New to Duolingo, but not new to Spanish.
I started learning Spanish when I was very little and living on the Mexican border made it possible to practice. I speak Spanish, but in my own "special" way meaning I can converse. I understand everything I hear and read, but I am stuck in the present tense. I am so happy to have found a place that I can get over my fear of speaking in the past tense and it is quite fun.
Welcome! I know where you are coming from....I understand about 90% of what I hear and read but only have 45% fluency according to Duolingo.,, and I had to struggle to get that fluency! I have about 3 tenses I use but do not feel comfortable in all the others.. and Duolingo has really helped me to face my fears, though I admit to feeling nervous when I have to review one of the others... I finally started writing the tenses out to help my memory and every day I try to incorporate a little more in my speech.
This is a fun program but finding a conversation partner is essential to complete your learning journey. I am waiting for Spanish tree 2.0 (only God knows when that will be) to take Spanish seriously, for myself. But from what I have seen, it is a pretty solid tree in its current state. It just needs some spiffing up like the France and German trees did. Good luck and of course have fun!
My husband was born and raised in Mexico. I told him that I want him to no longer speak English to me. I also want him to correct me. I think this will be helpful. I just hope I don't go crazy and tell him to start speaking English again. Thank you. I hope they get tree 2.0 for you soon. I am going through the tree quite fast.
My husband is hispanic also and i am learning spanish so i can converse with my sweet father in law and so i can be involved with teaching our daughter who will be here in october.
Congratulations! My son's father (ex-husband) would only speak Spanish to him and I would only speak English. He is now 17 and completely fluent. He was confused a bit as a toddler and would say things like... "Where esta?", but he is completely fluent. This may be a good strategy as well.
My wife speaks Russian, but she is too strict for me...for now. But if you have a patient partner, then more power to you. I am using a teacher, duo, and talking to my wife's parents for practice.