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17+1 ways to learn Spanish in 2017

“Two thousand seventeen” was missing from one of my previous posts, but not from this one. After all, seventeen is one of my favourite numbers and when it came to write down some simple ways of practicing Spanish daily (one of my dog resolutions) it seemed about right.

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Below are a few such ways and I’ll keep them short and simple. Continue reading

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Resolutions

Reading the title of this post, you might very well think that something is missing. The number “2017” maybe. And you would be right; except that I decided something else this year.

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Time is continuous; years are only units which help us count it and maybe help us set goals and achieve them at certain time frames. This is why there is not going to be a “Resolutions 2017” post. Resolutions for this year will only be continued from those that I set last year. Remember them?

Now you do, don’t you? Well then, let me update you about all of them. Continue reading

A story for a new language

Ten days ago I set my 2016 resolutions. One of them was to learn Spanish. I had started many times before, but had never managed to keep it in my daily programme. Ten days ago I discovered Duolingo and the new possibilities it opened in exploring new languages. Now, after ten days, having managed to stick to my commitment, I am proudly 20% fluent in Spanish (according to Duolingo). So, I am glad to celebrate it with my first post in Spanish – well, it is only a paragraph at the start of the story, but bear with me! And many apologies to the Spanish-speaking in advance, for the mistakes that you most probably will encounter.

Hijo de la luna

Tengo una amiga. Su ropa es verde y azul y blanca. Mi vestido es amarillo gracias al sol. Ella tiene muchos hijos e hijas.  Yo no tenía hijos, aunque quiería. Hasta que esta mujer, una hija de mi amiga, me dio a su hijo. El nombre de mi amiga es Tierra y yo soy la Luna. Y esta es la historia de mi hijo, la historia del hijo de la luna. Continue reading

How to learn foreign languages and have fun: Duolingo

Ok, you know me. Whenever I’m excited, I can’t hide it. And there is no reason to hide a miracle such as this one. Remember at the beginning of this week when I set my resolutions for 2016? Remember the ant, the butterfly, the cat, the dog, the owl?

Well, I am proud to say that I am having progress in all of these categories. But first I want to talk about the DOG and my resolution to learn Spanish. I already knew two ways to accomplish that: use Rosetta Stone or study a self-learning book on my own. Apparently there are other ways as well and this week I found another two: use Duolingo and watch Spanish movies.

It’s the first one that I’m so excited about, ’cause Duolingo has so many features that make learning a foreign language so easy! You learn new words and phrases teamed up in several categories, you practice them so they won’t fade away from your mind, you set a minimum daily study time and resolve to keep it, you level up and earn coins (the so-called lingots) for your accomplishments. You can also add your new fluency on your LinkedIn profile. In other words, the site provides a wide variety of tools to keep you committed and excited to deepen your knowledge in a given language. And it’s only a click away.

So, if you are interested in learning Spanish, or French, or German, or Italian, or Portuguese, or Dutch, Swedish, Irish, Turkish, Danish, Russian or Norwegian, then that’s the site for you! Other languages are in the way too!

Resolutions 2016

I was never good at setting my resolutions of the new year before the New Year’s Day. In fact, almost always, I set them after mid-January. That’s when all the feasts are in the past (family and friends’ birthdays and namedays) and it’s the perfect time to set new goals.

I will keep the list short for 2016, mainly because it will consist of some very broad categories. These are: work, health, skills, reading and writing. Five of them. They will be better defined along the course of the year, but here’s some more details about them.

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