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https://www.duolingo.com/JamesRodri20

No one said this would be easy

Just did a spanish progress test for 25 lingots.

I have about 2400 XP and been doing this hardcore for about 3 weeks (Duolingo 3-6 hours per day) with Pimsleur 1-2 hours per day as well. I've also written 8 pages single line A4 with sentences in Spanish.

My score?

1.44

Most people would be far better after that effort but my memory is terrible when it comes to languages and new words. I'll get there though. Learning Spanish is piece of cake in comparison to how it was to learn Thai. The key as always is repetition and more repetition.

If I do a section without using the mouse to hover over for clues or translation it takes me about 80-140 question to finish one short lesson. Anyone else having the same issue with getting things to stick?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I agree that's a lot of work, but scoring 1.44 out of a maximum of 5.0 in only 3 weeks is pretty impressive.

80-140 questions sounds like a lot. It usually takes me around 50 if I'm having trouble... but if I'm having trouble I hover. So maybe you should hover until you know it better?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesRodri20

Hey Lrtward,

If I hover I'm able to do it 50 or less yes but I find that it doesn't stick at all then. Are you able to remember when you use the hover option? Have you tried without hovering?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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It may even be a case of going too fast. You may want to include more reviews that new lessons. 80-140 is really high for revisions. For new lessons, its expected to lookup hints for new words; that's how Duolingo is teaching them. But for revisions, there shouldn't be much requirement for hints. If one does need to lookup hints, it means they should spend more time in revision.

Edit: On the progressive test score, I wouldn't put too much into it unless I have completed the course and still get a bad score. The test covers the whole course and not just limited to what one has covered till then. So, don't be disheartened by it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesRodri20

I've started doing that now. No new lessons. Just revision. I think I moved way to fast in the beginning. Thanks for the tip

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Eventually yes I remember and I no longer have to hover. And then if a word comes up that I haven't seen in a long time, sometimes I remember it and sometimes I hover again.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

Before beginning each lesson, take some time to find the material on studyspanish or spanishdict on their grammar section and teach it to yourself. Take some time to identify your weaknesses and teach yourself the grammar for those as well. I had to take notes for he, has, ha ... and había, habías, etc. So that way I was not confused.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Damelz
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I admire your ferver, but I think the best thing you could do right now is take a deep breath and slow down. Some people have amazing short term memories and some of us need to get stuff into our long term memory for it to really stick.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abendbrot
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Maybe you should understand the system of grammar behind the sentences? I need max. 50. Even if it is new. But I have already only passed 1/3 part of the way to the end of the tree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesRodri20

You're probably right. But I don't understand grammar and am terrible at remembering rules. They both just complicate things. I'm taking the long route, i.e. just memorising sentences until I know what 'sounds' right.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abendbrot
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You are an English person! ;)

If you stay by listening all the sentences until they sound right, you lose SOOO much time. Ask for the rules and take tables/cards or what else might be helpful to choose the right forms of verbs, adjectives, and so on. You don't need to learn the rules them by heart, but you NEED to know that they exist and how to use.

Otherwise you don't pass tests, because you only know the sentences and phrases you have learned by Duo and you are not able to create similar sentences.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesRodri20

Just did the test again. Thought I did far worse but scored 2.22. Go figure! It's only been 12 hours since the test described in the post above.

I think my saving grace are the questions where I just have to type what she says in Spanish. They are super easy. The downfall is when i have to translate from English to Spanish.

3 years ago