The month of learning Spanish: first week report

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The month of learning Spanish- First week report

This week has been very busy. There was much to do at work. I had to take the children to the doctor. However, I could still work on my Spanish. I am happy about that. This post is a first week report of my month of learning Spanish. This is important because this will help me to define my learning strategy for the next weeks.

What I did this week (first week report)

  • 1/11: test + Duolingo 2 exercises
  • 2/11: 3 Duolingo exercises + learn conjugation amar (indicative)
  • 3/11: Duolingo story + 1 Duolingo exercise
  • 4/11: 2 Duolingo stories + 5 Duolingo exercises
  • 5/11: 1 Duolingo story + 6 Duolingo exercises + review conjugation amar
  • 6/11: 1 Duolingo story +2 Duolingo exercises + learn conjugation ser (indicative)
  • 7/11: 5 Duolingo exercises + review conjugation ser

Duolingo statistics

One of the advantages of Duolingo is that you can have some statistics. Here are the figures for the first week report.

  • 1/11: 20 points
  • 2/11: 30 points
  • 3/11: 40 points
  • 4/11: 102 points
  • 5/11: 94 points
  • 6/11: 48 points
  • 7/11: 50 points

This makes a total of 384 points. 

What it brought

I am particularly happy about having found time to learn some conjugations. Indeed, I realized that I had sometimes a false feeling of knowledge. This comes from the fact that my mother language, French, is also a latin language. And moreover, I had latin at school too. Many Spanish conjugation forms sound familiar to me so I believe I know them but actually I do not really. For instance, I would say amat instead of ama for the third person of singular because I would remember some latin I learned in high school. I think that I did not learn enough conjugations though. I want to work on further verbs in the next weeks. 

This false feeling of knowledge is a problem I also face when working on vocabulary. This is a point where Duolingo has some limits. Indeed, this is easy to found out which words mean what and therefore, there is little incentives to really learn the vocabulary. You end up knowing more vocabulary when you work regularly on the exercises but it would be probably more effective to learn lists of vocabulary. 

I really like the Duolingo stories though. It really helps improving reading and listening skills. I definitely want to do more of them.

Finally, I would also like to try different kinds of learning resources in the next weeks. I am not sure yet which, but I think that using only Duolingo is a little too limited, even if it is a good website.

If you want to learn more about the month of learning Spanish, here are a few posts you can read:

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  • Tina

    It’s so great that you are making time for something that you want to do. How do you juggle it all? I always put things off because I don’t feel like I will have enough time. Would love to hear how you fit it all in!

    • momslovelearning

      I am not particularly well organized, unfortunately, but I am good at using 5 to 10 minutes chunks of time for such projects. For instance, when the baby wakes in the middle of the night, I can use the time feeding him to work on the blog or do some Spanish. Or when I am having a coffee break at work, I can do one small Spanish exercise while drinking my cup of coffee. I am also trying to use commuting time as efficiently as possible.
      This is also a reason why I am working so much with Duolingo. It is extremely convenient because it breaks down the stuff you learn in small exercises that take only a few minutes. It also looks like a game, with bright colors and small rewards, which make it easy to keep motivated.

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