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Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me?

I have a pretty solid start to learning Spanish. I took two and a half years of it in high school and have not lost much of what I learned then. I'm wanting to get back and become fluent in it. As such, I am flying through Duolingo lessons right now to get to new content.

In order to keep myself honest and working on learning it, I would like somebody (or multiple-body) to practice with and compete on Duolingo, communicate in Spanish online in typed text, and possibly in voice calls. If you're new to Spanish, don't be discouraged by my two years of learning, I can help with any questions you have about the content to the best of my ability.

This is the perfect time to learn a new language. If you would like to join me, please leave a comment or send a PM, whichever you prefer. I will PM my Duolingo code to you so we can be friends there. If enough people decide to do it, I can make a Matrix group or Discord server for us.

25 comments

  1. Kremor
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    Hey, I'm a native spanish speaker, DM if you would like some help.

    Hey, I'm a native spanish speaker, DM if you would like some help.

    4 votes
  2. [6]
    Ellimist
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    Is Duolingo a good resource for learning another language? I’m in a profession where being fluent in Spanish would be hugely beneficial.

    Is Duolingo a good resource for learning another language?

    I’m in a profession where being fluent in Spanish would be hugely beneficial.

    3 votes
    1. gpl
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      It's okay to learn the basics and become familiar with the structures of the language. But it's not enough to become fluent, or (in my opinion) conversational. You'll have to supplement with a lot...

      It's okay to learn the basics and become familiar with the structures of the language. But it's not enough to become fluent, or (in my opinion) conversational. You'll have to supplement with a lot of reading and watching/listening to Spanish language content. But it is a useful resource.

      3 votes
    2. [2]
      Turtle
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      It's a good start, but don't expect to get really far. Supplement it with a grammar book (very important with Duolingo), flashcards, YouTube videos, readers, etc. If your serious about learning...

      It's a good start, but don't expect to get really far. Supplement it with a grammar book (very important with Duolingo), flashcards, YouTube videos, readers, etc. If your serious about learning Spanish you should ideally move on from Duolingo as soon as possible. Also, don't get too hung up on memorizing everything in each lesson. A large portion of the vocab in Duolingo (although I don't know about the Spanish course specifically) isn't necessarily that useful (which is IMO the biggest problem with it, with it being a somewhat vocab focused course). You want to move on to native material as soon as possible. Hope this helps.

      3 votes
      1. Keegan
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        For sure. The order of words in Spanish is sometimes backwards of what it is in English and thus is very confusing for the first few times encountering it. FWIW Duolingo does teach it, but it is...

        grammar book

        For sure. The order of words in Spanish is sometimes backwards of what it is in English and thus is very confusing for the first few times encountering it. FWIW Duolingo does teach it, but it is very easy to get past it without having learned it. The different tenses for verbs is also very different from English, with a me/you/him-her-they/them/we/(one more too but I can't recall it) setup. There are also some words that do not follow the general guidelines that I don't think Duolingo teaches much.

        Perhaps the best resource Duolingo has in my opinion is when it asks you to translate a sentence by typing it, not by choosing the blocks. This makes it more like it would happen in a natural setting, and is a much better test of what you have learned. It's a shame you can't choose to get the typing instead of blocks.

        They also claim that 35(?) hours of Duolingo is the same as a year (or semester) of Spanish in class. This might be true for the first year, but after that I am skeptical.

        1 vote
    3. [2]
      tempestoftruth
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      Unrelated to the thread topic, but love to see Animorphs fans in the wild :)

      Unrelated to the thread topic, but love to see Animorphs fans in the wild :)

      1. Ellimist
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        There are dozens of us! Literally dozens!

        There are dozens of us! Literally dozens!

        2 votes
  3. [4]
    Keegan
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    I made a Discord server for those interested in learning or would like to help others. I tried with Matrix but the ability to put several groups into one place there is somewhat limited and...

    I made a Discord server for those interested in learning or would like to help others. I tried with Matrix but the ability to put several groups into one place there is somewhat limited and difficult.

    https://discord.gg/9fAbjn

    CC: @culturedleftfoot @Kremor @Ellimist

    3 votes
    1. [3]
      Whom
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      Note to anyone passing by: This has been expanded to include all language learning, not just Spanish :)

      Note to anyone passing by: This has been expanded to include all language learning, not just Spanish :)

      4 votes
  4. KapteinB
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    I can't help you with your Spanish, but I've been learning Polish on Duolingo for months now, and having some friendly competition on the leaderboard could be fun! Anyone who want to become...

    I can't help you with your Spanish, but I've been learning Polish on Duolingo for months now, and having some friendly competition on the leaderboard could be fun!

    Anyone who want to become Duolingo friends, feel free to send me your username in PM. Or just post it in a comment here, and I'll add all of you.

    2 votes
  5. [3]
    Parliament
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    I speak French and started duolingo for Spanish a couple weeks ago. I’m on an 18 day streak and love it! Everything comes easy as a French speaker. I think Spanish pronunciation is more...

    I speak French and started duolingo for Spanish a couple weeks ago. I’m on an 18 day streak and love it! Everything comes easy as a French speaker. I think Spanish pronunciation is more manageable, not as throaty.

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      modern_prometheus
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      As a native Spanish speaker learning French I must say pronunciation is definitely the hardest part for me, it's just so guttural yet subtle. The rest comes really easy as you'd expect, man I love...

      As a native Spanish speaker learning French I must say pronunciation is definitely the hardest part for me, it's just so guttural yet subtle. The rest comes really easy as you'd expect, man I love romance languages.

      2 votes
      1. Parliament
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        The pronunciation is definitely hard! In French, you roll your Rs at the back of your throat in a "hocking" fashion, and a lot of letters are silent rather than pronounced. In Spanish, you roll...

        The pronunciation is definitely hard! In French, you roll your Rs at the back of your throat in a "hocking" fashion, and a lot of letters are silent rather than pronounced. In Spanish, you roll your Rs on the tip of your tongue and pronounce virtually every letter. But of course, cognates work well in both directions.

        I'm having a lot of fun with Spanish as you can tell.

        2 votes
  6. mrbig
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    Like any Brazilian, I’m pretty sure I already know Spanish even though I never studied it. I’m also sure no native Spanish speaker would agree with me, but as a Brazilian I’m allowed to delude...

    Like any Brazilian, I’m pretty sure I already know Spanish even though I never studied it. I’m also sure no native Spanish speaker would agree with me, but as a Brazilian I’m allowed to delude myself.

    But seriously, we understand for the most part and reading is a piece of cake. Getting others to understand our broken Spanish is much harder.

    2 votes
  7. [5]
    culturedleftfoot
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    I might be fairly comparable to you. I did three years of high school Spanish and picked it back up on DL about six months ago. I've had constant passive exposure all the while from following...

    I might be fairly comparable to you. I did three years of high school Spanish and picked it back up on DL about six months ago. I've had constant passive exposure all the while from following Spanish soccer though :)

    1 vote
    1. [3]
      Parliament
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      This is how I've kept my French from getting rusty over the years. I studied in Rouen and Dijon years ago, so I follow Dijon in Ligue 1 and use French streams to watch their matches. They're...

      I've had constant passive exposure all the while from following Spanish soccer though :)

      This is how I've kept my French from getting rusty over the years. I studied in Rouen and Dijon years ago, so I follow Dijon in Ligue 1 and use French streams to watch their matches. They're typically only available in French anyway.

      Now I'm picking up Spanish though, and it sucks that no games are on. I'm looking for Spanish language forums, sports-related or not, to supplement the DL lessons I'm doing. Currently I subscribe to /r/espanol, /r/mexico, and /r/argentina on reddit just to up my regular exposure to native Spanish speakers. I'm open to any recommendations you have!

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        culturedleftfoot
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        /r/futbol is decently active submissions-wise, and there's always /r/LatinoPeopleTwitter. I'd also suggest finding a Spanish-language Youtuber in whatever sphere you might be interested, though...

        /r/futbol is decently active submissions-wise, and there's always /r/LatinoPeopleTwitter. I'd also suggest finding a Spanish-language Youtuber in whatever sphere you might be interested, though you might have to search around for one that doesn't speak a million miles per hour... I use Dof2Foot for French.

        2 votes
        1. Parliament
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          Oh right, forgot to mention /r/futbol. I just subscribed to that this morning when browsing Spanish-speaking subreddits. The youtube recommendation is a good idea too. Thanks!

          Oh right, forgot to mention /r/futbol. I just subscribed to that this morning when browsing Spanish-speaking subreddits. The youtube recommendation is a good idea too. Thanks!

          1 vote
    2. Keegan
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      Check your PMs, I think we might be a good fit for this. I'll wait until tomorrow to make any server or anything to see if anyone has suggestions for what platform to use.

      Check your PMs, I think we might be a good fit for this. I'll wait until tomorrow to make any server or anything to see if anyone has suggestions for what platform to use.

  8. [2]
    krg
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    Watch a bunch of novelas. Worked for Kobe Bryant.

    Watch a bunch of novelas. Worked for Kobe Bryant.

    1 vote
  9. heris
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    Here you have some resources I had saved for learning new languages: LanguageTransfer: free courses for several languages, including Spanish. The lessons are in youtube, and they can also be...

    Here you have some resources I had saved for learning new languages:

    • LanguageTransfer: free courses for several languages, including Spanish. The lessons are in youtube, and they can also be downloaded from a torrent.

    • Forvo: Listen to native speakers pronounce complicated words. Here you have some words to practise: berberecho, forraje, esternocleidomastoideo

    1 vote
  10. Eric_the_Cerise
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    That's awesome. Sounds like every American ever, about everything.

    Like any Brazilian, I’m pretty sure I already know Spanish even though I never studied it. I’m also sure no native Spanish speaker would agree with me, but as a Brazilian I’m allowed to delude myself.

    That's awesome. Sounds like every American ever, about everything.

    2 votes