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I am starting Spanish, any tips?

I am starting the Spanish tree, any tips? Thanks!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

If your goal is to speak Spanish, one glaring gap in Duo is that they teach you to translate. They teach you that casa = house. What you want is to think is,

casa = house

When you speak Chinese, do you have to translate it from English first? Of course not! You go directly from thought to Chinese, and when you hear it you go directly from Chinese to thought, without taking a detour into English first.

So if you want to be able to do the same in Spanish, you need to learn Spanish that way. If you learn "casa=house" you will store it in your brain that way and reinforce translating. If you learn "casa=Paula's stick figure" you will teach your brain to go directly from Spanish to thought.

And don't tell yourself, "I'll learn that later." Whatever you learn first for any vocabulary term, that is the concept that will be the most deeply rooted in your brain. So make that fundamental image a goofy stick figure, not H - O - U - S - E.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susan_BM

That's what Rosetta Stone in good for, no translation at all - but it is expensive!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

Ok, I will try to remember the pictures.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

Sometimes, if it's not a noun, you have to imagine a concept. Last week I learned ajetreado which means busy. I imagined my coworker racing between four desks with her arms full of papers. It's a funny image, but that helps too! Get creative.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

Wow! Does she know? lolz, I would think of... I actually really don't know. I'll just use yours.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rainbowdash908

Here's a lingot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ilovescience

Write every Spanish word and the pronunciation in a notebook because the audio for Spanish is strangely accented. I personally think writing it down helps.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elagui
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It helps to pair up words with their articles at first - la casa (the house) or una casa (a house) or el libro (the book) or un libro (a book). A good rule is that gender and number must agree - unas casas blancas (some white houses) unos libros rojos (some red books) - and they tend to say the thing and then describe it. Use sites like SpanishDict and StudySpanish to review the main idea of each section and create rules for yourself to help you understand grammar concepts as they get more complicated.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88
<h1>YES! What he said!</h1>
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RabbitsRabbits

Here are some free resources for learning Spanish : https://sites.google.com/site/learnspanishdirectory1/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maryell20

Thank you RR from me for that detailed site!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taloua
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Since you have already learnt some French. You will find it too easy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

Ok, thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rainbowdash908

Plz friend me QQjoy

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

Sorry, I only follow those who I know REALLY well, and can communicate with a stubborn person like me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

¿Stubborn? No puede serrrrrrrrr!

That's your first phrase in Spanish. They say it in telenovelas all the time. "No! This cannot be!!!" All the extra R's make it funny.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rainbowdash908

I gave you a lingot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rainbowdash908

QQjoy I actually gave you two lingots

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bach4ever
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The single most important thing you can do is find a native speaker and speak to them regularly. Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

Ok, Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

www.studyspanish.com for grammar help Watch the Spanish episodes of Extr@ on YouTube. The BBC languages site has a series called "La Vida Loca" which is OK. If you see a Spanish dictionary or used text/grammar in a used bookstore or garage sale, don't feel bad about spending a bit of money - the tree is already dead.

And, please, don't get all worried about European versus Latin American Spanish, and don't start yet another argument about the choice of the flag. Please. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gonzalez162307

my parents told me you have to learn the alphabet in spanish first before you can speak it hope it help

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rainbowdash908

Try learning Spanish word and then write the word meaning and the word on paper and then put it in a folder so when you forgot the word its on a sheet of paper

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/German_MA

Hola.

De mi parte te sugiero que busques videos en youtube, sobre lecciones de español con subtitulos. Además, te ofrezco mi ayuda, si tienes dudas, solo pregunteme.

Hello.

First, I dont speak English very well, but I will try, I think it is important to you, look for Spanish videos in youtube with Sapanish subtitles, so, you can improve your listening, that is very important, you will need videos about conversations and dialogues. If you have questions about Spanish, just ask me, I will try to help you.

Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

I am watching video disks with Spanish subtitles turned on. Sometimes I understand what someone says!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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Follow a multi-prong approach. Do Duolingo here. Do listen to some podcasts (Spanish Obsessed, Notes in Spanish, Lightspeed Spanish). Podcasts are perfect to fill in those times such as commuting, grocery shopping etc. Do Memrise to expand your vocabulary. You might want to get a good grammar book as well.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davloose
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I wish someone had told me about Language Transfer - Complete Spanish when I was where you are...

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeA5t3dWTWvvwf5fw0Nl7mVk0OUjP1Ln2

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryMille4

Keep at it every day. Most people give up after a few days and that will never get them anywhere. Those who commit to daily study for years have a chance of learning.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeCalcium
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Good luck with your Spanish, I am currently working on making Spanish my second owl.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CedarPrince

Well, my advice to you is to, if you are an English speaker, look for words in Spanish that look similar to words in English. You will get the word association in your head, so whenever you think of that word, you can also think of the Spanish word! Example: la copa, the cup. I need the cup! Sometimes, I even start speaking and the Spanish comes out instead of the English - it makes for some pretty funny responses. XP Also, I have a link for you... Give me a second to grab it! It is a post I made a while back that has to do more with a general understanding of languages, not necessarily Spanish, but useful everywhere! Hope this all helps.

Update:

Article 1 - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6771107

Article 2 - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8752372

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

A copa is a stemmed glass for drinking an alcoholic beverage. Not a cup. There are deceptive Spanish words which look like English words but mean something very different.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Der_Kommisar

Well, I will say as spanish speaker that's one of the most importants things it's the correct pronunciation and learning very well the verbs, to recognize past, present and future, then you can concentrate into grammatical ideas, how to construc a phrases, or why use a word, also learning to write well, because it's easy to get a mistake in my language. So a lot of study and practice

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr-Pen
Dr-Pen
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As far as some of the people here have commented concerning youtube, here are some more Spanish channels that you might find interesting, and perhaps difficult to understand at your current level:

https://www.youtube.com/user/elpulsodelarepublica Political comedy in the style of The Daily Show

https://www.youtube.com/user/spanishben Tips and lessons as well as full Spanish dialogues

And if you scroll down all the way on youtube's home page, you should be able to change the language and country to whatever and wherever you want.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LoNun

la carta means letter

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Also, card.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FLchick
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For a short, helpful explanation of when to use "por" or "para" which means "for" watch the YouTube video: Spanish Grammar Por vs Para. The channel name is: How to Speak Spanish Online Fast. The professor (or perhaps he holds a doctorate) is a native Spanish speaker. Buena suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ANGEL4JUSTICE

make sure to work on prounciation oh by the away I'm only 14 if you see my picture thats my mom

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LoNun

you look familiar.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luisssss12

Talk with native speakers and you can do it here http://adf.ly/1HbgPp

Hablar con hablantes nativos y lo puedes hacer aqui http://adf.ly/1HbgPp

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ampdot

psst... try memrise as a supplement... you may love it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LoNun

does carson mean anything to you?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LoNun

Anyway, everything you find wrte down on a sheet of paper like i am even the eamples put the Spanish way and what it means in English so when it comes up you can look on the sheet of paper.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/languagemonkey2

Best of luck. This man makes some (I think) good and encouraging comments on learning a language on this TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0yGdNEWdn0 Stay motivated to keep going!!

3 years ago