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I’ve finished my first tree - in gold! / ¡Yo he completo mi primer árbol - en oro!

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I’ve finished my first tree! And it’s gold. Even idioms. ;-)

I started last December after a friend recommended Duolingo to me and have kept my streak going ever since. Now to go hurt some ears in Spanish with my 54% fluency :-)

To celebrate, I’m giving away my lingots. Please reply if you would like any.

¡Yo he completo mi primero árbol! Y es oro. Idiomas también. ;-)

Yo empecé pasado diciembre después un amigo me recomendado Duolingo y yo mantén mi racha desde entonces. Ahora voy a dañar unas oídos en Español con mi 54% fluencia :-)

Para celebrar, voy a dar mis lingotes. Respondes por favor si tu quieres algunos.

3 years ago

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Mauricio_Sanchez

Felicidades

I do not want your lingots. But I wish you the better. If you want to improve your spanish I can help you, only followme :)

Yo no quiero tus lingotes. Pero te deseo lo mejor. Si quieres mejorar tu español yo puedo ayudarte, solo sigueme :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Gracias Mauricio por su respuesta en dos idiomas. Te he seguido.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_ava_a24

Wow! Es un grande Duo! Ps i would like lingots please!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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I'm not sure why he was so big. I've made him smaller. Wow my first follower! Here's a lingot. I'll give you more once I figure out how to give out a bunch at the same time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_ava_a24

Idioms is my least favorite:(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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I kept my tree gold all the way except for Idioms. Those were really hard for me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MajaManiac

Wow, congrats! It was really motivating to see you can write all that when you're at 54%. Now I know I'm going somewhere ^^ I would love some lingots! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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To be honest Maja I did take Spanish in high school so some of the vocabulary came back to me and other stuff like Idioms was completely new to me. When I was level 8 I did notice it started to get harder for me so hang in there - practice makes permanent!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MajaManiac

I see! I am at 36% now (not even close to halfway done on my tree!), and I just understood a few of the words you used! I first started a year ago, then had a "break" for almost 6 months, and have just gotten back to it now, more motivated than ever! And I'm trying to "strengthen skill" often, so I remember more of it. That's the hardest part right now - remembering all the words and conjugations! But I haven't gotten to idioms yet, not even sure what it is (English is not my native language), so I have to say, I can't wait to get there after reading that so many people thought it was so hard! :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TerryHMay

Idioms are a group of words established by usage not deducible from those of the individual words. When learning any other language, idioms are very challenging and are usually understood easier by native speakers who grew up using those idioms. For example, in English one would say "it's raining cats and dogs." It means raining very, very hard but of course it cannot mean literally that cats and dogs are falling from the clouds. In Mexico "hacerle guaje a uno" which means in English "to pull someone's leg." This means to fool someone or joke with them and, again, not literally to pull their leg. I am in the process of studying Spanish and the Spanish idioms are very hard for me to decipher. Yet, English idioms are second nature to me... simple to understand.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MajaManiac

Thank you! I see.. I can't remember struggling with it in English, but I'm sure that's because I started learning it at age 7 (or something), and are used to hearing them in movies and series.. I'm saving up my lingots for it now, excited to see just how hard it is :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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I'm not sure if it's obvious but I switched from clicking the "strengthen skills" button to clicking the individual lessons to make them gold again. That seemed to work better for me. Or maybe I just liked the owl saying "you made the skill gold again!" at the end of the lesson. :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MajaManiac

Yeah, I'm switching between the two now. "Strengthen skills" first, and notice which groups I'm struggling with, then I strengthen just that group, and review the lesson if it all didn't come back to me in a flow of knowledge :P Thank you for your tips and motivation ^^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
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Enhorabuena!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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thanks food!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ivan_l_l

congratulations,.. Felicidades, I am improving my English skills, and I hope to finish my tree soon.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Gracias Ivan.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IoannaTonta

Felicidades!I have 54 fluency too but i have done only the half of my tree....Do you think it will increase in the future?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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I think if you keep it up you'll be better able to understand Spanish. But I think if you want to be fluent you have to use the language - and ignore the number the owl gives you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

Congratulations. I completed my Spanish tree, but it is far from gold. Working on that now, but I think it is decaying faster than I can gold it. But not going to worry about that too much. I am also working on the revers tree and trying to keep in pretty much gold as I go So what are you going to do now/ On my main tree it shows me as only 9 percent fluent and has not increased in long time. I mainly use my IPAD and think it might not update like it should. Far as I know, it does not really matter what percent its shows.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Oh that's a good question. Now I'm going to make people laugh by using the language poorly. And learn how to speak properly ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

Congrats! I saw your comment on my post, :) Unfortunately, I am not as good as you, and didn't make it. Hopefully I can finish it soon though. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Thanks! I'm guessing by your level you'll get there soon.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maddy127007

I just started Duolingo 3 days ago and I'm already improving my Spanish that I've started learning in school. I've always been a person that wants to learn multiple languages and this site is my dream! If you want to help me by giving me a lingot, then you can. I don't absolutely need one though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Thanks Maddy - here you go.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maddy127007

Thank you so much! This will help me accomplish more! You have no idea how much this site means to me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NurseStephi

That's great!! I can't wait to finish mine! Do you feel like you could have a decent/ meaningful conversation in Spanish now?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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I've actually tried to have a few conversations. Fortunately people can be pretty forgiving once they realize it's not your native tongue. But it's going to take a lot more practice before I can carry a decent conversation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NurseStephi

Thanks!! Very helpful response!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NurseStephi

Thanks for the lingot!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RonD108

Hello, congratulations. My first day here. Really like the site.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Wow, you're already level 7.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RonD108

Well, yes. I've got a pretty strong background in mostly self taught Spanish. So, I really got into the format of this site and just really got into it! I spent a few hours doing it. It was like an addictive video game! Anyway, it's nice to be here. I also lived in Mexico for a year (but didn't study Spanish down there but used what I had already learned). So, it's been kind of a review.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruth268116

Hola, yo quiero lingotes. Estoy nueva en duolingo, no entiendo todavia como ganar o usar lingotes... ni, que es un arbol.. pero, me gusta estudiando con duolingo. Que lastima que no hay hebreo... conoces un lugar como duolingo que ofrece hebreo? (deberia usar subjunctivo en esta oracio??) Gracias! Ruth

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Hola Ruth, lo siento - no conozco un lugar que ofrece hebreo. ¿Quizás puedes buscar en Google?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered
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¡Felicidades!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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¡Gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skookum2

Me gustaría recibir sus lingots sí usted quería darlos a mí.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Aquí es un lingot.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skookum2

Muchas gracias. And congratulations. It seems you have a lot of followers?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diaz_Carol

Congratulations!! Some corrections:

¡Yo he completo mi PRIMER árbol! Y es DE oro. Idiomas también. ;-)

Yo empecé EL pasado diciembre después DE QUE un amigo me RECOMENDÓ Duolingo y yo HE MANTENIDO mi racha desde entonces. Ahora voy a dañar UNOS oídos en Español con mi 54% fluencia :-)

Para celebrar, voy a dar mis lingotes. RESPONDE por favor si tu quieres algunos.

You're doing it great!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito
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Wow, Thanks so much for your corrections. This is really helpful.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skookum2

Usted nececita usar el subjuntivo aquí: "Respondes por favor sí tú quieras algunos".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TerryHMay

Esperanza que, usare el subjuntivo correctamente cuando yo continúo aprender muchos frases en español. Aún, es dificil para mi en algunos contextos. Los hablantes nativos de español, yo los respeto a ellos. No tenemos el subjuntivo en inglés... ¡ayudarme! ☺

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skookum2

Sí, es dificil. Pero cuando tienes una situación donde el idea es indefinido, se usa el subjuntivo. En este frase, no es cierto que tú quieres más lingotes. También se usa el subjuntivo cuando hay emoción, duda, y siguiendo ciertos expresiones. Hay una recomendación para más ayuda baja "Discussion", y recomiendo que usted va a esta sección para estudiarla.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TerryHMay

Compré un libro se llamó: "The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close" (Pratice Makes Perfect Series) by Eric Vogt. Ese libro me ayudo mucho con el subjuntivo. Tiene buenos ejemplos.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ramadan

Congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Piepaws

Congratulations! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hendo255

Congratulations! I wonder how they calculate fluency if you're up to 54% after a full tree. I'm at 19% and feel like I haven't even made a dent in my tree yet.

3 years ago