https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger

My Ongoing Story of Success

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Spanish was really fun for the first couple months, until I finished my tree. Then it got hard for awhile. I think it was my brain resisting acceptance of all the new words and grammatical structures I was learning.

But, I kept at it, and now I feel my progress has advanced tremendously! In fact, I am finding that people are astonished after I talk to them in Spanish, when they find out that I have only been doing this for 7 months. In fact, my reading comprehension is now so good that I can read entire posts on the native Spanish speakers' language forum without looking up a single word! I think it is because I try so hard every day.

Find motivation to keep going. Develop a daily regimen, and stick to it. Make studying the language the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing you listen to before going to sleep. Take on the language constantly, from different angles, using various resources.

Never, ever give up.


3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/anebz
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That owl is sooooo cute!! It's amazing how much spanish you know after 7 months! how do you do it? I only have 1 hour max during the day for language learning. I use duolingo and memrise and I think I'm not advancing much. How do you do it? You're such an inspiration! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Thank you so much! I watch 30 min. of a Spanish class by Lorena R on youtube every morning. It is the first thing I do when I wake up. Then I usually check my Duo notifications and get some xp. I will sometimes hop onto Memrise and do a few lessons there. I have a book called Spanish Verb Tenses which I try to do at least one exercise in daily. At the end of the day I try to watch another 30 min. of Lorena R, so that I go to bed thinking in the language. I changed the site to Spanish, and now work both the regular course and the reverse tree. My sister took 8 years of Spanish, so I talk to her a lot. My verbal fluency is better than hers now! But, she hasn't kept up with her studying... tsk tsk. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anebz
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you're totally immersed! I'm going to talk to you in spanish so that you practise it :) y siempre tienes ganas de hacer los ejercicios? nunca te cansas? yo generalmente me lo paso bien estudiando alemán, pero hay días que no me apetece nada! nunca tienes falta de motivación?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Casi nunca tengo ganas de estudiar! En el inicio del día mi mente está despejada y puedo aprender cosas bastante fácilmente... but after an hour or two I start to get worn down and I only feel like using English. I'm glad that you get enjoyment out of learning German! I too have days where I do not feel like doing anything. De hecho, hoy es uno de esos días. No tengo ninguna motivación ahora mismo! That's okay though, I just found this quote which describes where I am at right now perfectly:

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

I'm just wondering- how do you have that time in the morning? :P I guess I need to start getting up 30 minutes earlier...

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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I have a job which allows me an extremely flexible schedule.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

That's probably nice to have :P

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lenocent
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Right? At this point in my life I wake up at 5:30am and usually only have enough time to eat and get dressed. I try to listen to radio in my target language whenever I can. I figure that if I listen often enough, I can learn a bit by osmosis. At the very least it gets my ears used to the sounds.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

Yeah- I usually fall asleep at midnight or so and get up at 6, school's keeping me really busy...

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lenocent
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I remember those days! I'd say it gets easier but I think it's all about adapting to things. Especially when you're trying to squeeze interests in between classes, sleep, food, and maybe seeing friends once in a while!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

I usually get home around 3:30, procrastinate and have fun until 5 or 6, have dinner, do homework until midnight+, and then wake up early in the morning- I really need to start doing homework right when I get home

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LakerCat14

How do like the Spanish verb tense book that you use?

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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¡Me encanta! It is part of the Practice Makes Perfect series of books. I do most of my study online, so it is good to have a physical copy of a workbook to write in. Verbs are one of the hardest aspects of this language to learn, and since they are an important aspect of every sentence, you can never study them too much! I like how it starts out easy, with lessons like 'The Personal a', and gets progressively more in-depth. It deals with just about every tense, introducing them one at a time. Finally, I would like to say that it introduces you to a lot of verbs not covered in the Duolingo Spanish tree, which is really nice.

Pro Tip: Write down the infinitive form of every new verb you encounter, then try to conjugate it in different ways. When memorizing a verb, don't think about the English translation, but rather imagine doing the physical action of the verb, and tie that memory to the Spanish infinitive.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff
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Good tip.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LakerCat14

Gracias! Eres muy útil! Quiero un libro para gramática pero no se cuál libro es más mejor. También no se como comprar un libro porque hay mucho libros...

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Just buy that one for now. Spanish Verb Tenses by Practice Makes Perfect. I think you can get it on Amazon for less than $10. I'm almost on page 60... every exercise is so exciting! I really like this workbook.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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Hey, hey! Thanks for the encouragement! Hope the MvM is going well! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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The Mod versus Mod competition is fantastic! There are so many powerhouse players on my team. Our team is amazing! Right now we (Team Irish) are neck and neck with Team Dutch in points. For those of you interested in finding out what MvM is, or if you just want to follow along as the competition plays out, check out this link:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7683171

The current score can be found on the check-in page, located below:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7688605

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https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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Thanks for that link! Everyone is doing great!!! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

I love what you shared! Thanks, Carole

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/M4rt4a
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That's so great! I've been learning Spanish for 5 months and I can read books without checking too many words (mostly thanks to the amount of time I've spent on Memrise) and I held my first ever conversation in Spanish lately (unfortunately only in a written form but still - it's a big achievement for me!). Can you share any useful grammar resources? I'm currently spending my evenings with studyspanish.com :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Grammar? What's that? Lol, I'm kidding! I don't use many resources for learning grammar though. If I have a doubt (as they say in Spanish), I will look up an explanation and examples using the site you mentioned, SpanishDict or whatever comes up on a search engine. Linguee is amazing for providing sample sentences when you have phrases or expressions which you are unfamiliar with. I often use it while translating articles.

Learning the rules of grammar in a language has its uses, but I prefer to just immerse myself constantly, getting things wrong along the way until I get them right. I think knowing the ins and outs of grammar is more useful when you are trying to teach the language, but isn't always necessary while learning it. In some ways this might be less efficient than knowing the whys of sentence structure right off the bat, but it's worked for me so far, so to each his/her own.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/M4rt4a
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I am like that when I start learning a language, I begin to learn grammar when I already have some understanding of a language. Like with Spanish, when I'm already able to communicate. (And well, I don't learn grammar because I feel a need to but simply because I like grammar. Yeah, weird, I know. lol) But I see we're using the same resources anyway :)

btw. Good luck with MvM! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnIsAPandah

Sometimes, you are actually my motivation to keep going :P

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lenocent
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Thank you for the inspiration!!! I can't wait until I'm seven months into Portuguese! I hope that I can say the same things as you are saying now!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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Wow solo siete meses? Asombrosa :)

3 years ago

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