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Learning a language in two ways

You can take a course of Spanish for English speakers, and you can learn Spanish that way. BUT can't you take a course of English for Spanish speakers? Sort of the same thing right?

October 10, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lenkvist

There is an English course for Spanish speakers. Go to the cogwheel (settings menu) and change your Learning Language.

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Davu

If you try to learn Spanish by taking the English via Spanish route all the audio will be in English - a big disadvantage!

Even though English is my native language, I'm doing the English via Portuguese course for fun after completing my Portuguese tree. I'm always caught out by the transcription exercises, though, because I listen to the sentence in English and start typing away in Portuguese only to be told my answer is in the wrong language (typing in English based on English audio is too easy even with the robotic voice).

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/FizzaR

I know what you mean. I am so used to writing in Spanish whenever I hear an audio, I won't ever be able to get used to writing English audio into English (but as you said it is pretty easy to do since I've been speaking it for like.....EVER!)

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Yes, but you can always turn the microphone off...

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Davu

I already did that (having my everyday speech criticized by a machine was just too weird!). I meant the exercises where I hear something in English and have to type it in English - it never ceases to amaze me how many times that catches me out.

October 10, 2013

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Once when I said something in English, the machine thought I said it wrong because of my accent :) I get a lot of questions wrong like that :b

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Oh, then I really don't know

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/FizzaR

good point... :b

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Anyways, I think you should just switch languages. If you switch, you'll figure out why :)

(Well you must really want to know :) It's because more sentences are translated from English to the language you are focusing on rather than how it is now)

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Davu

Yes, I hoped that would be the case. I felt there were more translations from Portuguese to English in the Portuguese tree, but I find translation the other way more challenging.

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Of course it's more challenging, but aren't challenges part of learning a language? EDIT: Sorry, that doesn't seem right, I just meant that I find that way just a little bit more effective.

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Davu

In answer to your other comment. You are right, as I said, I hoped there would be more translations in the direction I find more challenging, that is from English to Portuguese in my case. I can often get the gist of what a Portuguese sentence means in English, but coming up with a grammatical sentence in Portuguese is not so easy and is obviously a skill worth practising.

October 11, 2013
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