Finished my Spanish Tree!!
Hey everyone! I know this type of post is posted a lot, and sometimes I find myself getting tired of the posts of "Finished my tree!" or "Done with tree!" But now, upon completing my own tree, I feel the excitement that comes across in discussions similar to this! I feel so proud of my work and dedication. It's taken me a very long time to complete this, and I wanted to share a brief timeline (to show why it took so very long to complete mi arbole) and some tips and tricks.
Looking at the date that I joined Duolingo, I feel a little slow and disappointed. I have been focusing on Spanish since the 21st of March, 2013. It's been over a year.
However, a little way through, I stopped and got bored for a few months. When I was interested, I came back and became bored. This went on for a little while, until this summer, I became very interested. By raising money, I would be able to go to Spain (or a Spanish-speaking country). I became enthusiastic and learned several skills a day. And now, here I am!!
So, now to the tree. The Spanish course is very well done, in my opinion. The audio, at least for me, is easier to understand than some of the other languages. The first checkpoint really covers some basic understandings and really helped me.
The verbs were very difficult for me. Some of them, I just didn't understand them. It was so long ago, but I faintly remember attempting to utilize Google Translate. It doesn't work well. (Now I plan to review these instead of using a translator)
Some helpful resources that I used outside of Duolingo were: Extr@ en Espanol, Family-Friendly Simple Spanish Sitcom (pretty funny)
http://www.spanishdict.com/ - An amazing resource I used when reading books or conjugating verbs. The app has a word game which I used as well.
http://lang-8.com/ - This site was really good for practicing writing and grammar. You must create a free account, but I'd say it's worth it.
Spanish kids books- This was a great resource. My local library is rather limited, but by requesting books from elsewhere, I got a lot of variety. I would first start out with advanced or easy picture books. I am really stretching my brain now with "El leon, la bruja, y la ropero".
(Actually, there are many sites that have a Spanish version. Usually typing in espanol.(site here).com works or just searching the site and "espanol")
One last tip is about cognates and word parts. Many words are similar between English and Spanish. It makes sense then, that there are endings like "ing" and "ly" in Spanish. If you know the root word in Spanish (for example, actual), you can "-mente" on the end. "ly" is equal to "mente" in Spanish. Another one is "conversation". In English, it is television. In Spanish, it is "conversacion". "tion" in English is the same as "cion" in Spanish.
Lastly, I would like to thank the amazing members of the Duolingo team that helped this site become a reality, and thank the very helpful community that gave me encouragement throughout the learning process. Just stick with it, and you will get there! Thanks for reading, and as always- Buena Suerte in future language learning!
Great job! This is inspiring because I am still trying to finish my tree. (Thanks for the resources! (: ) What language are you learning next?
I'm not quite sure yet...either Romanian, French, or Italian. So many choices! My grandmother was Romanian, my mom and dad studied French, and I love Italian food. If anyone has any opinions on which one of these is best (or any other languages) for learning with Duolingo please let me know.
Congratulations with finishing the tree! When I posted my "finishing the tree"-post I also felt a bit hesitant about posting because it felt a bit self indulgent, but I think it is a always a good thing to read about the experiences from other people, especially for those who wonder about what they can expect from the tree. I am glad you shared your experiences and your resources for learning Spanish, and I think this post can be helpful to people. Since you got bored with it a couple of times but still managed to get into it again, I think you should be extra proud of your achievements.
Thanks so much! I see these types of posts often, but it's pretty inspiring and helpful, so I decided, why not? It's great to see so many Duolingo learners persevere and finish their trees! Thanks again!
You may like this FREE Spanish Proficiency Test located at : https://www.nationalspanishexam.org/index.php/exam-preparation/past-examinations.
Using this site:
(1) DO NOT Enter Personal Information (2) Click on Level 1 Achievement/Proficiency (3) Click on Start Now (4) Scroll DN to were test begins and start (5) Complete Test and Submit Answers (6) Click Submit again to receive answers and score
Also you may be interested in these FREE short Spanish Test prepared by Spanish Teachers around the globe. This link has over 1100 short Spanish Proficiency pop quizzes.
(1) Follow this link: http://www.quia.com/web (2) Lower right hand corner Shared Activities click on Spanish (3) Refine your search: Activity type..click Quiz (4) Test your Spanish proficiency with these pop quizzes.
Finally, you may be interested in these YOUTUBE video learning series
Extra en Español Ep 01 La llegada de Sam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfb9-ZTCA-E
Using Por and Para in Spanish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f14Nef5zOEY
Good luck!! Have a Lingot.
Felicitaciones! Your hard work paid off! I am so happy for you. I hope you have the chance to go to Spain. I imagine going there would really boost one's Spanish. I have watched some Extr@ in espanol too and I agree, it's very good. Thank you for all the sites! I am always looking for new places to work on Spanish.
Gracias! I hope I do as well. Hopefully soon! Extr@ is a pretty nice resources. You're welcome. I am too, so I always look for Discussions on Duolingo about sites :)
Si. Soy de USA. Donde esta Columbia? America del Sur o America Central? No se mucho sobre geografia.
si en algún momento quiere perfeccionar su acento en Bogotá- Colombia es donde el español tiene el mejor acento de todo el mundo hispanohablante.
Wow! Voy a ir en vacaciones en el proximo ano a un pais espanol. Quiza Culumbia!
No. Estudio cosas, como espanol (jaja), cienca, y literatura. Y tu? Usted estudia en un universidad?
pues voy a entrar a la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, ud esta aun en el colegio?
Wow! Que impresionante! No, no soy en un colegio. No he ido a la universidad. Voy a ir a la universidad en la futura, pero soy mas joven. Que eres estudar a la Universidad Nacional de Columbia?
Aquí hay un a prueba para el que quiera saber en que nivel de español estan http://www.cambridgeinstitute.net/es/tests-de-nivel-espanol/test-nivel-espanol
Congratulations! I am brand-new to this site (3 whole days now!) and I am loving it so far. Thank you so much for the tips and resources!
You are most welcome! That's very impressive you are Level 6 already! It took me a few weeks to get level 6.
Although I'm new to the site, I've been studying Spanish for awhile. I'm a paying user of Babbel, which I like, but I needed a change of pace and saw DuoLingo mentioned somewhere - it has a bit more of a variety of approaches and it's fun, so I think I'll stick around.
I have actually picked up quite a bit by listening to Latin music. I don't much care for the traditional Banda style, but some of the Tropical, Bachata , and pop is quite good, and I've become a fan of a Mexican rock band called Mana. Carlos Santana did a song with them a while back, it's on his "Supernatural" album.
Thanks for the artist. I'll have to check them out! I like some Latin music; it really depends on the style; I agree with you in that some of the pop is better than traditional stuff.
You're welcome! Keep going! It's a really cool language (in my unbiased opinion ;)
Graduation posts are pretty fun. I'd seen a few really good ones, with tips, tricks, and stories about the person. Olimo, a user who I think is a moderator now, really inspired me. She had so many languages and a very detailed graduation post. Good luck finishing your tree!
I hope a year isn't too slow. I'm only half way through and have been going for a year.
A year isn't too slow! By looking at your level, it looks like you've been dutifully reviewing your lessons or practicing. I, however, didn't do that and now have to review the whole tree. At the end, when you are so close, you just want to finish! I steamrolled through my last quarter of the tree!
Wow! Thank you so much! However, you've got an impressive lineup of languages yourself! And a pretty amazing streak!
Oh, thank you, but I've been here for almost two years ;) I've already completed my French tree and I hope I can complete my Spanish tree sometime. However, I decided I didn't really want to learn it anymore, but I spent quite a lot of effort in it, so I'm not planning on deactivating it.
Still awesome. I think that Romance languages in general, at least to me, sound really pretty coming off your tongue as opposed to a language like German. I might learn it in the future, who knows, but I think I will stick with the Romance languages like you :). The Spanish is a well-designed tree, in my unbiased opinion
Thanks! And, even if you're only halfway, you have a high level. That means you probably know some of the earlier stuff better than me :) I now have to start the daunting task of making my tree golden- :o
u r inspiring just like myra but a deference plus u learn Italian u could give me some tips if u r gud at Italian #like ur name
I started Italian briefly, but never got into it. Sorry :( Thanks though, and good luck! There has to be plenty of tips in the Italian section of the Discussion tab as well.
Tengo nueve lecciones para completar mi árbol. Yo empecé mi árbol español aproximadamente hace tres semanas.
Wow. Tu tienes mas tiempo libre que mi! Es muy impresionante. Tienes consejos o recursos?
Pues, no tengo un trabajo ahora mismo, y no alistarse en la marina hasta diciembre así yo tengo mucho tiempo libre a estudiar. Como por consejos y recursos: utilizo Duolingo, miro películas español, videos en YouTube y leo gramática y novelas español de la biblioteca
Gracias por sus consejos y recursos! Son bien. Gracias y buena suerte para terminando tu arbole espanol!
You may be interested in the nearly 15,000 Spanish vocabulary words located at: http://quizlet.com/in2languages. Many include graphics/pictures to help in memorization as well as gender were necessary. Also there is one set of about 2,000 cognates and one set of 4,000 high use Spanish words to keep you busy. I have nearly completed the DL series by skill as well . Enjoy!!