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started learning Spanish

Hola to the Duolingo community! I'm Sage and this is my first time using Duolingo, and my first time trying to learn a new language! I'm very excited to start learning Spanish which I always see as a joyful and beautiful language, and hopefully I can utilise it if I meet a Spaniard and/or visit Spain one day! As I am completely new to this language (ignoring the episodes of Dora the Explorer I watched when I was younger), I was wondering if there are any tips for a beginner from any others learning the language or from those who have mastered Spanish already! Muchas gracias in advance! :)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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Welcome to Duolingo, Sage!

Glad you found us! :) If you have any questions, check out this unofficial Duolingo wiki. It provides some great tips on navigating the site!

Tips: Take it slow when you have to, don't be afraid to ask questions, and have fun! :)

I see your location...my good friend palocortado also lives there, something in common. :) He has a high level in Spanish as well (as in CEFR, because we are both Level 25 on Duolingo), so here's a member to follow, as a recommendation. :) He's very helpful, and has a good grasp of grammar.

Hint: When we say "I finished my tree!", that is referring to completion of all the lessons in a course. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ACastle_10
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Welcome to Duo! Try and stick to learning a little each day, rather than going in bursts. It will help you more long-term.

Best of luck with your Spanish, I hope that you enjoy it and become an active part of the community.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/neetapeeta

Welcome to the community!! I hope you have fun here. My advice is to take it slow and not try to learn everything in one go otherwise you will make your brain cry. Stay positive and don't be afraid to ask others for help. good luck :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tharwata

Welcome and good luck .. I am new here as well but I used to study Spanish some were else but actually learning here is much more fun and fast .. best wishes :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/meggycortes

Welcome! Have a lingot :)

A great way to improve quickly is by practicing everyday. :D it's great for the streak too. Try to set a goal. Like everyday you'll practice a new level and refresh about 3 levels that you've already done. Doing a level that you've already finished will help you remember the words more.

Talk to people who speak in Spanish. The http://www.language-exchanges.org/ is a site for that. They will set you up with people who speak spanish and you can talk on Skype. I've already made a few friends who help me with my grammar.

And take notes. Writing is a great way to remember things. I have a notebook which i write new words that i learn here, and their conjugations and such. There's nothing wrong with looking at notes when doing a level, but after a while you should challenge yourself to completing a level without looking at your notebook.

aaand read books. Watch shows. Basically read/watch anything spanish related. I've been following the spanish football team on twitter, at first i couldnt understand anything they say but after using duolingo for a while i can already understand half of their tweets :)

wow this was long. Im not a master yet in spanish but hope this helps you! (i already started dreaming in spanish so i guess thats an achievement)

Buena suerte, amigo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/procrastinitis

I started learning Spanish too! I found Duolingo thanks to my Spanish teacher. :)

4 years ago