https://www.duolingo.com/darrenc

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I lost count of the number of times we had to talk about whether I had a pan in my kitchen... Come on Duolingo, you can do better than this. There are hundreds of words related to the household that you could use here.

6 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cyzaki
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I´m getting a lot of "¿Dormimos en tu cama o en mi cama?" which makes me wonder what this site thinks I am going to be doing in Spain...

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dkauffman

Surely the third most important sentence to learn in a new language, right after "Where is the bathroom?" and "I'm too drunk to drive."

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thelund
thelund
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"Dos cervezas por favor" should be number one on that list though!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Laubwald
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Not sure how useful it is to learn crib or umbrella instead of knife and fork, though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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That is one of my favourite sentences.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rurumonster

Also get the well intentioned "what do you have under your shirt/skirt" a lot as well. Nice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rurumonster

Also get the well intentioned "what do you have under your shirt/skirt" a lot as well. Nice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ErnieAtLYD

I have once had the sentence "NOSOTROS SOMOS TORTUGAS" so many times it's now a private joke between me and my Spanish speaking friends. I find that sentence cuts the awkward silence when they try to squeeze me out of a conversation.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dkurzka

I love the sentences about turtles. "Pato contra tortuga."

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thelund
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"Tortugas no corren"! Was very useful when I was on Tenerife... "Hurry up..." - "Tortugas no corren!"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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It's like "Epic Rap Battles of History! Duck! versus! Turtle!"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sebe13
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You have my like Sir ! Congratulations for such a long streak :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebT1991

YES. That one is my favorite. I googled it just for laughs. TRY THAT.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/celalergun
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I was laughing out loud in the office after reading your comment.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johnrichardevans

lol

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daruma

One of the techniques of language teaching is repetition, in fact repetition is an important aspect of learning any skill, hence the many repetetions. Do I need to repeat that?

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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Ditto this. Repetition, while boring, is the key to learning a language. I'd rather repeat word and sentences here than stare at homemade flashcards. I retain nothing when I study that way.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dkurzka

So boring, but I'm learning the words so... it works!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Merivel

They could, however, repeat the words in different combinations instead of using the same sentences ad nauseam. I think it would help cement each individual word in our heads instead of these mostly silly phrases.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jazzdragon022

I really like the silly phrases because they help get the words in my head. I don't think I would have ever remembered that Bear = Oso without mixing how the bear drinks bear into the mix. But I do hate repeating the same phrases, just in different formats. I stop memorizing the words and learning the language and just start memorizing specific phrases.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebT1991

Yeah! The goofy stuff helps me remember. Like "Pato contra tortuga". >.<

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicoleCarl1

I agree, but for some reason duolingo feels that the most important household words I need to learn are sponge and mirror.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/qubist
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One of the techniques of language teaching is repetition, in fact repetition is an important aspect of learning any skill, hence the many repetetions. Do I need to repeat that?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackknife89

I see what you did there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pinnie
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jajajaja touche!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Payne

Muy bueno.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/martinmanis

no tocamos mujeres

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/attis765
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I literaly LOL every time I hear it. So good.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkylarEC

At least we're not still talking about that duck.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/virharding

The occasional repetitiveness seems to be random. For me, it was all about the walls being red. I'm really hoping that on my next trip to a Spanish-speaking country I stay in a hostel with red walls so I can confidently say "Las paredes son rojas".

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gumbee

I had one exercise where every question was about a man being dead. Yes. I get it. He's dead... can we please move on now? :)

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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Wow, which exercise was that?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Payne

Was it anything serious?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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My suggestion is to use a supplement sight where you can make your own virtual flashcards. Memrise, StudyStack, Popling (which insists you study), and Byki are few flashcard sites that are quite good supplement sights. With Memrise you have to water plants or they die. StudyStack has games. Byki has a free version where I believe you can make your own lists. Any site like Duolingo or LiveMocha which is a course is not going to teach you all the vocabulary so the best thing you can do is pick a supplement site, use both, and start making lists. Have fun!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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Another good site that can be used to learn vocabulary supplements is http://www.learnalanguage.com

They have Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, French, Japanese, Chinese, and English.

They teach you a set of vocabulary through a few fun games. I love the burrito game. I feel this site compliments Duolingo very well.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jsbender

I am also getting the same phrase over and over again in some lessons. A little more variety would be nice.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/darrenc
darrenc
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@ikey: They're two and half years into the project, and there's nothing unfriendly in the criticisms above.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spanishspeaker32

I got a sentence once, saying "The duck speaks". It wasn't the nonsensical sentence that I found hilarious, but the fact that Duolingo used it so many times. Duolingo should have a duck as its mascot, not an owl. I've gotten a million questions on ducks but nothing on owls.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gumbee

My earlier comment was merely an attempt at levity, hence the smiley face. I've thanked the team on various occasions because I believe Duolingo is an incredible gift we've all been given.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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Ditto

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ErikNM
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I think you're underestimating the significant impact of having a pan in your kitchen. Do you, in fact, have a pan in your kitchen? If not, when will you have a pan in your kitchen?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MisterMentat

Los ninos beben leche?

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hcjfl

I normally like the repetition. I feel like I am really learning. Duolingo does find some funny things to repeat though! My last lesson was all about medias largas (long stockings), not something I need to say too often.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IngridMorstrad

tu no eres una mujer

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VishUponaStar

Es su silla? Sí, es su silla. Su silla. La silla de él? Sí, es la silla de él. No es mi silla, es su silla. Es tu silla? Yo veo su silla. Tiene una silla. Yo no tengo una silla. Él tiene una silla.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ikey

This is early days in a worthy charitable project aimed at translating the internet. Let's be a little bit friendly in our criticisms, they do provide and encourage you to leave feedback in the appropriate places.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LindaHill

Bravo!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Payne

Bingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sweetjosie

They also tend to repeat words you might have missed or misspelled in some lesson. You might also check on your "vocabulary" tab they tend to move on once the word is in your "long term memory" that word will pop up just randomly later on.... by the way "soy hijo de mi padre" :-)

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kcbKCBkcb

This comment is probably out-of-date now. There used to be only three lessons in the section and now there are six, so they've expanded it quite a bit.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bistenes

This appears to have been remedied. Thanks duolingo!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VishUponaStar

I still get 9001 questions about his chair. Please make it stop.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bstbyrk
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I think repetition is the BEST way to learn something. That's how I learned english! And I'm pretty good at it.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sparvoli
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"no tengo espejo en mi casa" is very embarrassing after you repeat again and again

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/masonIFTW

"el cangrejo bebe leche" was my alltime favorite. Just the image of a crab drinking milk..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rurumonster

After hearing "the X animal drinks Y liquid" EVERY single time you hit the practice button it starts to lose its charm

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ikey

good stuff :)

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Patch051
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there is a real problem with teacning verbs: ser and tener are in almost all the sentences, even in lessons that are not for beginners. Other language courses widen their scope much more rapidly and teach more verbs. I'm just about to quit, fed up by too many silly sentences. There's got to be some other way!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paddjon

The ancient Greeks, skilled in the art of memory, knew that there were three classes of things that were most memorable; red things, rude things and ridiculous things. I've not had any rude sentences yet, but very happy with all the red walls and the elephants who don't eat cheese sandwiches.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hezsantana

it kept asking me about talking on the phone

4 years ago
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