https://www.duolingo.com/tierack

A finished and totally golden tree, a 100+ day streak, a 5/5 on the progress quiz

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And yet I feel so unsteady. I know I've come a long way from zero, but it's like learning anything: the more progress you make, the more clearly you can see how much more you have to go.

So I'll keep listening to News In Slow Spanish, keep hitting that Immersion tab, and try to find some vocabulary help outside of Duolingo.

And I'll definitely keep coming back to read other people's "I finished my tree" posts. They really encouraged me.

¡Buena suerte!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaPoot
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Congratulations! But where is the News in Slow Spanish as my reading comprehension is fine, but wow, listening is a bear!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tierack
tierack
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Here's News In Slow Spanish: http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/latino/ You have to have a subscription to listen to most of it, but there's enough free content to get a feel for it. They also do French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaPoot
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Thanks - I think I'll give it a try.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oletange

Use VLC to play the sound at 2/3 speed: http://www.democracynow.org/es/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/boglena

You can try Easy Spanish videos like these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlknUGwKHtw They have annotations in both Spanish and English.
I think they are generally easy to understand, but sometimes can be fast for me. In this case you can got to settings and change speed to .5. People will sound like they are drunk and sleepy, but very clear at last.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Will_Eccles

Jajaja suenan tan borrachos :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ggraceco

Wow! That is a great idea to go on immersion to find out new words!I think that I'll do that! After all that was the best idea I have ever thought of immersion!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/turkeysock
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Are the Progress Quizzes worth the Lingots?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tierack
tierack
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I liked them. They don't give hints and they feel like they span the whole of what you've learned better than just hitting up Strengthen Skills. I've taken four over the course of the last month or so, and I enjoyed seeing my score climb. So, for me, yes.

If you're keeping a long streak going, you can amass Lingots at a good clip and there's not much else to spend them on.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johnwallaceone

Can you take a progress quiz more than once or do you spend lingots each time?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tierack
tierack
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It's 25 lingots every time.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/camillab8
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I think so. When I feel like I'm in a rut and not really learning anything, it's nice to be told that I am "officially" better than I was a few weeks ago.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/turkeysock
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Nice. Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Katrina.-
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Great job and keep practicing!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/turkeysock
turkeysock
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Congrats!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Congrats! I suggest you also try reading some Spanish books, have some spanish conversations, and try other Spanish learning resources. Good luck!

...and here's 5 lingots for completing the tree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ange758

Congratulations! Practicing everyday is the way to go!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DallasBikr

Congrats :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LynneSt
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Felicitaciones

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mandyturtle

way to go!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zltb2002

Congratulations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

I've only done one 'Certificate' now called 'Progress Test' and I'm a bit scared to try a second. I scored just 2.16 on my first, which I thought was quite good at the time., as I was newish, but feel like I may have backslidden from there, So I'm re-visiting all my earlier units, but still struggling. I've been an ardent user for a year or so; I love Italian, but languages come hard.

I shall plough on back to checkpoint 2, before I have another go, But still worry I will have gone backwards!

Like you, I try to keep my Tree Gold, which is not easy, but what makes DL such fun.

So Congratulations. I can't wait until I can make a similar post

ciao

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/azureskye
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Try it. My 2nd quiz was EXACTLY the same as my first. Not kidding. And chances are, you'll be at least 0.001 better than last time. ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LindaSF
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Congratulations! I'm with you on finishing the tree and having a 100+ day streak and I've given you a lingot for your ideas of trying a progress quiz and listening to the news in Slow Spanish. I feel most unsteady about speaking but am working with a teacher and have a conversation session with him each week that is really helping. I also love Latin music and have set up a bunch of Pandora stations and as I'm listening, follow lyrics when they're provided or Google the lyrics (letra) and follow along. The clearest for me are the old Trio Los Panchos songs, but I also listen to Jose Jose, Celia Cruz (ay, those Cubanos are harder to understand -- they eat the ends of their words and speak tan rapido) and some others. Other things I'm doing are watching movies in Spanish wth Spanish subtitles when I can get them and with English ones if I can't get the Spanish ones. And as I posted elsewhere, I started reading children's books in Spanish and am now up to Young Adult novels. Am currently reading La Ciudad de Las Bestias by Isabelle Allende. When I started, I knew only the present tense and it took me a week to read three pages. Now I know more tenses and can read faster. All of this helps.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rajatkx

nice

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelRpdx

Congratulations! Do you listen to any of the internet streaming radio stations? En Casa con Lety on Radio Mujer is an easy to listen to cooking show, for one example.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michelle.ulrich

good job

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Will_Eccles

Uso Español mucho en Twitter para hablar con amigos en España. Es tan divertido :D Sólo tengo nivel 10 en Español aquí, pero sé MUCHO más que eso :P ¡Buena suerte a ti también!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Takiya_knot

Congrats!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mauriciore16

Felicidades..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mauriciore16

Cuanto tiempo te llevó para terminar el árbol?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tierack
tierack
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Comencé en enero, pero quizá fui lentamente.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Levendus

good work brother ! I'm half way through-ish ..... I've been listening to news in slow spanish too, haha, other than that I find the podcasts mostly useless as I like to see the written word as well as it hear it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaLynne

Congratulations!! Finding Spanish people with whom to converse is the hardest and maybe the best way to become "steady." I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! Now I need to find out what News in Slow Spanish is ...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaLynne

Where are these progress quizzes you all mention?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tierack
tierack
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They're in the Lingot Store, called "Spanish Progress Quiz". It costs 25 lingots each time you take one. They can be a little frustrating. There are no hints, you're not told what you got wrong, and the scoring system is opaque. But they were still fun to take, and it was definitely encouraging to see my scores climb after each one.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaLynne

Ok, now I'm impressed. You got a 5/5 on the progress quiz! I am ok, I guess. 2.14/5. First time, though ...

4 years ago
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