German Tree Finally Completed!
After 13 months, I finally completed the tree!It probably would have taken less time,but I took a break and deleted my old account so it held me back, but now i've finished!I would like to thank the duolingo german tree contributors ,and now I want to wait for the russian course.If you're wondering whether Duo can make you fluent (or at least close to fluent) I would say that it has gotten me to around a B1 level. If you really want to be fluent, I suggest you try other resources alongside duo and immerse yourself in the language. I recommend the site language.ws , which includes lots of FREE language books and courses in a whole bunch of languages.
Would you guys please stop posting your finished trees? I'm trying to do things properly, studying everyday, taking notes, check... I'm level 16 halfway through the tree.<h1>And all these posts make me want to rush and finish the tree tonight!</h1>
I must resist, I still can't remember what dennoch means!
Haha same here , those adverbs..will take some time until we get used to them :)
Yeah, every now and then, when you think you've finally climbed the mountain and put the flag on it, when you've been able to master even that hardest of the hardest grammar argument... one harder argument comes out. These Germans...
I used to get stressed out by all the "I've finished my tree in 30 seconds" threads. For the same reason, I wanted to go over and over lessons until I actually knew them, but yet felt like I should be finishing the tree like everyone else. Now I just ignore them and don't read them. Learn your way x
It took me roughly 18 months or so to complete the French tree. No big deal ;-)
Yeah no shame in taking your time. I'm not even half way through the German tree but I'm the same level as OP. However I did recently start making an effort do at least one new lesson a day, otherwise I'll never personally make progress.
Not stressing, I want to learn according to my will and my needs, but it's tempting for sure :)
I am now over half, probably two thirds, and I am also at a higher level than lots of people who are finished. For me, as I don't have any background, I need to take this long to have value from it. Hopefully be able to speak French one day, but obviously not from Duo only. Hang in there. Us slower people will get there too!
Just curious: how close are you to being able to read German Bücher oder Zeitungen? Already there, there with a dictionary and some patience, not there at all?
I'm not the OP, but I'm quite close to being done with my tree so hope it's ok if I comment on this :)
I'd say if you depended on only work in duolingo then even after completing the tree reading books and magazines would be quite difficult. Getting used to a broader range of ways in which things are expressed is just something you have to work at getting used to, and sentence structures in duolingo are relatively simple in my experience.
I would agree if you stick only to Duo. lessons, but if you go into immersion you can develop the ability to read more fluently (albeit not write or speak).
I've also seen a lot of postings suggesting to watching movies with subtitles, then removing them when it seems more natural. The best way to learn a language is being immersed into it. But not everyone can afford moving to a new country of course.
Whenever I read books or newspapers in german, I can pretty much get a basic understanding of what it's about, but I don't understand it word for word.But it isn't just from duo, it's also from other sources like language books and courses, movies, TV shows, and youtube videos.
I'm 4 lessons away from completing it. It's been around 11 months since I started. My daily routine consists of doing 2 referesher topics in Portuguese (that took me 9 months) and a combination of either refresher lessons or new lessons in German (totaling 50 points). I try to maintain a 70 point average per day.
I always find it difficult to learn two languages at the same time. even two very different ones like german and Portuguese. congrats for your work
something i did to help me was just talk to myself in and write journal entries in german, and just tried to use as much of my vocab that i knew