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https://www.duolingo.com/alexandrasalvaje

Curious to see how far many of you have gotten.

I just started duolingo yesterday and I feel that it has potential. I already know a bit of Spanish, only the basics like donde esta la bano and que? I just wanted to see how far you've gotten and how well you think it's worked for you. And if you're now fluent in Spanish (as a second language,) was it duolingo that helped you become fluent or was it a combination of other sources? Please and thank you, I'd love you hear what you'd have to say.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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I've finished the tree (course), but I'm not fluent by any means. I would say intermediate in writing and reading, while low-intermediate/high beginner in speaking and reading. Other resources are necessary for fluency, no question. Duolingo is the first step towards it.

After doing Immersion and reviewing my tree for nearly five months, as well as listening to Spanish music, watching movies in Spanish, writing, etc., I'd put my Spanish skills on a "survival" level, for living in a Spanish-speaking country.

Duolingo has worked extremely well for me, and I rank it as the top source for learning the foundation of a new language (or more...). :)

Welcome to Duolingo! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamohtSMA
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I started last October after taking several courses at a local language school and working through Coffee Break Spanish. I finished the tree in early February and repeated it start to finish three more times. Now I do at least 3 lessons when I get up in the morning and then run through several audio clips using "Complete Spanish" by language transfer. I read novels, watch Mexican TV and chat with cab drivers, fellow bus passengers, store clerks, neighbors and their kids.

Doulinguo has been a great help in taking me from stumbling beginner to functioning expat in Mexico. There is no way I'll ever process the rapid fire Spanish of my DF friends, or my younger Mexican friends as they party on, but one on one we can hold a conversation .

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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That's what I'm looking forward to. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iamreggie
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you just have to be patient and you need to memorize and understand words

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/naomi_cat

I'm learning French right now and I'm not that far into the course but I can tell you that using another source would be wise. Memrise is very good for vocabulary.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mebestia

I've only been using Duolingo for about three weeks and am nowhere near fluent yet. But I can tell you that the amount I've learned in those three weeks, I definitely would have taken much longer to learn otherwise. In my opinion, no matter where in the road to fluency Duolingo cuts off, it's still a great way to learn that much.

I can't speak to fluency, but combining a lesson with other sources and with Spanish media definitely makes it easier to remember what I learned in that lesson.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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I can't say that I'm fluent in Spanish. (I have finished the entire course) The other thing is that I didn't review, so that may have been a problem too. I'm trying to review the tree right now. I'm probably around an A2 in Spanish. (Or less)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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You really should use another (or many) sources for speaking, listening, reading and writing. Particularly for speaking you should try a language exchange site, una novia, su vecino, un extranjero o cualquier español hablantes con un pulso. Seriously, talk to people. No ser tener miedo

Personally I think Duolingo is great for vocabulary and grammar. Is it great for practical dialogue? Not really.

¡Bueno suerte!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kstarrlynn
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Having conversations in Spanish with native and non-native speakers is very helpful! Find other ways to immerse yourself in the language: set your electronics' languages to Spanish, watch movies in Spanish, read the Spanish version of your favorite book, listen to Spanish music, etc. It's good to hear and read the language often so you can get the hang of how it's spoken -- sentences will come more naturally to you and you won't have to translate word-for-word. I've taken three college courses previously and just started with Duolingo a few days ago. I think for right now while I'm not currently in a Spanish class, Duolingo might be good for practice and keeping up with things until my next class!

4 years ago