Struggling to learn Spanish.
For the past year I've been struggling to learn Spanish and my tree is in ruins. I just finished Abstract Objects 1 lesson 4, but i felt like I really didn't know what I was doing, and most of my skills a t one bar. Could someone come up a plan for me to get my tree golden and finished in one to two months.
Here are some things you could consider doing.
Don't learn any new skills until you have strengthened your entire tree.
Restart your tree. (You might not want to do this as it will make you feel like you've been learning, just to start over. But at the same time, it can also be helpful.)
One day, strengthen as many skills as you can. The next day, work on learning a skill. Do this over and over.
Another thing, take a break. You don't want to fry your brain.
There's not really much to add, as MissThorson so graciously provided you with all needed information (nice job, Rachelle). :)
- It could be useful to make a new account and take a placement test, to see what you know.
- Practice the beginner skills first, to see if you still understand the basics of it. If you get most of/all the questions correct, great! Move on to strengthen the skills near the bottom of the tree.
An important note: Do one skill at a time. Also, when you're done with a skill, review all of the words and practice your flashcards 2-5 times before moving on to the next skill.
I hope this was helpful! Hope you have a great new year! :) :)
go back and strengthen everything. Buy the timer in the lingot store - it motivates me with the promise of a max of 20xp at the end and I usually finish way faster than without it. Also, maybe 1 to 2 months is a little bit of an unrealistic goal unless you're super motivated. I spent 30 mins to 1 hr a day almost every day, and it took me 10 months to complete my tree.
Take a listen to the Spanish lessons at www.languagetransfer.org for a different approach that may be more to your liking. Is your goal to learn Spanish, or finish a golden tree? They may not be the same thing. If you have been struggling, a golden tree in 1-2 months may be like me dunking a basketball -- I can't do it. ;)
Hmmm...I never really worried about my tree being gold or whether I was retaining the lessons...I simply concentrated on completing the next lesson. Many times I had to peak with my cursor or had to use Google translate, but my goal was to advance and I did. After the tree was finished I went back and made everything gold again. By the time I did all that the lessons had stuck in my head of their own accord without me doing any memorization or anything else like that.
Don't worry, your brain will remember more than you think by the time you arrive at the end.
Check out Señor Jordan on youtube. Excellent resource. I watch his channel religiously and I have learned so much. I think you will enjoy his channel.
I don't know if this will help you or not and it isn't going to make it any faster to learn. I was getting confused trying to learn too fast and then I figured out a better way to do it. When I sit down to work with Duolingo, first I review the last lesson that I did, next I learn a new lesson (not an entire section, just one lesson). Then I repeat the new lesson. Finally, I finish out my time by doing the strengthen skills practice lessons which reviews anything you've learned so far. I find that doing it this way, even if it is slower, I'm remembering stuff much easier and finding it less of a struggle to master new lessons.
Finish in two months is easy, duolingo for 6 hours a day will do it.
Be honest, you won't do that, so you should set realistic goals. What will your life really allow you to do?
One thing I find helpful is the idea of not exceeding my goal! I do my 20 points a day and stop. Most days I feel like I could do more and that keeps me motivated for the next day. A few days it is hard, but I can do my goal.