https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

Terminé mi árbol de Español

I started learning Spanish on Duo on 20th of January, this year... 7 months later, after lots of hours listening, writing, learning, posting discussions and replying to them, I finished my tree :D I have collected 8261 XP so far, and don't mean to stop there. I will continue learning until I am 100% sure that I know all the words (2496) and tenses, since my tree is pretty much gold, 8 skills aren't gold. Maybe when I do that too, I might get "immersions" option. Now, I would like just to say something about my journey. I started to learn Spanish on Duo, because my friends recommended it to me. The more I did it, the more I wanted to do it. It was like a game, I didn't even see that I was learning the first 2 months. Then I made a break of 35 days, and step by step, today I finished it :D The longest streak I had is 21-day-streak, but I was never obsessed with it, so couple of times I have made 7-days-streak, and made a one-day-break, just to relax. I came here for knowledge, not for streak, I wanted to remain that way (but I totally support people who are motivated by their streak). The most important message that I would like to give all people who are starting now to learn on Duo, is to surround themselves with language, listen music, watch movies and series... and DO Duo almost every day. If you are tired of it, make a break, a day, two, ten, 30, 50, but when you are ready come back and do it on daily basis (even 20xp a day). Day by day, and you will succeed! And when you see a golden owl you will know that you did it. Last, but not the least, when you finish Duo, you may be able to speak that language, but that is just a start, the real fun starts then :D Buena suerte a todos

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/matfran2001
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Enhorabuena!!!

Acabar un árbol de Duolingo siempre da satisfacción, ¿verdad?

Estoy de acuerdo contigo en que lo bueno viene a continuación, después de acabar el árbol. Podrás ya empezar a leer libros, a ver programas de televisión, películas, escuchar música, podcasts, etc

Y ahí es cuando poco a poco te vas dando cuenta de que realmente lo estás consiguiendo, estás "entrando" más y más en ese nuevo idioma, lo estás haciendo más y más tuyo.

Por supuesto el colofón final es ser capaz de hablar con naturalidad y sin esfuerzo, esa es la etapa final, pero no hay que obsesionarse con ello, es algo que llegará tarde o temprano si uno sigue haciendo diariamente las cosas adecuadas.

Mucha suerte en tu camino y, de nuevo, enhorabuena!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

I don't know if you are native speaker or not. If you aren't, you ROCK with your Spanish, if you are, well, I understood every single word you wrote :D I already saw El Internado, now I watch El Barco. these days in my town there's "A spanish culture caravan" (movies), so I watched Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados, Un cuento chino, Stockholm and Una pistola en cada mano. They were all fenomenal. I already listen to Pablo Alboran and Buena Vista Social Club. Thank you :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matfran2001
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That's great! That's the way. Watching films, TV, listening to music and talking to people....

There is no other way. Well, I forgot about reading. Reading good books is extremely helpful to acquire a lot of vocabulary and useful expressions. And given that Spanish is very phonetic, reading out loud will also help your speaking abilities.

French and English, for example, are different in this respect. You can read all you want in English and French (and of course it is great to do it), but sooner or later you'll need to listen to English people and to French people, to be able to know how to pronounce all those words, because there are a lot of exceptions.

Spanish and Italian (and some other languages) are somehow "easier" in this respect.

Well, your Spanish is very good right now (you said you understood every single word I wrote, even "colofón" :-) ), much better than most people that finish the Spanish tree.

Congratulations!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dinnamarca

Felicitaciones! Español es un idioma que me encanta muchisimo,todo sobre español es fascinante!Se habla en los lugares mas bonitos y magnificos en todo el mundo y quero viajar mucho a España.Nunca me habia imaginado que Español es tan facil!No creo que sea mas dificil de Ingles,como muchas personas dicen.Buena suerte con tu aprendizaje de lenguas y espero que uses el Español en el futuro!:) :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

Gracias :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amyharryhollie

Do you not have the immersions options? If not, that means you are part of an A/B 'test' that duolingo does. This means that you will not be able to access immersion.

Good luck with your future learning! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

No, I don have it, but I'm thinking, maybe Duo "confirms" that immersions are good for all, and give that options to all users. I didn't have "words" options, too, when I started, but I got it 3 months later. Thank you :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bcosby91

This was very inspirational. I just started using duo lingo and it has been very helpful this far. I haven't been able to say very much to ther people aside from general questions and greetings but it's a start. I was wondering if you all knew of a way to find other people to communicate with to practice more on my speaking as well as my translations. A tutor would be nice as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sdunn03
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what songs/ other resources did you read and listen to to help you learn at a beginner level? I just cannot comprehend ANYTHING i listen to.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jesr11
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If you have Netflix, it has an option to change the audio track of many TV shows and movies. You can watch an old favorite in Spanish (with Spanish subtitles too, if it helps) and practice listening for dialogue.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mizza101

Thanks for that extremely helpful!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15286836 This is music. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15398944 these are stories. And here are films and series. Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados, Un cuento chino, Stockholm and Una pistola en cada mano, El secreto de sus ojo, tres metros sobre el cielo, Tengo ganas de ti, Diarios de Motocycleta, Los hombres de Paco, Los Serranos, El Internado, El Barco...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EnglishStudentG

Felicidades! Si desea practicar su pronunciación en español puedo hacerlo conmigo :D siempre hay algo que mejorar :) Soy nativa

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

Me gustaria hablar con una nativa, pero no se como y de que podemos hablar. Voy a escribir cosas que me gustan: The Beatles, Buena Vista Social Club, Las peliculas (todos, espanolas y americanas), futbol (mas o menos, todos los deportes), Los libros (pero no leia muchos libros, que estan escritos de autores espanoles. Se que hay muchas errores aqui, pero todavia estoy estudiando. Salud :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EnglishStudentG

No hay problema. Cualquier duda me puede preguntar :) ¿Que libros le gusta leer?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

Pues me gusta leer los libros de Dostojevski y de los autores de mi pais. Puedes recomdendarme unos cuentos o libros que son famosos en tu pais? Estoy leyendo "Papelucho historiador", lo que encuentre en internet.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EnglishStudentG

Depende del tipo de genero que le guste?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

Me gustaria algo facil, libros para los ninos por ejemplo

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tilden20008

Felicidades y buena suerte. Thanks for the motivational tips. Good luck with your continued studies.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

thank you :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mizza101

that is very inspiring! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration, I have just started this and have similar feelings to you regarding it being like a game, can't wait to get to your stage!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

Just don't hurry up. Remember that you are here for knowledge, not for "doing as much skills as you can for a day". Enjoy :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mizza101

yes definitely ! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexlunac
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Great post and great message too. I agree with you, I think DO is a great place whatever your reason to keep up learning the language is, try to have fun. I strongly believe that through DUO we can't speak the language but it gives us the foundation of any language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

Couldn't agree with you more :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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Felicitaciones con tu árbol!

I suggest enhancing your vocabulary with memrise's 5,000 most common Spanish words by frequency with audio course. Further enhance your knowledge by looking up 20,000 Spanish words in 20 minutes. It's on the Internet and very well worth reading - if you have like 20 minutes to spare.

I like to maintain the streak for those days I don't feel so motivated, at least I know I've kept my focus, even if only for 10 minutes, on what I want to learn.

As for the immersion, try this link: https://www.duolingo.com/translations. It may still work for you, even if you weren't on the access list for immersion. Let me know if that works.

Anyways, good job, keep up the good work!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

Thank you for your reply :D I started Memrise, but this is the first time that I hear of "20,000 Spanish words in 20 minutes". Can you post a link here, please? This link of immersion doesn't work, error 404...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John00625
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He is incorrect, you can access immersion no matter if you're in the A/B test or not, go here https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16080760

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

thanks :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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Well sorry to hear about the immersion. I hoped it could've been linked to. Anyways, the 20,000 Spanish words link is: http://knowspanish.com.

I've used the rules to guess many words during my trips to Mexico and Nicaragua - I was right about 97% of the time! It's an awesome resource!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasteljan

thanks :D

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