https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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.

Onwards!

November 23, 2015

61 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam9812

Congragulations! A few resources I can recommend are tagesschau (it is a news website and podcast that I find much easier to understand for some reason), dict.cc (a large German-English dictionary with a little quiz and flashcard feature)

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Not heard of that one before but it sounds really good. Will definitely check it out. Thanks!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam9812

No problem :D

November 25, 2015

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

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.

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thanks. Lots of resources out there for me to use to help develop my German from here.

November 25, 2015

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

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 !

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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.

November 23, 2015

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

Memrise is great! It corrilates well with duolingo because they fill in one others gaps! :)

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Yes, I've definitely found that.

November 24, 2015

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

which course on memrise would you recommend?

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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.

November 24, 2015

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

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 :)

November 24, 2015

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

Thanks.

November 26, 2015

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

Congratulations! Viel glück mit weiter lernen!

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Vielen Dank!

November 23, 2015

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

You need an article after the ‘mit’. I’d say ‘… mit dem Weiterlernen’ would be best.

November 26, 2015

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

Ah thanks! do you always need an article after a dative preposition?

November 26, 2015

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

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.

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

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.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimGo1986

Amazing! Congrats! You should really celebrate this!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thanks!

November 24, 2015

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

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.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolGreen3

How much do you practice German every day? I use Duolingo to practice for my German class.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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.

November 24, 2015

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

"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 ;)

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Hahaha! Good to know!

November 25, 2015

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

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 ;-)

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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.

November 26, 2015

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

Congrats!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thank you!

November 24, 2015

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

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Sie können stolz sein.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Danke! Ich bin stolz. Es ist ein großer Erfolg für mich

November 24, 2015

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

On the Internet, one usually uses the informal second person du.

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maximus225

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

=D

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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!

November 24, 2015

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

Gut gemacht!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Danke!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cocobe001

Awesome! Maybe when I get better at German you can help me a little?

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Sure! Always happy to help others where I can.

November 24, 2015

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

Congrats! I'm in absolute awe! :-D

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thanks! I'm not sure I'm worthy of others being in awe of me but I appreciate the comment all the same :)

November 25, 2015

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

Congrats On The Year Streak✍.

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Not quite there yet, but thanks in advance!

November 25, 2015

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

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

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

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!

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Toni914929

Congratulations! I understand the feeling as I reached different goals (reading through grammar books, Rosetta Stone, etc.). Keep on keepin' on!

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thanks! Definitely going to keep going.

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bianca.szel

Congrats!!! that really is an achievement! kethe three goldep

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thanks!

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dhananjay78708

Congrates Brina....This is going to inspire me to finish my German Tree :)

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Great! Keep going!

November 26, 2015

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

Congrats!

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thanks!

November 26, 2015

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

Gut gemacht! Weiter so.

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Danke!

November 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beatriz484535

Nice work!

November 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thanks!

November 28, 2015

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

Nope

November 28, 2015

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

Sehr gut! If you have already finished German, learning Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish are halfway. I've been studying them for a while (especially Swedish, that I finished the tree last week).

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