I'm about to finish up my Ph.D. and will be looking for a post-doc position in Souther America. I'm currently going through the Spanish tree and aim to be done with it in a couple months. For those that have completed a Duolingo tree, what do you do afterwards to further your language skills?
You should try to find some speaking partners in South America, because we have a lot of slang you will need to understand (not need to use) and that'd be very helpful for you, you can try apps like Tandem, so you will learn a lot about the different cultures in here.
I like both readlang (i use the browser extension) and bliubliu alot, to help bridge the gap to ‘real’ content. Podcasts: Notes in Spanish, and A Mi Aire (from podclub). Lingvist is good for building up vocabulary, though I only use it for French right now I hear the Spanish is good. Shows: extra and espanol en episodios... as we as kids shows like plaza sesamo and pokoyo. Then just incorporate as much Spanish as you can into your day! Also, all the stories in the labs if you haven’t read them yet.
Lingvist Spanish has about ~3800 (sentences).
Lingvist French ~5000 (a bit more).
If you haven't already, try listening to stuff on the internet, YouTube is good, but in the language you're learning. Get used to it and be patient if the speed of conversation and slang and accents make it tough. If you're past this point, you're probably ready to learn while speaking, so I'd look for friends who speak that language and only speak that language. Better native speakers than create a group of people wanting to learn.
Also, listening to music in your target language and reading online newspapers or blogs are helpful.
I continue to use Duolingo daily, going to the labs and reading stories there. I also have a book/audio set that was gifted to me. I try to read that a couple times a week. I have a subscription to the Spanish version of People magazine, so I'm getting really good at reading ads :) Just keep reading, talking and learning.
I have not completed the tree yet, but practice every day and try to find someone who can also speak Spanish to speak with. Congratz on your almost Ph.D!! Hope this helps. Keep it up!
- get through more detailed serious coursebooks for beginners and intermediates. you might use even the monolingual ones, your duo basics should give you that. Grammar exercise books like Gramatica de Uso are awesome. For vocabulary and verb drilling, there are good courses on Memrise by the users (not the official ones).
2.after that, consume a lot of native media. Start from easier books (for example translations of something you know well) and audiobooks, through harder books and dubbed tv series, up to various original books and tv series and movies.
A lot of the advice given is good in general, you are just highly unlikely to have strong enough basics for that just after Duolingo. Yes, it does some work, you surely will have learnt a lot, but all of it will still be rather superficial. And the key skill for living abroad is the listening comprehension, you will thank yourself for the time you'll have spent on it.
I wish you good luck and great results and lots of fun with Spanish!