https://www.duolingo.com/SenorJavi

I finished my first tree!

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It took 162 days to finish my Spanish tree. I'm proud that I didn't break my streak at all, even while traveling. I also fixed it so that I would hit level 15 on the last lesson of the tree. I tried to keep everything golden along the way, but it was too difficult to make forward progress at a certain point, so I stopped trying. Now that I finished the tree, I'll go back and make everything a lovely gold. I can't wait to do the reverse tree to strengthen my Spanish a little further. I feel like I have a pretty good foundation now, though I'm sure it will take many years to become fluent. I stumbled upon a Spanish-language book review a few days ago and was pleased to find that I could understand nearly the entire thing.

Next up is Spanish -> English for further practicing my Spanish. I worked a little on English -> Dutch and found it pretty easy and I am really looking forward to English -> Esperanto. French might also be a good because there are already Spanish -> French and French -> Spanish trees for extra practice.

I'm really thankful for Duolingo because it is the only language learning program that ever stuck with me. I took two years of Spanish in middle school, three years in high school, and two more semesters in colleges, but I never really put in my best effort to actually learn the language. I used Rosetta Stone, but I gave up after a few weeks. To find a program that I like so much and actually use consistently over a sustained period of time is really special. This is the first time that I've ever been excited to learn a language.

9/26/2014, 9:10:23 PM

46 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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Thanks for sharing your experience, SenorJavi. It's definitely a great feeling getting to the end of a tree.

Your path sounds very similar to mine, minus the Rosetta Stone trial. I took several years of Spanish in high school and college, but never really did anything more than what was required to pass the classes. Duolingo's different though, it makes it quite fun to learn, and kept me engaged the whole way through the program.

The reverse tree is good for helping you improve your object pronouns and subjective, but don't neglect other paths towards continuing to improve your Spanish. Programs like Memrise are great for growing your vocabulary, and I've had a lot of fun listening to Spanish radio stations and podcasts. Duolingo is a great start, but it's only the beginning of the journey to fluency. :)

9/26/2014, 9:24:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SenorJavi
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Thanks for the reminder on Memrise. I started a Spanish course around the same time are Duolingo, but then decided to focus on Duolingo. I will definitely get back to Memrise now.

9/26/2014, 9:53:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Badamente

3 months of Spanish on Duolingo has been more beneficial to me than all the years I studied it in high school. Are you doing the reverse tree for Spanish now? I see that you're level 12 in English. I'm doing the reverse tree for Korean (since there isn't a Korean in English tree yet). It makes me laugh when Duolingo congratulates me for learning how to say, "fish" in English.

9/29/2014, 12:59:47 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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Yes sir. Actually finished it a week or so ago. The reverse tree is ok. It doesn't teach you anything new, but it's definitely useful for suring up the object pronouns and subjunctive. Plus it's a quick way to another trophy, and I love me some meaningless shiny things.

9/29/2014, 1:21:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/clcox14

nice car

9/29/2014, 6:36:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/elisethepoet
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What is Memrise? I am quite new to duolingo, but adoring it! I am already looking ahead to continuing education/reaching fluency.

10/1/2014, 10:27:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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www.memrise.com

It's a free flashcard-based program for learning just about anything. They have a pretty effective spaced-repetition algorithm for helping you to remember things without having to practice the same questions over and over. Their main selling point is the use of images (they call them mems) to help trigger memories.

The courses on the site are created by other users on a whole variety of topics. There's lots of courses available for Spanish vocab, for almost any category of the language you can think of. It's great for picking up where the Duolingo tree leaves (haha) off, vocabulary-wise.

10/1/2014, 10:34:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/elisethepoet
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Thank you! I just finished a set of basic Spanish. Me gustaría un poco de vino, por favor. ;] I appreciate your lovely and thorough answer.

10/2/2014, 11:17:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/v_Tiara
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!Gracias for sharing this site!

10/3/2014, 5:58:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JeremyHartley13

Felicitaciones! It's great to hear stories like this :) Good luck with your journey on becoming fluent!

9/26/2014, 11:12:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

Felicitaciones companero y bien hecho!

9/27/2014, 4:46:00 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/TrineyGurl

bueno

9/27/2014, 12:38:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JVeil

Where do you find your tree?

9/28/2014, 5:34:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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The "tree" is the series of skills on your Home tab. The name is a holdover from a previous design where there was lines between related skills.

9/28/2014, 5:53:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JVeil

Thanks! So its just the home page theres no "tree" that makes sense! Heres a lingot!

9/28/2014, 6:07:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Hopeful24

Gong rats tht is a very big achievement!

9/26/2014, 9:42:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/FaRiha4
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I have just started today.162 days seem a long time.hope i can maintain my streak :)

9/26/2014, 10:35:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/-palmira16-

Congrats!

9/27/2014, 2:17:27 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ojosazules787

Felicitaciones! Thanks for sharing your experience! 43 consecutive days here level 11 and somehow I make time for DL two or three times a day. It's just so much fun! I don't know what you mean by keeping everything golden and what is a reverse tree? The person who said there's no such thing as a silly question doesn't seem to be around but.... love to know what these references mean. Thanks!

9/27/2014, 2:43:00 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/BirdieWolf

You know how when you complete a skill it turns gold? Well it doesn't stay gold forever you have to go in and strengthen it, and "keep it golden." And reverse tree is doing a tree in English from Spanish.

9/27/2014, 3:24:11 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ojosazules787

Gracias! un Lingot para ti!

9/30/2014, 1:19:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BirdieWolf

De nada. Encantado de ayudarle. Gracias para el Lingot.

9/30/2014, 11:54:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ojosazules787

Con mucho gusto

10/1/2014, 2:26:20 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/traroloc

Well done. I am sure you will able to become fluent in Spanish if you continue practicing. Good luck.

9/27/2014, 3:05:26 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/gonzales62

Congrats buddy!

9/27/2014, 3:39:48 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/will-Wen2014

congratulations,i am still working on my spanish tree,as a totally beginner . learing a new language is so funny that beyond my thought,thanks to duolingo

9/27/2014, 12:09:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/v_Tiara
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Congratulation!

9/27/2014, 5:13:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gsalm1

que bien

9/27/2014, 7:02:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gsalm1

felizidades

9/27/2014, 7:02:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JoseUrdaneta.97

Good Job!

9/28/2014, 4:06:36 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/MennaLotfy

Congrats!

9/28/2014, 6:19:39 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/novi21

congratulations. i'm sure that if you try to teach someone the things you've learnt your language will get better. :)

9/28/2014, 12:01:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Inspired1982

Congratulations! sounds so inspiring - and you did a great job of keeping your streak even through your travels. That is so difficult, I just lost my 156 days streak!

It is great to see your story and get the inspiration & best of luck with being fluent and fully skilled in Spanish language - definitely with this commitment level YOU WILL BE!

Take some lingots please and keep the GREAT work : )

9/28/2014, 2:56:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JuhaBerlin
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congratulations. I just started learning spanish with duolingo, and reading stories like yours give me hope for my future path, although I will not be able to keep a streak for the whole time like you. Something I agree with you: The duolingo team does a great job keep ones motivation at a high level. I love it, and I am quite confident that it will go on learnig

9/28/2014, 9:54:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/libra_rian

Congratulations!

9/28/2014, 11:23:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/laineyleverett

wow congrats on that

9/29/2014, 1:28:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/nicolasbooth2013

Vamos a hablar en español! Respuestas serios solamente! Skype!

9/29/2014, 5:53:06 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/knettu

bien hecho!

9/29/2014, 9:57:43 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/clcox14

you must be A ok then

9/29/2014, 6:36:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SethB.

hola, como estas, yo soy muy mal y tu

9/29/2014, 8:55:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LLynelleR

I am curious how many Spanish words you have learned by the time you complete your Spanish Tree.??? I began Spanish 24 days ago and I'm curious what I'm aiming towards.

9/30/2014, 4:52:32 AM

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    1573 words

    9/30/2014, 11:16:42 AM

    https://www.duolingo.com/LLynelleR

    Thanks.... 1573 words huh? My head is spinning at 242 words. But I'm up for the challenge.

    10/1/2014, 2:02:12 AM

    [deactivated user]

      Un palabra a la vez es la única manera de hacerlo. Buena suerte en tu aprentizaje. A word at a time is the only way to do it. Good luck in your learning.

      10/1/2014, 2:28:36 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/onemorething

      Congratulations, I'm available to practice with anyone. If you want speak Spanish and English, contact me, so we can improve.

      10/21/2014, 1:58:06 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/G_Rofa8

      hey can i have some

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