567 Crowns Later...
Well. I managed to complete all of the skills at level 5 for the whole Spanish tree (as it currently stands at 567 Crowns) before they changed it again! XD It was a little anti-climactic for me, so I felt like I should do a sort of wrap-up post.
I started right before the Crowns system was introduced and was /just/ about to finish getting the whole tree gold after getting The Owl. Then Crowns happened. Then I was /just/ about to finish getting to level 5 on all of the skills in the new tree (without being able to test out of anything, mind). And then the giant expansion that gobbled up Crowns (and my Owl!) happened. So many moved goal posts!
All of that is to say, you /can/ finish this thing as it exists now, should you be stubborn enough. Even with all of the goal post moving, I did it in under 150 days....in that 149 is technically less than 150.
Going forward, I am planning to see if the Practice button will now work to strengthen skills in a "spaced repetition" fashion, which seems to be what the Crowns system lacks compared to the previous skill-decay model. I will be excited if it does! Has anyone else gotten to this place and tested the button enough to know?
In the meantime, I still have 3 sets of Stories (in the Labs tab) to finish. These have been my favorite part of DL, I must say. If you haven't tried them yet, they're a great way to learn that isn't so very repetitive and out of context.
Then I may check out the English from Spanish "reverse" tree I've been hearing so much about. Writing more /in Spanish/ is where I feel like I could still use a bit of practice and word on the street is that's where it's at!
My other latest favorite practice is watching Spanish-speaking stand-up comedians on Netflix with the English captions on to help me with the colloquialisms, occasional difficulty with accents that are less familiar to me, and really fast talking. There is a lot of bang for your buck in listening density and having the captions available is pretty efficient for referencing. Also, for those of us who do better being able to look at a person's face when they're speaking, it holds up a lot better than radio, podcasts, books on tape, etc.
Best of luck to everyone on your Spanish journeys!
Sorry, but the correct way of saying it would be ¡Bravissimo!
It takes almost forever due to the new content and the crown system.
Before the Crowns update I worked at keeping my tree gold by only using the strengthen button and it concentrated on the weaker skills.
At the crowns up date we were told that the practice button continued to concentrate on the weaker skills but would not increase the skill level.
Interestingly, I still had the old system on my android up to last week, and could see that using the "practice" button on my PC was still keeping my skills gold on the android and my fluency percentage up. I was using the practice button frequently because it gave me more interesting sentences than all the low level skills which had been introduced, however now I've got the test out option I am now concentrating on getting all my skills to level 5. Unfortunately last week Duo decided to update on my android so I can not longer keep tabs on how gold my pre crown tree is or my fluency level. I understand I may be able to do this on the alternative web site but that's too much effort!
Wow! Well done! I'm trying to get to level 5 on one skill per day, but by 'testing out'. You really put the effort in!
So there is hope! =)
I'm at 462 crowns this morning, and hoping to finish sometime this month (August).
I just hope they don't move the goalpost again before I get there.
Yes! I haven't done it yet, but I believe that when you hover over the course flag next to your user name, then select "add a new course" from the drop-down that appears, and then change your native language to "Spanish" on the course list page, you can then add the course to learn English from Spanish. As most of the writing is in the native language instead of the target language, there is supposed to be more writing in Spanish doing it that way. It sounds like good practice! People in the forum recommend it often.
The stories are still awesome in the last few sets.
The PRACTICE button is giving me things to practice. It is updating my Words list. It does let me used timed practice again. But I can't tell if it's actually targeting my words that are the most "overdue" for study. It doesn't really look like it's pulling them that way, as far as I can tell. Mostly it's giving me easy stuff, but at least it's less repetitive now.
The English from Spanish course is awesome! I like it better than the Spanish from English. It is way more challenging and seems to have a much wider variety of very useful words so far. Not to mention the fact that they just sneak the subjunctive in wherever and throw me when I'm not paying attention. ^_~ I'd recommend it!