On Day 400: completed my German tree!
I've been putting it off for a while, because I'm not sure what to do now. But I have completed my first ever Duo tree (German)!
Next I'll gild it, and then I suppose I'll try the German-to-English tree, as I've heard some others do that next... any other suggestions? Just Immersion?
Congratulations!! The reverse tree and immersion are nice, but I like also Memrise official A1 and A2 and Deutsch Warum Nicht (DW). Try to listen to music in German to get the accent.
Good advice, dude! Deutsch Warum Nicht is a very nice course. There's another course that is also very good and completely free: http://deutschkurse.dw.com/KursPlattform/WebObjects/KursPlattform.woa/wa/UAAuthDA/auth?par=G5n9lnSPUIqm93qsNXWNH45V0
I'll echo the person who mentioned the 'Deutsch Warum Nicht' course which is very good. You may also find the 'Easy German' channel on YouTube useful - in terms of exposing yourself to a large volume of spoken German (all subtitled verbatim, with English subtitles in smaller text underneath), it's one of the best things around.
Die Welt heute ist eine unglaubliche Welt. Man kann eine neue Sprache kostenlos lernen mit nur dem Internet :) (Vergeben Sie mich für all die Fehler, die ich gemacht habe)
Thanks 'Twoquiche' for the 'Easy German' suggestion. I looked it up on Youtube and can use it with the English subtitles for now (if I pause it a lot!) but they also have other languages and the 'Easy French' is great for me. Best of all the French subtitles are just what they say, unlike when I try to watch French movies with French subtitles and they are sometimes two different things. That 'Easy Languages' seems like a great channel so I'm sure I'll get a lot of use from it!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch! And yes, immersion and inverse tree are both very helpful, but I'd recommend first and foremost practice, practice, Praxis. Speak with a tandem partner, read books or news articles, listen to radio broadcasts and audiobooks, watch movies – and perhaps pen a letter or two or a blog in your newly acquired tongue. Viel Spaß!
Congratulations! Ausgezeichnet! The reverse tree sounds like a good choice with some of the other suggestions. Have you considered reading parallel translations, English and German side by side? Some public libraries carry various books. Have you considered an English to Dutch tree? Dutch is somewhat linguistically between English and German. Your 400-day streak is awesome! :)
I think once I complete my tree I'll switch my phone and computer to German. Then I'll be forced to use German for normal every day tasks.
Great idea! I also did that with the Facebook language for a while, since their translations are usually very grammatically-exact. It was nice!
Go watch "Fritten zum Mittag" on Youtube! It's got both English and German subtitles. I've been watching it almost every day trying to get what they're saying just by ear, haha
Oh la la 400 days and a tree! You would to try the Esperanto - English cours. There is a lot of german words with french, english, latins and others!
Try reading a real book in German. I'm doing that in French. I looked at my 8 yo daughter's books and decided that Enid Blyton's Secret Seven series would be not-too-easy and not-too-hard, so I logged on to www.ebay.fr and bought a French version second hand. "Un Exploit du Clan des Sept".
Really good idea. I've been reading Simpsons comics in German to start!
How did you complete adjectives as modifiers? So many cases, how could you remember all those?
how much time did it take for you I am still in level 2 :) but wondering when I ll be (100% fluent) ?
I spent about a year, though others have done it much faster. Finishing your tree is not enough to be fluent.
thank you ! seems like it is going to be a long journey of joy :D wish you all the best
Congrats that is a huge accomplishment! I'm trying to learn German now and it can be hard and easy sometimes so great job and always capitalize those nouns!
Congratulations! I am trying to complete my tree by reaching 50 everyday I can. Do you think this is ideal? or should I take it more slowly? I have been trying to learn German since 2007. And I always end up quitting. Any tips to keep it interesting? I also have been trying to find a site where I can write to native speaker with no luck. Any suggestions on that also? Thank you!!
This might be an odd suggestion, but you could try joining Couchsurfing.com and post a penfriend request on there - because there's heaps of young German travellers and they might like to know someone wherever you live. Or I think there are also facebook pages to meet penfriends too. Writing real letters (pen and paper) is really nice (especially to receive replies in the mail) and I find I remember things I study better if I write it in my own handwriting, not just typing. All the best.
Congratulations both on the 400 day streak and finishing your German tree! An inspiration for us beginners! x