stopped in my prime at Level 17
Hi - I just love Duolingo, I got to level 17 two days ago in Spanish and I received my trophy congratulations message. Since then though Duolingo is not directing me to the final 8 levels and just the same icons appear with the trophy as the last one and no way of moving onto Levels 18 - 25. What am I not seeing?
The levels are not an indication of skill or proficiency, but only a measure of the number of XP points. Nor are there any more lessons. You can continue practicing your tree for as long as you are still learning. I often do that for at least a month or two after finishing a tree as new words and sentences will still be introduced and it solidifies what I've learned. If you look at your profile (under the icon to the left of your name), you'll see how many XP you need to get to level 18. The number of XP to get to the next level increases as you level up.
You will learn much more Spanish words and more difficult sentences by using the "Strengthen" features.
Here is the link to "Best Way to Make Your Tree Turn Gold and Stay Gold"
Other ways you could improve your Spanish:
The reverse tree, the course English for Spanish speakers, is very useful. There you have to translate much more from English to Spanish.
Here is the link to the Duolingo Help Center for
"How do I switch my Duolingo course language?" https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/217005666-How-do-I-switch-my-Duolingo-course-language-
Use the web version of Duolingo (http://www.duolingo.com) instead of the App. The web version works also fine on a tablet or phone, when WIFI is available (or 4G/LTE in an internet bundle)
Try to read and write in Duolingo's Spanish discussion forums. There you will find the daily used words, sentences and idiom.
Apart from that
- read a newspaper article every day and try to learn its new words
- listen to podcasts, watch movies with or without subtitles
- converse with a native speaker as much as possible
- write smaller texts, upload them on lang-8.com and let them be corrected by native speakers a.s.o.
- try "Duolingo stories" in the tab "Duolingo Labs" https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23206010
There are numerous possibilities. Duolingo will only bring you to an A2/B1 skill level in reading/writing and A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.
Info about language levels: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
Read from "Common reference levels".