Vocabulary drilling, extra resources
Just to let you know about some courses I have been using on memrise which have helped me to significantly increase my vocabulary after finishing the tree here. This makes it much easier also to read and translate articles in immersion without having to look at the translation of individual words each time. Because it is also based on spaced repetition schemes, words are sticking much better than a casual encounter in a random text.
If a moderator thinks this not appropriate advertising, feel free to delete. Just thought the two tools are complementary...
Very long course on advanced vocabulary (with quite a lot of audio and existing mems provided): http://www.memrise.com/course/3072/advanced-spanish-4/
Nice one for Spanish sayings: http://www.memrise.com/course/52752/350-spanish-sayings/
Haven't started this one, but seems nice too: http://www.memrise.com/course/169239/advanced-spanish-vocab-6/
Not so long, but with day to day words: http://www.memrise.com/course/119649/advanced-spanish-vocabulary-8/
And many more... Just browse for spanish courses.
Feel free to provide your favorite courses.
On Memrise you can also enter 'duolingo' in their search box and find some Duo units where students have built corresponding Memrise vocab units. I think in Italian, for example, the first 31 units are there (not as much in Spanish or French, but some useful ones like adverbs and many verb units).
These are very handy for practice, at least until Duo brings back the vocabulary tool we used to have here.
You wrote ... "If a moderator thinks this not appropriate advertising, feel free to delete."
The prevailing sentiment on Duolingo seems to be that whatever helps students learn is fine and since Memrise is a free service and definitely helps students I'm pretty sure Duo has no problem with people recommending it.
Yes, I've seen those. Thanks for mentioning it.
I haven't used those, and probably won't, for the very same reasons Charley-Farley has mentioned in his answer. And anyhow, I've found duolingo pretty good at drilling yourself for the in-site vocabulary.
Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Bring the whip and I'll chastise and castigate myself ;)
I have been using Memrise recently, as recommended on here. However, as is stands at the moment, I find it very frustrating, particularly after about level 6, as there is absolutely no room for alternative answers - so if they have taught you 'yo estoy....' and you put 'estoy.....' it is considered wrong. I find it annoying that they say 'he had a wine' and use beber instead of tener, and similar instances. Also, they taught 'he had eaten' using tenia hambre, but 'she had eaten' as estaba hambriento' (might have those the wrong way round). It makes one get things marked wrong, even though they're right, and I find myself going backwards in learning. That said, I have just had a comment back from the 'owner' who says she'll change it so that both are accepted, so it's a start. - oh yes, and 'I am' is only 'yo soy' to start with, anyway, so one has to remember what one has learnt on that specific site, and almost forget previous knowledge. I think I'm just going to use it to learn vocab at the moment. What do others think of Memrise?
I presume you're talking about the duolingo to memrise courses.
Definitely, Memrise works for single words of vocabulary where you have a more straightforward one to one correspondence (but not always) than for complete sentences. For complete sentences, one has to rely, for instance, on a crowdsourcing approach such as duolingo's, to provide alternate answers. Memrise is simply not built for that.
However, you might try using the Memrise App (available for Android, I don't know for others). For practical reasons, answers are often (when more than 1 word) provided as multiple choice sentences (which you can force yourself not to look at before knowing the answer in your head), so you will avoid some of the frustration you mentioned above.