Spanish skills all completed, what next?
I have studied Spanish before, I am new to duolingo, but joined because I hope to improve. I have quickly reached level 11 and there are no more skills left for me to be tested on. What do I do now??
Review your past skills until you consistently get correct answers. Watch tv shows in Spanish. Find a language partner. Write articles on lang-8. Go find Spanish speakers in your area and talk to them. Put Spanish into your daily use.
Thanks to both of you so far. I live in Spain, I have Spanish friends, I read Spanish books and newspapers. My question was really whether duolingo can do any more for me e.g. I have looked at the immersion section, will that alone raise me from level 11? What did Tbarqawi do on duolingo to get to level 15? Bearing in mind my overall aim is not to score points for levels, but to constantly improve my Spanish. All comments appreciated.
You probably only got to level 11 because you completed lessons without a lot of practice. I am at level 15 and am only just now getting to the other verb tenses because I practice a lot. It's mostly new material for me, so I keep working and gaining points. However, you might enjoy translating in the immersion section, or just continue to read challenging material on your own and discuss with the Spaniards around you. Maybe you should try learning Portuguese next?
thanks too to deedeebug. Cards on the table, I got to level 11 in about 30 minutes because I have a degree in Spanish! Does immersion help you move up the levels? Or if you re-do lessons, do you gain more points and simply use them to move up the levels? Or is a higher numerical level a real reflection of more advanced ability? If the latter, where are the lessons/skills found on the site? What I am trying to say is that I do not understand how/ whether duolingo can help me continue improving at a far higher level. Thanks for your patience.
If you already have a degree in Spanish, and live in Spain, might I suggest you learn another language? :) The numerical level does not necessarily reflect one's language ability. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
I second ndelekli's comment. Basically, if you have a degree in Spain, live there, and can converse somewhat fluently in Spanish then you're likely to know pretty much everything Duolingo can offer you.
I don't have a formal education in Spanish, but I've been speaking it on a daily basis for a few years now, so I'm fairly proficient. I use Duolingo to drill certain verb tenses into my head and I do some translating in immersion (which is where the majority of my points come from). But, like you, I have already established a solid base in the target language, so the ratio of new material I learn here versus the time I would spend practicing is pretty minimal.
Duolingo's greatest value comes from starting a language from scratch, giving you a foundation to begin exploring other sources of learning without feeling overwhelmed or completely lost. This is what I'm doing with French. Lucky for you, you already have those other sources as you mentioned in the form of everyday life. Your greatest value versus time invested learning will come just from stepping outside your front door. Most people don't have that option. Take advantage of it.
You could do the reverse tree learning English from Spanish. It won't increase your level in Spanish because your XP points will be in English. I'm doing the reverse with Italian and find the comments made by the native Italian speakers to be very insightful.
Alternatively, you could also learn a different language from Spanish, though as Mariann said, it will not increase the Spanish Duolingo level that is displayed. Immersion and practicing earlier concepts, however, will continue to give you XP in Spanish. As you do more translating, you can move up the "Immersion Tiers." Each time you move up, you will be able to earn XP and level up more and more quickly.