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The Spanish Course

So the course opens with like two or three checkpoints and then all of the sudden there gone. What gives. I know a fair amount of Spanish and it's really frustrating having to bog through translation like "the soccer game is on Monday".

6 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/GraceOM

Test out of the levels. Get a rush from the trumpet fanfare. ¡Adelante!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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Try testing out of skill. I'm a native speaker of Spanish and this course is useful for learning English. Even though, I failed today in testing out :P It can be more challenging than I expected.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gchristie1

Ha, ha. Wait until they add fifty new skills and 1/2 your tree is now purple after a year of work! Happened to me about a month ago. I've been testing out of Levels "0", 1 and 2 eversince. Reality is, it got me to do a ton of routine practice which has actually helped. End of day, this is a program which helps you internalize the basics.

And yes, it'll always be a soccer game, and, yes, it'll always be on Monday. On the plus side--I seem to have turned some magic corner where there are far fewer elefantes and pingüinos..

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimo54
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Yes, exactly! This happened to my wife and me. She immediately went to work testing out of all the new stuff. On rainy days during our recent vacation she'd borrow my laptop and knock out 3,000+ XPs in an hour, or so. This happened a few times over two weeks. I personally don't mind some extra practice, so I've gone a bit more slowly in mopping up the new skills. I typically work through maybe half the exercises in a skill level and then test out of the rest. By the way, testing out of Level 4 offers lots of instant gratification (200 XP), if you're into that sort of thing.

The other idea I want to add is that it's been obvious to me how much all the additional practice I've been doing has really improved my mastery of some of the basics. (My wife studied Spanish in school; I didn't.) For example, I really appreciate the focused practice I've been getting on various verb tenses, mixed into various new skills. I try to think of all this in terms of sports I played in school. During practices for football, basketball, baseball, etc., I absolutely hated doing wind sprints and the other conditioning exercises that filled much of our practice time. Of course, on game days the extra conditioning usually paid dividends. So now, when the repetition in Duolingo starts to get to me, I think to myself, "This is so much better than doing wind sprints!"

As much as the recent changes to the Spanish course have irked other users, my wife and I both continue to love Duolingo. In fact, she said at breakfast this morning she'll never go back to the Rosetta Stone course, which has been gathering dust since the new material was added to the Duolingo course.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpanishiMonkey

Gordon Ramsay is better, if you ask me.

And yes, everyone has to put up with that, it's so annoying! I actaully had a first account, but then accidentally changed it to Portugese having no understanding of the language. Therefore, I had to set up another account with no progress whatsoever. I went through so much stuff like "Translate this to Spanish: My friend is going to the beach in one month's time." Ugh. But then it passes, and you fell on top of the world. Metaphorically.

*Edit: No, you probably won't feel like that actually. Close tho!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LexxyR84

Yes! It's frustrating to have to test out of all the skills, but that is exactly what will help me cement it all in my memory! Repetition! Knowing that doesn't keep it from driving me crazy, but it does keep me from quitting! Lol!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CMDC2008

i honestly don't know

6 months ago
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