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How long did it take you to finish the spanish course?

Im on my 3rd day learning spanish and Im on level 6.For those who've completed the course, how long did it take you? I need to at least know how long it'll probably take me to finish this? Thanks folks.

4 years ago

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You might ask "How many hours did it take you?" and "How many hours per day did you study?" and "Did you have any prior language learning experience? (if so, what languages)" and "Did you have any prior Spanish learning?" All of those contribute to how many weeks or months it will take a person to learn a language.

I can tell you that if your goal is to finish the tree, you can do it fairly quickly, but if your goal is to speak Spanish, it will take you considerably longer.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

This.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mjoannie

Thanks Irtward.I spend usually around 4-5hours a day learning the language.Im from the Philippines, my native language Tagalog/Cebuano uses more or less 20% spanish words.Anyway, its my first time trying to learn the language as I need it for a job offer.Anyway,duolingo so far helped me a lot but if there are any other better websites you guys know apart from duolingo,then I'd really love your suggestions.thank you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I would suggest that you also create an account on SpanishDict.com and do their "old" lessons (they are free). That site is now pushing a product called Fluencia, which you have to pay for, but if you login and then click "Menu" (top left) -> Learn Spanish -> SpanishDIct Video Course (scroll down a little to find it), then you can do the old free lessons.

There are four tiers of classes, and each tier has about 10-12 lessons in it. Each lesson begins with a video where you learn a new grammar concept. Then there are flashcards, matching, etc.

SpanishDict also has a really good member forum, the best translator on the web, and the best grammar information sheets I've found (with self-tests at the end).

Don't quit Duolingo though. SpanishDict is great for grammar, but you need the repetition of Duo for it to all sink into your long term memory. SpanishDict misses the mark in that regard.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mjoannie

Thank you Irtward.I will do that.Would you suggest I do both (Duolingo and SpanishDict) at the same time? or finish with Duolingo (spanish tree) first or not that it matters.thanks again

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Play around with it. I think if I were to do one and then the other I'd do SpanishDict first, so that when Duo starts covering some of the things that are difficult for most English speakers (por/para, ser/estar, subjunctive) it will be easier to catch on. That might not be hard for you due to your Tagalog background, but those still give me trouble from time to time.

Personally I'd try both simultaneously, especially since you're studying several hours per day. It will help break up the monotony. But feel free to change things up to match your learning style and do whatever works best for you. And what works best in the early days might not work best later on.

Oh! For vocabulary building, check out Anki flashcards or Memrise. I personally prefer Anki but both have a huge fan base. Both have websites and Anki has apps for the PC, Android, and iOS (free for all but iOS, which is expensive - about $25 but worth it in my opinion). Both allow you to create your own decks of cards, plus there are public decks already created that you can use. Memrise might have apps too, I haven't looked to see.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mjoannie

Thank you..thank you so much.You've been very helpful.I'll try those. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit
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It took me about seven weeks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

Almost six months.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyLukara
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2 days

But I have to agree with lrtward. This information alone is not very useful.

I'd say that if you have no prior knowledge of the language, about 5-6 months is reasonable. If you have a lot of time you can do it a lot faster of course.

4 years ago