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
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:
- The month of learning Spanish
- Awesome presents for Spanish learners
- The month of learning Spanish: day 1