Finished my Spanish tree!
I finally finished the Spanish tree today after studying for five months! As I always making sure to keep my tree golden before moving onward, I finished at level 15, studying 5 lessons a day until the last two weeks when I sped up a bit. I slowed down to three lessons a day last December when I was busy with school, which actually served me well, as it was also the middle part with four verb lessons in a row, which greatly helped me process past tense and informal future tense very strongly.
I agree with what one user said about finishing a tree on Duolingo: it grows you a tree for language learning, but even after having studied for 5 months, if I did not continue to use the Spanish I have learned I would rapidly forget much of it. For that reason, I will continue to keep the tree golden, especially for the bottom where I learned about 7 new verb forms in just a matter of a few days. Even after finishing the tree, I still feel a bit uncomfortable with many of the advanced conjugation forms which I will have to study further. I will also look into trying to start reading Spanish literature as a way to continue improving vocabulary once I start to feel comfortable with the 1500+ words that Duolingo offers.
However, the main method I will use to keep improving my Spanish is to start speaking more often with native speakers, as I have found through studying Chinese (the main other language I have studied) that speaking helps you realize where your weaknesses in sentence-building and understanding lie. Luckily, as the United States has over 40 million native Spanish speakers, the second-most in the world after Mexico, I will have no problem finding chances to speak in Spanish, even beyond my Hispanic friends at my university.
At the same time, I have been moving slowly through the French tree with only one lesson a day. For now I will continue to keep it at that minimal level, as the prospect of trying hard to learn two languages at once sounds very daunting. As much fun as adding another language on Duolingo to learn would be, or to wait for the highly-anticipated Turkish or Russian programs, I am afraid that adding anything else would distract me from getting my Spanish up to real conversational fluency as I have already achieved with Chinese. If all goes well, in a few months I hope to be able to feel confident listing Spanish as a language that I have achieved a conversational fluency with on my resume!
I would love to hear from anybody who has any advice on this matter, especially if they have finished their Spanish tree as well. Any app or resource suggestions would be welcomed!
Gracias por leyendo mis pensamientos!
If you've been maintaining a 35 day streak, I am sure you can keep it up! How far are you in the tree so far? The middle part with the 4 verb sections in a row is hardest, but if you really focus on that section and then keep going, it gets much easier!
I've gone through about half of my tree :-) . I'm about to begin the '"Ob. Pron." skill out there. By the way, I never lost my streak, so I've been doing Duolingo for about a month.
I see, then you are about to hit the verb section! Hang in there! Duolingo is a great way to learn verb conjugation in multiple tenses, as well as readjust you to putting pronouns before the verb.
Gracias! Voy a leer las poemas de Pablo Neruda en "Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada," tengo gran interés.