https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

I finished my Swedish tree!

So I first heard about Duolingo about six months before I actually started using it. I said to myself, I had better start learning a language. So I installed it. It sat there on my home screen for about six months, when I finally decided to open it. On the 27th of August, I did the Basics 1 unit in Swedish. Now, exactly two months later, I completed the Congratulations unit. It feels so rewarding. Best of all, I have absolutely no rebuilding to do as of now! My tree is completely gold!

I began my French course about three or four weeks ago, and I temporarily abandoned it. I am a fluent speaker in French, however my writing is not up to scratch. I am unsure as to whether or not I should start a new tree, or focus on French, which is kinda dull for me, though I need to do it for the new school I am applying to. I know that I will never finish my French tree if I focus on a new language, so I may do some work on the French tree until I hit level 17 or 18 in Swedish.

Anyway, the next tree I plan to tackle will be : German

October 27, 2015

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Congratulations! Is there a smiley for jealousy? because I'm jealous. Someday I'll get there. You are wise to work on only one language at a time.

If French for English speakers is boring and you want to try German, why not try allemand pour qui parle fran├žais? If your French spelling is not good, this will really improve it, but expect that you may be a little frustrated, if only at first. I'm working through italien pour qui parle fran├žais, and it is really helping me that way--much more so than when English is involved, for some reason.

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Thanks! Have you finished all of your trees yet? I'm a little jealous too of all of your languages! I did not think to learn German from French! Thanks for giving me the help, est bonne chance!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

You're welcome! No, I've only finished the French tree, so far, and probably that will be all until Duo puts up a language I'm actively working on--which I'm sure it will not for a while, as I'm actively working only <blush> on Latin. But even for somebody like me, who is just playing around, Duo is great practice. Don't be jealous. I'd probably be better off working on just one at a time. Let me know how the German for French speakers works out for you. Bet you'll have fun.

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

No need to blush about Latin! I am planning on learning it too when it comes out, as it is insanely helpful for the Romantic languages. I'll let you know how German goes once I get round to it. Good luck with Latin!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco

Congratulations! :D

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Thank you! Have you finished your Swedish tree yet?

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco

Unfortunately, I haven't. There's still a lot of skills I haven't learned yet. I stopped learning Swedish to give way for French, German and Japanese.

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Japanese? That's cool! Do you do the daily challenges found here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11251427 ? You can translate the Japanese into one of the languages you are learning. Good luck!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Grattis! ^_^

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Tack!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

Congrats! I'm only on level 10 and about halfway through the tree. How well can you communicate or read in Swedish?

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Quite well. I know Duo teaches up to advanced proficiency, or CEFR C1. If it helps, I can understand most of the Swedish parts of The Bridge without the need for subtitles. I'll be taking one of the progress tests tomorrow, as well as a CEFR proficiency test, so I'll let you know where I am at. Have you finished your German tree yet?

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

Not yet! I am only halfway through! Good luck on your CEFR test, I can't wait to reach that point! Congrats

October 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

It's not one of the serious CEFR tests, it's an online one that it is done by some organisation that teaches you languages. They do tests for other languages too, so here is the link if you need it. https://www.languagetrainers.com/level-tests.php

October 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

Thank you!

October 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Engeladam409

Please let us know. I'm learning Swedish now, and I want to know how far Duolingo can take me. I want to know where I'll be when I finish the tree. Tack Mycket :)

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

So, with a score of 4.41 (88%) on the progress quiz, I got 48/70 (68%) on the CEFR test, which places me at level B1, or Intermediate. I aim to achieve C1, however I'll have to do some Memrise for this.

October 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/magicafan

Grattis!! Och lycka till med tyska :)

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Tack!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/8Laurel8

Wow! Nice job!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Thanks! Where are you in your tree?

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/8Laurel8

I'm learning prepositions right now

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

That's good! Lycka till!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/8Laurel8

Tack!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/elaikiz

great:) congratulations!

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BrankoSpirovski

So, what happens when you finish your tree? Can you still practice?

October 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

Yes, you need to get to level 25, by strengthening skills. You can use other services to learn more, such as Memrise, as well as begin to read small books and watch subtitled TV in that language. Unfortunately Swedish is not exactly the most spoken language in the world, so there aren't many resources for it!

October 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BrankoSpirovski

Thanks. Is it Memrise better then Anki, Quizlet or Cram? Is it Livemocha helpful as a resource for further learning?

October 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj

I'm not sure! I haven't looked into any of those, but I find that Memrise does not offer any advanced or intermediate Swedish courses. I'll have to look into Anki, Quizlet, Livemocha and Cram! I've heard other people on Duo saying that Memrise is good, so I thought I'd give it a go!

October 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rill_Yuriko

I have been studying Japanese for about 2 years now, and I use Anki for both my Japanese and my Swedish. I did use Memrise for a while for my Japanese, but I stopped using Memrise once I got to a certain level.

Memrise was good for my beginner levels in Japanese, I think, although I do not intend to use it for Swedish. I think that over the long haul, Anki becomes more useful, in that you can make your own flashcards, so you can adjust them for your needs. I found Memrise particularly useful as I was learning and getting used to reading Japanese writing and developing a beginning core vocabulary. I used and use Anki to make flashcards of words I run across in my immersion.

I am not using Memrise for Swedish, because I am trying as much as I can to learn Swedish through Japanese, so with Anki I can make flashcards with Swedish on the front and Japanese on the back (although, I am using English on the back for things like prepositions that really do not have precise direct translations in Japanese). If that were not the case, I might look into Memrise for Swedish as well.

I have not tried Quizlet, Cram, or Livemocha.

November 8, 2015
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