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Potential Spanish Course Improvements

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Hi all.

Firstly, as I am close to finishing this wonderful course, I'd like to say thanks to the moderators and contributors that have made this possible! However, there are two things I've found room for improvement in. I really feel like I've run out of steam towards the end of the course. It's not my enthusiasm that's on the wane, it's the support I feel like I am getting from Duo.

I can't give the course designers enough praise for all the work they put in, but after the Ir Future lesson, from what I've gathered, there's another 32 lessons with no instructions - as far as I can see, not even a verb table. This is especially difficult because it's not just vocab - it's modal verbs, the future tense (!!) and conditional tenses, to name a few. With no guidance at all, it's pretty hard to learn how to conjugate verbs without seeking help from other less accessible websites.

I'm going to crawl over the finish line tomorrow and attempt the Progress Quiz on my 100-day streak, but I fear that a large amount of the course is not fully understood. Anyone else feeling like this?

Secondly, the sentences we are given to learn abstract vocabulary with towards the end of the course is extremely basic and I often type the same sentence three times in a row with no variance. Could this be improved somehow?

Once again thank you though!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ceaer
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The verb tables should be updated with the new conjugations once you run across them. There should be a link at the bottom of the basic table that says "show more tenses". You can access the conjugation tables within the lessons by hovering over the verb, or from your "words" tab by picking a verb and clicking "more details".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lotownsend
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Maybe so, but that doesn't really bring any sort of summary or explanation of the conjugations, not to mention that it'd be incredibly time-consuming to have to filter through each verb individually.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ceaer
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You don't really need to go through each verb individually, though. You just need to know the regular -ar, -er- and -ir verb endings and then worry about the irregulars. So if you know how to conjugate say, "hablar", "beber", and "escribir", you can conjugate every other regular -ar, -er, and -ir verb since they are all conjugated the same way.

That's right, if you can conjugate 3 verbs you can conjugate virtually all verbs! That's what's lovely about Spanish.

And yes, it would definitely be nice (and easier) if the endings and the irregular verbs were highlighted in the tips & notes section; I was just pointing out that you can access the conjugations on Duolingo "without seeking help from other less accessible websites".

If you do want to look at other sites, studyspanish.com is very accessible and very clear.

3 years ago

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studyspanish.com has been very helpful to me! Top website. Thanks for pointing it out, and yes, Spanish conjugations do tend to be easier than German, for example. For the record, I wasn't leaving this suggestion to be overly critical - I just wanted to suggest an area that a small improvement would make a big difference! Glad we're on the same page there.

3 years ago