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https://www.duolingo.com/R_J_King

Have I really completed my Spanish tree?

I've got to the end of the tree - YAY! It's taken me about 10 months. But I see things de-gilding very fast and, of course, my knowledge of earlier lessons is much better than later ones.

Hence my question, when can I really say that I have 'beaten' Duo, or achieved mastery? Does it matter?

I just think it would be nice to have a firm target to hit - but maybe it's just me?

Anyway - I've very pleased to have got to where I have. There is no question that I would have stopped learning Spanish long ago were it not for Duolingo.

I am 52% fluent...apparently.... Hmmmnnn.... Yes, I have quite a bit of vocabulary now, and can manage to read a certain amount of simple Spanish. But can form very few sentences if I want to try and say something in the language.

But a recent visit to Andalusia for a week, was a good confidence boost, as I was able to make myself understood a couple of times in restaurants etc. so have at least started to try and actually use the language.

(I wonder how many actually finish the tree?)

My best wishes to all who have yet to 'finish' - hang in their!!

3 years ago

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

In answer to your question, apparently only a very small percentage of people who have signed up actually finish the tree. Isn`t that sad? I wonder if they are overwhelmed when they see how big the tree is. Anyway, you should be quite proud of your accomplishment. As to when you will have "mastered" it, I am still trying and you can see how long I have been doing it. Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDescartes

Not suprising at all if you ask me, its a big commitment and can be very challenging at times, people are either put off or too busy to continue, starting, especiall on duolingo, is the easiet part of all. On another note

Te felicito R_J_King!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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I am sure you can bring your fluency up. I had 64% in French before, but if you miss questions while regilding, your fluency goes down. So practice until you can do all the lessons with no mistakes, I am still not there yet. When you do timed tests and can pump them out so fast that you have time to answer 20 questions correctly, then you know the material you were tested on. I cannot do that for all the skills yet. If I do that for a skill, the next time I could be given completely different questions so I also redo lessons to check if I know all the material in a skill that I have had less confidence in. I also like to do the reverse tree, to read the lesson discussions from the people who speak French. It is good practice to read discussions and sometimes I answer questions about English in French, more good practice. Don't forget immersion! You are farther along than I am in Spanish so far.

Oh and here is a list of outside resources: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/942023 and another: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Spanish

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Does it matter?

Does the fluency number matter? No. Personally the only thing that matters to me is becoming fluent, particularly B2/C1 level fluent. I plan on taking that test. The only other way I can gauge my fluency level is if I can listen to a news broadcast, watch a video and understand 90% or more of the program. Until then I'll keep working. Did I complete my Spanish tree? Yes. Am I still re-gilding my tree, setting higher goals on Timed Practice, battling the direct/indirect objects, modal verbs, reflexive verbs and the subjunctive tense. Sure. If you want a firm target, I don't think anything beats CERF.

Congratulations . . . better yet . . . ENHORABUENA!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandyCane333Flo

Well, congratulations for finishing your tree. : )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zaraguato82
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Muchas felicidades, a mi me pasa lo mismo pero con el árbol de inglés.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/R_J_King

I just got 3.52/5.00 on a test... oh, well. A long way to go yet!!! I need the encouragement that Duolingo gives in order to persist with learning Spanish.... I find myself wishing that the course be extended in the future.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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There has been some small incremental changes to both course (English from Spanish) and (Spanish from English). I noticed the addition of new sentences and a huge improvement to the recorded voices.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Yes, I have noticed the same. Would love to see the course extended.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Event though it is not the extension we would all love, those small improvements are cool!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txbunny1908

Congrats on finishing! Just keep practicing!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Violet_Wade

Wow! Only ten months. Great job!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I have finished my Spanish tree but am going to keep re-gilding the tree for as long as I'm learning something and am enjoying it. My only firm Duo Spanish goal is to get a 5/5 on the Duo quiz. I'm not there yet. Overall, my goal is to be able understand everything I read and everything that I hear in Spanish (and French too). That will be impossible to achieve with just Duo alone as the Spanish vocabulary is very limited and even many verb tenses are missing. However, I do see the Spanish tree as a good step in that direction.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Suzannexm
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Congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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These are probably ideas that have already occurred to you, but some possible goals that occur to me are:

  • Keeping the entire tree gold (for a while, anyway)

  • Reaching level 25 in duoLingo levels

  • Scoring 5.0/5.0 on the progress quiz

  • Reading some novels in Spanish

  • Watching some shows in Spanish

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bunnyms

This is very interesting and useful. Thanks for sharing.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/catcampion

Bravo, RJ! I too found that a year with DuoLingo gave me great reading/writing skills, but speaking and especially verbal comprehension were lacking. I've been using Verbling verbling.com/i/cat1 for live interactive classes ($1-2/hour) & privates ($9+/hour). You can always watch classes (live & recorded) for free & your first week of unlimited classes is free! Now, I am actually able to speak with and understand so much Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bilburn

You seem to be copy-pasting this message all over the Spanish boards. This makes me suspicious, are you simply advertising the website?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/catcampion

Nope - just a devoted fan/language nerd. (Who is lazy about typing up an entirely new message each time I post about my other sites/tools for language learning) I also paste lots of links to the other resources I use, like YouTube videos, studyspanish.com, etc. And I tell folks on Verbling about DuoLingo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HayleyFlynn

Well done! I'm about a year in although have had a few months off here and there. I could have finished my tree by now, I have four units left, but I prefer to keep going back refreshing previous units and keep them all gold which is quite a task in itself! My written Spanish is so much better but I sometimes feel my speaking has gotten worse than when I started! It hasn't, but I just worry more about grammar, the more I know grammatically from here the more it makes me worry and think for too long instead of just allowing mistakes. I've done a few lessons on verbling, it's good but I still have to do upper beginner lessons. I also listen to some podcasts, Spanish radio, watch some TV (gran hotel on Netflix is pretty easy) and last week started to arrange meet ups through the conversation exchange website...I think this is going to be a massive help, and the first meet up was great. I definitely recommend trying that out!

I also managed to source some roald Dahl books in Spanish, I'm reading George's marvellous medicine at the moment which is difficult at times but one part made me laugh and that was so pleasing! I remember a Spanish teacher I had once saying when she could laugh at books in English it was the best feeling.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chidieberex
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Felicitaciones!!!

3 years ago