El Loco finished his Spanish tree!
Thanks a lot to all the people who created Duolingo!!!
It took me half a year to finish my Spanish tree/pyramid. I've been always hating it when those orange bars lost their color, so I tried to keep up the word strength daily for each item. I duolingoed very often while using the public transport system or the toilet haha. I usually switched off the speaking exercises when I was traveling or in public. A language, however, has to be spoken in the end which is why I recommend everyone looking for a language tandem partner in order to practise speaking.
What I particulary gained from using Duolingo is enlarging my vocabulary and improving my reading skills as well as becoming familiar with all the tenses. While I started using Duolingo back then, I was attending a language course (A1) at the same time, which was a good decision after all. Now I'm working on finishing my A2 level.
I guess, that I won't continue using Duolingo anymore though, or at least not regularly for improving my Spanish. On the one hand, I really need something new and challenging to try out. I just heard about "Memrise" and I will check that one out. On the other hand, I had the impression that most exercises on Duolingo seem way too easy. Do others agree on that? Developing several degrees of difficulty for Spanish and the other "big" languages could be a good innovation.
Despite my criticism I have to admit that Duolingo after all remains an awesome invention based on such a cool concept! Especially when you start becoming familiar with the basics of a new language, learning it as if you were playing a game is the key to keep your motivation high!
Are Duolingo exercises too easy? Not if you do the reverse tree...and not if you use Timed Practice to keep those leaves gold!
Congratulations! Come back some time and tell us how further learning goes.
congradulation! hi i have been using Duolingo to learn Spanish on and off for a while now. just out of curious, how practical it is to use Duolingo, ie will people in Spain use the words i learn from Duolingo? I hope one day i will visit Spain and experience the culture and eat the paella, and the tapas, the sangria...
hola soy de españa y me alegro mucho enhorabuena!!! es un idion muy bonito verdad???? ;)
Congratulations!! I agree with wildfood, try the reverse tree, it will challenge you.
y espero que todos los que querais podais visitar españa algun di. nota: si venis probar las tapas el kalimotxo y el pintxo pote ;)
You are super fast and I disagree that Duolingo is to easy...you are simply a smart person.
Memrise is a fantastic supplement to DL. No website/course etc will ever be 100% for every aspect of learning a language (for me, DL's vocab is not the greatest, but then again, Memrise's courses can be fraught with danger due to the fact anyone can make a course, so there are some courses that are just downright terrible). I have recently found Lingua.ly and also http://conjuguemos.com/list.php is a fun little site to help with those pesky verb conjugations.
Also, I don't agree with DL being easy... maybe you're just a genius.