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Does anyone else have trouble with numbers?

Hi all! I'm learning Spanish and I can generally read it quite well now, however my achilles heel is numbers. I generally know how to count (uno, dos, tres, etc.) however since numbers are written numerically (e.g. 5000) I tend to read numbers in English rather than Spanish.

Does anyone have any tips to not do this? It's an annoying habit and quite immersion breaking.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Somebody had the great suggestion the other day of counting down with the microwave in your target language. I tried it and I could only hit about every 4th second. But with more practice I will get faster.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ESAndrew

I don't think it's a problem, unless you don't understand people when they speak numbers.

If it really bothers you, then write numbers down on paper. Write the date down every day. Not the numerical date (2/24/15), but write it out (vienti y cuatro de febrero de dos mil quince).

I hope this helps!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Drills are good. This one seems pretty solid. I totally bombed the "concept race (advanced)" so I better go practice my two-digit spelling!

Listening would also be good, because then your brain can't take the easy way out. I was thinking some slow speaker could read out prices, addresses, or stock numbers and you could write them down. However, I can't find any good ones. Looking on Google Video for "listo de precios" got me Excel tutorials and...what appears to be a male escort's YouTube page. You might have an easier time just listening (and writing) to instructional songs like this Flo Rida parody. Oh man, that song is gold.

Really work at getting flexible in all directions: reading --> saying, listening --> writing, etc. Luckily there are numbers everywhere, so you can be that person who goes around muttering to yourself.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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I do! Especially with the teens, don't really know why, and I'm a little fuzzy on anything over 20...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

I JUST found this site and it is perfect for practicing listening comprehension of numbers. It's exactly what I was looking for! Basically, you listen to a speaker read a number (cuarenta y dos) and you type the numerals (42).

3 years ago