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
"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.
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' :-)
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! :)
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
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' :-)
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! :-)
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.
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 :-)
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! :-)
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 :-)