All 13 trees complete. Thank you all.
As per the title, I have just finished Norwegian, which was the last tree I had yet to complete. 783 days in a row and I had joined this website to just learn more German. Never looked back and now am looking forward to Russian and Hungarian. Thanks to the Duo team and all the contributors for making my achievement possible.
Edit: Due to the overwhelming support I have received for this, I have been giving people lingots for their comments rather than individually thanking you all. I am most certainly thankful, but it would take a while to put this on every post, so I hope that a lingot will do. I have plenty, and am more than happy to give some away.
Oh boy, at 865 days, I'm done only 4 trees. I feel like I'm moving slowly now, heh.
One tree every ~200 days. I'm about half done three Spanish trees though, so that should bring up my average.
Pfft. I have 841 days and only one tree (French) done at this rate.
Hehe, well, I'm done two (Portuguese, French), and two reverse trees (English from French and English from Portuguese), so it's only from two languages.
In that case, sorry. I don't do reverse trees (except for English from Russian, since Russian is not available yet).
Thank you for your thorough comment and questions. As you say my achievement is replicable and I know if I can do it, others can also. I feel very close to the human-language-synthesis mode actually. I noticed this a lot when I started Norwegian after finishing Swedish and Danish. You've definitely motivated me to write more about my experiences going through them all. The new Duolingo features to add your progress to LinkedIn is a very cool addition. This did not exist when i got my job, but I did give them my URL and they looked over my profile and deemed I would be a great fit for the job based on it. I only hope that more people will pursue jobs and use duolingo as a resource. The LinkedIn features help the credibility a lot in my opinion. I hope to transition to being a translator / archivist for another institution once my time at the university is up. We will see, and I will definitely keep everyone posted. Good luck to you as well!
Congratulations,truly an amazing accomplishment. I have a question,if you don't mind me asking,how many of those languages are you fluent in? and do you mix them up often?
What an absolutely amazing achievement! I hope your journey with languages never ends!
Thank you! Duo is adding more as we all know and I will be pursuing those as well.
Mamma mia! Sei bravissimo!!!! Non smettere d'essere bravo!!! Sei un mito!!! Sei un ispirazione! Ottimo lavoro!
I am finishing a degree in German at university (senior) so I definitely know the most there. I also work for the university as an archivist, a job that duolingo essentially helped me get, translating documents from French, Spanish, Arabic and Italian the most. Those would be my 2-5. As for the rest, I can pick up some books and understand them OK depending on the level, and could probably make my way around in the said country if I visited, but I would not consider myself anywhere fluent in any but the mentioned above.
Correct. English native and have never lived in another country. Only visited Europe.
¡Felicitaciones! Lograste algo increíble, impensable. Deberías hacer un video de YouTube hablando en los trece idiomas sobre duolingo, serviría de inspiración para muchos.
Gratulerer! Congratulations on finishing your Norwegian tree. How do manage to keep all the trees gold? or do you just leave it colorful. As far as I know there are only about ten people who have achieved this feat. You are one of the elite Duo-Polyglots!
Thank you! I attempted to keep them golden at one time, but found this to become greatly overwhelming when school is in session. Nowadays usually French and German are gold almost always, and the others colorful. I was not aware that there were that many! I know of three. I definitely hope that more will achieve this feat.
It may only seem like three, because not all of them are active. Most of them just keep their streaks alive.
Congratulations. May I ask which you found most and least challenging get a grasp of? Also, did you use other books/resources/practice with natives or just Duolingo?
Thank you. The most challenging was easily Ukrainian. Even being acquainted with Arabic, Ukrainian was a challenge for me. The least challenging outside of German was Esperanto. Very similar to French/Italian/Spanish and I picked it up very quickly. I did use some books, and random resources that I picked up online. I paired a lot of vocab learning with Memrise and still use it to review vocab daily. I had a little native practice with some people from France last semester, and have had Skype conversations with people from Luxembourg, as well as Ukraine. The Ukrainian girl actually helped my Ukrianian a lot. I recommended the site interpals.com for finding natives that will Skype. Not many shady people there, and many just sincerely want to learn English/teach their language.
WOW! Congrats! Sorry, I can't say anymore because my mouth keeps dropping just thinking of your amazing achievement!! :-)
Wow, that's amazing. Any tips or insights for others who would like to speak multiple languages but are just starting their first? Did you bridge from one language to another, or did you alternate between language families so you don't mix them up?
Which languages do you dream in?
Dreaming - almost always German. I guess because I use it the most often. I did alternate some between the families in order not to confuse them. I suggest this when learning more and more. Doing Ukrainian and then Norwegian was a good choice, simply because of the huge difference. I think that I would have much more easily confused the languages if I would have done very similar ones back to back.
It varies a lot. During the school semesters it is maybe one hour or two a day. During the summer it can be as low as two and as high as 8 or 10 hours if I'm really into reviewing / strengthening skills.
Wow, what an incredible feat! Congratulations. You've really motivated me to continue pushing through my trees as well. With a little determination, anything is possible. :)
Wow that is so cool! Congratulations. I dream that one day I will complete all of the trees but I think that day is not anytime soon.
Thank you! I do not have the longest streak though, my friend JohnArnold has that as far as I know.
Congratulations! As far as I know you are only the third person to do this. But there may be more out there! Duonks was first.
That's amazing! I, on the other hand, have yet to complete my first tree after one year.....
gratulojn / comhghairdeas / félicitations / Glückwünsche / felicitaciones
You'll have to fill the rest in yourself!
Amazing! Here I am going through the Italian tree for a second time and waiting for Hungarian before starting another language. Maybe I should consider starting another language now. :)
Good luck if you do. You can definitely achieve anything you set your mind to.
Thank you, Vivisaurus. It is with your work on the site that has helped me do this. Best of luck to you on your continued language learning and support on Duolingo!
Yes! That is my English flag. I did a lot of the reverse tree just to see how it was. This is a very random and probably ridiculous question, but is there any way I could get a shirt from the duo store for this? I'd love to visit Duo HQ sometime, too. I feel this site has so much potential for future language education!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch! I also joined to learn German. Tkank you for sharing your story, it's such an inspiration :) I was happy to read that Duo helped you with getting the job. This is one of many reasons why I'm here.
Danke! Best of luck to you in finding a job. I am certain that it is possible to do so.
Congratulation laneuffer. I have done 5 languages so far and I have 128 streak.
I had to give you a lingot somewhere.. Don't give it back :D I already gave one and you should keep it, you deserve that.
I have completed all the Romance and Germanic languages, plus Esperanto, but I tend to struggle with Irish, Turkish and Ukrainian (mainly because of the grammar). What's your secret for those?
No secrets, just harder study. Those three were the most challenging above the rest. I use the desktop program called Anki to store vocab / notes from duolingo. That helped me through those. That and constant review. I would say the three you mention took the longest out of all of them and I did not go through them nearly as quickly. Persistence is key. If you can get as far as you have I am certain you can finish the last few.
Something's wrong with the way Duolingo is displaying Dutch levels in discussions. I'm actually at level 12, and it's one of my best languages.
What.. just... HOW???
The only thing I can say is job well done.
Hopefully I will be able to finish my German tree soon, and perhaps another tree someday in the not-really-soon future.
What languages on Duolingo would you recommend learning the most? I want to try to become fluent in French, German, and Russian, I've already started with French on this website, but would you recommend any others?
That all depends on your goals and what you plan to do with the languages. For the most practical, here in the USA, I would recommend Spanish, French and possibly German. If you're going to live in say somewhere like the Ukraine then Ukrainian of course. Decide your goals, and go from there.
Congratulations! I am just trying to get by learning Swedish... I don't know how you did this! Amazing!
OH. MY. GOSH. THATS AMAZING I can't believe someone would have the dedication to do all this! :O :D Congratulations!!! Lingot to you.... You have a new follower!
Wow, first of all respect man!
So now I wonder, why did you decide to learn all those languages? Was it for employability, or simply because you like languages?
Well, I originally saw the archivist job open up at the university here and they said a knowledge of several languages preferred. I did not really know what several meant, so I simply pursued the first five here. Those came quite easy, and I enjoyed it, so I thought can I finish all of them? What would that be like? And here I am.
You know you maybe could have clarified that instead of learning all of them? :p Still, it's an impressive feat! Which languages have been most useful for you so far? And which one did you like learning the most?
Also, have you already had a situation in which you could actually use one of them in practice? Like meeting a Swede on the street and being able to talk in his own language with him?
Sorry if I ask a lot of questions, I'm just curious. :)
wwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!! WOW! how did you do that???
Congratulations. I can't even imagine doing all 13 trees, because when I study one language another one suffers. I was wondering if you experienced that during your Duolingo studies.
BTW, just out of curiosity - how many lingots do you actually have after completing 13 trees? Also, which foreign language is your strongest?
Sorry, disregard my last question, I just saw a post of yours which answers it. No idea how I missed it the first time around.
Thank you. You're just fine no worries. With all the comments I know it's hard to keep up with. I had 4551 lingots before giving some away here. I bought all the bonus skills, costumes, some progress quizzes, and some heart refills when that was a thing with them. I imagine I've earned at least 6,000 total. I am sitting at 4538 as I type this.
Wow, I can't imagine how much work you've just done! What a pity I`ve discovered Duo so late!
Congratulations! I would love to this myself one day, but I'm not sure if I'll be as committed as you are!
wwwwwwwooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww. Amazing. Hardly believe it. Hopefully Duolingo will soon produce more trees for you to complete. You can also try non english language to non english language courses, like French for Spanish speakers to keep your language skills up
Congratulations! It's amazing you've completed all those trees. Certainly you are a source of motivation for others. If it isn't a bother I would love to know what level you are in those languages and if you do something else besides Duolingo.
Wow, congrats to you!! &Good luck when you begin Russian as well! I was worried that trying to finish up German and start Russian at the same time would be hard, but I'm feeling much more confident now :) Once again, congrats!
First of all congrats. Second of all, do you have any tricks for keeping the languages apart (not confusing them) as you learn? I have had a fear of languages since university Spanish and high school French but have recently taken the big step of starting. Now I am thinking of adding a new language to my Turkish tree but am kind of afraid.
I have found the best way to keep them apart is simply constant review. After awhile French and Spanish just became their own. At first, I would get them mixed up from time to time, but now it's second nature. With persistent practice you will have them straight in no time. Good luck to you. I know you can do it.
It's amazing to see this, because also I want to do all the trees. So congratulations for your achievement.
WOW!!! I just started and am having a ton of fun learning spanish. 13 is amazing! I hope to learn at least 3. I never knew it was this fun and that there was a community.
Wow! Your achievement is truly encouraging and inspiring. I was afraid to start another tree so soon after finishing my first. Now I want to start two right away. Thank you and congratulations!
Bloody hell. I have trouble just getting my head around Norwegian >.>; Polyglots are truly amazing people.
That's really inspiring! Thanks for giving me another push to go forward and learn another language. Currently I chose swedish because it's such a fascinating country (hope to spend some time there maybe next year) but afterwards I'm sure I will learn some more :-)
I would like to know do yiu now become able to speak thise languages effeiciently through duolingo