https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishmakeup

THIS IS BLOWING MY MIND.

So I found this website yesterday and I am not gunna lie, I have been on it for at least 5 hours because I haven't had to do anything the past few days. Anyway, over the past two days, I actually got to level 6. At this point, they tell you about how you can read 53% of all spanish text and I SWEAR I CAN. When they gave me something to read I went and read it and I actually sort of understood what was being told. I'm not lost in reading- if anything, I understand that article more than if I read it in English, since I have comprehension problems. I FEEL REALLY SMART RIGHT NOW.

Sorry, I had to get that excitement out of my system. If you can't tell, I'm a professional fangirl. Have a nice night :) Also, how do you say 'speech' in Spanish? And when would I learn?

March 7, 2015

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lingophilic

That's awesome! :)

The word for speech is "el discurso"

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishmakeup

Thanks! :D I'll use that at some point.

March 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lingophilic

De nada :)

March 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregHullender

Congratulations on your fast progress, but don't push yourself too hard. The danger of going too fast is that you burn out and then can't bring youself to open the site at all for a few weeks. Or months. Or ever.

When your enthusiasm starts to cool a bit, bear in mind that a reasonable pace is one new lesson per day plus two review (aka "strengthening") lessons. Also, one problem with going too fast is that a lot of vocabulary peels off like bad paint. A flashcard program like Anki can help a lot.

Best of luck!

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishmakeup

Thanks for the advice, and for the flashcard program :) I'll do my best to pace myself, which I find I'm not that good over. To be honest, I didn't even realize where I was until level four when I realized they existed.

March 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brijsven

http://quizlet.com also has a very nice virtual Flashcard feature. Best wishes throughout your language learning!

March 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Delta1212

Great job! Isn't it exciting when you're able to see the results of your efforts?

Also, do you mean speech as in the act of talk, or speech as in the thing politicians give?

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishmakeup

It is REALLY exiting :D And I'm not completely sure. i'm in an activity in which you give speeches, so that's why I was wondering.

March 8, 2015

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    Great job! Keep up the good work! As far as when would you learn... ANYTIME! Really, anytime you have time, get your learn on!

    March 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WerIch

    So nice to hear the positive, the achievement, the motivation. :-)

    March 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishmakeup

    Thanks! :)

    March 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3amk6

    I'm really glad you feel that way, this really is one of the literally best sites on the net, and not just for learning languages. I swear I learned more German on Duolingo for a couple of months, than I did in 4 years learning it in school. :D

    Btw., you say they told you you can read 53%? Maybe it's true but it just seems a little too much. I'm level 17 in Italian and can read 70% so it just seems a bit suspicious. Anyway, I'm happy for you and I hope you learn other languages as well and remain a part of the community!

    March 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Delta1212

    Keep in mind, words show up with differing frequencies in text. You tend to learn some of the most common words first, which means you're going to see diminishing returns on each new word you learn as you get farther in the tree in terms of percentage of text that you can read.

    For instance, out of just over 100 words in your post, knowing only the four words I, you, the and a, you can read 18% of the words in your post.

    If I choose a different four words (best, say, years, feel), that contributes just under 4% of the total text.

    All eight of those are important words to know in order to understand English, but some will boost your percentage a lot more than others because of how common they are.

    March 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3amk6

    That actually makes sense, thanks. I mean, it's still a poor indicator of the actual knowledge but I see what you mean. Btw, is there a relatable explanation why those percentages started becoming smaller for me lately? I thought the reason might be that Duo is comparing it to the documents on Immersion, so it varies depending on the content? anyway, it's good to know :)

    March 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Delta1212

    I think it has to do with words you "know" decaying so that Duolingo no longer thinks you know them well enough to be able to read them until you do a strengthening exercise that covers them.

    At least, that's the explanation I've heard. I can't vouch for its accuracy.

    March 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3amk6

    hmm idk. i keep my tree golden 99% of the time, but tnx anyway.

    March 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Delta1212

    A golden skill just means that the average word strength is above 80% for that skill. That can mean every word at 80%, or a bunch of words at 100% and a couple at 0%, or anything in between.

    Just because your tree is golden doesn't mean every word in it is.

    March 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishmakeup

    I haven't taken Spanish yet, but from what I have heard, it does nothing for you as a person. So when I found duolingo, I kinda got addicted.

    I kind of weighed what I read to be around 50%, More or less. Maybe it had to do with your xp points?

    March 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amuzulo

    Ha, and now level 7... you can't stop this kitten! :)

    March 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klgregonis

    If you consider the huge number of cognates, you just may be able to.

    March 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishmakeup

    I haven't come across that many, actually. Are there more in level 6 and above that?

    March 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klgregonis

    You don't need to learn them, if the word seems similar to an English word it probably means (roughly) the same thing - about 80% of the time or more. Enough to get the gist of the sentence, anyway.

    March 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/perry14francesca

    Wow! Congratulations! Learning a new language is fun! A few days ago it told me I could translate 51.5 percent of any Spanish text and it was a pretty cool accomplishment! can't believe you got to level 6 in 5 hours! good for you!

    March 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishmakeup

    Ha ha, thanks :) Congrats to you for being able to go to level eight! :)

    March 8, 2015
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