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https://www.duolingo.com/VictoriaSl6

Finished Spanish Tree

So I haven't spoken spanish in close to five years (I studied it in college, I'm a law student now), but I signed up to study abroad in Argentina next semester. I knew I needed a review so I signed up for Duolingo 8 days ago. I just finished the spanish tree, and I am blown away by how much I improved. It was like finishing a 6 month course in 8 days. I picked up a spanish newspaper the other day and read it front to back (something I definitely could not have done before this review). I think my spanish is actually better now than it was five years ago. This is truly an incredible service.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Raininglingots

How much time did you spend per day?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VictoriaSl6

Ok so to answer some of your replies: 1. I started about a tenth of the way up. I was placed beyond that, but the purpose of me doing this was to review. 2. I would have considered myself near conversational before this exercise. 3. I put in about 8 hours a day. I had originally taken off work for a review class, but I couldn't afford it. Now however, I am very happy that I found this as an alternative, I think it's actually a better service. 4. I've also started reading the paper/watching movies in spanish. I'll do more "duolingo immersion" so I can continue to climb levels when I have more time off of work

Thank you so much for all of your encouraging replies. My classes will all be in spanish, so hopefully this experiment will work. At this point I am feeling very confident. Finishing the spanish tree was very long and difficult, but absolutely worth it. I still have a long ways to go, but I am improved immensely.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pablito_1
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That's amazing! I can't wait to finish my Spanish tree :) Wish you A LOT OF LUCK in Argentina! Have fun!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RayAndy
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Estoy muy impresionado!
And I was all smug and happy 'cos thought I was doing it fast... ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethanxman
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8 días, ¡wow! Estoy muy cerca de terminar mi árbol, espero ayer y llevo tres meses que usando Duolingo. ¿Cúantas horas haces cotidiano? Muy impresionado.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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Suerte amigo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethanxman
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Gracias, y a ti.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiraHikari
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Cuando necesites practicar, soy de Mexico y si es en ingles o en español, te puedo ayudar sin problema para pulir los detalles que te falten, Saludos!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/San-H

Hi Kiradiation Trying to devise a plan to study is based on your skill level and your stu dying and practice is very personal. I lived in Colombia for a year and was able to pick up a great deal of the language. Unfortunately, I haven't had much opportunity to stay in practice. I think we you are first studying anything you must put forth a lot of effort. However, however, once it becomes second nature you can study less than you did in the beginning.

I have one word of advice. Once you learn it continue to use it often. I speak from experience; if you don't use it, you will lose it. Buena suerte!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ajray-
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Yay, I knew all those words.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JetVanRose
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1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TravisRigg

Did you do all the lessons or did you test out of some?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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She is not responding to anyone's queries. My guess is she tested out of major chunks of the tree. Nothing wrong with that. But some of us started in the dirt and climbed the trees right from its roots.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dsoodmand

I have to agree with you regarding the quality of duolingo. I started from horribly simple beginner spanish, and used nothing but duolingo for about 8 months before going to costa rica to study at a language school for two weeks. I was surprised how much I already knew to get around a spanish speaking country. I got compliments on my speaking ability/accent, and at the school, I was even placed in a level-one intermediate class. I'm definitely a DL fan.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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I am wondering how many levels you "jumped" to be able to do the tree so FAST. Now you can do the reverse tree for hispanohablantes.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julie_B

You sure did it fast!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/babybrotherangel

A law students 8 hours a day study is serious study. Congratulations and good luck.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/helmad
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I felt the same way about reviewing my French and German (school languages) -- things come to you much more easily after doing this review, that forces this area of your brain back into action, it seems. A powerful rust remover! Next steps: I'm taking out movies and trying audio books. That's harder than reading at your own pace but helpful in preparing for listening to lectures, I bet.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kbaloun

I just finished the Spanish tree today. Took me took months, and I'm happy. Yo habria escrito esto en español, pero ningun no tengo más fuerza. ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Felicidades, Kbaloun. It took me 10.5 months. Soy novata. No tengo más fuerza también.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Wow, ¡felicitaciones!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/azureskye
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AMAZING. You should be proud of yourself. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91
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Congratulations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeteBerardi

...lawyers

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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buen trabajo. I started my tree on the 12th of June and I'm almost done as well. I took a one week break last week because I went to the beach to rejuvenate my mind. LoL. Hopefully by the end of next month I can start having small conversations with my Hispanic neighbors down the street

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Bro, you're a polyglot: francais, español, Portuguesa, Deutsch. My head hurts thinking about it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vimo777

holy jalapenoS!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JetVanRose
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Lol you just made my day

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nic93snk
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Felicidades y a seguir avanzando. ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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You completed your Spanish tree in 8 days? It took me a month. Jeez. I feel slow now. I spent about 4 hours a day working on mine too. :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ster_Fry

Well done, Victoria.

Having had previous experience, did you take the placement test or start from scratch?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leslie_Duo

¡Felicidades! Buena suerte en Argentina.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShawMeshelle

That's great! Let us know how many hours per day you were able to devote to the tree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeterMckinnon

Hello all, I have just recently signed up to duolingo as I am really interested in learning Spanish. As I am a new user, I am still yet to find my way around the site and I am unsure how to post a new topic, so I thought I would add it here. I basically just want to say hi and introduce myself, I hope that is ok.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/James722478
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I'm not sure this will help, but when I first started using Duolingo, I was using the app only. If you go the the website you will easily see all the features that you can't see on the app.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phil27606

Agreed. I also find that the website is easier to navigate.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/volleypc

8 days? geeze.. I am hoping I finish mine in 8 months lol. I agree with you in that "this is truly an incredible service". I wish I had heard of it sooner.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/James722478
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Congratualtions! I have been on Duolingo for almost a year and I'm still not still not finished with all my trees. Great job!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91
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Wow, all the trees in a year, pretty impressive.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vinuyyer
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awesome attorney

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/linhngo68

you inspired me alot !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_Forrester

hey friends ive been trying to better my english and i would muchly appreciate ayuda with lingots....gracias

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jpeds
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ok amigo, her you go

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_Forrester

much thanks amigo

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leigh-Marie

I have only just started to learn how so speak spanish and im not very good at it, so could someone possibly help me how to learn this language is so add me and speak x

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pillip

Hello I wish you every success with your language studies with duolingo but I do recommend you to also use busuu. com the free version. I passed all four levels at the age of 65. Good luck. Norman.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/heatherlp74

I find that having a good grasp of the Spanish alphabet helps tremendously. If you understand how each letter sounds and blends then the words will roll off your tongue easier.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mayasavani

very good

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DarkReshiram41

VERY VERY GOOD!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CALLUM5

holz

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Firestar1240

Nice job! I doubt I could ever do that thing is 8 days... I have been doing it for 17 and I am only in level 6.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Firestar1240

:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Firestar1240

A-Persuasion, I have given you a lingot! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/true_pseudonym

whoa, thats fast!!!! Great job!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andresc-g
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That is really nice, anyway you should keep practicing otherwise your gonna lose again ur spanish skills, I recomend you to look for some spanish speakers to talk with

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HarryTuazon

Congratulations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

Muy bien! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcusHuetter

Congrats! I started my Spanish tree 8 days ago and am on Level 5. Good luck in Argentina!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duelingace

Congrats! I'm a law student too, still working on my tree though ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pickle1
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Yay. I really have learned a lot too with DuoLingo. Now I'm trying to do the Spanish tree from the French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackbartle.y
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ay dio mio! you finished the whole tree in 8 days?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NewlyWardell

any tips on rolling the r's?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VictoriaSl6

I was taught by a friend. She told me to repeat the phrase "Ta-loo" over and over. After a while, she then told me to start "blowing air" from my mouth while saying the phrase. It's very hard to explain over the internet (and I know it sounds crazy), but this method worked for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoHawke

I'm going to try that!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NATALIADIAZ3

NI UN DIA DURO YO

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Esteban3304

Congratulations! You might want to try Babbel.com. It teaches you peninsular Spanish, but it is very good and really a challenge. It's in Germany, and as we know they take learning everything very seriously. My other favorite site is lomastv. It has tons of material of all kinds in Spanish. It has been the best stie I've used to improve my understanding of Spanish spoken by natives, which, of course, is the real test of one's acumen using the Spanish language. They both cost money, but they are not extremely expensive. Both are well worth the price.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VictoriaSl6

Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Esteban3304

I made a typo when I joined this site. I've asked them to correct the spelling of my name. lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Annika-w3

Very impressive, well done!!! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoHawke

Spectacular progress!! It had been so long for me (25 years!?) that I didn't feel comfortable testing out of anything. It took me almost six months, but it was totally worth it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hopeful24

Wow I hope I can finish my tree and complete what I am doing! I want to be a translator for all languages and or be a teacher who can teach in different languages! I only say tht last one because a week ago we had a student come into my history class and she spoke no English and I was intrigued by the fact that they had no translator! They just used a nino who spoke English and was fluient in spanish so he had to tlk to her in spanish and tell her what we were doing! I think tht schools and jobs should have translators on site for such like situations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lipbalmblast

can i plz have 4 lingots plz

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Honey2002

8....8 d...days? i suddenly feel so not cool.....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jpeds
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yall may have your 200+ day streak but I do it on insane mode every day- forever

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shahad426934

you're amazing

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phuong2006_cute

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2 years ago