It has been 147 days since I began using the free language learning website Duolingo (see initial post here) and I am happy to report that I have finished the Spanish skill tree! Woohoo!
I rushed through the last dozen or so courses, so I will have to spend the next several weeks reviewing them and solidifying those skills. If I had to describe my fluency level, I would peg it at the same level as Frugal Boy’s 2 year old English proficiency. I can understand what he wants on a very simplistic level and sometimes he even strings together a simple sentence but it is no where near conversational level. That’s me with Spanish, a notch above grunting and pointing.
From here I have several options for learning. Firstly, I plan on reviewing and strengthening what I have already learned in Duolingo by redoing past lessons. Secondly, I could do the learn English as a Spanish speaker skill tree within Duolingo. I have heard that is quite the challenge doing it in reverse. Finally, there is another free language learning website/app that we can access through our library accounts called Mango. Chances are good that your local library also grants you access to it as well.