https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

I have conquered my Spanish tree.

Effectively it took more than a year to finish. I had finished about a half of the tree and than made a break of about 6-8 months. When I came back all my fields faded. So last Summer I started from the beginning, making all fields gold again and then continued forward. I have a pretty good sense of Spanish now although I hope to advance my language skills.

I will start doing reversed tree. Thanks to Duolingo team for your enthusiasm for spreading languages all over the world.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Congratulations! The reverse tree is a good next step. It's not at all as easy as I thought. You have to compose a lot more sentences in Spanish, and get the words in the correct order, and remember when you need a de and when you don't, and also when you need an a and when you don't, remember what gender everything is, and then remember to make your adjectives match your nouns in number and gender, and also get ser and estar right. I'm finding it quite challenging. =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

Yes Tatiana, it is quite challenging for me too. These are the points I am going to pay attention at. Something more challenging I need after finishing Spanish tree and hope the reversed tree will strengthen my grammar and vocabulary skills. Thanks.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/weaselpaws

IMMERSION!!!! Immersion is so packed with learning experiences. I think even more than the tree is. It gets easier and easier the more you use it compadre

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FinnyWiggen

What is the reversed tree? I don't see a link to that? Does it only show up after finishing the tree? I am 3/4ths of the way through the spanish tree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

The reverse tree for you will be English for Spanish speakers. When people get done with their trees, they often do the reverse tree, which is the source language from the target language, since it requires a lot more sentences be written in the original target language. It doesn't pop up automatically. You have to request it. Just click the flag button on the top left of the home page and choose "Quiero aprender Inglés" after you are done with your Spanish tree, and then click "Save Changes." Then click "Home" or "Inicio" and you have a whole new tree to learn. I thought it would be a piece of cake after finishing my Spanish tree but it has proven to be quite challenging.

Another thing people do is called laddering, which is learning a third language from their second language instead of their native language. For you that might be German for Spanish speakers, or whichever language you prefer to learn. I think this is quite challenging indeed, and for me, one language I don't know at a time is enough. =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

Yes, and I would add: When you are finished with your Spanish tree, you'll have a pretty clear image of what are the critical areas of the grammar for you so you can master them. For example, I started doing reversed tree and now I am paying attention to the subtle difference between SER and ESTAR. Besides you'll find a bunch of new words to learn in you reversed tree. I wish you luck and don't give up.

Tatyana, laddering sounds to me as an excellent idea. Thanks.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FinnyWiggen

I love both of these suggestions! Neither had occurred to me. What great ideas!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Genesis5702

Wow! That is amazing, great job! or should I say GRAN TRABAJO!

I know how much time and dedication it takes to keep working at it till the end and boy, is that amazing! Only a year!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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Felicidades! Mine took eighteen months exactly to complete.. now I'm on a quest to regild. ^_^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taloua
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Congratulations !!

How do think of your Spanish then ???

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

It is a good ground for further learning. You get a general sense of Spanish and cover some range of vocabulary topics. So you can form a general view of what the Spanish grammar is look like and of main points you have to pay attention at.. Not fluent yet of course, but ready to listen more; some easier and intermediate listening sources to develop my general language ability and to learn new words.

English is grateful for learning Spanish, because Spanish is Latin based language and there is about 50% Latin words in English so it is 50% words you already know if you are familiar with English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SoyHenry
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Parabéns!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/snowy58red

Wow that's awesome. Has Duolingo been the only resource you've used to learn Spanish? What recommendations do you have for someone trying to supplement their Spanish classes with Duolingo?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

You need an online dictionary, for example:

http://www.spanishdict.com/ OR

http://www.spanishcentral.com/

For additional grammar explanations you can use Spanishdict OR

Another excellent site for grammar references, very plain and systematic:

http://spanish411.net/index.asp (There you can also learn vocabulary covered by topics)

When you feel confident enough, you can try to translate here on DL or to listen. There are variety of listening materials on You Tube. Explore a bit. Here is the site I recommend for learner's listening.

http://www.spanishlistening.org/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaLiu14

http://www.studyspanish.com/

I think this site is good as well, especially its grammar lessons.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/homefire

I have finished also, and have been wondering where to go from here. The immersion translating is satisfying, but limited.

What do you mean by reversed tree?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MeadowlarkJ

To begin the reverse tree, you indicate that you speak Spanish, and want to learn English. A larger percentage of the sentences in the reverse tree involve translating English to Spanish, so it's more difficult than the regular Spanish tree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/homefire

Thank you. I wondered if that was it. Sounds like a good plan!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bonitaflor

Congratulations! What is "reverse tree", though?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emewow
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We call "reverse tree" the tree contrary to the one you finished. The reverse tree of Spanish for English speakers is the tree of English for Spanish speakers, so you'll do a tree as if you were a Spanish speaker learning English. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bonitaflor

Oh, ok

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/webnauta
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Hello! The reverse tree can give you a lot of new words, grammar. Both skills together makes to increase your knowledge in the new language that you are studying. In my case, I'm working in my reverse tree, the spanish tree for english native speakers. It is a little bit difficult, but the effort has value! Greetings and good luck in your learning process, and remember: You can do it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emewow
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Congrats! Buena suerte con tu español :) Here are some lingots for you :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

Thanks Emewow :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

And thanks to all fellow learners who gave me lingots. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdmrk
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¡Felicidades! How do you feel with your spanish now?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

I did not know Spanish at all. So, I gained a great deal of knowledge although not fluent yet. But on my way to be fluent. I am going to try more listening.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/20jpuetz

Wow, Impressive

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emory.00

¡Tú has hecho un gran trabajo! Para aprender español es muy difícil porque la gramática es muy complicado. ¡Tú debes estar orgulloso!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emory.00

También, yo recomiendo una programa de immersion en la lengua de español. Es muy importante para practicar su discurso con otras personas que están aprendiendo contigo. Tú vas a estar fluido si continúa a practicar. ¡Buena suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

¡Gracias emmory00! Voy a seguir practicanfo español. Pienso en eso.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eurisel
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¡Felicidades!, hablo español nativo y estoy aprendiendo inglés y me alegra que tú quieras aprender mi idioma, ¡sigue así!...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

!Gracias, Eurisel! Es asi porque tu idioma es muy bonito. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EdwinHakobyan

congratulations :)))

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

Thanks Edwin :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knos15
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Felicidades!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12
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Congratulations! I can't wait to finish my Spanish tree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
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Congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RunningFrog

Awesome job! Good luck with your reverse tree!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/audreymarie24

So I still haven't figured out what a tree is. Can someone please explain it?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Far_1
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it's just what people call the thing that holds all your skills, lessons are in the tree. When Duolingo first came out it was actually a tree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/audreymarie24

So when you finish your tree do you finish all the lessons?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/audreymarie24

Also, how long does completing your tree normally take? I'm hoping to finish before high school so I don't have that long to work on it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Far_1
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yep when you finish all the lessons your tree is officially done. As for how long it takes to finish your tree well that varies from person to person. If you don't do a lot of reviewing it will take a lot less time but you won't retain as much. If you try and breeze right through my guess is it would take 2-3 months.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bsalvador_
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Great job, keep practicing and do you think that you're fluent in Spanish?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

Not confident enough to communicate effectively but planning to listen; this is also a contact with language and I hope it will help my accustoming to Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sellari

Excelente! Felicitaciones!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hirohiro0709
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Congratulations!Your study method is helpful for my study. Gracias tu la carta.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/magdmaj
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Congratulations! That's really exciting! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OscarFMena
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Felicitaciones

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/abhisheksharma7
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gran trabajo

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SirioAramis
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¡Felicitaciones!

Hope you make the most out of it :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/McCordDejha

yay :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/webnauta
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Great job! Congratulations! Now you must conquer the reverse tree in order to improve your spanish skills, the learning process can be fun!

Greetings and good luck :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

Thanks webnauta.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spanishspeaker24

hey babe

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mariposa556

Hola! Great job with the tree

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/madhatter_b1

Gran Trabajo!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vittorio_27_

hi (-_^)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dominikgunsolus

hola yo soy domink.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hudson_Toby

congrats dude

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

Congratulations, and good luck with your reverse tree! :D Think of all of the new people you can talk to now. :) I may do Spanish after I finish French here, as I think it's a really interesting language to learn.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Megan.Ulrich

Good for you! I wish I was done with my tree. could you please give me a shout out so some people follow me! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bertamus16
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how many lessons are in the Spanish tree in total?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

Not quite sure. Some lessons have more units, some less. An approximate average might be: number of lessons multiplied with 4.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johnlvs2run

There are 317 lessons in the Spanish tree. I counted them today.

You can get a userscript that shows course progress of lessons and skills completed, estimated finish date of the tree, and there are other useful userscripts too.

http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Userscripts

3 years ago
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