https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Collected all my Spanish Dragon Balls!

Yay! I did it! I did it! I successfully collected all 64 of my Spanish Dragon Balls! They're now orange and glowing!! :^D

I wanted to learn spanish since around 2010, when I was in college, primarily because of the million references used in movies I used to binge-watch. I tried many other digital resources, google translate, survival dictionaries, pages and pages of pdf files... The spark went off pretty soon. Sometime in 2013, I signed up on Duolingo, and started with the Spanish course. I hardly practised everyday, and didn't bother to return after the 7th skill. In 2014, I read an article about user stats- that a huge majority of people who started taking the course never completed it, and in that slice of the pie chart, those who didn't complete more than 10 skills was prominent. I realised they were pointing their fingers at me! I was then in the bad end of the statistic. In December 2014, I came back here and said to myself, "I'm going to complete this!", and then started practising for about 15 minutes everyday. Soon, I was able to dedicate time everyday, and I was even surprised to have a 2-digit days streak. After about 122 days, I did it! I'm now in the good end of the statistic!

About halfway through the program I started paying serious attention to the comments section. I found it to be more informative than the lessons that we undertake on the skills sections. People are really kind, and patient enough to answer questions [sometimes redundant, sometimes multi-levelled] and they make this awesome program even more so! The other half of the comments section has people who bring out the humour in all the crazily made sentences, and pop-culture references, or make hilarious responses, just as easily.

Almost always, every time I have a doubt on something, a fellow learner would've already asked it on the comments section and another user would've answered it beautifully. I didn't personally thank those persons in those very threads, but I wanted to remember their names, because I knew this day would come. So, here I go now. Thank you Melita2, Kipling, Rocko2012, Rspreng, DanielinBC, Lago, BarbaraMorris, Fluent2B, Ramosraul, Babella, Mavry, Pierceneige, Dabigfella, Caisera, MeredithNa, Eloise23, Jindr004, Royraju, Joeschroed, Missspell, Simoneba, Jueveshueves, Wazzie, Lisagnipura, Jonbriden, Santiminstrel, neint20, Dublinrichie, Wilsonbath89, Greghullender, and Soroushiforoushi. You guys are wonderful! I'm sorry I probably don't have the right cases or special characters in the usernames.

Beyond learning languages, I learned how to, and how not to, comment in forums, and how to use language that's not strictly professional but friendly and clear. Thanks Duo and fellow learners!

When I look at the languages under development, I'm amazed at the sheer amount of work being put into developing this program, designing the structure of the course and shaping it up the way the learners would feel comfortable with. I've been waiting for my own native tongue to show up here for some time, but only recently learnt that it's diglossic. How far diglossic languages make it into Duo and make a successful course is something I don't know. But when it does, I'd love to contribute!

I hope now I'll be able to understand at least half the spanish spoken in the movies I watch, and speak spanish to the guys at the Mexican restaurants I go to. I will start the French course pretty soon and I want to achieve "Omelette du fromage" levels of proficiency!

Thank you Duolingo, and it's creators and admins and everyone who run this thing the way it does! Thank you fellow learners! Muchas Gracias. :^)

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Amazing...I hereby dub this Best Discussion Post of the Day! There are so many great things you did here (besides the obvious Dragon Ball reference, of course!). Keep going... you are a valued member of this community!

Time to collect a whole new set of Dragon Balls - The French ones!
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks Enigmatictiger. :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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Good luck with your "Omelette du Fromage" tree !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thank you Datenshi. :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brad_Wood

ok, I give. what are dragon balls?

sorry, I'm somewhat new

thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Hi Brad. Dragonballs are a kind of fictional objects that are orange and ball-shaped [hence the name] and have something inside them that resemble the five-point star. There are seven dragon balls in total [each having a different number of stars in them, from 1 to 7], spread across the planet. When you collect all 7 of them, you can summon the eternal dragon which will grant you anything you wish for.

I wanted to use this term here because as much as people call it the 'skill-tree', it doesn't look like a tree to me, and at best it looks like a disproportionately long vine. But if I think they're dragonballs it makes more sense.

  1. They're orange, spherical , and have pictures inside them, just like dragonballs.

  2. I have to work hard to collect all of them, just like dragonballs.

  3. After a while they lose their orange glow, and I need to strengthen them. Somewhat like dragonballs.

  4. After I collect all of them, the mighty Owl appears, just like dragonballs.

Hope this helps. :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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then duo's green the same as shenron :$

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mexicandrugl0rd

yur a dork

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crush
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¡Felicidades! Si quieres mejorar tu fluidez al hablar te sugiero que eches un vistazo al curso de FSI. Es una verdadera joya de curso y además es completamente gratis (en el Dominio Público). Otra opción muy buena (mejor, en mi opinión) es Platiquemos, basado en el de FSI, pero hace unos años el autor (Don Casteel) falleció y ya no sé quien está a cargo de vender el curso. De todos modos ¡mucha suerte en tu próximo viaje y espero que no abandones el castellano ahora que se te ha acabado el árbol! ¡Ánimo y éxito!

EDIT: Ah, y otra sugerencia, creo que todavía podrías disfrutar y sacar provecho del curso de español de Language Transfer. Será más divertido que el curso de FSI, creo que a muchxs de aquí les gustaría.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks Crush! :^) I'll take a look the two courses you suggested now.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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Congratulations! Out of curiousity, what is your native language?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks allintolearning. My native tongue is Tamil. :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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Now, that is a very interesting language!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadow358

Felicidades! Are you planning on doing any more Spanish study after that, or do you plan on stopping there?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks Shadow! Yes, I'm going to go back to those digital resources I used years ago, just to understand the concepts better. Those that seemed boring and daunting back then will now seem pretty fun, I assume. And for that, I'm gonna give Duolingo a break. People have been giving me weird looks when they see me talking to my cell phone, repeating everything the Duolady says. For my next language- French, I'm going to collect hard copies of books first, so I can learn the underlying grammar side-by-side as I practise working with the sentences in Duolingo. But before all of that, I'm gonna go watch all those spanish movies I have in my watchlist. :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadow358

Sounds fun! If you get Telemundo (I live in Florida so there's tons of Spanish channels on my TV), try watching some telenovelas without subtitles.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivanka_ps
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Awesome!! Muchas felicidades!! ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks Ivanka! :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bucketlister
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Congratulations, mate! I

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thank you bucketlister. :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Koolkatia04

As soon as I saw the title of this page, My face lit up like a Super Saiyan!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/htimsmr

Congrats! What are you going to wish for with your Spanish Dragonballs?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks htimsmr. If these Dragonballs are anything like the Earth dragonballs, I'd wish that my mother tongue be introduced in the list of languages under development, so I can contribute a bit. And if they're like the Namekian ones, I get 2 more wishes. So I'd wish I had a better memory capacity [I had a hard time bringing the spanish words to my mind every time I had to strengthen the skills here], and for the last wish, I would want the creators of Duo to introduce a chat/ messgaing platform of sorts, so we can have real conversations with people who are fluent in the language we learn, and make a few friends. I would've wished for a chance to visit a Spanish speaking country. But I'll visit one anyway. :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/htimsmr

Good choices! I would have made the second and third wishes myself. English is my native language, so the first would only work if I knew more than just English and intermediate Spanish.

Speaking of native languages, scrolling up I see that you've said that your mother tongue is Tamil. That's interesting! I've heard that it has one of the oldest literary traditions in the world. I admit, I say this every three or four times someone suggests a new language, but I would be very interested in checking it out if it came out on Duo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks. And yes, Tamil is a surviving classical language. I've been learning some Indian languages from friends for the past 3 years, and teaching them Tamil in return. And there are a lot of differences in spoken and written versions of Tamil [far more than what you'd expect in other languages], making it even more intersting. So, if Duo starts a course on it, it'd be amazing. :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanieleGad
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Congrats! Now get on with Italian :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks Daniel. :^) I thought I'd take German after French, but because you asked me very nicely[!] I'll take Italian next.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanieleGad
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Once you know Spanish, Italian's gonna be easy as a pie :D . Best of luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Mmmm... Pie... :^9

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alhernault17
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Wow! Que fabuloso! I'd like to congratulate you on your achievement! I feel that if everybody took the same attitude towards language learning that you did, we wouldn't need websites like duolingo. Keep up the great work!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Thanks alhernault! :^) This attitude is clearly the result of listening to the words of the nice folks here at the comments discussion forum. But seriously, we DO NEED Duolingo, dude! :^D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashleysprs93

Tan sabes Español ahora(:

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

If I understood what you said correctly, I know just enough to understand half the news articles I read, comprehend the sentences in spanish ads, and actual speech run down at 0.8x or 0.5x speed. I'm trying to speak in spanish, but it's broken, word-by-word funny sentences most of the time. If I didn't understand what you said correctly, then the answer I just gave you would be wrong. Cheers! :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashleysprs93

Esta bien(: Toma classes en Español para hablar mejor.(:

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/markiooh

well done buddy, i'm just coming out of a barren spell like yours myself. A lot of people suggest setting your language to Spanish and taking the 'learn English' course to help cement what you have already learned. I hope to finish the tree and be able to speak fluently one day too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashleysprs93

You should do that Spanish is my major lol(: hopefully I can get my bachelors.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Good luck markiooh! :^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fionaclunan
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Out of curiosity, where did you find this chart that you speak of, the one that shows user stats?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

Sorry about that. I read that article more than a year ago. I've been googling several possible combinations for that news article, but no success. If someone can get that article's link that'd be great.

3 years ago
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