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

I finally completed my Italian Tree!!

After a year of steady progression (i only missed two days in the last year) I have finally completed my Italian Tree! At this point, I can read pretty much anything i want with no or little assistance. Listening to Italian on the radio is still difficult but i can probably pick up 20-30% of what's being said. I've been Skyping with a University student from Rome about once a week since April. This has helped my speaking, but there is still much need for improvement there.

If anyone wants to see what it looks like to complete your tree, i made an animated gif you can watch here: http://cl.ly/image/3b022m0N0O2e

Any suggestions for what I should do next? I'm thinking continue to build vocab, read a ton, and practice speaking.

December 3, 2014

39 Comments


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

Thank you so much for this gif, I can't wait to finish my tree! E congratulazione, sono felice per te :)

December 3, 2014

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

You're welcome! It will be worth it!

December 4, 2014

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

You should ask AlexisLinguist to add you to the golden owl hall of fame. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4147663

December 3, 2014

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

That's a great idea. Thanks!

December 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rompip
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Congratulations! In answer to your question, I recently finished my tree too after a year of work and I am revisiting all the verb lessons and doing a lot of strengthening but I have also started doing the reverse tree. I must say I am learning a lot more than I thought from it and also reading the italian discussions gives a lot of reading/translating practice as well as insight into the way Italians use their language.

December 4, 2014

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

I think i will do that. That's a great idea. I wish it was easier to swap back and forth between base languages.

December 4, 2014

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

That gif was so great. I have had the pleasure of seeing it firsthand because I got my French trophy, but I came to Duolingo already strong in French. Seeing that gif makes me think about the intense sense of accomplishment I will feel when I get another trophy, whether it be in Spanish (which, like French, I had some previous experience with but much less, so the placement test put me at an appropriately low level), German (the placement test for which placed me too high so I recently reset it and am starting from the beginning), or the other languages I'm learning in which I was not even a beginner before the advent of Duolingo (Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish).

December 5, 2014

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

WOW!!!! CONGRATULAZIONE @glennansley, and thank you very much for sharing the gif.. it motivated me more. :D Well done!

December 4, 2014

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

I was hoping the gif would be motivating to others!

December 4, 2014

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

Fantastic news! You have a great work ethic! That's a very impressive .gif! (I don't know how you did it!) I'm looking forward to completing my tree. I'm in the bottom third of my Italian tree.

December 4, 2014

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

I forced myself to only do 10 new lessons a week and to spend the rest of the time doing review. It was really hard not to go ahead when i got to the final skills but the review is so important!

December 4, 2014

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

Congrat! I am hoping to make the same announcement in 2 months' time!

December 4, 2014

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

Congrats! Make sure to finish on the Website and not the app, you get a little more fanfare for your efforts there!

December 4, 2014

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

Ah so many gold lessons! Congrats :D

December 4, 2014

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

Congratulations! I'm only about a third of the way through my Italian tree, but your animated gif is a real inspiration! I've heard about the trophy owls, but I didn't realize they were actually added to the bottom of the tree. Thanks for sharing your achievement in such an informative way.

December 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Autunno037

You should save up to go to Italy, even if you've already gone. It's just such a great experience ^_^ Congratulations!!!

December 5, 2014

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

A vacation in Italy. That's the natural reward!

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hirohiro0709

Congratulations! I finished my italian tree yesterday.I want to leran more. Go together !

December 6, 2014

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

For anyone that's interested, I found a Kindle / Italian version of Anna of Green Gables for $4. Includes three of the books. I'll be working through these. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QZ9TG6/

December 7, 2014

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

Congratulations! That gif was pretty thrilling even vicariously -- grazie!

December 4, 2014

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

Prego!

December 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vincenzo2015

You sir are really awesome. Keep up the effort of one year. Hope this skill proves useful to you :)

December 4, 2014

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

I'm looking forward to finding new ways to strengthen my weak skills. First up: the subjunctive mood... bleh

December 4, 2014

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

Thank you for sharing - you have really inspired me! Good luck. How about a visit to Italy to celebrate? : )

December 4, 2014

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

I'm hoping to go there this summer with my family!

December 4, 2014

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

how did you do this animated gif?

December 4, 2014

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

I used a program called LICEcap! http://www.cockos.com/licecap/

December 4, 2014

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

Congratulations!!

December 4, 2014

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

Congrats!!

December 4, 2014

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

Complimenti !

December 5, 2014

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

Congratulations!!! How did you find the student you skype with? I don't think I'm anywhere near ready to try and hold a conversation for any length of time but down the line I'm sure it would be very helpful!

December 5, 2014

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

italki.com and conversationexchange.com are both great resources for free language exchange. Also verbling.com (community) for more impromptu conversations.

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diavel997

Congratulations! i would suggest you to keep listening to the radio, maybe something not too serious way that you can learn some new idioms and still have fun without getting confused with economy or politic words. if you need some radio channels suggestions just ask

December 5, 2014

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

I'd love to know what resources you've found. I primarially listen to Radio 24 and Radio Linguaggio

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diavel997

i'm italian, i've never heard of radio linguaggio but i dont listen to the radio very much because i'm improving my english, radio 24 is good, i also listen to it but it's really serious, it's all about politics and economy, personally i really like radio deejay which is less serious but still good for learning and funny in my opinion. if you need any help just ask

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LadyCarrington53

Well done. Try Michele Thomas Advanced Italian. Excellent.

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fiano69

Thanks for sharing!

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan8202

È buona!

December 5, 2014

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

Bravo!

December 5, 2014
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