So, yeah, with my impending trip to Madrid this summer, I'm trying to learn Spanish. I've been using the DuoLingo free app which I love, but I'm having a hard time staying focused and keeping up with it. I've never had a Spanish class formally, so this is brand new learning for me. Thankfully, there is some crossover/similarity between French and Spanish. I think this has helped me thus far. At this point, I'm at 17% fluency according to DuoLingo, but I'd really like to strengthen my skills significantly before I travel in June.
Other than spending more time practicing, do any of you have specific suggestions for me to increase my retention and speed my learning? Do any of you have any suggestions about apps or sites to use? Is there a particular area you'd focus on in studying Spanish if you were me?
Thanks in advance all! Mucho gusto!