Level at the end of the course?
I'm kinda new here, and i'd like to hear about someone who finished (or almost) a course. How is your level at the end? Thank you !
[Argh. I must remember not to press "Follow Discussion" while composing a comment—My previous comments, not having been posted before touching the follow button, were completely erased.] I finished Spanish today (at level 16 for those who count that) and I also took a couple comprehension tests at Quia.com, the National Spanish Exams: http://www.nationalspanishexam.org/index.php/exam-preparation/past-examinations They are multiple choice reading and listening comprehension exams, where I read realistic passages or listened to realistic but clearly, slowly enunciated conversations and then answered tough questions about the passages—The kind of thing anyone can get a few wrong even if they understand completely. I took the easiest level "Proficiency" exam and got 98% right. Then I took the most difficult "Proficiency" exam and got 70%. Knowing French and Italian beforehand helped me get through Duolingo's Spanish for sure, also helped me with parts of the exams that contained phrases not found in Duolingo's program. Completing Duolingo has left me feeling like I can speak slowly, probably too slowly for most listeners' comfort, and I can comprehend if people speak like they would speak to a child or person hard of hearing. Despite Duolingo's limited scope of vocabulary (especially verbs in various tenses), I plan to return here to practice, because knowing a few things very well might be a good framework for the future.
It's been discussed a few times before. The general consensus is that someone who has finished the course will have a very good introductory grounding (particularly when it comes to the reading and writing side of things) but will be far from conversationally fluent. You should have a decent vocabulary and a good understanding of the grammar.
If you want to become conversationally fluent, you should try and take what opportunities you can find to talk to native speakers. You can do that online using websites like http://www.verbling.com and http://www.livemocha.com
Hi, there. I finished the "skills tree" (as they called it) when I was in level 11, so I got a golden owl statue. Then I saw a message saying that I could continue studying, that means practicing/reviewing previous lessons so I could reach level 12. In fact, I did continue studying and today I reached level 12. That means you can keep on studying, but that is kind of making me bored. I think it is a good thing to start learning a new language as well.