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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diderot

Duolingo has improved my English...and i am studying French

Ok, i am in French, and i realized that about half the "fails" were due not to an incorrect understanding of french, but to a bad use of English...(i am spanish, so French is relatively easy to understand, at least on writing). So, thanks Duolingo.

October 1, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

That is true for many native English speakers here as well. Many speakers of any language do not understand the grammar of their native language very well, and only figure it out when trying to learn another language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ComradeFrancis

In deed, I doubt that I would have ever achieved my current command of English if I had remained a monoglot.

I fully endorse the conventional wisdom that English speakers should study French to expand vocabulary (1) , German to improve grammar (2) and Latin to do both (3) .

  1. Almost two thirds of all English words are of Romance origin with French being the main conduit.
  2. The more arcane points of English grammar (e.g. proper use of words like "whom" or "hither", irregular verbs such as "to smite") tend to have equivalents in German.
  3. I would go so far as to say that sufficient study of Latin will permanently alter the way that one's mind works, bringing a noticeable increase in the order and precision with which one expresses one's thoughts.

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElHombreGris

I studied Latin - and I hated it. It is mathematics for linguists. Not a language at all.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheGandalf

Meh, I've studied it, and while I didn't enjoy it a whole lot, it has made learning Italian un pezzo di torta.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElHombreGris

"pezzo di torta" - :-), I would prefer learning Italian and skip Latin - but you are right of course


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniel-in-BC

Yes. And too often people try to make English conform to Latin and see that as being more "educated". One can learn from Latin, but it IS a different language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/percyflage

Keep posting and commenting rspreng! You and others are gradually teaching me the rudiments of grammar in both English and Spanish. Muchas Gracias.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

Gracias, percyflage.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

Yes, I now realize how much more difficult English is to learn than Spanish (in my opinion). I never used to think of things like what Zeimer said, "I didn't say that" and "I said that".


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    I find that Spanish is harder to learn, at least for me. Learning English was a 'un pezzo di torta' for me. But you see, I think it all depends on your linguistic background when learning a new one. I spoke German before learning English, so that's probably why it seemed very easy in a way. Whereas now that I'm learning Spanish, I have more difficulties. I don't frequently have those 'ah yeah that totally makes sense' moments because I don't already speak another Romance language, like say French or Italian, etc.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nateVONgreat

    Same for me, except that English is a mother tongue for me XD


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pprince87

    It is helpful, however while doing the french lessons I have seen many bad or wrong english translations! You might just want to verify with another source if you think something doesn't look right.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tonywangtj

    I agree. I am actually practicing my basic English grammar rules at the same time.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hqjb

    Vraily? My enlais soment bevien bavais...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cavalli96

    SAME FOR ME!!! i thought i was the only one who could possibly be that bad at English lol


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Awesum_Domo

    Not only you my dad!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cavalli96

    That's funny! Well as for anything there is usually more good as an outcome that we can even imagine! Especially with languages!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rlaverde

    the same is true for me, I improve my English through French :P

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