My experience and some suggestions
I recently finished the duolingo spanish tree and would like to thank the duolingo team for all the effort they have put to create such a great course. Thank you for helping me learn more than 3000 common spanish words, and so many common phrases, through such an easy, encouraging and amusing way!!
I 've used some tests to evaluate my knowledge and it seems that in less than 10 months I' ve reached dele B1-B2 level! So for me, duolingo really works!
Based on my personal experience and the difficulties I faced, I would like to suggest the addition of some 'tips and notes' topics that might be helpful for the new learners:
- 'Por' vs 'Para'.
- When to use just 'de' and when 'del or de la'. -'Hay' vs 'Hay que'.
- How to form the gerund and the past participle.
- Conjugation of future tense and past imperfect tense, of conditional and of imperative.
- The use and conjugation of verb 'haber' in all tenses.
- When to use the subjunctive form (and not the indicative form or the conditional).
- si clauses.
- a list of how to count ( 1- 1.000.000).
- a list of the days and months.
- a list of the biggest countries and cities.
Thanks again for this great journey!
Felicitaciones por completar el curso de español.
Are there 'tips and notes' files somewhere? Maybe you can help me with this. Is there a way to practice matching words or verb conjugation besides the tree exercises. I use tiny cards but I learn so much better when the Spanish is read to me instead of just matching printed words.
I hear multilingualism is the new black . It sure looks good on you, Katia!
Thank you so much for your kind words! Here are some forum discussions that might help with the 'tips and notes': https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24635443 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22993911 for verb conjugation I personally use this site: https://en.bab.la/conjugation/ There are also nice spanish labs on duolingo where you can listen and read nice small stories.
La parte difícil ya pasó...
Ahora viene lo divertido, que es practicar...
Donde, y cuando puedas, recomiendo vivir en Español...
Or not...I just wanted to write Helado so badly...any idea?
Muchas gracias! Creo que tienes razón! Desafortunadamente, no puedo ir a vivir a España pero la quiero visitar el proximo año!
Thank you ! Well at the begging I was spending just 10 min per day. But the last two months I decided to work a bit harder. So I was practising duolingo everyday and everywhere that I had to wait for a while (for my appointment with the doctor, for my car's service, at the bank etc). I also started using additional online sources to improve my grammar and I practiced a lot verb conjugation. I started using the duolongo labs to improve my listening skills and listening to spanish songs and learning the lyrics. That one was really fun and helpful! Finally I started writting small essays (eg about my life, my family, my holidays etc) and sometimes, when I am in a place or room ( eg in the kitchen) I am trying to check how many spanish words I' ve already learned ( eg table, chair etc) and how many I don't know yet.
I'm also Greek trying to learn Spanish and I wasn't sure if doing it through English is a good choice. Your progress has given me courage and the will to study harder. Thank you and congratulations on completing your tree!!!
Thank you Vasiliki! Yes it is a great idea because the similarities between the english and spanish vocabulary will help you very much. Also it is a good way to practice your english at the same time. In terms of grammar, language structure and pronunciation your greek will help you a lot!
You are welcome! There are some forum discussions about some of the above topics that you might find helpful. It is easy to find because they are among the most popular. Unfortunately I discovered that after I finished my tree but better late than never!
I too am having some of these problems. I would further add an explanation regarding the usage of qué and cuál.