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i am learning welsh obviously (plus brushing up french)

the welsh is going badly -- french is telling me i am 24% fluent, which is a fib imo

mark s, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:23 (one year ago) Permalink

should I install this and see how bad my German has become, y/n

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:28 (one year ago) Permalink

(I'm already downloading it)

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Duolingo is a great way to absorb language basics and grammar rules, but once you have that stuff down and are in the mode of adding vocabulary I found it kind of inefficient.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:29 (one year ago) Permalink

xp You will learn many duck-related German sentences ime

JoeStork, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:32 (one year ago) Permalink

i have been surprised how much french i still know in terms of vocab: my grammar was and is terrible

mark s, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:33 (one year ago) Permalink

polyphonic otm, I finished the French tree and have never gone back, currently use Memrise (and used Lingvist until I ran out of words) to build vocab

rob, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:35 (one year ago) Permalink

in welsh i have discovered nothing about ducks but i have encountered a DRAGON (draig)

mark s, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I completed the Japanese Duolingo and it is good for absorbing things by wrote but I grew frustrated with never having any of the grammar explained to me. It’s provided a good base.

There’s some more discussion of Duolingo

Do You Speak A Second Language?
日本語は話せます 🇯🇵

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:39 (one year ago) Permalink

pimsleur >> duolingo

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:39 (one year ago) Permalink

well but Duolingo is free

rob, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:44 (one year ago) Permalink

honestly DL is more like a fun app that helps you read stuff in a foreign language

rob, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:45 (one year ago) Permalink

huh 46% fluent

not bad I guess

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Was going to say, however tell me more about why pimsleur is good? Everything else I have been trying has been lower cost but really falls down on getting me to speak. I’d pay for some live interaction.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I used to be fluent in Portuguese but haven't used in 20 years - wonder if this could get me back on my bullshit.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 20:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Duolingo fluency shield suffers from grade inflation especially when you are progressing through, say, the first third of the course or have just taken the placement test. At some points if starts to drop off and decay and you may regret giving into your ex-clever schoolboy’s craving for this particular form of external gratification.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 21:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Think last word should have been "validation."

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 22:00 (one year ago) Permalink

whenever i type "nos lau" (thursday night) it tells me i have a typo and that the correct spelling is "nos lau"

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 09:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Did you type a lower case “el” (wrong) or a capital “eye” (correct)?

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 09:42 (one year ago) Permalink

oh right that makes sense yes

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 09:43 (one year ago) Permalink

That was really it?

Some of the answers in some of the courses are messed up so that it will tell you about an alternate answer or typo which seems to be dependent on some punctuation, or even some other “invisible punctuation.” There seem to even be cases where it is supposed to accept some letters from say, a standard English alphabet, without certain diacritical and just tell you to “mind the accents” but it gets into some looking glass world where it doesn’t accept the correct foreign alphabet letter. Feel like I️ saw this happen in Turkish, with the non-dotted i, the ı.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 09:56 (one year ago) Permalink

i haven't gone back in and checked but yes, it's quite likely tha:, since i realised when i read yr post that i was listening to DL's pronunciation of Iau and thinking "wow the initial i sound in front of those vowels is really like an L isn't it?" -- based on assuming my grasp of welsh pronunciation is actually worse than it is

(the pronunciation i learnt as a kid IS different to the version they're using: spoken welsh has surprisingly strong regional variation: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13474058/Dialects-much-more-than-a-simple-north-south-divide)

(but it's not really the consonants that vary)

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Ah, some weird keyboard autocorrect is now putting something strange when I type the letter capital “eye” I.

Speaking of which, at some point iOS seems to have added a Welsh keyboard, which may um, assist you in your answers.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:04 (one year ago) Permalink

"wow the initial i sound in front of those vowels is really like an L isn't it?"

or maybe the other way round, anyway i was struck by how different their pronunciation was than mine would be -- which is because i was misreading the letter

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Sometimes wonder if the Welsh as taught is just some sort of approximation standard that is in fact spoken by no one at all, like Bokmål/Nynorsk, I️ think.

How is your pronunciation of the letter double el?

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Ach, still the weird “ego problem” or “ego trip” with the capital eye. Think I️ need to delete my autocorrect dictionary.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Tom, delete ILX all my bookmarks my autocorrect dictionary now!

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Ah, that didn’t seem to work. I’m stymied.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:16 (one year ago) Permalink

my double ll pronunciation is p good i think! the nearest large town to where we went on family holidays when i was a kid is machynlleth and i know how ppl who live in it say it

this was before welsh was actually taught in schools -- indeed, it was actively discouraged in schools back then, and i know someone who was made to leave school at 16 because he preferred to speak welsh (as did his entire family, of hill farmers)

(he became a mechanic and a builder, and is now very comfortably off and owns half the town)

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Ah. I have never been in the presence of a Welsh speaker as far as I know, apart from John Cale at an instore.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:25 (one year ago) Permalink

I against I against I

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:27 (one year ago) Permalink

(Had to chose the *RONG* spelling for each of those eyes to get the correct one)

Seems to me the pronunciation of Welsh, especially the “ll,” involves a lot more spittle than, say, English.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:30 (one year ago) Permalink

At one point I was having some problems with the days of the week with when to put the word for day in there, such as “dydd Iau.” Seem to have sorted it, can’t remember what the problem really was.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:39 (one year ago) Permalink

The other thing to remember of course about the “i” is that the word for Thursday starts with j for Jupiter-or Jove! do u see?! in most Romance languages.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:47 (one year ago) Permalink

yes i haven't worked out when not to use Dydd yet!

(tho i also haven't yet been marked wrong on either, and have been assuming -- perhaps wrongly -- that they are effectively interchangeable, at least in this limited context)

ooh handy steer on the root of the day names, i'd spotted they were "a bit like French" but hadn't taken it any further

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:50 (one year ago) Permalink

To throw a spanner in your welsh works - Memrise has a course in Belter Cant.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 11:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Sut mae, Marc? Sut dych chi?

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Dych chi eisiau coffi?

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Learning Dutch thru this atm and I like it.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd!

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Both the Dutch and Welsh courses have been spruced up in the past few months, so you guys are on the cutting edge.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:27 (one year ago) Permalink

/too much time on Duolingo

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 November 2017 02:50 (one year ago) Permalink

"The grapheme k was also used more commonly than in the modern alphabet, particularly before front vowels.[3] The disuse of this letter is at least partly due to the publication of William Morgan's Welsh Bible, whose English printers, with type letter frequencies set for English and Latin, did not have enough k letters in their type cases to spell every /k/ sound as k, so the order went "C for K, because the printers have not so many as the Welsh requireth";[5] this was not liked at the time, but has become standard usage."

"why doesn't welsh have the letter k?"
"we ran out that one time and never restocked"

mark s, Thursday, 9 November 2017 09:46 (one year ago) Permalink

grrrr i am just as bad now at grammatical gender in french as i was aged 13: le cheval but la souris whyyyyyyyyyyyy pourquooooooiii

mark s, Friday, 10 November 2017 11:06 (one year ago) Permalink

some rules and patterns here (but of course no clue why le cheval but la souris):
http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/le_or_la_in_french.shtml

mark s, Friday, 10 November 2017 11:07 (one year ago) Permalink

my devoted year+ on duolingo french got me enough of the basics that I was able to get a civil servant job in France where I speak French full time. it helped that I was living in France most of that time and that I'd already spent a lot of time reading french (or trying to, with much dictionary use) and that I already spoke Spanish pretty well (son of a native speaker but didn't grow up speaking it, only learned it in school). so I am yay duolingo!

I spent some time on the japanese tree earlier this year as I learn that language next but I'm going to need more than just duolingo to do it because I don't have a great sense of the grammar whereas learning a second romance language, I already grokked the main structures, what I really needed was enough confidence in applying those structures to go ahead and speak it irl.

although I think the japanese accent is easier than the french accent, so duolingo may be ok in that regard (japanese mostly sounds like it looks, unlike french)

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 10 November 2017 15:55 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm doing German which I'm already sorta conversational in as my Dad is from there. I wasn't raised speaking it though and what I do know is only what I've picked up listening to him speak with friends and relatives and the times that I've spent there. I'm really enjoying it so far though and am excited to improve :).

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 10 November 2017 16:03 (one year ago) Permalink

i just discovered the chats-with-bots feature (after several days of just ignoring the you-have-mail signal): i like that it goes "excellent response!" after what is (in another, more accurate sense) a pretty basic not-actually-rude response

mark s, Friday, 10 November 2017 16:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I spent some time on the japanese tree earlier this year as I learn that language next but I'm going to need more than just duolingo to do it because I don't have a great sense of the grammar whereas learning a second romance language, I already grokked the main structures, what I really needed was enough confidence in applying those structures to go ahead and speak it irl.

I can recommend the ‘Human Japanese’ App for this.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink

nej, det tror jeg ikke...

niels, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Falsk alarm

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 14:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Some of the tones are wrong in the Mandarin course which can be slightly annoying. For the most part course seems pretty nice though in its current form.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 13:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Started French on dis ting. Never learned another language before (apart from a D at GCSE). About a quarter of the way through - I presume the easy bit. I'm gonna be an expert in talking about dresses and ducks. I'm supplementing my Duolingo by watching Star Wars in French, listeing to l'equipe's football podcast when I go to bed, and I've ordered a dozen Asterix books.

closed beta (NotEnough), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I am still confused about the crowns and new levels but at least I restarted the spanish and french and trying to power completely up again.

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

In the end think crowns are an improvement on the prior system.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Took a couple of months off but have restarted Swedish. My reading and writing is pretty good, but I would never dare speak the language out loud to anyone.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I prolly wrote about this above, but I studied french for 6 months on duolingo and then did some skype sessions on italki to practice my conversation. By the end of the first 30 minutes I was soaked in sweat.

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I want to get back to my Italian tree. It's in bad shape. I've mostly been wanting to work on French, where Duolingo isn't so useful for me anymore - what I really need are more opportunities for conversational practice.

jmm, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, for French I really do think you need native French speakers to speak with. Italian and Spanish seem more phonetically intuitive for americans.

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I live in a highly bilingual Canadian city, so I'm not exactly lacking native speakers. It's really just shyness/laziness/fear.

jmm, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

When I speak spanish in spanish speaking countries everyone switches to english or wants to practice their english with me. In France, no one switches to english and everyone corrects me. I kind of love it.

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I had 4 years of HS Spanish and did all of Duolingo and live in a Spanish speaking country for the last 2 years. Did all of duolingo for French, had no previous French language background, lived for 4 months in France and go back for a month once a year. My French is probably 3xs better than my Spanish because I was forced more to speak it.

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm curious what order people do the tree in - do you work through several levels of each new skill or move to the next one ASAP? Do you mainly click manually on individual skills or mainly do timed practice sets? When do you go back to old skills, if you do? and so on

not sure why I ask except I feel I may be doing it ~wrong~, but I guess there is no wrong as long as you're not bored, forgetting a lot of things or out of your depth

for me, the pre-crowns system made it clearer what Duolingo's magic algorithms thought you should be doing next, with the health of old skills fading, and the timed practice seemed to revisit old topics more whereas now it seems to be giving me questions from topics I haven't got to yet instead

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I took French in grade school, but didn't use it at all for about a decade. Duolingo was very useful for brushing off the cobwebs. In some ways, though, Italian is psychologically easier since I'm learning it from scratch. I don't go into it with the shameful feeling like I should already know such-and-such.

jmm, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I keep thinking that a year in France would be ideal but I'm not sure yet how to swing it.

jmm, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Re crowns: a friend suggested getting two crowns per topic, which is what he does. I have been trying this recently and finding it helpful. More crowns seems to be diminishing returns. In the old system I could get burned out keeping a tree gold or feel bad when it started to decay

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 November 2018 20:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Do they still decay? I restarted spanish and am doing it from scratch by just testing out until I can no longer test out. I have the same ocd about keeping everything gold.

Yerac, Saturday, 3 November 2018 21:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I hardly have any gold lessons anymore, I think I did it once or twice in some trees I barely look at, so not sure if and when decay happens

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 November 2018 21:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Mine haven’t decayed. Maybe the don’t do that until your entire tree is gold. Please let us know when that happens:)

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 November 2018 21:55 (one week ago) Permalink

https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002253131-Crown-level-decay-and-spaced-repetition
No more decay. Also, I agree 100% with the last sentence

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 00:56 (one week ago) Permalink

oh good. That was kind of the worst. Especially if you did a bunch of modules all in one day so they all lost their gold all together.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 November 2018 02:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, forgot about that.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 02:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks, that article is helpful! I like the "two crowns" rule too. I've racked up a lot of crowns on the very early stuff and it definitely feels like diminishing returns.

btw it turned out that "Practice" was giving me questions from skills I hadn't seen yet because I'd tested out of some skills ages ago and forgotten about it - I didn't look at Duolingo for months and then resumed going through them one by one. So I guess it probably doesn't do that normally.

a passing spacecadet, Sunday, 4 November 2018 10:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Acabo de llegar a la racha de 800 días hoy.

brain (krakow), Sunday, 4 November 2018 11:19 (one week ago) Permalink

¡Enhorabuena!

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 12:12 (one week ago) Permalink

¡Gracias!

I'm working through getting the full Spanish tree to gold again by testing out each subject to jump levels, but it is still taking forever. With five levels per subject the course seems huge compared to when I originally finished the tree, though I'm not convinced on how much actual new content there is in there as there seems a lot of repetition. Duolingo has me at 3170 words learned at the moment, but unfortunately can't remember what that was in previous times.

brain (krakow), Sunday, 4 November 2018 12:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Sloppy typing...

*there seems to be a lot of repetition
*unfortunately I can't remember

brain (krakow), Sunday, 4 November 2018 12:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Do you think it’s worth it to do all that? Maybe you should try the Reverse Tree instead.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 12:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Or, if you are up to up it, you could try to “ladder,” and learn another language through Spanish.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 12:58 (one week ago) Permalink

I guess I still feel like it's useful for me as well as simply being a force of habit at this point. I don't think I'm learning much new material from it, but it gives me 5-10 minutes of Spanish practice every day, which is definitely a good thing and in practical terms it certainly helps to cement vocabulary. For a long time it was really quite boring, but as I progress further down the tree again I enjoy it more as the more complex sentences and different tenses starting to come in. I still have a 2 hour Spanish class once a week which is my real focus (currently finishing up A2 level and hoping to start B1 in the spring) and Duo is just a quick daily practice, especially when life is too busy or too stressful to have the motivation to study more independently outside of class.

Yeah, I've done a fair bit of the reverse tree as well, but switched back when they revamped the Spanish course and haven't looked at it since. I should go back to it, for sure. I haven't tried learning another language from Spanish via Duo, but that's a nice idea, I hadn't thought of that. I've found some Basque courses elsewhere that will need to be done from Spanish when I have a little more time, which I'm really looking forward to!

brain (krakow), Sunday, 4 November 2018 13:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Wow, where are those Basque courses you speak of?

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 13:24 (one week ago) Permalink

There's one here, but the website navigation isn't great and I've only managed to get on to a Basque for Spanish speakers course despite them saying it should be for English users: https://www.hiru.eus/es/e-ikasi/idiomas/ikasten/ikasten-for-english-users

There should also be resources here and perhaps a full course, but I haven't investigated this one so much and again I struggle with navigating the website and keep getting lost in its subsites: http://www.ikasbil.eus/web/ikasbil/home

brain (krakow), Sunday, 4 November 2018 13:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Het is over tussen ons!

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 14:08 (one week ago) Permalink

I really, really need to become very fluent in Spanish but seeing Japanese and Hawaiian! now on duolingo... arg. It's that stupid boyfriend meme.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 November 2018 15:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Hm i like japanese more than spanish i have to admit

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 4 November 2018 15:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Hawaiian course is super short and you can finish and make your tree gold in a matter of days if you want.

Doubt that Duolingo will make you fluent in Spanish.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 16:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Also, found the Japanese course a little disappointing.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 17:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Chinese course is nice though, especially having the notes available through the app.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 17:33 (one week ago) Permalink

I know a ton of spanish vocabulary just from hs and life but I just got super lazy about grammar, so duolingo is helps there. Chileans have a lot of weird slang here, so getting drunk and interrogating people is the only thing for that. And they call avocados "palta"! Maybe i will do the hawaiian one next week.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 November 2018 18:56 (one week ago) Permalink

It’s the quechuan influence

South american spanish has that so it is slightly different from central american spanish, and both of these different from mexican spanish

Then you have all the dialects/slang/regionalisms across all spain and latin america

If you have any questions i can explain what i know

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 4 November 2018 21:28 (one week ago) Permalink

First Duolingo question of the day and it's one to really set me up for a day of fun and adventure. pic.twitter.com/U3jSGHTVUm

— Charlotte Gore 🏳️‍🌈 (@CharlotteGore) October 21, 2018

(thread of Swedish duolingo)

a passing spacecadet, Sunday, 4 November 2018 22:16 (one week ago) Permalink

xpost are you chilean (I forget)? I've been here for almost two years total now and I only want to learn the slang that no one uses anywhere else.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 November 2018 23:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Not chilean but i studied Spanish for a long time (10 years?) and visited a few countries, plus just general knowledge from being friends with/having girlfriends from south america

I don’t know much chile specific slang but i know some south american slang and it’s more or less similar

F# A# (∞), Monday, 5 November 2018 07:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Has anyone used the language app Lingodeer?

xpost The slang I hear the most (I've been coming here for the last ten years are):

"Flaite
means “trashy” or “chavvy.”

Cuico/Cuica
“Upper-class” or “snobby.”

Wéon (spelt huevón)
...commonly used word in the Chilean language. It can be intended as a rude term, especially if used with strangers, but it can be used among mates and be a term of endearment. Wena on its own can mean “ok,” “good,” or “hi.”"

Yerac, Monday, 5 November 2018 12:47 (one week ago) Permalink

apart from huevon as mentioned above

i like

bacan: cool

cachar: to understand

wea: thing, generally when you can't find the correct word for something it becomes "esta wea"

huevear: to annoy

carrete: a party/a night out

pololo/a: boy/girlfriend

pega: job

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 5 November 2018 17:48 (one week ago) Permalink

yerac, you might already be familiar with this site, but this is good for etymologies and chilean slang: http://etimologias.dechile.net/

but yeah, huevon/weon/wea/huevada/huevear, and bacan, are all used in other parts of south america, especially peru

cachar means to fuck in peru

one thing i always found funny is carajo means shit, right? well in venezuela and other parts of latin america they call small children carajito

there's all sorts of things like that in latin america though

F# A# (∞), Monday, 5 November 2018 18:22 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah like guagua means baby in chile but bus in cuba

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 5 November 2018 18:26 (one week ago) Permalink

ha that's true

F# A# (∞), Monday, 5 November 2018 18:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Xpost

LingoDeer is better for Japanese, at least, as it explains the grammar points where Duolingo doesn’t. Can’t comment on other languages.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:54 (one week ago) Permalink


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