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Finished my Spanish tree!

mattjking
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I have been traveling in Guatemala since late November, mostly taking Spanish lessons (plus salsa lessons and a little sight-seeing), and using DuoLingo as an extra study tool. This morning, I finally finished my tree! ¡Estoy feliz!

I highly recommend Guatemala as a language learning destination. San Pedro La Laguna is especially fun and inexpensive, although right now I am walking through the ash from Fuego Volcan in Antigua.

This has been a wonderful learning adventure. I am very thankful for DL, a fun way to learn, and even more thankful to the hospitable people of Guatemala.

I hope find some volunteer work for a couple months for some extra opportunity to practice my Spanish before I return home to Canada.

Best wishes to all of you who are nearing completion of your tree!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AnarchyXSpirit

how does it feel ? can you watch movies in spanish easily now ?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tbloomer

I want to know about this too. At least, are you confident. I feel like I know a lot of spanish but still get lost in conversations. Do you feel less lost than when you were about halfway through? And what do you do now to hold your Spanish?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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I find movies still move a little too fast for me, but fortunately Guatemalans mostly speak slowly- very relaxed culture. I have a much easier time in conversation now, though the more complicated or less common verb tenses throw me off sometimes.

I am more confident and I find learning a little less draining now, just because I have a broader knowledge base to work from.

The most important part of language learning is conversation. Spanish speakers are mostly very patient and gracious, so they will help, though some are too polite to offer correction. I highly recommend Benny Lewis' blog. He is Benny the Irish Polyglot. Reading his material had given me the confidence to keep trying live conversation. If I make 100 mistakes a day, I will learn from at least a few of them and keep growing.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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See my response to the other guy below. It is for you too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
crlightPlus
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Congrats! I wish i could visit a Spanish speaking country.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Dude, your country has the second highest number of spanish speakers on the entire planet! You've just gotta switch up your social circle a bit.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
Isrianth
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A veces no me doy cuenta de lo mucho que ignoro de mi lengua materna...

Apenas me entero que los Estados unidos es el segundo país con más hispanohablantes del mundo, ¡demontres! Saludos.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Lo siento amigo. Después mas investigacion, lo no es correcto. Estados Unidos es número cinco con 37 millón. Pero 37 millón es mucha gente! Mi país, Canadá, tiene mas o menos 400 mil. No mucho. Solamente uno percento.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
Isrianth
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Bueno, por el número total, sí es el segundo país con más hablantes de Español.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ygpdxwlr
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Lo siento amigo. Después de más investigación, (eso) no es correcto. Los Estados Unidos es número cinco con 37 millones. ¡Pero 37 millones son mucha gente! Mi país, Canadá, tiene más o menos 400 mil. No mucho. Solamente un por ciento.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carlissa904

Felicidades! Terminé mi arból de española hace tres días.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Felicitaciones a ti también!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jellylava
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Well done, mattjking! Thank-you for your recommendation of Guatemala for further learning. Don`t come back to Canada yet though, as Old Man Winter is dealing most of us a wicked time. :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Thanks for the advice. If my money holds up, I hope to return in May when the leaves are just popping out on the trees. But I need the Loonie to go back up. Lol.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jellylava
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I'm with you on the Loonie. :-) Enjoy the rest of your trip.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
Isrianth
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Congratulations on your accomplishment. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Gracias, y tu eres professional! 534 day streak?! You're a machine!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
Isrianth
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I wish I could be a professional and a machine too... :p

It's not just the streak, I have learned so much during all this time and I'm going to continue my language journey. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Far_1
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Felicidades por terminar su arbol. Buena suerte en el futuro.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elpea1

So happy for finishing your tree. Good luck in the future.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ras-Ras

Congratulations bro and fingers crossed. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bruce_b
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Felicitaciones!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielma33

Nice! I'm currently volunteering in San Pedro Sula (Honduras) at a school run by Koreans. I'm heading back to Canada this Friday. It's been very fun.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Cool! Teaching ESL? Or what are you doing there?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielma33

This is my first day, so I'll have a better idea by the end of it. Most likely teaching very basic ESL since I'm teaching in the middle school. Last week I was helping an acupuncture doctor help out the community with free treatment.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Cool man! Good luck

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Did I meet you on Indian's nose? Your statement sounds exactly like a guy I talked to while watching the sunrise over Lago de Atitlán one morning. He said he was going to a Korean run school there and said he would probably be teaching basic ESL. Is that you? Or are you his Doppleganger?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielma33

Hah, nope. That's not me. Was he also going to a Korean run school in downtown Toronto?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pugprincess33

Felicidades!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Oh I wish I were there with you! I love Guatemala! I visited Antigua in 1991 and it was so beautiful. I also went to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan and felt like it was the most wonderful town in the world. I wish I could go back.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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The lake certainly is beautiful. I love it there. Antigua is nice too- well, it was until that stupid volcano roared to life yesterday! I'm getting out of here tomorrow.

Guate has changed a lot since you were here. Glad to hear you have been before.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hereislove

Great! fantastic!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sammy_2015

¡Felicidades!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JuronTownsend

congratsuations

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JorgeM70
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Te felicito mattjking! Continúa estudiando! Animo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/beaubrad

felicidades senor. Those like myself,(Trying to get through the tree), can appreciate this.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Filangi
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Te felicito! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/naillik2000

congradtulations

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iscesargt

¡Muchas felicidades! Espero que disfrute su estancia en Guatemala, y lo esperamos en México. It is a beautiful country and the most cities are inexpensive. I know you can finish the Portuguese tree. Regards!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elviatevalan

felicidades

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZachAttack777

Congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DESHAWNRAW

good job

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DESHAWNRAW

I like the part where you said best wishes

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/4804154612

I agree with you i finished my spanish tree well close to.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NandoPonce

ahora intenta aprender ingles haciéndote pasar por una que sabe español , pero bloquea el uso del micrófono y el audio , es mas desafiante , now try to learn english as if you were a person that knows spanish perfectly , it is harder than learn spanish as a person that knows english me alegro saber que has plasmado tu curso de español , pero nunca no dejes de estudiar , if you don't use it you lose it ¡

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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It's true that you have to keep using it. Also, ingles tiene menus reglas que Español, pero tiene mas excepciones. es verdad que ingles es dificil, pero es lindo y muy muy importante para negocios. Buen suerte amigo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LittleWarriorCat

nice job

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenilleesj

Congratulations! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RobertHook3

Well done dude it's so hard I'm getting there...... Hola hasta luago. Yo soy un nino. Ellos beben leche.

Thats about it but i only started like 2 weeks ago. Anyway back to the learning :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sparkle.twilight

o my gosh! how awsome and i just started too. congratulations :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roadglue

Congratulations I've just started.Been meaning to carry on with Spanish since I stopped learning it years ago. This is a great site and hopefully like you i'll have a great base to carry on learning from when I complete the tree

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DESHAWNRAW

I know this may be weird but can we be friends

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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Haha. Sure! No hay problema!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DESHAWNRAW

I need help with spanish can anyone help me

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MAdevansh
MAdevansh
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uijn

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MAdevansh
MAdevansh
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fr

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nyladigm
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Felicitaciones! I recently finished my Spanish tree also! Now it's time to watch Spanish movies and go to Spanish conversational meetups!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fayejung

Congratulations! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aguilera2112

A veces será un poco díficil, ya que, como en inglés; los hablantes de español usamos muchos modismos. Disfruta y no importa si no sabes todo, poco a poco y escuchandolo verás que podrás. Conmigo trabajó un chico de cuerpos de paz y fué un desafio para él, pero en 2 meses hablaba bastante bien el español. Él me decía que con mis malas palabras, pero ya podía defenderse de los albures en México :). Tu también podrás. Saludos y suerte.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jfGor
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Can you tell us about the school that you went to? I too am going to Guatemala. I have been investigating the different schools and I am overwhelmed at how many there are. I probably will start in Antigua and then try the Lake area. I want to stay 2 months and travel on the weekends.

Did you have a homestay? If so how was it? What about the food?

I have not finished the tree, but I am 15 skills away.

Good luck in your travels and studying.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattjking
mattjking
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HI there! Sorry i didn't try Your message before now. I sentir to Casa Rosario in San Pedro La Laguna For 5 Weeks, then i sentir to Antigueña Spanish Academy in Antigua For two Weeks. The lake was amazing! Casa Rosario will let you use their kayaks for free if you study there. The lake is a very relaxed place to learn. It is great for the mind and soul.

Antigua was fun, but there are a lot of gringos there. It is harder to practice your Spanish when you are surrounded by English speakers.

Casa Rosario only puts one student per house, so you get immersed. Antigua is economically different, and there are usually for students per house. Again, I preferred Casa Rosario.

Generally, home stays are healthy, safe and fun, however in AntiguA, all 4 of us students in one house got sick from the food one day. I ended up in the hospital, which would not accept my insurance. I had to pay out of pocket and seek reimbursement later. They lock you in the hospital and you can't leave until you pay. The service was otherwise excellent.

I highly recommend San Pedro La Laguna for Spanish classes. The prices are the best, and Casa Rosario in particular is excellent. They do have one teacher who is a dud, however the others are excellent. Ask for a switch if you get the bad one. They also accept PayPal, which saves you handl NF stacks of 100 Quetzal Bills. If you go there, message me again for more tips about life in San Pedro. I can help.

Good luck!

3 years ago