I am not doing very well in Spanish. Any suggestions? :) I am open for tips, tricks, advice, and much more. Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beginning a new language is hard. It all just sounds like gibberish and the rules don't make sense. You can't imagine that the language will ever be something you'll be able to just understand without giving yourself a huge headache. But with each passing day it gets a little easier (even if it's just a very little) until one day you realize, "Hey, I understand this." My best advice, surround yourself with Spanish as much as possible, and expose yourself to a little bit everyday. There are books to read, movies to watch, music to listen to, and maybe even people to talk to, depending on where you live. Just know that it takes a while, but if you stick with it, it will stop sounding like a foreign language and start just sounding like words.
Awesome! Just know it does take a while. I've only been on duolingo for a few months, but I started studying Spanish about three years ago, and I've had to work really hard. All I can say is that it's so worth it. When I understand what someone says without having to ask them to slow down, or I can make out a conversation in a movie that's in Spanish, it's such a great feeling! I hope you can experience Spanish that way too.
Come on, you're only at level 2! :) Don't give up yet, keep trying and don't expect to learn a language in no time. I recommend you to watch this video, there are some great tips on how to learn Spanish faster. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4LOyJykgUI Good luck and keep learning! :)
Wow, great video! Very inspirational! A normal person could do that in a year without the heroic effort she put into it.
Hi Jen, I sympathize. I was really struggling with my German because of no prior exposure. It was very foreign to me, and I seemed to lose knowledge faster than I gained it. Someone here suggested going to Memrise (website) and searching for the "Duolingo vocabulary" for the desired language, then doing those lessons. They really help you solidly memorize the words. It is more slow paced than Duolingo, and uses more of a method of gradually "teaching" you things instead of having you learn by trial and error. So now before each German lesson in Duolingo, I do that lesson's vocabulary list in Memrise. I am learning better now and have much more confidence. Memrise also has its own language courses, which you can do or not, as a supplement to Duolingo. I am playing around in the beginner German course there because it does contain useful phrases that help immediately when conversing with others or traveling. For example instead of learning "I drink milk," I learned "I would like a cup of coffee please." But do not give up on Duolingo! It is great! Just keep going and you will succeed!
Go to Memrise, click on "Courses" at the top in the blue bar, then choose your language "Spanish," from the list on the left. Then browse all Spanish course titles to find the word "duolingo" in the title. When browsing, there is a "load more" button at the bottom of the page to keep going. There are pages and pages of courses! I found this one for you, but there might be more to choose from. There were a few different ones in German, so I checked them out and picked the one that seemed the most popular. It seems the most updated, and has quite a bit of audio. Some of the courses (all created by volunteer amateurs) do not have sample audio pronunciations. Good luck! Warning, you might get addicted to creating "mems" like I did, lol! It is a fun creative challenge, and they really help me remember the words.
Keep practicing your skills over and over before you move on to the next lesson.
If you start working out at the gym, you can't expect to get any visible result in a few weeks or if you work out only once or twice a week. The same thing happens with new languages, it takes a lot of time and persistence to achieve your goal. Just be patient, and keep studying.