Finished the tree - all gold!
Hey guys, just figured I'd leave a message here that I just finished the Spanish tree, and because I always make everything gold the moment it gets another color, there's no need to do it all over again for gold!
I'd like to thank the creators of the course and Duolingo as a whole. And for those of you interested: I started in February. (Took a while for me to actually get motivated, though).
I'm level fourteen now, so the next goal is level twentyfive! Intending to maintain the golden tree and focus on verbs in particular. I'll also be spending more time in the immersion section now!
Haha I almost got 500 xp in the past two days just by rushing through the final lessons of the tree.
Did you do 50 lessons to get 500xp??? I seem to earn about 10xp per lesson...
Congratulations! I finished the tree a few months ago and had to take a break from Duolingo as my life became hectic. I started regilding my tree last week and I'm amazed by how much more I'm learning the second time around. I'm not falling into the same traps I did the first time and it all feels more natural. I'm finding it rewarding to focus on verbs one day and vocabulary another. You also might want to consider a Memrise course for vocabulary. There are quite a few good "5000 word" courses.
Congratulations. Which are your favourite Spanish resources to complement the learning on Duolingo. Gracias.
I use the immersion, but only very irregularly and only when I'm up for it. My tactic though is to keep everything gold. I think if you know EVERY Duolingo word, that you're fine in most conversations.
Now I'll definitely look for some other resources now though, since I finished the tree so there's nothing left to do than practise. I won't go improve my vocab, but I'll practice on verbs in particular.
Hola spoelstras, Muchas gracias por la explanación. Encantado de conocerte. Saludos.
Spanish is actually the language I've spent the most time on, although my XP doesn't show it here because I reset everything. I actually do most of my Spanish learning off of Duolingo right now, mostly by reading El Pais :)
A newspaper from Spain - I find reading the news is helpful because I see the language in action. I definitely need to rely on Google Translate for assistance but it is excellent practice. Plus I'm very interested in politics and so this is a way for me to keep up with Spanish politics :)
Are you actually able to maintain s conversation with someone who speaks fluent spanish? I have taken spanish classes in school that turned into a total joke and have learn a lot on here but this is typing I have time to think even on the timed practice I have time to process and translate in my head. But does it get to a point where you just can speak it without a problem?
This course alone will not get you to that level. It is a good starter but it will really take conversing with other people to get there. I'm only a few days from being complete with an all gold tree but it will probably take a few months of speaking daily before I'll be comfortable speaking it. In terms of what this course has taught me, I'm best at reading spanish, then writing, then listening, and I'm worst at speaking. I won't be able to converse daily with a spanish speaker for another four months, so I'm just trying to get a good baseline with this program to make learning to converse go smoother.
Remember, Duolingo is focused on reading and writing to facilitate translating online articles, but it is a great foundation on the path to fluency.