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Yes, we learn English early on. I even grew up trilingual (German, Cebuano (local philippine language) and of course English - 4 languages if you count Tagalog too).
You must have had a pretty good streak with your german acquaintances.
I know so many Germans who can´t speak English fluently.
I always get that fear of someday getting rusty in English, so I practice it everyday. Repeating the stuff I learned in school is not the only reason why I am still studying English. I also use this site called lingvist to learn new stuff I never heard.
I mean, no German has ever heard of "contemporary" (in German "zeitgenössisch"), but this stuff might come handy in the future :)
You could also try the French->Italian course alongside English -> German https://www.duolingo.com/course/it/fr/Learn-Italian-Online
Also I would definitely recommend lingvist for German vocabulary https://lingvist.com/
Unfortunately there's no Italian course yet.
I don't know what language your learning but if you've not committed to Duo yet and they support your target language I'd use https://lingvist.com and http://www.languagetransfer.org
I wasted a lot of time on Duo. I feel this combo is much much faster.
The free ones are really bad. Duolingo is fun... and useless.
Anki is free, and good for spaced repetition, but vocab is just a small part of learning to understand a language.
For paid apps, look at Speakly.me and Lingvist.com. They complement each other and are very good.
I'm using immersion primarily at this point and Lingvist for vocabulary.
Look at Refold.la - free immersion learning tools there are excellent.
Here's an article about the history of the Spanish language, by the time of Cervantes (17th century), Castilian was the dominant dialect of the Iberian peninsula, as a result of monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella of Castile (from the 15th and 16th centuries) consolidating the culture towards Castilian. The person who wrote the forward was being very generous towards Cervantes and perhaps mixing up correlation vs. causation.
I discovered this new Spanish learning app recently - https://lingvist.com/
It has loads of different parts to it but there's one section where you can use voice recognition to practise reading out a conversation. Maybe that would help? It would at least get you used to speaking longer phrases out loud.
Lingvist is a free site/app that uses the same spaced repetition tech as Anki and Memrise to teach ~5000 words more or less in the languages that it supports, teaching them in order of frequency of usage. Some languages have a few different features, but some languages only have the basic function of entering the missing word of a sentence. IMO this is way better than the Anki/Memrise style flash cards because
-You see how the new word is used
-In my experience it's waaaay easier to remember the words that I've seen in context than it is to remember words I've drilled on memrise.
-You learn extra vocab by reading the sentences. Every time you reinforce a word, you're reinforcing all of the other words in the sentence.
The only downside is that they have to develop all of the courses themselves, so there's no community content like on memrise. Currently English speakers can learn Russian, German, French or Spanish. If you are learning one of those languages, I would strongly suggest checking it out. When you start doing it, if it notices that you already know a bunch of the words, it will give you a level test and then place you a certain number of words in. With my conversational level in Spanish I placed about ~1500 words in, and I feel that I've learned a ton from it in just a month.
If you're like me and too busy/lazy to setup your own flashcards, I've found that Lingvist seems to have quite a good spaced-repetition algorithm, especially for words I get wrong. (I'm not associated with them in any way, I just like using their site)
For learning vocabulary, it seems like spaced repetition (https://lingvist.com/blog/spaced-repetition-in-learning/) is useful. Maybe you don't have to use exactly that service, but create some sort of spaced repetition plan for yourself to practice the words that you learn.
Reading some children's books might help as well, because words are easier to remember when they are embedded in some context rather than standalone.
Two thumbs up for Busuu here.
I have been using it for a 6 weeks and its feature-rich offering has me hooked. I just gladly upgraded to premium. Things I like:
I previously used Duolingo for four months, but found that it was teaching me to be good at written translation but little else. After switching to Busuu, I find my comprehension for audio and video is improving quite a lot and I am finally able to speak more smoothly than I was able to when using Duo.
I am also using Lingvist (Lingvist.com) which I recommend for supercharging vocabulary. Lingvist is a feature-rich flashcard app that uses in-context examples (full sentences) to teach you new words from predefined decks. You can also create your own deck from a text file. Have an article or book you want to read? Upload it into Lingvist.com and it will first teach you the key words you need to know in order to later comprehend the article or book. It's a neat feature.
Just in case you don't end up liking clozemaster, lingvist.com is a fairly similar site. Main difference is that you have type out all our answers instead of doing multiple choice (though I've used clozemaster very little and maybe it's sometimes typing as well).
lingvist.com is good. I use the free version daily to help learn new vocab and better understand cases. It doesn't really explain anything but instead helps you grind through some premade spaced repetition flashcards. I feel like it helps also with getting a more intuitive feel for the language.
Lingvist teaches four languages and has a free option.
Book2 and LanguageCourse.net aren't exactly what you are asking for but may be of help.
Last I saw, the word list for French was about 5000+ according to users.. It seems to grow pretty quickly.
I don't know how many there are in Spanish, but I'm at around 1200. I'm alright with the cap of 50 new words a day (I don't use it that often anyhow), but I don't like that they're cutting words. They're also removing the word list (of words you've learned) and that seems unnecessary. Just another way to differentiate between the models.
I don't blame them for wanting to make money, but $22.95 a month is exorbitant for a language learning program like this, in my opinion. At least for the current model. For a price like that I'd expect a much more in depth acquisition method than drilling phrases and vocab.
$7.50 is better, but I wouldn't want to be locked in for a year.
Maybe with this funding method they'll greatly improve the program, but if it's similar to what it is now, the premium version isn't for me.
Still a cool resource for upper beginner and intermediate learners, just not as easily recommendable as it was.
Since Korean and Spanish aren't close at all I think the only troublesome aspect is the time constraint. Maybe aim for 30-45 minutes every night before bed and treat it as a fun additional language with less priority.
I'd recommend Lingvist for vocab and Coffee Break on Spotify for audio.
I'll add another resource: vocabulary. I've used Lingvist to study French. The idea is great. They teach you the 5,000 more frequent words in a language. The words are used in the context of full phrases with a native pronouncing the phrases.
For Spanish you have the choice of European Spanish (Spain) or Latin American Spanish.
This is not a free resource but it will give you in a short period 'vocabulario de base'.
P.S. The other suggestions above are all great. Good luck
Dude don’t be so racist! People can use the same mentally deficient logic and claim brown people aren’t true Latinos just natives that speak Spanish. Also very few Latin Americans speak Spanish properly. Spanish in spain is spoken differently.
It is better for your learning to try and do this on your own. There is absolutely no problem with asking for help. I apologize if I am being presumptuous, but you will learn nothing from just asking for the answers. If you do not wish to learn anything, that is fine too. To each their own, no judgement from me because I have been there before too :)
This link will help you with the conjugations of verbs in the past tense. If the following link does not explain things well, then you can pm for help.
Yes, it translates exactly as you guessed.
“Vais a ser” means “you (pl.) are going to be”. As in the similar construction in English, you conjugate the verb ir in the present and then add the preposition a and finally the infinitive of the verb you're dealing with. This is sometimes called periphrastic future (see some explanation here).
The future tense (for the 2nd person plural of ser) would be seráis. “Creo que seráis mi clase favorita este año” would be equivalent to the example. This tense is sometimes called synthetic future (because it requires only one word rather than a phrase). There isn't much difference between the two futures, except that the synthetic future is also often used for conjectures and guesses.
I think French people would be considered as rather the more prestigious immigrants to have : )
https://lingvist.com/ had a very good Estonian->French module, idk if it works the other way around or if you can try via English or something.
You have your problems but keep in mind you're almost twice as rich as a country still: https://countryeconomy.com/countries/compare/estonia/france It will show somehow.
It's complicated. If we go by Duden and Oxford dictionary then yes. But since it's possible to connect words in German some estimates go up as high as 23 million. The number of spoken words is higher in German (I think they meant it as in amount of different words spoken per day).
This was my source. It is in German tho.
I think if you make a plan to keep yourself balanced it can work! You just don't want to burn out early because you didn't give each language the space it needed, this could cause you to give up because it seems impossible, when in reality it's just down to the "how." I wrote some other tips here too :D
I'd say it still applies because the types of things you're learning are different at different stages (very simplified way of saying it haha). At the beginning you're still getting familiar with basic vocab and getting a feel for syntax, I think your brain needs time to sort out how sentences are structured and rules like grammatical gender. If you're learning two at once at the same level, it may be hard to keep track of which language that rule or generalization applies to for your brain.
I wrote some other tips in this blog actually :)
If you're willing to pay a bit for a learning tool my go to suggestion for this is https://lingvist.com/ . It's purpose is rapid vocabulary building, but with each word is a full sentence/phrase so you also get context, and they're spoken by the app as well as shown to you. This isn't a cure all for learning the language, other exercises will help for other skills (listening, speaking, etc..) but for pure vocabulary building I consider this a personal must do every day.
Lingvist is based on the SRS (spaced repetition system) model, with some algorithmic personalization and testing. So yes, you will see a learned word again, but with decreasing frequency. For more on this from them: https://lingvist.com/blog/spaced-repetition-in-learning/
(Once you've gotten past the initial placement:) In my experience, Lingvist will show me a word for the first time, then if I get it wrong at first, once I answer correctly, I'll see it again within 10 minutes, and then perhaps later on again that day if I use Lingvist again, but as I keep answering correctly, the interval in which I see it gets longer and longer. This is consistent with the SRS model, and with my (limited) Anki experience.
I've found the site lingvist.com helpful. I have been doing to maximum amount of flashcards you can learn a day for free (20) for a month and a half and I feel like it's helped my vocabulary grow while not taking too much time (25-45 minutes per day usually). There are many good YouTube channels with lessons about Russian in English like Real Russian Club, RU-Land Club, Be Fluent in Russian, etc. There's a Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix with two sets of subtitles and hover translate which I use. Finally, I play video games like Deus Ex Human Revolution that I've already played in English and watch some native level YouTube content like +100500. Though for those last two I cannot understand a whole lot, I feel like immersing myself in real content from day 1 is helpful and fun and certainly something that could have really sped up my German progress when learning it in school.
Lingvist : https://lingvist.com/course/learn-german-online/
3,000-4,000 vocabulary in context
Duolingo stories: https://stories.duolingo.com/
Much much better than normal duolingo
Only on computer version (?)
German Grammar book
Then move on to graded readers, listening to audio, and conversing with natives.
Sorry about that. It appears that Lingvist no longer offers Estonian. All I could find is 100 Essential Estonian phrases. I'll stop recommending the site.
I don't think it's the same website but Lingvist seems pretty similar to that, assuming you don't already know about it, maybe it would be a good substitution if you can't find the other website. Good luck!
I'd recommend Babbel over Duolingo any day. They're not really the same, especially in the quality of the recordings. And you don't have to do earlier lessons to access the more advanced ones. But of course, Babbel costs money.
I'm the admin of Discord server for learning French, which you could try out.
You could get your vocabulary going with something like lingvist.com.
Speechling.com helps with pronunciation.
Ooooooooooh I have no advice as Arry and Demi summed up everything I would say, but I kinda wanna join the challenge lol
I'd offer up my anki deck but its waaaaaaaaay too personalised to be helpful, and would honestly probably cause some confusion. You could try lingvist if you want something other than anki though. (I personally love it and have used both the Spanish & German version) Its a lot less personalised though and you don't get to choose words.