https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Drumroll please.... ¡He terminado mi árbol de español!

(Actually I hope they add a little more fanfare in the app, because it was more excited that I reached level 15 :P)

I have been working hard on Duolingo since September and what a relief it is to have made it to this milestone! My goal when I started was to prepare for the language placement test for when I return to school in the fall (I need to skip a semester so I can study abroad) and now I have no worries that I'll be able to accomplish that!

I love the little trophy and scarf (and only if it was figurine you could buy!) Thanks for the awesome program, Duolingo, and thanks to all the users who helped me out with my petty or obvious answers. I will continued studying the Spanish tree and will start the reverse course too, but for now, thank you so, so much! ¡Gracias!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Yay! Congrats!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

Beautiful...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I laughed out loud! So true! A lot of people have said the same thing (about the lackluster finish). I can't imagine that they won't change that some day. I'd love to see a little duo carrying a trophy back to a tree nest against a backdrop of the starry night sky, and then watch the sun rise. :D

... I think I'm going to go suggest that now O.O

Eventually, I hope they let us keep the points and the trophy so long as we've finished the tree before resetting it to have another go!

PS Reverse Tree!!! xD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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I'd quite like the owl to get drunk and fall over, but I imagine that wouldn't go down too well with US schools.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Ah! To have a little animation when you finish would be very cute! And yes, that would be great if they could let us keep the trophy and points for restarting. Maybe they would increase the level limit with that as well? (Although, 15 is considered half of 25, so I still have some ways to go)

(And of course! Actually I thought I had mentioned it! Whoops haha)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QueenCici

I laughed out loud too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

¡Estupendo! Es un tiempo emocionante. Espero que continúes tus estudios aquí y en otros lugares.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

¡Gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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Congrats!

actually, I think the idea of being able to buy a little figurine is awesome. If they unlocked the opportunity to purchase a little owl figure when you finish a tree, and maybe put a little engraved plaque on the bottom, I'd be sorely tempted to buy...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Maybe with your username or name on it.. Yes I absolutely would pay $20 for that glorified paperweight

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BiancaDelarosa

Buen trabajo! Yo tambien!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Enhorabuena!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Bienvenido al club.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Ay! Gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chase_22

congrats

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angel194462

Good job Wisecookiesheet! I can't wait to finish my tree! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Thank you! ¡Buena suerte con sus estudios!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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I'm curious, how fluent do you feel now that you have finished the tree?

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https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Forgive me, I'm typing on my phone so I hope this turns out well - my goal isn't fluency, atleast, not with Duolingo. I know Duolingo couldn't get me there alone, but it did give me a solid foundation, or moreso than the classes I took in highschool a few years ago. I also tried my hand at sign language, and after I scraped by that class, I had figured it was a personal issue that I couldn't learn another language, and that I never would actually be able to do it.

I have been in Australia for a few months now, and I decided to see if I could try spanish again, at least to help pass the time (I wasn't working the first few months I arrived). This also gave me the perfect opportunity to work in a 'vaccum' so I don't accidentally throw myself into conversation, which would embarrass me and stunt my learning. I have always been very 'theory, then practice' learning, so since there is such a small spanish speaking population here, when I wanted to talk to someone in spanish, that's when I knew I was ready to put it into practice. I really like the puzzle analogy a lot because you don't start building the middle of the puzzle, maybe clumps at a time, but your foundation is really having the border finished and every piece face up. It makes it easier to put it together.

I define fluency as being able to have a conversation in that language. You may not know everything, but the same goes for native speakers in English - if I started talking about film andhow animation influenced the industry, I probably would have to explain some words. When someone tries to explain the economy to me, I'm learning words. I work for a Chinese couple right now, and while they're tenses aren't perfect or their plurals aren't enough, I know exactly what they're saying, so yes, they're fluent. So I think I did reach a degree in fluency, at least in my writing and reading abilities. I can tell my comprehension of the language has improved so much more than what I ever learned in my classes.

My goal with Duolingo was to help me learn enough so I could skip at least one semester of Spanish so I would be able to travel abroad in two years to Spain. That's still the goal, and I think I'll achieve it well.

Wow this turned long I'm so sorry haha

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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Have fun! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@SwipeShot, I don't feel that fluency is attached to finishing the tree. The important part is moving allll of that information to long term storage. Finishing the tree just means we completed lessons, not that we've fully learned them. If I move everything from the tree into long term storage, I feel that I would be at a B1 level minus a handful of vocabulary words.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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Awesome! Do you feel all you have left to do is practise?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Yes, but, not just with the tree and not just a few points a day. I plan to fill in some of the missing vocabulary by practicing in Immersion, reading fanfiction, and watching Spanish dubbed anime. I spent the last month earning less than 100 points and feel that I actually started to forget some things. It was good that I didn't stop completely. It made it easier to increase my efforts once I was able to. My goal this week is 100 points a day. At the end of the week, I will reassess. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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Good luck! Perhaps even find some natives to talk to! ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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But I guess it really depends on your objective :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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And one´s memory capacity! I do not have the best memory for languages, though i love to learn them!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ccocdr
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Great work! Relief is a good way to describe the feeling :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Isn't it? Also congrats on finishing your tree recently too :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juliestarling

Felicitaciones!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PattiSh
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¡Felicidades!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

¡Gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dima_123
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¡felicidades!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MorenoAlejandro

Trrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..........................¡Felicitaciones! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

Da dun!! ¡Gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leo-r

escribe tu experiencia, en español, y así te ayudamos a pulir un poco mas

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

I'll post it in Spanish, but I'll post it tomorrow. I'm very tired right now jaja

4 years ago
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