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Subjunctive, imperative (please improve these classes)

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In English subjunctive is not used very much any more. However, in Spanish subjunctive is a big deal and it is used very frequently!

However, I think there is too little coverage of subjunctive and imperative in the Spanish from English course in Duolingo.

There are only 3 lessons for Subjunctive/Imperative .

There is only 1 lesson for Subjuntive Past.

I think there should be more lessons. In addition to being able to conjugate the verbs in subjunctive mode, there should be some lessons to teach the user when to use subjunctive and when not to.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cipoll
Cipoll
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I kind of agree with you. I use other resources outside Duo, and I also have a proper Spanish grammar book that I can check when I get stuck, but it would be nice to actually have more coverage here (and I would love to have back "Tips and Notes" everywhere when needed/when ecountering new conjugations/ecc, as they tend to be only in the early lessons and then disappear completely towards the end of the tree).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redrae82

I agree with you, and Duolingo may expand this as they continue to gain popularity. But because they are a free way to learn language they are, in my opinion, only a really good jump start to learning a language fluently. If you want to learn more, I suggest going to your library and checking out children's books in Spanish, They can give you more insight into the subjunctive. Plus ou can expand your vocabulary beyond what duolingo gives you

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
tolunayo
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Thanks for the reply. I actually bought a couple of grammar books to address the issue:

Currently, I am doing the subjunctive chapters of "Spanish Verb Tenses" by Frank Nuessel.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1438002947

After I finish that book (soon), I have "Practice Makes Perfect: The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close" by Eric Vogt next:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071492259

I also found the following web site very useful for Grammar exercises:

http://egramatica.com/

SpanishDict also has pretty good Grammar practice:

http://www.spanishdict.com/grammar

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Just to add to @redrae82 comments.

I would strongly suggest that you read children's books daily or articles from a daily newspaper. There are books dedicated to the subjunctive mood alone. I can easily state that there is only 1 section dedicated to adverbs. There are many that are not covered. There are no sections dealing with (false cognates) false friends. I'm quite surprised that there's only one section for phrases.

Duolingo has many shortcomings like any other system, users really should complement their learning without outside sources.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redrae82

Exactly! Also there are often venues (depending on where you live) where you can go and be immersed in the language. (Cafe's sometimes have game nights or other such events for certain language groups).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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I'm purposely planning on going to a Mexican restaurant just to practice ordering food and exchanging pleasantries in Spanish. This is the year that actively try to practice Spanish as often as possible. I'm going to try to find an exchange language learning partner the free English language learning class they hold at the library.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Go to the restaurant during the slow times and offer to fold napkins or something if you can chat with the staff.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
tolunayo
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Thanks for your reply. I actually posted a reply to @redrae82 above. I have two books linked above to address the verb practice and subjunctive in particular. So, I am addressing the issue for myself.

But, it would be really really nice if Duolingo had expanded Subjunctive coverage as it is very important part of the language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yimantuwingyai
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I think my main problem with that whole lesson is subjunctive itself is barely used and imperative is the majority of the lesson. I need more examples. Can they expand it maybe?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
tolunayo
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Hi Joe.

If you check the egramatica.com and spanishdict.com links above, there is many examples and exercises explaining the use of Subjunctive.

It is typically used in a dependent clause where the main sentence expresses desire, doubt, uncertainty, unreality etc. and the subjects of the main and dependent sentences are different. If the subjects are the same, than infinitive or indicative mode is used.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yimantuwingyai
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I know that and I've been to other sites, but what I was specifically asking was for an expansion of the number of examples of subjunctive in the sentences Duolingo uses.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
tolunayo
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Sorry, I misunderstood you. Yes, I agree. A big expansion of the subjunctives, where they are used and when they are not used is also what I am asking. Thanks for the support on this.

3 years ago