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Difficult Section of the Tree

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Hello! As always, I hope this is constructive criticism. (:

I've just gotten through what was a particularly difficult section on the Spanish tree for me. I was introduced to a past tense section, then another present section accompanied by a section on infinitives, which was finally followed by a section on one of the future tenses. Each section was approximately 10 lessons long. Personally, I found it exhausting to learn four sections of verbs (3 of which that were completely new to me) in a row, without having any other lessons in between. Now, it feels like a big jump to go from previously seeing sentences exclusively in present tense to now having to recognize sentences that could be in one of four possible tenses.

I think it would have been nice to have had these tenses spread out a bit more so that I had time to practice each new one in other lessons before having to learn another verb tense right away.

Has anyone else found this section of the tree particularly difficult?

Side note: The section on the past tense was particularly hard because it offered no explanation of the grammar or conjugation at the start (like the future section did). The "tips and notes" are always beneficial to me, and I think it would be great if the past section had one added to it.

Thank you!

4 years ago

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/VStarTraveler
VStarTraveler
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Mike, I'm in the middle of that right now, too, and am finding it the hardest going yet, too. I'm going very slow, repeating lessons, and using studyspanish.com for explanations and reinforcing, in addition to reviewing older lessons. I think you have a very good suggestion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.91

I have found so far that taking it very slow and refreshing what I know daily has helped me move along. I'm in no rush to finish, it's amazing how much better you will remember words if you just keep repeating the same lessons, yes it can be slow and boring sometimes but when it gets to the point where it's too easy then you know you have remembered the words well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WendyHazelM

So glad I am not the only one, I was on the verge of giving up altogether.Maybe there is still hope.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mike.mcg
mike.mcg
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Keep going! I looked and there are 6 sections before the next section on verbs, so there is a lot of time to practice the 3 new tenses...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

I am in this very section now too, and I share your sentiment. I have come to the realization i will never be fluent in spanish, my 43 y/o brain (memory) can't do it anymore, at least not with my current lifestyle. i dont think I can remember 15 new conjugations per verb. I know present, and I'll try to remember past. That plus gerund formula, i should be able to sound partially like I know what I am talking about.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WendyHazelM

Hello C,R, I have a few years on you so I wont pbobably wont sound remotely like I know what I am talking about, I cant expect to keep up with youngsters, they have more brain cells but I AM struggling

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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Congratulations on scaling the Duolingo Spanish wall. It's been around for months.

4 years ago