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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanS1

I spoke spanish at work today! :)

I have a Spanish surname, so I'm always having to remind the managers that I don't speak Spanish. Out of over 100 employees, we have 3 that speak Spanish. Anyways, a manager calls me over to help them with their customer. By the time I realize that he doesn't speak English the manager is ghost. I tried to cheat and use Google translate but his eyes were bad :( I was able to help him tho! And he was super nice about it. Reminded me of my grandpa. The Latinos around here as a whole are always so friendly.

July 21, 2015

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

Wow can imagine the joy! I find that Duolingo is helping me immensely with reading and writing but speaking is a whole different level of difficulty - guess it requires practice. The more one tries to speak in Spanish, the better one will get at linking words, getting the grammar right and remembering the right words (without having to use broken english in between). That's my struggle, but I am so inspired to see your post. :)

Es totalmente posible!!


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

I'm with you on the speak Spanish part. I find I can read Spanish a whole lot better than trying to speak it correctly!


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

Patience and practice (loads of it!), and it shall happen. Good luck to us!


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

Duolingo is definitely still worthwhile for reading and listening comprehension. I had never been to Latin American before this year and decided to dust off my tree prior to going. I only had ever completed maybe thirteen units but it definitely helped with my first trip to Costa Rica. I was there for a week and attempted to speak a bit but it helped more in identifying areas to improve my skills...which was pretty much all of them. I went back to Costa Rica maybe a month ago and was left to work with people who only spoke Spanish for a full day. When you are forced to actually communicate with no crutches your learning increases exponentially. You will think of creative ways to use the words you do know and use "Como se dice...?" a whole lot. After returning from the last trip I knocked out my tree and have been reading books to fine tune my skills. Every night I watch a Disney /Pixar film in Spanish to ingrain it in my head. What I guess I am trying to convey is that from my personal experience Duolingo is a huge tool in keeping you accountable and listening to basic Spanish. It's up to you to search out other ways to make it part of your mind. Just don't give up on it simply because it's not a one stop Spanish shop. Just find ways to listen and practice. You'd be really surprised at how much you already know.


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

Agree with everything you said. Duolingo is definitely the launchpad to take up language learning, and axilliary sources are needed to go the extra mile. It surely requires a lot of willpower and determination too to do exercises like watching movies in Spanish, over and above Duolingo. Kudos! My daily hour here will not take me as far as I intend to go with Spanish - need to amp it up. There are many discussions on this forum where wonderful people share their additional resources generously. :)


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

It's difficult to speak English for me... =(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanS1

Your English is probably better than my Spanish :)


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

LOL ...I liked that joke... when you want .. Language Exchange.. I would like to improve my pronunciation


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nosaj10358

Congrats! That is a big step in the right direction. That reminds me of when I was in Mexico City a few months ago and needed to purchase a lock for my suitcase before checking it in. The girl in the store didn't speak a word of English so I was forced to use Spanish. I managed to get it done and actually surprised myself a bit. I can't wait to go back, since I've learned a lot more since then. Only 2 more months! :) Congrats again! Best of luck to you. Just remember that it is only a matter of time and you will be speaking Spanish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanS1

Where at, in Mexico? I've been wanting to visit for a long time, maybe meet my aging family before it's too late, but they live close to the border.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nosaj10358

Mexico City, which is in the Southern part...waay down there far from the border. My fiancé is from there, so I have a lot of family there :)


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

Good job! I still feel a bit clumsy trying to speak Spanish right now, though my reading is much, much better! (My mother is from Mexico, so it's still a little embarrassing having to learn the language as an adult.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanS1

Same here! My father is from Mexico! I don't remember him ever speaking a word of Spanish to me tho.


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

I feel your pain. My mother never spoke Spanish to me and my sisters, either, but she seems to be a bit proud now that I'm pushing my way through the language. I also hope to visit my cousins in Tampico and Mexico City some day, so it would be nice to be more fluent when I get there.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanS1

I have family in the northernmost part of Mexico that my father has been wanting me to take him to visit, but I worry that it won't be safe in his lifetime. :( I would love to go to Mexico City sometime tho :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nosaj10358

I've been to Mexico City 3 times this year and its really no different than being in a big US city. You just have to use common sense and be careful. Theft is the biggest problem. But I hear that the border towns are more dangerous. If you took a flight, that is the safest way. Most of the crime happens when you're driving in remote areas. So once you're inside a big city, its not bad. At least that has been my experience. With that said, I've also driven out of Mexico City to other nearby towns (80-100miles out) and it was all good. I went to Ixtapan and Puebla. Puebla is a very beautiful city. It reminds me of western Europe. Very nice and relaxed. Well hope you make it there. Don't let the media scare you from going.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nosaj10358

By the way, the airline tickets are super cheap at the moment through Aeromexico and American Airlines. I just bought my ticket for $227 round trip to Mexico City, from Dallas


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

¡Buen trabajo, eso es maravilloso!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ii5wh0ii5

Congrats! It feels good embracing your language skills, doesn't it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malkin50

Spanish speakers I encounter at work are always really nice too.


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

there are not too many people in USA that speak Spanish and English (Latinos)?


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

Since Hispanics are the second large minority group in the US, there are actually quite a few Spanish and English speakers in the US. In fact, the US has the second largest number of Spanish speakers in the world -- more than Spain and second only to Mexico!


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

I sometimes work at my dad's food pantry, and the first time I used Spanish there I made a joke about sucking at it. Mi: Mi espanol es muy malo. Ella: Mi ingles es muy malo, tambien. Nosotros: HARAHAHRAHRHAHRAHRAHRHARHAHARARRRRR

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