¿Cómo se dice? …Duolingo!
One of my short-term goals is to get my Spanish back to fluency — semi-fluency really. I was a little bit in denial about how much I had lost and was continuing to lose by not using the language enough. Just like push-ups, language is a use it or lose it skill. I can understand it pretty well still, but every time I go to speak it’s like my brain fogs over the words I’m trying to find. It’s embarrassing and frustrating.
About two months ago I started using an app called Duolingo, which features 13 different languages in which you can strengthen or learn a language from scratch. I tested in so I didn’t have to start from the beginning and they placed me at a level based on that test. For 15 minutes a day, I practice vocabulary, grammar, and verb conjugation by matching words, translating sentences, and repeating sentences back to ensure correct pronunciation. Sections drill you until you’re proficient enough to move on. The app is super intuitive, but the best part is that it’s free.
I’m having a great time with it and I find myself often thinking, “Oh yea, that’s how you say that!” and many times, “Holy crap, I never knew that conjugation.” I feel the whole experience is keeping my brain sharp, too. If you ever had a desire to learn a new language or strengthen your second/first one, check out Dualingo!
1-3 Sets @ 95%
1 Clean and jerk
10 Balancing pistols
50 Double unders
10 Balancing MB Chops-R (20/14)
10 Balancing MB Chops-L
15 Deadlifts (225/155)
20 Lateral bar-over burpees”