I really enjoy the Spanish lessons, and it helps me prepare for next year, but I'm mainly just learning how to read Spanish, not speak it. I want to be able to learn how to speak it, but that's kinda hard when I'm just reading it. I think you guys should please try to fix the microphone, because every time I try to use the mic it says "I'm sorry I can't hear you" Which is weird, because I've tried every microphone test known to me, and my mic is fine. Also, could someone help me figure out how to actually speak Spanish? I feel as if I'm more learning to read then speak it.
Just addressing this question: "Also, could someone help me figure out how to actually speak Spanish?"
A few things come to mind.
** Go to http://conversationexchange.com/ and find a native Spanish speaker who wants to work on their English, then help each other practice over Skype, or whichever program you like for video chatting. (You might want to wait until you get a good portion of your tree done before trying this one. Not necessarily all of it, but more than a handful of lessons.)
** If you want to speak Spanish, you should probably listen to lots of Spanish, and sometimes that's hard if you can't understand what's being said. A good place to start is Destinos (some people here complain that it's boring, but it's a good educational program, and there are lots of episodes so you can give your ears lots practice). http://learner.org/series/destinos/watch/ep1/
**Something simple that you can do while you're here: when you get to an exercise where they speak a sentence in Spanish (for you to type or translate), repeat it out loud. Then repeat the recording and compare (just using your ears and your head, no mic) to see if you got the sound right, to the best of your ability to discern. If not, keep repeating.
Ok will do, thanks so much, I will got make sure to go to my library and get Spanish audio books, and some short novels to read aloud!
Even if your microphone works duo will say you are right when you aren't or aren't when you are so I don't think it is a very solid system. You should watch the beginners series destinos listed below or Extra en español – look on youtube, great series to start with and http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/ - for beginners starts basic has english explainions I recommend the no work spanish audio books, there are also lots of podcasts for beginners: Notes in Spanish (different levels) - http://www.notesinspanish.com/ Lightspeed Spanish (different levels) Showtime Spanish Coffee Break Spanish Real Deal Spanish SpanishPod101 Yabla Spanish Learn Spanish with the Independent Spanish Obsessed (Scratch, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Also read short beginner stories out loud to yourself, go to the kindle store and search for easy spanish stories and you can read the first few pages for free. Also language exchange like said below or do some skype classes in the accent you are interested in learning.
I have found that the "Complete Spanish" course offered by Language Transfer greatly improved my speaking ability. It is free like Duo, but is a series of 8 to 12 minute videos that you start and stop so that you can translate or respond to the prompts. It starts very easy, with just building a huge vocabulary quickly. The 90+ lessons cover everything you'll encounter in the duo tree, but gets you speaking and building strategies to get you thinking in Spanish. I've gone through it 3 times now, and plan to review it every six months. It's worth a Google to check it out. Good luck!
Hola Tenno! I understand how you feel about the mic problems, when I first downloaded DL on my phone the on-board mic was not compatible with the software. I have no work around on these issues for you but I can provide guidance that was given to me at that time.
Look at all these references and materials that people have given you. They might not be the complete picture or exactly what you were looking for but they can give you some relief. Most of the feeling of "I can read but can not speak" comes from the unease that you feel when you aren't completely sure. Which doesn't make the statement untrue. It just clues us in on something that you hadn't quite made the connection on yet.
Notice in that video you mentioned that there is a teacher saying things correctly and a student repeating it. That is something that you should find yourself doing. Whether it is during the duolingo "listening" exercises, Pimsleur's audio courses, or any of the material that was given during this discussion, you should be saying things as you learn them. It is a part of the learning process right? Very right. Actually speaking the words that it is telling you to listen to can GREATLY increase the rate at which you learn to speak, read, write, and listen to the Spanish language ( or any language, subject, coursework).
Something to further assist in this adventure is to record what you are saying when playing along with the virtual students/listening exercises, play it back and see how off it sounds. Try miming everything about the speaker. His accent, tone, and subtle emphasis that you are able to notice without trying to hard are all things that you can use and recreate to further your venture into the beautiful language that is Spanish.
I know you are looking for more of a "you did this right, good job!" gratification (how else would you know if you did it correctly, AM I RIGHT?!) but sometimes these feelings just give way to uncertainty. Trust in the art of speaking to perfection and it will reward you. Just have a nice long talk with yourself and I am positive things will start to sound a lot better to you.
OK UPDATE!!!!! I love ALL the sites you guys have given me! I really do, but I would rather something that shows the word, and pronounces it for me, then allows me to read it aloud! I want to be able to see the word, then to be able to hear them pronounce it.
There's a language system called "Mango" that will do that. If you use the desktop version, it allows you to record what you say, and compare it to the standard pronunciation. Check at your local library, many libraries have the program for their customers to use.
I speak english, its just that I'm having problems speaking Spanish.. I feel Duolingo is more teaching me to read then to speak.