Last week was Thai week. It was great. I listened to Thai TV, especially a very interesting hour all about Taxi driver’s not legally being able to reject passengers without a valid reason, and I read and practice speaking in Thai. It’s great to have this monthly vacation from Spanish. Eventually you work yourself so hard you get frustrated and you wonder if you are making any progress. Today, I felt my Spanish is the best it has ever been, and I did not actively learn Spanish for over a week!
Despite last week being about Thai, I still found a fantastic tool that I want to share with you to help you learn Spanish. What is this tool you may ask? It’s a website called Duolingo.
What is Duolingo?
The best way to answer that is to watch this video:
It’s a win/win situation. They get more people to translate, which the more people who translate, the better their translation is, and you get to learn Spanish. Functionally it is a great program. If this was your only method of learning Spanish, you would be lacking a lot. As a complement to your other programs out there, it is great. You can test out of subjects and levels you already know, which lets you move on quicker to the subjects you don’t know as well.
The vocabulary builds on itself, so you need to learn basic animals and clothing before you learn colors. Why? Because you will be taught using sentences such as gray elephants drank water or I have a red hat. So you are constantly reviewing old vocab as you study new ones. Don’t worry if you learned plumo instead of bolígrafo. It will accept any answer for “Pen” that exists.
Four more months!
As of this month, I only have 4 more months of Active Spanish left. I really need to get down and push myself hard. I have turned my Google Chrome immersion tool to “fluent” so that it translates whole paragraphs now. I sometimes feel like I am way off, but I know that If I push myself hard enough I will make my goal to be basically fluent in speaking by the end of the year.
So four more months and you will hear me Speaking a new language. What is that language going to be? It’s one of those 4 on the right. Which one would like to learn? Vote now and share which one you would like to learn.
My kids living life
When was the last time you heard a word in your native language you didn’t know before? What did you do? Did you write it down, create a flash card, or something else like that. When you heard an expression, slang, or other colloquialism in your native language how did you start using it? I think the answer is pretty obvious. Your native language is just a part of you and so when you learn new things you just assimilate them! (No mentioning of the borg you trekkies!)
The point of this blog is not to tear down the use of flash cards or other such things to help you learn. What the point of this post is to emphasis the importance of making the language a part of you. I am going to admit, the idea for this post didn’t come from me. It came from the recent post over at thepolyglotdream.com. Susanna Zarysky recently guest posted a post about the secret to learning a foriegn language
What is the secret?
According to Susanna, Continue reading
นี้เป็นครั้งแรกที่ผมทำโพสต์ของวันจันทร์ภาษาไทยตั้งแต่ผมรวมทั้งสองบล็อกเป็นหนึ่ง ดังนั้นผมจึงคิดว่าฉันจะใช้เวลานี้เพื่ออธิบายว่า โพสต์ของวันจันทร์และวันศุกร์จะเป็นอย่างไรจากนี้ไป ผมทำวิดีโอมากเกินไป มันยากที่จะให้ทัน ฉันยังต้องฝึกการเขียนมากขึ้น ดังนั้นผมจึงจะทำวิดีโอหเดียวต่อสัปดาห์เป็นภาษาไทยและสัปดาห์อื่น ๆ ในภาษาสเปน ฉันยังจะสลับระหว่างการพูดโดยไม่ได้เตรียมไว้และการพูดที่เตรียมไว้เพื่อให้ความหลากหลายในวิดีโอของผม เมื่อสัปดาห์ที่ผ่านมาไม่ได้ทำวิดีโอแล้วฉันจะได้ฝึกการเขียนและจัดให้มีการแปลภาษาอังกฤษเป็นอย่างดี แค่นั้น ขอบคุณสำหรับการอ่านและขอให้มีสนุกกับโพสต์ของผม
This is the first Thai Monday post since I combined the two blogs into one. So I thought I would use this time to explain how my Monday and Friday posts will work from now on. I make way too many videos. It is hard to keep up. I also need to practice writing more. Therefore I will only make one video per week, one week in Thai and the other week in Spanish. I will also switch between speaking off the cuff and speaking prepared presentations to give variety to my videos. Then on the weeks I don’t make a video, then I will practice writing and provide the English Translation as well. Thats it. Thanks for reading and enjoy the language posts.
- So long Farewell…… (want2speakspanish.wordpress.com)
- Things on hold (want2speakthai.com)
- Speaking Your Language (want2speakthai.com)