I finally reached Level 25!
It has been almost 5 months since I started Duolingo and it has been a lot of fun. I finished my tree in 41 days and then got the tree to be fully golden a week later. Upon completion of the tree, I took the Duolingo Spanish test and got a 4.55. After making it golden, I got a 5.00.
After making the tree golden, I did about 2-5 lessons per day and spent 1/2 hour a day on translations until reaching Level 25 yesterday. I took the spanish test at http://www.spanish-test.net/index.htm and came out as A2/B1. I passed the B1 test, but just barely. I also supplimented my work on Duolingo with the intermediate spanish course on Memrise and spent about a half hour a day watching spanish language programing.
My goal is to eventually reach level C1. I will probably continue to use Duolingo everyday, as I still get a few questions wrong when I do the lessons, especially the past and future verb tenses. If anyone can recommend some good resources to reach the C1 level, it would be much appreciated.
Te felicito, pero yo también estoy en nivel 25 ( tengo mas de 40000 exp) y todavía me equivoco mucho sigo con Duolingo y voy a continuar hasta poder memorizar mejor las palabras. Creo que Duolingo es uno de los mejores métodos para aprender idioma, divirtiéndose. thanks Duolingo.
If you drill 30 minutes a day on here for a few months, you will know enough to get through any high school Spanish class and probably any lower level college class. Supplement that with watching some Spanish language TV and, if possible, speaking with some native speakers and you'll be top of your class. You have to put in the work, don't worry about your teacher.
I have to say that I am surprised that after finishing the tree and spending so much time on Duolingo you would only be at an A2/B1 level, I would have expected the outcome to be at least towards B2. How do you feel about this? Do you speak any other languages or is this your first 'foreign' language?
Review the European framework, A2/B1 is not something to dismiss so quickly. ModelT800 has only been studying for 5 months! ModelT800 is making great progress.
-Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
-Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
-Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Duolingo is currently only geared to getting people to A2/B1 at best. B2 and beyond is going to require some serious outside study.
Spanish is the only language I speak other than English. However, I am pretty satisfied with my progress to date. I have spent about 150 hours on Duolingo. Wikipedia states that A2 typically takes 160-225 hours of study and B1 takes 300-400 hours, so I think that Duolingo is an effective method of study. B1 is defined as:
-Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
-Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
-Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
-Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Of course, it was just my personal expectation that finishing the tree with some additional experience of reading and practicing Spanish would put you at B1 at least. I didn't mean to suggest that you should have been close to B2, , having a proper B1 understanding of a newly learned language is already quite a feat.
I think that what worked for me was to do a little bit everyday. I set my XP goal low at 20 XPs per day, so that I could get that in even if I didn't have much time to devote to it on a particular day. When I learned how to play the saxophone, my teacher told me that 15 minutes a day is better than a single 1 hour practice every four days and I think that the same holds true to learning a language.
I also chose to continue moving up the tree, even when prior lessons faded from gold. I tend to be goal oriented and the progress toward finishing the tree and getting to the next level kept me motivated. After I finished the tree, I went back to make all the lessons gold and then keep them gold.
Te felicito!!!!!! que velocidad para alcanzar la meta! yo estoy hace mas de un año y sigo teniendo dudas al escribir en ingles, termine el nivel 25 de ingles y estoy haciendo a la inversa ( ingles-Español) pero para mi es difícil, hay palabras que no las vi y parece que empiezo de nuevo. hay que seguir practicando.. Pero vuelvo a decirte: Te felicito!!!