Depth of understanding TV after finishing the Spanish tree?
If you have finished the Spanish tree, how much can you understand of a TV show? Specifically a telenovela. I know that DuoLingo only teaches up to A2/B1, but I am wondering, after finishing the tree, can you understand the main plot and follow enough to get what's going on?
No, not enough vocabulary, even if you can decipher audio. Of course, the 'main plots' of most telenovelas are not to hard to follow, even with no audio! :) Take a look at the Spanish episodes of Extr@ on YouTube for an easy start. Lots of 'beginner' stuff on YouTube.
I finished my tree recently (at level 15) and I still need subtitles. I can't really enjoy telenovelas, but I used them as a listening exercise. I watch an episode on Viki, then watch it again with subtitles off.
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