I passed the written Spanish comprehension test for work! Thanks to DuoLingo :)
A year I took an online Spanish comprehension test for work and did not pass because my Spanish was pretty rusty.
Then I found DuoLingo and started practicing my Spanish. I completed the tree, did a number of the Stories, and was able to get to level 25 recently.
I took another online test for written comprehension in Spanish through a worksearch website in their online resume section. I not only passed, I earned a "highly proficient" rating and was able to put that on my online resume.
Thanks, DuoLingo, and the DL community, for the help and support.
Posts like these make me excited. I only started learning actively around a month ago and I've already learned so much, and your success story is even more motivational! A bilingual resume is always impressive for employers, congrats on your achievement!
Congratulations! I had a similar experience - I decided to pursue a second Master's degree, in History this time, and I had to either test out on a language translation test or take two semesters of a foreign language ($$$). I have been using Duolingo for several years, decided to take the Spanish test, and passed with a score of 98! :-) Thanks, Duolingo.
Congratulations! I definitely believe it. I took several Spanish classes about 15 years ago, plus a quickie refresher course about 12 or so years ago. And when I took Spanish with Duolingo starting 2 years ago, I learned more by the time I was halfway through than I had learned in all those previous courses taken together. I was extremely impressed! And now that they've updated the course, I will take it again very soon, and I can't wait to see how far it will take me. BTW, what online test for written comprehension did you take and where could I find one? Thanks!
Felicidades! Good to hear my brotha. I'm so tired of hearing the negative people making it seem like you can't get anywhere with Duolingo.
Thanks for the great news! It is good to know, since people sometimes ask if Duolingo is worth their time to use. I have also been helped a lot by it. Congratulations on the accomplishment and the new doors it will open for you in jobs.
This is great. Congratulations. I wish I could report something like this. I started in November 2014 and stll nowhere. Now I have 503 days without interruptions. But know only 1000 words.. Avtually it is only written here that I learned 1000 words in reality I don't know them.. Still it makes me excited that somebody can get so good results.
Are you using only the phone app by chance? I find that I learn a lot more by getting on duolingo.com. It also helps to speak each sentence in the lesson, not just the ones you are required to speak. This week I checked out Spanish audio books and children's books at the library for practice as well, and I've started listening to podcasts. I'm still a beginner Spanish speaker but I've made faster progress with Duo than in high school or even college classes.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I learn here on the computer. At the same time, I started understanding words when my Spanish co-workers talk. Sometimes I suddenly react as they speak as my brain understands something. I will not give up. I don't have much time as I come home around 9 pm and I am very proud of myself that I learn Spanish for 505 days.
Quote: But know only 1000 words.. Actually it is only written here that I learned 1000 words in reality I don't know them..
It is less than 1000 because of all contained duplicates in the words www.duolingo.com/words list.
Your current lexemes (vocabulary API) is 779: https://duome.eu/NoraTX
The big problem of Duolingo is, that the translation direction is the wrong one.
You will read Spanish on the left side and translate into your native / English language.
"Fill the word into the blank" (select from options 1-4, now only 3) and multiple-choice (only 3 instead of 6-8) with all given hints only test you on the recognition of the Spanish word if you can remember it.
What you need to do to get better with Spanish words in your L2 target language:
- Do RECALLING tests: translate from L1 English into L2 Spanish
- switch from tapping word banks (Duolingo mobile apps) to typing on the www.duolingo.com web portal
- turn OFF all hints (word banks, picture, multiple-choice type exercises,...): use 3rd party software, Duolingo unfortuantely does not allow this
- use a proper spaced repetition (SR) method and defined intervals
- daily review recently learned skills and new words with a short-term SR interval of 4+12 hour and 1-6 days
To achieve the above you can use the Memrise web portal with activated Tampermonkey userscripts (e.g "all typing"), AnkiSRS, SuperMemo, Lingvist, etc.
To get the (limited) "Duolingo spaced repetition" back for old and "recently learned" skills you can use this:
To quickly learn new words you can try VT (has Android support): https://www.languagecourse.net/vocabulary-trainer.php
Check their FAQ button.
Only using Duolingo obviously is not enough.
Trust me, I would probably be nowhere if I only would have been using Duolingo in the past 2,5 years for learning Portuguese.
There is another difference:
Being able to (passively) know words on a flashcard application or Duolingo and being able to correctly RECALL the words in your L2 target language Spanish
put those words you have learned and "know" into your active vocabulary so you could use them for speaking (the active production part of the language).
So far I am neglecting this more important part as well :-)
If you want to get better with Romance grammar and pesky verb spellings (accents/diacritics, endings, etc.) and learn how you can build / construct your own sentences (and check if your own answer was accepted as an alternative solution) you definitely need to switch from the "tapping mobile app" to the www.duolingo.com web portal!
The mobile app may be OK to learn your unlocked (purple) skill and words - with tapping - on the first L0->L1 crown level.
But you will see that you are still very weak on those learned words or you may have forgotten quite much when you switch back to the web portal 1-3 days later and you will be forced into typing.
Wish you much luck with your continued Spanish learning.
Dear, Thomas, thank you very much for your time and attention. Let me read what you wrote as it looks very deep and interesting. Actually, my native language is Russian so now I am learning Spanish using English that is cool. I do one lesson and one practice a day. So I repeat fresh words and also a long time forgotten. I will read what you said right now. Thank you very much!
Congratulations! I'm glad I have proof that this website can actually take you places!
My next goal is to learn German, and then French, and use them to help me read genealogical records in searching my family tree.
Congratulations I would do the same in English, all my life studying but I'm not able to have fluent conversation with a native speaker, I don't understand oral expressions. I hope this will be the last chance!
Click on your picture/avatar in the upper righthand corner of your DuoLingo program, and a dropped menu will appear. Click on "Your Profile". You'll find it on that page. (It used to be next to the flags, but they recently changed it.)