Learning Languages: Spanish


Learning Languages

One superpower I would like to have is being able to speak the different languages of the world, be it modern, old, or forgotten. There are words, phrases, and sentences whose meanings are sometimes lost in translation – especially if that word is only available in the context of a certain language.

I have discovered Duolingo, a language learning site that offers free courses on language. For English speakers, most of the language courses available are European languages. I chose Spanish because my mother tongue, Filipino, has a bit (okay a lot) of similiarity to it given that we were under Spanish rule for more than 300 years. For example caballo is Spanish for horse, here we call horses kabayo. Another one is cebolla = onion = sibuyas. Lastly, theres taza = cup = tasa – the only difference is the z in Spanish and s in Filipino.

Anyway, I got hooked because it’s very easy to learn. For beginners, they only ask you to translate words and targets building your vocabulary. When you have a fair amount of words to work with, you move on to translating simple phrases from Spanish to English and vice versa.

The best thing about Duolingo is that it’s free! I’m only a level 9 and I’m having difficulty on my adverbs. Note: adjectives are placed after the noun.


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