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I finished my Spanish tree...

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If reaching the golden Duolingo owl means finishing your tree then I did it! I finished my Spanish tree er...three weeks ago. Yes I actually didn't know that was the full tree or if there was more coming so yep no announcement at the time :). I am excited to learn more and I see that duo slips new phrases and words in as you practice which I love. Keeping the tree gold is a great challenge and really encourages me to practice more. The more I learn the more I feel I've yet to learn and that isn't a bad thing, I just yearn to practice speaking more—in all the languages I'm learning.

Spanish has been a part of my life for most of my life. My father spoke Spanish, German, Italian, French & bits of other languages so I understood a little of many languages but a tad more in German. With Spanish I had fluent understanding but rarely spoke back because I felt like my grammar was awful. I was surrounded by friends, all native-speakers from various countries and no one seemed to care that I responded mostly in English so it never bothered me. Of course my father chided me for it but when you're young you do what you want sometimes, lol. As I got older though it was something I regretted and eventually moving place where the languages weren't used (and out of touch with friends speaking them) I didn't think about them (or in them) anymore. The knowledge I have in Spanish is rusty but it's there of course which is why I moved through this tree fairly fast.

I live in a semi-secluded area in rural Hawaii and due to health concerns am not able to get out much so online opportunities are very useful to me. When I get a chance to read the discussions I always find something useful so I thought, in continuing my journey, that I'd ask if anyone knows of (free) ways to improve your fluency online. Group, clubs, communities, anywhere where there are people gathering together to practice speaking—I would love to hear about them all.

I'd love to practice: Spanish, Japanese, Korean & German. I'm learning several other languages, some not yet offered on Duolingo, but these are the ones I am focusing on currently.

I'm more advanced in: Spanish, Japanese {in that order ;)}.

Even though this is about my Spanish tree please feel free to post about speaking practice opportunities for any language. I'm sure there are others who'd like to know. Thank you all and wishing you much success on your journeys!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/router.ius

Good for you

http://www.sharedtalk.com/

To speak with native speakers from various countries of the world.

Bye :)

3 years ago

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Thanks, I'll check this out :).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr-Pen
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Wow, thanks!

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That's great!! Congrats!!

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Thank you! Now on to level 25 xD.

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Congrats! I'm almost done my French tree but I finished my Spanish tree back in August

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Congrats to you as well and thank you :).

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Thanks! I'm almost down to having 2 topics left!

3 years ago

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Congratulations!!

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Thank you :).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duolingoolivia

Good job

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https://www.duolingo.com/duolingoolivia

Congrats

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Thanks!

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Congrats!!

One way to improve your Spanish skills would be to watch telenovelas. The genre makes it easy to understand what is basically happening in a scene, so you can focus on the words being said. Plus, you'll master some very exciting and dramatic language in a hurry. :)

Best of luck!!

3 years ago

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I watch movies pretty often and I've been meaning to look for some of these. I used to watch some ages ago, I remember the drama and hilarity. I don't have any airing here but I'll look for some online. Any good ones you know of currently?.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/synecdoche

It's from a few years ago, but I really love Amores Verdaderos. You can get it for around $10 from Amazon (although they compress the episodes into a 16-hour miniseries). Otherwise, whatever's on Telemundo?

3 years ago

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Yes! Don't know how I could have forgotten that one, brain freeze I guess :). I used to watch telemundo when it aired here years ago. I'll check the site for full videos, hope they have some. Cheers for that.

3 years ago

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Congratulations! ^^ Your enthusiasm is inspiring. I also found Duolingo to be the perfect tool to resurrect my rusty Spanish.

I haven't done much in terms of live spoken conversations with people, but I enjoy writing and I've found lang-8.com to be very useful. You post writing and natives speakers will correct it. The only catch is that you're encouraged to correct others who are learning your native language. I have had some interesting conversations with people and also benefited from trying to explain English grammar in Spanish.

3 years ago

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Thanks! Your quite an inspiring buddy to have on my list yourself (=^‥^=).

I do look to my leaderboards for inspiration and your daily dedication most certainly encourages me to push forward each day. I would welcome the opportunity to exchange help and tips with other learners from any language really. Thanks for the kind words and the link I will most certainly check it out :).

3 years ago

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I'm nine lessons and one gray icon away from finishing my Spanish tree! Soo close!!!! Finding fun things to read is a great way to turn knowledge into experience!! I found raz-kids.com 's free leveled readers in English AND Spanish and they've been fun light reading to build both my memory and my confidence!

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Great suggestion, sounds like a great way to help improve my translation skills. Thank you!

3 years ago

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Congratulations! I would recommend you do the reverse tree, you can get more practice doing the English course for native Spanish speakers. All the best with your Spanish and Japanese!

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Reserve tree? Is that the mirror course (i.e., English for Native Spanish speakers)?*

I hadn't thought of that but I think I'll try it tonight, thanks :).

*wasn't sure if that was two suggestions or one ;).

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Many users usually tend to do the reverse tree, but in reality it is just the normal course designed for the people who want to learn "x" language available from their native one.

My native language is Spanish and I did the Spanish course for English speakers to get more practice. Sorry for the typo, and I only wanted to make one suggestion. :)

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No worries it's a great suggestion thanks :) I'm probably going to alter between the two...I just wish all my languages didn't have to disappear to do it ;). I hope duo finds a way to incorporate adding a reverse tree to your list alongside your other languages.

3 years ago

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Instead of the reverse course I'm now also doing German for Spanish speakers, this improves both languages. I consider my English good enough not to need any Duolingo practice. I was stuck in my Spanish tree because I'd forgotten many words I'd learned already. Duo lingo didn't tell me to increase the strength in time. So I thought this was a nice way to get additional practice.

3 years ago

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Congratulations!!! Interesting mini bio. Thanks.

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Thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicoLaan69

Well done, I'm somewhere half way. A few days ago I found these but haven't tried them yet. They're not for speaking but listening and learning.

EXTR@ en español (also search youtube) http://www.celebratelanguages.com/VIDSE01.html

Talk Spanish - A video introduction to Spanish http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/talk/

BBC mi vida loca http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/

And another on youtube, learn Spanish with subtitles from bookbox.com: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O8RUPDzUcI On bookbox.com, you can select Spanish just below the movie and watch some more freebees. About 5 minutes each it seems.

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Thanks!

I love that last one especially they will be great for my little one and I to watch together. I love that you can just click for several languages that I'm learning. Awesome links, thank you so much :).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicoLaan69

You're welcome.

For watching with your kid, "Little Pim [Spanish]" and Muzzy [also Spanish]" can be fun. They're intended as a first start for Spanish for kids. You'll have to find a good priced version of them somewhere though. Little Pim is from the Pimsleur company. Muzzy is from the BBC.

I also watch kids cartoons sometimes. Sometimes on Youtube, e.g. "Little Einsteins" (Mini Einsteins). My kids mostly find it very funny the way they talk so different from what they're used to.

Good luck learning and enjoy.

3 years ago

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Never heard of Little Pim sounds great--although she already repeats regular Pimsleur lessons with me so she's pretty familiar. It might be more enjoyable for her to hear a children's version. I have Muzzy in Spanish and French (from years ago) which I just converted to avi a few months back since they were old tapes I used with my older ones but kind of forgot about.

Some of the songs from Muzzy are really catchy, its taken years to not have them running through my head all the time: "Aeiou te quieres...," lol.

She loves Spanish lullabies so I'm looking for an album of them she can listen to on her kindle. I'll check out mini Einsteins too and Little Pim, thanks for all the useful tips :).

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Thank you all for such great suggestions. Its nice to be a part of the Duolingo community :).

3 years ago