For Spanish speakers: Excellent video to watch for immersion
This is a video of Luis giving a TED talk about Duolingo in Spanish. I study Spanish outside of Duolingo and I was able to understand a lot of it. If you want, you can translate the captions into English so you hear him speaking in Spanish but the captions are written out in English.
Muchas gracias. Lo compartí con mis amigos quienes son profesores de idiomas. Te di 3 lingots.
Thank you! I, too, have studied Spanish outside of Duolingo as well as diligently with Duolingo. I could understand 95% of it with the subtitles on but not much without them. That's the biggest challenge for me: understanding Spanish spoken at a natural rate. It was fun to see Luis speaking Spanish (man, he talks fast). I really enjoyed the following TED talk he gave in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQl6jUjFjp4
I've watched this a few days ago. It is really amazing how much you can understand when being close to the end of the Spanish tree.
I turned on the Spanish captions and understood a good deal. It helped that I had seen the English version of his talk before, but I hardly had it memorized. One thing I noticed was that I wasn't actually trying to translate his speech; I was aiming for the gist. Oh here, he's talking about generating value by translating things, etc. It definitely wouldn't work in a lecture where meaning hinged on phrasal details, but for this it worked well!
So, that was very validating--thank you for sharing!