I have finished my Spanish tree!
After a year and four months of Duolingo I've finally finished my tree. Luckily I don't feel finished with Spanish, there's still so much to learn!
At first I did it for potential money, but then it turned into "Wow look at all these new books, tv shows, music etc I can listen to, people I can talk to"
What is the "easiest" thing about Spanish for me?
Spelling! English is my first language and spelling is difficult for me as a native speaker, I can't imagine what it's like to learn it as a second language. This part of Spanish learning was a huge relief for me.
What is the "hardest" thing about Spanish for me?
Verbs! I know once I get the memorization of the endings, it should be easier, but the amount of verbs are daunting to me. When to use them or even what type of verb to use is worse (demostrar vs mostrar, entender vs comprender, or saber vs. conocer) I understand I'll get them with time and practice. Just makes my head spin.
- Reach level 25
- Complete Spanish to English tree
- "Ladder Language" by completing the Spanish to Portuguese tree (use the English to Portuguese tree as a back up)
- Maintain all these trees in glorious gold
- Focus on my oral/hearing skills.
- Move on to the Turkish course
Thanks for reading! Got any tips, please share them :)
Those are some good goals! I also appreciated your introspection about what the harder and easier parts were. Thanks for shaking up the usual celebratory post and, most of all, FELICITACIONES!
You wanted more resources: I'm collecting stuff I find useful on my Pinterest board. So far it's mostly sites for further practice and some pages that explain trickier concepts. Maybe you'll find something useful for you?
FELICITACIONES UNA VEZ MAS!
How to not worry about verbs.
Do you pay attention to the verbs you often hear and see. After all, you will hear/read the verb ver more often than the verb estropear. I just learned that verb yesterday. I'll probably forget it tomorrow but will remember it 1 or 2 months from now. But if I don't see it or hear it often . . . ¡olvidalo!
How do you manage all those different verb tenses? You don't. Once again pay attention to the tense that you often hear frequently. Recently I noticed that I can hear expressions using he oído, hemos podido, etc. You can practice verb charts but another cool strategy is to find and recognize conjugated verbs en canciones. Write them down OR don't. Just sing them to yourself, or sing to your dog. I'm not allowed to sing to my wife.
Thanks to Julieta Venega I learned how to translate "I saw you" . . . "Te Vi." The pretérito of Ver is vi. Te is a indirect or direct object. I forget but the term is insignificant to me. Later, she helps me conjugate the verb in the 1st person present form . . . "Ahora ya lo veo." My singing is still kinda-sorta horrible but I'm having fun with irregular verbs that are frequently used. They're becoming almost 2nd Nature, especially if you dedicate time to listening.
(WARNING: I know it is called the presente perfecto but unless you plan on becoming a editor for B de Books/ Random House Mondadori, or una maestra . . . don't worry about the grammatical terms. Just absorb the form).
I've actually downloaded Julieta Venega, just can never force myself to listen... she's a bit slow for me :/ But I'll give it another try ;)
Don't give it a try. If she's too slow for you . . . move one to a recording artist that fits your speed, your style. The key lesson is to grab what you enjoy. It doesn't have to be a song, and definitely doesn't have to be Venega. Just grab what you enjoy and TRANSFORM it into a lesson about indirect/direct objects, or verb tenses. Just make it your own. OWN it.
Disclaimer: I'm not to be trusted. I'm just a random person online that does not teach Spanish/English and I'm not a tenured linguistic professor. Currently I only speak 1 language, although I do read in two languages.
I've taken a similar route with Duo. Both trees complete, gold and adding French from Spanish ( but I'm getting a few too many vocabulary mismatches in my conversation as I mix the languages.) I've really enjoyed Language Transfer's program COMPLETE SPANISH. It is 90+ audio segments that has given me tons of help with my speaking skills. They also have a smaller reverse course. I'm still looking for a great listening skill program, I do fine day to day, but going out with friends when they are in fiesta moods, their conversation becomes machine gun Spanish and everything runs together.
I also did an exchange with a young Mexican newly wed that wanted to learn some non-mexican cooking. We planned a dinner menu and recipes together in Spanish, translated them to Spanish as needed, went shopping together in the local mercado, and cooked them together. She learned to cook, I improved my conversation skills. We cooked enough for both our households and split it up. We did that every Friday for twenty weeks, taking most of the day. A similar project might be volunteering to help in a program where Spanish is spoken. I did a bit of Math tutoring, I found the cooking more fun. Good luck and have fun with Duo.
The way with which you have chosen and organized your goals, is completely clear and effective. Congratulations !! and Good luck with Turkish
Primero, Felicidades! I just finished mine, but I am having a lot of the same issues as you are. So, my mastery of the language is far from over. I do have some decent links you might want to try.
Here is a decent link that breaks down each verb tense then generates a quiz for each topic within the verb tenses
Also, Memrise is a good phone app that you can also use on the computer to expand your vocabulary that Duolingo does not cover. It also has a ton of other languages, including Portuguese and Turkish, that you can use to learn.
I always live by the rule the more time and effort you do something, the harder it gets to not improve.
Wow! Congrats! I finished mine in eighteen months but I did a lot of translation work. Have you tried that yet?
BUT it is a lot harder than you'd think to keep your tree gold. At least it is for me. the bottom half of my tree is still a glorious rainbow. Which is still pretty. But I need to transform them.
I agree with you, my friend, about the verbs. They're so confusing! But with some more time and patience, we'll get them!
I've tried keeping my tree gold tons of times and always burn myself out. lol I have to strategize this time.
Congratulations for finishing your tree AND for your logical, systematic goals! It will be challenging to keep your tree golden, but it's worth it (I keep telling myself!) because it consolidates what you've learned. And Portuguese will be fun for you: spelling is similar (after you learn some shortcuts, like -ção for -tion), but the pronunciation is quite different. You'll be able to read it before you can "hear" it. Best of luck!
First of all, felicidades! Learning a language is very hard and takes a lot of pacience. Muy bien hecho! As for tips, I find listening to music and watching TV shows very helpful. Buena suerte!
Wow! congratulations! Maybe you could learn, like, 20 different languages and be really smart! also, I read somewhere that the more languages you learn, the higher IQ you have! Awesome!
IDK about all that lol, but I've read that the first language you learn beside your native language (so technically the second language) is hardest because you don't know what works for you and what doesn't. By the third/fourth you have a better understanding.
I definitely agree with you about the hardest thing being the verbs. They are so hard, but I find that repetition helps a LOT. I was in a spelling bee, so the spelling is relatively easy, just like your spelling! :)
i finished my spanish learning tree in three weeks. I thought it would get more advanced. Now I am depressed. It ended so quickly.