university Spanish courses after Duolingo
Who has taken intermediate Spanish courses at a university after completing Duolingo? Did it make the course too easy? I think it yields a definite advantage, so I would like to hear your experience with college courses in conjunction with Duolingo.
My own experience:
I took Intro to Spanish this past year, which was two parts (Spanish 1 in the first semester & Spanish 2 in the second). Next is Intermediate Spanish, which is also two parts (SPAN3 & SPAN4). By the time I finished the intro courses, I was only about 1/3 of the way through the Spanish tree, so I don't think it helped too much at that point. In the past two months, I've been working really hard on it and am now almost finished with the tree. I've learned a lot from it. So I am contemplating taking the intermediate Spanish courses next year.
The funny thing is that I don't even need the courses for my degree, but the instructor is one of the best I've ever had.
Duolingo will definitely give you a leg up, but classes won't be a breeze for you either. I tested out of beginning spanish I and II (from high school knowledge) and just took Intermed. spanish I and II this last academic year and spent some time on duolingo during the classes as well as doing some translating on here and other reading in spanish. Duolingo really only touches briefly on verb conjugations other than present and some past preterite, so classes will get you much more confident with those and the limited familiarity from duolingo will be a good starting point for you. I definitely encourage you to take the classes and keep pursuing the language. Feel free to message me and practice spanish, I'm always looking for people to chat with. Buena suerte!
Thanks for the reply! IMy fiancé's native language is Spanish, so I have the perfect person to practice with. We have tried to practice., but I just didn't have enough vocabulary to put together sentences. I think I'm almost to the point of being able to do it, though. I'm going to try again after completing the tree. I am finding that I can understand Spanish when listening to people speaking, but actually speaking the language is the biggest challenge. With all that said, I may still take you up on chat practice. I find it much easier to understand Spanish from people whose first language is English.
yeah, it just takes a lot of time and practice for speaking and listening. I listened to a lot of Spanish public radio even just as background noise even when not trying to interpret it to get accustomed to hearing and understanding it. There are plenty of other resources online to learn vocabulary also! I can have basic conversations and get ideas across but still a ways from being fluent.
I hope that you do take the second year of Spanish since you are enjoying it. Although I've only taken one semester of university Spanish, I did complete two years of University French (many years ago). My recollection is that the first year covered mostly grammar and vocabulary, and that there was more emphasis on developing ease in speaking and reading in the second year, as well as increasing vocabulary. You could try to test out of some of the course and start at a higher level, but why rush it if you are having fun.