Yeah~! Finished my Spanish tree just now ~
I started on October 24, 2014 and made it just under 3 months. However, I cannot not say in any capacity that I am done with this but it is a good start. Going to get into the translations from now on, until I feel the verbs are hard wired and then ready for some real conversations.
Under three months. I am impresed. You must have started with some knowledge of Spanish before that. Congratulations and welcome to the club.
This is true, however this was a course about 20 years ago, after which I travelled with some tourist Spanish;) order a beer, ask for directions etc;) I helpef with some initial speed for sure and my aim is to become fluent, so there is still quite a journey ahead
I realized I replied from my phone that has my other empty profile, which I used to check into the tracking service;) but its the same person, didn't wan to confuse
I have a group in whatsapp to practice spanish. Send me a message +52 7821490409 to add you.
Do you have a skype group? I want to practice my english and i can help you with your spanish
With that avatar, I would have thought you were learning German. :)
Thank you ~ it is nice to have a moment of celebration, one step accomplished
Hola! I started my tree only a few days after you. However, I have only just passed the third checkpoint, my daily goal is set to insane and I have missed hardly any days... What's your secret!?
Ha ha, no secret.... just got there when I did, sure have had days of more than 50 XP. I found some crazy good people in the duolingo community and started following them, something to reach for.... helped;)
Yeah you have definitely given me some extra motivation to finish my tree quicker! Gracias! ;)
That is terrific -- Congratulations! The end of my tree is only a few lessons away but I know i'm not even close to ready. I need real practice and much more review. My husband keeps threatening to send me off south for "real Spanish infusion" LOL think he's trying to tell me something? Would love to go if it were possible!
Congrats! Finishing up in 3 months is pretty impressive! I don't know how long it'll take me to finish up my tree :)
Thanks, I almost didn't miss a day, maybe 5 days without training, then it is not so far out really. But often it is about if you are ready to learn more or want to just redo the lessons learned. For me this was good balance but I know I will be doing a lot of repetition in the coming time especially on the verbs and expanding my vocabulary with translations ~ English is actually my second language but I felt it to be easier to learn Spanish from English than from my native language Dutch, because there is so much similarity in the words...
Congrats! I finished my tree last month too. However, I am still struggling to make the leap to fluent conversational Spanish with native speakers. Any suggestions?
As many here will tell you, 'fluent' is a mater of perspective. The only thing that will make conversation easy is lots of practice conversing. Speaking is a different skill from reading or writing or listening. Here's some tips:
- Find partners to practice speaking with, as much as possible
- Watch Spanish language TV or movies. Turn the subtitles on if you are having trouble.
- Keep your tree gold
- Use Inki or Memrise to improve your vocabulary
It looks like we are in pretty similar places. Keep at it! I feel I get a little better everyday.
thank you. what is Inki or memrise? I feel there is a tipping point in this learning that has to do with a certain quickness of the brain to come up with the words and verbs, and naturally the need arises to start speaking it, in fact I have had some Spanish sentences come up out of nowhere, just the brain rehearsing... It can all be a natural evolution, without rules and have-to's, just a bit of attention every day. I would love to expand my vocabulary since I notice that this is one of the things I run into when expressing myself. Duolingo only teaches a certain amount of words, some 1600 however it is the assumption out there that you should have at least between 3000-4000 to become fluent.
Sorry, Anki or Memrise. Both are flashcard-type apps for learning vocabulary:
I haven't used Anki, but a lot of people here seem to like it. I am using Memrise. There is a course for the top 5000 most used Spanish words which I am using. I wish it had articles on nouns, but otherwise it is pretty good. I've been going through a bunch of smaller courses as well.
One of the keys to getting better at speaking is to be flexible in how you express yourself. Focus on transmitting meaning, not on finding the right word.
I am finding the Anki flashcards very useful. There is a set of preprogramed Spanish Duolingo cards which is very adaptable. It includes articles on the nouns and some phrases as well as pictures. The cards can be edited or deleted as needed. They can be put in Duo tree order or used randomly by going to the option selection page. They are both English to Spanish and Spanish to English which is very important. You can add your own cards or start a new new deck for additional vocabulary. Try It!