I just reached Level 25 on the Reverse Tree
Today, after running a 659 day streak, I managed to reach Level 25 on the "Reverse Tree" (English for Spanish speakers). A few hundred days ago, I got to Level 25 on the Spanish tree (Spanish for English speakers).
As most of you know, keeping up a streak is a challenge on a number of levels. But in the end, it's mostly about self-discipline. How many of you who have a sizable Duolingo streak also maintain a regular work-out schedule, as well as managing the many other components of one's life: work (or retirement), home, family, social, spiritual?
Learning a foreign language has many benefits besides the obvious one--being able to communicate, read, and write. Studies show that learning a second language helps stave off dementia.http://www.alzheimers.net/2013-11-11/speaking-two-languages-delays-dementia/ It also makes life more interesting, especially if you like to travel.
But I don't think foreign language study dwells in a vacuum. It needs to become part of one's lifestyle along with everything else you do.
Many people on this forum work hard to achieve a gilded (golden) tree. That's great, and congratulations! But reaching that goal is just the first step. Try taking it to the highest level that Duolingo offers (it doesn't cost any more!). I invite and challenge everyone to get to Level 25--put in the time and effort. It's worth it in the end, and will keep you off the street for a year or two ;-)
Now the real challenge begins for me. I want to keep the streak going, but at a minimum level, while I pursue reading fiction, following the news in Spanish, and eventually improving my conversational Spanish.
Good luck to everyone. Duolingo is a great community!
I will add you to my list of People's inspirations for keep working here. Duolingo is a awesome tool for begin in the learning of an foreign language and can be useful for work in the auto-discipline. I can see you are doing great. Congratulation! If I can help in something, I am a Spanish native.
If I made a mistake, let me know. Thank you!
Hola Olivia. I have visited GUANAJUATO and liked it very much. Your grammatical errors are minor. Send me a message if you would like to communicate further.
Thank you. And I am glad you liked it. I wish I could say the same about Oakland. I don't have that luck.
Yes, I could be useful for both :) But, how?
Google: Robert Schoen musician, and you'll find my website. There is a contact page and you can send me a private message with your email address. I will contact you.
Congratulation! Bueno primero que nada quiero recocer tu Auto-disciplina, que desde ya esta reflejado en la constancia del día a día, y veo que dio frutos. Eres un ejemplo a seguir para mi, y gracias por dar entender que el dominio de un segundo idioma es algo gratificante y mas aun si te gusta viajar, y en eso te doy toda la razón, de antemano mis respetos por mantener tu racha, y mas aun por compartir tu experiencia en esta estupenda plataforma, y darnos un mensaje que desde ya me propongo seguir tus consejos, Saludos cordiales y un abrazo a la distancia desde PERÚ!
Y buena fortuna. I my case, I lost my 200+ streak during a move to Florida. I THOUGHT I had a streak freeze but didn't. :- )
What new things did you learn from doing the reverse tree, in comparison to the "regular" tree? Was it vocabulary, or some specific parts of grammar?
After working through the Spanish course, I decided to stay with Spanish instead of starting a new language. People on the forum recommended the reverse tree. I'd say that rather than learning new material (although there is some of that), it's a continuation of and reinforcement of what you learn in the regular Spanish units. My plan is to return to the Spanish for English speakers and redo and concentrate on the sections that are most challenging for me--mainly past tenses and grammar.
I probably know 90-95% of the vocabulary. It's the grammar, sentence structure, past tense, and use of prepositions that still eludes me. I'm now adding more outside reading to my daily study.
Interesting....that is exactly what I am doing. I have found it helpful to do the reverse tree. I note that the subject matter seems to be a bit culturally different too and have found this helpful as well....I am a Vancouverite.
I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Do you my country? I've been in your country but only in Florida. It's beautiful. I would like live there someday. Nice to speak with you. Bye
Yes, I have visited Buenos Aires--it is a wonderful city in a beautiful country.
Congrats! The first time I was in Oakland, was when I was 19, boarding an old WWII troop ship heading West bound for the East with over a thousand others. That was the biggest boat I had ever seen until we met an aircraft carrier coming in as we were going out.
I've met many veteran servicemen around the US who have told me they were in Oakland either coming or going someplace in the world.
On another note, you are one of the few on Duolingo who have reached Level 25 on both the Spanish and reverse tree. I'm happy and honored to join you.
Good job!!... Learnig a new language help to estimulate the brain, generates more neuranal activity, and that is healthy. Regards
Thank you, Jose.
Also, be careful when you use the word "neuranal." Like many words in Spanish, this one can be interpreted in a strange way: "neuro" refers to "neurológico"; "anal" refers to "ano." ;-)
Enhorabuena campeón, Estoy seguro que también habrías sido capaz de escribir esta carta en español.
Puedo escribir la letra en español, pero se necesita más tiempo, y estoy preocupado por mi gramática ;-)
Thanks for your kind words! I going to keep training. Good luck to you too. ;)
Hi Jazz! Hip hip hooray! Congratulations! I remember you and I spoke briefly a few months back about the reverse tree. I will get back to the reverse tree once I reach level 25 here. I'm not too far away from reaching that goal. My gift to you is 5 linglots for your success and please use them wisely, lol. Take care.
I feel about Lingots the way Capt. Kirk felt about Tribbles! After 600+ days, one accumulates a LOT of Lingots. Thanks, though, I appreciate the gift.
Yes, You're almost there (what is it, 3000 XPs to get from Level 24 to 25?). Those last 1000 pts. are a killer.
I just switched back to the regular Spanish tree (for English speakers), and will run through the tree again and make it golden, to brush up on my skills. I need to continue to work on the past tenses, etc., really.
Where are you located?