Finished my Spanish tree! and here are my conclusions
I finished my Spanish tree today! It took me about two months, and it was difficult, so I'm really proud of myself.
I absolutely LOVE Duolingo. It is a graet platform to learn. I have tried many times to learn another language, and only here I made a real progress. Something kept me here, and I entered almost every day, maintaining a 50 day streak. Maybe it's the game-like system, maybe the challang, maybe this forum. Probably all of them together.
However, as much as I found Duolingo amazing at purchasing vocabulary, it lacks a lot of explanations. At some point about 2/3 way down the tree I realized I know a lot of words, but I don't feel like I UNDERSTAND the language. I started listening to the Michel Thomas audio books. I had a previous experience with them, but I had found them a little hard to follow... But this time they were exactly what I needed. Since I had already had a bit of vocabulary, I didn't need to work hard to remember new words, and I just listened to the great explanations, which really helped me with the rest of my tree as well. I really recommend it for those of you who haven't tried it.
So what's next? I plan on keeping my tree golden of course; some skills really need a review. I will try to do some Immersion, see if I like it. Finish the Michel Thomas audio books. Start watching a TV show in Spanish (Gran Hotel or La Voz Kids or both). And maybe try some of the courses on Memrise :) I still have a lot to learn.
Thank you everyone! This forum is great and I love it :)
¡¡Congrats my friend :)!! - ¡¡Felicitaciones amigo :)!! I am a Spanish native speaker, and I'm very orgulloso of that a Northamerican more has been completed The Tree of our dear Language, The Spanish :). Excuse my so bad English. - Soy un Hablante Nativo de Español, y estoy muy orgulloso de que un Norteamericano más, haya completado el Árbol de Nuestro querido Idiomas, El Español :). Perdona mi tan mal Inglés. Saludos - Regards, Mr.Multilingual.
Thank you very much!! Spanish is indeed an amazing language. And I'm not a Northamerican, but I'm really glad you thought I was a native English speaker :) Thank you.
cuidado con tu " Norteamericano " Mexico y Québec son en america del norte también ;)
Hearty Congratulations. Thanks for information on Michel Thomas audio books. Will check it out. Another great option is Fluencia by Spanishdict. All the best.
Congrats! You might be interested in Language Transfer's course Complete Spanish. It's free and has greatly improved my speaking through the analytical thought process it helps you develop. You start and stop the lessons to take time to form your answers and hear the recorded student's response. Enjoy your studies.
No. I know what Ladino is, but only a few people speak it, and I don't know any of them.
¡Congratulations! I'm happy for you, I hope you keep enjoying spanish language, if you want you can practice with me :D I'm always able to practice my english. (Spanish it's my native language)
A song in Spanish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5JLCAIJLJ8 Spanish lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/guantanamera-lyrics-jose-feliciano.html
Is there an Hispanic church (or any other type of gathering place) anywhere near where you live? If so, give it a visit. You will be able to hear the language being spoken by native speakers, but you will also meet native speakers with whom you can develop a friendship.
Sadly I believe there's not amy Hispanic Church here. where i live we don't have a lot of native spanish speakers anyway.