It's OFFICIAL! I Finished Climbing My Spanish Tree
I started my Spanish Tree June 12, 2014 and finished tonight on July, 19 2014.
I'm really proud of myself for staying dedicated and motivated just enough to push myself to the top of that tree. Achieving this goal was VERY important because I've had issues staying dedicated, consistent and motivated and I've trying to improve on that and DUOLINGO has provided that first building block for me to improve myself mentally.
My journey isn't over though. I still need to improve my vocabulary and my listening and speaking skills but with the ardent passion I have for languages I'll be able to achieve that as well.
A few tips for those still climbing that tree:
1) Come into this with a fresh mind
-Learning a language is basically like E.T. come to Earth LoL You can't really compare your world with someone else. People do things different on other planets that you have to become accustomed to. Likewise with languages. You can't compare your language with others because each language is unique so go with the flow.
2) To add to tip #1, don't put too much stress on trying to understand a language.
-Pretend you're a baby again learning FOREIGN words. I think its the same thing. You're a baby learning a language that you just have to go with the flow. When you first learned your native language you didn't have dictionary on the nightstand next to your cradle. You had your ears and eyes. You used your ears to distinguish between different vowel sounds and you have eyes to help you associate body language with commands, etc. So transform into an infant with your language...minus the diapers.
3) EAT, SLEEP, JUMP, CRY, PUNCH (LoL) in your target language.
-If you truly want to understand the language and culture that a group of people speak you're going to have to dive right into the ocean. Take off those floaties and swim. There are plenty of lifeguards to help you avoid drowning. Yes, it's frustrating having to sit through a episode of Telenovela and trying to figure out the physics of the velocity at which they talk and multiply that by mass to get your energy. HOWEVER, that's what you have to put up with to become fluent.
If I had Adam Sandler's remote to pause, rewind, and most importantly SLOW DOWN Spanish speakers speech I would definitely go buy one BUT I don't so I have to take the heat. LoL You need to THINK in Spanish and use every single brain cell to compute those thoughts. You don't need to PUNCH in Spanish, I just put that for emphasis but if you're a boxer then hay go K.O. some vocabulary words.
4) HAVE FUN.
-If you treat it like la tarea (Homework) it's going to feel like a chore. It'd basically be like washing dishes and I HATE washing dishes. Laugh at your mistakes, converse a little with a native Spanish speakers which you do on Spanish to English or Lang-8. com (Highly recommend you sign up to improve your grammar).
Besides me continuing building the foundation for my Spanish my next language is Japanese. I haven't been as consistent as I should be with it but I'm getting back into the groove now that I'm done with my Spanish Tree.
Adios amigos and Buena suerte.
Great, I'm so happy for you. I remember when I finished my Spanish tree as well... was really happy. :)
Hope you will be now able to speak Spanish without too many problems...!
I'm actually conversing with a hispanohablante right now online and he says that he can understand me quite well despite a few grammar errors.
Wow! I can't believe you finished so fast! Congrats and don't go too far because I enjoy reading your posts =)
Yeah I cant believe I stuck with it. My dedication to things is improving. And yeah I'm still going to be yeah posting my progress and providing words of encouragement for other learners
Very well done and in record time too! You're on fire and I'm sure that you'll continue blazing!!!
In addition to duolingo I use an app called Yabla spanish...it's an app with plenty of videos in different topics with subtitle in spanish and english. You can also slow down the video and use an in-app dictionary to translate words you don't understand! The videos are also arranged in order of difficulty! It is a good app to use alongside duolingo to train your ear! Lets face it, once you have the basics down, there is still a long way to go to become fluent...the next step is to understand native speakers! Good luck everyone!
Unfortunately my pockets are empty right now in order to pay for Yabla. So my best option is to watch spanish shows and movies. But yes there are many people who go years without improving their listening skills and I dont want to be in that position.
Right now I''m watching Master Chef-Spain. It's really good but boy oh boy I was in for a rude awakening whith their accents lol
congrats!do you come there regularly?how often?how many level did you pass every day?
I actually was on Duolingo EVERYDAY for about 4 hours per day since I started last month minus the week the went to the beach in which I didn't get on Duolingo. But after my vacation I came back and studied extensively.
I still have a lot to learn though
ok...that's great....i think because you like this language you can sucsses in it!
you'd better not deactive your account in doulingo...you can come back and learn diffrent langauage whenever you want!
LoL I wont. I'm going to review my French and Japanese on here as well.
you know...doulingo is not very compeleted...you should know more thing about spanish if you want to traveling there!
I'm still going to continue my studies with SPanish to improve my language skills but I'll have to use other resources now such as Skype
You chat with people who speak your target language from spanish speaking countries
Use the app called Hello Talk for chat in any languages... And videos in native languages with subtitles and slow motion options you can use Yabla spanish!
Yes, I will be using that section to help me improve my skills. Im already reading an article on Astronomy
¡Enhorabuena! Sí tienes alguna duda con el español, estaré encantado de poder ayudar. :)
I'm level 11 and still on the middle of the tree I don't know if its better just to finish or keep strengthening it while finishing like i did on the first half?
Take your time! Solidify the knowledge you have in your brain and then continue up the tree.
Were you able to learn most or all of the language by the end of the tree?
As far as learning everything that Duolingo taught me! YES! As far as stepping into the real world with words I didn't know...NO! LoL
This is awesome, talk about dedication. Thanks for the motivation. :) Don't stop now, try another language. :)
I'm going back to review my French and continue with my Japanese. I stopped with French a few months ago which I regret because I could've been further than I am now but it's taken me learning Spanish to help me understand some of the grammar rules of French.
soy de bolivia...estoy aprendiendo ingles por si a alguien le intereza practicar conmigo esta es mi cuenta en skype..:Dany aruquipa
I am from Bolivia ... I'm learning English if anyone would intereza practice with me this is my account on skype ..: Dany Aruquipa