You might remember that I started to learn Spanish last fall. That went pretty well, but I knew at the end of those ten weeks that my knowledge was still very basic. Now, almost a year later, I’ve restarted my learning using Duolingo. The completely free, online learning system combines a lot of different techniques without feeling haphazard. (And I’m really surprised to see how much of a sucker I am for “gamification.”)
Because I’m still early in the program, the vocabulary it has presented is limited. As a result, the sentences it constructs mostly involve boys, girls, and a variety of animals partaking in a limited assortment of foods and beverages. Some of the sentences are a little silly, and I think this one might be my favorite so far:
Tu oso bebe cerveza.
That’s right; your bear drinks beer. Of course, if a spider can eat bread (“La araña come pan.”), then why not?
¡Hasta luego, muffins!
Update — 29 September 2013: Tonight I learned that the cats will drink anything. “Los gatos beben cualquier cosa, desde leche hasta cerveza.”