I find Duolingo very useful and want to improve my Spanish. I have a very busy work schedule so I have very little time. Does anyone have any ideas on the most effective way of learning Spanish quickly.
Every individual learns differently. I believe that consistent studying every day (even if only 15 minutes) will make a good learning habit. Also, you have to use what you learn. Speak it every chance you get. Try to get past the embarrassment of making mistakes.
Hi Treecie, I completely agree with you. The streak measure is a good incentive and I was frustrated that my previous one ended when was on a break in England. I do need to get more speaking practice but this is improving my overall level! It is fun to have competition on here!!
The more time you make for it the faster you will learn. Flashcards are great, like the program Anki, and you should try to listen to Spanish, whether that is Spanish radio in the car, a telenovela in the background while doing chores, or watching a movie. Eventually you would want to read books and speak to people, but it depends on what you want. Fluency will require more effort and time, and what's best for learning just how to read/write isn't necessarily the same as conversational Spanish.
Hi Kaiverus.I need to make more notes, after going through so many lessons it is easy to forget some items even though they recur.
I don't know where you work but if you have Spanish speaker co-workers you can try to speak to them in Spanish during coffe breaks (if any).
Hi Dan, I work as a freelance company English teacher so this is not so practical! Good idea in general. I often have to move immediately from a class to class at irregular times.
learning a language consists of learning the lyrics and learning the music.
DuoLingo will provide the lyrics, the words and the constructions.
http://www.fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php?page=Spanish%20Programmatic will provide you the music.