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Too much grammar at once in the last lessons of the Spanish tree.

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I think the lessons Subj/Imper (trabaje, trabaja), V. Modal(trabajaria), V. Cond(trabajaré), Past Imp(trabajaba), Subj. Past(trabajara), follow each other up too quickly. If you learn these forms right after each other (as the tree is doing now), you might start confusing them. Within a lesson you will probably do well, because you remember after a while that all verbs within that lesson need to be translated in the same form. For example for Past Imp, you'll notice that the preferred translation is something like "used to work" and within that lesson you will translate all verbs like that without paying much attention to the -ba and all the irregular endings. However if you saw that form without context, you might begin to wonder which form it was again.

Perhaps it would help to put some extra lessons at the end of the tree that don't introduce new grammar but let you practice distinguishing these verb forms.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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Was this a test to see if we have actually learned those tenses? Trabajaría is conditional and trabajaré future.

I had no problem with the pace, but I had experience in learning languages in general and a limited background in Spanish. I understand how it can be overwhelming for a new learner, though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/corgi611

I agree. Extra lessons with various verb tenses would be very welcome.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

Yep. IMO these lessons should be put in between some 'easy' vocab ones, to reduce the stress. Also, subjunctive and imperative are two separate moods and should be separated.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bisiosote

if someone wants to practice conversation in Spanish I can help you with skype at the same time you I can practice my English conversation

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaramilt
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If you're not already using GoSpeaky.com, I highly recommend it. I've been able to get in lots of practice because of it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesCWilliams

I see allot of us agree on the same thing. I did just start a bout a week ago and I have tons of projects going. what I did to make sure I didn't start losing what I already learned(specifically on this website) was just stop moving forward. I dropped my daily point requirement from 30 down to 1 and I just keep repeating the things I know I really need to understand or ingrain in m head. It may not yield as many points and my level wont raise as fast however the point is to learn Spanish, not to gain points. I am also using Anki, reading children's books, and I am also watching spanish cartoons and programs with subtitles in Spanish http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/Spanish, and a few online Spanish coures on youtube. With Anki, I will take words from my word list here, ones that I need to understand better and in various usages or context, as well as words from the other sources of the same nature and place them in a verity of sentence structures that I will write myself. These will be translated largely by Spanishdic.com and Spanishcentral.com. With a little help from a coworker who is from Puerto Rico, I should have enough covered to be well on my way.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Natz_
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Great suggestions! ¡Buena suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesCWilliams

I just found this too!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OZbL91GXGI&list=PLeA5t3dWTWvvwf5fw0Nl7mVk0OUjP1Ln2 They say its a completely different approach to language learning.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesCWilliams

Muchas Gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Natz_
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I agree! I'm facing down the last less-than-a-quarter of my tree (just completed Haber) and feeling my brain explode just a tiny bit! Lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/th23x
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Totally agree with you!

The topics themselves also have rather few lessons - and push a lot additional knowledge in on the last steps of the tree...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gbogart

Excellent suggestion.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Somelauw, I agree with you completely. In addition, Duolingo needs to have two more branches on the tree. One will address verbs that behave like me gusta (IDO + subject + verb); the second will include some common Spanish idioms. Mucha suerte.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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Oh, this will be interesting because I am learning Spanish from Portuguese xD.

3 years ago