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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feraz.I

I have reached level 25!

I reached a new duolingo milestone this week, level 25!

The only milestone to go is completion of the tree which I expect to do by the end of this year. I have just completed the nature skill which means that I have about a third of my tree left. I'm taking it slow as I dont like to move on until I am 100% confident with the material i.e. can recall all the vocabularly and understand the grammar.

At this point in the tree I would say that I am about a level A2. I've completed a few online level tests which have confirmed this and I can conjugate all the indicative tenses.

I have been using duolingo to learn spanish for one year and four months (since January 2015). I had attempted to learn spanish before but always gave up because it was too difficult. Duolingo has made it much easier and accessible for me as the gamification method keeps me motivated. I spent the first year learning alone but since january this year I have hired a tutor who has been helping providing me with plenty of conversation practice and has been especially helpful with learning which to use the different tenses. If anybody needs a spanish tutor in London let me know mine has been incredible! 90 minute lessons for £30.

Throughout the tree I have relied on Study Spanish (http://www.studyspanish.com/tutorial.htm) to explain the grammar which has been really great as I cant learn without fully understanding the fundamentals.

I have also just started using Memrise (http://www.memrise.com/home/) and am trying to complete the official Memrise A1 and A2 courses before the end of the year.

I hope to be B2 by the end of next Summer so it will have been a 2 and a half year journey to get there!

May 5, 2016

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ii5wh0ii5

Congrats!

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ii5wh0ii5

Buena suerte! Good luck for the future

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feraz.I

Thank you! I want to move to Madrid, that is my end goal!

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ii5wh0ii5

That sounds good!

May 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mathso2

Felicitaciones :)

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jlottey

Great! Congratulations on your dedication. In the next weel or two I will reach level 24. Ages ago I had high school Spanish. Then 40 years ago I tried an imersion course. I played around with it about a year ago. Then decided to get serious 285 days ago. So I have two or three more months to go. I have been using Yabla to boost my listening skills. Again, congratulations.

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feraz.I

Amazing, how are you progressing through the tree? Are you almost finished yet? It feels strange reaching the maximum level when i still have a third of the tree to go! I will look into Yabla.

Have you done any level tests yet?

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jlottey

I am reading novels listed at B1 and B2. My greatest problem seem to be with pronouns and sentence structure.

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feraz.I

The placement of the object pronouns is difficult for me too but I think we will master it through constant reading. I am finding memories helpful for that too.

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John_Fitzmaurice

You can get a spanish tutor at Italki.com for a fraction of the 30 BP you are paying now.

May 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marissareig

¬°Enhorabuena!

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CindyFahrb

Bien hecho

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simon586

Congrats on getting to level 25. I am on level 10 and have just come back to it after a long break.

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marcy65brown

¬°Felicidades!

May 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lynne_p

whey hey... well done - that is great

May 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RabbitsRabbits

Online level tests only test passive skills, they can highlight to you what you need to study, and motivate you to continue, but they can't actually tell you your level.

Spanish learning resources: https://sites.google.com/site/learnspanishdirectory1/

May 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feraz.I

I agree, i think they only really test how well you know the grammar. Thank you for the link. I have saved it!

May 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tensai8

Congratulations! It must take a lot of discipline to reach such a high level.

Which online test would you recommend?

May 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pedro771

Congrats! I suggest you to explore italki.com for live tutors!

May 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edog92

Nice man! Congrats!

May 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/morrman

Enhorabuena! How long did it take you to do this, and how much did you do a day?

May 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feraz.I

Hi, I started using duolingo january 2015 so it has taken me one year and 4 months to get to level 25. I use duolingo almost everyday. Usually at lease five lessons but often more.

May 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelintheUSA

Congrats on your achievement! Can't wait to catch up to you! Adios! Y aqui es un linglot para ti!

May 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeonNervi

Congrats!!! You are an example for us!!

May 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adairpete

Congratulations and thank you for sharing other good sites to complement Duolingo. What is your stated fluency on Duolingo? I am a couple of days away from level #16 and almost at a 56% fluency ranking on Duolingo. The fluency ranking seems to be most influenced by the timed practices...as does moving from one level to another. Have you found this to be true?

May 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adairpete

As a note, I finished the tree at level 13 versus you are still working on the tree at level 25. For anyone worried or interested, how fast you finish the tree depends on how your brain learns. Mine learns best when I can look at the whole picture (i.e. all of the grammatical rules included in the tree) and then drill down. Your brain seems to work best if you stop and conquer each level as you go. We all learn differently.

May 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feraz.I

Yes I definitely learn best taking baby steps. One step at a time and not moving forward if I dont feel I have conquered the previous step.

May 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feraz.I

My fluency is 56% but I pay no attention to it to be honest. I only checked because you asked otherwise I wouldnt have know. I dont really know what that means and I am definitely not 56% fluent in spanish!

May 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adairpete

Thank you for sharing. True that a 56% fluency ranking on Duolingo does not mean that one is actually fluent. Actually far from it as you mention. However, it is the best measure of how much you are learning on Duolingo. Until after I finished the entire tree (at level #13), I did not do any timed exercises and my fluency rate was low. I checked the discussion area and found someone at level 25 with a fluency rate of 60+ who said that he had never seen anyone on Duolingo go over a 65 fluency level. He also mentioned that timed practices are crucial to increasing fluency. Using the flash cards is a bit discouraging because the words that pop up are the words where you are the weakest as measured by the algorithms build into the Duolingo software that track all of your activity. Still, 5-10 minutes a day on the flash cards helps your brain accumulate words. The more you understand the Duolingo software and use it effectively, the faster you will actually become fluent. Although I do not see a direct correlation, I am sure that Duolingo factors in the number of words you recognize. i.e., Flash Cards show that my total word recognition count is around 2,500 words. I read somewhere that one could be truly fluent in a language using only 3,000 words (with the caveat that the 3,000 words be very specific). The more advanced,, considerably more expensive, language courses focus on these specific 3,000 words as a base.

Anyway, following the level 25/60+ fluency student's comments, I began going back and redoing every lesson and completing the related timed tests for each section. It is not enough to simply go through and turn each section "gold." It is important to stay on a section until you can score 18-20 4 or 5 times in a row on that section's timed tests. Some sections are fast. Some are slow. I try to only spend 1 hour a day learning Spanish. The consistency, rather than the time spent, is the important thing.

I hope this is helpful. Has anyone reading this achieved a 65++ fluency rate on Duolingo? If so, please share your learning process. Unless one has a photographic memory, using a consistent learning process seems to be the key to learning a language.

May 11, 2016
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