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Old 01-09-2017   #16 (permalink)
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Gary your adventures are crazy cool. You certainly experience the area in a way most others do not or would not even attempt. I must admit, I am pretty adventurous, but not sure I would let a stranger climb into my car and direct me through the back roads and jungle in Mexico like you did.
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Thank you for posting about your travels again this year. Always a pleasure to read about them.

About the Duolingo, what percentage fluent do think you need to be at before you can attempt to converse with someone and how long do you use it each day?

It tried to teach me how to say I want more grapes in my cake last week.
I don't think Duolingo is best for teaching, but is great for practicing and its easy to practice a little bit each day with it. Right now it says I am 57% fluent and I am at level 25 with 30,360 xp. I have used it 509 consecutive days. I have used different kinds of methods to learn, but there are no real courses at a school near me so internet and books and latin music are about my only options.
Wilingua is good because it teaches grammar and I need to understand the how and why of things in order to learn, but everyone learns differently. I have completed level A1 on Wilingua.

But I think the real key is to put it to use. When you are around people who speak English and Spanish, its just too easy to not speak Spanish, especially bad Spanish, so you revert to English. Try to use your Spanish no matter what level you are on.
When I am in these outlying areas there are almost no English speakers so I am forced into Spanish and I just do it... yep I make mistakes and struggle searching for words, but I will get better... I am getting better, and I feel it will get easier with time.

I use duolingo for varying lengths of time each day, depending on my available time. And its not about how many grapes in a cake, but how to conjugate verbs and arrange sentence's. Keep at it... you will get it one day.

Thanks for following too.
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That ceviche has my mouth watering......great pics!!!
Thanks Deb. it was totally home made and I was a little concerned as he just washed all the vegetables under tap water before he cut them up but I suffered no ill effects.
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I look forward to reading about your travels, beautiful pictures.
Thanks... I will keep them coming.
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Duolingo fluency ratings


But seriously, Duolingo is a great tool, but just laugh at their fluency ratings and keep practicing! (and read Spanish news, and watch Spanish language TV, and practice some more!)


(And I love this trip report series)
I agree the fluency ratings mean almost nothing. When it says I am 57% fluent, it actually means I have memorized 57% of their exercises. (And I would like 12 hats for my monkeys)
I also agree constant exposure is great practice.

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Good Start Gary, 6 inches of new snow here.
Stay warm. maybe see you in a month.
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Gary your adventures are crazy cool. You certainly experience the area in a way most others do not or would not even attempt. I must admit, I am pretty adventurous, but not sure I would let a stranger climb into my car and direct me through the back roads and jungle in Mexico like you did.
I think of things a bit differently now Scott after my previous years adventures and after my personal close calls with medical emergencies. Most people are not evil and the way that situation happened there was no way it was a setup. People facing a common problem or enemy quickly develop a armistice and trust. Someone once said to me "Life is full of risk if you seek new adventures and one has to learn to brush apprehension aside and go for the brass ring."

I try to be careful and observant of my surroundings, and I love to explore things I have not experienced and go to new places. I don't think these places are dangerous... only unknown, at least to me.

I'll catch up with you when you get down..
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Next morning found me up and checking out the town and refreshing memories.


Ladies selling fast food outside the Mercado.




Radishes... so fresh and clean.





Chilli relleno stuffed with queso at the Mercado for breakfast.


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It was 80 pesos and included the instant coffee. Oh so good with the melted cheese.





A small child has a ride... entertainment at breakfast.





The old mill more and more overgrown.

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Love me some radishes. Might bring rubio a pack or two...they will be ready by the time i leave
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I think of things a bit differently now Scott after my previous years adventures and after my personal close calls with medical emergencies. Most people are not evil and the way that situation happened there was no way it was a setup. People facing a common problem or enemy quickly develop a armistice and trust. Someone once said to me "Life is full of risk if you seek new adventures and one has to learn to brush apprehension aside and go for the brass ring."

I try to be careful and observant of my surroundings, and I love to explore things I have not experienced and go to new places. I don't think these places are dangerous... only unknown, at least to me.

I'll catch up with you when you get down..


I agree Gary
Looking forward to catching up with you again.

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Goods for sale at the park.






Cute little moto taxi.



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Koox Janal Restaurant

I had reported on this place last year and it was so good I just had to go back. I drove around and around looking for it and when I found it I posted it up on Google maps so others might find it in the future. ( it is waiting approval before showing up.)
It is located on Calle 46 de la primavera, between Calle 69 Rafael e Melgar and a street named "Plan de la Noria".

It serves wonderful seafood.

Outside view







My order came with seafood soup to start.




Camerones con mojo de ajo (prawns with garlic sauce, a personal favorite)



130 pesos included 2 cokes.

Kitchen shot. The chef working his magic.

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That would be great with a couple of beers!!!!
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Always enjoy your reports and your style of travel.

If you are going to be near us, drop us a line!
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