Moving too fast??
I love the app and have been using for about 3 weeks now, but I am wondering if I may be pushing forward a bit too fast... I am about 45% through the Spanish tree. Does this seem familiar to anyone? If my goal is to be truly fluent I wonder if it may be better to slow down and spend more time practicing previous lessons (conjugation, flashcards, etc.)?
You can either go through the tree quickly and then do a ton of review, or go through the tree slowly, reviewing as you go. Just do whatever keeps you interested and motivated.
Most people do find that some topics are easy, and they can move through them quickly, but other topics get confusing if you go too quickly and so folks take them more slowly and do more review while learning them.
If you want to really learn the language, you're going to do a ton of review, now or later or both :)
Thanks Lrtward! Good advice. I try to stop and practice when my strength bar slacks but not doing such a good job keeping up with conjugation. The few times I have taken the time to study this it has helped a lot.
I have been on for about 4 1/2 months and am 51% fluent. Honestly though, I would say I am only 25% fluent. Move at your own pace, but would recommending doing lots of refreshes.
I have been too sure about that fluency rating either... I think Im closer to 10% if I'm being nice to myself. Thanks King
I feel ya, I've been on this website for 7 days and I've been kind of zooming through three languages at once. However, whenever I'm not online, I'm trying to speak it to my friends or family, and trying to use whatever knowledge I've gained of the languages whenever I get the opportunity, and it seems to be working so far for me at this rate. So when you aren't actively studying, play some Spanish music in the background, watch Spanish TV or movies or listen to Spanish radio! It's so helpful to frequently surround yourself with the language.
Thanks whatsajocy.... Pandora is currently stuck on permanent Spanish play mode! Although I dont understand everything thats being said I pick up bits and pieces. I think the bigger advantage may be getting used to hearing Spanish spoken at that pace.
I think with a bit of time you'll find a balance that suits you. It partly depends on how much time you can dedicate to duolingo. Some people dedicate a lot of time, others much less. I have periods where I get really busy with others things and then I can only dedicate an hour or so a day. At other times I can dedicate a few hours a day at least.
But time is not the only factor. If you reflect a bit on yourself, over a period of time, you will probably notice that you have a cycle where your brain is receptive to a lot of new information. This cycle is followed by a different one where you feel like you cannot learn. During these cycles it may make more sense to review than to move forward.
Also, duolingo by itself is probably not going to make you fluent. It will give you a good foundation to build on. But I'd try other things as well, like an SRS (memrise, anki, etc). You might also want to try the Spanish course on languagetransfer.org just to see if it works for you. Not to mention the all important shift from seeing Spanish as a goal to seeing it as a tool. Learn C++, raytracing, cooking, driving, math, physics, history or whatever you are interested in in Spanish. Youtube is one place where you can find a lot of videos. Or, if you like movies, get dubbed versions (ideally without subtitles as these tend to distract your attention) of your favorite movies.
This is great advice Lorenzo! I appreciate the help. I try to spend an hour a day but I need to commit more.
I think you are right... some day(s) are better than others. I just keep pushing forward and try to complete the lesson. I can always come back laterr.
I completely agree. Duolingo is a great tool... very well packaged. But i think it will just solidify the foundation. I just started taking Spanish at a language school so hopefully they will work well together. I like the idea of eventually seeing Spanish as a tool. I'll definitely try some of your ideas out. My goal is to get as close to fluency as possible by next year... meaning that my comfort level with Spanish closely mirrors my comfort level with English. May be a lofty goal, but I guess its one of those shoot for the moon kind of things. Thanks again!
Lofty goal? Maybe. But a goal nonetheless. With time your goals become more concrete, or at least that is my experience. Hold on to the goal for now. It may or may not change over time, but if it does, don't take that as a loss. Take it as what it is, as your knowledge increases, your ability to set concrete goals also increases.
I wish I had taken a little more time going through the second half of the Spanish tree. I plan to spend more time on that later. As you progress down, you will get more skills to refresh that need regilding so that may slow you down some if you choose to keep all previous lessons gold.
I would like my tree to be completely gold when I finish so I have been trying to strengthen (if needed) before starting a new lesson. We will see how it goes.