https://www.duolingo.com/ivsve

How to learn an extra few hundred Spanish words - easily

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I acted upon this idea a few days ago and I am already seeing the benefits - once you finish the tree, you'll have enough knowledge to avoid getting lost should you change your phone language to Spanish. So, do it now!

We all use our phones on a daily basis, and if the phone is set to Spanish, it will bombard you daily with neat words such as Mensajes, Ajuestes, Llamada and Quiosco, not to say anything about fancy phrases like "Introduzca el codigo", "Fondos de pantalla y brillo" or "Parcialmente nublado".

Of course, if one gets really confused by the meaning of a certain word, or if it is hard to derive the meaning from the context, there is always a Google Traductor app, which should be able to help you in just a few clicks. :)

Bottom line, if you start using your phone in Spanish today, in a few weeks you will have learned a bunch of new words without even trying!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DomingoCSlay
DomingoCSlay
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There is one more tip: when you are starting to read in some spanish-speak countries, you label all domestic things to familiarize objects to concepts, for example, you will put a label with the word "puerta" in your door, so you can start to thinking in spanish, i am doing it with english words, because i am a native spanish speaker, and that's helping me to improve my english skills, you can try it! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ivsve
ivsve
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thank you for the tip!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/McKenzie_Grimes

Que es tan inteligente!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/comocomo

i"m going to label my whole house with spanish post its! Thanks! I hope my boyfriend and roommate don't mind ^.^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
vcel10
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Change everything! A while back I posted this tip switching your Twitter or Facebook account to Spanish.

  • You can change your computer operating system to Spanish. Well you have to pay extra to do that on a PC.
  • If you have a smart TV, you can change the television's operating system to Spanish.
  • If you play video games (PS4, Xbox-One, or Steam) you can change your settings to Spanish.

Bottom line, you deserve a lingot! Have fun.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/riftyful

The paying might be true for Windows, but in GNU/Linux, you can change languages for free. Please don't use the term "PC" do refer to Windows. Keep the penguin happy! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Your absolutely right. PC = personal computer Penguins don't wash windows, and they don't eap apples.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion
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You have to pay on Windows? Switching languages on Apple is free (and takes only a couple minutes)!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

You do not have to pay to change languages on Windows. Windows was reinstalled on my computer in Spanish (in Costa Rica, long story) and changed to English without charge.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsaacAddis

I love how many people here are fellow PC geeks and Linux brothers haha!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Just for clarification. Windows 7 = Windows Home, Windows Enterprise edition or Windows Ultimate Edition.

You can not change languages with Win Home version 7.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VirusKA

I LOL'd

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DraeWright
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I posted below but didn't go into all this. I completely agree! I set up an email account in spanish and used it to register for duolingo and all the other spanish language sites and apps I use. Also, I created a spanish only radio station on my Pandora account. And, set up a spanish facebook page for the spanish email address. It is all helping! I also use a lot of you tube videos of music in spanish and am learning to sing the songs with lyric on screen, also look up lyrics (letras) and often translate songs, portions of reading material and some Bible verses. I listen to a spanish radio station in the car and one online from Puerto Rico on my phone. I also checked out about two dozen primer and first grade level reading books in spanish and some bilingual spanish-english. I find reading them over and over, looking up unknown words is GREAT for my retention because a story and often a picture is attached to the words I learn. Today I asked my waitress if she spoke spanish and she did. She let me order in spanish and asked me the usual questions in spanish and gave me plenty time to call up an answer. When I am doing well, I write Spanish and translate to English. When clueless, I write English and translate to Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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When I turned my ATM default language to Spanish, I made sure I learned and remembered fast, I didn't want to lose money ;-)! Maybe you have seen this but checkout Bible Gateway is really helpful because it includes audio and bilingual text on screen. The last time I tried to order en español I probably received a D but it was fun trying.

Thanks for sharing, enjoy a Lingot!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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I switched all devices, too, even before really starting with Spanish. It does get difficult, if an important looking warning pops up.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/--._
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You don't have to pay extra to change the OS language to Spanish. Just download a free language pack from Windows Update.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
vcel10
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I just checked this Microsoft link it states . . .

If you have the Ultimate or Enterprise edition for Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can download additional language packs by using Windows Update.

That's not the default installed Windows version. Do you know about any other tricks or ways to get a Windows language pack?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Thanks for the tip.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DraeWright
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My new laptop is windows ultimate. Gotta check this out!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gregory.nelson

i love you haha lesbeone.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Justin-B
Justin-B
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Lo hice!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pozine
pozine
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¡Yo tambien!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/esperanzaninja

Haha, I have my phone and iPod set to Spanish. People think I am crazy but it works! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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That's really not a bad idea. I have my facebook and computer set up in Spanish, too. After a while you don't even notice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Roma - Is there an easy way to change your comp to Spanish? And of course, an easy way back if you are lost?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I have a mac that I use for work, I changed it in settings. I don't remember how I did it when I had a PC, but I'm not much of a techie. If I can figure it out, then it can't be too difficult. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Okay! I do not have a mac, but I will fiddle around with the settings and see if I can change the language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/--._
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You also have to get a language pack from Windows Update before heqamqaat's instructions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/heqamaat
heqamaat
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it should be in the control panel under something labeled like region and language options. If you don't see it immediately you can probably search for it too. You want to change the display language

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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"If you have the Ultimate or Enterprise edition for Windows Vista or Windows 7" - Microsoft.com

I just found that on microsoft's website. That doesn't apply to the default Windows installed on most computers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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What a simple, yet awesome idea. Major upvote for this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pobrecito13

I did that awhile ago, and love it. I haven't tried the computer yet. One of these days I'll get to it. As others have said, you can set your TV to Spanish, and mine is probably 10 years old now. Another place is the ATM and phone systems, but I had a professor that said when it comes to money or health he'd rather talk in his native language. Which I totally understand. I had a stand alone mp3 player that I changed to Spanish, but it went for a swim. :( There are probably many other possibilities, but I don't usually get the latest, greatest gadgets. Another thing I do is write my shopping lists in Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeckaK

I did that when I first moved to South America and my brain wanted to explode. Of course, at that point I knew no Spanish at all, so maybe it is something I should try again. But I despise talking on the phone, answering the phone, reading or responding to messages, etc in English, so my guess is that I will despise it more if I have to decode it every time I pick it up. LOL

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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I know! I did that to my laptop and I've learned so many new words - Marcadores, Sistema, Papelera, Descargas, etc. It even switched the way it does the dates. I got the idea from a friend who completely reconfigured his phone so that everything was Spanish. (I don't know how he did it but pretty much everything, except English, texts was Spanish.)

I also adjust the settings in pretty much every social media site I'm on so that everything is in Spanish.

You know what would be really cool? If Duolingo had an option so that I could switch it to Spanish. (When I'm on my English-Spanish course, if I could choose to have everything in Spanish.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

You can also use most ATMs in Spanish. It's not difficult after the first time, and even the first time is pretty easy if you're familiar with the location and sequence of things in English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dawn33
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Some stores have self checkout terminals that let me change the language to Spanish. It's all well and good (especially for fruits and vegetables) until there's an unexpected error in the checkout process. :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nightowl433

I suggest watching the Spanish channel no smart tv for me :c

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DraeWright
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Yes, and I have found movies in Spanish on netflix. It was hard at first but I started searching on a word in Spanish and did better. Now since I have saved some and watched some it suggests them for me. Usually you can use english subtitles if you are at a low level like I am, but what I plan to do is watch the same move several times, then turn the subtitles off and watch it several more times.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stfods
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Nice idea, I am also doing that. What is good is that apps also switch to Spanish (e.g. Duolingo) and bring some new words, e.g. Endomondo brings a lot of sports-related stuff

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DraeWright
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Yo lo hice esta también. Tambien mi Chromebook (yo estudio español con mi Chromebook) y tambien mi computadora. Este me presenta cada dia con español palabras y frases en los areas yo hago mucho. Solamente dos o tres veces yo lo cambiado los dispositivos volvió a inglés cuando hago algunas cosas lo que muy importa.

Ayer comencé a aprender los verbos de tiempo pasado. ¡Graciás, Duolingo y mis amigos! Hoy es día veintiocho.

Yo usé una traductor a traducir 9-10 palabras a escribo esta. Me tomé veinte minutos. ¡Ustedes pueden hacer ésta!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DomingoCSlay
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Yo hice "esto" también. En mi Chromebook (estudio español en mi Chromebook) y también en mi computadora. "Ésta" me presenta "en" español palabras y frases en "las" áreas "que" yo hago mucho. Solamente "lo he cambiado" dos o tres veces, y "lo regreso a inglés cuando hago algunas cosas muy importantes"

Ayer comencé a aprender los verbos "en" tiempo pasado. ¡Gracias, Duolingo y mis amigos! Hoy es "mi" día 28.

"Usé un traductor" para traducir 9 ó 10 palabras "para escribir esto". Me "tomó" veinte minutos. "¡Ustedes pueden hacer esto!"

Nice Work!! Remember, in spanish it's not always necesary write the subject, because the verb tells you who or what are you talking about. The phrases in "" are the corrections. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DraeWright
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¡Muchas gracias por tu ayuda!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricDenney

Another way to learn more words is to buy Dr. Suess books in Spanish. You know the books in English so reading in Spanish is easy and you learn quickly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenniferh918

That's a good idea. I have also found by starting to work on the "English for Spanish speakers" tree, though my native language is english, I am forced to think from a different perspective about the Spanish language. It's like doing something right-handed forever, then suddenly you can only use your left hand.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/M.K.Niazi

Great idea! I mean I'm new and learning Spanish and I'll definitely try the thing

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

Try it on your computer, switch its language to spanish

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tryin2
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what a terrific idea -- so texting will all come through as Spanish? What about the recipient? Here you go, have a lingot!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AugustPrid

Thanks for the lesson. (Gracias por la lesión)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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lección. lesion= wound.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AugustPrid

Sorry. I was autocorrected.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Been there, done that. It's really annoying.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AugustPrid

At least you understand.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyMcClendon

Es una buena Idea.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VirusKA

Si, senor!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DomingoCSlay
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señor, if you seek in your settings for language on your computer, there is an language package called "English international" and that can type the ñ and accents, check it out! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyMcClendon

Sabe donde esta "Spanish Grammar rules"?. Algien me ha dicho de esa pagina, pero no puedo buscarlo. Quizas usted sabe?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyMcClendon

Gracias por eso.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosMorg8

good idea, thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zakjensen

me too guys

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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I did this with my Kindle, and it is really enjoyable!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sandyhay14

great idea - a little scary but I might try it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminelavida

Thx for the tip bro ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BeautifulChloe

wow

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katelynjahnke

This is awesome! I am considering doing that to my phone when I no longer have to share it! :P LOL. Thanks for such a wonderful idea and taking the time to make such a helpful contribution to the Duolingo community. ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DrNurSAT

Great

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cadenryoung

I tried this out a couple years ago, and I found methods such as this to be very effective in expanding and maintaining your vocabulary in any language. I especially found this helpful if you do not converse in the language on a daily basis. How often do you hear Chinese in Texas?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiwicola

That's a cool idea! But I think I'd easily get lost...I'm too lazy to look things up (Just Kidding). XD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jfrog1998

This is really handy I've already seen the benefits :) thanks guys x

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoctorDon

you can not refer to ever computer as a "PC" because PC is for computer that only run the windows program, this is why an Apple computer is called a MAC

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/M.K.Niazi

Good idea! im learning Spanish too!

4 years ago
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