German Tree: 100%

Back in 1998, I passed Goethe Institut Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung (ZMP) examination and thus completed my 4 year long study of the German language.

17 years later I found myself barely able to understand German, the main reason being the marginal use of the language in a daily context (the sole exceptions being the various trips to Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

Greek is my native tongue, my English language proficiency stands at the native speaker level and I have very good command of the Italian language.

I joined Duolingo with the explicit goal of learning the Catalan language but at the time it was not available as an option, so I picked up the Italian course albeit at a sparse involvement schedule.

After a year long hiatus, I found myself again at Duolingo, this time with the set purpose to refresh and then sharpen my German language command.

Two months later I've successfully completed the German tree and thus reaching the second milestone in my course, the first one being the advancement to level 25 on August 16th.

Through the use of Duolingo there has been a rejuvenation of my German language skill and I plan to get (and maintain) to the point I were 17 years ago.

I will go through the reverse tree and then advance to full immersion using many available resources.

A further goal is to tackle the Dutch language (thus bridging in a way the English and German ones) and then advance to Norse languages, starting with Danish. I hope that by that time the Catalan language will be available for study.

Thank you Duolingo!

August 29, 2015


Well done and good luck with future studies!

Using duo to rekindle an interest or regain fluency in a previously studied but since neglected language has to be the intent for many learners here. It gives new value to the time and effort you invested in a skill in the past, for relatively little new cost, and prior experience with learning or using a language in a different setting makes the duo experience of learning itself less one-dimensional. It would be interesting to hear more about how people approach and experience the two cases differently (totally new vs studied before). For me, the totally new ones are Portuguese, Turkish and Irish; I run through the previously studied trees faster, but try to keep the new ones more gold while going through them, and regularly give up and then go back later (switching between languages) like my brain needs a rest.

August 29, 2015

Your post is inspirational. Congratulations!

August 31, 2015

Great work and I wish you great success in your future courses.

August 31, 2015

Gut gemacht και συγχαρητηρια!

Ich bin auch schon fast fertig mit meinem Deutschen Baum.

Duolingo hat mir unglaublich geholfen. Vielen Dank Duolingo. Ich denke, ich liebe dich!

August 31, 2015

I guess for German there are 25 levels, so you must be half way, still some work to do for you! I'll give you a lingot!

September 2, 2015

Du bist toll! :) I just started a week ago, and duo is much better than the online course that my school provided

August 31, 2015

Congratulations for completing your German tree!

August 30, 2015

well done!

August 31, 2015


September 1, 2015

Congratulations, and well done!

September 1, 2015

New German Club:

Club Code: XCHG3S

Let's push eachother to master this Wonderful Language!

December 30, 2016

Ich kann zwar nahezu perfekt Deutsch, habe es mir unter einem anderen Account durch duolingo in 2 Jahren erarbeitet. Aber es war nur so schnell, weil ich einen Deutschen Freund kennen gelernt habe. Ich wünsche allen Teilnehmern viel Glück und Gelingen, mit Duolingo eine fremde Sprache zu lernen.

!Good Luck with learning German!

February 18, 2017
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