https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie

I've hit a wall

Rozzie
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i don't want to do Duolingo anymore I have been doing it for 33 days and I want to finish my spanish tree but I don't think I can. When doubt comes into your head what do you do? I spend more than an half an hour on one lesson but it's not because I mess up its because it getting harder. Should I just stop or keep plugging away even though it takes me nearly an hour to complete? Your advise would help much thanks in advance.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I opted to complete the tree thoroughly, I went back over earlier lessons until I passed them perfectly and only moved on when I understood the principles behind the earlier lessons. Whenever something confused me, I used sites like StudySpanish and SpanishDict to learn about grammar when DuoLingo wasn't enough on it's own. So far it's been almost entirely review for me and I haven't learned anything new, but what I have reviewed is fresh in my mind so that by the time I move onto new stuff, I will have a strong foundation of old stuff. Some days I barely got in one lessons, but lately it's been getting easier because I'm so very grounded in the basics. Learning a language takes time, give yourself as much as you need.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Yup! You've hit what I'm coining the '2nd Month Slump'. During Month 1 it's all fresh and new, you're all gung-ho about your new language and you have been focusing mainly on entry-level stuff to get your feet wet.

Month 2 rolls around.... dun-dun-DUN!!! All of a sudden everything isn't all peaches and cream anymore. The planets have fallen out of orbit. The stars are no longer aligned. Chaos rules the land and things look grim for our traveling hero.

Just wait until Month 3.... MWUAHAHAHA - That's when your going to ask yourself "What am I still doing this for? I've been trying so hard for so long, and I still can't understand most of what is said when I am listening to native speakers! In fact, if you are anything like me (you are, face it, you're looking at that wall right now, as we speak) you will actually understand even less in Month 3. You may even begin to hate yourself for it.

Eventually...This will slowly wear off. There will be a break in the clouds. Order will be restored to the kingdom. Joyfulness will be given form, and it will be called comprehension. Blessed be the speakers of all the various tongues, for they shall lend their guiding light to thine ear. And then, Rozzie... guess what?

You've made it to Month 4.

Climbing Wall - The Excalibur

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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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Oh wow, now that's a wall I want to climb! :o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duosam1

WOW I want to go there! I will make it 100 feet lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duosam1

Quit the negative thinking and instead think positively. Don't ever tell yourself "I can't..", instead, in your mind, lie and say "I can" and soon enough it will become the truth. The way you speak to yourself in your head is what you will believe. So always think positive! Good luck! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
wildfood
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If the lessons are too hard I write the sentences I miss on a piece of paper and I have them handy when they pop back up.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
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Don't give up. There are always going to be walls, whether they involve verb conjugations, other parts of grammar, vocabulary, retention, so forth and so on. I can get disheartened sometimes, but then I remember where I was six months ago compared to where I am now, and I generally feel better.

That said, the answer isn't necessarily just plugging away if you're having problems with the grammar. I'd suggest identifying exactly what's giving you trouble and look it up in something like spanish.about.com or SpanishDict, and trying to wrap your head around it outside of Duolingo. Drilling stuff without figuring out why something is right and something else is wrong is going to be a very slow process.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Far_1
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Theres a quote that goes something like '' i don't care that i walk slowly, i care if i stop'' so just keep pluggin' away homeslice.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xGequili
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Hi, it's been a little bit easier for me since I studied Spanish for a couple years prior to Duolingo, but even in class I would think to myself that I would never be able to learn this. Even now I look at my Spanish tree and think "wow this is going to take forever" but I just take a break sometimes. You can even buy a streak freeze if you want to keep your streak but take a rest from it. Just take breaks and pace yourself because you will get past the rough patch and be doing better. You could even listen to some Spanish music if that would inspire you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cyneburg
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I went through the same thing in the summer. I didn't think about quitting, I was thinking about how can I get over this? What I did was go over the earlier stuff, golded them, then I went to learn the verb tenses and the conjugations. I went to do the lessons I already knew how to conjugate. I used memrise to do this. It's a free website and app for phones and tablets, similar to duolingo as well but they seem to use learning and memory theories more to help with learning whatever a person wants to learn.

I use this to learn conjugating http://www.memrise.com/course/122116/easy-spanish-conjugation/ It goes through first to tell you what they are first and if you mess up it goes back to remind you. It is like mini quizzes, which is what I mean by its similar to duolingo. There's also mems, that are pictures to help you remember what you're learning. There are others that have made mems but you can make your own as well if it'll help you better.

For grammar I use http://www.memrise.com/course/153170/easy-spanish-grammar/

Now that I'm done with my Spanish tree, I use memrise a lot more, I'm just going through and golding because I want an all golden tree. Memrise isn't for everyone I've noticed but I like it and maybe you can give it a try too see if you like it or not and see if it helps you.

Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
Rozzie
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Prepositions is where I hit the wall. I was so excited to do them this year and after the first lesson I decided that it is to hard. So how do I make it not so hard. Today I decided to golden family section and that was hard to so I took a break before finish so I could clear my head it work but the sentence are longer and take much more time for me to remember what it means. I have my dictionary near me to help me. But the word mientras is the word that set me off because I couldn't find the word in my dictionary and I had been on this section more then thirty minutes by the time that word came up. Once I came back I felt better maybe because I took a break in the middle of the lesson but whatever it was I'm glad I could regroup. So what do I do so I don't get upset over the lesson?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/9 mientras is "while" but it has a few other uses as well http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/while mientras tanto is "meanwhile". It's one I've used so often I've been able to memorize it, so I'd suggest writing down a few sentences to help you learn how it's used. 'Ella quiere cantar mientras yo bebo el refresco.' - She wants to sing while I drink soda.

3 years ago
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