Finished my Spanish tree and reached level 20
I have finally done it, today I completed my spanish tree as well as reached level 20.
Why it took me so long
I have been working on my duolingo tree for nearly two years. At first I was very into it, but like many users I would fall in and out of activity. Because of this I have found myself restrengthening most of my tree from scratch at least four times. However, I think that these periods of essentially starting from scratch were a positive change from how trees are usually completed (if you ignore my periods of pause). The way the average user completes a tree is to rush through it, some decided to at least keep the tree gold, others let it fall away. Either way, completing the tree as quickly as possible is likely not the best way to complete it. I believe that many users complete their tree thinking they are done with duolingo, while not actually retaining much of the knowledge they were supposed to have learned.
Everyone has their own way of completing their tree. My main point is that it is important to remember: Your goal is not to complete your tree, your goal is to master the knowledge available on duolingo.
Where I am going
Because I have completed my tree in the way I described above, I feel comfortable that I have nearly mastered the material duolingo teaches. While I will continue to strengthen my tree so that it will remain gold and I can retain the knowledge I have gained, I also need to seek new resources and methods of learning.
I am excited to start on the spanish bonus skills created by the bonus skill creation team.
I am also planning on beginning to converse with native speakers on sites such as language for exchange.
Spanish music, television, and books all await me. I am ready to take the skills duolingo has given me to the next level.
If anyone has any other resources they think will help, please let me know!
Sorry if I ranted, it has been a very exciting day
It seems you've listed some pretty good resources yourself...probably some that I can take advantage of. If I were to suggest one more, I would say that reading books and newspapers in Spanish really helps. If you can find a book or book series that you already like, and then order it in Spanish, it will have the dual benefit of enjoyable leisure reading and helping you improve your Spanish knowledge. Of course you'll come across quite a few words (usually nouns) that you don't know...but this is when dictionaries become worth their weight in platinum.
Can you recommend a book in spanish that might be good to start with? I want something interesting but a quick glance in books such as harry potter is enough to ward me away.
I've never read the Harry Potter series, so I can't speak to how difficult that is...
...but a couple that I've enjoyed reading in Spanish include The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, which are excellent books and yet are perfect for reading if you've just finished your tree, as they aren't too too hard. It's also a 7-book series which means that there's lots of reading (ahem, practicing) material included. You could probably buy the whole package relatively cheap on Amazon or Indigo...
Once you've mastered those -- or something relatively similar -- you might have a look at The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. They're a bit trickier, but it's not so much that the grammar is difficult; it's more that it contains more obscure nouns that you won't find on Duolingo, such as hovercraft. A nice Spanish dictionary would be pretty helpful for these...
Oh yes, and a local Spanish newspaper can be quite valuable material. They usually don't use particularly difficult language...
Hope this helps!
Thanks for the recommendations! I know that my school library at least has hunger games in spanish, and I will see about buying a copy of narnia.
by the way, as a reading aid I find an electronic dictionary can be very convenient. usually you can find a word by typing only a few letters. the franklin bes-2170 is pretty good, although the vocabulary is by no means exhaustive