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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Two golden trees

I'm feeling ecstatic and delighted to have completed my reverse tree this morning. It has been a demanding journey at times, but so tremendously worth it. I started to learn Spanish at the beginning of November last year, from scratch. It was a lovely birthday present for me to finish the tree in August. Then, I moved swiftly on to begin the reverse tree. As a more 'mature' learner my memory is not always the best....but I just plod on and put in the hours. I cannot believe that as I approach my first year anniversary with Duolingo I have completed both trees and they are both (at this moment) golden!!! I attend an evening class once a week, and also watch Spanish TV and movies to try to improve my listening and speaking skills. My next aim is to dive into translation. For all those who are taking their first steps on this journey.........my advice is 'keep going...you can do it'. And finally, my thanks go to the amazing Duolingo team and program enabling me to realise my dream :-) xxx

October 29, 2014

33 Comments


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

Congratulations, nbree1ed. You really flew through those last 8 skills!

If you're interested, you can immortalize your accomplishment in AlexisLinguist's Golden Owl Hall of Fame: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4147663


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Thanks for your comments and link. I did have a 'mad' spurt at the end.....it was just teasing me, and had to be done! On balance, I think that I would like my achiements to be noted somewhere for posterity. For me, it is as precious as any gold medal!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Inspired1982

Great achievement, congratulations :) You have done so well in such a short time - best of luck with the translation journey! have a lingot please and congratulations once again :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gonzalo0984

como se puede tener todas las lecciones en dorado??? a mi me desaparece el dorado al cabo de unos cuantos dias, o hay una cantidad de veces que repasas y ya se queda dorado para siempre, como es eso???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/attanatta

"How can every lesson be made golden? My gold disappears after a few days. Or is there a number of times that you could go over them and they would stay gold forever? How is it?"

The less mistakes you make, the longer it will stay gold. I don't think that it will ever stay gold forever.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

There really isn't any easy way to keep the lessons gold. Mine also change colour very quickly, but I just keep going back to them, and know that I will be doing this on a daily basis!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

How wonderful! Congratulations! That is a lot of work! p.s. May I ask what shows in Spanish that you watch?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Thank you for your kind comments. I use the Artresplayer app on my iPad, and watch 'El secreto de Puente Viejo' Monday to Friday. I do enjoy it, but unfortunately I understand very little. However, I need to 'tune my ear' to spanish spoken at a normal pace, so I will stick with it. I am currently working my way through a great free resource on line, 'Destinos', which has boosted my confidence. I am also about to start watching two programmes on the Spanish channel rtve - 'Isabel' and 'Aguilar Roja' ( both have Spanish subtitles which I think will help me unpick speech. I have found this strategy helpful before, especially when watching Spanish films/dramas - one favourite being 'El tiempo entre costuras' :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Thanks for the tips! I love doing that - training my ear I mean! It makes such a difference I find. (Yes to confidence boosting!! :)) It also helps build your patience to be in the language even when you can't understand it. My brain automatically wants to tune things out it doesn't understand, but I am glad I have that skill (mostly) to stay focused. :) I've heard about those programs on RTVE. I need to see if I can download them - they look well produced. Destinos I tried years ago, but it didn't hold my attention. The one that the same company did in French was more engaging for me for some reason. Well, keep up the awesomeness and enjoy your language learning! Buena suerte! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/attanatta

Good job, nbree1ed. I just finished my reverse tree, too. I am also listening to Language Transfer, which I haven't finished yet. I'm somewhere between track 60 and 70, I think. Have you heard of it? Currently there's a post about it in DL's discussion section...it's near the top.

PS Here's the link: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5212195


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Many thanks, and congratulations to you too!!! The resource you mention is new to me, so I will definitely give this a go. I'm really looking forward to discovering new ways to use, practise and learn. I have a lot to do to catch up with you! :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/attanatta

If you ever want to practice chatting in Spanish outside duolingo, I use skype and google chat


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/murphy6581

Awesome. well done. And so you should feel ecstatic. My progress is a little slower than yours but its getting there. Im nearly hitting a 200 day streak and go to Spain regularly. Again, WELL DONE. Ill follow you Gav.... (murph)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Thankyou! I don't think 'speed' is the most important thing.....but determination. In truth, I need to practise a lot because my memory isn't brilliant, so hopefully repeating words and grammar many times will store these in my long term memory! I am equally impressed with your amazing streak.......something that I have never been able to achieve. How fortunate that you are able to visit Spain regularly.......this is perfect for practising your new skills. Enjoy your learning and 'Buena suerte' :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaleT8

Inspirational, thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Thanks! It looks like you are well on the way yourself. It's funny how you start to take some things for granted as you progress..........(all of the words and phrases you 'just know'), so in some ways it gets easier at the same time as getting harder, if that makes sense! The important thing is to enjoy every little success, as this will keep you motivated. Your streak is pretty inspirational too! :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Thankyou! I have been somewhat of a coward up to this point when it comes to translating, and that will be the next challenge for me. I see you have contributed to this already, so I take my hat off to you!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leah_Gosling

Congratulations Well done Hopefully I get to the stage you are as I am learning Spanish as well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Thankyou! I'm sure that you will.............it just takes time. Every little step is a step closer, and it is 'so' worth it. Buena suerte :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snowshoeis01dog

this is actually quite cool


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SydneyAndrews

Have a lingot for your effort.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

Thanks.........that is very kind of you. That reminds me............I must check out if there is anything new in the store. Happy learning!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evaestrellita71

Please explain what the reverse tree is. I am also a "mature" student and am absolutely LOVING this. I have always wanted to learn Spanish, which I unfortunately skipped in High School in lieu of 7 years of German....but now I have accomplished 3/4 of the tree and want to continue. I love the OWL.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

The reverse tree is when you learn your 'native' language from the one you are studying. For me, I am studying Spanish, so when I finished this tree, I began the English course for Spanish speakers. The good thing about this is that you will be able to 'test out' some levels, as your Spanish will be pretty good. Obviously, the easiest exercises are when you have to write down what you hear in English. The annoying thing is how quickly the skills decay and you need to repeat them to keep them at full strength......if that is important to you. I have found the reverse tree to be really good, as you need to apply your Spanish skills, and I also came across some new words too. I still struggle with tenses, so the additional practice is helping with this......I think!!!! Buena suerte :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TatianaBoshenka

What is a reverse tree? Is that when you go through the tree as though learning your native language, as a speaker of the language you just learned?


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

Yep, exactly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

You are absolutely right. I found this really interesting, especially as I came across some words that I hadn't covered in the Spanish tree. The important thing is that I still needed to use my Spanish. I know that I need to become more secure with tenses and the use of subjunctive, but onward and upward! :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TatianaBoshenka

Is doing the reverse tree easier or harder than doing the one in the forward direction?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nbree1ed

For me it was, in reality, much easier in terms of language knowledge and skills. After all, you know your own language really well........unless of course you 'get it wrong' because you haven't used American English, i.e. 'gotten'..........sorry, but as an English person I've never used that word in my life! Oh, and some of the pronunciations are decidedly dodgey but will make you smile. You should be able to complete the reverse tree much more quickly, but be prepared to see your 'golden' skills decay at a rate of knots. The only way to keep the tree golden is to constantly revisit and practise/repeat exercises. Keep up your good work :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Car230

Congratulations!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

Congrats! keep on your great job and enjoy studying with Duolingo! have some lingots! :)

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