Learning Spanish in 6 Weeks (Final Post)

Throughout this 6 weeks, I have been learning Spanish through both Duolingo and Busuu. Starting out with absolutely no knowledge in Spanish, I began with Duolingo, which was a fantastic tool to slowly build up my skills in basic words and phrases.

Both apps are available on the computer and your phone, which means that you can learn anywhere, and any time. I have given a brief overview of both tools in this video:

Duolingo was a great tool for me and one that I will use in my classrooms in any way possible. There are also so many ways to learn, such as podcasts, stories, lessons, chats, and more.

Busuu is another one of the apps that I recently explored and found that it was very useful for learning dialogue and conversation. There are so many levels that you can go through and they are all applicable phrases that would be used while travelling (ex. who am I, what do I do, etc.).

At the beginning of my learning project, my goal was to be able to order at a restaurant in Spain. Duolingo had various food levels that were very helpful for me in this area. I now am able to confidently say the following phrases, along with many others, and cannot wait to show off my skills in future travels.

  • How much is it?: ¿Cuanto cuesta? (KWAHN-toh KWEH-stah)
  • That was delicious: Estuvo delicioso (est-ooh-vo del-ish-ee-oh-so)
  • I am vegetarian: Soy vegetariano/a (soy veg-et-air-ee-an-oh/ah)
  • A menu: Un menú (oon mey-noo)
  • A drink: Una bebida (oon-ah beh-beed-ah)
  • Beer: Cerveza (ser-vay-sah)
  • Red or white wine: Vino tinto or blanco (vee-noh teen-toh or blahn-coh)
  • Water: Agua (ahg-wah)
  • A coffee: Un café (uhn cah-fey)
  • Sandwich: Torta (tore-tah)
  • Chicken: Pollo (poy-oh)

(https://www.tripsavvy.com/spanish-language-basics-3150603)

Overall, I am so pleased with this project and how quickly I was able to learn a new language. I went out of my comfort zone and am excited to continue on in my journey in learning Spanish!

 

 

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5 Great Apps for Learning Spanish

Continuing my journey in learning Spanish (Week Six), I have decided to explore some more of the apps that are offered for my learning project. I have created a list of some of the apps that I thought were the best for learning Spanish at a beginner level.

1.Rosetta Stone

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Description: This clean and organized app takes you through lessons with lots of images and voices. Each lesson is about 10 minutes long, but helps build your basic phrases and vocabulary! However, the app does expect you to have some knowledge of some Spanish before the first lesson.

Price: As far as I can see, everything is free!

 

2. Bussuu

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Description: This is such a great app. They test you at the beginning to see where your skill level is at and then start you at a specific level. Everything is relevant and fun, and each level includes vocabulary, dialogue, a quiz, and conversations. I highly recommend this app!

Price: Every lesson is free, but you can also get premium for $6.67/month with a yearly contract.

 

3. Duolingo

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Description: We can’t forget about Duolingo. This app and website are amazing for learning so many languages. With lessons full of images and voices, this well-organized app has helped me learn the basics of Spanish in just a few weeks. Highly recommended for beginners!

Price: Free! You can also get Duolingo Plus for $7.99 with a 6 month contract that will eliminate ads and allow unlimited lessons on your phone (they are already unlimited on your computer).

 

4. Learn Spanish

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Description: This app is a fantastic travelling tool! Although it does not offer lessons, this app provides all of the phrases and words that you may need while travelling. You can access these terms either by listening to them or reading them.

Price: The first seven categories are free, and the rest of the categories require premium for $6.99/month.

 

 

5. Mondly

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Description: This fun app lets you learn Spanish through lessons or conversations (see below)! What I specifically enjoy about this app is that each word can be clicked on to display all of the various options for that one word (see above). This way, you will not be confused by the many options for words in the Spanish language!

Price: The first three categories are free, and the rest of the categories require premium for $3.99/month with a yearly contract.

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Exploring Duolingo Tools

Hola! This week, I decided that I would explore the many different tools that Duolingo has to offer. The first tool that I explored was Tinycards. This is an app that recaps your vocabulary learned from each Duolingo level. It is full of images and is a fun way to remember Spanish words!

Secondly, I explored Duolingo Podcasts. Full of various stories that are narrated in English with Spanish characters, these podcasts are an awesome way to keep your Spanish skills through listening to them wherever you go.

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Lastly, I wanted to show you all the Duolingo Stories. These are short stories that ask you questions through a mini conversation. Although I have tried all of these tools, I may have to advance a bit more in my Spanish before being able to properly complete them. However, they are all great and highly recommended tools to learn new languages!

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Here is this week’s video that will walk you through all of these tools that Duolingo has to offer. I also have a fellow classmate who walks through Duolingo herself this week. You can access her blog post by clicking here. Have a fantastic week!

Spanish, Questions and Possession

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This week, I am continuing in my journey of learning Spanish. As I get further down the list of levels in Duolingo, I have found that it gets more difficult each time. The reason that is gets more difficult is because each lesson incorporates words and phrases from all of the previous lessons. For example, in the Food 2 level, I am being asked to translate sentences such as “I do not eat red onions for dinner, I eat mushrooms and drink wine”.

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However, I am very surprised at my progress in learning a new language. I am able to form complete sentences and would be able to have a very basic conversation. With 8 levels down and 53 levels to go, I am raising my goal to completing one level every two days.

This week I wanted to display my progress in questions and possessions. I have been working on editing my videos to make them a bit more interesting and would love to hear some feedback! I also plan to explore Duolingo Podcasts and Duolingo Tinycards, which are great tools that I believe will help me learn in a new and exciting way. Enjoy!

Spanish, Food

This week, I have shared more of my progress in learning Spanish through Duolingo. I am slowly learning phrases and complete sentences that will allow me to have a partial conversation in Spanish. My goal is to be able to order at a restaurant in Spain without any confusion. This week, I have been learning how to use words such as my, mine, hers, his, and ours in a sentence.

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It is also great that the website continues the previous lessons into the next ones. For example, it will ask me how to say “My dog eats fish”. This way, I am learning the word “my” and also recapping my knowledge of animals and food vocabulary. Overall, it has been another great week and I plan to record myself with more household items next week, so stay tuned!

 

Spanish, Household Items

Here is this weeks video of my progress in learning Spanish! I have already completed the Basic 1, Basic 2, Food 1, and Phrases. I am now on an animal level that is so much fun! I am loving this project and am enjoying the process. This week I have learnt that it is important for me to say the words aloud in order to remember them more efficiently. Also, I am now able to form full sentences of both statements and questions. Next week I will be moving on to the Possessions level, which will teach me sentences with I, mine, my, your, hers, his, and ours. Have a great week!

 

Spanish, Duolingo Introduction

For my learning project, I will be learning Spanish for the next six weeks. As of three days ago, I did not know any Spanish words except for hola, adios, and gracias. I get off of work early in the afternoon, so I am able to spend one hour a day on this project. Although this will be my goal, I have already found myself spending more time than this on this project as it is so enjoyable. I will also be recording myself each week to display my progress. These videos may include myself speaking (or attempting to) Spanish, or practicing my skills on the Duolingo website. So far, I have learnt SO much in my first three days of practicing Spanish. I believe that this is a valuable skill to have and will be a great travel tool in the future! Below is a video of my first week learning Spanish through Duolingo. As I have no prior experience in Spanish, this week’s video is just an explanation of my online learning resource and how it works. Enjoy!