Earning lingots in Spanish and French
I'm having the hardest time accumulating lingots on Spanish and French. I usually miss at least one question per lesson. I'm down to one lingot despite earning more than 3,000 points in Sp and 1,000 in Fr. It is frustrating.
The heart refills are a scam, and you are being swindled. If you can't make it through the lesson without missing four questions, you need to do the lesson again.
Also, a lot of us tend to rush and make silly mistakes - transposed letters, hitting the wrong key, etc. I've found it helps a lot to pause before I submit, and re-read the "from" and "to" sentences, or re-play the audio and read what I wrote one last time. It slows me down a bit, but I find that thoughtful consideration is a big aid to retention. I don't always remember to do this myself, mind you :)
1) there is little actual 'need' for lingots. 2) earn five lingots and do the double or nothing bet. 3) you say you are 'down to one lingot.' What are you spending/ waiting ;) your lingots on? 4) make positive contributions to the forum and people will give you lingots - but don't ask or beg, or you'll get downvotes
I was not begging for anything, rspreng, I was asking for information. I have spent most of my lingots on heart refills. This drains my account pretty fast. Here's my positive contribution: for better understanding of any language, it is good to find an opportunity for immersion, such as a tienda, or taco truck, or latino festival. Perhaps I have gotten lazy because I have not immersed myself lately. Last school year, however, I taught a kindergarten class that primarily used Spanish. I did fairly well and by the end of the school week, I was understanding the conversation better.
Not suggesting you were begging, just advising you not to. ;). Ah, heart refills. Most folks here consider buying heart refills a waste of lingots, unless you have tons to spare. I agree, hanging out at a Mexican restaurant chatting with the help is my favorite form of Immersion.
Thanks for the offer HoustonWil. I was really just fishing for information, not lingots. I'm actually enjoying the duo lingo site very much. It augments my one semester of Spanish and five years of French. I briefly tried German and Portuguese but got a little confused trying to learn four languages at once. I do try to learn a bit of Spanish by watching soccer on Univision.