https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewNeitz

Question for finishers of the Tree

After you finished your tree, how well were you able to speak/ understand it?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Speaking and listening, not very well. Conversational skills are not Duo's strengths. You need to add outside resources/activities, apart from Duo, to get good at that stuff, IMO.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyNZ

Not well, sadly. I can translate much written Spanish to English with reasonable comprehension and accuracy but much less when translating the other way.

I can pronounce Spanish phrases passably, but my understanding of spoken Spanish is practically non-existent.

I'm now using spoken Spanish online resources to try to overcome that problem, but I fear that I won't improve significantly until I'm immersed in a spoken Spanish interactive environment.

Could be just my limitations though...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewNeitz

May I ask what else you are using?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyNZ

Por supuesto. :-)

I watch Spanish language video on YouTube, Spanish language movies on DVD (preferably with CC subtitling in Spanish), a couple of websites that have native speakers (eg: http://www.spanishlistening.org/content/194-julian_colombia_trabajo.html) and I converse intermittently with an Argentinan living in my area.

Bear in mind that I have only recently started this approach, so it's too early to know how effective it is but I know that without at least some of the above, my oral Spanish will never progress.

HTH.

Andy

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewNeitz

Gracias!, I am going on a long car ride soon and I plan to watch all my movies in Spanish!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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I understand (spoken) pretty poorly. I can speak it (but my thinking slows to a crawl). Reading it, I can understand on an A2 (intermediate beginner) level.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eduardo_AG

Duolingo can't do a miracle. Duolingo just gonna help you on your writing, reading skills. for speaking and listening you must practice outside, with other tools, and with people. because Duolingo can't do it, but it tries it.... i am a speaker spanish native, using Duolingo I've got better vocabulary than i had before. i love it. but practicing the four skills is the right way. and duolingo helps three out these skills. ;)

Lucky!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatarzynaMak
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Well... I understand almost everything in spoken Spanish. I've finished my Spanish tree but to be honest... duolingo is a great tool but it won't teach you the language. I guess that speaking to natives helped me the most. I was shy at the beginning but after a few times I felt quite confident. Again.. duolingo is wonderful but it cannot be used as the only resource. Duolingo can help you a lot but only combined with a good grammar book, some tv or radio shows and speaking to natives (or at least people fluent in this language).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Doraver
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I'm currently reading a Spanish book (el principe de la niebla) and I understand it quite well. I watch episodes from Thttp://indavideo.hu/video/Game_of_Thrones_szinkronmustra shows, I've already seen in English. Though I have to work on translating to Spanish. The tree teaches you the basics of the language the rest is up to you. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cheryl1
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Not well at all. However, I find it useful for learning vocabulary and, because of it's repetitive nature, the vocabulary gets pretty much drilled into your brain. I learned some very basic grammar constructions..My pronunciation skills are passable. I've read Spanish articles to native Spanish speakers and, surprise! they understood what I was reading out loud, bless their souls! Me? I may get a gist of what the article is about because I can pick out words that I know but it's the grammar constructions that are the most difficult. Much of what you learn in Duo cannot be put in context because it's machine generated.. It seriously impedes one's ability to have a normal conversation.with a Spanish speaker because when you speak they talk back. You now become basically mute or start pointing to things.and making gestures because you can't understand a word they said.. As some have suggested, many other resources are needed to be able to speak / understand a language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

With German I can understand everything.... I used other methods too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaPoot
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As has been noted on many other threads, Duo is best when used in conjunction with other resources. I have used CD lessons, reading children's and youth fiction books, and meeting once a week with a native speaker. My reading comprehension is about 75% in books, and about 15% in speaking. Learning a language to fluency is a long process but I have enjoyed using Duo as one more arrow in my quiver.

4 years ago
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