Evidence of new content and hidden grammar lessons
I'm about 3/4 of the way through the purple lessons, up to Memories, Farm, Recreation 2, and Vacation.
In rolls the past tense, with no heads-up and no explanations. I'm not complaining - I enjoyed being momentarily thrown off, and then making the connections: "Oh, THIS is where this is going."
There are a lot of clues - use of the words "ayer" and "anoche", for example - that remind you of what the new conjugations mean. And (though it's early) I haven't run into any irregular verbs yet, so associating the conjugations with the related person is a breeze.
It's been a nice surprise.
Agreed. I love the new changes, and became a permanent Plus member after they rolled them out to my account. I'm learning more than ever now, the constant repetition is just the right amount, and I find myself spending much more time daily now, so they've nailed the game/addiction factor.
It is great to have new items, but their location in the tree, relative to the other items in the tree, probably could be better; a rearrangement of the items in the tree is needed.
Many of the new items, should probably be after instead of before , the grammar items i.e. adjective 1, present 2, adverbs, past tense.
Certainly, not everything, which is now above adjective, needs to be done before the adjective unit is introduced. Almost everything above the adjective unit, uses adjectives.
Many new things were introduced before adjective. Certainly, not all of these are prerequisites for doing adjective.
Also as you just pointed out, past tense is now being introduced (at the "vacation" or "shopping 4" unit) before the "past tense" unit in the tree.
I'm still lost and trying to find out what "purple lessons" are. I'm on the free version for going on two months now. Just keep clicking and soaking in the information.... lingots at 114, after just spending 30 on idioms. Not much in the Store to select from. love the program, learning Spanish.... what are all these circle things that looks like flag parts..... and where are the Help lines....who do I ask questions of?
I'll share as much as I have figured out. If it's wrong, I'm sure someone will correct me. As to the 'purple circles,' if you had completed enough skills/lessons to open the next subject, when the upgrade took place, these circles all became purple. Some people had completed all 5 levels thus making their circle gold, but after the update, it went back to purple. Outside of giving them away to others in these Discussions, Ingots don't serve much of a purpose (as far as I know). I would suggest if you are working on a streak (number of consecutive days that you logged in and reached your goal XPs) that you go into the Shop and spend a few on a 'Streak Freeze.' I also do 'Double or Nothing' just for the heck of it. The little circle thing(s) after a username designates the language(s) the person is learning. The number after the little circle thing is their Level. And lastly, the number after the Flame icon is the number of days in their streak.
One thing the lingot can be used for is to refill your health when you deplete it because you start typing your sentences in half english and half spanish. An answer must be in only one language...lol i just get on this roll and flying threw and then it happens. I’m thinking in one language but writing in another but not the right one. Or when you’re getting tired and you start making the dumbest mistakes. So that when it’s good to have those lingots. Also it makes me braver to guess with the fast paced speech and not use the slowed down version. I was thinking it will make me better are recognizing words when they are flying by me out in public. Just a suggestion for something to use them on. So everyone feel free to send them my way. I make a lot of mistakes...lol i’m just kidding. Keep them for yourself. I have enough.
There is a new update to the Spanish tree/course that has been rolled out to some people but not everyone yet. Rather than 61 skills of the existing tree, the new update has 113 skills plus there's been a few other changes. If you don't have it yet, it will be coming to you soon but I don't know exactly when everyone will get it.
If you need help with the preterite tense:
AR verbs: -é, -aste, -ó, -amos, -aron
ER/IR verbs: -í, -iste, -ió, -imos, -ieron
SER and IR: fui, fuiste, fue, fuimos, fueron
TENER: tuve, tuviste, tuvo, tuvimos, tuvieron
ESTAR: estuve, estuviste, estuvo, estuvimos, estuvieron
SABER: supe, supiste, supo, supimos, supieron
PODER: pude, pudiste, pudo, pudimos, pudieron
PONER: puse, pusiste, puso, pusimos, pusieron
VENIR: vine, viniste, vino, vinimos, vinieron
HACER: hice, hiciste, hizo, hicimos, hicieron