who's like me, learning Spanish from the scratch?
I would like to make friends with you guys and share everyday progress.
I am not just starting, but I'll help out if you need anything. I check here most mornings and evenings Minnesota time. I'd suggest that you not rely on Duo alone, but install an app or two like a Spanish Dictionary, and pickup a used (cheap, old, whatever) Spanish text and/or grammar book. You'll also find that a site like www.studyspanish.com often does a more thorough job of presenting grammar issues than Duo does. Be advised that the Spanish here is Latin American with a Mexican slant, so it is not 'exactly' like the Spanish of Spain. Differences are not major -- well, to some folks it is a crisis ;) -- but the pronunciation of some things differs, and does some vocabulary. No biggie, though.
So, get a dictionary and some version of a textbook or 'for Dummies' book, find a Spanish radio station, track down some Spanish video on Netflix or YouTube, eat often a Mexican (non-Taco John's) restaurant, and get cracking! ;)
I think DL is great and I appreciate it and I enjoy it. I'm using it to refresh and expand my knowledge of Spanish and it's great for that. I think I would be very frustrated with DL, however, if I were a total beginner. So, I agree very much with rspreng's advice.
Thanks, rspreng. I've explored the website you recommended. It's great. A good supplement to DL. By the way, how long have it taken to be capable of reading a Spanish news?
Read a Spanish newspaper? It depends on what articles. ;). If you work at it daily (I read a Mexican paper every day) you can be picking up quite a bit in a few weeks. Look at it in Spanish, scroll to the 'translate to English' option, look it over, and you'll pick quite a bit up. The complicated articles will take a looooooong time. For an English speaker vocabulary is not too bad, but verbs and all the 'little words' like articles and me, te, le, lo, la, se, les, que, ese, eso, esa are hard. I would add that Duo exposes you to some things that many Spanish teachers would say not to worry about until you get the basics down pat. Getting through the Duo tree fast is not as important as really getting down the present, preterite, imperfect tenses, adverbs, adjectives, and basics. The subjunctive, conditional, and true future tenses can wait, IMO. New and complicated tenses come fast and furious near the end of the tree!
I'm a beginner too. I had some fun listening to Spanish podcasts on coffee break spanish before. In fact that's what got me started. DL is good for repetitive learning and vocab (I'll never forget that abrigo means coat and amarillo is actually a color and not a flavor thanks to DL) but I feel you need other sources to learn sentence structure better. And I would love to get some actual practise talking/communicating in spanish but I haven't lucked out with that. Any ideas anyone? Good luck desmondpenn and keep going! :)
Thanks Daniel. I just found a meetup group (unfortunately there is only one) for beginners where I live and I'm hoping to fit in! :)
Thank you, krithz. I guess I'm a passive learner and DL is totally fitted to me. Do you have any idea where we can find slow-speaking Spanish programs?
Todos, Hola ! A quien le interesa de praticar un poco conmigo. Pienso a hacer regularmente una llamada por Skype. De esa manera hablaramos un poco y comenzamos a cononcernos. Bueno ? Vivo en Lovaina, una ciudad cerca de Bruselas. Te espero con impaciencia.....Chauuuu, Roel
Hola Desmond. No encuentro el id. Donde puedo encontrar? Por otro lado he experimentado que mi Skype no marcha tan bien. Es que yo puede ver y entender alguien con que estoy haciendo una llamada, pero el otro me puede ver pero no o no me entiendes. Es muy lastimosa. Donde vives ?? Saludos, Roel