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Streak: 802 days
Level 25: German, French, Spanish
Trees finished: 13 (14)

ENG to FRE, SPA, GER (twice), NOR (4 (5))
FRE to ENG, SPA, GER (3)
GER to ENG, FRE, SPA (3)
SPA to ENG, FRE, GER (3)

I have not kept the trees golden, and I have never been above 58 per cent or so as far as proficiency of any language listed is concerned, at least according to DL's system and stats. Which sometimes made me worry as that tells me something deeply troubling about my command of my native tongue. Ah well.

I set out to learn Spanish when I started this venture into DL, and I have undoubtedly made huge progress as far as reading and understanding written Spanish is concerned. Listening and other active skills such as writing and speaking are still insufficient, but the basis is firm enough for a tandem, and I intend to advance in interaction and conversation and thus am quite happy about the way DL benefitted my interest in the Spanish language. I will give Castellano a try when I'm in Spain later this year, but since I am travelling to Barcelona, I'm not sure whether my lack of knowledge of Catalan will not make English my first choice after all.

By refreshing French and Norwegian, I had a chance to remember some basics I had forgotten about which allowed me to engage with both languages again on a fairly regular basis. Mostly, I'm reading authors such as Tomas Espedal, Aude Walker, Hanne Ørstavik, David Foenkinos, among others, in their native tongues, and it is a pleasure to be able to do so. In addition, I enjoy the benefit of living in a city that allows me to watch French or Norwegian films from time to time and (rarer) get to see theatre productions, and then there is always NRK, RFI, and TV Monde for the late hours at night. Again, tandems are most useful for practice.

I have most definitely benefitted a lot from the immersion section on this website, and I hope that DL may rethink its use of that function as it proves indefinitely useful to translate from the foreign language to your native tongue and vice-versa. All the standard exercises begin to become tiresome and repetitive from a certain point on, and boredom is not beneficial to training, – at least that's the way I increasingly felt about it. Immersion, however, gave me a chance to interact with real Spanish / French / ... sentences and tales and then make the best out of them by translating them to proper English.

Anyways, it's been a fun ride so far. The community is great, the spirit is strong, and hopefully DL will re-invent itself to allow longtime users to get a fresh start and perspective at a chosen language: Some more challenging exercises, for instance, or a new and wider approach towards the immersion feature, for example, would be great.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

I have been here for roughly the same amount of time, but have not accomplished nearly so much. Congratulations! I agree with you heartily on the value of immersion, and hope that others join in the chorus, as I understand Duo. Is considering removing this feature.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Congratulations!! You do not need Catalan in Barcelona, you can practice your Spanish and your English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arcticwolfpup
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Oh wow! That is really amazing, you have gotten a lot of things done. Keep up the great work!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txstbobcat
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Congratulations on your streak!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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By the way, thank you for all of your answers on the German-for-English forums.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Congratulations, quis_lib_duo! That's an amazing accomplishment. I don't even dream of doing that but only of reading in French without looking up 50% of the words. You said "it proves indefinitely useful to translate from the foreign language to your native tongue and vice-versa." Is it true that I can translate from English to the language I'm learning? That's what I'm interested in. I don't want to translate from French to English. I'm much weaker at writing French than understanding it. Thanks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quis_lib_duo
quis_lib_duo
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I'm right now doing the inverse course German to English (well, I finished that long ago but have chosen German as source language for the website right now), and it also features the immersion function so that I translate from English to German. I assume, it will work the same way for French to English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quis_lib_duo
quis_lib_duo
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And today I reached 8000 lingots, which in itself is probably no achievement, but still nice. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Texangymnast

Congratulations! I would not be able to write this kind of essay, OR get a gold tree, OR get more than a 20 day streak. : (

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aph-italia
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I'm bad at keeping my steaks. The longest I had was 16 days I think??

2 years ago

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