https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Level 25!

I finally made it to level 25 in German!

August 16, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petja.
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Gratuliere! Are you also planning to do the reverse tree? :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Danke! No I'm not actually, I think I'm pretty satisfied with what Duolingo has brought me so I'm just doing a bit of reviewing but I'll be quitting soon.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Liebert_

congratulations! German is a gorgeous language. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OneAndOnlyJosh

Gorgeous? Perhaps, but still a challenge. =)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slatour

Nice job! How long did it take you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Thanks! 7-8 active months. 10-11 total but I was inactive for about three months. This is all lessons and review, as I've never really gotten into Immersion.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fiddlerkrt

Congratulations! I'm finding German very difficult and I'm only about 50% or so done with the tree despite being level 15 already. Did you exclusively rely on the lessons or did you use outside sources to aid you master some of the more difficult concepts?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Thanks!

Seeing your level, I'd assume you already do plenty of review on top of the lessons, which is very good. While I was doing the German tree, the main things I did outside Duolingo were Deutsche Welle (http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/s-2469) and Memrise (https://www.memrise.com/). Memrise was to memorize the Duolingo vocabulary and Deutsche Welle simply has very good podcasts that let me get used to the spoken language.

A lot of things in German can be very confusing at first, it took me a long time to get a hang of this "hiermit", "dazu" concept. To help you, you can check out Deutsch Für Euch (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDl7JofqmDnHxxS7NjiGgEapMeTQyPK5R) and pick out the grammar episodes, which make grammar a bit more understandable and fun. If you need to review a type of grammar, see here: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~german/Grammatik/Grammatik.html

Otherwise, if you're trying to get used to these difficult concepts like declension, word order, etc. a great way to do it is through reading. You can start by searching online for some reading material, if you need basic things you can always start with children's stories (maybe this?: http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/?location_id=922). On Deutsche Welle (in the B1) section, there is slowly spoken news with simpler language that you could make use of, but keep in mind that the level here is pretty high. Also, as far as I'm aware, the Deutsche Welle podcasts all come with a written script that you can read along with and gather knowledge more directly. If you're having trouble with adjective declension, just look the charts up, it clarifies so much.

This post turned out far longer than intended... Oops!

Viel Erfolg!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

Hey, I would recommend to try "Michel Thomas": http://www.michelthomas.com/learn-german.php It's the most efficient way by faaaaaaaaaaar to get going in any language, including German. It's like a virtual class; you'll master most of the grammar without any memorization and pain at all.

Another source of learning that I'd definitely recommend is "Assimil German with Ease"; it's also a good resource. It contains 100 conversation with practices and answers, as well as grammar explanation. This method, like Michel Thomas doesn't require any memorization, only the power of immersion. :-)

Best,


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PonyDesu

Gut gemacht! Wie viel Zeit hast du gebraucht, um das Niveau 25 zu erreichen?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Danke! 7-8 aktive Monate ungefähr.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RikSha

Großartig! Sehr schön! Super! Wunderbar! Sehr gut! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Danke! Dankeschön! Vielen Dank! Tausend Dank! :)


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