And now, what next?
I am at level 13 and i have finished my English tree. Arriving at this point has been a great experience. Now I feel a little more secure about my performance and that is why I am writing these lines. I would apreciate your comments and sugestions . I really need to know what I should do to achieve a better learning.
Greetings to all of you from Colombia.
I am a native English speaker and am nearly finished with the Spanish for English speakers tree. I had recently started doing the reserve course - English for Spanish speakers tree as a way to provide additional practice. I am finding it somewhat challenging because it is providing more practice with the direct and indirect subject pronouns and also sometimes a somewhat different sentence structure. Also reading the the sentence discussions gives me practice with reading / translating...it is very challenging! You will find the computer generated voice is SO much better.
Your comment is well written! Congratulations on finishing your tree. Continue with reading, writing, speaking, listening and acquiring more vocabulary.
Thanks very much for your comment. I just read it and I really appreciate it. It is very important for me to keep communication with English natives. I will try to continue writing some times and I hope to receive your comments when you want to do them. I also think that it would be a good idea to continue with the Spanish for English speakers tree. How can I do this?.
To change language courses:
On the desktop:
1. Hover the mouse pointer over the flag next to your profile picture.
2. A pop-up bubble will appear - choose "Agregar un nuevo curso"
3. Change the language you speak to Inglés in the drop down menu.
4. Click on the Español course to go to the Sapnish for English speakers tree.
I try to work both trees a little every day...reviewing lessons in the Spanish tree and then working my way through the lessons on the English tree.
Wow, your English is excellent!! I am amazed at how well you wrote that.
What I do to retain and improve my Spanish:
- Flashcards to improve vocabulary (Anki is really good)
- Listen to songs; look up the lyrics and translate them, and then sing along. This helps with pronunciation and listening, too.
- Watch movies on DVD with the English soundtrack enabled. You can use Spanish or English subtitles, or none at all. The subtitles are a translation of what is spoken, not a word-for-word transcription. So sometimes they are helpful but I often find them distracting. It can be fun, though, to see the same idea expressed in two different ways.
- YouTube, of course
- Can you get a Kindle in Colombia? They are GREAT for reading books. You can purchase an English-Spanish dictionary for the Kindle and when you come across a word you don't know in your book, just touch it and you'll get the definition.
- There are free ebooks and audio books to read and listen to (look up Project Gutenberg and LibriVox)
- Podcasts. Search for "slow English podcast" and find one you like.
- Listen to/read the news on English websites.
- Talk to people. Verbling will let you speak to groups of English speakers from all over the world. ConversationExchange will let you find a penpal or Skype buddy for writing or speaking practice.
There are more ideas at the Unofficial Duolingo Wiki but the ones I listed above are what I have tried that seem to really work for me.