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Need Motivation

I started using DuoLingo again this summer so I wouldn't get rusty on my spanish before taking Spanish II in school, and I've been really lazy about it the past few weeks. Anybody have any good tips on staying motivated and keeping yourself active? The main reason I stopped practicing is that I lost my 20 day streak because I forgot to buy a streak freeze on a day I was gone and the disappointment just made me stop.

Thanks

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Quick Tip on Staying Motivated:

  1. Stop trying to learn when you're not motivated or bored. Don't force it.

  2. Just sit back and watch any program that you like (cartoons, movies, TV shows whatever in Spanish)

  3. Re-assess why you are learning the language in the first place. Repeat step 2 y calmate, relajate. Todo estará bien.

OR . . . just do what you normally enjoy en español.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redrosebeetle

As a corollary to number two, I like to brain storm topics I'm interested in and upload the Spanish wiki article to translate it in immersion. Translating something you're interested in is a lot more fun than translating something that you're not passionate about.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deloraen
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Hey !

I've been learning Spanish as well on Duolingo, I've started it from scratch in Ferbuary. I got demotivated in the beginning of May (I've lost a 70-days streak) and I had no time anymore (or so I though).

2 weeks ago I met a Mexican guy in my group of friends, I tried to talk Spanish with him and I could understand a bit of what he said, even though I hadn't get a single class of Spanish before starting it on Duolingo. Then I realized that I could really improve it with a bit of work every day. I'm back on Duolingo since middle of July, and I just reached level 13.

  • even after 2 months without a single Spanish word I still remembered some words (actually way more that i would expect)
  • I've understood that the objectives I had this spring were too high and demotivated me
  • only repetition and utilisation of the language will help me get it on the long term
  • talking to a native is veeeeeeeeeeeery motivating and fun

I currently try to get my tree gold before thinking about finishing it. Every day I review at least one lessons, and when I can I redo all the ones that need a refresh before doing a new one. And when I feel that it's getting on my nerves I stop for the day.

Get back on it slowly but surely ! Good luck :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Understandable. Many have given up after losing their streak. People will tell you the streak means nothing but, in fact, it does. It is a motivational factor. Still, although 20 days may seem like a lot it really isn`t. My suggestion is to chalk it up to experience and start anew building your streak even higher and making sure you do at least the minimum to keep your streak each day.

Once again, I say the streak should be replace with number of active days. This is just one more example of why.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna
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I just wanted to say your streak is impressive!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Thank you, Jessica!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cruise2525

Set a time aside for Duolingo. Try to study in a quiet place where you can concentrate. My mother set time aside for me to read when the swimming pool was closed during my childhood. Sit at your computer desk or use your app at a table. If you lie down while you study, you might fall asleep. Have adequate light. If I do read before I sleep, it's purely for my enjoyment, not quizzes, tests, or reports. Break up the studies and look at some of the links recommended by other students in the Discussion.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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...but a streak freeze NOW!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Peridot27

Maybe buying "Double or Nothing" will help?It did for me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
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Try to use a notebook and start to watch Spanish TV, in your notebook you can write as many words as you discover, besides you can read some opinions in the Spanish discussion maybe you would feel motivated to respond and help them in English. each day I read the English Discussion and I learn a lot of vocabulary, with this my English got better, but man you really need a goal, don't do it for have a high level, you should do it for learn. keep learning. hope you make it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VicenteFauli

Te regalo 1 lingot, para que te compres el protector de racha :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

Book a nice holiday in Salou and go on that Shambhala roller-coaster. That will give you some motivation!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VicenteFauli

Yo llevo casi 6 meses viviendo en Londres. Gracias a duolingo noto como mejora mi ingles (sobre todo la gramatica en mi caso), tan solo lo llevo usando 55 días y espero seguir usandolo por mucho tiempo!

A mi me motiva darme cuenta de que cada día aprendo un poquito, para mi es fácil porque vivo con ingleses, pero tu lo que puedes hacer es intentar ver series, programas de tv, peliculas, leer libros o cosas en español y por supuesto intentar hablar con gente que ya lo hable!!

Un saludo.

PD: A mi al principio me ayudo mucho la racha, para mantenerme motivado, pero tienes que saber que ese no es el objetivo principal, que es una ayuda y que para aprender un idioma tienes que ser muy muy constante.

Ya te digo que yo llevo 6 meses viviendo en londres y mi ingles sigue siendo una mierda.

PD: copiate este mensaje en un word y vuelvelo a leer dentro de 1 més, te sorprendera todo lo que puedes entender. Puedes hacer lo mismo con otros textos, para darte cuenta de como vas aprendiendo sin darte cuenta.

Un saludo (otra vez) xD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danarst

It's ok. It happened to me, too.

Try again when you feel a little better. I stopped studying for months. Then I realized that the little bit of Spanish I had already learned helped me understand random comments people leave each other on Instagram. That made me happy, so I came back to learn more.

I'm giving you lingots so you can do double or nothing, when you're ready. Hope that helps :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StephenPan5

If you can get a friend to use duolingo as well you can have a competition to see who has the biggest streak. Even when you lose your own streak by restarting immediately you are set to be able to take the lead once your friend stumbles.

Separate from the motivation of the streak once you get a little further than past tense in the tree you will be able to have decent conversations via instant message with your friend. That is incredibly motivating. We compose our messages in Spanish and then use google translate to help check the grammar and to help with the odd word we do not know. It is incredible gratifying to start using the language in a real way.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/reinahondo

i understand how it feels to learn a new language.

Well i suggest you keep on going and try to plan out some breaks from spanish sometimes during the summer.

for that to happen, always plan the day before you want a break to get a streak freeze.

And i think that will take some time for all of those reasons that you might have.

Same over here because i am preparing for spanish for a lote exam which is way more tougher which seems duolingo is helping me a lot to preparing a lot in spanish.

And good luck to you next year.

just try to have some more fun with it!;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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Watch stuff you like in Spanish. The feeling of wanting to understand more and more is a really strong motivator.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j.l.h

Create a habit. For instance, I work on duo first thing in the morning while I have a cup of coffee. It is a quiet time for me and I get a chance to concentrate on what I am doing. I am doing 50 XP a day, which sounds like a lot but I can complete that in about 20 minutes or about the same time it takes me to finish my coffee. I do one new lesson only and the rest are practicing weak skills. I try to do this every morning. Motivation is less of an issue because this is a habit.

Also, why are you learning? Be specific at the why and focus on those goals. Then just break down that goal into manageable chunks so you don't get over whelmed. Write out a little tree and focus on smaller achievable goals. Break down the goals as much as you need to. Here is what my goal tree currently looks like.

Be fluent -> Read fluently -> Read books -> Read News articles -> Read a paragraph of a News article

Lastly, the buddy system. Find a friend who is learning and bounce ideas off of each other. Duo is fun but having a person physically in front of you also helps.

3 years ago