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365 Days of Spanish with Duolingo

Arek1
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Hello everyone!

It's hard to believe that one year passed already since I decided to do duolingo every day. Also my Spanish is on completely another level compared to last year. Funny thing is that I probably wouldn't even know about duolingo if it weren't for my timewasting habits. One day I was browsing one of those pages with funny pics etc. and came across a post with interesting websites. One of those was duolingo and since I recently started studying Spanish in university back then, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately I stopped after about 3 weeks after I lost my streak. Beside that, exams were coming so I thought that I don't have time. I can say now that thinking that you don't have time for duolingo every day is simply foolish. Either way, streak was the thing that motivated me from the start so losing those, perhaps, 18 days was very demotivating. Eventually I decided to pick duolingo back up in February and kept working with it until now (as you can see :) )

As I already mentioned, I study Spanish in the university as a part of my degree. I haven't done any Spanish before that, so I was really a beginner back then. Now, after 1,5 year, I have improved immensely. I owe part of my linguistic development to duolingo and I'm sure that I wouldn't be where I am now if I wouldn't discover this website. It has helped me on numerous occassions and I am very grateful to everyone involved in building this page. The community here is amazing and duolingo would be long dead if it weren't for all of those people who contribute. It's unbelievable how many helpful resources I found thanks to people posting on discussion board. Thank you all for that! :)

I'll keep using duolingo, especially since I'm not yet on 25lvl (I started immersion just about a week ago so until now I've been 'exping' with practice sessions, which is quite slow). I noticed that people crossing this milestone (one year streak) often have few languages at max level, which makes me look a tad lazy, but I decided to stick with Spanish until I achieve a satisfying level of knowledge and then move to another language. I heard that learning few languages at the same time is not really that effective since you have to share the time between them.

In about half a year, I'll start my erasmus year in Spain, which is at the same time exciting and terrifying. I haven't decided on exact location yet so maybe anyone who was in those places could tell me why would it be worth it to go there. I have to choose between: Alcala de Henares, Bilbao, Granada, León, Salamanca, Valencia or Valladolid. Also any advices on living in Spain/ studying/ anything else that I can't think of now are really welcomed. It'd also be nice if anyone who has been in Spain on erasmus could share their experience. I think it'll be an amazing year and I can't wait to try my language skills out in 'real world'.

Again, thank you all for your help! You may not even realise how much I've learned from you and I really appreciate everything this website and its community has done for me. And for people just starting their adventure with duolingo: ¡Buena suerte! / Good luck! :)

3 years ago

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/stormclouds101

Wow, I really like what you wrote very inspiring and Spain! How exciting. And your profile picture looks just like me!!! OMG. . . . I can't believe it. ;) Have a lingot!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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Thanks! :) I like the quote on your profile, it's very nicely said. Learning languages helps you develop personally and learn new things (and I don't mean just grammar and vocabulary). Thanks to that, you can access all those parts of yourself that you never knew existed. The quote also reminds me of how different I feel using different languages. It's funny how sometimes I have a feeling of having different personalities in English, Polish and Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
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Congrats on your streak! If you're thinking of Bilbao, keep in mind that that's Basque Country, so you'll run into Basque as well as Spanish. If you're nervous about experimenting with multiple languages while focusing on Spanish, you may want to cross that destination off your list. (Potentially the same with Valencia, though I've been told that there isn't too much Valenciano in the city itself.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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I am aware of that and I actually don't mind learning some of Basque language. I have studied a bit of Basque culture and I find it quite interesting, so I'm actually considering Bilbao. I just know myself and I know that if I'd start a new language I'd be so excited about learning new stuff that my Spanish would suffer, so that's why I will hold off for now. I might reconsider when I'm in Spain since I'll be using Spanish and learning new things on a daily basis and my practice won't take a hit. Either way, thank you! :) How do you manage learning 4 languages at the same time? They're all high level and you have just 182 days of streak (it's not a small streak, but 4 high lvl languages in just 180 days is amazing).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
Ilmarien
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I already had a lot of experience with Spanish and French beforehand, so it's really just the other two that are new. And not terribly difficult when you're familiar with two Romance Languages already. The 18 and 17 are a bit inflated, though - I've taken the courses from both English and Spanish, and Duolingo likes to glitch and throw all my XP together. Almost all my time actually goes into Spanish right now because I have autumn plans that involve Spain too. =)

If you're interested in Basque culture, I think you might indeed have your answer! And it does look beautiful. I'll need to see if I can manage a visit at some point, but it'd be quite the trek.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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Oh yes, I see, you are well above lvl 25 in Spanish and yet it says here you're at lvl 24. I didn't know that such discrepancies are possible on duo. Either way good job doing them all, even if you know Spanish and French, it still takes time to practice them here+ 2 other languages. That's some dedication. I really want to learn French, German and Japanese and then a bunch of other languages if I manage getting those three into my head. It always feels amazing when you achieve those small things when learning languages and you can feel you're progressing. Just that feeling makes it worth it. Have fun in Spain :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Far_1
Far_1
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Felicidades por tu año en duolingo, trescientos sesenta y cinco días es muy impresionante!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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Gracias :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anebz
anebz
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It depends on what you're studying. Salamanca's university is very famous historically and the city has a fame of 'partying a lot'. I don't know about the others, but Bilbao is in the Basque Country as Ilmarien said and it's beautiful. You can also learn a bit of Basque while practicing your Spanish

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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I'm studying commerce/business (so stuff like management, marketing, accounting, economics etc). I wouldn't mind people partying a lot, but I'm not personally looking for city with lots of parties so I'm rather indifferent about this aspect of Salamanca. All the cities have something to offer that's why it's really hard to decide but also it means that I'll be probably happy in any place :) Thanks for your comment!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anebz
anebz
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I wasn't trying to say it as a negative thing, just that Salamanca is known of having a lot of university life, a lot of young people in the city.

If I were you I'd definetly go to Bilbao, you won't have the oportunity to inmerse in the oldest European language often and I think it'd be good for you to for example use your spanish to learn a little bit Basque. Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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I didn't think about it as negative thing. There are some people that would love Salamanca just because of that, I'm not really a party person so it doesn't matter to me, but I'm not saying it's bad. I should do extensive research about every place and list pros and cons. Bilbao seems to be an amazing place and I'm considering putting it on the first place on my list of preferences but at the same time I'm also thinking about Granada and I'm not ruling out other cities just yet. I'll see. Thank you again :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
wildfood
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Congrats on an impressive streak!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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Thank you and good luck with yours, you're already at 87 days which is a lot! :) Just a bit and it'll be 100 and then you won't even notice when you get to one year :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

You are inspiring me! My goal is to achieve a 365 day streak. And, I am so glad to hear from someone who achieved it. I joined 28 days ago and I have maintained my streak (28 days). Congratulations. I hope to do like you. I'll let you know next January. Thanks for sharing.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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Keep up good work! A month is alredy quite an achievement :) You just need to get into a habit of doing duo every day. Consistency is crucial for learning languages. I'll follow you and hopefully in 11 months I'll be congratulating you on your achievement :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

Thanks! As I move closer to level 25 in German, I will then join you in learning Spanish. Enjoy your day, Carole

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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Good luck and have some lingots :) Have a nice day as well!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

Thank you so much! Carole

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/catalan0489

Wow!! That was an inspiring read :) Even I feel the same way about the streak.Its been just over a month since I was introduced to duolingo by my friend. As much as my love for learning a new language the other thing that gets me motivated everyday to come back to duolingo is the streak. It's a pretty clever move by the guys at duolingo, and I'm so keen not to break it! A one year streak, man, Wow! Cheers & Good Luck!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arek1
Arek1
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Thanks and good luck with Spanish and with keeping your streak :) I agree and admit, if it weren't for streak I'd probably stop using duolingo ages ago :P

3 years ago