Spanish from English course needs an update
The French from English course just got it's 3rd update; it is now on version 3.0 and is no longer a course meant only for beginners but helpful for intermediate learners as well. As per the below link,
the new course has 95 skills, over a thousand new words included along with hundreds of new sentences. One can probably reach a solid B1 level relying on Duolingo alone. They have introduced new & complex grammar skills and notes as well. They have also introduced new French stories in the lab to supplement the updated course.
When are we getting a similar update for the Spanish from English course? With only 61 skills, it is one of the shortest trees currently available ( even Russian for English speakers has 79 skills ). It is still a course meant to take an absolute beginner to around A2 level if he supplements Duolingo with other resources. Compared to the French tree, that's 34 skills less - a huge number and a huge difference in knowledge provided when you consider each skill contains at least 2-10 exercises. The Spanish course is solid for beginners, no doubt about that. But I believe it is high time the moderators treat us loyal users of this course with new knowledge & something exciting to look forward to. Duolingo is addictive & it will be awesome if everything required to reach a B1 in Spanish is available within one single app itself instead of switching among 10 resources. The base created with a newly updated Spanish course will help users use other resources more effectively & efficiently.
My fellow Duolingo users, please provide your feedback for the same. With sufficient demand, we may be able to persuade the Spanish moderators to update the course.
EDIT 1 - 4th June 2018 - The Spanish 2.0 course has been updated. It now has 113 skills compared to the 95 skills in French 3.0 course - a huge increase of 52 skills. There are lots of new lessons like travel, school, leisure, preference, routines, description, community, recreation, interest, info, groceries, requests, plans, memories, farm, nature, History and more.
I am really excited to go through this tree. Thank you so much to all the moderators for making this possible.
The new update is coming it has around 108 skills, I am one of the volunteers testing it since January.
There are a lot of new sentences too. With the crowns added to it each skill requires a lot of exercises to take it to level five and gold. A skill that previously had 3 lessons now has a total of 36 lessons to turn it gold.
That's an exciting news. Any idea of the approximate time ( month & year ) when it will be released for the A/B beta testing? Also, shine some more light on some of the new Skills that will be introduced. Will there be heavy focus on Spanish grammar?
P.S. - Hats off to you folks. You are doing an amazing job.
The reverse tree "English from Spanish is currently more challenging, try that one if you're not already. I prefer it.
I don't know about more material, but I am getting frustrated on the grammar. Is there more information on the grammar in the current version? For example; Why and when do we use the particles "a" "de" "como" "al" etc.?
Grammar has always been one of those aspects which Duolingo is not able to teach effectively & efficiently. Expert Polyglots have confirmed the same on numerous occasions. If you want to learn grammar, nothing substitutes a good grammar book. By the way, I am particularly fond of
a) A comprehensive Spanish Grammar by Jacques de Bruyne
b) Practice Makes Perfect Spanish series
I am using the book of Jacques de Bruyne and I find it highly illustrative. Give them a try and let me know if you like them.
I believe you are talking about the book by Jacques de Bruyne? Good choice. You can also read the reviews in the Amazon link I have provided. Users have provided very positive feedback.
A lot of prepositions you have to just learn by doing and getting corrected on it a lot until you get a solid feel for what's right. Idioms - not proverbs, but rather usage habits that have little-to-no relation to the denotative meaning of the word; think "surf the web", "pay attention", "catch a bus"; "I'm at school", but I'm "by the pool" "in the street", and "on break" - this is the hardest thing to learn when you're learning a language, and usually also the clearest distinguishing feature between a native speaker and a highly fluent nonnative. People spend years working to get the hang of this stuff. You just gotta keep at (hehe) it.