https://www.duolingo.com/DoviSchlossberg

Finished the Spanish course!

After about four months of continued learning and practice, I am proud to say that I have completed the Duolingo Spanish for English speakers course! Thank you to all the creators of and contributors to the course, my fellow Spanish learners, and the entire Duolingo community for guiding me through this incredible process! Good luck everyone in your language learning endeavors!

What suggestions do you have as to how to proceed from here in order to continue learning Spanish, building my vocabulary, and ultimately attaining fluency?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/matfran2001
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Congratulations!!!

If you can practice speaking with natives, go for it! That is the best thing you can do, in my honest opinion.

If not, you can try to read books, maybe children books first, and then adult books after that.

Also, it is extremely important to listen to natives as soon as possible, to listen to real conversations (watching a film, watching YouTube videos....), even if at first you don't understand too much. Your ear (your brain in fact) will get used to it little by little.

Good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoviSchlossberg

Thanks! I'm going to try to start watching some Spanish movies/tv with English subtitles. I doubt I'll understand much at first, but hopefully, over time I'll pick it up. I also recently began the Memrise Spanish courses, which I have found, thus far, to be very effective in teaching colloquial phrases and general vocabulary.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElijahCFGolpe
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I suggest that you continue at it!

Go on YouTube, watch some EasyLanguages Easy Spanish videos, see if you understand it without reading the subtitles. You should also download SpanishDict and try learning new words everyday with it. Practice making sentences everyday, listen to more Spanish music if you want, go online, find some Spanish friends, learn Spanish recipes, etc. etc.!

There's lots to do after finishing a course and if you don't feel comfortable with the language just yet, keep at it, make sure you're having fun, don't be afraid to make mistakes, etc. And don't be afraid to ask for help or look for something you didn't know. Great job! I finished the course a couple months ago as well. I listen to Spanish music almost everyday and try to speak at least five sentences a day, even if it's just to myself. :)

¡Buena Suerte!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoviSchlossberg

Listening to Spanish music sounds like a great idea! Thanks for the suggestions!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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I don't know how you become fluent (I'm still not that myself). But I suggest talking to people and watching TV in Spanish, plus maybe getting a grammar book (I don't know where you are on grammar, but it couldn't hurt; Spanish verbs are HARD). Maybe you could also try to test out and enroll in a Spanish class at a college, that helped me but it was expensive. I was able to go straight into intermediate from what I learned from Duolingo and other ways like the ones I just mentioned. I also have an aunt that speaks Spanish that helped me, and I live in a decent sized southern city (Little Rock, Arkansas) with quite a few Mexican/Central American immigrants, so there are a lot of Spanish speaking stores and stuff here. I don't know if you have that where you live.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoviSchlossberg

Spanish verbs are HARD

Tell me about it. The conjugations are especially difficult in the lessons toward the end of the Duolingo course. Thanks for the suggestions!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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¿Quiere hablar español conmigo?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoviSchlossberg

¡Por supuesto!, pero ¿cómo?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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Aquí en las discusiones.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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Vi que la campana dijo que usted trató de me hablar en el stream. Los streams no existen nada más. Si quiere hablar, tenemos que hablar aquí en la discusión.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rowah

10 lingot for you! :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoviSchlossberg

Thank you so much! Good luck with your Spanish tree!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rowah

Thanks! I already finished it, but I like to restart... :P

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Anna.Sofia-
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¡Felicitaciones!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SJByars

Congrats! TV shows and movies are great... but watch them with Spanish subtitles. If your'e a Netflix guy, "Club de Cuervos" is amazing and funny. I also really like "El Internado," which is a Spanish scifi, mystery drama based near some Spanish city. It's good.

  1. If you drive a lot, like I do, podcasts are AMAZING. Subscribe to "News In Slow Spanish." You can subscribe in Latin American, Spain, or both Latin and Spain Spanish podcasts. And, depending on your level of subscription, you can get transcripts of the podcast that you listen to. News in Slow Spanish is my favorite because you can click the words you don't know as they are being spoken in real time. Also, the people speaking are native speakers. AND there are grammar lessons at the end of each podcast to help you understand more colloquial aspects of the language as well as irregularities in the language.

  2. "Notes in Spanish" is also cool. However, it is a podcast just in Spain Spanish. Still, they have podcasts (and accompanying paid worksheets) at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. It's a native speaking woman from Madrid, and her (fluent) husband from England that run the podcast. They talk about a myriad of things.

  3. If you are more of a video person, Yabla is a great resource. It is full of thousands of videos in Spanish, from Spanish speaking countries all over the world. It is not free BUT it is not expensive either. There are videos for all levels on many subjects (cooking, tourism, people showing you around different cities, etc.). In addition, you get to see what the natives are saying since all the videos are (very accurately) captioned. You can pause the videos, play them in slow motion, and define words in real time when you click on them. It's great.

Buena Suerte y Felicidades!

SJBD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alimk0329

you should complete the english course in spanish to learn more spanish

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https://www.duolingo.com/txlsu
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Good job!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoviSchlossberg

Thanks, any suggestions for improving my Spanish going forward?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricHYPE24

Congrates! Since you are up to this level of Spanish, you should start reading some Spanish books or movies for fun. Movies might be hard to understand at first but it will get easiler when you get to known the language just like a native language to you. You can also try to talk to some people that known Spanish maybe better than you. They could be you little tutor for Spanish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaleJ5

Congrats on completing he Spanish course I am working on Spanish to congrats again

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https://www.duolingo.com/alimk0329

Ur welcome

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https://www.duolingo.com/HenryO23

you are awesome.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Horako224

I suggest using hellotalk it's really good for writing and reading.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-lucas-.
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to improve your listening you can use https://www.voscreen.com

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https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code
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¡Felicitaciones! Try doing reverse tree - take the English course for Spanish speakers.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JBoy_Advance

Congratulations DoviSchlossberg! If you haven't already learned grammar, you should go do that. https://www.spanishdict.com/ is really great for that. And you should immerse yourself in different Spanish and build up your vocabulary more, because Duolingo doesn't have all the Spanish words in the world.

Have a great journey continuing growing your Spanish skills!

7 months ago
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