I reached 500 days today. I finished the Spanish tree and am now on the reverse tree in English.
I cannot thank duolingo enough for this opportunity. Who would have thought, being dyslexic, I would have finished the tree. Actually Spanish spelling is so much easier for me. Another challenge is the Spanish Courses I have enrolled in at the local college. Needless to say this would have been out of the question for me if not for duolingo to get me started. Learning Spanish has helped me recall English words, my native language, a little easier.
What a positive experience! I am enjoying reading about all the success stories of individuals in the community. Keep up the good work!
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Good Job! I also have dyslexia and I also find spelling works in Spanish much easier than English. Seems like in english, the exception is the rule. In Spanish the rules, Rule.
How many days did it take you to get to nivel 25? I only ask, because I decided to slow down the number of lessons per day to see if it improved my retention. I used to do 5 to 10 a day now I'm trying 3 to 5.
So interesting you also have dyslexia because I read it is almost impossible to learn another language. I guess we are showing the experts.
I forget exactly how long but I know it was within a year of study. Now I must admit that I am addicted and spend many hours in the evening on Duolingo. I repeated lessons a lot before I completed the tree and I believe that is why I reached 25.
Now the fluency level is what I am interested in. Doing the reverse tree in English has shown me that it is a good indicator as I am not taking long to make strides in fluency of my native language, so that is fun. Of course, I am learning many more Spanish words. As far as retention I agree slowing it down helps. But I also have verbs and sentences that pertain to that verb on Word which really slows me down but helps with retention. I have read that writing the sentence in longhand is a sure winner for remembering even more that typing.
Alex, happy learning.
I just found this in the discussions today by wombatua:
Duolingo's levels don't connect with anything except point accumulation. You can run through the introductory exercise over and over and eventually you'll get 30,000 points and be at level 25. You won't have learned anything, but you'll be level 25. Don't pay attention to the levels (or the stupid "fluency" rating) here.
There is no problem powering through the tree. You may or may not know this and I surely did not. After you have completed the tree, your golds start to disappear and when you do the strengthening on that particular subject matter, Duo not only challenges you more with pronouns but with the more difficult aspects of the language. Upon saying that it may be the English to Spanish where I am getting this idea. Also English to Spanish will give you more words to learn and you are typing Spanish more. Do you have your English and Spanish keyboard turned on as you do the exercises. It really helps because you do not have to click the tilde letters below the square. I just learned this by trial and error. Hope you had a great learning experience today.