One (Spanish) tree climbed!
After a long, long, long time (18 months exactly — okay, that isn't that long of a time, but it felt like it) I HAVE CONQUERED THE SPANISH TREE! I've worked really hard at this and I am so glad to finally know all the Spanish vocabulary the Duolingo lessons have to offer!
[insert some sweet reminisces and insights about Duolingo and how it has inspired and helped me]
I'd love to thank everyone who helped me on the way.
I'm not very ambitious when it comes to languages but it would be awesome to learn French or Italian!
And, of course, in the next nine months or so, I'll be doing a lot of goldifying and translating :)
Last sentence? "She would have formed an institute" (Ella habría formado un instituto).
Creo que mi última frase fue algo acerca de un rey. ¿Estás listo para el árbol inverso? ¡Quizás podemos tener una carrera!
Hmmm... Voy a hacer el arbol inverso... problamente. :) ¡Gracias por la tarjeta graciosa!
And actually I'm an amiga. :P
That great! Congrats! And personally I think you did it in the right time because it was your pace. Congrats again.
Congratulations! Great job! I think it is important for people who take longer to post too. Otherwise I feel so slow! Language learning takes time. For me - a lot of time.
You should stay here :) Learn a new language but 18 months it is too much 3/4 months is enough
18 months is definitely not too much. People learn at different speeds. You can surely rush through the tree in a few months but that won't make the language stick.
Me? No, I'm going to quit German and start something else. I might start German later on, though.
Hmm ok, sowwee. (Nearly 12 AM, and I act weird during this time. So sorry =.=)
I promise, this was pure coincidence. Anywho, congratulations!! Good luck on your future studies and keep us updated!
Congratulations, JK! So proud of you for getting there! Now, keep practicing those verbs!
Ehhhh... do I have to?
(just kidding, I will)
And thank you! I've loved working with you. It's a joy to be your friend :)
Thank you so much, Lexee! You've been so helpful (besides being a great friend)!
Great! My congratulations! I'm now climbing Spanish tree; I'm here since June btw.
So what exactly have you learnt? Have you used the language outside of Duolingo? Did you try to speak to Spanish speakers on the streets? Have you red Spanish or LatAm newspapers or websites? How does it feel now?
Thanks! I've learnt all the verb tenses (if not all, then pretty much all; someone feel free to correct me!); I haven't had many opportunities to speak with Spanish natives but I'm going to seek those out more from now on. I've read anything Spanish that I come across, meaning headlines, signs, websites, I even have a Spanish desk calendar.
Overall, Spanish definitely does NOT feel like my second language. I'll keep practicing, though, and I hope one day to be able to say that I am bilingual!
Chris Londale's TED talk, "How to Learn Any Language in Six Months" explains beautifully how to achieve native level fluency efficiently. I'm trying to use his suggestions in combination with Duolingo, and it works faaaaarrrr better than anything I've tried in the past. With your foundation in Duolingo, you'll be unstoppable. Finding people to chat with in Spanish about things that are interesting and meaningful to you will make a huge difference, and it's a great way to meet wonderful people!