https://www.duolingo.com/TuulikkiCrumb

Real world progress!

I figured I'd post this here to spare my Facebook friends, but today I was actually able to read and understand nearly every word from the Spanish instructions that came with my son's toy! I know I can see my progress here in the program, but in high school I had managed to pass several years of Spanish classes without seeing much real world progress at all beyond reading Mexican restaurant menus and road signs.

I wish I were better at hearing spoken Spanish, but there is always time to work on that. For now, this is beyond exciting!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Chocomoholic

It's always exciting to see a notable difference in your level of understanding, isn't it?

My (step) mother-in-law is Colombian, and ever since she found out I've been practicing my Spanish every day on here she makes it a point to speak to me in Spanish more than in English now. The best part is she makes sure to speak slowly enough for me to fully understand her.

Now to learn how to speak it better! Pronunciation is no issue, but thinking up a phrase and translating it in my head before saying it is very slow and painful, still.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lauritaenamerica

Colombians are the easiest Spanish-speakers for many English speakers to understand, so keep up the practice with her!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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I like that most instructions (and video game manuals) are disponible en español.

¿Escuchas a español todos los días?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kupgup
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Congratulations! Breakthroughs like that are exciting! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BFreeman03

I always love it when something like that happens. Another example would be if you're walking down the street and happen to come by something written in Spanish, and you instantly know what it says. It's great to see progress.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cheriduch

Vey exciting indeed! I'm trying to learn Spanish as I will be walking the Camino de Santiago in April and want to be able to interact with the locals.

This is my very first attempt at Spanish and whilst I don't have anyone to practice with, I'm enjoying it immensely. Increasingly, as I walk and walk (14 kilometres/day) I find myself translating the thoughts that pop into my head. Oh, the excitement when I get it right and remember words or phrases that I've been struggling with! I use the Pimsleur Spanish cd's in the car, so the trips to and from work, stuck in in Sydney traffic, are being put to good use!

I cant wait to get to Spain to practise!

Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AtypicalAeshe

That's so exciting! I've started to read random wiki pages in Spanish. I'm comprehending more and more every day. I hope understanding spoken Spanish comes to you soon! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zoidberg318

The problem with spoken Spanish on my ears is the fact if a word ends/starts with a vowel it becomes one big clustermess of tones. Like if it was English, He eats the end would be pronounced

"heeats theend of theenchilada"

.Couple that with the fact most spoken Spanish is spoken at a speed of 2,000,000 words per minute and it makes it quite difficult.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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The same thing happened to me. I'm thinking about upgrading my phone and one of the dealers I stopped by had signs in Spanish...let's just say I didn't need to read the English translations.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/badhon998

just awesome :) i am now more motivated :) keep up the good work. watch a bunch of spanish movies btw. should work nicely..

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

I love that I am picking up a few sentences while listening to Latino Rock. :) It is such a great feeling of accomplishment.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/therod6

How exciting!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/malachiDu

nice goodbye

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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congrats

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TuulikkiCrumb

Thanks everyone! Can't wait to see where I am in a few months :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leslie_Duo

¡Felicidades! Watching TV & movies in Spanish (even w/ the English subtitles) has done wonders for my listening comprehension skills, you might enjoy/find it helpful it too. ¡Sígue el buen trabajo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BloodyPhoenix

I always look for "dangerous" things as they tend to have warning labels in Spanish as opposed to almost everything else in the northern US having French as the secondary language on things. Keep it up! It's a long process, but knowing what you shouldn't specifically do with batteries or bags without reading the English side first is a great feeling of progrees

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MujerDebi

I'm just a beginner at all things Spanish. Trying to learn some conversational words and phrases for my daughter's wedding to a guy from Panama. I want to speak to his mother a little. It's like climbing a mountain for me. I can read and understand the words, but I forget how to say them when I'm trying alone! Ugh. So frustrating. I'm on my 2nd week... So happy to hear all of you are making such good progress.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Una boda! Felicidades!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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As corny as this sounds, try watching Seasame Street in Spanish! I heard it's really helpful!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TuulikkiCrumb

That's a great idea!

3 years ago
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