https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howard10000

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?

November 12, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeriTrinkers

Great job!

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

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.

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howard10000

Yes I visited there in 1976 when the wall was there.

Berin is still quite a unique city but be warned, the Adlon is REALLY expensive.

Get there quick - things are changing rapidly.

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

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.

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howard10000

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!

November 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

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.

November 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sternenkeks

Herzlichen Glückwunsch :)

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KoolKat09

Great job on completing your german tree!

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slatour

Congrats on your tree! Great idea for a shirt. Now I want one too!

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seattle_USA

Great job! Big congrats!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SentientCrystal

That's awesome! Congratulations to you for a job well done. Have fun putting that German to good use!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/krwawy.hegemon

Now you must go to Munich. This is next level of German :D

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olja.
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Once in Bayern I heard something like "des interessiert mir ois ned"... I spent so much time trying to realize what is the meaning of that :))) Finally I realized that is was "das interessiert mich überhaupt nicht". Austrian German is also amazing! :)))

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olja.
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Glückwunsch zum Sieg!!! :)) Congratulations on your victory!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruchihappy

Wow! I need to complete the tree too

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tsfg4

good

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaanOL

Kannst du ein Bisschen langsamer typen bitte, ich möchte auch gerne Ihnen verstehen ;)

(Pardon my French, still learning)

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndyHix

Careful not to mix "du" and "Ihnen" in the same sentence. du goes with "dich" or the dative "dir". And I think you mean "tippen" for typing.

Keep going there, you're doing well.

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaanOL

Thanks, good tips! Working on my German grammar as we speak and will continue to do so.

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndyHix

Ich auch. Ich muss in drei Wochen meine B1 prüfung zu machen. Katastrophe!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/closethatdoor

Congratulations! I agree, Duolingo is a great learning site & has encouraged me to continue with German. Good luck with the French. Looking forwards to seeing that T shirt!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/geffersonro

Congratulations my friend!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/svoboda12345

Congrats!. I completed the german tree from english (knowing zero german) in less than 90 days. But my level is only 14. A long way to your 20 and to really understand and speak the language!.

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howard10000

90 days - wow! You are clever!

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Regina307415

Wow! Well done!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharliePlett

Great learning. I completed the tree once at level 12 but then they made an update and so now I'm still working on it.

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howard10000

Yes, the update was a shock - I was one lesson from comleting my tree when it was introduced.

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolishMathew

Congrats! :D You can buy Duo Gear here, but I don't know if there is a Gold Owl T-Shirt: http://gear.duolingo.com

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howard10000

No gold t-shirt - I think Duolingo is missing a trick there - it would be something to be proud of!

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evanescence_fan

Congratulations <3

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cjnfl

Okay..

November 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spelamigenpolska

Ha die Angela.

November 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Casseendee

Congratulations on completing your German Tree! :D

November 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ved01

Test

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Da_LINGOT_GOD

give me lingoes

November 13, 2015
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