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73 tries to finish subjunctive past.

Can anybody beat 73 tries? I am going to jump out the window. Luckily I live on the first floor.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Hahahaha! I bow to your superior abilities. My record is 37. =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Amateur. I know I've gotten into the 40s or 50s on a general "Strengthen Skills" before. :p~

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

And to think I had previously thought my 37 to be rare and marvelous! =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Exactly 100 for French Objects 3. Just now counted. That was a practice series from a year after finishing the tree, but I had to score 100% on each lesson and on the "strengthen" timed practice at the end. That's pure laziness on my part, however. If I had bothered to write down each wrong sentence and memorize it, it would have not taken so long. . . . I hope. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aeronautix
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How do you guys know the number of tries you have had for a lesson?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roberto727

This conversation is 2 years old. I don't remember how they knew, but my guess is things may be different. (It's hard to imagine someone would keep track manually, but I suppose that is possible.)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Don't tell anyone. I will keep your secret.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aanaaaa
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jajajajajjajajajajjaj es facil :) por lo menos para mi que soy hablante nativa de portugués .... Don't jump , try it again :) , what you can do is copy all sentences and answers, so you do it again :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Una hermosa Brasilera. ?Tu vives en cual parte de Brasil? Yo fue en Alphaville para hacer una entrevista con los directores de Banco Bradesco en los 1980s. La historia fue para la revista para clientes de Hitachi Data Systems. Mi esposa es de Venezuela.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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You have a hispanohablante spouse. If you just stop speaking English starting tomorrow, I imagine your skills would be shooting fireworks by July 4.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Talca, I am sure you are familiar with the famous "chancletazo." After interrupting what your spouse is doing for the forth time in fifteen minutes with a Spanish question the sandals start flying. ?Verdad?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aanaaaa
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São Paulo :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shras
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Gosh, you make me feel better about my attempts at Spanish :P

Keep trying, don't give up. With all this practice, you're sure to become a master at subjunctive past and speak it like a pro! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

I agree. The advantage of having a hard head is that if you bang it against the wall often enough, you will arrive on the other side.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LinZiyin
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A lingot for your wisdom.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Connor.c

Hahahhaha, your funny

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raininglingots

I gave you 30 lingots enjoy

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Connor.c

Thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliviaBlain

Nicely said

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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73 res-starts with the heart system - or 73 answers on the bar system used on the PC. I think I would have given up if it were the former, I admire your persistence in either case. My record (on the PC) is 45 answers - on a strengthening exercise.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Bar system

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roberto727

I think the website might be more "forgiving" than the ap. Give it a try at home on your desktop rather than on the go. Also, you might go to an outside source to gain a little better understanding of the grammar. Here is just one of many on the web. http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/courses/PERSUAD1.HTM

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

This was on the PC.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nbsnyder
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http://www.spanishdict.com really helped me. Go to http://www.spanishdict.com/grammar and scroll down to the verbs section. It has stuff about the subjunctive and the difference between the subjunctive and the indicative. If you need help with learning the forms of the subjunctive imperfect, you can also use spanishdict.com to conjugate verbs.*

*Before you look, I should tell you. There are actually two subjunctive imperfect tenses. They mean the same thing, but they have different forms. If you replace the "ra" in subjunctive imperfect 1 with "se" you'll get subjunctive imperfect 2.

For example:

  • subjunctive imperfect 1: Espero que hablaras - I hope you talked.
  • subjunctive imperfect 2: Espero que hablases - I hope you talked.

It's all really confusing, just give it some time. It took me about 6 months.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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You are scaring me. I should be coming to it pretty soon.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mrb0217

I LOVE THAT PROFILE PICTURE!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

I love it too, but is about 50 years out of date.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/K-rene

Pobre Roger_Burke. You're not alone. I've been trying to learn Spanish since high school (20 years ago) and I went to Spain, it's complicated. Thanks for your humor, I'll jump with ya.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

It has been 50 years for me. Then I got my alumni magazine from Carnegie Mellon University with an article about Prof. Luis Van Anh's DuoLingo project and I was hooked.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NerdShit

D: Learning is hard, but worth it. A lot of times when I'm getting tripped up on how things work I'll look through the discussion pages on each question and/or ask google for help. When I'm simply having trouble remembering the words and their translations I write them out in a list in a notebook, then write out a bunch of sentences using them til I've got them drilled into my head. The act of physically writing it out can help immensely when it comes to recollection. Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Yes, I had to write out idioms but there I did much better because I recognized many idioms that others did not. So I guess I am not a total idiom.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LauraMiller220

Subjunctive is a large reason why I gave up on Spanish in high school. :-(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Inspired1982

HAHAHA Love your post! and it makes me feel good that I am not the only slow learner in this website : ) Keep the great work. Also, after reading all your comments in this post, I figured few good facts about you; very enthusiastic, committed, positive, great sense of humor, and - you are the man! I am following in duo you and am back to duolingo : )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Lol, my record is 51 tries xD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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You must have realised the sentences repeat themselves in lessons?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Yes, but clever person that I am, I have been able to come up with new mistakes each time. Seriously, I have been studying the patterns inherent in the DL system. It seems that not only do the questions repeat, but DL, at some point, seems to give more of the simple constructions just to get you through without blowing a blood vessel in your brain or forcing you to give up. Then hopefully if any of this is absorbed you will do better on the next round. As clever as the system is, there is still immense opportunity for improvement. Through the whole process we have been learning based on input from only one female voice. Then you try to speak to a man with a deep voice and a slightly different accent and your brain goes blank. Why not capture the voice responses of native Spanish speakers at login by having them read a phrase and then randomly switch those phrases in and out in the lessons. After all Luis Van Anh was the inventor of Captcha and reCaptcha as a login/crowd sourcing tool to clean up and digitize old documents. So he already has the necessary technology. Also how about video clips where you look at a persons face while they speak. We subconsciously read a lot from peoples faces as they speak. DL is great, but it has just scratched the surface in learning technologies. It is a good scratch and can only get deeper.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Izabela_K
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I've had a couple of times up over 40 with the Portuguese verb tenses. Got close to rage quitting with those nightmares which were exacerbated by getting done in by typos from time to time.

I don't think I could beat 73. I would have to step away.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brigcampbell
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Modal nearly had my crying as I tried to blast through it make it gold again. I got punished.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dzyana
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You should try Michel Thomas's Spanish audio tapes. They helped me learn subjunctive really well. (free if you torrent!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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Ze force is being very strong in you young linguist padawan ! Superior persistence takes anyone even to the Moon.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

No soy padawan joven. Soy diablo viejo y más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo. ?Verdad? Tengo setenta anos.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.
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That skill is a heck of demon. I'm struck with it for more than 3 weeks. I went up to 40-45 tries but never finished it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carldean21

We need more threads like this. You just brightened my day. I don't think I have been over 40 yet, but when I have gotten 30 plus...I felt like the stupidest person on duolingo. At least now I know I have company.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ronv11

Challange accepted - eventhough i still got time to reach that one hehe

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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Don't joke about killing yourself please.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

From the first floor? Worst I could do is sprain an ankle or land on a rattle snake.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadya222
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Your profile pic shows a much younger man.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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Well be careful with whatever you do.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

I am a 70 year old combat vet with two artificial knees who lives on the on a drug corridor just north of the US/Mexico border. The nearest grocery store is 40 miles away. I sleep with a machete under my pillow and a rifle in the closet. Que sera, sera. But thanks for the concern, it shows you have a good heart.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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Thanks for your service.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frabde
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lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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I am impressed. I have been over 40 a number of times, but, not that high. Not yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/julian777.com

not that grace is if you live on the first floor?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Mi suegra es de Colombia y mi esposa es de Venezuela.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/julian777.com

y tu de donde

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Vivimos en la frontera entre Mexico y Estados Unidos, lado Americano.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/julian777.com

not that grace is if you live on the first floor?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FloMason23

what do you mean? tries on what game?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Feraz.I

I think its referring to the number of questions that are asked during the lesson before you have completed. It shows up on the progress bar.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FloMason23

ahhh right... Thank you :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/susannahfaithc

I have gotten 70+

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jmeltonga
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I can identify with you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frankietoni

Hang in there! This is why I am at level 24 and only 1/2 way through. It's like banging my head against a wall. Just keep your eyes on the prize. A completed tree! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/commenterri

jajajajajajaja! Hace que mi cabeza explote!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

Wow, your comment just gave me a great lesson in Spanish. I wanted to reply in Spanish with something like "Ewww! messy" (with the connotation it would have if you pronounced it messyyyyyy! I couldn't think of an appropriate word. I went to Google translate and it gave me "confuso". That did not quite give me the proper mental picture. I went to the dictionary and there was no perfect equivalent. Then I asked my wife who grew up in Venezuela and she could not give me a Spanish word that worked for me. I tried giving her a word picture that would evoke the right image. I said, "Imagine a plate of spaghetti that had been dropped on the floor on a hot summer day and been left in a hot room for a week and when you got home it had turned green and had small red worms swimming in the smelly juice. I need a word for that kind of messy." She looked at me and said, "Your dinner." I said c'mon there has to be a Spanish word." She said, "What about taht little Red and Yellow Barron's book of 2000 Spanish idioms. Wow, I thought, "Great Idea." I dug through my studio, found the book, came back smiling and blurted out, "estropear!" She she just gave me a blank look and said that mean damage or destroyed. What I learned is that language is Messsyyyyy!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dagorf

The subjonctive past is a tough one....Make sure the windows are opened before you jump out! and revise your will....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johnlvs2run

My lowest is 17 and highest 48, and regardless the number they turn gold.

I'm now repeating new lessons until they are 23 or less before going to the next ones.

3 years ago