German tree conquered and golden!
I wasn't sure I was going to post about this but decided that I did actually want to celebrate my achievement. Especially as there were so many nice round numbers involved (360 day streak, 1000 lingots (?!?!?!), 100XP today).
So yeah, just shy of a full year on Duo and I have my first shiny golden language tree. It was incredibly hard work at times and I definitely need to do the reverse tree, more immersion, and lots more speaking with proper German speakers before I will feel confident enough to say I speak German, but I certainly know a lot more now than I did when I started. I've kept the tree gold as I went along so I'm at level 19 but I think a lot of my correct answers ended up coming through repetition and recognition of sentences rather than actually knowing and understanding the grammar properly. I am also still having to hover over a fair amount of vocab which I've yet to memorise so I have plenty of learning yet to do.
Thanks to the German team for creating a great tree and to everyone else still working on the tree, keep going! How long it takes you doesn't matter as long as you keep going and keep learning.
My plan now: keep my tree as gold as possible here whilst doing the reverse tree and using other resources like TV shows and online chat to expand my overall understanding and ability in German. I can also now devote a bit more time to some of my other languages that I'm looking at here and elsewhere.
Not heard of that one before but it sounds really good. Will definitely check it out. Thanks!
There is Slow German podcasts. It is small stories narrated slowly (duh) by a woman. They have a website also with faster reading. It's good if you don't think you are good enough in the listening skills. It's available on Itunes Podcast app.
Thanks. Lots of resources out there for me to use to help develop my German from here.
Congratulation with your streak and your accomplishment ! Hope you had a nice learning. Don't forget to use other ressources outside of DUolingo to strengthen your knowledge !
Danke! Definitely going to use other resources outside Duo. I have been using Memrise and Babbel most of this time too so I'll continue using them as well as YouTube for TV shows etc.
Memrise is great! It corrilates well with duolingo because they fill in one others gaps! :)
I've been doing the Learn Basic German one. There's lots of basic vocab but you get some useful sentences too and of course fun ways to remember them. I found some words I would have liked to have known earlier on here, I learnt on Memrise, and some basic things I learnt here have come up later on in the Memrise course.
None in particular, but the overall concept of memrise is really effective, if I were to pick one, it would be 'easy polyglot German' (http://www.memrise.com/course/250004/easy-polyglot-german/) they do the same course in Poertuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish :)
You need an article after the ‘mit’. I’d say ‘… mit dem Weiterlernen’ would be best.
I didn’t mean that it was the ‘mit’ that forced you to use the article, so no. And right now I realise that you could have left out the article; what really caught my attention was that ‘weiter’ and ‘lernen’ should have been joined, not separated, and capitalised.
Congratulations!! Have you tested yourself? I will recommend that you take one of the online test maybe DW to find out your level. Congrats again.
Thanks! I've done progress quizzes on here and my best score (tonight) was 2.13/5. I did do an external online test, possibly DW, many months ago and passed A1 but I must be at least A2 by now I would think. Will definitely look at doing another one of those tests soon though.
There are some great resources on DW for further study of German, as many already mentioned. If you would like something more challenging--you could try to start going through a book, maybe at the same time creating your own flashcards? It is my own experience, that after finishing the German tree (though without making it golden, yet ;-)) reading a normal book suddenly becomes not only possible, but pleasant. Of course if you have a good dictionary around.
Yes, I've got a couple of books in mind already (children's books at first) and TV shows that I know in English but can get German-dubbed versions of so I can work out words I don't know from the context of a story I already do. One of my language goals is to be able to read books in other languages so I'm going to start gently and work my way up.
How much do you practice German every day? I use Duolingo to practice for my German class.
I guess anything from 5 minutes to about an hour depending on how much time I have. I use Duo and other things like Memrise but I also try and mix in reading articles in German online or watching a couple of YouTube videos. Not necessarily every day but as often as I can.
"I think a lot of my correct answers ended up coming through repetition and recognition of sentences rather than actually knowing and understanding the grammar properly." Same for me and I'm a native speaker - Geht mir auch so und ich bin Muttersprachler ;)
Hello and congratulations,
Everyone’s different and some might like / need to feel really confident about grammar or spelling rules but I strongly believe in the (small) children way to learn: repetition and recognition of sentences. So, as long as it works for you, it’s the right way to do it :-)
Hope that I’ll be able to tackle the tree has you did … might takes more 360 days though ;-)
Just 1 or 2 more days to celebrate another achievement ... so already happy birthday ;-)
Thanks! Repetition does work for me for a lot of things but it only works for grammar when I understand it first :) Definitely getting there bit by bit so that's all that matters. Good luck with your tree - you'll get there I'm sure.
Good stuff, I am definitely there with you when it comes to the grammar stuff.
just make sure you sit down and go through it and understand it as well as doing the exercises rather than just having it be a memory thing through repetition I mean unless you're a robot then I don't think it matters
Oh yeah, definitely. And that's why I want to use things like Babbel as well because they have some really good grammar explanations that make sense. I've tended to go there for the grammar I've not been able to pick up on Duo, so I intend to sit down and do a lot more of that in order to really understand everything. Sometimes I wish I was a robot, but alas, I'm not!
Thanks! I'm not sure I'm worthy of others being in awe of me but I appreciate the comment all the same :)
This is an inspiration to hear. I am very new to duolingo but I have wanted to learn other languages for years and to hear that in only a year you have achieved so much really gives me hope! And even better, it's free! Fantastic work, well done :) Danke
Thank you. They do say that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, so if you want to learn other languages just jump in there and get going. Duo is certainly a great place to start. Keep going and you'll be speaking more languages before you know it!
Congratulations! I understand the feeling as I reached different goals (reading through grammar books, Rosetta Stone, etc.). Keep on keepin' on!
Congrates Brina....This is going to inspire me to finish my German Tree :)