual link"? I have and i guarantee: You'll never forget your spanish again!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gphackney

If you don't use a language you will lose it over time. Funny thing, if you end up in an environment where you need it, it comes back quickly. I learned 'survivable' German in college. After not using it for years, couldn't follow a conversation. Then I ended up in Germany on business. By the end of the first week I could follow a lot of the conversations around me and could ask basic questions.

4 years ago