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adding History, places and culture of countries to lessons

MarkPustam
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hey, everyone, I just started trying out the Spanish lessons, and well, while looking over the lessons available, it doesn't seem to have any lessons with regards to particular phrases, slang, idioms, expressions and sayings used in countries that speak Spanish, the history of countries that speak Spanish, as well as various other cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries.

If this is truly unavailable, I believe that maybe some people could start adding these to the lesson plans for learning the language, as this information could prove invaluable towards not only learning the language, but also the cultures and values of others who live in different parts of the world, as well as allow for better understanding between us all. Thanks.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I find that Spanish varies by region - in some places there's a little Nahuatl mixed in, in others Quechua. Words like ojal√° have an Arabic influence - and there are words from English and French and German - words that might exist in Mexico have no meaning or an entirely different meaning in Chile. There's really no way DuoLingo could maintain a thorough list. Though I think it would be nice if they added a unit specifically for vosotros and vos ... I don't get a chance to practice them nearly enough even though I'm unlikely to use them.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkPustam
MarkPustam
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Ok, but even so, why not separate them via country, you know, learn Mexico's version of Spanish, then Spain's, or Chile's or have them as alternative explanations or meanings and list in which countries their meanings are used in?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

Duolingo is pretty much teaching a neutral Spanish, it doesn't favor any particular region. You can still learn them on your own - but I think once you start trying to keep track and organize them all you'll soon see why it wouldn't be ideal for this site - some slang words are wrong for the context of the solutions to the questions.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12
connorhay12
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There is a bonus skill you can get for Spanish (and all the languages I think), that teaches you idioms. Just go to the Lingot store and buy it for 30 Lingots.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xanatrix

Yeah, put that stuff in the lingot store! I'd love some lessons on history and cultural studies. (Sure there's wikipedia, but that can be overwhelming) and it feels like there's way too little stuff in the store anyway

3 years ago