https://www.duolingo.com/sylviamf80

Learning spanish when you not speak english native.

I have been using duolingo for a while now, and have a "problem". I am not a native english speaker, my native langue is norwegian. My first thought was "this is not possible!" But after a while now I see that I learn spanish, but i ALSO getting better in english, because I have to learn the english grammar much better, to do it right in spanish. ;) Sometimes my spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes in english is making me crazy, because I know VERY well hos to translate spanish to norwegian, but then I have to translate it to english!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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I'm doing the same as you, and though my English is starting to be pretty decent I still pick up some tips and phrases here and there - especially from the discussions. It helps remembering that whenever you're taking twice the time getting through something, it's probably because you're doing twice the learning! Stå på! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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You're doing something language learners sometimes refer to as 'laddering'. It's where you start from your native language and work on a 2nd, and then later you use the 2nd language to work on the 3rd (while also strengthening the 2nd in the process).

In your case there's not much choice, but people do it on purpose too. (I'm a native English speaker learning Spanish. I could take the Duolingo Spanish --> French (or whatever) course someday.)

Just thought I'd throw in what people call it, because you can probably find tips and stuff online if you know what people call it :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Your English is pretty good. It is a challenge, learning one language through another. I'm doing Portuguese through Spanish - and I am beginning to think that I'll be going through Spanish to speak Portuguese forever - I can't seem to go directly there from English. It's really improving my Spanish, though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I am a native English speaker, and I am learning French for Spanish speakers. I make a lot of silly mistakes in Spanish, but I also learn to pay attention and I learn more Spanish by reading the sentence discussions and the helpful links people post in them. My progress is slow but I am surprised how much French I have learned.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/norteaga
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Keep it up sylviamf80! I am a Spanish native speaker and I learn mainly French. You are right, this way of learning is very helpful to improve other languages besides the target language. I really enjoy this a lot! Greetings!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XD29
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Congrats to your progress in both languages! I am doing the Italian course for English speakers, but my native language is German. I'm fluent in English though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
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A very impressive achievement! I hope to further my Spanish along by learning French from Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/junair
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I deliberately learn Spanish from non-native English and use other resources which are designed for English speakers - this way I simultaneously improve my English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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I'm a native Spanish speaker, and I'm doing the same with German. I could learn it from Spanish, but in this way I can practise my English and learn other languages.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wamna
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Hello from Bosnia and Herzegovina :) Good luck with your learning!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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Learning spanish when you DO not speak NATIVE ENGLISH.

I have been using duolingo for a while now, and have a "problem". I am not a native english speaker, my native languAGe is norwegian. My first thought was "this is not possible!" But after a while now I see that I CAN learn spanish, AND i AM ALSO getting better in english, because I have to UNDERSTAND the english grammar much better, to GET it right in spanish. ;) Sometimes my spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes in english MAKE me crazy, because I know VERY well hoW to translate spanish to norwegian, but then I have to translate it to english!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/howiecopywriter

Kind of cool. From Norwegian to English to Spanish...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Altiv
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Yes! It's the same for me! I'm a Spanish native learning German using the English course, sometimes I also make silly mistakes translating from one language to another, but my spelling on both English and German is getting better =)

Oh and congratulations for your achievement!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sylviamf80

I read english fluent, but speaking and writing is not as easy as reading it. ;) But it is getting better and better. And I will always remember with and whit now I think, after that I did that wrong a lot in the begining and lost a lot of hearts in the app. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arlaay

I have the opposite problem. English is my primary and being college educated, I have to re-choose and simplify my words to communicate properly. This is an amazingly good program. Muy Bueno!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oldschool.flora

I am Hungarian learning Spanish via English. It is perhaps easier this way because the sentence structure is more similar. And I would have never learnt to spell some basic English word without it :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FritzAnco
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Es complicado yo quisiera practicar holandes, pero desde español tampoco es posible, el unico nexo es el INGLES, debes mejorar tu ingles primero, espero que te sirva mi consejo

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Allinuse
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It's actually an advantage to learn foreign languages if your native language isn't English. You've already learned English as a child (at least if you're European) so you know how to learn a language. In addition you can pretend to not be able to speak English when you go to Spain.

1 year ago
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