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I've 'conquered' the Spanish tree!

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Despite being exposed to Spanish early on in my life (my first letter was 'AH-che') and taking Spanish courses in high school and college, DuoLingo has kept me practicing and motivated better than anything else I've tried. I'm finally starting to feel I have a strong enough grasp to respond in Spanish conversation instead of just listening. The ease and fun of using a gamified interface makes me that I can learn other languages, and in have picked German to study on the side, and I'm taking some longing glances what's in the works in the incubator. Big thanks to everyone involved with this tool; i can attest that it's changing lives right now.

I 'conquered' (hm, seems a bit problematic) the language on my iPad, so I was wondering it it was any different on a computer. Also, how do you all like immersion? Seems a bit daunting, but it's the logical next step after maxing / getting gold on all my bubbles again and trying to keep practiced.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Badamente

I've been stuck in the same skill for the past few days, and I've been getting pretty angry that I kept getting things incorrect. I finally made some progress today and am pretty close to completing the skill. I think that if I were studying the same skill with a book, I would have quit studying Spanish, but for some reason, Duolingo's gamification aspect helps me to keep going.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DomingoCSlay
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If you have some troubles with one lesson, you can ask for help! we, the spanic people we can help you, and you can help us in our english! that's the discussion section all about!! You can do it! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeninMage
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For some reason I have no problem studying with a book. I'd highly recommend Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar. It's what I've used and I believe it thoroughly teaches each grammar concept. It gives plenty of practice using each and at the end of each chapter, there are paragraphs of english for you to translate into Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PablitoNogales

Congrats! I'm not even halfway to finishing my Spanish tree, but I wholeheartedly agree that Duolingo provides greater motivation to keep slugging it out that any other language method that I've encountered.

One thing that I do is that while I'm going through the exercises on my PC desktop and/or laptop, I simultaneously make flashcards with sound (and occasionally pictures) using Anki.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NateMcArdle

Im going to give Anki a try as I have moved to Spain already yet have not yet grasped the language! Cheers

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PablitoNogales

There is a lot that you can do with Anki that won't be immediately obvious. For instance, you can configure your cards to have multiple fields that present differently when the cards present in reverse (i.e. when the back side is shown first.)

When my Spanish cards are reversed, I don't see any text at all. I only hear the spoken Spanish word and/or phrase (sometimes I'll make have the word spoken, then a pause, then a phrase including the word, then another pause and the main word repeated.) That way, I'm getting aural comprehension practice while I'm memorizing vocabulary, verb conjugations and whathaveyou.

I also use a little Windows program (do people still say program?) in order to record myself. My purpose in that is to see if I'm saying exactly what I think that I'm saying once I see the answer card. My main reason for using this program (other than it being free) is that every time you record yourself, it's automatically a separate recording, which makes it perfect for the way that I use it. Using a regular recorder that just continues to add to one long recording would be tedious.

Pocket Voice Recorder

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ItsIvetteG

Congrats, but, duoLingos Spanish isn't always correct.. I am Dominican and Puerto Rican and I speak Spanish at home and I am DISGUSTED by how duolingo marks me wrong when infact I am right! I would like to fix this because you cant go around calling a newspaper diario.. Diario is diary!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/balios
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If it didn't allow "diary" for "diario" then you should report it. Assuming diary makes sense in the context of the sentence, Duolingo will eventually accept it and you will have helped improve the platform. But you should also learn that in some countries and some contexts, "diario" can be synonymous with "periódico."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sk1ph1x
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Good advice Balios! I agree with you. Although Duolingo is not perfect I think that it is a great program. I have reported a number of errors and Duolingo has fixed them and sent me back acknowledgement emails thanking me for my contribution.

This is the only program that I have seen with such impressive and relatively comprehensive study tools offered absolutely FREE! It is also great that we are helping to translate the web to make information more accessible to all.

Finally I think that it important for all to realize that the Spanish that we are use to speaking may be limited based on many factors, i.e.: How often we listen to, read things from, or speak to people from different Spanish Speaking countries; The types of individuals we usually speak to; The types of documents and literature we read, etc.

According to a popular online Spanish Translation Site "Diario" can be a daily newspaper, or a diary, and of course "Diario" also means "Daily). http://www.spanishdict.com

Les deseo a todos buena suerte y mucho exito con los estudios.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Academycute101

But in some countries diario also means newspaper.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pfinstir

Interesting. I still sometimes get the feel that I am learning the proper English taught in elementary school. The app does keep me practicing and trying to meet new daily challenges.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DomingoCSlay
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una vez que completas todas las lecciones, es bueno que sigas traduciendo, para que refuerces lo aprendido, felicidades, yo por otro lado, terminé el árbol de inglés, y ahora lo estoy haciendo a la inversa, aprendiendo español como tú desde inglés. Puedes tratar de hacer lo mismo, será un poco más fácil debido a que eres hablante de inglés, pero te ayudará mucho más créeme.

Once time you completed all lessons, its a good idea you keep working in translation section, so you reinforces that you have learned, congratulations!! me, by the other side, i conquered the english tree, and now i am doing at in reverse, learning Spanish (like you) from English. You can try to do the same, it will be a little easier because you are English speaker, but it will help you much more believe me. Sorry if my english isn't perfect, you can correct me! Thanks and congratulations again!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/owenscao

Your English is good. Just a few minor mistakes.

Once you complete all the lessons, it's a good idea to keep working in the translation section, so you can reinforce what you have learned, congratulations! Me, on the other side, I conquered the English tree, and now I am doing it in reverse, learning Spanish (like you) from English. You can try to do the same, it will be a little easier because you are an English speaker, but it will help you much more, believe me.

Lo hiciste muy bien! Su Inglés es mejor que mi español! :) Siempre yo olvido y extravio (misplace) artículos y preposiciones. Y los tiempos todavía me dan problemas.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DomingoCSlay
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Any time you can ask for spanish corrections! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Felicitaciones! Usted va a ser mejor y mejor a la comprension de espanol! Mantener el buen trabajo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arturoalcibia

"Usted va a ser mejor y mejor "en la" "comprensión" "del" espanol! "Siga con el" buen trabajo!

It would be even better if you could speak with "tú" (less formal)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Thank you so much!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0
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Congrats!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeurrr

Congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/topherjamesknoll

i prefer the computer better. it's a bit more challenging. haven't done much immersion. don't think i'm there yet. good luck! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ckla3

I think it is easier on my iPad. They have you pick tiles to translate a sentence as opposed to typing in the meaning. The other thing i think they should not do on either version is when they ask you to translate a word, the picture is directly above the word so you know the meaning! It makes it too easy. Maybe it will get a little harder as I go up levels but for now, it makes those exercises too easy on both. I switch between my iPad and my computer, depending on where I am.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sk1ph1x
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After initially conquering the Spanish tree you should continue to practice. Besides the immersion document translation opportunities you can also continue to accumulate points, take exams, gain access to bonus skill exercises, and move up to higher levels.

Currently I am at level 25 and I am working diligently to reach level 26. As you get to higher levels the distance (points needed) to reach the next level increases.

But I guess the final and most important goal for all is to reach a high level of communication , reading, and translating capability. Buena Suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarymia

Duolingo is wonderful and I can learn more thank you :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mayzo93939

well done

3 years ago