finished spanish tree!
After 67 gruelling days I've finally conquered my tree. It was really intense with a lot of hours spent. I wondered at first whether this speed was sensible but now I feel it worked for me to go through it at the pace that I did. I found it more beneficial to focus on finishing the tree rather than leveling up.
When I discovered immersion midway through my path down the tree it distracted me because points came a bit too easily from there. For a while I was averaging almost 1000xp a day translating. I did gain a lot from doing this but I lacked the fundamentals I need to really understand things fluidly. I felt there were structural gaps in my knowledge of grammar so I stopped translating to focus instead on finishing the tree. A lot of what I learned from the tree is still hazy but that's where practice is needed. The thing is, by finishing the tree I have seen all these constructs at least once and now everytime I see them again it reinforces what I know. I complemented all this with about 5 hours of conversation a week in spanish over skype.
Moving ahead I plan to work on translation while maintaining my golden tree. I have no immediate plans of doing the reverse tree as I feel like I have to go out there in the world and practice. I will try to increase my conversation time, I will review the grammar methodically, and I will try to consume a lot of Spanish media. This has been an exhilarating journey so far. I don't think I would have had the guts to get this far without Duolingo.
Well done! It sounds like you are really approaching this thing the right way. I began the reverse tree weeks ago but progress has stalled. It is harder than the regular tree, and you may feel burnt out for awhile after completing the first tree so quickly so no rush on that. Conversational skills and Spanish media is really the next step. And now that you have a grasp of all the basics, translating is the perfect way to reinforce this knowledge.
Fantastic achievement! Sounds like you have a great plan to continue your learning. You are absolutely right thinking that 'getting out there' and actually using your new language is the way to embed your learning and hone your skills. Enjoy! :-) P.S. Don't forget to ask for your name to be added to the 'Hall of Fame'.
I think speed does make a difference with language learning, and is more important than "perfection". You can do a lot with just an 80% grasp of things, instead of aiming for 100%, but the longer you drag out learning a language the more you are losing along the way and having to repeat which gets dull as you see no progress. With speed you see more progress. Then, once you have a grasp of the whole thing and go back to review, it is much more fun! Great job - I'll have done all the lessons in just one about more week myself I think! Hasta luego! + lingots!
Yeah, I'm new here & was wondering the same thing? Really well done by the way motalky - muy bien! :)
If you do the Spanish for English speakers course then doing the reverse tree is doing the English for Spanish speakers course. It is not as easy as it sounds.
Fantástico, es grato saber que te sientas tan emocionado por haber culminado el árbol de un idioma tan rico como el español, y efectivamente el camino apenas comienza, ahora debes reforzar todo lo aprendido en estas horas en Duolingo para no olvidar nada.
Con tu comentario me has dado más ánimos de culminar el curso de inglés que es el que estoy realizando, pues es el idioma que quiero aprender, estoy ya cerca de la mitad del árbol y espero culminarlo pronto, aunque no me gusta trazarme un tiempo límite para hacerlo :) solo lo terminare cuando esté preparado para ello :D saludos y éxitos