I reached level 25 in German. I started almost two years ago, and completed the tree in six months. About seven months after that I got the entire tree gold, and have kept it pretty much gold since then. My wife and my two boys celebrated with (very-Americanized) apple strudel from the grocery store.
What is next? I might try to finish the reverse tree. That would be a good exercise. I would enjoy taking a college German course, but have neither the time nor the money. I still have plenty to learn from the regular tree, so I'll probably continue working on that. I am far from fluent in German, but motivated to keep on practicing.
You call also work on you newer languages from German. I'm doing that with Spanish. Spanish-German, Spanish-French, Spanish-Portuguese, Spanish-Italian. It really does help and you get rid of thinking in English.
You have studies 642 days, nearly two years.
I try to finish my German tree in next three months.
Congrats! The reverse tree will prove very beneficial as it adds a new perspective with German as source (& instruction) language, and perhaps you might add a few minutes per day / week listening to German TV / radio broadcasts on the net as the next step towards fluency. I've always found that to be a very useful resource, however challenging it may be in the beginning, it pays off well.
Congratulations! Immersion is my own preference for engaging further in the language, but not everyone likes it. I really think you are ready to try a book!
Well done! Congrats on level 25. Did you do it all on the tree? Or did you use immersion too? I would like to know if it is possible without immersion. I just reached level 21 but 25 still seems so far away. I finished the tree about a year ago but still have lots to learn from it.
It's totally doable, I've reached three levels 25 without immersion and am currently at level 20 of the fourth tree. :)
Energy and persistence conquer all things. (B. Franklin)
Petja, your language levels are goalsss. I'm drooling looking at them. Well done for having 5 (nearly 6) languages at level 25!
I have done a very little immersion. I would say the points were 99.9% from the tree.
congratulations. I have finished my german tree but still have a very long way to go for 25. You deserve accolades for your determination.
If you want to try something a little different in addition to duolingo, you could take a look at memrise if you haven't already. Lots of german courses (vocabulary for example) with a wide range of content, some are fun.
Memrise is good for memorising stuff, as its name itself suggests, but it lacks the cross check feature like duo lingo which checks you on grammar from various angles. I guess once one has mastered the basics, it would be a good idea to use memrise to expand your vocabulary.
I tried Memrise for a few weeks. Somehow I acquired a different account on my computer than on my phone, and I got mad because the points, levels, etc. were not transferring. So now I'm shamed into settling down and figuring out how to reconcile the two accounts.
Congratulations!!! I had a pretty good backround in German, and I love doing the lessons. I encourage you to keep on doing the reverse tree. I find very helpful the comments of the native German speakers discussing the lessons with each other in their own language. Ich wunche dir und deine Familie alles Gute!
I have Duolingo on my computer and my phone. There have been a couple of times that I've had to work to get a short session (10 points) in before midnight, but usually it's not too hard.
Start reading German literature, if possible with audio. Simpler stuff at first geared for young adults, and then regular books. It is the only way to become fluent.
I would not bother with a college course. My experience is that completing the DuoLingo tree, with reinforcment, will easily take you through the first two years (or more) of German in most college courses.