Tree in Three: My Challenge
Hello guys! This is my first post in the Spanish section of Duolingo, so I just want to tell you a little about me and my challenge.
My name is Oisin, I am 13 years old and I live in Ireland. I love language learning, and I have been on Duolingo since I was 11 years old, and I've always found it the best possible way one could learn a language. It's helped me in many ways: not only have I been able to communicate proficiently with other kids in campsites, but my linguistic skills have absolutely flourished since joining!
So I got the news recently, this Monday, that I would be going to Tenerife, in the Canaries for 11 days holidays. I was really excited about this, to be able to use the Spanish I had learnt on Duolingo. So I went online, but then it hit me: I hadn't even used Spanish Duolingo yet! So I set myself a challenge: to complete as much of the Spanish tree as possible in about 3 weeks (from the 22nd February to the 17th of March at the latest). It's going to be very difficult, but I'll be putting in a lot of time throughout the day to ensure I'm not cramming too much.
So, over the next few weeks, I will be trying to complete as much of the tree as I can. I know I sound a little mad, trying to complete all this in such a short space of time, but I'm willing to give it a go! So wish me luck, and thanks for reading! :)
On Day 2 now, and I'm already 40 percent fluent! I've got to the third part of the four-part tree, and I'm doing very well!
Update DAY 4:
I was only able to get in about 13 lessons on Wednesday, due to time constraints, but I've done fairly well! I've found that it's easier to get to 40 percent from 0 percent than it it to get to 45 percent from 40 percent ^-^
So now, I am Level 8! That means I have completed a staggering 113 lessons so far since Monday night, 8 pm! I'm amazed at how quickly I'm doing this! I'm also amazed at the support I'm getting from so many people! To all of you who have commented to spur me on, sent me lingots or upvoted this, thanks a lot! You really motivate me.
I'm currently on Numbers, meaning I'm two sections away from passing the final checkpoint ^-^ so thanks guys :)
Note: If you want to follow my adventures through the Spanish tree, please follow this. I'll try post as often as possible :)
Odds are you'll find some of the similarities with other Romance languages helpful, concepts like verb conjugation aren't that different.
Yep, I've found that the Romance languages are very similar, for example the verbs to eat (Similar in Portuguese) and to read (Similar in French and even non Romance languages such as Irish and German!)
UPDATE: Now I'm 6 days in, and having completed the long and hard section of Past Tense, I'm on the last part of four of the tree. Next up are Present Tense 3 and Future Tense. So many bloody tenses! Yeah anyway, this has been an interesting experiment so far. I'm probably going to keep this up, and maybe if I get the tree nearly finished, I might even take up Spanish as part of my senior exams!
I speak fluent English and Irish, I have very good German and French, and basic Italian and Russian, as well as Spanish which I am learning at the moment.
Very impressive. A young polyglot in the making I think.
Estoy estudiando Espanol, es muy gratificante.
I used my Spanish in Tenerife last year and got a great lot of help. They have a lot of patience for people and love it when non natives try to speak their language. You'll learn a lot. Good luck
I am learning German, Russian, French, and Spanish, plus about 5 others
Waaw :) You can do it. yes it just a three weeks but believe me this will make a big difference as you keep practicing every day!! .. Good luck man!