Mission Accomplished ~ Misión Cumplida
On January 1, 2013, I made a New Year's resolution to learn a new language. On January 6, 2013, I found Duolingo and I was instantly hooked. Yesterday, April 27, 2014 I finally reached Level 25! Duolingo has gone through many changes since I first started the program over a year ago. I must admit, I do miss Duo's feathers ;), but otherwise, the updates and improvements have been enough to keep my interest for not only hours on end, but for months and now years to come. I would love to see the vocabulary list increase, but the list that Duolingo has for Spanish has been enough for me to communicate with Spanish speakers and to watch Spanish television and understand the majority of what I am hearing. I would like to become fluent in Spanish before moving onto a new language (perhaps resolution 2015), but this has been a wonderful climb to reach Level 25 and I look forward to learning more every day. Thank you to the Duolingo staff who work so hard to keep us interested in communicating with each other around the world and for monitoring the discussions and keeping them family friendly (and at no cost to us)! (Hey in2spanish...I reached it! Time for doughnuts!)
Enhorabuena! I am far from level 25 but when I finished my tree, I decided to start French for Spanish speakers. It's TONS of fun and I get to practice my Spanish and learn French at the same time. I highly recommend it.
I'm a little concerned that I may lose some of my Spanish if I begin another language. Do you find yourself losing some of your Spanish since you've started French?
I practice Spanish a lot more than I practice French, so no I don't find myself losing my Spanish. I am so very new to French that it really is just a new and different way for me to practice my Spanish, if that makes sense. I do flashcards in Spanish, and write to Spanish pen pals, and read news and books in Spanish, and have Spanish music on my computer, and I go on Verbling and participate in Spanish chats, and I watch videos in Spanish.
My French is SUPER basic. I only know a few words, and I have a terrible time with pronunciation. I can't really DO anything yet in French. So although I'm doing some French every day -- like maybe 3 reviews and one new lesson until I can get through it with all hearts -- Spanish is still very much my focus as far as languages go.
The thing I really like about learning French from Spanish is that it gets the English out of my head, so I don't get stuck in that rut of translating everything into and out of English.
Wow, great idea! I just hit Level 25 and didn't know what to do. You have kickstarted by whole DL experience. Thx!!! & have a lingot! (LOL)
Don't forget that you can tell Duolingo that you are a Spanish speaker who wants to learn English. You can do the reverse tree. I am doing that with French and it is helpful. Congratulations on your accomplishment.
You guys are all so clever! I never would have thought of doing these things....reverse tree, learning a language from a language I learned, etc. Thank you!
Congratulations. A high five is in order!! I just returned home from my trip to Krispy Kreme were I purchased a dozen doughnuts in your honor and I am presently waiting for the coffee to finish so I can throw back a fresh blueberry filled or two on this great occasion. It's also great to know that you are....a mother of five...who is an independent learner...that holds down three jobs...and is a nite owl...that sets a great example for her children.
2prices I know you will understand when I say "In you He is well pleased".
Indeed, I do understand and am humbled and thank you for that! I also thank you for celebrating in my honor! ( And with my favorite brand of doughnuts to boot! ) I hope the hot light was on when you went!! Gracias por todos vosotros aliento mi amigo!
Gracias! I see you are learning every language offered. Do you find yourself getting confused between languages? I want to be fluent in Spanish and fear losing some of what I've learned if I start another language.
Estoy aprendiendo todos los idiomas aquí porque todos me encantan :D Y cuando me cambio entre los idiomas rápidamente, me confundo un poco. Pero no hago eso tanto. Sólo aprendo un idioma por vez :) Y yo también quiero poder hablar con fluidez en español, pero ya he terminado mi árbol, y ahora estoy practicando el español en otros lugares.
Also, if you decide to start learning French or Portuguese, you can learn them from Spanish (laddering), thereby strengthening both languages at the same time :D
Just started learning French from Spanish, love it. What a great idea. Thx! (& here, have a lingot, lol)
Lrtward said the same thing above. I would have never even considered trying that until now. I think that is such a great idea! I am seriously considering learning German from Spanish after reading your responses. Thank you!!
Wow, great time !! Less than 4 months of study and you're finished with the course !!! That is really great. That is a real inspiration coming from a newbie. May I ask approximately how much time did you put into your daily Spanish studies ??
Wow, I was hoping no one would catch that! I liked your time table much better than mine!! ;). I usually sit and use Duolingo while my family sits and watches mindless sitcoms. Lol. Seriously, I try to do at least 15 to 30 minutes a night at the very least. As you go up in levels, your goal gets higher. Level 24 had 4000 XP.
Congratulations! I have just set out on the path that you have almost finished. I got inspired by your perseverance and hope will be motivated as much.
Thank you!! I sat last night and could not stop smiling when I realized that I understood the entire episode of "Fugitivos de La Ley: Los Angeles". (Both the Spanish and the English dialogue). I think this is the first New Year's resolution I ever stuck with, and I couldn't be happier that I did.
Wow Felicitaciones. That really is something that requires dedication. Wanting to be fluent in a language is something big but achieving such things is incredible. My best wishes for you and I feel kind of flatter when someone wants to learn my mother language. Lingot for you and my best wishes.
Muchas Gracias! And I have come to LOVE the Spanish language! It brings me so much joy when I can understand someone who speaks it.
This is amazing, congratulations! what an achievement! And knowing that you are a mother of 5 and full of enthusiasm and goal oriented this way...full respect & 2 Lingots to you. I got excited from early morning, so that is a good morning for me, gracias : )
Congratulations! At what level did you complete the tree, and then what did you do to reach Level 25? Did you translate articles after the tree?
¡Gracias! I finished the tree VERY early on. I think when I first started on Duolingo, that was my main goal. It was only a couple of months. Once I accomplished that, I was able to settle in and really focus on learning Spanish, rather than trying to reach a goal. As you level up, it takes more XP's to move up a level, as I'm sure you noticed. I think I needed around 100 XP on level 1 and 4000 XP on level 24. I loved when Duolingo added the Leaderboard, because that was my motivation every week to work toward something. The people on this discussion board have given me such great ideas, like learning another language from Spanish, or "learning" English from Spanish. They call it a reverse tree. I LOVE these ideas! I really want to be completely fluent in Spanish before moving onto another language and these will allow me to do so. I rarely translate articles, only because I have an unusually high discomfort level when it comes to criticism....even constructive criticism. I will lose a full nights sleep over someones comments. (Pathetic, I know). But I try to translate every now and then, because I want to see how my comprehension is improving. I do, however read books in Spanish and watch Spanish television every day. I could never have done so without Duolingo.
Did you reach such a high level from much repetitive reviewing after completing the tree? I finished the tree at level 14 so I wonder how do you get up to 25?
Yes. Everyday I used "strengthen skills", and would make sure that my tree stayed gold. I would also restart at "Basics 1" and work my way up the tree without losing any hearts and the next day starting at "Cond. Per" and working my way down the tree without losing any hearts. If I lost a heart, I would redo the lesson. To mix it up, I would have my kids pick a nimber from 1 to 67, (number of lesson circles on the tree), and I would do that lesson until I could do it without losing any hearts. Lesson 25 seemed like a world away when I finished my tree, so I stopped working toward it, and just started enjoying the fact that I was learning another language. Before I knew it, I was posting this discussion. ;D
Very nice! You did a lot of dedicated work, there! I couldn't do that many lessons in a day by any means so I'll just have to work more slowly. Congrats again on reaching 25!
Gracias, otra vez. But let me quickly clarify. There were many days I couldnt get to the tree and I rarely spent more than 30 minutes to an hour a day on it. I would sit and learn while my family watched a sitcom or cooking show that I didnt want to watch. Lol... Just enough to keep my learning fresh. You can do it, I assure you!