Completed Spanish tree
Today I completed my Spanish skill tree.
I started using duolingo about a year ago after hearing about it from a TED talk. I started with French because that's what I took in college. Then I met a Puerto Rican girl and decided to switch to Spanish.
For about 6 months I was inconsistently practicing duolingo. Then 2 months ago they released the feature where you can battle other people. Being a gamer this really sparked my interest. So I set my daily goal to 30 points, and for the last 60 days I've reached that goal every day. This has resulted in significant improvements in my ability to understand Spanish, written and spoken, and to speak with native Spanish speakers.
My next goal is to get to the highest level in duolingo, which I think is 25. I'll do this by using the Strengthen Skills feature, attempting to translate articles, and by battling people.
I would like to say gracias to duolingo and the people learning with it for constantly helping to improve this great service.
I use the Duolingo app on the iPad and it's available there. I'm not sure if it's available in other places too.
How fluent would say you are? Also, what other resources did you use along the way?
Not very fluent. I can say simple sentences, but very slowly and can't hold a conversation for very long. Same with listening. I can understand native speakers, but it's very hard for me to understand when they are speaking at full speed (which is very fast!).
Other resources I've used along the way: -Watching movies / tv in Spanish with English subtitles -Listening to Spanish podcasts. There are lots of free ones. -Reading magazines in Spanish (usually helps to read a topic that interests you) -And most importantly, practicing with a native speaker on a regular basis.
I hope that helps.