Finished my Spanish Tree
I started Duolingo about in October of 2013. After taking Spanish in high school (and really being the only person who paid any attention in that class), I have always had a desire to learn spanish and be able to speak it fluently. I even have a few friends who are not native speakers but can speak fluent Spanish. I always wondered, why can't I learn? Being in college, you have the opportunity to take foreign language classes. Unfortunately, those classes are only offered as night courses at my college and honestly no one wants to take a night class. On top of that, I was so eager for this learning experience not to just be a "class" and then once I was done with it I could just forget everything I learned. With that in mind, I was seeking to learn Spanish on my own, with the help of some friends of course.
I can't recall how I came upon Duolingo... it might have been a tv commercial? (Do they have those?) Anyway, I found Duolingo and started using it. I think what I love about it most is that you can do it for as long as you want, 10 minutes or 10 hours, it doesnt matter. Soon after finding it, I decided to set a challenge for myself. Rather than taking the Spanish courses at my college, I was going to study on my own and do my best to CLEP out of the classes and get college credit on my own. The classes cost around 3 grand for 6 hours or 6 grand for 12 hours, so if I could CLEP out of them, it would save me a lot of money. A few days ago, I finished my Spanish tree. While I am still working on getting all of the areas gold and continuing to practice, I am confident that I will pass the CLEP... Depending on how well I do, I might take it a few times to get the full 12 hours of credit.
Throughout this journey with Duolingo, I have been so happy with my results that I encouraged my younger brother (11 years old) to start learning Spanish and my little sister (9) to start learning French. I think that if they stick with it, it could really benefit them to be bilingual. Since Duolingo has worked well for me, I will continue to recommend it to whoever I talk to about this subject. Thanks to everyone working for the Duolingo team, you guys are doing a great job. (On a side note, I am a graphic design student and LOVE the UI you guys have as well).
Anyway, you are reading this and are just starting out, DONT QUIT!!! You can do it if you keep at it!
Thanks for taking the time to read this and have a good day!
CLEP tests are a great way to go. I CLEPed out of 18 credits (long ago), saving a lot of money. Study up on the listening exercises and you'll do fine. My suggestion: Get a CLEP prep book and/or a College Spanish lab manual with CDs/DVDs for improving listening skills.
I will have to look those up and see what the costs are. One of my friends encouraged me to listen to Spanish music.... HOLY CRAP does that help your ear. You start hearing inflections and compounded words and phrases that you didn't think you would. Sometimes I look up the lyrics and see how it flows together, it helps so much with listening and with my accent as well.
I generally have a hard time "getting" lyrics, even in English. So when I listen to Spanish songs, "corazon" is one of the few words that registers! (Along with "bailar" and "vida")
I could keep up a little with No téééngo dinéééro, ohoho, no téééngo dinéééro...nononono!
The story of my life. :P
I agree completely! I have become a huge Marc Anthony fan and listening to his music has been an enormous help with my Spanish! Congrats on finishing your tree! Keep up the good work! Level 25 is just around the corner. :)
I hear a lot of Spanish dance music and have a big reggaeton collection, just because I absolutely love dancing. Have always had trouble distinguishing lyrics even in English-lyric songs, but eventually I began to recognize some words and look them up. And I discovered that I was loving and blasting music in my car that was extremely, let's say, X-rated. (I still love it, though!)
I already have 12 credits from CLEP tests. I'll definitely do Spanish this year; I've done the practice test for Spanish I and it was quite easy.
I am hoping to take the CLEP after this summer which gives me a few months more to practice and refine my knowledge.
Congratulations! I find this a magnificent way to learn a new language.
I was inspired by Spanish last year when I traveled in Columbia, Venezuela, Panama and Cuba. I hated that I could't communicate fluently with people. I only knew some Spanish phrases.
Since last January I have been taken Spanish classes two hours a week. Then I found Duolingo.
I started it past February and hopefully I'll be finish in a week. Unfortunately I won't be in Madrid but I am waiting to hear the final drumroll at St. Marcus Square in Venice, Italy. :)
Duolingo is so easy. I can practice Spanish everywhere I want with my iPad.
I struggle sometimes with the English phrases because I am native Finnish speaker. English is actually my third language because I also speak fluently Swedish.
And if you want to develop you Spanish hearing I recommend to watch a stupid sitcom called Extra on YouTube but it is easy to follow.
Remember to use your new skills because it is the only way to hold on them.
CONGRAUTLATIONS!! I just love reading people's posts about completing their trees. Wonderful seeing everyone so happy with their achievements! :)
Also, check out some other discussions about more learning tools you can use from external sources to complement your DL studies.
¡ Felicidades! Usted no se sentirán decepcionados por tu elección estudiar a español.
Here are some additional FREE college level courses available online. I tutor remedial Algebra and Calculus I,II & III and I regularly recommend these resources.
You may like this FREE Spanish Proficiency Test located at : https://www.nationalspanishexam.org/index.php/exam-preparation/past-examinations.
Using this site:
(1) DO NOT Enter Personal Information (2) Click on Level 1 Achievement/Proficiency (3) Click on Start Now (4) Scroll DN to were test begins and start (5) Complete Test and Submit Answers (6) Click Submit again to receive answers and score
Also you may be interested in these FREE short Spanish Test prepared by Spanish Teachers around the globe. This link has over 1100 short Spanish Proficiency pop quizzes.
(1) Follow this link: http://www.quia.com/web (2) Lower right hand corner Shared Activities click on Spanish (3) Refine your search: Activity type..click Quiz (4) Test your Spanish proficiency with these pop quizzes.
Congrats.. I started in November I believe and I am probably a little over a month away from completing mine. Thanks for taking the time to post your results.
So, has the Duolingo made you conversational or fluent in Spanish? Can you speak to Spanish speakers who don't know much English?
Also, I agree with you DON'T QUIT!!! advice, can you tell?
congratulations! Your an inspiration. I grew up bilingual but with no education in writing or formal speech and am now using the app to formally relearn spanish the RIGHT way. I hope to finish my tree sometime this year hopefully. Good Luck!
ooh good luck!! i picked up a bit of spanish living in los angeles a few years back and duolingo is just so fun and cheap haha!:D it's my 5th language right now so trying to maintain all the other ones too (:
Wow, five languages! How did you learn them, and how do you maintain them?
ahhah i'm chinese so my first languages were cantonese & mandarin from my parents, i learned english at school in canada (my strongest language), then french in high school (trying to keep it w/duolingo XD), and spanish from friends duolingo!!
go to meetup.com to find language meetups, i currently try to go to 2 a week (mandarin french) hope i can start going to spanish soon too :3 gl/bonne chance/suerte veronica!!
oh & libraries have tons of great resources too, like grammar and exercise and phrase books (:
Thank you! My husband also knows multiple languages, and I'm determined to know at LEAST more than one!
I have started to spanish 2 weeks ago and your comment really encouraged me so much to keep learning.Cograts for compleating the levels btw!
I'm amazed that you stuck with spanish. most people get frustrated or bored
Why do you say that? I´m Norwegian and am learning Spanish as my third language. To me Spanish is a beautiful language which I really love learning, listening to and speaking.
Congrats! That's awesome! I took Spanish in high school (up to 3 levels) but I graduated 10 years ago and lost it! Or so I thought. Duolingo has been awesome for refreshing that knowledge! Can't wait to finish my tree. :)
Your article is very encouraging as I have been struggling since I reached level 14. I am giving you a Lingot for your positive attitude. Take care
Congrats, that is great to hear and I'm happy for you! :) Currently I'm struggling with the two last to skills (Abstract Objects 3 is just too long with 10 lessons).