Study Spanish Every Day For 30 Days

November 6th, 2014

Well, One whole challenge completed in a twelve month period, I am rocking it..

So, I moved over to South America for a few months, last month, so it seems a perfect time for a challenge to learn the principle language here, Español.

Now I can get by with basic things such as ordering food, paying for things, asking for directions etc, but what’s the point in only getting by? I should grasp this opportunity to learn as much as possible and become conversationally fluent while I am here.

So, I have set myself the challenge to study Spanish for two hours every day. The curriculum I will be using will be from multiple sources, to make sure I won’t get bored with just a textbook for example.

I will be using the following methods below and the trusty Toggl service to track my time accurately:

Vamos a aprender español!

Day 1.

I started off nice and easy, working on my vocabulary with Memrise, and Duolingo as I was using Memrise for over an hour.

Day 2.

Same two applications used again today, Memrise and Duolingo. I used Duolingo more today as I think I Memrised myself out yesterday.

Day 3.

Today, I tried something different and read an article on El país. This is extremely hard as I know hardly any of the vocabulary and took just over 50 minutes! Real world learning for the win… yeah 🙁

I also didn’t complete my two hours today. No excuses, I just left it too late before I had to go out. Boo.


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New words/phrases

  • Entrega = Delivery
  • Fundación = Foundation
  • Según = According to
  • En caso = In case
  • Manejo = Managment
  • Allí estarían = There would be
  • Propuesta = Proposal
  • Environmental = Ambiental
  • Recuperación = Restoration
  • Involucrar = Involve
  • Tercera = Third
  • Entrada = Entry / Entrance
  • Gerente = Manager
  • Aseguró = He / She Assured
  • Cuarta = Forth
  • Recibe = Receives
  • invertir = Invest
  • Digo = I say

Day 4.

Today, I visited my favourite coffee shop, Juan Valdez and studied with Duolingo and Memrise. Later when I got home, I finished the remainder of my time with Memrise. I am noticing a trend of using easy applications… I must diversify more.

Day 5.

Hoy, Me desperté a las diez en la mañana. Temprano, Tuve entrenamiento pero estaba lloviendo mucho, tan yo no fui! En la tarde, conocí a mi amiga y almorzamos. Comí comida tipico de Colombia; Pollo, ensalada, verduras, arroz y plátanos. Despues, mi amiga y yo fuimos al centro comercial. Mi amiga compró un cafe con crema. Mas Tarde, estudié espanol en mi favorita cafe tienda; Juan Valdez.

Day 6.

Today, registered another failed day. I see by my Toggl time tracking, that I was doing short bursts of about fifteen minutes each session and only stuck with Duolingo. The reason for this? I was sick 🙁 Yesterday, after lunch, I went to a cafe to study and felt a tad ill (I assume I got food poisoning). I went home and got into bed. I won’t go into detail… but I stayed up for most of the night, had a bit of a fever and felt like crap.

Day 7.

Today, after a long lie-in, I finally pulled myself out of bed, as I was feeling a bit better. I went to the Marriott, and studied for one hour and forty minutes straight! Feeling quite motivated, when I arrived home I completed another three sessions, bringing today’s total hours to two hours and thirty eight minutes.

Day 8.

Another successful day and I put in an extra thirty six minutes! Again, Duolingo was my only application used today. They just make it so easy to study! Tomorrow, will be a lot more actual practise.

Day 9.

Not a good day today. I only did one hour and forty four minutes. I also only used Duolingo, and mostly from my bed. Lazy.

Day 10.

My worst day yet, with a miserable fifty minutes! I was out all day and left my house early, but I could have woken up earlier and completed the day’s quota… Again, Duolingo was only used.

Day 11.

I had a movie day today with my girlfriend, so no practise was done, apart from a few minutes on Duolingo to keep my steak up. Terible.

Day 12.

Today, I went on a trip to a new town. I actually had no time for my two hours today, as I left the house at five in the morning and was back pretty late. Even though I have already failed this challenge, I still would like to have completed sixty hours. It’s going to be hard.

Day 13.

Back on track today with a nice extra few minutes thrown in. Two hours and thirty four minutes. Although, I only use Duolingo. What is it with this app that makes it so easy and addictive!?

Day 14.

Just completed today’s two hours. Duolingo used again…

Day 15.

Lazy lazy day. Duolingo was only used again. Nothing more to report 🙁

Day 16.

Two hours and three minutes with the only method I seem to be sticking with. I did have a long night out though.

Day 17.

I had a massive lazy day today and stayed in bed till late. After I said goodbye to my friend, I went to my favourite coffee place here; Juan Valdez and threw in one hour and twenty one minutes. I have a shit load of catching up to do 🙁

Day 18.

Two hours and five minutes studying today! A small amount of success, but I am just happy I have completed today’s quota.

Day 19.

Monday, the start of the week and what better way to celebrare than to… fail miserably at my challenge. Today’s marks the ninth day of not completing my two hours per day 🙁 I don’t think I will have my sixty hours completed…

Day 20.

Quota done for today and I even mixed things up by using Memrise too.

Day 21.

More embarrassment today, with a measly fifty seven minutes put in. Also I am using Duolingo way too much! I feel I am a lot quicker recalling basic sentences, but I am simply not putting any real effort (obviously) into practising speaking and writing!

Day 22.

Success! Over two hours studied today, and not just with Duolingo!

Day 23.

My spidey senses are telling me that I might be throwing in a lot more hours as this challenge nears to an end…

Day 24.

Only Duolingo used. I am bad.

Day 25

My twenty fifth day with this challenge and I have done abysmally. In the future, do not let things slip, and set the task’s hours aside and do them all in one go.

Day 26.

Epic fail. Two minutes under an hour. Urgh.

Day 27.

Another extremely low time tracked so far. I have reached the conclusion that I will not be completing sixty hours on this one. No surprises really.

Day 28.

Today, I set off for the weekend to Medellin, so internet was bad. I did however beat yesterday’s time by six minutes 😉

Day 29.

My second last day on this (already failed challenge) and I still did not complete my daily hours today.

Day 30.

Final day and after adding up the totals, I see that I studied for thirty eight hours and thirty nine minutes. Even though I failed this challenge, I still put in an ok amount of work, in my opinion, albeit mostly with Duolingo.

Learn Spanish Every Day For 30 Days
Day Date Duolingo Udemy Memrise Reading Writing Speaking Total Hours
Day 1 06/11/2014 33 min  – 88 min  –  –  – 2.01
Day 2 07/11/2014 74 min  – 46 min  –  –  – 2.00
Day 3 08/11/2014 21 min  –  50 min  –  – 1.11
Day 4 09/11/2014 50 min  – 76 min  –  –  – 2.06
Day 5 10/11/2014 56 min 17 min 18 min  – 32 min  – 2.03
Day 6 11/11/2014 83 min  –  – 1.23
Day 7 12/11/2014 158 min  –  – 2.38
Day 8 13/11/2014 156 min  –  – 2.36
Day 9 14/11/2014 104 min  –  – 1.44
Day 10 15/11/2014 50 min  –  – 0.50
Day 11 16/11/2014 6 min  –  – 0.06
Day 12 17/11/2014 7 min  –  – 0.07
Day 13 18/11/2014 154 min  –  – 2.34
Day 14 19/11/2014 122 min  –  – 2.02
Day 15 20/11/2014 30 min  –  – 0.30
Day 16 21/11/2014 123 min  –  – 2.03
Day 17 22/11/2014 81 min  –  – 1.21
Day 18 23/11/2014 125 min  –  – 2.05
Day 19 24/11/2014 61 min  –  – 1.01
Day 20 25/11/2014 100 min 20 min  –  – 2.00
Day 21 26/11/2014 57 min  –  – 0.57
Day 22 27/11/2014 80 min 44 mins  – 2.04
Day 23 28/11/2014 42 min 8 mins  –  – 0.50
Day 24 29/11/2014 88 min  –  – 1.28
Day 25 30/11/2014 66 min  –  – 1.06
Day 26 01/12/2014 58 min  –  – 0.58
Day 27 02/12/2014 20 min  –  – 0.20
Day 28 03/12/2014 26 min  –  – 0.26
Day 29 04/12/2014 85 min  –  – 1.25
Day 30 05/12/2014 4 min  –  – 0.04

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