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What are some ways to know when you are becoming fluent in spanish?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12
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Some ways you can tell that you are becoming fluent in Spanish (or any language) are if you can read/write/speak in the language without thinking about it, if you occasionally dream or think in that language, and if you can understand what someone is saying to you in the target language. Don't worry about being fluent in a language first thing; it takes years of practice to become fluent. Good luck with your Spanish!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus
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The only way to do that relatively quickly is move to a country where it is spoken and your language isn't without any friends or family from home accompanying you. I find this relatively impossible for most people.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tomigaoka

Seriously that takes a while. You cannot be fluent by just learning online and you cannot speed it up. You have to talk to thousand of native spanish speakers since every person has his own accent and from there you will find out if you are on the way to becoming fluent.

Also, if you read a sentence from english and you translate it to SPANISH word by word, that is not fluency. Remember you have to think in SPANISH.

This is only my opinion. I have a high standard of what the word fluent means.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackherbach12

I agree with this. Fluency for me also means thinking naturally in the target language. Someone asking you a question in one language, and you being able to respond without hesitation in another. That being said, I think you have reached a milestone to that fluency when you can understand 70% of all conversation (the other 30% being less frequently used words) That 30%, in my opinion, consists of phrases that native speakers aren't even all that familiar with, but are still words nonetheless to be mastered, tamed, and conquered! O/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/avrilstrydom

no I do not agree. I am fluent and I mean fluent in 2 languages. I think only in the one language and never in the other one however I can speak my other language with out having to convert my thinking it just comes naturally. I do speak both languages everyday.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MTAllenby
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I think you have hit the nail on the head. It is not whether or not you think in a particular language, it is that you CAN think in that language. I am a beginner, so I have to translate before I can understand or reply. I have to take the Spanish, translate it into English, decide in English how I want to reply, translate that into Spanish, and then say it (in a mangled and ungrammatical way). I will know that I am fluent when (or if) I know what someone is saying without having to translate it and formulate my reply directly in Spanish. This is the only way you are really be fluent and keep up with native speakers because every piece of neural energy spend in translating is lost to listening.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/qwermab
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When you watch and understand an entire spanish movie without subtitles.

Well, not exactly, but is close.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tomigaoka

What you said is perfectly true. I agree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Inedible

You wrote that question about fluency in Spanish ... in English. I responded in English. Neither of us is fluent in Spanish. If you want proof that you can use Spanish, you have to actually start using Spanish. The amount of effort required to get your thoughts out is the measure of your fluency.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rag81
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my thought about fluency, well when you can understand, speak and write what you want to express without struggling with the words of the language that you are learning in this case Español then you'll know that you've reached fluency.

creo que es importante practicarlo a diario para no perder lo aprendido siempre encuentras algunas palabras o expresiones difíciles de asimilar y con el tiempo se van volando fuera de tu vocabulario.

Greetings!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

You know you're becoming fluent in Spanish:

--When you can't think of the English word for something, only the Spanish.

--When you automatically speak Spanish to someone who doesn't speak it--and you can't understand why they're confused.

-- When you can't remember which language you were just speaking.

-- When you start critiquing the Spanish translations on signs and instructions in an English-speaking countries.

-- When you get confused because a borrowed word in English doesn't mean the same thing as the original Spanish word (fiesta, salsa, hacienda...).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MTAllenby
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I agree with you about the not getting why people can't understand. When I was in my teens I went out with a girl whose mum was Spanish (I'm English). The house was bilingual. Sometimes everyone would speak Spanish, or English, or Spanish with some English words, or English with some Spanish words, or the mum would speak Spanish and other family members would reply in English. It all depended on what was being discussed and what was going on. Every so often someone would address a comment or question to me in Spanish, and no one would immediately realise that I hadn't got a clue what was being said.

3 years ago