Few weeks on Duolingo was better than a whole year of spanish classes!
I am completely hooked on Duolingo, and spanish. I have wanted to learn it for many years now, and i have even taken night classes in Spanish. But it didn't really live up to my expectations. Most of the members were older (60y+) and after a whole year we were still stuck on introducing ourselves. "Hola, Me llamo ..." and so on. There were more coffee breaks than actual study time. And frankly, it got frustrating after a while.
Our teacher introduced us to Duolingo, in case any of us wanted to learn some Spanish on our own, and at first i didn't pay it much attention, trying to focus on the books we had, but as soon as i had completed the first stages i was hooked. I was finally on my way to learn this amazing language and it didn't take long to quit the night classes. I also discovered the discussion forums. And most of you are better at explaining some of the tricky stuff than my teacher ever was. I now spend between 10-40 minutes on Duolingo everyday. I am even thinking about moving to Spain for a year, to study spanish.
I have this thing now, where i do the same level until i pass it with full hearts, before i move on to the next level, even if the next level is "open". That way i really learn that particular level, even if it sometimes takes me days on the same level, (with much frustration). But when i pass a level i REALLY know all the words by heart.
Do you guys have any special "things" that you do to memorize word better? Your own schedule or techniques that you use here on Duolingo?
I'm glad you're enjoying this amazing site! My only recommendation is go at your pace, some people can remember things fast, others take more time and that is one of the best features of Duolingo, you can learn whenever you are able to and do it your way, just try to practice everyday.
Good advice! I will try to do just that, because my goal is not just to complete the Spanish tree as fast as i can, but rather trying to learn as much as possible.
Duolingo is so amazing that i sometimes can't believe that it's free!
I took three years of spanish in high school and have long forgotten anything I learned there. Even when I was taking the classes, I didn't retain much or comprehend it all very well. Duo lingo works so much better for me.
As for technique, I never move onto anything new until I know for certain I have gone through strengthening as many tricky lessons as I can over and over. I also go over the latest lessons repeatedly. Doing this makes my progression to new lessons very slow, but I'm in no hurry so I just take my time and make sure I have things down backwards and forewords before I tackle something new.
I agree. I've learned more in 5 days with Duolingo than I did in school. I actually look forward to learning more!
I totally agree....I do not believe that Spanish classes are that effective...maybe they are I you want to learn numbers and the days of the week...but all in all, Duolingo is way more helpful :P
It also depends on where you take classes, and from whom. The two weeks I recently spent taking classes in Mexico = months of Duolingo.
That is true. I was taking classes here in Sweden, and that was 50minutes a week. My thought with going to Spain is that everyone is speaking spanish and that i won't have any choice but to try to speak spanish. The more you have to use the language the more you learn right? :)
Why go to Spain? If you haven't been to South America, you are missing one major continente.
América del sur is my dream destination. I wanna see the whole continent, but Spain is closer to where i live now, ergo a lot cheaper. Someday thought... someday ;)
I do the same level again and again until it's full too. I also strengthen each skill until I pass with full hearts. I just wish there was a word list!
I find with a lot of words just breaking them down into their roots and their relationship to English words helps. The word "esperar", for instance, means "to wait for" or "to hope for", which is a little odd and hard to remember for an English speaker until you relate it to the (slightly archaic) English verb "await" that also carries both meanings. "I am awaiting my friend." "The trapped miners awaited rescue." I suspect that it's the same Latin root as the English "aspire," but I'm not certain.
Similarly, the word "desesperar" means to despair, but if you break it down into roots it become "des esperar," "to [not or stop] hope."
This is the same way I learn new English vocabulary (my native language), so it doesn't hit against the same rote memorization block that I've had with foreign languages in the past.
I feel exactly the same way! This is going to be the third year I take spanish in highschool, but I never actually learned much and just got by on a C. Now that I've joined Duolingo i definitely feel the improvement. It's quite a refreshing and rewarding feeling
That's great! I totally agree! I did Spanish last year in high school and we learned a lot. Really we did. This is now my second year and we're re-learning everything. The only new thing that we're learning is past-tense verbs. That is just so tedious and boring. So, I've been meaning to check out this website for a really long time and I started yesterday and I'm already a level five (it's big to me, haha). This website is much more helpful than my Spanish teacher has ever been. Thanks, Duolingo!
Btw, I just repeat the Spanish word and the English meaning over and over (about 5-10 times) and it seems to work for me! :)