Hablar, Escribir y Leer en Espanol
I have learnt the fundamentals, travel phrases, restaurant lingo and family members in Spanish. Also dabbled in school, shopping and people phrases and words. I am doing well in my Spanish classes. What’s even better is that as a language, the pronunciation is exactly how the words are written.
Duolingo is mi maestro on this journey. It is a “free” language learning platform (website and App both). There are language courses for people that speak English, Arabic, Bengali, French, German and many others.
Spanish for English speakers is the course that has almost 126 Million learners.
Here’s what I like the most about this app-
- They teach through images and pronunciations.
- There are periodic checks to gauge understanding and remembrance and to test you on rules of the language.
- There are special checks to correct your pronunciation.
- And chat clubs where you can converse in the language that you are learning.
Most importantly- you can Choose A Daily Goal.
Casual- 5 mins a day | Regular- 10 mins a day | Serious- 15 mins a day | Insane- 20 mins a day
Learning a new language has a visible effect on the brain. At any age that is. There is better concentration, better attention.
Also learning a new language trains your brain to be more attuned to auditory information. It is an excellent activity to maintain cognitive function.
There are two ways to learn a language-
a. Through the rules of the language (For example- In Spanish, the endings of adjectives depend on the gender of what they describe. Miguel es Americano y Ana es Americana)
b. Through immersion in the language (much like we learn our first language, the one that we speak at home).
Why should you learn a new language?
a. It’s a new skill! And on Duolingo, it is both cost and time effective!
b. To discover new rules of language, the similarities and the differences
c. It makes you more interesting and gives you more for conversations! (I am here writing an article on languages!)
d. Well someday, if you keep at it, you may be able to enjoy literature in the original language rather than translated versions.
e. Because you can and there’s no reason not to!!
Fun Fact– Duolingo teaches High Valyrian (the language spoken by Daenerys Targaryen) and Klingon (language used in the Star Trek universe)! I think I am going to try High Valyrian next.