I wish I could have made a vlog for this weeks post but my Summary of Learning Project is taking up too much space… Wow! Learning Spanish has been an incredible experience! Not only is it neat to be able to partially speak another language, but because I have experienced so much of Mexico’s culture already, I feel as though I have now dived into it. It was not easy though. Duolingo made the process fun and easier than expected, however, the Spanish language is quite different than English and keeping up with the differences was a challenge. As you can probably guess after watching my previous vlogs, verbs were my biggest weakness. Darn Spanish verbs and their many forms! Taking a week to specifically work on verbs was an excellent idea and I did eventually learn ALL the verbs that I was supposed to! After practicing, verbs actually became my easiest words to say off heart! Crazy right?
Unfortunately, I did not get as far as I had wanted, only making it to skill 4 out of the first 6. I do know the basics though, and because I know a lot of food now, at least when I go to Mexico it will be easier to order tacos!
Near the end of my learning experience, I realized that Duolingo had flashcards that you could use to memorize problem words! I wish that I had known about these earlier because I had to make my own flashcards!
Here is an example:
! I am 16% fluent in Spanish! It might not seem like much but I think it is pretty neat! Either way, I have gotten a lot further than I had thought before starting this project. At least I know a lot of words and terms for food so when in Mexico, going out to eat and grocery shopping, will be easier!
I want to thank my prof. Katia. Thank you for assigning this project! It has gotten me further into learning Spanish than I have ever before! and to those who commented and encouraged me, you guys rock! Thank you!
Duolingo. Tiana Waldbauer-account. https://www.duolingo.com
This may seem more like week 7 than week 4 but what I may have not mentioned is that each week’s lesson has started taking me way longer to learn and I will usually spend 2-3 weeks actually memorizing that weeks lesson, all the while trying to learn the next coming weeks lessons. In other words, though it may seem like I am VERY behind, it is just because I have been slow to learn Spanish. So without further ado here is week 4:
Wow is this getting difficult! I am only on the third skill and have learned so much yet I have sooo much more to do! This week was called Basics 2 and I learned plural forms of words along with some more objects and things. I have been having quite the time trying to remember the many forms of verbs and have decided that this week I am going to focus more on remembering the verbs that I have been taught so far and then make a video strictly on my progress with those verbs. For now, though, here is this week’s video:
Duolingo, Inc. 2016. Duolingo. [Mobile application software]. https://www.duolingo.com/skill/es/Basics-2
I had no idea how difficult it was to learn a new language, though Duolingo is a breeze, trying to memorize the spelling and pronunciation of some words can be challenging. Though I had originally thought I would be posting a video every week, I may switch to every two weeks as that is how long it takes for me to (almost) memorize each lesson. Seeing as I am a bit behind on schedule, I may try and sneak another video in this week or maybe post two next week, but no promises…
Duolingo, Inc. 2016. Duolingo. [Mobile application software]. https://www.duolingo.com/skill/es/Common-Phrases
Learning Spanish with Duolingo has been a breeze. It is easy to use and SO fun! Because it records which words you understand, which words you struggle with, and which words you down right don’t understand, the app changes to match your learning level. My favourite aspect of Duolingo is that it records your progress and reminds you to practice. Did I mention that it is completely free! I can go on and on about Duolingo so I thought I’d make a video showing YOU how it works and why I like it so freaking much!
Here is my screen recording of Duolingo:
Duolingo, Inc. 2016. Duolingo. [Mobile application software]. https://www.duolingo.com
Boy has this learning process been strenuous! From technical difficulties to having to change my learning process altogether, I have had an intense time trying to make this work but alas, things are now coming together! Though I had originally begun my learning project by learning how to tattoo, unfortunately, the process was going by way too fast, and using technology as my educator was next to impossible. Thankfully, I had a backup plan and now, here I am, learning Spanish. To begin, week one has treated me swell and I can say that I truly have been enjoying this fascinating language. As you will see in the video posted below, the Spanish language has several differences in the way they use their words vs how we use words. For example, one word in Spanish can translate into a whole phrase in English. This has posed as a struggle for me but I am excited -and nervous- to see what the next weeks throw at me!
Below is week one’s progress documentation:
Duolingo, Inc. 2016. Duolingo. [Mobile application software]. https://www.duolingo.com/skill/es/Basics-1