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Hit my 100 day streak today! :D What next?

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I'm ecstatic that I managed to stick with learning Spanish religiously for a full 100 days. I've been in Buenos Aires the whole winter so I've got the whole immersion thing going for me and this program has helped a lot in making the most of it.

But I'm curious where to turn next for classes seeing that the word count tops out at 1586.

Does Duolingo continually expand there word base or has anyone else found any handy tools for expanding Spanish vocabulary?

A menos tengo mi "Che, Boludo!" :)

I think it's worth noting that the practices are well worth it to nail down grammar but at a point you're craving new words.

That what I got from the view of a 100 days in, here's to 100 more! :D

Good luck out there everyone!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cotton-Tail
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Well done! Maybe try Memrise for more vocabulary.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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Thanks! Memrise has come up a couple times, going to check it out right now :) EDIT-PS: I checked out Memrise and it's a terrific platform! :D They have cards on all sorts of things too! I even found one for Mac Terminal jajaj

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nmatiska

Good for you!! I can't wait to reach my 100 day streak either. I am about a month away from it and only have 20 more skills to master the Spanish tree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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It's possible :) I thought the same myself, like "wow some of these guys have like 1,2,300 streaks going!" It's the streak that keeps you committed (or at least in my case). But once you have the tree you feel like "I'm not so strong in some areas" and you spend your time keeping the energy bars full. But at least there's some rhyme and reason behind the algorithm and that repetition and pulling out new words just raises the floor.

Keep at it nmatiska!

I delved into some of the other languages at the same time and I think there is a lot to be said for taking them on one at a time. But if I knew I was going to France yeah I'd be hitting those French lessons while mainting my spanish streak. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nmatiska

Very true. I can't wait to complete it because then the fun starts happening when I get to review again and again, but it makes me feel accomplished. Thanks and good luck.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Al menos tengo mi "Che, Boludo!" :)

No sé porqué todos destacan solamente esa frase del castellano porteño... Pero qué más da...


Y por otro lado, felicitaciones! A por otros 100 días más! O quién sabe cuántos más! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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Es un libro tambien, como el diccionario de castellano porteno. Gracias amigo, suerte con tus idiomas! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
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Congrats, and good luck, and I am so jealous of you being in Buenos Aires!

Memrise courses are supposed to be good for vocabulary, though I personally think the best thing to do is just read everything you can get your hands on.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
RyanLeej
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Thanks llmarien!

I'm pretty much set on checking out the Memrise courses after I wrap up my DuoLingo for the day :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TracyS221
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Have you tried immersion yet? - that is a good way to learn new words.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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I haven't, not all that sure of what to think of it or how to approach it... strange concerns I know but for some reason... I don't understand what it's about really.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TracyS221
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It's worth a try, it will help expand your vocabulary & see different ways words are used in context & if you're on level 17 you should be able to manage some translations.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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<h1>1586</h1>

Don't worry about the word count. Keep in mind you know far more Spanish words than you realize. Yes, I'm talking about the many cognates that English and Spanish share. I believe there are well over 2,000 cognates. You don't even have memorize them and you will still know them . . . well I don't bother to memorize Spanish words like actividad or normal.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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That's a look on the bright side! :) Also, there's always brand names to get the idea across when you're at a lack for words.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
vcel10
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Curious, what are your interest?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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I'm a web developer who hates Minnesota winters (20+ were enough) and loves the lunacy of Argentina. I have friends here, I want to communicate with them better and make stuff with them. Their business, I'm just silent partner/web developer.

Seems like a lot of doors open up when you can communicate with a different culture.

Before my interests was simply: "I want to talk to my friends" and now it's like internalizing the structures of things and starting to see the familiarities between the organization of the romance languages.

Still though I just want to be able to talk to my buddies more clearly for the most part, but things are starting to branch.

In a way language feels like coding 'en vivo' so I was a little insecure about that but Argentina's culture forced me to be a more social person (I think I gravitate towards being a chip head) and DuoLingo has kept dedicated to really focusing on learning everyday so I can grow in that department bit by bit.

But underneath it all, it's really about being able to talk to people here because I find them utterly fascinating. The possibilities that stem from that I'm simply grateful for :)

End of the first week of April it's back to Minnesota to work double full time so I can do this all again next winter (their summer) and have that much more of a streak.

Last thing, it's amazing how much you have to tune your ear to the pronunciation. Trying out Portuguese was really an eye opener in that department..

I hope somewhere here I satisfied your curiosity. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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The reason why I asked about your personal interests is because I think you should do two things to achieve your language goals.

  1. Tailor your learning to what your already do. Assuming you're familiar with HTML5, javascript and PHP, there are many quick resources that allow you to brush up on the basics en español. See this old post Code in Your Target Language

  2. Focus on dialogue. More vocabulary is always beneficial but unless you enjoy discussing politics and religion, I don't think learning more vocabulary in that particular area will help your goals. There are a number of resources that will help you improve basic dialogue. After all, there's so many ways you can order food en español. You're Level 17 with a 100 day streak, you can "know" 3,000 words but you're not practicing speaking or listening to those 3,000 words in a week.

  3. Some one posted this suggestion earlier today . . . participate in the Spanish speaking Duo forums. Or any outside of Duolingo. Don't worry about making mistakes, it's permitted. Help them learn English, they will help you improve your Spanish. You'll be exposed to more colloquial expression.

¡buena suerte! disfruta más lingots!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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Everybody thank you so much for the support and recommendation of Memrise! The motivation is there and I've got this new resource of Spanish courses to dive into, couldn't be happier with today :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharletEve

Great!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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woot! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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I've been expanding my Spanish vocabulary through reading magazines and books. When I come across a word that I don't know (and there were a lot of them at first), I'd put it in an Anki flashcard deck, which I study every day.

My Anki deck has 1972 words at this point. None of those are the easy words that I already had learned when I started reading magazines and books. The good thing about Anki is that I don't have to see all 1972 words a day. Some of them I've learned so well that I won't see it again for more than a year.

Congratulations on your 100 day streak! Find out what you like in your native language and then do it in Spanish. So if you like watching movies, watch movies that you like in Spanish. If you like to read books, read books in Spanish. If you watch the same movie over and over again, it gets really easy. I've watched Divergent in Spanish, for example, several times; more than I've watched it in English. I didn't understand everything the first time I saw it, but after I had watched it several times, I understood just about everything.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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Good tips, usually I make it a point to watch Los Simpsons when I can :) Would be a good idea to watch more TV (I don't watch TV besides that show really).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

I find that browsing the Spanish-language Wikipedia is the best way to learn new vocabulary, since it teaches it in context, and hopefully in a context you find interesting. If you like fútbol or SCUBA diving or dinosaurs or whatever, reading about them on es.wikipedia.org will teach you the right words, in that particular context.

It also gives you an idea of cultural biases, your own as well as others'. Reading in Spanish about history touching on Spain made me realize how much of my European and world history (primarily medieval and renaissance) had an anti-Spanish bias, simply by contrast with the pro-Spanish bias I was reading. Both English and Spanish writers try to balance their biases, but the directions they come at it differ and it shows.

I'm a database developer who hates Ohio winters, by the way, so I can definitely understand your move to Argentina (though I prefer Costa Rica).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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That's a great idea using Wikipedia in Spanish, I'm going to try that out :) Argentina has a crazy history and many street names here reflect historical figures (and even dates). Brilliant idea buddy!

Glad you have a preference, it's kind of crazy to stick around where the air hurts your face. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FoxOutsideTheBox

Nice! That sounds like it would be super exciting! I am doing Duolingo for my home schooling, and so I'm only doing it 5 days a week (lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, y viernes =D ), so I right now I'm not getting a higher streak than 5. I really enjoy learning Spanish, though, so I might start working on it on the weekends.
And also, for my home schooling, I'm working on doing a Spanish poem with (mostly) words that I have learned, so that's something exciting that I'm doing for my learning. I feel like this helps me get motivated, so maybe I'll enjoy doing Spanish even more, which will make me really want to learn on the weekends, too. And knowing now that you've accomplished this may help me have confidence, too! Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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Hi MP! Thanks for your kind words :)

I think you're really lucky to have this for homeschooling!

Go for it on the weekends and get a little streak going that's big enough to not to want to lose. Then you're kind of hooked on it and then all the sudden you really start seeing results. Like having to repeat the audio Q's less, the hints, etc.

Language has always been my most difficult subject, but I would say it's totally been worth it because things just seem to come up that are amazing and you couldn't even have imagined or considered.

Like one of my favorite things about Spanish in Argentina is that they really act out what they're saying. That's just how you talk :)

De nada papas! Suerte

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shivaamini

Try watching movies with English subtitles for further vocabulary! I find it helps a lot, but then again i've just been doing this for 12 days (that's actually a lot for me!). Great job on your 100 day streak!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanLeej
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Sometimes I can catch Los Simpsons on TV down here, about half the time with closed captioning. I agree it helps a lot, especially on Sundays when there's like a whole 6 hour block of them on :).

Congrats with your streak! You've made it to double digits, hopefully you're feeling somewhat hooked jajaja

What's really neat is when you fill out a tree you can take your language in the other language. It's kind of a trip, but reinforces things well.

Suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cadecadecade

aye boi u r so icy but a little salty like fr

3 years ago