And now I've completed the Spanish tree
First it was Portuguese back on February 20th, which I continue to work with by keeping its tree fully golden. Now today I've completed the Spanish tree and it's greatly helped my ability to read Spanish texts, plus I'm noticing that my comprehension of spoken Spanish in telenovelas and Spanish news broadcasts is slowly increasing.
I'm surprised to find out how much I enjoy how the structure of Duolingo keeps me moving along. I have studied languages some before, with a bit success of French, and great success with Esperanto which I can now use fluently and sometimes think and dream in, but often when I might step away from doing the study of regular languages like French or Spanish or Finnish, I would never get back to it. I find it easier to come back to Duolingo and presently I hope I can continue the streak that I've got going, 96 days right now as I write this.
So now my plan is to maintain the golden Spanish and Portuguese trees and work more intently now to complete the French tree. After that, I'm not sure, maybe I'll conquer the Italian tree to round out the as-of-now available Latin languages, or maybe I'll try to conquer something else.
It's quite a pleasure to discover the world of languages, even for an older fellow like me. It's helped me to see there is a world out there beyond the English-spoken one and I feel wiser for it. I hope that more monolinguals can take the time to discover worlds beyond their native languages.
Thank you, good luck with your Spanish tree. Just keep working at it and it's amazing to see a language open itself up to you.
That is inspiring, it makes me want to do more lessons and finish my tree and Congratulations!
Thank you. Just try to keep working at it and it'll come for you.
it's very inspiring to see these posts. I've been watching these posts come up almost every day this week about people finishing their tree (I'm not sure if it's a normal occurrence because I have only recently started keeping a more constant eye on the forums) and it gives me hope and drive to be the one to be posting about my achievement of tackling the tree in the (hopefully) near future, I realize it's not the end of learning my first new language but it will be quite an accomplishment when I get there and I applaud you on your progress in, not only one, but multiple trees!
I don't know either how common it is. There might be a lot more people who finish trees and don't post about it. But you're doing a good job of working with it every day, judging by that streak of 174 days. You're right about how it won't be the end of learning your first new language, but I think Duolingo can give someone a pretty good base to work from. After that, you need to keep practicing with it, and how you practice with it might vary from others, because we all tend to have different ways of learning that we're more comfortable with.
Good luck with finishing your tree.