Yes, another one has done the German Tree
Finally, after almost 2 years, I completed my German tree just as I achieved level 20.
Next for me is turning all Units Gold, English from German and finishing my French tree (December /Jan for that I hope).
Oh and listening to more German TV and radio and completing my Goethe Institute course.
Can only say that I was in Berlin two weeks ago - understanding German spoken at speed was nearly impossible but I could comfortably communicate my needs and ask people to slow down when talking!
Long way to go but Duolingo has kept me going - well done, Duolingo team; your work is appreciated. Thanks.
Thanks too, to those of you who answer those questions in the discussions - great work and I will return the favour as I get better.
Now, when are you Duolingo guys going to allow us to buy a limited edition Gold Owl T-Shirt?
Congratulations on a job well done! I lived in Berlin some years ago when it was a divided city; I was forever saying :Bitte, sprechen Sie langsam und deutlich. That city is now gone with the wind, so to speak. It's on my bucket list to walk under the Brandenburg Gate ( which I couldn't do because of the Wall ) and spend just one night at the restored Hotel Adlon. I wish you all the best.
Did you visit what was then East Berlin? It was like entering a different world, wasn't it? And yes, I know the Adlon is VERY expensive, hence the one night stay. When I lived in Berlin, I stayed with a German family for DM40 a month, and at that time you got DM4 for one American dollar. I probably wouldn't recognize much of the Berlin I knew. After yesterday's horrific event in Paris, I fear no European city is safe any more. And I live in New York, also a much changed city after 9/11.
Yes, I visited East Berlin but I was only 14 at the time and probably didn't get the full benefit of its weirdness but it was strange indeed.
Wrto changes - a lot of the old apartment builidings remain and I was told by the locals that it is possible to get a quite central and decent 2 bed apartment for 3-500 euros a month so it retains its affordability.
It is still quite a counter-cultural city too.
Having said all of that, I live in London but I would still prefer New York most of all, changed or not!
I love London although I haven't been there in years. I Skype with a Dutch friend who lives in Amsterdam which, I'm told, is also a much changed city. I'm surprised that you prefer New York to London. I was born and raised here, but were I ever to move, it would be a difficult choice between London and Berlin.