I Finished the Tree!
I got my Golden Owl today, the Oscar of Duolingo! My entire tree is gold. I am at Level 17 and will keep going until I reach Level 25. Even then, I'll do my best to keep the Spanish tree golden while increasing my knowledge. I don't need to be perfect, just better.
Later, my next language will be French. I am quite good at it, but haven't spoken it in a long time, and a refresher will be welcome. Then it will be German. After that, Italian. I can read and understand these languages, but due to lack of use, they need strengthening. And it's fun!
Thank you, Duolingo for all you do and the way you do it. My thanks to all of you, fellow language travelers. I don't post much, but learn a lot from the discussion board. Whenever I have a question, I get the answer I need.
You're all kinds of wonderful!
My thanks to all of you for the joyous and encouraging replies. Two lingots from me to each one of you!
I'm sure you're awesome too and will definitely "get there." Here's a lingot to keep you company on the way.
Good for you! How does one get past the golden owl (I'm now at level 11) to continue. Did I miss something?
The Golden Owl is there for you to know how well you've done and how amazing you are. You can keep going to your account as usual. Some of the modules change from gold and you have to strengthen them in order to make them gold again. You can also repeat or reinforce any part of the tree.
You will keep getting points as usual and will climb to higher levels. No more lingots for finishing a module, but you can keep getting them through wagers and higher streaks.
Here's a lingot to serve as encouragement.
Thanks for the congrats and the lingots. Wow! Please don't give them all away. I'm sending you 10 lingots so you can regrow your collection.
As to your question, of course you're amazing. We all are. The Golden Owl is just a reminder, the Oscar of Duolingo for persevering, having fun, and having access to various facets of the world.
Yes, I can read a newspaper or a magazine. I could do that before Duolingo because I know some Italian, French, and had a couple of years of Latin in school. I didn't understand every word, but I got the meaning of the article. We're not talking heavy scientific stuff, but your regular news or happenings. I could also understand the general meaning of what was being said on TV.
Now, thanks to Duolingo, I understand much more. I haven't had long conversations, but I've had occasions to express myself in Spanish (without peppering it with Italian) when dealing with native Spanish speakers whose English is minimal or non-existent. I may be hesitant and my Spanish may be limited, but I always make myself understood and I understand the other person. It's always a pleasant experience and it ends in appreciation and relief on both sides.
Am I fluent? No. Am I much better? You bet. Will I get even better as I keep going up and down the tree? Yes and my fluency level will improve. However, I won't overdo it. My goal is not perfection, but comfort and ease.
Enjoy it, have fun, and keep it gold. It's worth it.