https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1

What I've learned from my 1 year streak

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  1. The streak freeze is worth the lingots (I've used two),

  2. Maintaining a streak, even if it was just a quick timed practice for one point, has kept me learning Spanish when otherwise I'd have given up. And coming here every day has meant that I never had that 'I'll pick it up again tomorrow' inertia,

  3. Learning words through Duolingo is only half the story. I am now good at reading and writing Spanish, but bad at speaking and listening. I can have an emailed conversation, but if I verbally ask somebody something they might not understand me and even if they do I almost definitely will not understand their reply,

  4. Duolingo is only half the story of that half the story. It is necessary to study via a number of external sources, be that on the web, books or through classes. I found that Duo does badly on explaining why things are as they are,

  5. Whoever invented the ser/estar permanent/temporary rule should be shot,

  6. ñ is Alt+164; ¿ is Alt+168,

  7. When it comes to lingots I am probably in the super-rich 1%, but there's nothing to buy (I really don't care about a champagne tracksuit!).

Here's to the next year which I foresee involving more Pocoyo and actually dragging myself away from the computer and talking to people!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/procrastinitis

Someone get this man an award! Now that's what I call some serious dedication.

Keep up the great work! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Ha ha that's great, thank you :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/procrastinitis

You're welcome!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
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Congrats on your streak!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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Thank you, and congrats to you for passing 100 days :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hamzeee

I can't pass a 7-day streak!! too busy... ;(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Get the timed practice and set your 'coach' level to 1. Then you just need to get one question right on the days you are busy, takes less than two minutes.

But why am I writing this? He won't have time to read it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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Congratulations on your streak! That is a fantastic accomplishment! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Thank you, and a year for you too! Congratulations :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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I agree with everything that you said. Reading and writing is really good, but the speaking and listening is poor. I watch some you tube Spanish TV and my understanding is low, but getting a little better. You're right keeping the streak is very important, it keeps you motivated. I have a 478 day streak with no streak freezes. I try to study at least an hour a day. Starting in the morning with a cup of Tea and then again in the evening for a while. I think that a tutor would be the best thing to do so that you can speak and then when you make a mistake it can be corrected with an explanation so that you understand the whys and also don't make that mistake again.

I am with you on dragging myself away from the computer and talking to people. I'm going to Spain for two months to walk the Camino de Santiago and try my best to talk to everyone that I see. Hopefully it will do the trick. Will let you know how that goes when I get back. Oh and thanks for the tip on the Alt+ 164 and Alt+168. Buena Suerte.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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You can also fix your listening comprehension on your own as well. It really depends on listening to various resources, expanding your vocabulary. I am pretty good in listening. I can listen to upper intermediate, advanced level podcasts, listen to Spanish Talk Radio and TV and understand most of the conversation. Obviously, some speakers are more difficult to comprehend than others and some topics use much more specialized vocabulary so the level of understanding changes but overall I am understanding most of what I listen.

On the other hand, speaking is much harder to fix alone but all your training in listening, grammar, verb conjugations and attempts to expand your vocabulary does help with speaking as you are combining those skills in real time while speaking. If you feel comfortable in those aspects you tend to execute more normal sounding conversations.

And good luck with Camino de Santiago. I really would like to do the same one day.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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thanks for the info. I will try to do more of that. do you have any specific pod cast or talk radio that you listen to. I've been watching Spanish TV some. I've been watching Extra in Spanish and I understand about 50%, but then I realize that it's the listening as well at watching that aids in the comprehension. I believe that radio would take the visual away and I'd probably be pushed to listen harder.

Yes, I'm really looking forward to walking the Camino.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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Yes, listening without visual aids is definitely harder. I went through a bunch of podcasts on iTunes and discarded some immediately and kept others. Here are the podcasts on my iPhone at this moment.

Lightspeed Spanish (Beginners, Early Intermediate, Adv. Intermediate, Advanced Speaker)

Showtime Spanish

Coffee Break Spanish

Real Deal Spanish

SpanishPod101

Yabla Spanish

Learn Spanish with the Independent

Spanish Obsessed (Scratch, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Notes in Spanish (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

News in Slow Spanish (Spain and Latin American editions)

Buenos Días America - Voice of America Spanish

I've also downloaded a Internet Radio App. (TuneIn Radio). There is also a web site version at http://www.tunein.com. Sometimes tune to Spanish talk radio stations around the world.

Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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Thanks for all the info. I'll check these out. You're right radio is a lot harder than having the visual along with it. I've gotten better by watching the 30 min. Sit com called Extra. It's about these 4 people living in an apartment in Barcelona. One of them is an American and he's learning Spanish and it's terrible so they all go at a slower pace to help him. understand. I've gotten where I get the story line and understand about 50% of it. I will try out the ones that you've send me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lisajanea

I have found 'no-work´spanish books are the best for listening, http://www.noworkspanish.com/, you can get them on aubidle I don't like the magazines another company does. I've tried lots of podcasts but my level of spanish doesn't fit into a mold since I live in Mexico. If you want an advanced one, radio ambulante is good or heaps of stories on audible where you can get the pdf for free and translate before you listen to it so have more of an idea what is going on :) good luck!! Every bit helps.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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YouTube has Pocoyo in various languages including Spanish Spanish and Latin American Spanish. I've started listening to these and I think they are making a real difference. It's a kids' programme and the Spanish is nice and basic.

I use savefrom.net to download the videos then VLC media player to play at 70% speed (apparently any slower is counter-productive). At first I could only pick out one word every 3 sentences but now I can string a few words together which feels very rewarding.

What's "Extra"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dsmilleresq

Extra is really "Extr@". It's a Spanish short sitcom-like show. Try this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRlVbNnqlNU. There is some Spain slang, but the vocabulary is pretty basic and they don't speak that fast. I watched all the shows a while ago and didn't follow it that well, but I might try it again now that I have improved. There's a BBC series that was good too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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Thank you for the links, will check them out :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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200 days past-tomorrow!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emj77

"Extra extra hear all about it" sounds like a news show.

Understanding spoken spanish just means talking and listening, it took me well over a year to be able to listen to radio and sufficiently comprehend what they were saying. Radio and TV is extra hard. I was living in a spanish speaking country.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Margolf

have you gone through the DESTINOS courses? I really enjoyed doing that - I did it at a point when the vocabulary and grammar was familiar to me, so I focused almost entirely on being able to 'hear' the dialogs-- the 'episodes' were in short half hour segments so it was very do-able.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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Thanks, and here's a link http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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Thanks for the reply; nice streak!

When are you walking the Camino de Santiago? Will you be on the Camino Frances (I think it's called i.e. the one from France)? I found that everyone speaks English and that my attempts at Spanish were replied with an impatient "Say it in English!". When you have coffee, sit at the bar so you can listen to the people ordering in Spanish and those conversations. What's your motivation (if you don't mind me asking)?

Some places don't have WiFi so now may be the time to buy a streak freeze.

Hopefully you've seen another reply regarding switching between an English and Spanish keyboard which seems better than using Alt+code.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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I am going to walk Starting in May In St jean pied de port and walk the Camino Frances to Santiago and then go on out to Finesterre and up the coast to muxia. I plan to get back to Santiago and walk the Primitivo back to Leon if I have enough time. I did the Camino Frances in 2013 and believe me with no Spanish under my belt there was plenty there. I did pick up some then and that's what has lit a fire under me to become fluent. I would do just what you said go into bars and listen and also La Tienda's are a good place to practice with the people who work there. You can ask questions about things and they are really helpful. They all seemed to be excited that I was trying to learn Spanish.

It's a strange thing I thought the same thing about WIFI there, but I only had a couple of nights where there was no wifi in the albergue or pension. Most of the time they were good and strong. In almost all the bars they had wifi as well. It's really better then here in the states to a certain extent. I do have to find out about the streak freeze though and if you can purchase a number of days and use them as needed or do you have to do it on a day by day basis.

My motivation is that I'm a long distance hiker and have been since I got out of the service in the 70's. I've hiked the Appalachian Trail twice and the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Lake Taho as well as the Continental Divide fro Montana to the N. Mexico border. I like the adventure and the seeing all the things that most people never get to see because it's more the 50 feet from the car.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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Good luck with the weather. I think I would find walking back difficult as all the signs are for the people going the other way and I am sure I would get lost multiple times.

On the streak freeze you buy it and if you miss a day it is automatically used up and you must buy another. So if you are two days away from the site then you lose your streak. I bought a SIM card in Spain and bought a mobile data PAYG plan.

Have a good time. I was good going at a slow pace, and good to be able to think.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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Yeah the weather can be tricky. I had four days of rain in 2013 and I thought that was pretty good. Walking from St Jean to Santiago isn't bad, but you're right on the Primitivo is going to be a little bit more difficult.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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I am really impressed. I recently watched the movie Wild ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2305051/ ) which is about a woman that did the whole Pacific Crest Trail alone and as I was coming out of the theater I felt a desire to go hiking.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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I saw that also when it hit the theaters. It was pretty good although I was watching for the trail story line and I do know for a fact that when you're alone on any trail you bring up a lot of your other life besides the trail, but it does make you want to pick up a pack and go for a long walk. Later this year or early next year there is a movie "a walk in the woods" about a hike on the A.T. coming out. It will do the same thing and a lot of people are going to be out next year.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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I used this to help with my Camino last year. It was very useful, wish I had studied more.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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Ever since I got back in 2013 I've been working on Duo lingo to learn all that I can. I now need the immersion so I can get the ear for it to understand and get over the nervousness of speaking and making mistakes, but I am excited about both the walk again and the conversations there.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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The next walk for me will be the Inca Trail. So still working the Spanish. Hopefully I will be more confident then.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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Had a hiking buddy that did it last year. He said it was great. High Altitudes though so work on that as well. I hope to do it some in the future.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WackyJack

Great job man! I don't know if you know this, but in regards to #6, the English - International keyboard layout on Windows allows you to make accents very easily. It's really helpful!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/botsnlinux

Yeah, doing alt-number combinations is a really horrible way to go. I've been using an "AltGr" layout that lets me just type Alt-a for á, Alt-n for ñ, etc. It's like Alt becomes a special shift key. I'm on Ubuntu, but I think it's one of the layout options in Windows too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dsmilleresq

WackyJack is suggesting that you load a Spanish keyboard through the Windows Control Panel. If you go to the Control Panel and select Clock, Language, and Region, you can load in an alternate keyboard configuration that has ñ, ¿, ¡, and you can put accents on letters by pressing the quote key first to get á, é, í, etc. You can toggle back and forth between the English and Spanish keyboards with Alt+Shift. The Spanish keyboard is really important if you try for the reverse tree, which doesn't give you the ability to just click on a special character with your mouse. Anyway, that aside, I'm really impressed with the one year streak and I agree with your observations. On #5, I'm not too happy with whoever invented the preterit/imperfect rule either and subjunctive seems to exist only to punish us.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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Thank for all this info. I knew about the AltGr+aeiou keys but it does not work for n or ?. I will try enabling the Spanish keyboard and switching - thanks :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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Thank you for the explanation dsmilleresq. So many people talk about International keyboards and I had no idea how to access it. Congratulations on your year streak!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gfixler

I'm also on Ubuntu, and I just use a compose key - one of the many wonders of Linux. The internet knows how to set it up. I have mine set to the menu key (just left of the right ctrl key). I hit that, then 2 or 3 other keys to compose what I want. E.g. (all examples pressing that menu key first): !! is ¡, ?? is ¿, n~ is ñ, a' is á, E' is É, u" is ü, and tons more. They're all super memorable - you can guess most of them. Others: or is ®, oc is ©, tm is ™, >> is », c, is ç, a^ is â, oo is °, ^0 is ⁰, ^5 is ⁵, PP is ¶, ^- is ¯, +- is ±, ee is ə, -> is →, ae is æ, AE is Æ, 12 is ½, 35 is ⅗, etc... As you might guess, I didn't have to look any of these up.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cordell.au

I enjoyed that for a while, but I prefer having a compose key. WinCompose is free and lightweight and very configurable, but I find its default settings perfect: right-Alt is designated the compose key, and comp+?? is ¿ and both comp+a' and comp+'a make á, and this continues in sensible patterns through many other characters used in IPA, maths, Old English, Czech, etc.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gfixler

Ha, just wrote my reply with lots of compose key examples from Linux.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aiigsh
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¡Que bueno! Un resumen muy útil e interesante. Gracias

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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¡Gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bruce_b
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Nice streak ;-). It really does help keep you coming back.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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You too 8-o Do anything bad happen when you hit 666?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bruce_b
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Only if you're superstitious :-O

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hamzeee

670!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at me: 0~~

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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You're on 1 now, and all the big streaks started there ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hamzeee

true...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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Congratulations for your year long streak. I agree that maintaining streak keeps your learning momentum.

I am at 201 days but it has been around 9 mo since I started (most of that time on the app). Early on I broke my streak once or twice I believe. I did not know about streak freeze since I did register through phone and until a month ago I did not logon to actual web site. I was under the impression that web site and app were the same. Anyway, I do get my minimal work done in mornings so I do not have to worry about trying to complete a lesson at the end of the day.

I completely agree with you. Duolingo is not a complete course. You need to complement it with other resources on the web. Luckily, for Spanish there are a ton of free resources available for those that are serious about learning!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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You're right about the web. I tried learning languages before but I've got further with Spanish. I think this is largely because I have been able to find teaching resources that suit me, rather than the "Remember all this stuff" books of old.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lauritaenamerica

You don't find that the speaking and listening exercises help much? I was under the impression that that's how Duolingo differs from other language instruction programs.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/curlyeric
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I'm speaking from my French experience, the listening exercises do not prepare you to follow native dialog. Start early in your program listening to native dialog for content. Speaking exercises fail for multiple reasons, first you have to be quick enough to know what to say and then you have to pronounce it in a way that a native will understand.

So the exercises are better than a poke in the eye, but they are a poor substitute for native listening and interaction.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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I agree with curlyeric. They listening/speaking exercises are helpful and better than nothing, however I've realised that I will need to do much more outside Duolingo if I am to use the several-hundred words that I've learned in conversation. It's frustrating that I know all these fancy words but cannot say "Where is the fruit?" :(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/curlyeric
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¿Dónde está la fruta?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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I mean that i know the correct words but when I say them I am not understood : Sometimes I write down what I want to say because that's the only way that people will understand me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cswrawr
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lol at number 5, I agree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Do you mean that you are in agreement, and if so is your agreement temporary or permanent??

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/airelibre
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Where do I get a champagne tracksuit? That isn't in my Lingot Store... There really should buy more to be with them, I'm on nearly 400 right now and I bought all the extra levels and the streak freeze.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k
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I have over 2,000 Lingots and haven't found anything to buy yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Nice streak. But how on earth did you get 2,000 lingots?? I feel poor by comparison!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/airelibre
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I think that as your streak increases the rewards increase, so when you get to 470 days you get 47 lingots, then 48 for 480 so the lingots rack up the higher your streak is. (Someone correct me if the rewards level off later on in the streak)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Hmmm, but that's only 500 more than me (37+38+39+40+40+41+42+43+44+45+46+47+48) and he has over 1700 more than me (not that I am jealous, I just wonder how!).

Perhaps he has been very helpful in the discussions and received many lingots? Or passed 1,500 lessons with full hearts???

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/M.R.Tin

u can start the reverse tree spanish->english, by skipping most of the basic lessons (or not) u can get tons of lingots again.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmelioPepino
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Or... you can remove the course which you have finished learning.. then add it again,instead of " are you a beginner " you choose "not a beginner" then got tons of something I don't know. :"> I"m a genious you are welcome. Feel so sexy and smart.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/unscspartan

I think that the champagne tracksuit is only on the app.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cours_toujours

It is. And for a limited time they have the Chinese dragon costume for sale (20 lingots). It's really cute!! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
Farjo1
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Yup the tracksuits are on the App, and thanks for the tip-off Cours_toujours I now have a dragon :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grecoloco

congratulations....that was a very realistic,detailed description well done for the streak!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Thank you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/robertsmith70364

I am in the same situation as you, I can read it well, speak it well alone, but conversation, most of the time, real Mexicans don't know what I am saying, lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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I'm currently taking lessons for this and the tutor has been really helpful in pointing out where my pronunciation is wrong. People are understanding me more often. (My main errors are "a" which I often pronounce as in fan not farm, "i" which isn't ee enough and "r"/"rr" which I cannot do in English let alone Spanish!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aubsum123

That is so awesome! I hope I will be able to do that. That is really inspiring. congratulations!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Thank you and good luck :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattreed_duo

I'm nine days away from one year and have many of the same conclusions -- I can read pretty well, but I'll need to go elsewhere for speaking and listening. And I wish there was someplace to spend all my lingots. Can I at least buy a T-shirt?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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+1 for a camiseta.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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The 5 is hilarious!! xDDDD

La número 5 es hilarante!!! (Yes, hilarious is hilarante)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliviaBlain

Congrats! That is some dedication you have! Keep up the awesome work!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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I was doing good with a 76 day streak but forgot to log on yesterday. I was able to have my dog for the weekend. A year ago I'd had to give him up because I got sick and couldn't afford him and treatment. The new family let me borrow him and I forgot to freeze my streak. Oh well. Starting the next 76 day streak today.

Good job on your streak and thanks for the tip on the tilde and question mark. Do you know how to do the other accents or exclamation point?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Oh unlucky! Get a streak freeze and set a reminder (somewhere in your settings) for 9pm. I've heard of weekend Dads but not weekend dog owners!

You can get accents by holding down AltGr and typing a vowel. Somewhere in this thread someone has written about changing the Windows keyboard from English to Spanish (it's easily switchable once set up) which will easily allow upside-down ? ! and the ñ character.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saxicola
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Sorry about losing your streak but the reason was a good one. You must have had a great time with your old buddy. Must have been heart breaking when he went back to his new owners though :(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leslie_Duo

¡Mil gracias por #6! Y felicidades. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xx_Hue_xX

congrats! Maintaining a 1 year streak Is a HUGE achievment. you should be proud

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bamagirl923

yes that is very true having experience talking to others really does help. I'm only in 8th grade and having to speak Spanish and it is very difficult but trust me you cant do everything on the computer talking helps bunches! y si !estar es muy no simpatico es muy mal! Bamagirl923

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Nick_Crompton_

one year O_O that's amazing! I can hardly get a 10 day streak!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gfixler

Thanks for the push to buy the streak freeze. I just did. I've held off as I'm new, and have few lingots currently, and because I thought the freeze would happen on the day after the purchase. I thought it was for when I knew I'd be away from the site all day. The site doesn't really explain that it's more of an ongoing buffer that will catch any future day you miss (unless I'm still wrong about this). I just equipped it, and feel safer. I've almost missed keeping my [currently only 18-day] streak alive two or three times already, and it's had my heart racing :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Yes that sounds right - you must have the freeze in place before (for whatever reason) you miss a day. However then the freeze is used, it is gone and you must purchase another. Therefore it is not possible to stay away from the site for two days in a row.

The other useful tool is the timed practice. With this you can quickly get a point or two and, if the 'coach' is set to 1XP per day, that will be enough to keep your streak going. It's also useful for making your brain work quicker.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sandeepa2
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Congratulations!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Damelz
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Agree agree agree ^^ Congrats

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Thank you :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XtraFancy
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Congrats!! On number 5, I feel the same about Italian... if you're gonna have an essere/stare, at least have the courtesy to make them behave like ser/estar! ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Thank you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shivaamini

Congratulations!! When you buy a streak freeze, does it automatically work that same day or does it work the next day? or do you just keep it and choose when you want to use it?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wchargin
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It's automatically applied the first time you miss a day. It's then used up and you have to buy another one.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shivaamini

Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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Very very much congratulations mr. Farjo, this being a big big day for you ! I never able to be so many days in row in duolingo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Thank you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pparks010101

A year! That is great! Good Work! WHOOT WHOOT! Deserving of a standing ovation and celebration!

I am only at 45 days or so, but working at making it everyday. I watch Spanish language TV, YouTube videos, get Spanish language children's books from the library and talk to one native speaker friend. (Who is kind and patient with me though I say inane things to him like "Mi gato beben leche".)

I guess the best thing to spend my lingots on are the additional bonus lessons. I am not concerned about dressing up an avatar.

Are the keyboard shortcuts for a MAC? - don't seem to work with my windows machine or is it a setting I have turned off?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Mine is Windows 8. You hold down the Alt key while typing 164, or hold down the AltGr key while pressing a vowel.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pparks010101

In My windows 7 it doesn't seem to work.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emressler

That is awesome!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RhettPawlowski

Great job! this is really cool because I am new! I am looking up to you bro! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zdaffy

Congrats! I just started learning spanish. Any recommendations on what videos/podcasts should we use in order to improve my comprehension skills (speaking and listening)?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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As I wrote somewhere above, Pocoyo (kids' cartoon on YouTube) has been recommended to me and seems to be having a good effect.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenna_swiss
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Congrats on your streak, and thanks for the insights! I agree 100% with #4 - duo is a GREAT start, but in order to complete our knowledge we have to be willing to jump into situations where we can and must use language to improve our communication skills. Keep up the good work!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Thank you. And you are right, so my new Duoyear resolution is to talk more with the locals. Spoke to a guy on the beach last night - something to do with fishing I think :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pastorsteve99

My streak is at 553 days (I've used one streak extender) and I agree with every one of your points, especially #3.. I'm up to 1200+ lingos... whoopee! I've been reading children's books, which is fun, but I lack access to a Spanish speaking person who has the time to spend holding my hand. Keep it up!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Wow! I wonder if your streak is the longest on DL?

Have you heard of Conversation Exchange? You met with Spanish speakers who are learning English, spending half the time speaking each language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pastorsteve99

I have not... that sounds like a good suggestion. I'll google it. thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lisajanea

You can also do skype spanish lessons to a spanish speaking country if you are thinking of travelling one. One place in mexico does them is Escuela Falcon in Guanajuato, but I would google lessons from a country you want to visit, often cheaper then doing them in your home town!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisThomas5

Well done on the epic streak! But I disagree with the comment you make about ser and estar, it adds depth to the language and I am fond of it! I appreciate your frustration though. All the best and keep on going my friend!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Hi mate, I think you may have misunderstood my point, I don't object to there being the two verbs.

There is a 'rule' bandied about that you can tell which to use by deciding if it is permanent (ser) or temporary (estar). It's OK for some things (the table is made of wood (ser) / is dirty (estar)) but often falls down e.g. when talking about time (temporary but ser is used for time), location of cities in their country (permanent but estar is used for locations), someone being your boy/girlfriend (probably temporary but ser is used for relationships), being dead (permanent, but estar is used for conditions).

So then people are forever commenting "Why is this ser / estar when it is temporary / permanent?"

So that's why I say that whoever came up with this 'rule' should be shot :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BryanErives

stud

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thejoker123547

YOU ARE SO COOL!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frosenstein

I do duolingo both on the app, and on the website, and I'm not sure if I have to do things on the website to maintain my streak. It doesn't seem to do keep my streak if I'm using the app. Any help here?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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I sometimes use the app and sometimes the website, both maintain the streak. Sometimes I use the app with a poor WiFi connection and at those times it doesn't always send the data back to the website database. To fix that I wait for a strong connection then load the app again.

The way to check if your streak is updated is to load the website (F5 if already loaded) and see if your streak has a tick on it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frosenstein

Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraHer124569

Great job!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/imanadetunji

Wow! Nice Job!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AJRitchey

I cannot speak Spanish to so your not all alone. I think that you have motivated your self into reaching over 366 days!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozguy

Nice.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BFreeman03

I took an introductory Spanish course last semester that explained the distinction between ser & estar, so thankfully I went into this having already been exposed to it. No problems here on that end. I can see where it would cause issues for you if you just picked up duolingo and started learning that way, though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HDLUV33

I just started 45 days ago and kept my streak for 44 days. I had mentioned to my daughter that I was seeing words that I had supposedly learned and I didn't remember them. She told me it was good to take a day off here and there. Your brain can only take in and hold so much information. So I took the day off yesterday. I'm also using Rosetta Stone and feel the same way as you. I can read a sentence or guess at it's meaning, but actually remembering the words in a conversation will take some time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/airelibre
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I'd suggest not taking any days off if possible. We all have good and bad days (trust me, I've had some bad days...), but those bad days are actually a lot more helpful than you might think.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gfixler

There's a streak freeze in the store. If you buy that, you can miss a day without giving up on your streak. If only we had gotten to you a day sooner!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thanhh90

thanks for your useful post! Gracias !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andre493024

amazing

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/catherinew0

that is awesome continue on that streak!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmelioPepino
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This would be the most useful tips EVER ñ is Alt+164; ¿ is Alt+168

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gfixler

On Linux with my compose key set to the menu key, I use <menu>n~ for ñ, and <menu>?? for ¿

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saxicola
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This is a brilliant post. Spot on. And it has set off lots of great discussion which I have really enjoyed. Well done on your streak. I had problems getting through my summer holiday last year with lack of signal/wifi even with the streak freeze, so I hope I can get through this summer. But I'd rather have a holiday away from the crowds than get too hung up on on the streak :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frosenstein

I'm really annoyed, i'm leaving on a school trip on Wednesday (its for a week) and we can't bring any digital devices. I won't be able to keep my streak going :( I'll have to start again from one.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/airelibre
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Luckily you're only on 8 so far, but if in future you are on a massive streak, you could always entrust your account to someone you know and rely on in the days you are away :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frosenstein

Thanks for the tip

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidfromblighty
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Figure that makes me a lingot billionaire then, I now have over 5000. They not a lot of use to me

1 year ago
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