Finished Spanish tree a few days ago
I finished my Spanish tree a few days ago, but went thru it too fast. I am retired and spend a lot of time at the computer. I do not think I learned as much as I should. I am particularly weak in the are of verbs. I should have bit taken it so fast. I am now going back trying to gold my tree. That looks like it may be quite a chore. I also found something about doing a reverse tree after finishing. I had no idea what that was so looked it up. May give it a try. In fact I just tried the first lesson. Thought I had messed up and did not know if I could get back, but did. Think it is ok. If I do it , I will be taking reverse tree for Spanish and English, taking it as though I were a Spanish speaker trying to learn English. Is anyone doing that? How difficult is it? Do you think it is worth doing?
I'm doing it. I rushed through my English to Spanish tree also in about a month but I learned a lot. I'm able to read some easy books although I have to guess a lot and use a dictionary. I've only completed a few skills on the reverse tree, about five I think, I'm on "Ropa." It is a little more challenging so far and I feel like it will get more challenging as I go on but I plan to take my time and learn it right. It is definitely worth doing, I've learned a lot already.
I just bought a grammar book today to help give me an edge, I know all the grammar is available for free online but I like to have a book.
I saw a Santa Biblia, or Spanish Bible, at my local library book sale, and bought it. I like reading it. It is very helpful for learning how to read Spanish.
That is a good idea, I think it would be really helpful. I read the first two chapters of a Spanish Bible on my ipad about a month ago. It took me 45 minutes to read one chapter because I kept having to check the dictionary but then I could read it again pretty quick and understand it. I don't like reading on the ipad so I quit and am waiting until I can buy a real one. I saw one a few weeks ago at a book store but when I flipped through it I noticed there was a big RFID sticker on one of the pages, completely ruining the book.
I usually don't think about looking for one with I'm out, maybe Monday I'll go out and actively try and find one now that you reminded me about it.
I am not yet ready for reading on that level. I think it would just discourage me. I look for simple , short things in parallel that I can practice reading.
which version of the Bible did you get? I found Dios Habla Hoy (DHH) to be easier to read. Reina Valera to be very hard! I'm trying to find out which Bible most Spanish Catholic churches in America uses and use that to study. If anyone have any pointers that would be great :)
I thought I replied to this a few minutes ago but do not see it. So if you end up with 2 responded you will now why. Maybe I forgot to click post.
I bought a cheap Spanish-English, English-Spanish paperback dictionary from WalMart. Not sure how much it will be used. but thought it might come in handy some tie.
I guess I will go ahead and give the revers tree a try. Not sure if I will blow thru it as fast as I did the other. I am spending too much time on this and not getting anything else done :)
Good look with your reverse tree.
I finished my Spanish tree a few days ago after four weeks. After a day, there were many colorful coins. I regild them when I can. I am not finished. Many lessons need to be done for the language to be remembered. I am 60 and I like to read about other older people that do languages. I was stunned to be able to climb the Spanish tree as fast as I did. I am glad I still have much of the abilities I had in my twenties. You can try the Portuguese tree sometime. A lot can be learned from contrasting the similarities and differences of two closely related languages.
I wondered how many "older" people were trying this. I have you beat, I will be 68 later this month. I read that it is supposed to be good for you brain to study a language. :) I am not sure I will ever get my tree all golden. I thought about trying French. I took one semester in college just for kicks, but for now I think Spanish is enough of a challenge. Seems harder than what I remember it was in high school, maybe because studying on my own. Good luck. -Glad to find I am not the only 60 something person here.
When I was 14 I got a D in French. That was the end of my language learning for a long time. When I was still in my 20s, I notice my brain slowing a little. I thought that languages would help keep it. I then taught myself some Latin, Greek and Hebrew. I also studied Russian and Modern Greek at a community college about 20 years ago. I am glad that I found Duolingo. For me, each new language gets easier to learn. After learning something about French and Portuguese, Spanish was learned very fast. I plan on working on my trees for a while before starting another tree.
Wow that is a lot of languages. I will feel like I am doing well, if I can learn Spanish a little better.
I just turned 60. I'm about to finish my Italian tree, and it's all gold, baby. Perhaps get in the habit of warming up each day with a couple of reviews/turning discs golden, then go on to a bit of new material? That's what I did, anyway. But then, it took me 21 months to finish my Italian tree. Next stop: Spanish. Cheers!
YAY for you. Score one for the "older" crowd. Congratulations on having a golden tree. I am working on mine. Do not know if I will ever go on to another language. Not sure if I will ever get thru with Spanish. Good work getting your tree all work. How long do you plan on reviewing to try to keep it that way?
i'm doing the reverse tree, it is very useful for improve the language because you can strengthen the verbs and that is what you need, it is not difficult.
i am a spanish speaker, and i'm very happy to learn english in the reverse way.
hasta luego, espero haberte ayudado.
Gracias. I had Spanish in high school, but that was a very long time ago. I graduated 50 years ago. I did not remember mush of what I had learned and I never got very good at it. Since I am now retired, I thought I might enjoy giving another try, Gracias y buena suerte a usted también
I also finished my spanish tree recently, but it took me a lot longer. I started doing the reverse tree (english for spanish speakers) and found it worthwhile. However, I have now switched over to spanish for french speakers (not a native french speaker but I scored B2 on a recent level test). I feel this is helping me keep up and reinforce spanish, while polishing up my french at the same time. I have found Duo very helpful. PS: Also am a retired older learner.
HI moynimom, It seems if there are several of us of retiree age studying language. I think I may have been better , if I had slowed down , I probably would have learned more. What is a level test? I initially thought about doing French at the same time, but decided I can not handle boyth. Best of luck in your studies.
What I have called a "level test" is an online test to see what level of proficiency you have in a language according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The test I took was from a website shared by a Duo user (www.french-test.com). It is a greatly abbreviated test so I take the results with a grain of salt, but the site might be of interest for you in studying french as they have grammar, and test-based learning tools. I have not really used the site other than for the level test. FYI, I also use other materials, mostly audio so I am always listening to Spanish while gardening, cleaning house, driving, etc. Good luck. Best advice is persevere. Better to do some everyday than overload then ignore.
The site would not help me as I have decide to forget about French for now and just stick with Spanish.
Probably a good idea. I tried doing Spanish and Italian last summer as I was going to Italy, and it was difficult to keep up with both. I ended up foregoing the Spanish for awhile so I could learn at least a bit of Italian to get by with. It did work, but now I'm back to Spanish and have abandoned the Italian for the time being (until my next trip to Italy!) Good luck with your language learning.
i'm 67 from Norway. Found Duolingo, started Spanish for English speakers in january 2014 - and the reverse tree in desember 2014. My trees are all gold, working on them every day on my way too nivel 25. I've tried Immersion, but find it difficult since english not is my language. I've used Memorise but not regular. In Norway we don't have spanish TV, books and newspaper so i try to find some of these on internett.
Berit.smaa It is so good to see other 60 something people here. My Spanish tree is far from gold, but I do work on it . But get a little tired of doing that. At least for now, plan on working on golding my Spanish tree and working on the reverse tree at the same time. What is Memorise? Are you currently using any other study method, or just golding your gree?
Memrise.com was the right name on the site, my fault. A place to build your vocabulary. Since I'm a norwegian and there is limited ways to practice Spanish where i live, i mainly keep my trees gold by using the "Strengthen skills"-button. At least 50 xp at Spanish for english speakers and 50 at English for spanish speakers each day. The reverse tree is a great help to figure out how the sentences are built in spanish and the use of the different verb tenses, i highly recommand the use of both trees simultaneously.