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https://www.duolingo.com/EdwardChamourian

Finished my spanish tree

UGHHH My god!!!!!!! Sorry but seriously the last quarter was HARD. Not to discourage anyone. I just wish someone had told me. Once I got near the end I thought "Oh, I'll just blast these out in a week." Noooooope, it's not that the grammar gets too hard, you learn it slowly just like the rest of the language. It's the sentences that get really long and complex. My biggest enemy wasn't even making mistranslations, it was just simple typos I would make on occasion on both Spanish AND English.

Now looking back I should of used those heart refills, I didn't like them at first because I felt it was preventing me from learning the language, but their actually great for simple typo slips that weren't intentional. (I figured this out literally on my last lesson...)

So after four months I can honestly say that I now "know" Spanish. I'm no where near fluent but I can hold a basic conversation...slowly. Four months is literally a semester and I know WAAAAAAAAYYYYYY more Spanish then someone who took a single semester at college. Thank you Duo from the bottom of my heart.

And thank you guys, the duolingo community, you guys were all just as much help.

Alright next stop: French!

4 years ago

33 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/layr89

Good point. I always felt the same about the heart refills, but using them in case of the typos might as well be justified.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hablofrench

You're funny

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mebestia

Congrats! I feel the same way about heart refills, and you've convinced me they might be worth doing after all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/epicjames10

I'm no where near the end!!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrawberryFries

Same!! D:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrpanc

I'm a little apprehensive about getting to the end but also looking forward to it. Congrats!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BloodyPhoenix

I thought the same, now my mind is changing for the same reason--not not knowing something, but hitting the wrong thing or having the auto-complete put something in without me catching it.

Best of luck with French!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andygravity

Congrats! I agree with the typo thing. I've just started the last section, and it seems half of my heart losses are due to typos, which is frustrating. I haven't used a heart refill before. Maybe I should take your advice and start.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristinaMekvold
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The last section: the creation story for the Heart Refill option :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/todji

LOL.

I'm kinda curious if the lessons causing the problems are the same across languages. The last few verb tenses are what killed me in Portuguese- Subjunctive Pluperfect, etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/orangebasubeck
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Good job.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

¬°Felicitaciones!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EdwardChamourian

Gracias :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WaddlesNMabel

Great job, Edward. I just made the worst mistake ever in Time- I didn't spell tomorrow right. I ONLY MISSED A 'R!!!!!!!!' I guess extra harts would be good, I'll try it. Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hablofrench

lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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Great job! Congratulations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinggtrio

Good Luck

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fizzlewicket
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This is really encouraging! Thank you for your comments.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

Felicitaciones!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RCLM90

Congratulations! I have just gotten to past tense verbs and it is definitely getting harder. It is good to know that I will just have to slog it though to the end. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EdwardChamourian

Don't be discouraged. It just bothered me because I was expecting to finish sooner and it was starting to get to me. As long as you expect it to get harder then you can attack it with your A game.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NcStone12
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Buen trabajo! I felt the same way about the hearts as you did, I just recently starting using them in case of typos.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Its_your_bae

Nice job brah!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gingermonkey15

congrats

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrawberryFries

Gracias for sharing tu thoughts on el heart refills. Yo felt el same way too and now yo don't feel as bad. Yo have plans para French next too! Tell me how it goes. :) (lol I thought it would be fun to fill in Spanish words but now i feel weird. xD)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferreybar
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Enhorabuena !!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeremyHartley13

Felicitaciones!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/todji

Congratulations. I just finished my Portuguese tree and had the same experience. And started using heart refills. Especially for cases where my translation should have been excepted but wasn't. There are a lot more of them when you reach the last lessons.

As you said, part of the reason these lessons are so hard is that the sentence structure becomes more complex. But there are far more issues with correct translations not being accepted due to the fact that far fewer people have done the last 1/4 of the lessons than the first 1/4 so there's been less a chance for DuoLingo to get the variations down.

Or at least that's my theory.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaraMI8
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Congratulation, wish you best of luck :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/coldasice26
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I am just starting at the last 80 lessons (final quarter roughly) and I agree that with the increasing length of the sentence it gets more and more difficult to translate and not make mistakes, I recognize a lot in your story. Congrats for this big achievement!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt-Leonard

Congratulations,Have a lingot.

Nice to see even thought you found it hard you soldiered on.

On a side note, how did you manage to remember enough with Level 12 to complete the tree? I am only 2/3 the way through and still forgetting lots of words with level 15.

Kind Regards

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EdwardChamourian

By the end I stopped thinking about the translations and would just guess the answer. I wasn't always right, but for the most part my intuition was pretty good.

I started doing this for the last 5th of the tree. The sentences were so long I couldn't spend all my time thinking about every word and their order, BUT since the sentences were long that gave me many context clues to help me guess their meaning.

Grammar and Vocabulary is incredibly important, but there comes a point where you have to stop thinking about it because language is supposed to be subconscious.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/onlylittle63

Good Job!

4 years ago