just keep swimming / solo sigue nadando

As I continue my learning project journey, I am reminded of a line by a famous animated fish.

“Just keep swimming,” stated by Dory in the movie Finding Nemo.

This phrase reminds me to not give up and to keep pushing through, even if I am finding the task to be difficult.

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Leaning a language is in fact just that, a difficult task. Over the past few days, I have struggled to keep on top of my daily Duolingo Spanish lessons and I have not used the Tinycards app in over a week.

As I reflect on why I have been neglecting my practice, I feel the more I learn, the more challenging it becomes. In the beginning, it was easy since what I was learning was just the basics. Now that I have moved past that, I am having to combine various parts of the language together. This requires me to retrieve information from my memory and apply it in new and different ways. It can be quite discouraging when you don’t get the answers to the lesson questions correct right away.

That being said, I do know that the only way to learn and retain something new is through practice!

Like my boyfriend, Jose Miguel always says, “práctica, práctica, práctica” and to submerge myself in as much of the language as I can. If he can become fluent in English as an adult, I can surely learn and maintain some basic Spanish.

Moving forward, I am going to hold myself accountable by ensuring that I am practicing daily. I can do this by maintaining a ‘streak’ on my Duolingo account.  Wish me luck!



How are you keeping yourself accountable during your EDTC300 learning project?

4 thoughts on “just keep swimming / solo sigue nadando

  1. You’re doing awesome! I often encourage myself to keep going with my learning project by reminding myself how wonderful and rewarding my outcome feels after I finish`.. I chose to learn how to paint and trust me, you’re not the only one that struggles! I have to remind myself how much I enjoy painting once I get started on something and how good it feels once I accomplish a full painting and hang it up on my wall! You can do it, JUST KEEP SWIMMING!

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  2. “Escape! Hey, it’s spelled just like the word escape!”

    Continuing to practice is hard… And I get it, the more complicated it gets, the harder it is to keep going. I’m sure you are doing great! When I am feeling discouraged, typically I practice the simple things even further so that I can get them to the point that I don’t even think about them! Just my simple solution.

    Question for you. Does your boyfriend ever speak Spanish to you? And can you understand what he is saying to you when he does? I feel like just hearing the language spoken to you would help! Maybe I’m just speculating!


  3. I think you are doing a great job on your learning project, so just keep swimming in the right direction 😉 Keep it up! It is definitely not an easy task learning a language and I think as long as you keep pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone you will do great! I bet your boyfriend and his daughters are so eager to teach you which is amazing to have their support!

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  4. From my perspective it looks like you’re doing so great!! I feel the struggles with challenging yourself. It’s much easier to learn the basics. I am really struggling with that during my learning project as well. I can’t even imagine learning another language. Such a great skill to have!
    Also I loved how you started this post! Caught my eye right away and just had to read it all.
    Just keep swimming!!


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