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Learn a new language with me!


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Okay, I haven't talked about my latest project much. This is because... well... it's only been my project for two days! However, I'm really excited about it. Today's a rest day, and I've been spending it wisely.

I've always wanted to learn another language. The two I've been interested in are Mandarin (which ironically enough, BOTH of my kids are learning in school thanks to a county-wide program) and Spanish. Because so many of my daughters' friends are Hispanic, that's the one I'm going for.

Well, there's a website called Duolingo. I learned about it before it was launched, and immediately signed up for the beta. The video I saw was here:

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Then, I forgot about it. I eventually got an email, and joined the beta. I did maybe one, two lessons... then again forgot about it.

Two days ago, though, they sent me an email... they have an app now! So I grabbed the app... and have been practicing for at least an hour a day ever since!

The only have Spanish, French, German, and a beta of Portuguese right now, but hey, this thing is fun. The best part? Unlike stuff like Rosetta Stone... this is 100%, no-hidden-fees or tricks FREE.

The goal of the project is to translate the web while teaching people languages. I can get on board with that.

I know more Spanish than I give myself credit for; over the years, my husband's taught me mostly a few pleasantries like good day (buenos dias) and please (por favor), so it's been fun. I really, really know how to say "The woman eats an apple." (La mujer come manzana.)

Anyway, if you think you might like to check it out, the website's at www.duolingo.com - I believe it's out of beta now. Look me up! I'm Dragonchilde there, too.
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MAJTMS 12/7/2012 11:15AM

    You don't know me, but found your blog. Thank you for the tip on the language learning, I am already using it! I am Ducgirl if you want to look me up sometime, I am learning Spanish slowly but surely.

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JADOMB 12/6/2012 3:31PM

    My grandmother spoke 7 different languages, but apparently that gene was never passed on to the rest of us kids. I can barely speak English, trying to learn another language would just confuse me. I'm tired of living a life of confusion. LOL

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/6/2012 2:24PM

    Thanks for the info and link! I can use this to help with my French lessons.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/6/2012 12:55PM

    well if you ever decide to learn german and need any help let us know.i would have probably gone with the manderine chinese as it is the most spoken language world wide.whicj is probably why your kids are learning it in school.i think it is good to learn something new and broaden our horizens. emoticon

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 12/5/2012 12:04PM

    Wishing you GREAT success!

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BILL60 12/5/2012 9:03AM

    Muy bien. Siga practicando mucho.

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SADWHITEWOLF 12/5/2012 9:00AM

    I have been toying with learning Spanish now for years. I have books, I have Rosetta Stone ( a gift) now I just need to find the time.
I took some Spanish in Middle School but did not retain much. Just some phrases, the days of the week, and I can count to 100!
Good luck.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 12/5/2012 1:04AM

    All the best !

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JENNASGONNADOIT 12/4/2012 10:01PM

  Have fun! I wouldn't mind learning Spanish but I barely have enough time to exercise and Spark ... just don't see learning another language happening :/ Although it would come in handy since I work in a school.

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DRAGONCHILDE 12/4/2012 9:55PM

    BWAHAHAHAH!

The children drink milk alright! Is that... the cat eats bread? (I haven't seen gata yet.)

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LUVWINTER 12/4/2012 9:47PM

    Our stories our almost identical! I too signed up for beta testing and then forgot about it. I've been doing it mostly consistently now for the past couple of weeks. La gata come pan. Los ninos beben leche. :)

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