Hi, my name is Sarah! I've been thinking a lot about the importance of language and how learning more can open new relationships and possibilities with all the other people in the world besides English-speakers! I have the ability to express my thoughts and feelings through my voice while other can't and I should take advantage of it. However, doing it alone may not be the best idea. Without other people we would not have gotten to where we are right now. Other people run our power, build our cars, and educate us, not ourselves and ourselves alone. + There are strength in numbers, which is why I would like a Duolingo buddy, to share ideas and epiphanies with, to talk to when I or we both are stuck on something, to share the experience of language together! My buddy-ness limited because Spanish is the only language I'm studying at the moment, but still! If anyone would like to be my partner in crime please comment below! Of course this isn't limited to just one person. When I go back to school on September 2nd, I'll be practicing one lesson everyday on this website. If you want to be in this for the help, I am in my second year of Spanish in highschool, meaning I know things like asking questions, boot verbs, and describing myself. I personally have trouble listening to, not reading, Spanish. Thank you, have a nice day!
Hi! I need some serious help with everyday conversation in Spanish. All I know how to say is "how are you" and "bye" and DL is teaching me how to say "yo soy un oso" which I am not ;)
Similar to what I said to Mr. Saltyspoons, online language programs and most language education in schools don't really teach the natural language. You learned English by corralting a specific order of sounds (the alphabet and phonetics) with an action or physical thing or feeling, not "translate this". If you really want to learn a language, you need to spend time talking to Spanish speaking people. I know that when my mom says "levey teh too" in Haitian Creole, I'm supposed to lift my head because she motioned it with her head, too. I'm only on DL because I needed something to refresh my memory over the summer, but in my class, when the teacher says "escuchen" and puts her hand cupped behind her ear, I don't translate "escuchen" to "all of you, listen", I simply do the action which is how language is supposed to be. Long story short, DL isn't going to give you the full experience, you have to get it yourself. Hopefully you know some Spanish speakers! (more opportunities to make friends!) Sorry if this wasn't the help you expected! :)
I can help with Spanish. I took it in high school and now in college, so I understand it on an academic level. Feel free to shoot any questions.
Thank you so much! Question, though. How is Spanish more advanced in college? Is it like more expansion on vocabulary or do you actually get asked real life questions and normal conversations in Spanish? (I mean when I tell my Spanish-speaking friends about what I learned in my class, they answer with "Really? No one even says that! 'Hola, como estas' Ha! Yeah, no. Especially if your talking with a friend." Also I've heard of studying abroad and how if you completely immerse yourself in Spanish culture, it will help with your language.
It is more advanced with conjugations, irregulars, and the subjunctive. It is less general and more specific vocabulary, too. There is no doubt about the effectiveness of studying abroad. That's for sure. The truth is, I have learned more Spanish on my computer than I have at school, even though I am in my fifth class. I have made a lot of buddies to language exchange with on Skype, and that method seems to be the most effective learning method for me. Seeking real, constructive criticism from native speakers is, in my opinion, the best way to learn. I can recommend some websites to you to find friends to speak with, if you like.
Cool! You had the lessons here or somewhere else, like at school another online language program? I'm curious!