I’m learning Spanish…

notice specific prodcuts my moneyYou might not know, but I tragically came very close to failing Spanish in high school. My parents told me I didn’t have to take Spanish, but I had to find another language to learn. Okie dokie! I learned American Sign Language instead.

Fast forward a few years and I ended up learning quite a bit of Spanish from a friend’s family. I’ve also now lost most of it. I can understand some, but my ability to speak it is G-O-N-E.

BUT! I’m incapable of relaxing or not being good at something I wish to be good at doing. (Ask around, it’s true. I just don’t have that gene it seems. I try, but it just feels unnatural.) Spanish is one of these things.  I’d keep my eye out for community center classes or the like that weren’t too expensive but hadn’t found one that worked out just yet.

Then Sue sent me an email with 8 Websites that Will Dramatically Increase Your Web Productivity, of course I just had to check it out. C’mon, more things to do? Right up my alley!

Turns out, one of the sites I found was Duolingo which is a free website to learn another language. It also has a free phone app so I can do rock through a few lessons while I’m waiting, vegging, or procrastinating. As I mentioned, I had decided to use this to tackle learning Spanish as part of Doing Things Differently.

How’s it going? I’m doing terribly, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. I mean it’s taken me more than several attempts to get to Basic Level 3, but you have to get all those accents and squiggles right.

I haven’t clicked through all of it, but I’m sort of looking forward to being able to work on the “Immersion” tab where you can read articles geared to your level.

If you decide to try it, put your phone’s keyboard in the right language and not ALL of them. (Mine was shifting between Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and English. Fancy and annoying!) Lessons have been going much more smoothly since I made that small change.

So far I can say, “La mujer come una manzana”. Have to start somewhere!

Do you speak another language? Do/Did you find it difficult to learn?

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I spend a lot of time on the pool deck and making treats in my kitchen amongst other things.
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4 Responses to I’m learning Spanish…

  1. Muy Bueno!

    I took Spanish through out Middle School and High School… plus my ex-husband is Puerto Rican… so my COMPREHENSION is very good, I just have confidence issues with speaking it.

    I love ASL…

    I think it’s great you are trying to learn more Spanish! Is Duolingo a free app download?

  2. Robbie says:

    I’m taking Spanish next semester. Going to need to at least understand it and speak some basics for my field of work I want. I’m gonna use this program to get ahead. 🙂

  3. Halley says:

    Love learning languages! Always did it in school and university. I want to go to South America because it increases comprehension/ease of use. Thanks for the app!

  4. Kittychix says:

    Ok, I have to share this about Duolingo, because I think it’s AWESOME.

    Did you know:
    a) the guy who created all the Captchia stuff is ALSO the guy who created Duolingo?
    (Slightly unrelated: MOST captchia stuff is actually hard to read because they are old books which have been scanned in an effort to turn them digital – they use us to try and ‘distinguish’ what the old books say, because computers can’t read old squiggly printing as well as humans can)

    b) When you are helping to translate under the “immersion” stuff – you are actually helping to translate the internet into various languages. They basically combine hundreds/thousands of answers, to create a community sourced internet in every language. Neat, eh?

    I heard all this in the NPR Ted talk here, if you are at all interested: http://www.npr.org/2013/07/13/197986218/why-we-collaborate

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