After completing the first tree
I've just completed Level 11 English-Spanish but I can't find how to continue with the course. Can you help me?
Congrats on finishing your language tree!
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 http://translatihan.com/ and let them be corrected by native speakers
- try "Duolingo stories" https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23206004
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".
do you know if the algorithms for longer sentences, L1->L2 translation ratio, etc. change / improve a little bit if you have finished the tree and the golden owl pops up?
Maybe a year ago. However at the moment, I don't think they do.
Personally, I am very happy with this behaviour of Duolingo.
It is the perfect base for doing "reverse" trees and "laddering".
You can read in many of my former comments "this is really a good educational method for beginners and people who want to brush up their school knowledge".
More advanced students have to move forwards by entering the real life: reading, writing, listening and talking in their target languages!