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Looking for friends who don't know how bad my Spanish has gotten!

I work way better when I have friends egging me on or at least encouraging me. But I'm super embarrassed at how bad my Spanish has gotten ever since I left Los Angeles. I haven't seriously practiced in, man, nine years? My friend all still assume I'm fluent enough to get by and I do still almost understand everything that is said but my conjugation is awful and I'm embarrassed to speak the language at this point. I only tested to level 5.

Will you help motivate me? And nobody better tell my grandmother how awful my Spanish is now.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jameyson

When I first began studying Spanish about 15 years ago, I focused on all the things I felt were important: learning a lot of words, verb conjugation, things like por que or porque and so on. And doing this hours everyday for 5 years got me no where near fluent. In fact, I grew so frustrated with trying to learn Spanish that I quit trying all together.

A few months ago, I decided to give it another try. But instead of memorizing a bunch of unrelated words and grammar rules, I'm simply reading Spanish books, listening to Spanish radio and watching Spanish movies and cartoons. I'll occasionally jot down a word to look up later and I do the exercises here and on other sites and in these past few months, I have gained so much more comprehension than all those years before. Instead of trying to figure it all out, I'm just listening and absorbing what I read and hear.

Quit trying to learn the particulars and just focus on immersing yourself in the language and you'll have it back in no time. Remember, children learn to speak long before they learn about grammar!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CoateRack

Thanks for the reply but that's not really what I was looking for. I'm excited to jump back into learning (relearning?) Spanish and I was just hoping for some friends on here to keep me motivated who I wont' have to explain "hey, my Spanish kinda sucks now" to, that's all.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jameyson

Where are you from?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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If you finish the tree, you'll get a golden owl. That (and the streak) kept me pretty motivated :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/makahiwitk

Find a few people to follow and then play the game of catch-up, keep pace or overtake (I'm referring to the leaderboard). That is what I sometimes do to keep me going on days when I'd rather be doing something else. Other things that motivate me are setting a goal (daily/weekly/monthly), keeping my streak going, and going for golden owls.

3 years ago