https://www.duolingo.com/GrassTiger

"Just finished the 'reverse tree' Spanish -> English" and "Did *you* find doing it useful?"

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I finished my Spanish -> English tree one and a half months ago (it took three months). Tonight I just finished the reverse tree!

Honestly, I think that month and a half would have been better spent keeping the English -> Spanish tree golden. I felt the other was way to easy and I spent way too much time going over stuff I already knew. It did introduce some vocabulary the English -> Spanish didn't have, but gave me less practice in the things I found hard than when I am doing the E -> S tree. I also heard only English during that time where I feel I would have benefited from hearing the Spanish more.

So, do you all think doing the reverse tree is worth it? I thought so until I got to the end and realized that while it had value, it didn't seem quite as valuable as I thought it would be. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Next, I plan to make the E -> S tree all golden again, then on to Spanish -> French. Guess we'll see how well that goes! :)

All the best in your studies everyone!!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
wazzie
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Next time you are doing a reverse tree, go into your settings and turn your sound off. Hearing the English is zero helpful and the listening exercises are pointless for a native speaker.
Also, participate in the discussions. Just reading the discussions is helpful (and really interesting to see what problem people run into learnibg your language), but if you are feeling brave enough, answer some of those questions. You can get a lot of practice responding to opened questions this way.
I think the reverse tree is great.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HandsomeNwealthy

I didnt even know you could turn the audio off. Im doing that now lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrassTiger
GrassTiger
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I don't have access to the discussions when I'm doing it as I do it on my iPad. Listening to the English wasn't a problem at all and would have been kind of annoying to have to turn it on and off when I was doing a couple lessons of the E - S each day also.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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I'm almost done with the reverse tree, but it has taken me a lot longer than the original. I would say that it is definitely worth it. It makes sense to finish the regular tree, then go to the reverse tree.

I think what you are doing is perfect, especially now that you will begin laddering another language from Spanish, . That's the big key to the puzzle that should lock everything in place when it comes to Spanish. I can't wait to ladder a language from Spanish when I am finished with the reverse tree as well!

Felicitaciones, y ¬°buena suerte a ti!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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Reading the lesson discussions which are in Spanish is what makes the reverse course worthwhile, did you? Don't forget immersion now to build your vocabulary incredibly! Yes, I did keep my original tree golden while working on the reverse and laddering is an excellent idea.

Also, listen to music, read books, watch TV, youtube, movies, news, play games... https://www.duolingo.com/comment/942023 (Big list of Helpful 'Learning Spanish' Resources)

Just wait until you do the reverse Spanish from French!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lisajanea

That list is great, I created one here too the other week https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7870931 Now I will have to cross reference them for an even more massive list... instead of actually practicing :) I would say if you have finished your tree start using other resources if you want to be fluent, Duolingo is only good for a basic to low intermediate level, if you want to be able to communicate in spanish you definitely need to expand your vocab, listening and speaking skills

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrassTiger
GrassTiger
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I do the lessons on my iPad, so I don't see the discussions. I'm doing plenty of other things, just hardly felt it was worth the time I could have spent doing more of the other things.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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Yes, the lesson discussions are important for the reverse course to be worth it. How are you on this discussion then? If you can be here than you can access the lesson discussions too from the web version or from an android. You can add the English from Spanish discussions too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrassTiger
GrassTiger
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I'm on my desktop presently to access the forums here. I can't use my desktop during the time I do my studies because of where I am when I do them; I can only have my iPad and on there it's easier to use the app than the browser to do it. I only log in here on my desktop once in a while. But if that is what people are finding so useful, it makes more sense to me that they find it helpful. Thanks.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HandsomeNwealthy

I just started the reverse tree two days ago. Im halfway through and i agree with you. It is too easy. I will probably finish it anyways though because like you said, there is at least some new material

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrassTiger
GrassTiger
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Thank you. I was starting to wonder if anyone else felt the way I did.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kgkoon
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I think it was worth it. It has additional vocabulary and much more practice with subjunctive and imperatives.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellysah_Jones

I'm still working on mine! So no fare!

3 years ago
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