Fulfilled my ambition, Completed the tree :)
My native language is Hindi and I have been learning English since I was four years old. I started learning Spanish four and half months ago. Since then it has been quite a long journey for me but it has been worth it. Now I can learn Spanish in a more professional fashion after having been completed the tree.
Some of the things I would like to share with the beginners that I have experienced over the time.
1) Please try to go slow in the beginning. Make yourself accustomed to the grammatical differences that you will come across during this journey. Be at peace with the use of ‘ser’ and ‘estar’, use of ‘a’ after a verb and many more.
2) At some point of time you would feel like stopping. Try to get over this and once you cross this time period, you would really start to enjoy it.
3) Start reading as many Spanish articles as possible. This helps us to recall words and thus would strengthen our vocabulary. For example, reading BBC News in Spanish.
4) Some of the websites I would like to share here.
http://spanishdimension.com/downloads/ijlikh4345milih5345/free_spanish_course.html (This is really a good resource. Please try to go across it. It contains audio files as well.)
5) One last thing. (This thing I also have not started yet :) ).
By the means of the following website, we can talk with native people around the world in the language we want. This can provide us with the chance of improving our vocal skills.
At last, I would like to thank Duolingo for its significant contribution to the field of languages and all those people who have given their precious time either as a moderator or as advisers on discussion forums.
I would really like to be corrected in case this post has some mistakes.
Muchas Gracias!!! :)
Congratulations on a big achievement! Thank you for sharing your resources so that we can benefit from them also!
I totally agree with your advice! Congrats! Have a lingot, although it is probably worthless at with your level being so high and so little to get. :P
Thanks a lot.
It's really a difficult question to have an answer to.
See, I have a special love for history since it makes us familiar with cultures all around the world. And without having the knowledge of languages, we cannot understand the essence of cultures. By opting to learn Spanish, I have the chance to know about Spain, South America and on a whole a large portion of the world.
Further I had to start somewhere, so I picked up Spanish and now I would be moving onto German, along with improving my Spanish.
Hope it satisfies your curiosity.
Wow! Congratulations. And doing so in only four months, you must have really dedicated a lot of time and energy to your studies. :-) Although I am learning Spanish in my "spare"time, I am focusing on Italian the way you have Spanish. My tree is still very far from being filled (especially after the upgrade a few months back that nearly doubled it in size!), but my grammar skills have probably quadrupled thanks to Duolingo. I agree with you about reading news articles, but the thing I found most helpful for improving my listening and comprehension skills in Italian was to listen to Italian radio stations using an app such as "TuneIn". I listen to the radio for 1 hour on a sleep timer as I am going to bed. The week I started listening in this way, my Italian friends all exclaimed over the huge jump I had in listening and speaking abilities. They said I had broken through a plateau of sorts.
Again, Congratulations! And thanks for sharing the useful information for Spanish and other languages as well. :-)
¡Felicitaciones! I finished the French tree a few months ago, and recently started studying Spanish. Thanks for the advice, I'm going to check out some of the web sites that you suggest.
By the way, your English is excellent, though I'm not sure about your final sentence. Did you mean "I would really like to be corrected in case this post has some mistakes"?
Like you, I haven't tried sites where we can speak to one another. My wife signed up for SharedTalk to practice her Italian, but I don't think she has connected with anyone yet. I'm going to take a look at the wespeke site.
Finally, I want to echo your thanks to the people at DuoLingo, it really is an amazing resource.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks for pointing out the mistake :). However it has turned out to be an irony (since the sentence itself had a mistake). :-p
बधाई हो! कब मैं स्कुल में था, मैं स्पेनिश पढ़ रहा था। और अब मैं थोड़ी हिन्दी बोलता हूँ। Estoy esperando el curso de hindi en Duolingo. Mientras tanto, estoy practicando español todos los días porque lo es más util para mi en los Estados Unidos. Pero quiero continuar aprendiendo hindi.
Impressed to know that you are interested in Hindi. Your Hindi is quite profound. But there is a slight mistake, it will be ' जब ' in place of ' कब '. Both are used for ' when ' but ' कब ' is used in the interrogative sense while ' जब ' is used in the affirmative sense. Espero que vas a continuar aprendiendo Hindi.
बहुत धन्यवाद! Espero lo mismo. Creo que el hindi es un idioma muy interesante. Cuando era en India (solo dos semanas), yo aprendí un poco. Y cuando yo regresé a los Estados Unidos, empecé a estudiar hindi.
Corrections: a) either as a moderator or * in* discussion forums.
b) in case this post has some mistakes.
Congratulations! Your English is better than many native speakers.