https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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.

August 16, 2015

110 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick_Irish

Respect.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kimojima
August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis

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.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ASBusinessMagnet

Pfft. I have 841 days and only one tree (French) done at this rate.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis

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.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ASBusinessMagnet

In that case, sorry. I don't do reverse trees (except for English from Russian, since Russian is not available yet).

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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!

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ZuluHotelRomeo

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?

August 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi

Seriously, you are awesome!

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/julesmGGF

What an absolutely amazing achievement! I hope your journey with languages never ends!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

Thank you! Duo is adding more as we all know and I will be pursuing those as well.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lm6480

broooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Mamma mia! Sei bravissimo!!!! Non smettere d'essere bravo!!! Sei un mito!!! Sei un ispirazione! Ottimo lavoro!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/atlrl

How much do you think you know about each? Which ones you speak fluently?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

Very very cool man

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/atlrl

Interesting. English is your native language, right?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

Correct. English native and have never lived in another country. Only visited Europe.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otgadka

Stunning! Felicitations and good fortune to you!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ambercat123

What an amazing achievement - very inspiring!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ramadan

Amazing!!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tomi1999

¡Felicitaciones! Lograste algo increíble, impensable. Deberías hacer un video de YouTube hablando en los trece idiomas sobre duolingo, serviría de inspiración para muchos.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

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!

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

It may only seem like three, because not all of them are active. Most of them just keep their streaks alive.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hafu.glindia.59

Wow, that's amazing! Felicitations! :D

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

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?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

interpals.net

interpals.com took me to some sort of holiday accommodation website.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

Thank you. Have a lingot for my mistake. You're correct.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

WOW! Congrats! Sorry, I can't say anymore because my mouth keeps dropping just thinking of your amazing achievement!! :-)

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SofritoBandito

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?

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Congratulations. I have a question, for how long do you study every day?

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Congratulations, you are really hard working.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lewhan

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. :)

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

Thank you! Keep it up. You can do it, I know so.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dondanz

Wow! That is seriously impressive. Congratulations.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Zzzzz...

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wo-ow, unbelievable! (To quote Kate Bush.) :)

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gorjessjones

You are an incredible human being. Congratulations!

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

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.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/med-ben

Waw, i think that you have one of the longest steak

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

Thank you! I do not have the longest streak though, my friend JohnArnold has that as far as I know.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit

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.

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mephili

Wow, I have done only three trees.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

That's amazing! I, on the other hand, have yet to complete my first tree after one year.....

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SongbirdSandra

Good for you! Wow! :-)

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorHoughton

gratulojn / comhghairdeas / félicitations / Glückwünsche / felicitaciones

You'll have to fill the rest in yourself!

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

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. :)

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

Good luck if you do. You can definitely achieve anything you set your mind to.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/centime

You are the C-3PO of duolingo! You humble me.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ciddknee

Scrolling through this and seeing all you talented people. Ahh <3

August 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

This is so awesome, way to go, laneuffer! =]

August 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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!

August 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Out of curiosity: which language did you learn English from? German?

August 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

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!

August 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure

A remarkable achievement! I applaud you!

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/natashadusz

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.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

Danke! Best of luck to you in finding a job. I am certain that it is possible to do so.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/natashadusz

You're right, thank you very much!

August 17, 2015

[deactivated user]

    Congratulation laneuffer. I have done 5 languages so far and I have 128 streak.

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

    Your accomplishments are great too. Keep it up!

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Taurendil

    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.

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/krisnaputra

    You're so great and really inspiring! Congratulations!

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian

    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?

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

    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.

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/PinefrostLTU

    what about dutch? that is germanic

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian

    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.

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure

    There certainly is an error with the Dutch display levels. I'm on 25 but most of the time it reflects as 24. Reported it about a year ago but no response as yet.

    September 12, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/PinefrostLTU

    k

    August 20, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/NeonMoogle

    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.

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Taurendil

    Wow :O You're amazing! :)

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Shayymin

    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?

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

    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.

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Tunglskin

    Congratulations! I am just trying to get by learning Swedish... I don't know how you did this! Amazing!

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/PAndreww

    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!

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ictram

    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?

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

    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.

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ictram

    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. :)

    August 20, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/KevanSF

    gowowza

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Marshymilla101

    wwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!! WOW! how did you do that???

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/NoorAbuarafeh

    wow.. that is great!

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/RLaurier

    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?

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/RLaurier

    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.

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

    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.

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/KameadeVri

    Wow, I can't imagine how much work you've just done! What a pity I`ve discovered Duo so late!

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed

    Congratulations! I would love to this myself one day, but I'm not sure if I'll be as committed as you are!

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/NicholasOKane

    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

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/kittypow33

    WOW great job

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/winter.morning

    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.

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/oh-so-dizzy

    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!

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/dharma_bum

    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.

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

    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.

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Maddy295125

    That is serious dedication, very impressed, well done!

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/EllaMarisol

    Jaw drops You. Know. THIRTEEN. LANGUAGES?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!!??!?!?!!

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Der_Kommisar

    It's amazing to see this, because also I want to do all the trees. So congratulations for your achievement.

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jessy279637

    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.

    August 20, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/MenniPeikko

    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!

    August 21, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lily_Phoenix

    Bloody hell. I have trouble just getting my head around Norwegian >.>; Polyglots are truly amazing people.

    August 22, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Najeka

    Now for the reverse trees... ;)

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/laneuffer

    This is a goal of mine as well.

    August 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Najeka

    well good luck!

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/PhilipKleudgen

    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 :-)

    August 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/MikeLavic

    Found this great language learner online you guys should really check it out just started duolingo but already know a little italian this thing made me almost fluent it felt like http://skypelanguageconnect.weebly.com/

    August 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/JamesGriev2

    Well done. I've just started my first language!

    August 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

    Wow, congrats! That is some serious dedication!

    November 13, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/TarekAbdElaziz

    I would like to know do yiu now become able to speak thise languages effeiciently through duolingo

    April 8, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/BlessingSpring

    Do you have a next goal?

    May 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/YouMadBro101

    Hello my name is jeff

    August 17, 2015
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