How cool would it be if they implemented history in the courses! It doesn't have to be a lot, but it could be like a little optional lessons here and there. I love history and I'm sure a lot of other people do too. I would sit there and read the little introduction in each courses and it would get me excited to learn the language I just read about. I would research a little about the countries that speak the language after each lessons. Anyways, I just wanted to see how other people felt, and if it was possible for the administrators to even do such a thing. It would be a great add on to the duolingo site!
That sounds great! The Spanish on here is actually Latin American Spanish, so Aztec and Mayan history might be a little more relevant, but whatever is most fun to you! (and of course helps with your midterm)
That's a great point. I could probably try to work in a small piece about Latin America (although I have pretty limited knowledge of Latin American history), but really, Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish are understandable to each other. Also, the class I'm taking is in European history.
You could probably find history articles in the target language within the immersion section. My best Spanish courses were taught in Spanish and were about Spanish and Latin American history. Learning from content works well.
I would definitely enjoy some history. They should also explain the root/origin of words too including foreign influences
I had a Spanish teacher who would go on tangents about history (usually Mexico) and it helped add depth to our study. The French presence in Mexico left a few traces, including some words for dessert. :D
One thing you might consider is finding a historical topic of interest in English (or your native language) on Wikipedia, then on the left side of that page clicking the link to take you to the same page in your target language. The content is sometimes a bit less in the other languages than in English, but there is usually still plenty to read, and you can come back to the English page for clarification if needed.
I used to do that for Spanish. Thanks for this reminder. It was a good technique for me back then.
Yes this is a great idea. Teaching history and culture would be very helpful. Those who learn from context know their stuff.
Great IDEA!!! I love love love love History! Especially the history of languages, which I've been studying for a long time! Love your idea, here's a lingot! :)
But what history would you give? Spainish, Mexican, Cuban, Chilean etc. there are so many countries where Spanish is spoken. And English is also widely spread. As are many of the European languages.