https://www.duolingo.com/craigkbryant

To the German team: Herzlichen Dank!

A bit disorienting at first! My Duolingo strategy was to polish off the German tree, and then divide my time between new French lessons and German reviews. I was close! About three weeks to go, and then "Huh? Seventy-odd new German lessons?"

So I had to laugh. It's exactly the way you learn a language: you make your plans and measure your progress, and then--WHOOSH--whole new landscapes open up before you. You've explored a smaller part of a much larger world than you thought was out there.

If I'm a bit flummoxed to be so much farther from "finishing" now, I still have to thank you. The new tree looks great! Lots of cool skills, smaller lessons (a ten-lesson skill just feels like a slog)...I'm looking forward to "Philosophy" very much. Will Kant suddenly make sense?

I first started studying German thirteen years ago...and I feel bad sometimes that I haven't done more with it. I can book a room or order a meal, but I can't read novels, much less Faust. Duolingo has been a real help to me in keeping up with my German. I'm so grateful!

October 18, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/scorbett

I've had an entirely gold German tree for quite some time now, and was actually getting a bit bored with DuoLingo, but now, boom - tons more stuff here! Here's hoping they do a big tree expansion like this every few months.

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/digodk

I hope not so often! It can be a little frustrating for beginners

October 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ijoni

I agree. The older courses (the ones without any revisions) seem now even more boring than before.

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/maxvonklappen

Don't get your hopes up about Kant. But the site is good for dogs, cats and potatoes. Enjoy. I too am grateful for the chance to practice and improve my german.

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/margusoja

My honorable mention award goes to the holy potato which needs help to be saved from a horse trying to eat it.

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/scorbett

Aber mein Pferd braucht mehr Kartoffeln... IMMER MEHR KARTOFFELN!

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/StefaniM13

Don't forget the cows and bears! My personal favorites:

"Meine Kuh braucht einen neuen Hut" "Der Bär tragt ihre Kleider"

I can't wait to put these sentences to use when I visit Deutschland...

October 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeCisner

And bananas, don't forget bananas! Oh, like that lesson where "Das Mädchen isst eine Banane" is followed by "Ich bin eine Banane"

October 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PeelOfShame

I'll admit that I'm kind of on the fence about the new tree - it's a little frustrating to be working hard to keep it gold while you're learning, and suddenly POOF, full color again. But I agree - 10-lesson blocks are frustratingly long, and anything that improves our understanding of German down the road is a good thing.

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EoghanBostock

I know the feeling. It's quite nice how the lessons are smaller as you've said. I got 555xp yesterday because I got a bit too excited!

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shugah42

Yeah same, I haven't done any new lesson in months, and suddenly got my motivation back :)

October 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1

Oh yeah, I went a little nuts on Saturday and collected I don't remember how many XP... I leveled up without even trying!

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

I'm really grateful for the improvements being made, but I must confess I am glad that I am only half way through the tree so it is less intimidating to go back and re-gild. The French revision occurred after I had completely finished the tree and it was so sad to lose my owl! (Got it back fairly quickly). With German, I expect to be on track within a couple of weeks.

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Eloise23

18 October 2015 - I fully agree! Now that I've been working on refinishing my German tree for a couple of weeks, I am extremely pleased with all the new vocabulary and grammar. When I first finished the tree, I was a bit disappointed, and hoped that more would crop up in the practice sessions.

I think this new tree is much bigger than the Spanish one now. Hooray!

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TasmanskyTygr

I am really happy with the new German tree :-)

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeAnnaLyon

I feel the same way. Almost through the German tree again. I want the owl back. I lived in Germany for a decade and never got this fluent, but I still have a ways to go. So, "sehr gut!"

October 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HappyMeerkat

honestly, i rushed my tree and didn't come back i was on Reddit's German sub and saw that there were new topics, so i am back, but one of the reasons i didn't practice was the massive blocks of lessons it just felt never ending, so i'm glad and hopefully now i will do better.

just out of interest, does anyone know the intervals the German tree is updated? or is it sporadic? nevertheless thanks for updating!

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KateGoodman2

I like the new tree! Some of the topics are a lot less murky with extra lessons (dative, for instance). And my 10 yr old daughter is liking it -- the lessons seem to be chunked in a better way for complete novices. Thanks so much!

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AarPoe

The new tree and new skills are welcome and great, but I'd have a suggestion: would it be possible to make those shortcut buttons available again? Lots of the new lessons already know to me ... yes, yees, I know, learning a language is of repeating, and you are completely right. :) But it would also be nice to concentrate on the harder - and already unknown - lessons, instead of the known ones, plus repeating the faded skills as well... really takes a long-long time. Thanks for any comments! :)

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1

I like the shorter lessons too... easier to tackle more lessons that are shorter, even if the same amount of material is covered. I'm much more likely to say "oh, okay, I can do that in a few minutes" to a two- or three-lesson skill than sit down to deal with a 10-lesson skill knowing it will take me a long time to wade through it.

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WilkinsonPat

when I get to the end of a "test out" in the new sections the programm is just returning to the menu screen so that the test is not counted. Has anyone experienced this problem?

October 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KalinaZ

Yes, happened to me once, in the new Classical Music skill - repeated it again on test and and it was ok.

October 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KalinaZ

Yes, thank you!

October 19, 2015
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