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Reverse trees: does that help?

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To the people who have done reverse trees, is it worth it? What's your experience? By reverse trees I mean to "learn" a language that you already know from the language that you are really trying to learn.

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1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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I have done 2 reverse trees. This is my opinion, reverse trees are nice and they help, but there are more useful resources online. Also it is better to learn well your original tree. I do not recommend reverse trees.

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Reply11 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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Mmm... Yeah, maybe my time is best spent elsewhere.. I guess it matters if I find it to be fun. Otherwise there's no point in doing it.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PoeFoeMoe

Mmmm...

I think it's not the same (it's pretty similar, though), but what I've found really useful is to learn ANOTHER language using my target language. For example, my native language, as you could notice, isn't English (it's Spanish), but I'm here learning Turkish, which actually have helped me improve my wordstock and grammar in English at the same time I learn a new language [because if I started learning Spanish for English speakers I would get fastly bored]. It's a good way to improve; I suggest you to do that with your target language if you feel confident enough :)

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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Diache, no lo habia pensao.... Quiza haga algo como aprender frances desde aleman.... Chevere!

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferret513

I haven't done a reverse tree yet, but I'm planning on doing one after I finish my French tree. I think it would be helpful because it includes more translations from your native to the language you are learning, which is more challenging than the other way around. Whatever you decide to do, good luck!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ham-Ham2
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I do the reverse tree for French and it is worth it. You strengthen your language that you're doing the reverse tree for and pick up a few new words (crab is in the English for French tree but I haven't come across it in the French for English tree).

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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That's what I was hoping to hear...

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelvilQ
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I've done it two times until now (with French and Spanish). It's totally worth it, I would even say it was a major breakthrough for being able to really formulate my own sentences.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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Sounds like you were having fun. I hope that's how I feel about it if I ever do a reverse tree...

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanAlza10
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I'm currently doing the English for Spanish speakers tree. Personally, I think it's worth it: it allows you to consolidate your knowledge of Spanish, and it also teaches you words that aren't covered in the Spanish for English tree.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sbeecroft
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Totally worth it. Definitely do the reverse tree if it's available in your language (which, with English, it almost always is).

If you're learning more than one foreign language, "laddering" is also extremely useful. For example, if you are learning both French and Italian, then in addition to learning:

  • French (from English) and
  • Italian (from English),

you should also try

  • French (from Italian) and
  • Italian (from French).
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https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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Good to know! I think I'll do a reverse tree in the near future. As long as I can keep it interesting I'll continue with it. I'll be from German to Spanish. Right now the only language I care is German...

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