Done with the Spanish tree, what else?
OK, I finished the Spanish tree yesterday, and then I tested my Spanish level (yesterday and today). I took three tests by Spanish learning websites and etc... I could never go beyond A1 and A2, Meaning my Spanish level is elementary. Is the tree all Duolingo offers or is there any continuation to it? Where can one go on learning online? I'm a bit disappointed.
In another thread under this one I spoke about a website that you can read children's books in spanish. Once you've done that, you can try yabla.com and watch spanish vids and learn from them. You will truly feel after doing either of those that you still have a long way to go in your spanish studies. Nothing beats immersion so go talk to natives. Good luck.
You can do immersion (under the immersion tab) and translate Spanish text into English. That gives you a lot of scope to deal with really complex material, if you're ready for it (but you can choose relatively easy material and work your way up). You can do a reverse tree - Spanish to English. I hear that that will give you a bit more vocabulary, as well as a larger proportion of exercises in which you translate from English to Spanish. As has already been mentioned you can add (or move on entirely to) other resources.
I briefly looked at the immersion articles, but, in order to get engaged, you must be interested in what you read, at least to some extent, the articles are mostly about celebrities and stuff I don't like. The reverse tree is what I hear around, but it would be so slow, I'd rather go faster. But anyway, thanks for the information, I appreciate it.
For what it's worth, Immersion has a lot of really varied content. It is not all sports, celebrities, and popular culture, even if it seems that way sometimes. You can use the check boxes on the right side of the page to select broad, general categories you are interested in.
Find stuff that you think you might be interested in translating, and upload those! Anything .gov or creative commons is okay to upload, and many educational sites have Spanish sides. For example, I googled "NASA español" and found their educational site in Spanish. Those were very popular in Immersion.
Google "Destinos" and you'll find a free video series. Many resources available offline -- people have been learning Spanish since before the internet. ;)
Thanks, as a matter of fact I have just started watching Destinos, seems to be good. Have you watched any episodes yet? Well for the offline resources you have to have access.
Felicitaciones! Now's the time to branch out and practice your reading, listening, and speaking. This recent discussion on "attacking the four sides of the castle" might be of interest to you, it has a bunch of suggestions. Similarly, here is a discussion on watching tv in Spanish and another on reading in Spanish. There are also sites you can use to find people to talk with via Skype or Google Hangouts. And of course, you could look for a meetup group to practice together!
I've been collecting pins to interesting resources on my Pinterest, and the Duolingo Spanish Wiki has a nice long list of resources. If nothing is particularly inspiring in the first paragraph, maybe something in these long lists would be?
When I finished my Spanish tree I decided to start the Italian course but I still practice a little each day.
Listen a lot of music in Spanish, learn the lyrics in Spanish and then translate them, is really motivating understanding music that you like. That's how I did with my English and currently with German and I can tell is really useful! Saludos.