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https://www.duolingo.com/John_Fitzmaurice

I Finished My Spanish Tree, 12.5 months.

HIGH POINTS

  1. I started sept 18, 2013 and finished oct 8 2014.

  2. I took maybe 4 months of breaks for work reasons.

  3. The tree is not at all golden.

  4. I am older than most, 59 years old.

  5. It has been a great experience.

  6. To reach the fluency level I want will take at least another year and will probably involve Italki lessons with live teachers.

Where is the list of people who have finished the spanish tree, Do I put my name on the list or is it already there?

thanks duolingo

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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¡Felicidades! Good luck with your journey to fluency.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eliyazdi
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¡Congratulaciònes! I'm doing italki lessons for Italian now that I've finished my tree and it does help a lot.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Fitzmaurice

yes, Italki is the opposite learning method, learn by talking instead of writing and reading. Duolingo is writing and reading.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eliyazdi
eliyazdi
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Duolingo does help with speaking, but there's nothing like talking to a person.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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Congratulations, John. Finishing the tree is certainly a big accomplishment. Got any plans to tackle another language?

In response to your question about a list, there's no "official" list by Duolingo itself, but user AlexisLinguist has created a Golden Owl Hall of Fame post here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4760918 Just reply to that thread and she'll add your name.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Fitzmaurice

thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KarinaIgnacia

¡Felicidades! Yo soy hablante nativa de español. Sé que es un idioma algo difícil de aprender, así que es un gran logro :) Por mi parte, yo estoy aprendiendo alemán y estoy esperando que Duolingo active el curso de húngaro, ambos idiomas bastante complejos.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/territech
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Congratulations! At my current pace, I will do about the same! About one year. I have not had any breaks, just working consistently from 15 to 30 minutes a day. I do not speak Spanish very well, but my reading and writing in Spanish has improved immensely from regular use of Duolingo. I have connected with some people wanting to improve their English, in exchange for helping me with Spanish. Try "conversationexchange.com" for a way to find native speaking partners! Lang8.com is also useful.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nirose

That's awesome!! I'm just done with the basic fold and feels great. How bad did your break make you forget what you learned? I'm afraid even a little break would make me forget stuff lol. I need spanish peopel to talk with regularly or are learning. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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Congratulations!!! You must feel great! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Fitzmaurice

yes, i do?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goldfishgringo

I am nearly your age and am near the end of my spanish tree. I Congratulate you on your achievement my friend.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ninjagal42

Congratulations! I just started this week as a suggestion from my Spanish teacher. Great job!

3 years ago

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

59 years old,,,,, thumbs up

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LilPeterPan

Congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hridoy569

Congrats! I am in Level 5.

3 years ago

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

Wow! Congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rinesa.A

Congratulations..... i don't know any person that is in the same age as you who wanted to learn spanish and did that hope i will finish my german and spanish tree ... feel happy for u .

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Megs113

awesome !!!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Megs113

Follow me thxs

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/peachy_peachy

congrats man

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasminaMarron

Congratulations !!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eadority

cool i only just started though.....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nancygreis

Congratulations!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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Felicitaciones! Continuar tu aventura de aprender español

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goopach

WTGO

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doobedo

congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bigboy5000

cool

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HansTurin

Felicidades! Buen trabajo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nennaaa
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Felicidades!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaleT8

57 years old and determined. We are headed to Nicaragua in December so that has been very motivating.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaitheAkita

Muy bien! I hope I can go down the same path.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leena321

¡Enhorabuena!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pfinstir

Go John. I too am a person of a certain age. LOL! 53. I started 12 days ago. Did you have any prior exposure to Spanish? Congrats.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Fitzmaurice

yes, exposure and the right motivation, money.

I have never taken Spanish in school. I did take french for 9 years and spent 2 years in Chad, a french speaking african country, I have lived outside the USA for about 20 years. At one time or another I have learned a little Indonesian, amharic, Thai, arabic and Sara Madjingaye, I never spoke these languages very well and pretty much have forgotten them, except French.

I have worked in 4 spanish speaking countries, mexico, ecuador, venezuela and Panama a total of maybe 9 months. In 2013 before I started duolingo I was in Mexico for almost 5 months and tried to learn spanish during those months. So spanish would help me at work.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pfinstir

I studied Spanish in school. 3 years in high school (a friend and I were placed in Spanish 2 as freshmen) and two years of Spanish in junior high school. I speak okay, but one of my bucket list items is to speak Spanish fluently. I hesitate to speak with Spanish-speaking people primarily because I am not fluent. It was very helpful in Mexico when we were on vacation a few years ago. As we toured the city outside of our resort, I was able to get information about the bus, etc. I want to be you when I grow up. (Specifically, finish the tree. However, I go back and do a prior session at least two times before I move onto something new.) Have an amazing day!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Fitzmaurice

I went over old lessons some but not enough, I figure I could spend another year reviewing the tree now.

About 1/3 of the time I am too busy to do duolingo. Also I started to concentrate on finishing the tree, maybe I should have taken longer.

3 years ago