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Yet another golden Spanish tree post...

Finished my Spanish tree today, then went through to get it all golden. It's a great feeling. A few quick thoughts -

1/ I hate verbs. Knowing the different verb forms in English might have helped, but they need to be learned. Most have the same root, so if you don't remember that you don't have a hope of getting the different tenses correct.

2/ The health bar beats the hearts. I've seen people complaining about not getting extra xp for getting everything right etc... but in some harder lessons (cough verbs cough) it's great having to just keep slogging through and working on it because eventually it just clicks. Before I'd stop because I felt I just wasn't getting it, but now if I start a lesson I'm going to finish it no matter how long it takes.

3/ Keep the tree golden. I kept it pretty good until this last week when I was on the home stretch so it was easy to finish off today. Keeping it golden helps you remember the different words that will keep on coming up.

4/ Keep on going. You'll get stuck. It happens. Seems like it happens a lot of past verbs. But keep going through it because there are others that are easier after that, and you can keep going back and doing revision of it later. Seeing yourself progressing is great motivation to keep going. You'll run out of steam if you get stuck for too long.

5/ Talk to people on the forums. I don't do this much, but it's a great community. There are a couple of people I follow and they've been great encouragement to get through the tree (even if they don't know it).

6/ Don't cheat in Immersion. If you feel better for having a high translation ranking then I guess you can go and copy/paste all the tables in the articles, but you aren't learning anything, and isn't that what this is about? If you have time to do that you have time to learn other stuff which will actually help you.

Now I'm looking forward to keeping my tree golden. Doing more Immersion, watching some dubbed kids shows, and starting the reverse tree... Not many people to talk Spanish to here in rural Australia, but that's what the internet is for, right?

Thanks all for a great community that has helped me along, and thanks to the DL team for a great app.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Cool! You may want to see my help guide, it has info on verbs.https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6102770

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Courageousness

Thanks for the awesome guide! Hopefully it helps us all.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LearninLis

Congrats! Out of curiosity, what made someone from rural Australia want to learn Spanish?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cappie1980

Good question! My sister was married to a Colombian for a while, I've spent a month in Peru, and been to the US a few times. With that exposure I fell in love with the latina culture etc so thought I should learn in the hopes that some day I will return.

3 years ago

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Congrats, Cappie! Well done! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Filangi
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Congratulations. Keep up with your work. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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¬°Felicidades!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolivefreely
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¬°Felicidades; es un gran sentimiento! :)

3 years ago

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Congratulations!!

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¬°bien hecho!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BloodyPhoenix

Kudos on your victory. Seeing posts like this (and higher levels in Spanish) drives me to keep trying. The way I see it is, if that guy or this person can do it, then why can't I also do it?

And I fully agree with #3--doing at least two reviews daily has been a major help as I progress.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cappie1980

If I can do it you definitely can!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ozwaldohm

Congratulations, I'm trying to study evere day but now its time to practice more speaking. If you want I can help you with Spanish and help me with English.. We can use skype to speaking.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cappie1980

Sounds great. I'll get in touch when I get back from being away. Have a great Christmas.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geraldinfla

How does one finish/create a Golden tree? what is a golden tree as it relates to DuoLingo? I see many posts about completing it but nothing about what it is.

Have an awesome holiday season, Gerald

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geraldinfla

So, is the Golden Tree when you complete all lessons? Sorry for being dense. :O)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cappie1980

All good! You will have noticed that your skills deteriorate and are no longer Gold after a while. If you're like me then once you get near the end you just want to finish and don't do quite as much revision so there can be a bit of the tree no longer golden.

So a golden tree is the incredibly brief period of time when you've finished and have all of the lessons gold. I try to get mine gold every morning, but by lunch it's gone again...

Have a great Christmas everyone... I'm off to make some bagels!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/woden325
<h1>2 is right on. At first I was a little annoyed by losing the extra points for full hearts, but then I hit a few hard lessons. Had I been kicked out of the lessons for losing all my hearts, I might have quit, but the new way gave me a reason to keep going.</h1>

Also: "watching some dubbed kids shows." I keep checking the local Spanish-language channels, but so far nothing has clicked for me. Still early days, of course.

"starting the reverse tree" What does this mean?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amyleebell

You can watch shows and movies in Spanish on Netflix, and even turn on subtitles if you need to (in Spanish or English). To find movies in Spanish, go to Netflix from a computer, hover over "Browse" (at the top of the page), and select Subtitles and Captions. From there you can choose your language and add movies and shows to your list. Have fun!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/woden325

I didn't know that about Netflix. Thanks for the hint!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amyleebell

You're welcome! My son watches cartoons in Spanish all the time and turns on the English subtitles. I'm not actively teaching him Spanish right now, just letting him get used to the way it sounds. I don't know if he is learning anything, but his reading speed in English tripled over a couple of months! (Because of the subtitles, lol.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cappie1980

In this case the reverse tree is learning English from Spanish. It should just reinforce everything and probably have some new words.

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