Finished skill tree, what do I do now?
I've been using Duolingo off and on since it was in beta more than 5 years ago, studying four different languages in that time. But everytime I got close to finishing a skill tree, I got distracted and went off to work on something else. Around Christmas time, I was talking to my sister and she said she was going to start Duolingo again, so I made a decision. This time I'm actually going to finish.
My plan was to finish the skill tree, and then use Immersion to continue learning more words in a more real life context than the canned sentences that Duolingo provides. However, my plan was ruined a couple weeks ago when Duolingo announced that Immersion was no longer going to be available. So my question is this:
What other resources do Duolinguists use to continue learning once you have exhausted all of the resources here? I've been watching TV in Spanish, but I don't have anyone that I can converse with to build my speaking ability. Are there any other recommendations the community has for building skills in reading, writing, speaking, or comprehension?
[I keep thinking of more resources, and adding them as they come to me, so lots of edits!]
Reading: start with children's books - my library has (for example) Harry Potter books in Spanish, also the Wizard of Oz. If you want to read online, and if you use Chrome, you can install https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/transover/aggiiclaiamajehmlfpkjmlbadmkledi?hl=en and you'll be able to mouseover for translations. Or there's http://readlang.com/ - you can also find children's stories at http://es.childrenslibrary.org/
Comprehension: https://learner.org/series/destinos/watch/ - there's also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVi516lllW8=PL_bC0YvGkS4STXdgga1-BHpT-KJIQ1j_Y (and more advanced levels on their youtube channel) or you could try listening to the news at http://www.voanoticias.com/
You might also enjoy http://www.languagetransfer.org/ - much of it will be review but you'll probably pick up some good insights too.
Another thing you can do if you want more duo-type practice (but more demanding) is to do the reverse tree (English from Spanish) or maybe a cross tree (German or French from Spanish, or vice versa, etc.)
I think what you should do is learn a new language! There is
always time to do that (:
Try going to whereever you learned the language. Like, for example, I am learning french, so I could go to fRANCE OR A FRENCH SPEAKING COUNTRY.
Lots of great suggestions here! Another thing you could try doing is seeing if you can get to level 25 in (I'm guessing) Spanish. And you could also start the reverse tree! I finished my tree a couple of months ago, but I want to get to level 25 before I start the reverse tree. It's getting boring, but with classes this semester, I was only doing about 20 XP a day, and then I tried to do a bunch this weekend and realized that I had forgotten a lot of the verb tenses, so that's my current project! Staying with a completed tree can really help solidify all the words you learned. Also, as I've discovered, the exercise option can be really helpful for throwing random words and tenses at you to show you where you need more work! Good luck, and congratulations on finishing your tree!!!!!
I've had a great time using Meetup to find groups (since I also have no one to converse with). It's a site where you join groups and meet in real life, and there's all sorts of interests. I use it to find Spanish groups and hiking groups. I live near Seattle so there's lots of options, but I think it's still pretty common in a lot of places. Not for everyone, but a great real life option.
Too bad with the immersion thing. I haven't been playing long enough to miss it, but it sounds fun.