It took me longer than I expected to finish this course. For practice I've been listening to Spanish FM stations, watching movies on Netflix. I don't understand everything but I am getting there slowly. Any suggestions for next steps are appreciated! Happy learning!
Congrats! The reverse tree will teach you a lot of grammar as you have to answer in Spanish. Also, SAP programing on TV's in the US frequently carry Spanish audio. I watch episodes of Supernatual on TNT in the mornings.
Thanks for the tips. I don't know about the tv shows but i'll watch more movies. :)
Once I finished the tree I decided to continue the strengthening exercises until I reached level 25. In the meantime, I watched telenovelas, listened to the radio, used youtube and anything else I could find. When I reached level 25 I felt I had a good enough grasp to go on to the real challenge which is translating articles from English to Spanish. It is one thing to be able to listen and understand a native speaker which is still a challenge for me but quite another to actually form Spanish sentences. Now, I could sit and think up sentences on my own and I do that but I feel translating articles is better because I cannot think up all the variations in my head that an article gives me. I have been doing this for five months and it has helped me tremendously. I still do five strengthening exercises with duolingo each day as it is a good review but more time is now spent translating articles, watching telenovelas and listening to the radio.
When it comes to reading I feel fine at this stage. but when I hear native speakers speak I get nervous. I've also tried translating but did not feel confident about it and it felt wrong. I should try again. Thanks for sharing your experiences.