Spanish tree done :)
I have just finished my Spanish tree .. I'm very happy :)
After a period of studying on and off, I held a steady streak of at least 30 XP per day for 64 days, and finally it is done!
Thanks to Duolingo, and to the Duolingo community for this very nice experience .. I plan to work on French as well
I do realize that finishing the tree is not enough. I'm not at all fluent yet. At the very least, I should keep it golden to master the words and concepts that I have studied (as I do forget them quickly), but has anyone calculated how many XP points per day do I need to get my tree golden and maintain it?
And where to go from here? I would like to be able to pass a level exam in Spanish ... which resources (free or paid) can be recommended?
¡Felicidades! ¡Buen trabajo! Tiempo de celebrar :)
Few online tests that I complied from postings on the forum at some point or the other.
After completion of the tree, if you are interested in further improving the language, there are many options.
- Revise the tree so that the vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure concepts stay fresh.
- Work on the reverse tree. This gives a good immersion experience as the user gets to feel how the course is present to a native Spanish speaker. Also, you will benefit from the discussion forums.
- Read books starting with beginner level ones. Ebooks on a reader definitely have an advantage and dictionary lookup becomes very easy.
- Read newspapers and magazines.
- Watch movies and news.
- Listen to Spanish radio and music.
- If you have the opportunity of interacting with Spanish speakers, there's nothing better that that.
- You can even change your phone language to Spanish. Same with the languages for the most commonly accessed websites. Will be a nice immersion experience.
If you can get into the habit of thinking in Spanish, you are on the way to making steady progress in the language.
This is a great list! I'm doing the reverse course now (English for Spanish speakers) and I'm getting so much out of it, like it's filling in the gaps I missed going through the ES>EN tree!) So, I highly recommend it. Though it wasn't very challenging the first couple of skills, the further I make it through the tree, the more quickly it becomes a solid challenge.
Congrats on finishing your tree! As for other resources, I think Pimsleur is the best. I've been using Pimsleur Spanish audio CDs to compliment my duolingo training, and it's been very helpful. I've tried Rosetta Stone in the past, and I definitely prefer Pimsleur. Rosetta Stone software focuses heavily on visual word recognition. Whereas Pimsleur teaches mostly through audio recall of increasingly complex sentences. Neither of them are cheap though. I've found a lot of free teaching resources on youtube. Also, there's a webpage and app called "News in Slow Spanish" that I've been thinking of subscribing to. I hope this helps. Good luck with your continued studies!
Congrats on finishing your tree!
I highly recommend Yabla (even though it has subscription fee). For me Duo covers the methodical progress through vocab and grammar while Yabla trains the ear to recognize what you are hearing and how people really use the language. They do have some free videos, but you may get hooked and pay up like me.
I think continuing daily review in Duo is invaluable also. I am closing in on 12,000 XP after 5 months and I'm just over halfway through my tree. I spend most of my time practicing learned skills and move to new lessons very slowly in order to master as much as I can as I go.
Another thing I recommend is the app Speak & Translate. You can practice predicting how your English sentence will be translated or having your Spanish translated back in English to see if correct. Lots of fun! I liked the free version so much I bought it to remove the ads at bottom (which are only slightly annoying).