I did the reverse tree in Spanish! Any suggestions for good online resources?
Somehow it was much easier and faster to do than working on the Spanish one but still feels pretty great to get to the end. Now onto real grammar practice. I have some books and access to Rosetta Stone but was wondering if you could recommend books/sites/apps? Thank you in advance!
Here are the ones I know and used in the past:
www.memrise.com-- great for vocabulary
www.spanishdict.com ---helps w/grammar practice
www.123learnspanish.com -- good resource for beginners- people w/kids -- they have kids section/games
https://radiolingua.com/coffeebreakspanish/ --- used to listen to it in the car- I really like the teacher, at least from what i remember from initial lessons.
Wow! Congratulations! I'm actually finding the reverse tree to be more difficult than the Spanish from English one, so kudos to you for making such great progress! -Ryan
Thanks Ryan! I didn't mean to sound like know it all :)- I had my moments with the reverse tree, particularly with the perfect tenses- English has them too but nobody ever (or rarely rather) uses them. What do you find challenging?
I had a lot of trouble with indirect and direct object pronouns, but I have gotten better. Reflexives are still kicking my butt though.
I'm finally almost done with the reverse tree, but I've been trying to simultaneously keep all skills in both trees gold, which has not been an easy feat. In fact, they are almost completely golden again after more than 2 weeks of fighting a losing battle of skill degradation.
I'm also trying to branch out my vocabulary a bit now, as I feel I have drilled just about all the Duo vocab to the point of instant recall. I'm definitely still weak on my verb usage, so I'm starting to write in my Spanish Verb Tenses workbook more often. It is by Practice Makes Perfect, and I absolutely love all the exercises in the book.
Finally, I would like to point to an extremely rich resource I have been mining lately, which is recorded Verbling classes on youtube. Lorena R's classes are particularly useful, as she speaks a perfect combination of Spanish and English in her upper beginner classes. Scroll back in her videos to about a month ago, pick an upper beginner class and watch them until you catch up to her latest video... I haven't been able to do it yet, as she makes a new one just about every day! :)
I've returned to my original spanish tree this week to see most of the skills no longer gold so I hear you when it comes to trying to keep it all gold- not an easy feat by no means. I guess the positive is that repetition helps to understand the rules/review vocab but it's very frustrating all at the same time.
Thank you for sharing the Verbling classes- I'll definitely check it out once I'm done with this semester- I'm currently in graduate school and I can't wait to have more time to devote to learning Spanish and other languages over the summer. I sound like a total geek but learning a foreign language is for me like getting a glimpse into how other people live around the world. I wish I could afford to travel to actually witness that, but for now I can afford to have the virtual experience :)
I'm so impressed with the length of your streak- it takes so much dedication to keep up returning every day and not breaking it. You're also learning multiple languages at the same time. I found I have a really difficult time doing so. I am trying to focus on Spanish now and then resume portuguese and german. Is it hard for you to learn Italian and Spanish at the same time? I took Italian in college and find that sometimes I keep confusing the words w/Spanish.
Unfortunately, the streak doesn't reflect the actual language learning abilities of the person. I have only been studying Spanish for the length of my streak (yes, it was finding the app version of Duolingo on my Kindle one day which started me on my journey to hopefully one day becoming bilingual).
I've only just begun to dabble in the other languages so far, but I am finding Italian to be particularly fascinating. If I had a specific reason to learn it, I would delve much deeper. I think it's okay for me to start learning other Romance languages at this point, as I have already developed a very strong foundation for Spanish. But it is Spanish which continues to be my main priority, until I can speak fluently without pause and read a novel without looking up any words.
I think a great reason to learn Italian is that it's such a beautiful language. I love all Romance languages and hope that by the end of my life I can be fluent in all :) One at the time though, similarly to you. Spanish is the most desired language in the US so I am focusing on that language since many of my patients are Spanish speaking. I'm still relatively far from reading in Spanish although I noticed that I am able to understand Spanish news much more easily. I would love to read Cortazar or Garcia Marquez in original but it seems it will be forever before I am capable of it :) What writers do you like?
I haven't read any good books in awhile (besides The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series), but I like Edgar Allen Poe, Brian Jacques, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Jordan, Isaac Asimov, and Ayn Rand, to name a few. I'm an avid Game of Thrones fan (the show), so I really want to read the books sometime. I love biographies, science fiction, and mysteries.
Right now I'm dealing with some issues with my Kindle which prevent me from utilizing a 2-way dictionary to read Spanish books. I have a Kindle Fire HDX. Apparently it only works with the older/cheaper models, which doesn't make any sense to me, but alas, without a 2-way dictionary reading a novel in Spanish is painfully slow.
El Alquimista is excellent, and pretty easy to ready in Spanish. file:///C:/Users/Main7/Downloads/7.pdf
http://www.veintemundos.com/en/ is fantastic both for improving vocabulary and comprehension, but also for great exposure to the cultures of the entire Spanish speaking world. Each article is well written, well read, and relates an interesting cultural note. There is a vocabulary appendix at the end of each article, and they have it set up so you can test yourself.
Albalearning.com is a wonderful source of classic literature, all in Spanish but some you can read with parallel French or English translations.
Another way to really improve your comprehension and vocabulary is to listen o the Bible in Spanish https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Juan+1&version=NVI or http://www.bible.is/SPNBDA/John/1 Those are both URL's for the book of Johh, but naturally you can navigate to any book of the Bible.
There is also a wealth of reading on Youtube, including lots of children's stories. Then, of course you can watch great Spanish serial dramas on Drama Fever.com with or without subtitles.