Finalmente yo termine el árbol de español
Hola a todos. Fue un camino difícil, pero he aprendido mucho español. Yo sé que todavía tengo muchas cosas aprender. Pero Duolingo me ha ayudado mucho. Por supuesto, yo seguiré practicando español.
Hello everyone. I have finally finished Duolingo’s Spanish tree. It was difficult and it took me a few months to complete. But now I want to share my thoughts about Duolingo’s Spanish course with other Duolingo members.
First, I absolutely love how Duolingo introduces basic Spanish to more advance Spanish. For example, here are sentence examples from the beginning of tree to the end:
• Las niñas beben agua.
• Ella me dijo que te quiere.
• Nosotros habíamos decidido comer.
• Tú siempre serás un buen amigo.
• Ellas quieren que yo sea padre.
• Nosotros comeríamos con ellos si ellos fueran a comer a la misma hora que nosotros.
• Yo habría dicho que no. (Sentence is taken from the very last lesson.)
Duolingo gradually introduces new concepts which I really like. But it’s important to mention with the lack of explanations to the new tenses, grammar rules, etc. I was forced to buy a grammar book (it was called Complete Spanish STEP-BY-STEP) to understand what was going on.
And I have been able to test my ability with native speakers. I can honest say, “it was super difficult to understand what was being said during conversations.” But good news, I was still able to understand the main topic through familiar words I picked up.”
The problem came down to listening skills and my limited vocabulary. I wasn’t used to connecting the flow of the sounds and words. There were many words that I didn’t know.
This brings me to what really sucks about Duolingo’s Spanish. Three things:
• Explanations of grammar, tenses, etc …
• Developing listening skills
• A lack of vocabulary.
Conclusion: Overall, it’s an amazing application. It has helped me get as far as I am now. Honestly the only thing I need to do is to continue to practicing and learning more words. I’m confident I’ll be good with the language very soon which seemed impossible before I found this application. There is much more but my post it getting really long so I’ll end it. Haha =P
What do ya’ll think about Duolingo? What problems have you noticed as far as your progress in becoming conversational in Spanish?
Congratulations! Any plans to do the reverse tree or ladder to another language? (Something I'm always curious to know :D)
I haven't considered that. I think I see that you have done the reverse tree? What are your thoughts about it? Has it helped you a lot?
It's well worth the time. I first tried it before I'd finished the Spanish tree. It was really easy at first, but became a surprising challenge. I ended up postponing working on it further until after I finished initial tree. After, I went back and finished the reverse tree. It introduces some new vocabulary and doesn't let me continue just refreshing the sentences I had memorized from the other tree. Also, the translation ratio reversed itself too. So, with the Spanish tree, I was translating 2/3 of things into English. With the English tree, I was translating 2/3 into Spanish. That was definitely more challenging. I had to do more recall than recognition. :)
I am in full agreement with your assessment and analysis. Doing reverse trees into your native language, and going from one foreign language to another, are both excellent ways to reinforce your skills. Neither of these strategies blocks you from using other potentially valuable resources, such as books, newspapers, movies, the Internet, etc.
Ok, I have given the English for Spanish speakers a try. And I like it because as you and others mentioned, I've found myself translating a lot more sentences in Spanish than I did during the Spanish for English speakers.
I don't think I will start any new language. I was going to start Japanese but I first want to be conversational in Spanish, Then I will definitely dive into another language.
I just tried the Reverse tree. I like it a lot since it forces me to write a lot in Spanish.
Duo is perfect to lay the foundation of a new language. But thats it. If you want to become fluent, you can use a planned mixture of the following things. e.g. one of the following each day for 30 minutes.
- lyricstraining.com/es/ (Listening Skills)
- YouTube (I like to play CS:GO, so i watch ESL España)
- http://www.spanishlistening.org/ (Listening Skills + Vocabulary)
- Duo Stories (Listening Skills + Vocab)
- Writing the diary in Spanish
- Reverse Tree DuoLingo (Vocab + Writing skills)
- Change the language of your phone / pc to Spanish
I suggest to make a schedule for yourself, so you can observe the progress and make sure you will stay on track ;)
Well done, Learn and Live! Just a few comments from me. I agree that there's a lack of explanation of grammar. Oh well ,there are plenty of grammar books on the market. And how about joining a class led by a native Spanish speaker?
However healthy your tree may look, don't expect to harvest fluent Spanish from it. This course, just like any other course that may be available, is an excellent introduction to the language. It stuffs your brain with useful phrases and vocabulary, but I'm afraid that this is where they'll stay unless find a way to activate all this material. The only people who are able unlock this treasure are native Spanish speakers with whom you build up a relationship. That's easier said than done. This method worked for me when I was young and went to live and work in Paris, but these opportunities don't come along in the same way later in life. In my case I have a daughter who lives in Spain with her Spanish husband and two little girls. I'm going there later today. I swatch lots a Spanish films and news there and can more or less follow things reading the Spanish sub-titles.
I have been working on Duolingo on and off for three years, but am having a real spurt at the moment. I start each skill slowly working through level one and then change gear to fast track. This method gets me about 450 points a day and a golden leaf!