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Major progress!

¡Hola a todos! I've been learning spanish for about 4 months(every day for 4 months) and about 2 months ago i decided to only speak spanish when i go to a local store(or at least as much as i could, resorting back to english only when i have to). When i first started doing this i would order half in spanish, half in english (on a good day) with a decent amount of mistakes along the way. I could tell the guy in the store was flattered i was learning his language, and i could tell he got a kick out of me ordering and asking for things in spanish. (in a good way). Well 2 months later, im thrilled with my progress, on a bad day i mess up a word or two... Or three, but 9 times out of 10 i nail it.

When i first started this, i would get a lot of encouragement and praise from the workers in the store but now i don't and thats a really good thing. For the most part im no longer the guy who practices his spanish in the store, i'm just the guy who converses and orders. I didn't post this for upvotes or to land on the popular discussion thread but to say duolingo works, often times we need reminders on just how much we learned. If we go long enough without a reminder, you can start feeling like it was time put in for nothing. The best part of language learning is when speaking, listening or writing becomes less and less of a big deal. Thanks DL and thanks DL community.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/abigail.hensel

That is so great, TheLdawg! Learning is so much fun when you (and others) can see your major progress. Keep up the good work!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsaacAddis

Interesting technique. Mind if I borrow it? xD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

of course not isaac, good luck bud.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000
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What a good idea! I might have to try that at a local Hispanic store where I live.. Hopefully no one will judge the "gringo" trying to speak Spanish. Hopefully they will take it in a good way. I'm always nervous about trying to speak a new language to a native speaker, I don't want them to think I'm trying to be rude.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

I hear ya, you can always let them know you're learning spanish and wwant to know if you can practice with them. This way no offense will be taken. What i did when i first started was speak a little spanish and slowly build up. Best of luck, and when you get great at ordering in your local store i'm gonna want to hear about it so leave a post =)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000
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Thanks! Will do.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
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Enhorabuena!

So did you already have a relationship with the people in this store? I always feel a bit weird when I try to speak Spanish with native speakers in the US -- like it'd be presumptive of me to assume they'd rather speak Spanish than the local language. I even hesitate when they clearly can't speak English well. I don't like people immediately speaking to me in English when I'm abroad, so I'm super self-conscious about doing the same. But nobody's gotten angry at me the couple times where I have switched languages, so maybe I'm just overthinking it?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

thanks for the reply llmarien, i did have a relationship with the workers for a couple of years and when i first started i let them know i was learning spanish. So yea, there was prior knowledge before hand. You're not overthinking it at all, i wouldn't just start speaking spanish cause it would seem like i think that person doesn't know english but when it comes to store employees or someone you see a lot, you could always say "i'm learning spanish is it ok if i practice with you every now and then?" i live in an area with a lot of spanish speakers so i lucked out. If it's someone who doesn't speak english well, you can always use some spanish along with english. Buena suerte señora.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
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Y a ti también!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan-NYC
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Sometimes people will respond in English because they want you to know they speak it, that they're not ignorant. Anyway, nice going. There's nothing like practice.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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High 5 TheLdawg! :) You are brave and awesome!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

¡Felicidades!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyfmms

great job im going to try that

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

¡Gracias! It's a great way to improve.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lasp2005

I love spanish and my mom speaks a little spanish so i want to learn more words than my mom and set the level for my family.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YESSIKA2014

Hola, creo sería buena idea si escribes todo en español.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

¡Excelente idea! Pero yo aún no soy tan bueno en español.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YESSIKA2014

jajaja, ya lo serás.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_
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Felicidades ☺ That is awesome!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/B1ond1e

Well done you! Good boost to your confidence and lovely for us other learners to hear, thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bumblebeesearles

Can you let me know what else helped you I am just starting out to learn spanish and I am very serious about this. My job is 80 percent spanish kids and parents and not being able to understand the language and being able to communicate with them really freaks me out.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

¡Hola bumblebees! One of the most if not the most helpful tip i got was to label everything in your home with index cards of the spanish word on it. Example label your door with a card saying "la puerta" (the door) on it or your table with "la mesa" (the table). Do this with many items in your home and you'll memorize it all. Also use Duolingo a lot, it's been the meat and potatoes of my learning. Watching spanish childrens cartoons helps(although its boring) write down words you see and look them up after the show. Best of luck and message me anytime you need help or advice.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jensen_David

Felicidades por tu progreso!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/weaselpaws

didn't do it for the upvotes, got up votes and lingots,

pero de cualquier manera, felicitaciones!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lorygirl101

hm waw i think i am wayyyy behind now i am feeling left out

3 years ago