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Finally finished my Spanish tree!

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I can't believe that I finally finished my Spanish tree!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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May I ask how long it took you and if this was your first exposure to the language? Felicidades. I am sorry that fireworks did not ignite from your computer, and the trombones didn't play a different tune. I am sure they are working on that...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
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It took me 49 days and, as you can see, I am below your level in points! I really sort of expected some fireworks, but maybe the fact that it drove me to the discussion board to seek some approval from those who understand is just as good? No, no, there should at least be a dancing owl and the jingle should play..... Maybe even a free tracksuit for the owl with a "finisher" jersey like the marathons give out. HEY, HOW ABOUT A DUOLINGO FINISHER T-SHIRT? I WOULD ACTUALLY PAY MONEY FOR THAT! Thanks for bringing up this brainstorm.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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You can pay money for t-shirts in the Duolingo gear shop: http://gear.duolingo.com/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
SuziJ0
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Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
Talca
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It took me ten months and I finished at level 15. I had no previous Spanish background, however, I used Duo, concurrently with classroom instruction. All the irregular verbs are shaky ground for me. No, let's be honest. a virtual terremoto.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
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You give me new hope for my French, as I have very little prior exposure. The one thing I will note about Spanish speakers is that they do not seem to mind minor bobbles and are very patient with anyone who will try.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KamilahTim

You give me hope! I'm 32 weeks pregnant and hoping to be just about finished with my tree by the time baby gets here. That means I only have roughly 50 days!! Seeing you finished in 49 made my day. Congrats on finishing and I'm slightly disappointed to learn there are no fireworks at the end!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

Yeah, I was expecting some grand animation (or a message from Luis) after I've completed my spanish tree after almost six months, yet all I have is just a golden tree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frknkrt

i appreciate you...what a perseverance is it :) 49 days streak ...great...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
SuziJ0
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Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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Yeah!!! Now get out there and speak what you learned! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/perloff
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Congrats!

What was your Spanish level at the beginning of the course in Duo? 13th level shows that you were not practicing a lot in Duo. So, maybe you had another sources for improving your language skills?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
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Age is on my side on this one. I took Latin in high school and then 2 years of Spanish in college. I worked at a restaurant in college where I learned some additional colloquial Spanish, but I never had the opportunity to really practice my spoken Spanish. I did not think I could afford to do a language immersion trip in college, so I missed out on that opportunity. In retrospect, I probably could have managed it, but information was not widely available in those days.

I put Spanish aside and went on with my life. Fortunately, I live where it is easy to have the occasional conversation and television. Also, I am not afraid of making an idiot of myself, which helps!

Finally, when I was 50, I was able to immerse, with my children, during a summer trip. I will never regret it. I urge anyone who has the opportunity to go to a foreign country to immerse in the language to do so. The more tools you have from DL before you go, the better. Contrary to what some people think, just walking down the street, through markets, and going to restaurants will not make you fluent. Tools like DL are essential for getting the framework for understanding.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/perloff
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Thanks a lot for your reply. And good luck with your French!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Psychotic_dweeb

Congratulations! I just started Spanish :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
SuziJ0
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Great! Have a lingot on me! Buena suerte (good luck)!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Psychotic_dweeb

Gracias! (Thanks)!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suehanigan

Wow! 49 days? I am seriously impressed. I have been working on it for a couple of months pretty regularly and I have a LONG way to go!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingoTimothy

Congratulations Suzi !!! I hope to be saying that in the near future. Perhaps you can clarify how somebody can finish their tree before another person, even though the other person may have completed more levels ?? Thanks.... and keep up the great work !!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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If you just do each lesson one time and do not do translate articles or do any review, you will complete the tree at a lower level than somebody who is doing a lot of review.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingoTimothy

Thank you. I never fully understood that before.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shinchi

Awesome..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Whyes
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Well done! I finished my English tree but I used to live in England for one year...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jryan1234

well done, can u tell me how hard it was cos i can't get passed possessives

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
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Hang in there! If you are doing it on your phone, it is harder to see all the notes, but still tap on the comment bubble if you miss a question to see what went wrong. Some of the people are kind enough to set out the rule in their comments, which is very helpful. Also, keep reminding yourself that you are succeeding by practicing even if you have to do the lessons several times sometimes (like me!).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Birdinator

Congrats! Must feel good :) I'm close to finishing my tree, but I find the grammar parts at the end of the tree really difficult and it takes a long time to sink in for me. But I will finish it within a few weeks I hope.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
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Thanks! Hang in there!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ellievincent
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Muy Bien!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
SuziJ0
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Merci! How is the French going for you? I find it really difficult.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
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Way to go! I just started out a few days ago. Do you feel more comfortable in live Spanish conversations now than before you started Duolingo?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
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Yes! I am also noticing that I am catching more on radio and television in Spanish. You are doing really well for just starting recently.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LunaMarykrmen

Felicidades!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/drkameleon
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Congratulations! I'm really close to that, too. (Just a few skills left actually...) :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mineyshalee

that is good news are you happy please answer

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mineyshalee

are you happy

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/softball.girl

congrats

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annalines

But will it ever really be finished? Will one leaf after the other drop off and will you be constantly refreshing the tree? I guess that the answer to that must be daily translations. After all, Google wish to improve their translation machinery (although I believe that nothing surpasses the human brain). and we, the students, are the ones bringing this about. I am on level 16 (parts of the body) and have on several occasions done no work for months at a stretch. At the moment I am working more regularly, but feel that little and often may be better than going at it at breakneck speed. Daughter and Spanish son-in-law will soon be coming to stay for several weeks and I hope that we can all be motivated to speak Spanish rather than English for part of the day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
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You are right that it is never really "finished" as I have to keep the leaves "in the gold" through practice. I find that doing at least one lesson a day in each language is optimal, but it is hard sometimes. I have had to use my streak freeze insurance (purchased with a few lingots) once to keep the streak going. French has been harder for me and I confess that I occasionally repeat a lesson I know I can do quickly just to get a lesson in on busy days. How lucky for you to have a visit with a native Spanish speaker coming up! Buena suerte!

4 years ago