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!
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.
I am reading novels listed at B1 and B2. My greatest problem seem to be with pronouns and sentence structure.
Congrats on getting to level 25. I am on level 10 and have just come back to it after a long break.
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/
Congratulations! It must take a lot of discipline to reach such a high level.
Which online test would you recommend?
Thank you! I did this one: http://www.cambridgeinstitute.net/en/tests-de-nivel-ingles/test-nivel-espanol-i
Congrats on your achievement! Can't wait to catch up to you! Adios! Y aqui es un linglot para ti!
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?
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.
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.