https://www.duolingo.com/MartinRattler

Tree climbed! What now?

Completed the tree today after 18 days. I should say that I have the ‘advantage’ of currently nursing a broken collar bone so I have rather been a captive audience for Duolingo for the last couple of weeks; there have been few other distractions! I have done a fair bit of Spanish in the past, including evening classes and I used to read a lot on the train when I worked in London. Unfortunately I have neglected this in the last couple of years but Duo has really got me back into it. I need to do a bit more to advance from level 11. Can anyone advise whether the immersion section is still active? I do not appear to have access to this…or is it something that becomes available when I achieve a higher level? Otherwise I think that it is fantastic resource, I am very impressed.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/IVIatjam

That is great! I can totally sympathize when I broke my collar bone, and I did a lot of Duolingo skill learning! Keep it up!

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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First of all, congratulations MartinRattler! To answer your immersion question, you should have it. It is only available if you're using a web browser. It is located on the top of the page, to the left of your profile picture.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deb1134
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I do not have immersion either.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Sadly, I've been reading other forum posts where people aren't having immersion. Sorry, I'm not sure what is happening. Hopefully Duolingo is just testing something out, and everyone will get immersion back.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deb1134
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Reverse tree will strengthen you personally as would laddering (learning for example French or Italian from newly learned Spanish instead of from English. They recently answered several questions in a different discussion, by they I mean helpful duo. There are plans to add other lost tree enrichment exercises in the works. They will be conversational in nature. Once those are in place you should be able to go beyond level 11 without getting too bored.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinRattler

Thanks everyone, for your encouragement and suggestions. I think I will make a start on the reverse tree despite its obvious potential for embarrassment, follow some people and see whether I can track down the elusive immersion. I have a long winter ahead of me and another four weeks before I can get back on my bike, so back to work!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Octopode123

The reverse tree could be useful?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinRattler

By reverse tree do you mean English from Spanish?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Multi0Lingual4
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Yes, he/she does. Also, sometimes Immersion isn't available for all users. :( But if you follow someone who does have Immersion, and click on the links on their profile, you may get access to it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amanesse77
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The links you're talking about are those ''translation tiers'' ? I can't get access to them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Multi0Lingual4
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No. When you translate a sentence on Immersion, the link shows up on your profile saying, "User translated 4 sentences from X." You click on those links and get access to articles!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alicia.l13

Yes. It really helps, I highly suggest it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanAlza10
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Congratulations on completing the tree!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpackmike
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Martin, congrats. The immersion can be fun and interesting and can really give you a boost on XP. I did the reverse tree as well and keeping both trees "full" is quite a task. I've been enjoying trying to reach level 25 (Highest level you can achieve) in both. After that, I'll concentrate on other languages, but my main goal is to continue working on my Spanish. Hopefully Duolingo will come out with some new challenges. Best of luck.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alicia.l13

Once you finish the Spanish tree, I highly suggest to do this thing called the reverse tree, where you would learn english with Spanish as your ground language. Also interacting in Spanish like watching movies and more will help you greatly. Hope this helped ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bundana

Can I jump in here with a question for you 'tree finishers'... how is your Spanish when you have completed this course? I am tentatively going through the course and going back when I feel that I have not grasped the skills, so just on Level 8 after 38 days...

What I want to know is... have you got a good level of Spanish when you are at Level 25? How different do you feel? Would you be able to work in Spain or just have a great holiday conversation? I am intrigued!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpackmike
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I agree with MartinRattler. Duolingo will give you a good basis and continued use will allow you to become familiar with the most popular words, but speaking to a native speaker is going to be the best way to get going fast. I suggest trying out your Spanish at restaurants or through online practice rooms like verbling. Keep up the effort and you'll start seeing dividends!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinRattler

As I note above, I have studied Spanish for a few years now but am new to Duolingo. I think that the Duolingo course provides a very good basis for understanding how the language works and is put together, but on top of that you are going to need to develop your Spanish vocabulary. This can be done with Duolingo but also on line though Spanish newspapers, BBC Mundo and similar sources. I doubt that you could reach a level of expertise to work in Spain solely through Duolingo but it will give you the confidence to speak to people in shops and bars and even to have the odd conversation, and you will find people’s attitude to you quite different if you make the effort to talk to them in their language. Just keep going and remember that you are improving all the time; any experience of the language you can get will be beneficial.

2 years ago
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