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https://www.duolingo.com/matt.mcgan

so who else is at level 18 spanish

hey folks .... i thought it would be a good idea to find other people at the same level as me ... to try and get a bit of competition going toget us spurred on ... any takers ?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

I just leveled up to 18 but I'm not the competitive sort. How are you studying now? I'm redoing all my lessons on verb tenses because I don't feel as though I know them well yet. Then when I get tired of that I'm trying to do timed practice and get 20/20 on every skill starting at the beginning of the tree and working my way down. If I don't beat the clock and only get <10 correct, I go through the lessons one by one in that skill then go back and see if I can beat it now. I make so many little dumb mistakes that I count it a success if I get like 17, 18, 19 correct too. Then after I get 300 xp for the day, I go and do Memrise to build my vocabulary, or read children's books in Spanish, or chat with native Spanish speakers, or tackle another paragraph in the story The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges that I'm trying to read. I haven't done much translation because the texts I see there are always rather dull to my mind, so I plan to upload my own texts (like maybe some more Borges if the copyrights are public domain now). I also have 2 new books in Spanish coming from Amazon that I will try to tackle, the Lord of the Rings in Spanish, and Ficciones by Borges.

The main reason I don't compete is that for me personally I find it discouraging rather than encouraging, though I know most people are the opposite, and also because so much of my learning each day is not on duolingo, so the competition would not really be even. Also, I understand if you do a lot of translation you get many xp very quickly, but I don't do that yet so the points are not balanced well between the different types of learning (flashcards give you none, in fact), and so it really seems pretty meaningless to me to compete on points. I like to watch my own score because it tells me when I've done enough for the day and also it's fun to level up, but I don't think direct comparisons between different learners are relevant.

3 years ago

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i like the way your mind works

immersion can be dreary 90% of the time, although i do like the aspect of learning something new with another language at the same time, which happens more often when other people upload their documents than myself uploading them

a frantic race to get XP and be level 25 isnt the best thing to do either, sure the competing aspect keeps you coming back which is great, but racing through everything and then at the end of your journey having no concept of the language but a few rules and sentences is a massive waste of time

perhaps a good way to track your progress with would be to both type out essays, maybe short letters to each other, check over each others mistakes.. then a month later do the same thing - one may have levelled up a lot more on Duolingo but that doesn't mean they will more fluent in the language

3 years ago

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I am about to be level 18 in about 450 xp.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matt.mcgan

wow , you seem really committed... well as soon as i finished the tree i just kept doing untimed practices ... it made me realise how quickly i forget stuff ,i'm sort of relying on that to learn the verb tenses although i'm beginning to realise that it's not enough ... i need to write down the thingsi keep getting stuck on and take them to work with me ... i've also been reading (or attempting to read ) a dual spanish beginners book .. it's pretty good ... loads of short stories ..... i also find the immersion pretty tedious ... it seems to be hard to find something you're interested in reading in that moment

3 years ago