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https://www.duolingo.com/Kapri64

Used Spanish to help someone today

I've been using Duolingo to brush up on my Spanish for about a month now. I had a basic knowledge of the language, but I know my grammar is.was pretty bad.
Well thanks to some new found confidence due to using Duolingo, I was able to offer some assistance today. I was at a pharmacy picking up some meds when a lady asked the pharmacist if anyone spoke Spanish. The pharmacist just shrugged, said no and the lady wandered off. After I finished my transaction, I found the lady and said, "Señora, no trabajo aqui, pero hablo un poquito español..." She looked surprised, but asked me "Puede ayudame? Busco medicamente para 'bunio' (I think she was trying to say bunion in English) de pie." Says I "Ah 'bunion'? Pienso que esta aqui" and led her to the foot care section, she thanked me profusely.... I said "De nada Señora!" and went on my way.
It felt good to have been able to help!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

awesome story. I had a similar experience not too long ago. I was in the deli/bodega near my job when a woman and young daughter came in. The store is run by Indians that can speak decent english. Well, the lady spoke no english, and was asking the man at the counter something in spanish, which I didnt really hear at first. When I realized what was going on, I asked her in spanish to repeat what she said and I would try to help. She asked if I speak spanish and I said no but that and that I am currently studying spanish. She repeated the question, and I understood enough to figure out that she was looking for small bottles of spring water, but not refridgerated, as all they had unrefridgerated were large bottles. I relayed the question in english, and the guy sent a worker to the basement where they had cases of water unrefridgerated. I told her the man is going to bring the water upstairs, and to wait here for a moment. She smiled and thanked me. I told her to have a good day, and I went back to work. It was by no means perfect spanish but it was good enough to help her out.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kapri64

I've found that even if you don't speak perfect Spanish, folks will always appreciate you trying, and you can very often find a middle ground of mutual understanding. I work in a garden center, and a lady who spoke limited English was asking for help controlling an insect, but she didn't know what it was called in English. After trying to figure it out by her description (conversation had been in English so far) I asked her, "Como se llama en español?", She said "Tijereta". I didn't know the word, but thought about it a few seconds .. hmmm 'tijereta' sounds like 'tijeras' (scissors)... what bug looks like scissors? Ah! Earwig! (aka Pincer bug). I showed her a photo of an earwig, and I was right, and was able to advise how to control them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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By the way, has anyone looked up the word bunion??? According to my dictionary it is el juanete.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tatii6277

I'm from Latin America and yes "juanete" is like a foot disease.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kapri64

Yes, I looked up bunion, and as you say, it is 'juenete'; that is why I thought maybe she was trying to say bunion in English.. I just now did a web search for "problemas de los pies" and there was a section on "bunios", so maybe it is a regional thing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stinkstonk

Oh well done. I am so proud of you. I tried to relate your story to my husband, but couldn't without a tear in my eye. I am thrilled for you, as must be all your fellow Duolingo students. Fabulous!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

Thanks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Viktor4ever

Yay, you got voted up to 50. ;) These are all such great stories and it pushes me to want to learn even more of Spanish and other languages. I enjoy hearing all of the helping-someone-out stories when there are some. It lets me know that there are still amazing people out there in the world. I've always wanted to learn many languages; I might as well start a few weeks ago! :)

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

5 lingots for you. hopefully you'll used them to improve your spanish in DL to help others in return

Gracias por tu historia inspirational y mejores deseos. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Denglz

I am a beginner too,Spanish just as a interest for me ,but after read your stor, you encouraged me to learn it, thanks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlazeOfDaPhoenix

Muy buena historia,el español es el idioma mas hablado en el mundo por cierto. Saludos from Colombia.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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No es el idioma mas hablado, pero hay muchos hablantes.

El idioma mas hablado es el mandarín.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91
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Pero sí es el nativo de más paises. 21 si no estoy mal =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlazeOfDaPhoenix

Tienes toda la razón. Saludos

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AzureFlames
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That's pretty awesome. Was it easy to form your words, or did it take time?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kapri64

It seemed pretty easy, although I did have some Spanish before starting Duolingo. It's always a little scary to initiate a conversation. You never know if the person will start talking super fast and leave you standing there with a puzzled look on your face! ;-) Although I've found folks always appreciate if you make an effort.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarlinFan

That puzzled look usually lets people know to slow down or simplify what they are trying to say. That puzzled look tells them that you are not quite getting it all, but still paying attention. That puzzled look is what we are all trying to overcome! We can't become bilingual until we get out there and have some actual conversations! Your post is a great reminder to go ahead and try!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XSarah

That's great! Here is just another great example of why I want to be able to speak Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Reading this made me feel so happy! :D Thank you for sharing!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cric2014

Me da mucho gusto conocer estos testimonios de la generosidad y amabilidad de los compañeros de Duolingo. I wish you the best.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dariamk

I managed to help a Spanish lady out by pointing her towards the right direction of Piccadilly circus. Love knowing several languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kina.7

That's awesome! I love it =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gphackney

felicitaciones por tu valentía y bondad

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sofia673

That's really awesome! I love your story! It's so great that you were able to use hat you have learned and apply it to real life... that experience is always an amazing feeling! Congratulations, I hope you continue to have experiences like this one! Great job!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trinigilli

really cool and awesome story!! you should be proud

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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You just don't know how these stories touch my heart and inspire to improve my fluency day by day! Gracias para esto historia bonita! =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne
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What a wonderful story!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S..Kelly

That's wonderful!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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Well done! I'll need a good amount of time here before I can do that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnast_Gal223

wow that I so great! nice job :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnast_Gal223

oh sorry I meant "is" not "I" :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ixchel03

That is awesome!!!! : D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

thats great. duolingo sure does help you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeshuaTrejo

Wow ! Great Experience !!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91
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That's fantastic!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oogaboogabooga

That is what language is all about. You are a superstar! Que chevere pajita pulenta!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cric2014

Te regalo un lingot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanValeri
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It is inspirational. Thank you for your story. You are such a good person.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shipu23

somebody vote him up...he needs 200 votes!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shipu23

yay you hit 200

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osomu

I usually feel like i'm getting nowhere in learning Spanish, but reading this gave me a more positive outlook. Gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lauraaguera

Congratulations (and good job!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tatii6277

Really good story. Felicitaciones por usar el español como fuente de ayuda. Es algo muy bonito y espero te impulse a seguir estudiando esta hermosa lengua. Saludos.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quieroagua

muy bien

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Limbinda

Wow! Great job.

4 years ago