I've conquered the Spanish tree!
My Spanish tree is finally complete! I've studied Spanish for a long time and even minored in it in college, but when you live in a monolingual, homogenous area, it's hard to keep refreshed on languages.
Duolingo has done a great job of refreshing me on things I thought I've forgotten, and it's great that it keeps track of the things that I haven't studied for a while to keep it clear in my mind. It's also nice to be able to test out of things that I feel confident with. Thanks for making it easy to keep up on languages when you don't have many opportunities to speak it.
I still have a lot of work to continue with and a lot of mistakes to correct, but I'm back to a much better level than before. Si todavía estás aprendiendo, ¡buena suerte!
I've had a long break on Duolingo and more so on my spanish skill tree, but i believe 'estas aprendiendo' is as if your are currently doing it real time, unless i'm mistaken 'tu aprendes' would be more accurate usage here, right? Oh and big congrats on conquering your tree ;P
Actually 'estas aprendiendo' mean you are learning 'tu aprendes' means you learn so the latter would be correct but that is a very good question =)
I swear I asked one of my native hispanohablante friends this exact question a couple weeks ago, regarding either "aprender" or a verb somewhat similar to it like "estudiar". They told me that Spanish has a present continous aspect very similar to English, so "Estoy aprendiendo" would be a totally valid construction.
Wikipedia seems to say the same: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_and_progressive_aspects#Spanish
It's true that Spanish has parallel verbal constructions, but they are not used in exactly the same way. The "simple present" of English is actually very unusual in that we use it mostly for repeated events. (Consider "I eat," vs. "I'm eating.") Most languages (Spanish included) are more likely to use the simple present tense where we would use the present continuous.
Big congrats. I had studied Spanish for a few years myself before starting the Spanish tree, but I still had some trouble finishing it. Now I take the other language courses for hispanohablantes to improve my skills even further.
Yeah, there are some rough parts. Past subjunctive? Ugh!! One of the great things about Spanish is that it's easy to learn yet difficult to master.
Nice work! Which one's next, French or German? I'm trying to progress in mine somewhat evenly. My end goal is to max them all out, of course.
Thanks! I'm leaning a little more towards German right now... it's a very fun language to speak.
But so is French, right? I guess it just depends which sort of face you want to make.