Finally finished my Spanish tree!!
After a long time of Duolingo with ups and downs i finally the last 2 months had a good flow and finally made it! I would like to thank Duolingo and its community.
About halfway through i stagnated a bit, turning to other ways of learning for a while and when returning i had almost no problem at all with the last part.
Starting of i only studied through Duolingo but i had problem getting it into my everyday life, there is where podcasts came in to me where I started listening to Coffee Break Spanish. That was the breakthrough for me in my learning. Listening to one episode walking to school one home etc, through that I really implemented it into my daily life. 2 months ago I was in spain as well and noticed that i could get myself understood, maybe not in the best way but i always got what i wanted to say through. That was one of my biggest motivations to keep studying and last months i have been doing about 1-2 hours spanish per day.
Now it is only 1 month left until I am going down to Spain for 3 weeks and I am really looking for to get to use it. Until that I will try to increase my vocabulary through Memrise mainly, might try to get my tree golden as well!
If you have any tips for the future to take the next step in my spanish it is more than welcome!
Well done on completing your tree! I would take a look at some of the awesome resources available online to keep developing your Spanish knowledge. Here are some of my suggestions! :)
Spanish Obsessed: https://spanishobsessed.com/ - they offer great resources and audio materials at varying levels of difficulty.
CHATconJK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZTGkAZvaRXoBDIqb-Ypo8w - this is a brand new channel intended for both English speakers learning Spanish and vice-versa. Short entertaining videos that look at topics such as false friends, idioms, colloquial expressions...
SpanishSessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU-GWSBUq8FAqmOXA3N6gzw - these videos are conducted completely in Spanish but with subtitles available if you need them. Great for training the ear.
The Spanish Blog: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTE_K15-rkN7h9xdfzYlDfw - Spanish lessons taught by a Spanish person.
Professor Jason: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2-lKlnIdzq6-e-zwU34YJw - one of my favourites. He is a teacher by profession and explains some of the more difficult aspects of Spanish really well.
Thank you! Since I started it have taken about 1 year, however with periods off. the last month or maybe two i have been doing a lot daily and would say during that time i have done the second part of the tree. During time off I have studied through other places through, which have helped me in completing Duolingo :)
Congratulations. I finished my Spanish tree last week. Now I am peeking over on the Spanish learning English side of things mostly out of curiosity.
well done! I just finished my tree and it feels great. As you say, as i got closer i really found i was putting in the hours to get there. You say you're in school - i envy you learning so young, i'm over fifty and it's a bit harder. Duolingo and coffee break Spanish are very helpful. we go to spain every year and may well retire there, we love it.
Thank you, congrats yo you as well! Nice streak, it is never to late to learn. Perfect then you have a really good motivation. How will you continue learning now?
I think for a good while yet I will continue shoring up the circles which slip back from gold to colour - there are a few every day - and maybe hit the general 'refresh' button for a random refresh. Truthfully, I can't say I'm even near answering the questions on the second two thirds of the tree without mistakes or long deliberation. Now I'm over the anxiety of finishing the tree I can afford to do lessons without using hints or having another tab open with google translate (just to check the gender of a word, honest ;-) ). The first third of the tree I can fly through without hesitation - when I can do that for the whole thing I'll consider looking elsewhere to progress.
How far have you listened on coffee break spanish? I would say it was them who helped me to actually get an understanding on the things the last part of the tree.
I've listened at least twice through the whole 80 episodes and the same for the next level Show Time Spanish. I have a SD card with Paul Noble's 12 CD course, Michael Thomas 8 CD course - both excellent- and all the CBS podcasts in folders of 40 at a time. I keep this in my car audio system and every time I'm alone -20 mins to and from work etc. - I have it on. I really miss music, but something had to give :-) .
Congratulatios. Enjoy your trip to Spain. I love Spain, my parents are Spanish. Where are you from?
Yes, I speak fluenty because Spanish is my mother tongue. I was born in Argentina. I came back from a trip to Spain last week, it was wonderful, I was in Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia, Zaragoza and other cities. Have you ever been in Spain?