https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius

Not A One Year Streak Post

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I discovered Duolingo on a sunny August day (just like this one) two years ago and I've been using it as a motivator to consistently work on German for... what my streak is again? Since mid-November, it seems.

I must say, it's a good tool, a kind of fun and addictive game that makes it so easy to begin your language-learning journey, but it will only get you so far. And I think it's time to say goodbye to daily visits here.

I've been doing (and still doing) other things in German, of course: writing a daily journal, reading newspapers and books (Harry Potter is a great choice to start!), trying to watch some documentaries. And all of that seems to be so much more useful and enjoyable than translating lots of sentences without context.

I see a lot of people here with dozens of languages, but I don't think I want to focus on anything else before I get really comfortable with my German (and it's not going to happen soon).

It's funny that I was going for a year streak, but it won't happen not because I forgot to do the daily practice. There's just a point when you must take off the training wheels. Don't be afraid to do so: when moving forward, you'll always leave something behind.

I just wanted to say goodbye. Viel Erfolg everyone.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff
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Good bye and good luck on your journey!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius
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Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louis.vang
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Duolingo is a good program for a first contact with a language and translate a given language in your own language. Also you can recall a language that you had learned before.But for becoming fluent in a language, Duolingo cannot help you, because there are not enough words and speaking, listening is not enough trained. Most of the time i recall me knowledge of English, German, French with Duolingo.

I wish you success with your study of German.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius
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Yep, Duo is good as a refresher and a practice so that you don't start forgetting how the language even looks, haha. I'm going to return here from time to time, but not that often.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist
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Inspiring post :)

I recently finished my tree (yes I know, my level is high, I was a bit review-obsessed), and I'm planning on following through Bunny's weekly challenge which will bring me to level 25, and then I'll probably start quitting Duolingo. As you said, it's not meant to bring learners past an intermediate level.

By the way, I applaud you for dedicating yourself to focusing and practicing one language. Also, if you haven't already, check out Deutsche Welle, they have tonnes of German-learning resources from A1 to C. http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/s-2469

Goodbye! Viel Gl├╝ck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius
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I do like Deutsche Welle, it's incredibly useful :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius
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Also these reminders are silly. "30+" days, lol.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/winter.morning
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Goodbye and good luck with German!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius
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Thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich
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I love your philosophy, Norrius! Good luck in your future learning ventures!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doug.dalzi
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I too am a Harry Potter fan. I like listening to the audio book while reading. Deutsche Welle as has been mentioned and is a great source. German radio and other news sources like N-TV. On the phone it's easy to quickly paste a paragraph into the google translate.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius
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I was thinking about trying the audiobooks, too. How do you typically go about it? I imagine one could listen to a paragraph without looking and then reading it or reading while listening.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doug.dalzi
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Typically, I read several paragraphs translating the words I don't know. I translate them IN CONTEXT because meanings often change depending on the sentence. I highlight the words for further review. On my second/third pass through the text, which is perhaps several pages, I listen to the audio while reading the text.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louis.vang
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A very good website for learning more German after finishing your tree:

http://www.schubert-verlag.de/aufgaben/uebungen_a1/a1_kap5_partizip_zwei2.htm

I didn't find it by myself, but I found it in another diskussion.

I have used it and found it very helpfull.

But at the moment i use the Duolingo German > French course because i learn two languages at one time (my native language is Dutch).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius
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Online excerises for Begegnungen? Woah, thanks.

3 years ago

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