Spanish level upon completing tree?
What proficiency level does the end of the duolingo tree correspond to? I'm about halfway through my tree now, and I'm curious how well I'll be able to speak Spanish once I finish the other half. Especially compared to college classes / CEFR levels / etc.
If some people who have completed the tree could weigh in, I'd appreciate it!
That is really hard to say mainly because of two reasons. The first being that you can finish your tree with minimal or no practice and without immersion, or with extensive practice and a lot of translating, and the second that Duolingo is not aimed at, for example, CEFR levels. For example, you will probably not pass some A1 exam sections because you lack the knowledge of simple sentences like 'How do say..' or 'Can you repeat that?'. But on the other hand you can say how many white, orange juice drinking elephants you have and your grammar should be way above A1 level.
From personal experiences, I would say anywhere between A2 and B2, with limited listening and, to a lesser extend, speaking skills but quite sufficient writing and reading skills.
I am finding this to be true, I can read and write, and formulate somewhat complex sentences correctly when I write them, but to say things conversationally is a problem. I have great pronunciation skills and trill R's with the best of them, but my brain just doesnt spit out the spanish fast enough to have any meaningful conversations. I can spit out basic sentences and responses, but once it goes beyond that i feel like I know nothing.
Thanks for such a detailed answer. :) I did take a CEFR sample test 4 or 5 lessons ago, and it put me right around level A1. So I suppose it makes sense that I could get close to level A2 by the end!
The consensus seems to be CERF A2. After completing Spanish last fall and then going Spain for 10 days that seems right in my case.
There are a lot of good, detailed threads on this but searching for them is not easy. Perhaps someone else can provide a link.
Edit: looks like if you type CERF in the search box many of the good earlier threads show up.