https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

Finished the Italian Tree. No better feeling.

Finally finished my Italian tree today and everything is gold! Absolutely chuffed but not so much by the achievement of the tree but how it has helped lay the foundations going forward with this amazing language. I often find myself thinking in Italian now too and I am enrolling in a language school in Florence this summer too!

I honestly cannot say enough good words about this site. It's tremendous. It obviously doesn't get you completely fluent but I don't think there is a more accessible learning resource out there that puts you in such a confident position with the language.

Thanks to all the DL team and everyone for always posting important tips and info on the discussion page!

Dave

March 24, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/Selma-Ibrahim
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Congratulations! Now let's see if Spanish and Italian are really that close. Tell me if you understand this sentence:

¡Muy buen trabjabo! Estoy feliz por ti

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

Not all that close!

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Adolfozaldivar

in Italain it would be :molto bene lavoro! sto felici per tu

March 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Kememmotar

I think that should be: "molto buono lavoro, sono felice per te!" But I might be wrong.

March 27, 2016

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I guess they look similar, but speaking one doesn't make you understand the other. =)

March 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Aknsky3510

You can understand Spanish if you are an Italian or you know Italian at least. Both are using same alphabet and Italian is the origin language of Spanish, Porteguese, Catalan and also French. So, Italians can easily understand Spanish people however Spanish cannot understand Italians very well. ;)

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jjuanluis4
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i speak spanish perfect, you have no idea how much that helps when in an actual live conversation, i love it, sono fortunato

March 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Aknsky3510

Yes if you are Italian, it is very easy to adapt Spanish, that is good for you ;)

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Adolfozaldivar

yeah, true

March 27, 2016

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wouldn't it be sono felice per te?

March 30, 2016

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Complimenti. Quanto ti ci è voluto?

Ho iniziato a imparare italiano 347 giorni fa, e penso che ci ne vorrà almeno altri cento per finirlo perché provo a fare più "rafforza il vocabolario" esercizi.

Like you, I really appreciate Duolingo, the volunteers and all the people who take the time to post helpful advice on here.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

Also would people definitely recommend doing the reverse tree? Would it help me immensely, rather than just focusing on re-doing the exercises I've already done?!

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/dangerousmezzo

Oh, yes! It's tremendously useful. You end up studying the material from a different point of view, and there is a lot of new vocabulary. Different aspects of the language are stressed. I found it immensely helpful.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

Thanks a bunch! Brilliant help thank you! I will be sure to start that soon!

March 26, 2016

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Complimenti! I am getting close to the end as well now. Currently doing the medical module.

I first took an Italian course for beginners and just did my DL exercises alongside my weekly lessons but I now only use DL and am happy with my progress.

I also went to Perugia in Umbria for a two-week language course two years ago but think it is probably better to go after finishing the language tree so you can make the most of your time at the language school. How long are you going there for?

I'd love to go to Florence to study Italian. I only managed a day trip when I was in Italy but it's beautiful! You'll love it.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

Grazie Mille! Well done. Keep going and you'll have it done in no time!

That sounds great! How did you find the language course in Italy? Was it helpful and was there lots of opportunity to meet other learners and people willing to talk Italian with you and spend time with?

I'm going for 3 weeks but hope to get out to Italy again later in the summer too! If you get the chance to go again you should definitely do it! Such a beautiful city I know and I cannot wait to spend some of my summer living there!! Thanks!

March 25, 2016

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I found mine on studytravel.com but there's also applelanguages.com for language travel depending on the type of course you're interested in. They have courses that combine language learning with cooking or art history for example.

All lessons were in Italian and we were encouraged to speak Italian to each other outside of our lessons and I went on a guided tour in Italian and excursions to nearby villages. If you're feeling confident you can of course speak to locals and I personally stayed with a host family that only spoke Italian.

I would recommend watching some films in Italian or using Italian subtitles if possible (some DVDs have this option and it's a good way to learn new phrases). Of course listening to Italian music and watching TV if you have Rai Uno is effective too.

The only thing I struggle with is keeping up with native speakers as they speak Italian so quickly I'd have to ask them to parlare piu lentamente haha. Good luck!

March 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

Ahh that's cool, thank you! Would you say staying with the host family was definitely worth the experience? Sounds good, would you recommend any good films, or artists? Aha brilliant! I'm sure I will be the same! Thanks!

March 26, 2016

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Just check the films in your collection to see if any have Italian audio or subs. I enjoy watching my favourites in Italian. Otherwise try some Italian classics like Cinema Paradiso, Il Postino, etc. Some are readily available on Netflix if you have that.

Depends on what music you like but maybe look at the charts for Italy on Spotify. Definitely try and translate the lyrics of songs you find on there.

It is worth it as it forces you to speak Italian, which can be quite daunting.

March 26, 2016

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This site is incredible for introducing music vids in other languages- teaching you Italian karaoke style! http://lyricstraining.com/it/

December 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ajstyle24

now you know a lot of words. you need only to improve your speaking and listening. two suggestions: every day make simple and short sentences and listen the radio (don't care if you don't understand).

March 24, 2016

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Congratulazioni!

March 26, 2016

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Bravissimo Congratulatione.

How much time do you spend each day to achieve that? I make at least 5 each day and after 99 days in a streak i am only half.

March 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

Grazie!

Some days I will aim to finish a section and strengthen so will do around 150-200, and other days when I have stuff on, its the base 50. It's really a preference thing and when you feel you can do more, just do more! Keep up your streak!

March 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/miraHope

Congratulations, Dave. I finished mine about 2 weeks ago, but am working to keep my bars lit and even restarted the program to concentrate more on pronunciation. As you said--a great foundation and hopefully I will be able to order more than a fried egg during my 5 weeks in Italy in October/November. Again, Congratulations!

March 28, 2016

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How was the trip? Any recommendations for us travelers preparing to head to Italia???

December 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/miraHope

5 weeks in Italy was awesome. Visited a week in Vernazza (Cinque Terre area), a week in Sorrento (Amalfi Coast/Pompeii,/Naples), a week in Rome, a week in Spello (Assissi), and a week in Bologna (Venice). Spello was by far my favorite. Duolingo was great in helping me understand what was being said. Unfortunately, I did not use my microphone to practice speaking it--so was very weak in that area. Accidentally asked a cab driver to marry me (meant to ask if HE was married). Luckily, I realized what I had said and was able to rephrase it. Highly recommend Duolingo--but use a microphone so you can practice pronunciations!! Recommendations for other travelers--don't be afraid to use the trains to get around. They are very easy to use and pretty reliable!! Hope to go back some day!

January 8, 2017

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ditto, when i completed the tree thats when i was confident enough to carry out a conversation, dulingo teaches you the backbone of the language very well so when you dive in the waters your brain puts words together when you speak, its very intersting, transalte articles to enhance your vocabulary is also useful. what i love is watching tv shows or movies that i know by heart in english, dubbed in italian, i think that laso helps a lot. the key though is peaking it with an italian, i speak to my dog in italian :D

March 30, 2016

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Congratulations!!

Duolingo is great!! Good luck with your studies!

March 24, 2016

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Congratulations! Keep on learning ;)

March 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/dangerousmezzo

Woo hoo! I think Duolingo is amazing, too -- so accessible and it works so very well. Congratulazioni per il Suo successo! (practicing my formal speech there ... heh heh heh)

March 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Kememmotar

Loro ?

March 27, 2016

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Congrats! I am hoping to finish my Italian tree (in gold) in a few weeks. Such a beautiful language!

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lexyseonghyun

A beginner in Italian and Duolingo too. Is this discussion available on the web? not on the app?

March 25, 2016

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Only on the web, not on the app.

March 26, 2016

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Congratulations! May I ask you how long it took to complete it?

March 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

It's a difficult one! I started about 2 years ago, but then gave it up for a year. refreshed everything then. And then stopped again. (University Studies often got in the way!) Then refreshed everything in about October and worked through the whole thing in about 5 months alongside University. Getting a good streak going like my 50xp 55 day that I'm currently on really gets the momentum going. If you can do it fairly regularly it's the best way!

March 26, 2016

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Congratulations!!!!! I am trying to finish the Italian tree. Hoping to have it finished in the next few weeks.

March 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Olivia22431

ben fatto!

March 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Great to read positive comments about DL. School in Florence will be fantastic. I went to the British Institute and stayed with a family, and loved it. I regularly thank DL for all that I've learnt. Wishing you much success with this beautiful language....L

November 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GiorgioYianni

I bet your grandmother is so proud of you. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story!

April 4, 2016

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Did you already take the language school in Florence? How did it go??? Would you recommend it?

December 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveDarwin

Hey! Language school was excellent and would definitely recommend it! My Italian got so much better although I am losing it abit now! But hopefully it is getting back to where it should be! :)

December 6, 2016

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Grazie mille! I am planning to study in Firenze this upcoming semester... Any thing that you would recommend??? Obviously, there are tons of art galleries there.... but was there anything that really stood out to you? I am not interested in clubbing/night life, but joining dance crews, tennis/random sports club, hands-on classes, China town(???) etc.... anything that you would recommend if you could do it again?

Thanks for getting back to me! I am so glad that you were able to go!

December 7, 2016
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