After completing the Spanish tree will i be able to converse easily in spanish?
Hello world, I got interested in learning languages after i came across duolingo,I wanted to know that if I will be able to conversate,write and read in spanish easily after completing the spanish tree and also a little side question how much time does it usually takes to complete the spanish tree? thanks in advance :)
Conversation will be possible on a high beginner/low intermediate level if you add some additional resources to the Duo tree. Reading/writing will be a bit higher. Language skills are rated A1-A2-B1-B2-C1-C2, A1 being lowest, C2 being totally fluent. Duo will get you to A2-B1. And Duo presents a fairly limited vocabulary, so the topics of conversation will be limited. How long to compelte a tree is a "How long is a piece of string?" question :) and depends on interest, aptitude, and time put in on a daily basis.
hello thanks for the details i wanted to know that how do you do decide what is your language skills are there any tests?
To use the A1 etc language that rspreng referred to, you'll want a test using the Common European Framework for Languages. Googling will find a ton of tests, some paid, some requiring emails, but others don't. This is one that doesn't ask for information and does show you your answers at the end. It's also not as long as others and is only reading, unlike others which may have more questions, including auditory comprehension.
Point of reference: I've been taking weekly classes for a year, finished both the English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English trees, and have read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Spanish. I just scored B1 on the above quiz, and I know my speaking and listening skills are definitely lower than that.
The answer to that is a resounding "No". The only way of gaining the ability to converse fluently with people is by talking to real human beings. Duolingo provides a fairly good set of building blocks required for the construction of simple sentences. It will help you build the foundation, and you will be able to say something, yes, even before completing the whole tree, but "conversing with ease" is still going to be a fair way off.
It's like being taught all the essential dance steps on a DVD. Very helpful for getting an idea of the technique and what your feet/hips should be doing when, but you only learn to dance by actually dancing.