https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Mom & Dad said I HAVE to announce my completion of the Duo Spanish Tree.

Next, they'll make me clean up my room, I bet... No, seriously, I did complete my Spanish tree about 10 days ago. I was caught completely off-guard because I don't feel at all competent in Spanish & I thought there would be another entire page filled with exercises. But, no! After just reaching Level 14 (& doing just under 6500 XPs) I was done. I felt like I'd fallen off a cliff--not happy, just adrift. How do others get to Level 25, I wondered? I told just a few friends here on Duo & they said I should be PROUD I completed my Tree! They also gave me GREAT advice about moving forward--where to practice reading Spanish, how to find Spanish speakers, etc. But they both also insisted that I MUST post an announcement (like this) so that everyone can celebrate my accomplishment with me & send me good wishes & give me good advice that worked for them & maybe even send me some kitty or piglet Gifs! I'd like that! (And for all of you working on your 'Trees,' please know that you SHOULD be proud of completing them! I'm just strange about such things. Don't be shy when it's your turn! Thanking all of you in advance, I remain, weird. I mean, "Mary."

2 years ago

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Mary!!!!!!! I am so proud of you! Both for finishing your tree and for making this post! Just wait a little, and I'm sure that people far more experienced with Spanish than I am will wander by with good advice of how to keep improving your Spanish, but in the meantime, just keep talking to those Spanish speaking friends that you're so blessed to have. Anywho, I've brought some friends to the party as well, to keep you company while I run off to my busy day. You done great, Mary!!!!!!! :DDDD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M
Edit: Oh, and don't forget to take out the trash when you clean your room! ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

THANKS, MOM!! And I'll clean up my room without even being asked. You were absolutely right. I am overwhelmed by the generous response of all these great Duo folks. As usual, people are just as nice to us as we let them be.

2 years ago

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You're welcome honey! Sometimes trusting people is hard, but it's definitely worth it. :) And I'll let you in on a little secret. If you make it in before 2 am, like Dad said, you might find a chocolate cake in the kitchen. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Aw, you're the best! Really, just the best. I can eat one of your chocolate cakes ALL by myself & not gain even an ounce. I don't know how you do it...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/M_Sherlocked

Sorry for butting in, but I just wanted to say congrats, Mary and I love chocolate. Dark. White. Milk. Reese's. Yum.)

2 years ago

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Happy now?

2 years ago

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Are you kidding? I am ECSTATIC now! A teeny piglet with its eyes closed, a winking kitten & a pair of groovy dancers with carrots for noses! You gave me everything I asked for & more! I am so lucky to have you as my First Official Duo Friend. I'd go on but I gotta hit the can...

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I heart you so much!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

And I heart YOU so much, too!!!

2 years ago

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Fantastic work, Mary!!!

Sorry for not responding earlier. Dad just gave you some spending money to take some of those progress quizzes in the Lingot Store. : ))

See the good things that happen when you post your achievements in the forums? You get some hard cash, fireworks and piggies, a couple dozen congratulations, a slew of advice and resources, oh and, last but most definitely not least....

A SLEEPY KITTEN GIF!!!!

As Jo said, Mom and Dad are both very proud of you. Ya done good, kid! ( ͡ᵔ ͜ʖ ͡ᵔ )

P.S. - Don't worry about taking out the trash, I'll take care of it on my way out. Just make sure that you are in bed before 2 a.m. this time, or you will wind up like that kitten!

You are getting very sleepy....

P.P.S. - I really ought to take my own advice one of these days. xD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Aw, thanks a BUNCH, Pop! Really. I am so grateful that you & Mom piled up on me & got me to post my achievement. It has had an amazing effect on me, this "tree completion" & announcing it to everyone. I feel totally free to deepen my Spanish language skills in whatever way seems most useful to me. Before, I simply had my head down & was barreling through the lessons. If I'd done well enough to move on, I did--whether anything was really sticking didn't matter! Since I expected another 40 or so 'exercises,' I figured I'd 'perfect' things then. But now I get to decide what the next step will be. On other fronts, this is possibly your Greatest Kitty Gif Ever!!!! I just keep watching it & laughing out loud! I cannot stop! "Oh, I am so teepy, teepy, teepy.....HEY! I'M AWAKE! I WASN'T ASLEEP! NOT ME! but, but, now, oh, I am so teepy, teepy, teepy..." and on it goes. It is just TOO CUTE!! I can't stand it! And thanks for the Mad Money! It had never even crossed my mind before to do a timed 'test.' OK, I shall leave my many other remarks for later. Again, thank you so, so much for so deftly getting me to do what was SO good for me here. You are a brave man, indeed, Ry! L&K, Mary

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iris_unblossomed

You have a kid!?!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seanchai35

¡Bien hecho!

You've already gotten a lot of good suggestions - the reverse tree, looking for other sources, etc. But as far as how to get to level 25, and feeling like you aren't competent yet - more likely, you don't feel confident in what you have learned, which is normal, and takes practice. I ran into that "not competent" feeling about a quarter of the way down the Irish tree; I was getting most of the answers correct and unlocking skills regularly, but I didn't feel like I really knew what I was doing (or why), and switching to other sources didn't help much because I hadn't yet solidified what I learned, so even shows for very small children were out of my reach comprehension wise.

For me the right answer was to slow... way... down. I'm now just over halfway through the tree, and because I do tons and tons and tons of review, I'll hit level 25 way before I finish the tree. I'm okay with that, though, because what I have learned is solid - I can consistently write, read, speak, and understand everything up to that point (plus a bit that I've gleaned from other sources), which also means other sources are much, much more comprehensible to me - I can now watch/listen to most programmes and understand 50-80% of the content, depending on what it is.

I think you'll probably have an easier time finding comprehensible Spanish sources than I did Irish sources, simply because there's a far larger amount of Spanish content out there, so by all means do seek other sources and/or do the reverse tree... but any time you feel a bit lost, it's very, very worth redoing those original skills. It takes time - that's the nature of how spaced repetition works - but it really does help firm up what you've learned and make it more accessible in your brain.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thanks for your very excellent, thoughtful comment, Sean. I may redo the tree just so that I can do it VERY slowly & really get the lessons down cold. Somehow having completed 'the tree' gives one permission to do things like that. And I will do the Spanish to English tree, too. I began reviewing lessons about 2/3 through when I noticed that when I did 'strengthening' quizzes I was totally lost. Yes, slowing down & not trying to 'get an A really quickly' will make a big difference moving forward. I'd LIKE to try Irish. My father was born in Ireland & lived there 'til he was 19. All he ever taught me was "pogue ma hon" or however it's spelled. This, of course, means "kiss my a**" as the band, The Pogues, taught us all...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seanchai35

LOL. Póg mo thóin was the first Irish phrase I wielded with any confidence, way back when I was first making a go at seriously learning the language (I was about 12 then... banged my head on Irish for quite a while before the internet came along).

Irish was much harder for me than Spanish, despite having early exposure to both - I have a big branch of Cuban family who helped raise me, so I was fluent in Spanish at one time, and I was raised in the ex-pat Irish community so there were always Irish speakers around (not many, but always some). But for one reason or another Irish has been more difficult to get my tongue and brain around.

It's taken me the better part of 20 years to figure out that I couldn't study Irish the way I studied Spanish. With Spanish, the accent/pronunciation and a lot of the grammar were just... already in my head, so I could -and still can, even though I'm far from fluent now - pick up words and phrases on the fly and use them with ease. With Irish, I have to think about what I'm doing a lot more.... but it's a labour of love for me, cause my family were native speakers generations ago and didn't give it up willingly.

The biggest thing that helped my Irish studies (apart from letting go of the idea that it was supposed to be easy) was getting all my resources in order... making sure I had recreational reading in Irish, was listening to/watching radio and tv in Irish, etc. Because Irish gives you initial mutations to deal with (and tends to drop entire words when it comes to phrases used in daily speech, like English does), you really have to surround yourself with it to get a good grip on it.

Of course, your familiarity with good Irish bands will help, too, as mine helped me. :) You should check out Black 47, if you don't know of them already - Larry Kirwin, their lead singer (from Co. Wexford), taught himself Irish to incredible fluency and employed it semi-frequently in their songs. There are lots of other sources of good music as Gaeilge too, of course, but I preferred Black 47 in high school/college... appreciating groups like the Pogues, the Wolfe Tones etc took me a while longer, probably because my mother was a massive, massive fan of them. ;) (She's now a massive fan of Black 47 too, after she went to a Black 47 gig and told Larry about how she almost got deported from Heathrow because she forgot where she was flying into and wore a Black 47 shirt (featuring fist, chains, and... er... uncomplimentary phrases about the British written as Gaeilge!). Larry decided that was one of the funniest stories he'd heard in a while and goes out of his way to say hello to us now... and occasionally, to test how I'm getting along with my Irish studies.)

Anyway, don't be afraid to tackle Irish, it's incredibly rewarding. Just don't be surprised if it feels like you're learning things a lot more slowly than you did in Spanish - if that happens, there's nothing wrong with you, it's just the nature of the beast. :)

And congratulations again on finishing the Spanish tree!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xEBONYJAYNEx

Congrats, completing a tree really is a great achievement!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thanks so much, EbonyJayne! Luckily, I got it through my thick skull that it IS important when I complete a tree. I need all the motivation I can get to stick with learning a new language. This is not easy stuff! It really helps me to have others around me who are aiming for the same goal.

2 years ago

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Congratulations on finishing your tree!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

WOWEE!!! All those fireworks PLUS a row of winking piglets!! I can't believe how thoughtful you are, Lento_Rodriguez! This is a truly magnificent gift--I am so happy I posted my good news about completing my tree. I am blessed a million times over. And to think that I wasn't going to post anything about it because I thought I wasn't 'worth it.' Just LOOK at all this neat stuff I would have missed out on! Thank you again, Lento, for your lovely gifts!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salty4girl

well done!! was that i was supposed to say?? :-]

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

YES!! More approval! Must have more approval! See? Mom & Dad have created a monster. dogawoga, you are pretty fast off the starting line! I just threw this up. (eew) I mean, I just posted this. Thank you for your comment. It's true. It IS nice to share this with others!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EdenGraceCoile

Congratulations! I finished my Spanish tree a few months ago. I decided to take German next.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thanks for the congrats, EdenGrace! Wow. Look at that streak you've got! I, too, have visions of new languages dancing in my head but I'm going to stick with Spanish, for now, to see if I can finally speak to my oh-so-fluent sister (damn her eyes!) as rapidly as she speaks to me. She goes to parties with her Salvadoran friends & people compliment her on her "great English!" What next?

2 years ago

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CONGRATULATIONS! You've already received GREAT advice (just as you said). Here's my 2 cents' worth for keeping Duo more interesting:

  • review the tree, getting perfect scores this time (this is very hard, so it is better not to be compulsive about it)
  • "buy" (w/ lingots) the "Timed Practice" Practice from the Lingot store and try to power through the tree using it; maybe do just the "Strengthen «skill name»" exercises available for each skill, perhaps combining this w/ getting perfect scores--which also is very hard, so, again, don't be compulsive about it
  • do Immersion
  • do the reverse tree, which will give much more practice translating English to Spanish; if it is too easy at first, use the "Test out" feature until it becomes more of a challenge
  • try to learn some other language here on Duo via Spanish; currently you can try French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, and Guarani.

For more practice and to view videos or to listen to audio, try other sites such as LingQ or BliuBliu. Both have great features that you can still use for free, and if you get plenty of use out of them, paying for a subscription to either can be worthwhile.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you SO much for these very concrete suggestions, Slogger! Believe me, I sit up & take notice when someone with your high 'levels' & a streak of more than 1000 days gives me their 2 cents. Your ideas are ALL extremely worthy ones, especially doing the tree again & getting everything correct. As I said to someone above, having completed the tree seems to give me, at least, permission to do whatever I need to do to get more deeply into Spanish. I have never heard of the 2 sites you mention & I'll definitely check them out. And I've NEVER spent one lingot on a timed test. What a concept... (I do think the Lingot Store should sell "virtual T-shirts"-- then occasionally have popular sizes "on back order." You know, like around Xmas, maybe.) Thanks again for your great suggestions, Slog, & for your congrats. I really appreciate both.

2 years ago

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You're welcome, marycpa.

> . . . having completed the tree seems to give me, at least, permission to do whatever I need do to get more deeply into Spanish.

That sounds right to me. Now you know you can learn Spanish successfully, so you can relax and figure out what works best to increase your skills. All this study is just a means to the end off improving your Spanish, and if you seem to be bogging down by taking one tack, then try something else. If something works for you, go for it. Have fun!

2 years ago

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Congratulations! Good job :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Big Thanks, jzsuzsi!! Look at all those languages you're studying! Don't you get them confused after awhile? Probably not--babies can grow up in households with 5 & 6 languages being spoken & they never confuse them as they learn them. Wild. And perhaps you get better at the 'skill' of learning new languages, too. Anyway, I am super-impressed by the number of languages you've taken on! Good for you! You inspire me.

2 years ago

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Thanks :) I guess I get better at the skill of doing Duo lessons:)

I usually work on one language at a time, and put the others to rest. But still, sometimes when I try talking to myself, I talk in a Spanish-French-German-Esperanto mix. It is better in real life, when I have to talk to someone in, for example, Spanish, I don't mix it up so much.

2 years ago

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Congratulations, Mary! Keep up the good work!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, Knoxienne! I shall certainly try to keep up my good work--but I doubt I'll ever give Duo the kind of devotion that YOU do! Look at that string of languages! MOST impressive! NINE of them are at level 25, too! Dang. How do you do it? And do you see 'language translation' as part of all of a career path, perhaps? I'm really curious. I like learning Spanish but my first love is art. It is my #1 passion & learning Spanish was supposed to be this 'little thing on the side.' (That sounds rather lewd...) Oh, you know what I mean. Now, my biggest problem is spending too much time on Duo! I'll find the right balance eventually. I have to! Thanks again, Knoxienne.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fairy.sAuCE

OOOOOH..Congrats! .Completing a tree is already an excellent achievement =) U r supposed to be proud of yourself

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Yes, Gabrielle, I am really getting that--finally! As I said above, I cannot afford to ignore ANY "marker of my progress" when it comes to me trying to learn Spanish. I am a slow "social" learner. The reason DUO works, in large part, is due to all of us supporting each other as we study--alone--to learn these languages. Without this place for us to 'gather' & share our experiences, it would be hard to maintain interest & excitement in learning. So big thanks for helping me along!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fairy.sAuCE

=) Keep up the good work !!!

2 years ago

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Just keep doing your daily 50xp each day. There are probably some lessons which you should practice more.

Gz btw

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Ouch. Sharper than a serpent's tooth & all that. You are ABSOLUTELY right! There are not just "some lessons" I should practice more--I need to practice ALL the lessons more! That is why I was so surprised to have completed the tree. I think I'm just good at taking tests & not too good at retention. Info enters, stays a moment, info exits. As for my "daily 50xp"--I WISH I could limit it to that. I get neurotic about keeping all lessons at 100% gold. I think I'd be better off wiping everything away & starting all over--& going very, very slowly until I have each lesson perfected. Listen, Senee, I want to be hip, slick & cool, too: what does "Gz" mean? I know "btw" but not "Gz." Could you please advise? Thanks!

2 years ago

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By gz i mean congrats Sorry, i like online games where this term has been used a lot and it just sticked to me^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

OK--thank you very much for congratulating me in your REAL "native language"-- Online Gamer Talk! (And you do not need to be 'sorry' about it. Scientists now say that ANY online game makes the player's brain stronger & faster. Forget "Luminosity." 'Grand Theft Auto" is just as effective--maybe more effective.) But I still do not know what "gz" means. Can you explain it to me? I'll understand if it just takes too long or if it is not 'appropriate' for our 'family website. But if you can tell me, I'd like to know. Your curious new pen pal--Marycpa

2 years ago

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Gz means GratZ', conGratulationZ in my 'native language' :D

Do you thinking about starting an other romance language by the way? They say portuguese is 80% the same.

I thinking about being trilingual could be an awesome achievement.^

Well, if my native language does count that'd be my 4th.

What do your parents thinking about it? :-)

2 years ago

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Hey Seneee!

Playing video games in your target language is a great way of learning that language. So many games come with an option to change languages nowadays, it really provides a great opportunity for the gamers of the world to become bilingual in a way that they will enjoy most.

As far as learning multiple languages at once goes, here are my thoughts on the subject. Everyone has different goals, and perhaps different ability levels when it comes to learning languages. Some people may only be comfortable learning one, whereas I know other people who are quite fluent in several languages already, and can have at least a basic conversation in several more.

I personally have decided to make Spanish my main language-learning priority. I made that decision awhile ago, and I intend to stick with it. It takes years of practice to become fluent (at least, for someone like me), so I would rather have deeper knowledge of one language than a base level understanding of many. Of course, that is just my personal goal.

One thing I am enjoying right now is laddering the Italian tree from the Spanish tree, while also doing Italian for English speakers. Although there are some similarities between Italian and Spanish, I have studied Spanish for long enough to where I feel I won't confuse the two too much.

After Italian for Spanish speakers is complete, I may ladder another language from Spanish. I think that each language learned from your target language just helps solidify the target language even more.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/estudianteMTI3

Congratulations! And good luck with your further learning! ;) Here is your pig animation.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Oh, thank you, thank you!! There is just NOTHING like a piggie to put a smile on my face! And you found an especially great one, too. Look at that piggie kick up its little trotters. Go, piggie, go! As I said up above, Mom & Dad said people would send me great stuff & YOU, estudianteMT13, really came through. Thank you so much for both the Pig & for your good wishes on my future learning!

2 years ago

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I'm a bit confused as to why they'd force you to post something like this, but that's not my business.

First, ¡FELICITACIONES!

Second, if you're feeling like this about the course, try doing the reverse tree (English from Spanish) or at least completing your goal on Duolingo every day, but also try non-Duo resources, because this site was never intended to give you 100% fluency.

Some sites:

  • http://www.memrise.com It won't teach you as well or quickly as Duolingo, but it's a lot better with general vocabulary.
  • http://www.lingq.com Best website for improving listening (and reading).
  • http://www.lang-8.com Write entries in Spanish (or any other language) and have them corrected by native speakers.
  • http://www.hinative.com Ask questions about any language and get answers for them. Made by the same people as Lang-8.
  • http://www.italki.com This might be useless if you take regular Spanish lessons in school, but if you're homeschooled, this is a site where you can hire teachers from anywhere and who speak anything to teach you a language. Better than most other websites like this.
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Zerr, I'm sorry I misled you--it's just my weird sense of humor. My actual 'Mom & Dad' would never have even known if I'd finished my 'tree.' They'd never have asked; I'd never have told them. When I was 11, I proposed a 'detante' that held until I left home at 17. I never spoke to them again. No, the 'Mom & Dad' I speak of here are two close Duo friends I've made. They happen to be a male & a female & they both insisted that I MUST post an announcement about completing my tree so that I could get lots of nice 'atta girl!' messages, as well as a TON of terrific suggestions/advice about how to go forward from here. And, boy howdy, were they right! YOUR comment is a great example. You have listed website I've never seen before; they sound amazingly helpful. I really am interested in the sites you show that help with listening & reading comprehension. My brain just turns OFF when I hear really rapid Spanish being spoken. Reminds me of taking karate--I could do all the choreographed 'katas' well, but when it came to actual 'sparring,' I'd be reduced to wind-milling my arms & pushing & shoving. Not too elegant. Thanks again, Zerr, for your good wishes & for taking the time to list all of these websites for me. I appreciate it very much.

2 years ago

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You're welcome! I'm at the same point right now with Swedish. I got over it already in Esperanto, and can understand both spoken and written forms well. I started learning it in April, and reached that point in August, so I'm sure you can do it. :)

2 years ago

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you can also do the reverse tree sp>eng

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Yup! That seems to be "Spanish, Level 2" here at Duo--& I appreciate you reminding me to do it. I just noticed all the languages YOU are learning, Louis.vang. (The final one looks like a green bowl w/ a little dragon in it. I must look that up...) It seems it would take less room just to list which languages you are NOT taking. So many folks do that here!They find that their 'calling' is languages. I still must find time for my artwork, tho. My problem is spending too much time on Duolingo!

2 years ago

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The dragon one is Welsh. I don't know it, but I love it because its written form seems like very carefully written gibberish unless you can speak it. (I don't mean this in a bad way - I think Welsh is beautiful - I just like that it looks like a fantasy language. Part of Elvish is based off Welsh.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Ah! So that's what the little dragon in a bowl represents. And I know what you mean about Welsh looking like gibberish! No vowels unless absolutely necessary! Plus, Wales always wins the "longest name for a city" in the Guinness Book of Records. 84 letters but only 2 vowels. Maybe the Welsh could merge with the Hawaiians (all vowels) & come out with a more 'balanced' expression. But then each would lose its distinctive 'voice.'

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zerr_
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In Welsh, "y" and "w" are vowels.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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Doing your first tree is just the beginning! Keep learning! Keep practicing! Keep on keeping on! Oh, and immersion is great for racking up XP if you wanna shoot for level 25. (Although I lack the motivation for that feat, obviously, many others don't.) Reverse tree, other websites, and other languages when/if you get a bit bored with Spanish. That's my advice. And, oh, yes, CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoy the celebration!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, Suzu! Because you & so many others have freely shared their wisdom with me, I now understand that 'levels' & 'streaks' & other markers here at DL do not have intrinsic meaning. Each of us is free to find our own way of learning & retaining language skills. Thanks for your advice & for reminding me that I can dabble in another language just to keep Spanish interesting! Does it get easier as you learn more languages? (That would be SO great...)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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You're very welcome! I've found that to be the case personally, especially with languages that have similar roots, (such as the other Romance languages, for you.) I've heard it said that the hardest foreign language you learn is the first one, and I concur. But then if you don't have Spanish down pretty well, you confuse the two. Might want to try another somewhat different language until then. Just my advice. There are so many to pick from! I'm working on the basics of German now, and find it fascinating and a bit easier than originally imagined, as I had already learned a little Dutch.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BassettMahayla

Amazing!! 15 lingots for you!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you so much!! Wow. 15 lingots is a LOT--most generous of you. As I said above, I wish the Lingot Store sold virtual clothing. Of course, one might be arrested for walking down the street wearing only 'virtual clothing'...(I love your photo, Mahayla. Too adorable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BassettMahayla

Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alHadzya
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¡Felicidades Maria! Lo has hecho muy bien. Mark Twain y yo estamos muy orgullosos de ti ;) Mantenga la calma y siga adelante.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

OK, ok, I can do this. Deep breath. First, you say "congratulations, Mary!" & that I "have done very well." Then, you appear to either: 1) own a time machine, or 2) have an acid flashback, since you are in the company of Mark Twain! What a great writer to choose, alHadzya! So, there you are, sitting with Mark Twain, & the two of you "are very PROUD of me!" (Oh. There is a 'winky' after that. Maybe this did not really happen. That's OK! I'm still VERY happy about Mark Twain being part of all this.) You close by telling me to "remain calm & move on!"--this last part is amazing since it rhymes in English & will 'pop up' in my head anytime I am frustrated with my language progress. A truly GREAT comment, my friend, & one that I will remember...Mark Twain is PROUD of me! I just can't believe it. I LOVE Mark Twain.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alHadzya
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I may have sensed Twainesque humor in a comment or two from your end. Glad you like it. I love Mark Twain, as well. Most people should, the rest aren't compatible and that's ok. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Oh, you have made my day, my year! I would love to write like Mark Twain. And I agree with your assessment about how most people should love Mark Twain & that the rest simply aren't compatible--but that is ok. We can make a little room for them, anyway...I am SO glad I put up this post! It has been so much fun discovering people like YOU!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alHadzya
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I appreciate the use of dashes! Big fan of dashes ;) Some call them hyphens, but don't care to get into that now. Do you know why we use two dashes (--) instead of one? Of course, the two automatically become one with most word processing applications...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/81cheney
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Congratulations! Also, it's okay to complete your tree at level fourteen. Keep practising if you really want to get to twenty-five. Good luck to you in the future.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, 81cheney! And thanks for yet another reminder that 'levels' & other markers in Duo are here for us to use as we wish. There is nothing sacred about any number. Yes, I DO need lots more practice; no, I do not give 2 hoots about the number '25.' I'm going to go through the tree again & seek 'perfection' in each lesson. I have 3 new Spanish workbooks &, from all of you guys, LOTS of new websites to help fill any gaps I have. I thank you for wishing me good luck in the future--I'll need it. Mostly, I just want to smoke my eldest sister who speaks Spanish quite well. I mean, isn't that what it all really comes down to? (I am really hopeless...)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/germanwannabee

Well done!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Well, thanks! Uh, you're a 'germanwannabee?' You can have my German heritage. My mother's parents were born & raised there until their early 20s. But, like SO many German-heritage types, my mother always reminded people that she was REALLY "Alsatian" & thus, French. From the age of about 11 on, I always barked when she said the word, "Alsatian." (The word was used mainly to describe German Shepherds after awhile.) She never got the joke & finally asked someone else why I barked. Boy, was she mad. But that was nothing new.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/germanwannabee

Haha, thanks for the offer, but I already have a good bit of German heritage myself. Given that fact, I'm not quite sure why I picked this username in the first place... but I wouldn't want to change it now that It's been around so long. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mikemcdonald58
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Congrats. There are very good suggestions in the comments. I hope you can use some of them. Look for other sources. I also use Netflix and watch Spanish shows using Spanish subtitles. That way I can see the words when the speaking is too fast.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thanks! Yes, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my fellow students here at Duo & I am VERY glad I was 'strongly encouraged' to post my achievement! I am looking forward to watching LOTS of movies I know well with Spanish audio turned on. I've tried those 'telenovas' but they just don't do it for me. Watching Univision's news/gossip chat is much better. Still, movies will be the best of all, especially the ones I know well in English. Since I already know the story line, I can concentrate on the language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elia_spanish

congrats

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, elia_spanish! Say, is that YOU in the picture? Perhaps it is one of your children. No matter what, it is a good reminder for me to watch my language here on Duo. It is easy to forget...

2 years ago

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Congratulations!!!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, Sjodni!!!! Looks like you've spent some time here at Duo--impressive number & levels of languages!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sjodni
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Oh, jeez, thank you! Yeah, I have spent some time here, but I certainly don't feel like it's been that long. Good luck on your future with Spanish! If you're gonna pick another language after Spanish, I totally recommend Swedish. (:

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/really2023

Great job!! I will probably never get that far.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Many thanks for your good wishes to me, really 2023. But why do you think YOU will never complete the Spanish tree? I bet you will! I was NEVER perfect on any of the exercises I did, but I did well enough for Duo to give me a 'pass.' And as I've said, ad nauseum, completing the 'tree' has done a mental number on me. I feel I can go back & start all over again to gain a deeper understanding of the language. I mean, just read what everyone has written to me here--there are LOTS more 'tools' out there but it is up to me to go find them & use them. You'll get THIS far, for sure!

2 years ago

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First of all, well done!!!

My first step after completing my tree was to revisit the tenses one-by-one. I didn't feel very confident with the past tenses compared to the present tenses, for example. So I spent a couple of days ONLY strengthening the past tense. Then moved onto any other tenses I wasn't sure of. It all began to make much more sense after that.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, Janey! I appreciate all this positive support. And you are RIGHT--verb tenses are the key to speaking Spanish (& all other languages, too, I suppose). As I noted above, I bought several books of Spanish exercises & one is devoted to verb tenses. But simply going back over all of the DL lessons that focus on this same topic is a VERY good idea! Thanks for telling me about your own experience. It really helps.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anomaly90

Congrats! I'm working on my tree and I'm probably a quarter way through (maybe) the website says I'm 25% fluent in Spanish, but I feel like I can on,y identify words by seeing them, and when I want to speak it, nothing comes to mind. That's why you should do the reverse tree now. Good luck with your Spanish speaking!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, Anomaly 90! I feel you--as I wrote above, my brain goes blank when real Spanish starts to be spoken at its usual 'fast pace.' Yes, I will do the reverse tree. Everyone says it's the way to go. I also bought 3 fat books with more vocabulary & verb tense practice. I'll be a Spanish-speaking Monster!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RioRamirez1

Congratulations!! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thanks, RioRamirez1! I really love all these good wishes that are coming my way! We are NOT alone here in our studies...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RioRamirez1

yes, we are going study more and more!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/X_ina
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¡Felicitaciones por terminar tu árbol!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you so much, X_ina, Spanish warrior princess!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/X_ina
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Hello, you are welcome! The X_ of my nick is like X-mas. My nick is my name. I am sorry for my bad English. I don't write in English very well. Saludos.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

No, no! I am the dummie! (soy estupido!) You are very clear--X_mas/X_ina. Put 'Christ" in & you get Christmas & Christina! You are very clear AND very clever. I do not have parties at Xmas. I was 'catolica' por 16 years. Then I stop. I become Buddhist. So, I do not think "X_mas" when I see your name. OTHER people see it right away when they see your name, probably. Just not me! You write English VERY well, Christina! Thank you again!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/X_ina
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Thanks for you say than me write English very well, I don't thinks it.

You are not the dummie, no way, just forget it. My name is Cristina, not have a "H".

In the Wikipedia explain some this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_Rho and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas#Other_uses_of_.22X.28t.29.22_for_.22Chris.28t.29-.22

Saludos.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

You are sweet, Cristina! You are correct, too--it is not good for ME to call myself "dummie." I will believe it! We must speak to ourselves very kindly...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/X_ina
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You are sweet, Cristina! You are correct, too--it is not good for ME to call myself "dummie." I will believe it! We must speak to ourselves very kindly...

I am agree with you. Tenemos que hablar en forma positiva de nosotros.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NathanJho_

Like a Spanish speaker, I will be so thankful for reading your post, so go aheaaad!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Well, OK, Nath4nJho (Nath-Foreign-Jayho?)!! I feel a happy spirit in your message & I thank you for writing a comment here! Tell us all when you finish your 'trees' (arboles) & you can get lots of fun messages, too! People here ar Duo are just wonderful...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGirlOverThere
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CONGRATS! :-)

Here's a pig who loves ice cream!

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, TheGirl! I expect you'll be making a post like mine before too long, yes? But then, you're studying 3 more languages than I am. I don't trust myself yet not to mix them all up...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGirlOverThere
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Yes, nearly there! Just a couple more skills....

Actually only 2... I learning english from spanish as a bonus. I definitely recommend starting that soon if you finished the tree.

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2 years ago

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Congratulations Mary! That is wonderful! Great work! thank you for posting!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thank you, Camilla-danesa! This means a lot coming from a Level 25er in Spanish! Wow. Look at your string of language successes--looks like you did the reverse tree exercise, too. You inspire me to keep going, Camilla! Thanks for the good wishes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iheartbrook.

hey please give me ligots?!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

I think you are attending the wrong party. You want Mr.BaconLi's "I blew my streak Free Lingot Give-away & Discount radiator flush." It's a few entries below this one. Use those "ligots" wisely.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AvaYazdian

congrats

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thanks, Ava! You'll be writing a post about finishing your tree before you know it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iris_unblossomed

Congrats Mary!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thanks for the good wishes, Iris! It is so nice to have support.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QueenMaultsby
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Congratulations!! You should be incredibly impressed with yourself!! A great place to look for someone to practice actually holding conversations in Spanish is a free website was lingoglobe.com. You make your free account, list your language and what level (beginner, intermediate, fluent, or native) that you feel you're at, and then you select how you want to communicate with your exchange partners (messages on the site, chatting on the site, Skype, phone calls, etc.), and then you can search through other members' profiles and find language exchange partners. I've made friends in Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Ecuador, and several other countries :) If you want, I would be glad to be a language exchange partner with you! My username on Lingoglobe is SarahW. and I use the same profile pic there that I do here.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marycpa

Thanks so much, Sarah! That is a truly generous offer-- to be my language exchange partner. I'm awed that you speak to so many different regional Spanish speakers. There can be big differences, according to my University of Chicago Spanish-English dictionary. Example: the word, "guapo," goes from "handsome" to "brawler, bully" without leaving So. America! Again, thanks so much for your offer! I will be in touch, OK?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QueenMaultsby
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And pretty much every country has a different word for 'straw', but every single one of those is a "bad word" in at least one of the other countries! Haha! It can be a bit of a pitfall going from region to region, but I enjoy the experiences :) Eventually, I would like to move to Spain (if only for part of the year). And no problem! I love doing language exchanges! I look forward to hearing from you!

2 years ago
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