What are your language goals for 2016?
Dear language enthusiasts,
As we are approaching the end of 2015, I thought it would be nice to contemplate and share with each other our goals regarding our common interest, learning languages, for 2016. I myself am a native Farsi/Persian speaker. I have a good command of English (IELTS 8), currently I am trying to get my B2 in German in maximum 45 days. I also am learning French, my French Tree from English would be finished in a few days, and I also am doing the French Tree from German, it’s a little behind, but in 4 or 5 weeks, I’ll get it done too.
For 2016, my main goal is to first and foremost enhance my command of German as well as English, mainly by adding to my vocabulary domain; although my German requires more work than English. As for French, I would like to pass level B1 by the end of the year. Regarding new languages, I’m considering either Arabic or Chinese. Perhaps I’d go with both, very slowly but steadily. I would like to hear from you guys; what are your goals? What would you like to achieve by the end of 2016.
P.S: I’ll definitely come back and check this post to see and compare our plans and the reality of 2016.
Have a wonderful year in advance,
Hope it's not too late to set a language goal xD. Although failed my 2015 goal, it's always helpful to set a goal - you will gain some achievement even if you don't meet your goal!
My 2016 goal is to finish the Vietnamese tree. I felt very excited when seeing the Vietnamese course came out! I think it's not as hard as Arabic or Chinese since it has a Latin letter system.
So great you have the courage to choose Arabic or Chinese as a new language, you know, they are never easy languages for westerners. Chinese a fascinating language and many learners here hope that Duolingo develops it one day. I studies Chinese last year for several months. I used HelloChinese app, Pleco dictionary and memrise. They are all very good resources. HelloChinese is especially recommended if you are a beginner and like duo style since it works pretty like duolingo.
My 2015 goal is to finish the German tree - It was going so well before they restructured it but I still think it's achievable!
For next year I'm looking at L25 German, completing the Dutch, Swedish and French trees, and foraying into Swahili!
great. I'd say it's reasonably achievable. :-)
And I just learned the verb "foray" from you, thanks. :-)
Oh goodness! It's 2017 already! Happy New Year everyone :) I can say I did get L25 German and I did finish the Dutch tree, this year though my goals would be to hold a 365 day streak (somehow I have been here for more than 3 years, been quite active [80,000 XP] yet never gotten a streak higher than 50 days), finish the 3 Scandinavian Trees on Duolingo, try to finish Swahili too if I have time, and wait for Icelandic to magically appear in the Incubator!
My main goal is to be good enough in Scottish Gaelic to be able to properly communicate and to say that I can speak the language. That is the goal of the university course I'm studying, so hopefully I will succeed, as long as I keep up with the coursework it won't be a problem.
I also hope I get to study a second language in university next semester, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin are most tempting so far, but I'll be happy with anything. I do not expect to become extremely good in this language, but some basic knowledge would be nice. Still not completely sure about this one though.
For the summer I'm applying to a summer course in Icelandic in Iceland (as part of my degree). I already feel quite confident in the language, but I get very little opportunity to use it here in the UK. I will also apply to study Faroese, Greenlandic or Finnish in their respective countries. Hopefully I will be accepted for one of them.
Then it depends on whether I stay here in the UK or go home to my native Norway after the summer. If I go home, I will probably apply for the university course in Irish, which will be a walk in the part after a year of Scottish Gaelic. Irish was the first Celtic language I started learning, so it will be nice to study it again if I get the chance.
I also hope I get to work on my Spanish, as it's the language I say I speak, but feel least confident in, and I want to be able to say that I speak five languages with confidence.
Oh, and when Welsh is in Beta here on Duolingo, count me in!
Wow, seeing my list, I realise I have a lot of language goals next year. Most of these things are not certain at all, but I will do my best for them to come true. What a year this will be.
That looks like a great list, and quite original in its objects of study. I wish you the best of luck to achieve your goals!
Cool, yeah, it's a long list, perhaps you may want to prioritize. :-) I used "Michel Thomas" courses for German and French, they are more than awesome. I also did the "fundamental course" for Mandarin Chinese, it was nice too. I really recommend it. :-)
Keep up the good work and I'll see you next year :-)
How deep did you go with Michel Thomas French. I love him to bits, an amazing teacher. He gave me a jump start with the first two hours of his French. I have just completed the 6th hour. My set has just two more hours to go. Is it worthwhile to get higher levels of Michel Thomas French?
it's more than amazing; I studied all the German course. It's worth it. As for French, it's the same. I totally recommend it. With "foundation" & "advanced" course you get a good understanding of the French grammar; with "builder" you add to your vocabulary list & nice everyday expressions. I'm doing the "builder course" currently. The last one, the "vocabulary" should be fine, too. Haven't tested it yet, though. Best :-)
In 2016 I would like to continue to improve my German and French, get Russian up to the level I am now at in German, where reading and listening are becoming natural, whilst still managing to keep up with all the new languages that are released and hopefully finding the time to revisit some of the trees I have already received owls for. TMLNET.
good luck, we've same goal towards German & French :-) Best, & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
New Years Resolution: Achieve level C1 in Swedish, achieve level B2-C1 in German, achieve level C1 in French, achieve B2 proficiency in a new language, achieve B1 proficiency in another, and pass HSK level 2, by the end of 2016. In addition to this, I also want to have the FR-DE tree completed.
wow, seems like you're going to have a lot of fun (and work) next year :-) best wishes :-)
by the way, HSK level 2 is for Chinese? I didn't know. It's equivalent of what level in European terms, B1 perhaps?
There are six levels of HSK. HSK 6 is almost resembling a native Chinese speaker. (By the way, if you need help on Mandarin, I am a native speaker)
Thanks! Then I'll quickly ask a question about measure words- if you are talking about many things, would you say for instance: 多个人在唱，or would it just be 多人在唱？
Oh, and a question about the present tense: do we always place 在 before another verb to represent the present tense? Which one of these is in the present tense: 我在看书，或者我看书？
Thank you for offering your help- it is much appreciated. Here is a nice sum of lingots as thanks. If you need help with any other language, like French, I am happy to help. Whilst my flag says that I am only level 13, I am in fact bilingual in spoken French, however French spelling is my weak point, so I am taking the Duolingo course to help with my spelling. T
hanks so much!
For 多个人在唱 instance, you almost always add the 个 for classification of the measurement (atleast that I know of). This is a system only for Chinese. For example, if you say "cows", you add 头 for classification.
For the 我在看书 instance, in the present tense, you always add 在, for "I am doing".
If you have any other questions you are welcome to ask me.
(also that was a lot of lingot! thanks!)
Also, you are far too generous... So I gave 25 back. Wish you luck in your Chinese learning!
谢谢！One last question: the past tense is expressed through 了，and the present perfect through 的，right?
thanks J.Appleseed21 :-) it's good to know. I'm totally new to Chinese, for 2016 my focus has to be on strengthening those I know already (English, German & French.) Thank you again :-)
Great resolutions. Just curious where do you go to determine your level? Is there a test-taking section of DL or are there external sites?
I will be using a website called "LanguageTrainers" to determine my level, and then possibly energy official testing, for instance with Swedex in the UK.
- All my current Duolingo languages to at least Level 20 and any new ones released in 2016 to at least Level 15.
- Maintain my core languages (ZH/JA/KO) for at least 1-2 hous of intensive review per week outside of regular daily use.
- Spend at least 2 hours per week on Biblical Hebrew & Koine Greek.
Make an excel file, keep a journal, or maintain a calendar to log your study and keep yourself accountable!
#discipline #keepitupduolinguists #youcandoit #加油 #頑張れ #화이팅
wow, awesome, you are doing multiple languages together at the same time, it's crazyyyyyy :-D good crazy, though :-) Best wishes, & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
I used to live in Dandong in Northern China and everyone called it Chaoyu (조선말) because we lived on the border. ;) I actually speak Hanyu (한국말) in the states but know a good deal of Chaoyu from interacting with North Koreans in China.
Oh okay. I live in Southern China, so I might have less knowledge about Korea. I think Hanyu is for South Korea and Chaoyu is for North Korea. Both have significant difference because of isolation of the the North Korea. Am I right?
Finishing my loooong german tree, seems intimidating at first but I'm NOT giving up!!!!
I also want to learn some indonesian when it comes out (finishing the tree most likely)!!
So big goals, but, anyway, I shall keep on learning!!!
Keep up the good work. Do it every day and before you know, you've done it. Slowly, but steadily. That's the secret ingredient in language learning, in my opinion. :-)
I like it. A short list, a reasonable one. :-) Keep up the good work, best :-)
In 2016 I will learn Dutch, French, insert language_here, Italian and insert language_here
If you are looking for suggestions how about Latin and Sign Language?
I am thinking about Icelandic ;) anyway thanks, I just arrived from my sister's school party.
Good topic! I'll just leave this here as a way of promising myself.
1- Danish - level 15 on Duolingo and hopefully a better understanding of the spoken language.
2- German - finish tree before summer, and practice A LOT, dig into grammar in more detail.
3- Russian - finish tree before summer, restore lost grammatical knowledge.
4- A brand new language - whichever we get sooner on Duolingo: Hindi, Greek, Estonian, Latin, Korean or something else I might find interesting in the future.
Plus, I really want to do a 100+ streak. (Never did more than 15 so far so let's see) LET'S GET THIS DONE!!!
If you want to improve your understanding of spoken Danish, I highly recommend downloading the DR app or going to their website, and listening to podcasts from them. Since they air conversations and interviews, the language is often more natural than it would be to just listen to a newsreader. Of course, speaking with actual Danes is the best way to go, but short of that, this certainly will help.
Mange tak for det! :)
LET'S GET IT DONE :-) perhaps next year, same time, your streak would be (365+14) :-) best :-)
I have it! I used to forget about it often before, now I check if I have one in stock every day! :P
I need to get learning Esperanto again, I used to be quite good... I also want to greatly improve my French
good luck, just a comment, I think it's better to have a concrete goal, I find "to greatly improve" really vague, :-) just an observation :-) Good luck, & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
Yeah I know, my goals are pretty vague :) I just need to start Esperanto again to really make my goal concrete. As for French, well I take it in school, and I currently have a perfect score, so I guess I'm just gonna try to keep that up and learn as much French as possible. My language goals are not necessarily only on Duolingo :)
I also want to get to Level 8 Hungarian by summer. I know that seems pretty easy, but I have a busy life :)
My main goal is to improve my Dutch by using it more regularly. I plan to read Dutch news and books more frequently and to try and speak it more often with my grandparents so that it feels more natural. My other goal is just to continue working on my Polish and not get disheartened when it inevitably gets tough.
Awesome, I guess that would be cool, to speak with your grandparents in Dutch :-) I heard polish is a tough language; but the tougher the language, the better the rewards :-) Best :-)
Spanish C1. I'm relatively close, but my listening comprehension and colloquial language lag behind. Will be heading back to Spain next fall, but I'd rather feel like I'm making headway towards C2 this time around.
French B2. I lost so much of my French proficiency in Spain that I'm not even sure I'm really B1 anymore, but it should come back quickly. I'd like to feel like I'm finally capable of communicating effectively in the language out in the wild, though.
Beyond that, my goals shift like the wind. I'd kind of like to get my German into decent shape, but I'm not sure I'm willing to commit to it at present. I probably ought to work on my Portuguese as well, since it's a shame I can't understand the spoken language worth a damn, but I'm more interested in mastering old languages than really focusing on new ones right now.
Awesome, I agree with you. Mastering the ones we already know and reach to a decent level is better than knowing lots of languages but in a broken way. Keep it up :-)
Funny, for me it's the other way round, I basically understand everything spoken in Spanish, but my reading skills lag behind because I lack low frequency vocabulary. For listening I recommend watching lots and lots of dubbed series, preferably one that you've seen before in another language. Dubbed they are a little easier to understand because voice actors tend to enunciate better. Just stay away from series with a lot of children in them, dubs of children are the worst. It's usually adults pretending to be children and that tends to be seriously creepy! And once you're through with some 5-10 seasons of dubs, go for a series originally produced in your target accent for the colloquial language. In this case a current series made for adolescents will give you the most colloquial language. Usually they are pretty unbearable though ;-) I found "El internado" not too awful.
Yeah, I do watch a fair amount of Castilian television and can understand most of it, especially once I get used to the actors, but it's those crazier situations where half a dozen people are talking at once and you're missing half the context that trip me up. I think I just don't process the language quickly enough yet to compensate for things that require more concentration. But yeah, my listening isn't terrible, per se, but it's the one skill where I don't really feel all that fluent yet, which is frustrating.
I will need to try those dubs for French, though, because my listening comprehension there truly is a complete wreck these days and watching stuff without subtitles is extremely is really painful. And futile. That is a good idea, thank you!
So basically a pub conversation with tons of people and loud music? Yeah, that's pretty difficult! That might be your brain not being used to abstracting from half heard things in Spanish though, which can be practiced in different ways. I found two things helpful for that: One is to listen to a lot of different accents, so that your brain learns to recognise words even when they are somewhat distorted. Especially listen to people who mumble a lot, that tends to help. Movies with Ricardo Darín for example helped me with that and they happen to be really good also. The movie that I found the hardest to understand because it has two mumbly main actors and lots of Argentinian slang would be Nueve Reinas. Try to watch that. If you can understand that one without any problems you can try the other thing that helped me: Watch while you're cooking and it's loud from things frying in the pan! That helps to pick up the words even when there is background noise. One step further is to try and watch a movie while the radio is also on. Or watch with the sound turned down so much that you have to strain to even hear. It's something that needs to be practiced. In general, don't get frustrated though, I know people who even after years of living in the country have trouble understanding lots of people talking over each other while there is loud music. It tends to give me a headache even in my native language, which is why I'm not a "group person" in general.
:-D So, why do you think you haven't reached them? It would be nice to think about it and learn from the experience. :-)
I was planning on finishing my Dutch tree this year, but I don't think that will happen so it's my goal to finish it before the end of January now. This year I have finished 4 trees in total, so next year I will try to complete 5 (including Dutch). Those will be Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and one other that I haven't decided yet.
Outside of Duolingo, I will increase my level of Mandarin Chinese following lessons on this website I found, increase vocabulary and grammar base in Welsh and carry on learning Hindi (I've just started learning it).
Best of luck reaching your targets!
cool, :-) so many languages :-)
I also plan to start Mandarin, I find it a really cool language, a different way of thinking in fact. :-) What sources do you recommend? I just want to be able to have decent conversations, not reading and writing, at least for now.
I use this website : chinese.rutgers.edu. It has structured lessons, so may not be the best just for speaking. Maybe Memrise will be good for that?
I also use this dictionary website : mdbg.net, which is really helpful for looking up characters and their stroke order. It's also good for pronunciation.
I am anti-memrise, you could say; I think it's useless to merely learn vocabs, in fact, I used & contributed even to one of the most popular German courses. In general, after you learn basic vocabularies you have to add to than by learning in the context :-) Best,
There is also an app called ChineseSkill. Have you heard about it? It is very well structured and it is similar to Duolingo. It teaches how to write in characters and Pinyin, I think ChineseSkill can be very useful when learning chinese.
I have actually heard of that app, but unfortunately I don't have a smart phone so I can't use it. Maybe if I get one I will give it a go.
I am giving my language learning a hiatus, I will be helping those who need help in Hindi forum and who have some questions for Hindi.
I will have my fifth tree complete by the end of this year (Italian) if all goes well. My next goals will be to get German and Spanish to level 25 and get all my completed trees golden and keep them there! I am keeping my Spanish and German trees golden just about daily now but I am not quite there yet in Italian, French, or Portuguese,. I am trying to do at least 100 points each day in these three languages to get there. I also would like to finish my Catalan tree in 2016, maybe Norwegian and Turkish, too. And those are just my Duolingo language goals!
ayyyyy, somebody is going to have a busy (and fun) year. :-) Are you working in an area related to languages, or perhaps are you going to?
I wish! My current job does relate to languages a bit but I am more interested in the research side of things. :-) Off of Duolingo I am working on Russian and Pashto pretty intensively.
Start learning Guarani
Increase my Japanese proficiency level (Main focus), as usual
Friend, you will love this http://www.memrise.com/course/131610/basic-guarani-for-paraguay/!
Awesome, totally different languages from mine :-) What's your native language?
My native language is American English :D
My second best is Japanese
I want to finish the Spanish and Dutch trees, hopefully in the beginning of the year. I hope I will be conversational in Dutch (Just aiming a B1 or B2 level) and I want to be confident in Spanish enough, like that I have a head start when I am studying it in university. Maybe start the Russian course and get it done by the end of the year, if not the Romanian course which is a language I am really excited about. I hope I can get them all done, like that I can mainly focus on Japanese and Indonesian in 2017. I know it is in a big time but we need to start planning :P
Wow, you already planned your 2017, I like that. :-) Keep up the good work, with a little time management and tenacity, it's reasonably possible :-) See you nest year and the year after to see how we are doing :-)
Continue expanding my Swedish vocabulary. Get to the point where i dont feel embarrassed speaking it to natives (not expecting to sound like a native just overcome my own anxiety and tendency to revert to English) . And to be able to understand when natives are speaking it (listening is my weakest skill currently and i struggle to understand even if i know all the words being said)
I understand what you mean. That's a great goal. With practice it's get better, because our brain is still not used to the new language and focuses on individual words, we tend to lose the big picture. As for listening, I find it more efficient when I have both text and sound at the same time, my eyes on the text, listening to the sound; this worked for me. :-) Keep up the good work :-)
That's great. As you've already know quite a lot in Spanish, I guess it really helps with your Italian, since they belong to the category of the Romance languages, am I right?
When my friends talk to me in German i understand a a lot of what they are saying (which is brilliant!), but when i listen to the german radio i dont really understand much, just the odd word and phrase. By the end of 2016 i would like to understand most of the radio. I also want to be better at reading, being able to read something like Harry Potter without extensive use of the dictionary (apart from words like wizard, wand). And i would really like to be able to watch Tatort and understand it! I can only really do kids tv at the moment.
In terms of levels, i think being close to B2 would be good. I need to work on my grammar at the moment, it is my weakest point. My speaking could do with some work also, i think i am mainly understandable, but not as often correct.
I have had a really good 2015 though, so hopefully 2016 will be just as productive!
Just keep listening to the German Radio and you will gradually find that you understand more and more. Particularly if you are backing it up by reading the language. I started learning German many years ago, and used to tape the German language programme, then listen to it over and over. At the beginning I only understood an occasional word, but after several months of persistent listening, I gradually understood every word. I also read consistently, using the dictionary, and that gradually got easier and easier. It is also surprising how much you can understand and learn just because of the context. So don't give up - it is achievable - it will get easier!!!
Wendy is an expert in German as well as French. So definitely take her advice :-) I'm not listening to the radio on a regular basis, but I extensively use http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/nachrichten/s-8030
I find it more productive, because they have both the slow version and the original version in speaking, and what's more important, the text is there too. I like it when I can also read the text when I'm listening. :-)
I will check that out, i like to see the words also. I find listening to music with the lyrics on youtube quite useful. And more fun than just trying to memorise new words.
Yes definietly my listening skills have imporved so much just by keeping listening to things. I am on a bit of a break at the moment, as i have finals to study for. But i can't wait for the Xmas holidays to get back into it :-)
Great. Perhaps you can start with one Harry Potter book, the one you like most and have both German version as well as the English one. This really boosts your understanding of the language and vocabularies. I tried the same approach, although not Harry Potter. :-) I also suggest to try "Michel Thomas" course in German; they are awesome. :-)
I wish you an even more productive 2016, and see you next year :-)
Finishing my busy studies, after march, I will be able to study languages (Finally) Turkish + English + French - I am fluent in all of them. I need to improve my Spanish and Italian and finish Japanese! I plan to start Polish, Russian, German, Greek and Hungarian. My goal is to be able to speak fluently in
Turkish, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German,Japanese, Polish and Russian until December 2016 :)
wow, so many languages :-) you're going to have lots of fun next year :-) Keep up the good work, :-)
Hi Heschmat - as you are English is great and farsi your mother tongue, it would be awesome if you could be one of the contributors for the Farsi course. Some people have already send their application ;) A lot of people - like me - are really yearning for seeing the Farsi course one day... Wish you the best for 2016!
Hello Moksha999 :-)
Actually there are already more than enough native Farsi speakers who would love to develop a course in Farsi and they've already submitted their requests, but so far they've got no reply. As a recent post you can read this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12255728, there are many of them.
In the meantime, however, you may want to use the Memrise course in Farsi developed by @MaeeSafaee: http://www.memrise.com/course/385800/basic-farsi-6/
ممنون. من هم برات سال خوبی رو آروز میکنم.
(thanks and I wish you a nice year, too.)
Thank you! Hopefully Duolingo is eventualy going to give them a green light. Btw, if you need help any help in your French or Chinese studies, do not hesistate to msg me.
Thanks for your offer, I haven't started Chinese yet, just a few hours to get a feeling of the language. I need more practice for French & more vocabs, I'll definitely ask for help :-) Best, :-)
My goal is to finish Portuguese by February 2016. Then I hope I might pick up German. :D
cool, I like it when people are focused :-) Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
My goals are to finish my Danish tree, pass my Spanish class, perhaps start learning Arabic (not sure where to begin, though) and to get to a somewhat passable level in Finnish.
Someone recommended me Michel Thomas & Assimil nice resources in order to start Arabic language :-) I haven't started yet, though. :-)
Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
2016 ውስጥ ተጨማሪ አማርኛ መማር እፈልጋለሁ። የአማርኛ ቋንቋ ኢንክዩቤትር ውስጥ እንደሚሆን ደግሞ ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ!
In 2016 I want to learn more Amharic. I also hope that Amharic will be in the incubator!
For 2016 I might try and get a foothold on Italian and finish my Spanish Tree
Don't forget to move your hands when talking in Italian :-D [someone tolled this alone is half the way regarding Italian language]
I also like the sound of Spanish, good choices. Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
In 2016 (or hopefully by the end of this month) I want to complete my French tree! I managed to go from 45% to 82% complete in about a week, but now exams are afoot. :(
Alongside that I want to improve my conversational French and German, having found two people to speak to in those languages. Fingers crossed that this time next year, I'll be a lot more confident in French and German!
cool, seems like we have common goals for 2016 in language learning :-) Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
In 2015 my goal was to reactivate my Spanish so that I can have conversations again. I reached that goal a couple of months ago. I had an hour long conversation without the need to fall back into English. My Spanish has improved a lot this year after watching about 21 seasons of series, a month in Argentina, reading 10 books in Spanish and obviously finishing my Spanish tree. For 2016 my goal is to improve my reading skills in Spanish by reading 20 books and at some point maybe have a 3 month stint of speaking Spanish daily. I thought about doing the reverse tree, but my grammar is actually in good shape and the Duolingo vocab is pretty basic for me, so I'm not sure the reverse tree would really help me. Right now my Spanish is at Speaking B2, Reading B2-C1, Listening C1+, Writing B2-C1. My goal for next year is to get speaking and reading up to C1+ and Listening to C2. I ultimately want to get it all to C2 within the next 3 years, but I'm not in a rush.
Since improving my Spanish doesn't take up much time now and I can do it mainly while relaxing - reading books, watching stuff, chatting with friends etc. - my main goal for next year is Russian. I will finish the Russian tree and the reverse tree, work my way through Glossika, a grammar text book, and read my first novel in Russian, memorising the vocabulary as I go along. I will generally try to get my Russian to a point where I can just watch series and read books to improve it, so around B2 comprehension. I'd like to have it at a decent C1+ all around within 2 years maybe. It's hard to estimate though because it's the most difficult language I've learned so far.
wow, reading a novel in Russian would be awesome, perhaps The Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoevsky :-)
Good luck with both Spanish and Russian, Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
I'll be taking my language learning mostly offline next year. So I guess my main goal is to remember to study everyday when I don't have the streak and Duo's notifications to remind me! I want to make sure I don't lose any of the French I've learned in the last year and a half, and hopefully be able to improve it even more. I am going to try to read as many French books as I can next year.
I also want to try to pick up the basics of a First Nations language. I'll never be fluent, but I'd like to learn a few words and maybe some of the grammar.
My last goal will be to make a decision by the end of the year about which new language to start when I come back to Duolingo in 2017. Right now I keep wavering between German, Norwegian and Russian, but by this time next year I will have it figured out so I can be ready to start fresh in January.
Good luck to everyone with meeting your language goals next year! :-)
That's cool. I just am about to finish my French tree (only 3 more lessons to go and all lessons are gold). Since you've already reached level 25, may I ask if you're able to have reasonable conversations in French? What about writing?
I plan to study "Assimil" book for French, 100 conversations. I guess it's more effective for speaking.
I can't say that I can have a reasonable conversation yet, but then again, I've never tried... maybe I could? I think that I have the knowledge I need for basic conversations, but the trouble is remembering it when I need it. I'm sure I would still spend too much time thinking about things like grammar rules and word order to be able to speak smoothly. Hopefully with continued practice these things will start to come easier.
As for writing, thanks for reminding me about another goal I have! I wanted to practice writing more next year also; I planned to start a Word document for writing practice and just keep it like a journal. I thought the list of old Lingots for Stories topics might be a good place to get ideas.
Good luck finishing your French tree!
I believe you know more than you think; as you said, it's simply because you haven't really practiced it yet. That's why I've asked, I think it's better now to have my focus on conversation based materials than simply vocabulary acquisition, as I - and certainly you - by now know enough vocabularies and grammar to get the job done. :-)
I find writing easier, though; that's was the case for English and German for me.
Thanks, two more lessons [sports & economics] are left to finish the French tree :-)
I know I'm a bit late to the party, but better late than never!
I recently became a project leader for a group that works in Nicaragua, so my top priority will be to dust off my Spanish and get it to a good enough level that I will be able to talk to the people that we'll be working with there, who are almost certainly Spanish-speaking. We might be working with an Indigenous community there, so I may also end up learning some Miskito, depending on the community. We'll see how that goes. I'm going to practice Spanish here on Duo, but also make a goal of speaking it at least twice a week.
Otherwise, my goal is to get to a place where I can speak Persian and Turkish both with reasonable fluency (at least B1 speaking, although I will set a reach of B2). I have coworkers who speak these languages, and I plan to find more people to help me as well. I have a better knowledge of written Turkish, and I really need to put into practice speaking, so that will be my main focus.
But before any of that...I have to take my exams for the semester...
glad that you joined buddy, :-) first of all, congratulations to your promotion as a project leader :-) second, I wish you best for your exams, :-)
As for your language goals, I'm pretty sure you'll achieve your goals regarding Spanish, :-) Regarding Turkish & Persian, I'm positive you won't have much trouble finding native speakers who want to improve their English, or German, or French or ... :-)
Best, Heschmat :-)
For next year I simply want to improve languages I already know. I want to get my French advanced and my Spanish fluent.
that's nice, I also have the same idea for the languages I already know :-) Best, & see you next year to see our progress :-)
My goals are:
-Finish my Spanish and Irish trees -Begin Welsh (and maybe Vietnamese) when it comes out -Reach B1 in Spanish
And that's it!
That's cool. :-) I wish you a good year (in advance) & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-) Best :-)
I would like to finish my French tree, have good knowledge of Turkish and be MATURE! Right now I am in the dumps, for I am being immature.
My mother says that my inferior knowledge needs improving, so she gave me this website and now I am as happy as a butterfly!
Merci for the post and bonne annee to you, good sire!
Great. I would suggest to make your goal regarding "Turkish" more concrete. "Good knowledge" is a bit vague. Best :-)
You have great goals, especially the expanding vocabulary and maybe learning Chinese!
I want to finish my French tree and have it gold. I also want to complete the Polish tree and reach level 25.
Thanks. I know some guys that know many languages but it's rusty. I prefer to know fewer languages but know them in an advanced level.
Chinese would be a real challenge. My native tongue is Farsi, so Arabic would be less of a challenge. Farsi and Arabic are like English and French, lots of common words, alphabets are also mostly the same.
Wow, B2 in German and C1 in French! I like your ambition! Personally my plans are to get close to achieving B2 in German, read books and watch movies in Italian and reach B1 in French (I haven't started yet but I studied it in school)
Merci, I'm already doing my B2 in German, actually. I aim to go beyond C1 (mainly sophisticated vocabularies.)
In my experience, French is easier compared to German, a lot easier. Specially if you are a native English speaker. And as your streak shows, you're pretty committed. :-) Keep up the good works and definitely you'll get them done, :-) best :-)
I plan to finish my German tree. (29 skills down, 92 to go) I'm toying with the idea of working on another language when I have, but really I want to be able to read in German, so after finishing my tree I will probably go looking for other resources to continuing expanding my understanding.
So I suppose my goal for 2016 is to read a novel in German.
Great, I'd suggest try "Michel Thomas" course for German. It really shortens your time to mastery by a factor of ten. I really mean it. Other good resources are "Assimil, German with ease" and also the DW website has lots of free courses which are nice to work on together with Duolingo. Keep up the good work and see you next year :-)
Thank you, I know of the DW website, but haven't looked at it in depth yet. I'll definitely be checking out their courses sometime in the future. Lol, probably in a week or so when I'm visiting my parents for Christmas, I'll need the distraction.
I'm going to hold off on buying resources considering there's so many free resources these days, although I have been considering taking a night class. My local university offers language courses to the public, but I want to see if I can stick it out with Duolingo first. I'm over the first hurdle, but I usually have difficulties with motivation when I'm learning on my own.
This year I've read 4 novels in German because I had the same goals : "Tschick", "Der Vorleser", "Biennen-Sterben" and "Nenn mich einfach Super Held !"
They are really easy and you should give them a try
I went through all of the Radio D program on DW and then moved on to Grüße aus Deutschland at the Goethe Institut. I like being able to listen while I am wandering around the house doing dishes, laundry, whatever. :-)
Trying out every language to see which ones look easier to study. I also plan to do the following:
- Complete French tree and start reverse tree.
- Complete Spanish tree
- Make good progress on German, and finish, if possible.
- Work on Irish
- Start Norwegian
Great, reverse tree is good. If you are native English speaker or your English is already decent, I'd suggest to do the French tree from German or do the German tree from French. I find it helpful. :-) Keep up the good work :-)
Those would be a good idea, too. Once I'm up to speed on all of those languages, I'll do those trees.
My goals for 2016 are not that extreme since I've only restarted learning languages a year ago. I've been trying lots of things but I think it's time to focus in one or two languages to make sure I learn something before I can progress. I would say that being a true A2 Czech speaker (I'm learning czech in college) and finnishing both italian and swedish trees. I will be extremely happy if I'm able to achieve that. :)
I like it. Some of us tend to dream big and, sadly, stop there. But having concrete goals which are a little bit outside our comfort zone is the best way to go, in my opinion. :-) Keep up the good work & see you next year :-)
Thank you very much! Good luck =)
My main goal will be to finish the Polish tree.
How do you get testing for the CEFR levels/ is there an American equivalent? I might look into getting tested for my Italian level.
hum, lot's of people wanting to do Polish, I wonder why that is. :-)
If you are familiar with TOEFL iBT, then C1 is +95 (out of 120). You may consult this link: https://www.ets.org/toefl/institutions/scores/compare/
My main goal is to improve my German as much as possible...I'd like to get close to B2 as much as I can.I think that's possible since I learned quite a lot in these two months.I want to find something similiar to Michel Thomas for German since I'm gonna master it soon.I wont start studying any other languages since German is my main concerne right now and I really wanna be fluent in it.
Thanks for the wishes by the way.I wish you all the best.You seem like a really good,polite and mature guy.Keep it up man.Ich wünsche dir alles Gute :D
danke sehr, since you start with Michel Thomas already, I would say if you work regularly you can do it. I tried lots of trial and errors and not very steadily, sadly.
If you can get "Assimil, German with ease," that would be cool, but in the meantime, I suggest to start with "Deutsch warum nicht" from Deutsche Welle website: http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/deutsch-warum-nicht/s-2163
I like you thinking to focus only on German and not starting another one. Practice every day and you'll get it done. I always joke, if you can learn German in a decent level, you can achieve anything in life :-D
Thanks for your nice words, all the best & see you next year. :-)
"I always joke, if you can learn German in a decent level, you can achieve anything in life :-D"
Haha, so true! After trying to explain several odd things about German to my husband I'm pretty happy that it's my native lang and I don't have to learn it! My favourite example of German oddities: There is "verkaufen" and "kaufen", there is "verlieben" and "lieben", there is "verlieren" and ...? Wait, why is there no "lieren"?!
What are you talking about?
Ich liere, du lierst, er/sie/es liert. Ich habe geloren. :P
haha, indeed, :-) recently, I cam across a book, "Mastering German Vocabulary: A Practical Guide to Troublesome Words", which explains these kinds of words and their proper usage with respect to the context. :-)
On Duo, I'd like to probably finish my German, French, Swedish, Ukrainian/Russian, Dutch, and maybe trees and if possible to fit a few more in (These would be mainly the new languages coming up like Hindi or Swahili which I'm hoping will come out later in the new year!
Thanks! And well yeah, Duo's getting into my daily schedule more and more now so I know I can and will complete those trees
- Finish German tree, achieve B1-B2 fluency and work on speaking fluency
- Start and finish Russian tree
I like that, not a busy calendar :-) I'd suggest you to give "Michel Thomas" course in German a try. I already suggested it to many of my friend and they all love it. :-) I always say starting language learning with Michel Thomas reduces your way to mastery by a factor of 10. I mean it :-) Keep up the good work and see you next year :-)
I have used Michel Thomas for both Spanish and German - the "Language Builder" CDs - and they are a great supplement!
I want to get my Esperanto to a stable speaking level. TRY to perfect my Japanese accent and refresh my Spanish :)
Wow, you know Japanese, cool. :-) Could you also read? I plan to learn Chinese, but only in speaking. I don't think I would bother with reading anytime soon. :-)
Yeah I am an Asian Studies major in college focus in Japanese, my reading and writing skills are intermediate level, but I would consider my speaking to be a little less since speaking abilities in class are limited to once in a while ask and respond. Looking for a pen pal to practice with , hopefully I find one. :)
My goal is to finish the Portuguese tree and become a B2 level in Catalan, Romanian, Polish, Welsh and Arabic. It'll be quite the challenge but I'm very motivated and I know I can do it ! And of course Basque afterwards !
wow, you have a very busy year :-) you never know, with great motivation and hard work, everything is possible :-) Although, it may be a good idea to prioritize :-) Keep up the good work, best :-)
Basque?! Wow, ambitious! A teacher in my Spanish language school in the Basque Country at some point needed to learn Basque as a requirement to be allowed to continue working in a Basque secondary school. They gave her 5 years for that and despite the high stakes after that time she failed the exam and had to look for another job. Apparently it's extremely difficult to learn. Good luck!
Keep my Spanish tree gold (I should get it all gold by year's end). Get good enough at the tree that it's no longer teaching me anything. :-)
Work on Immersion and conversation skills in Spanish.
Finish the German tree. This is surprisingly difficult for me. I'm basically B2/C1 in German, but my grammar's a mess. Because I know the vocabulary I want to fly through the exercises, but I get marked wrong for bad declensions (which no one cares about when you speak with them).
Once I've got Spanish to where I'm conversational - at least B1, hopefully B2 - I want to start on sign language. That may not be in 2016.
cool, Mark Twain said it brilliantly, "I would rather decline two drink than a German adjective." :-D Keep up the good work, it shouldn't be hard with your knowledge of German vocabulary. Be patient :-)
First, finish French. Second, finish German. Third, finish Russian. Fourth, maybe try Spanish, Portugese, Ukrainian, or Swedish.
My main goal is French. I like German and Russian, so I am learning it.
Cool, we have to some extent similar goals. :-) Keep up the good work and see you next year :-)
For 2016 I want to be at a B1 level in Italian and Greek. At this rate I can maybe finish the IT for EN speakers tree. Once I finish the reverse trees for IT and EL, I'll do the Norwegian tree from where I left off. I'm at the point now in IT and EL where the grammar points are starting to sink in, which is great. :'D
Italian is really nice. I envy you. I heard half the language is to know how to move your hands when speaking, don't forget that:-D Keep up the good work and see you next year :-)
Even before I started learning languages I tended to move my hands sometimes when speaking English lmao, and yes it is a very nice language <': Thanks, I hope I'll achieve my goals (and a bit more wouldn't hurt lmao).
First a goal for 2015
- stop procrastinating re my reverse Spanish tree, get to level 25 by New Year!
Goals for 2016
Sign up for Cornish Language Weekend in April
Two week trip to Spain for intensive Spanish classes.
Start and complete German, Catalan and Welsh trees on Duolingo - include laddering Spanish to German tree.
Start and complete Say Something in Cornish course.
wow, you've mastered Spanish. Great :-) and awesome streak, by the way. :-) Keep up the good work. :-) I wish you the best, have fun in Spain and your language learning. See you next year :-)
I'd really like to review my Norwegian tree until every single skill is gold! Ever since I completed the tree, I kind of got lazy with keeping up with it. And since I have two Norwegian friends coming in the next coming months, I'd really like to get back to the point where I left off and continue to improve - not to mention hold my first real life conversation in Norwegian! Very scary but exciting thought. (Getting to level 25 would also be pretty nice.)
As for my other trees, I'd like to see them complete before I begin any new ones.
Also really want to focus on improving my Korean, as it's my favorite language. ^^
That's a great motivation to have a conversation with friends in another language. :-) Keep up the good work :-)
I agree, to finish what we've already started is a good idea. :-) I have no familiarity with Korean, but I find Chinese a very nice language, it's really a different world I can say. :-)
Best wishes, and see you next year to see how we've progressed :-)
I'd say if I could finish the Russian tree in 2016, that'd be pretty great.
I also want to start learning Vietnamese on Duolingo in 2016!
Awesome :-) you are one of the role models in Duolingo, so many languages mastered, much more trees completed :-) Best wishes :-)
in end of 2015 i will complete the english tree, also now i start to learn the Persian/Farsi alphabet. Now i am in 6 level in french, and in 4 in Russian. In end of 2016 i want to have completed the Russian and French tree, to be a little fluent in Persian and be a little fluent in Kazakh. Also i am interested to learn Hindi/Urdu, Belarusian, Chinese in the future.
cool, perhaps you know about @MaeeSafaee 's basic Farsi course in Memrise? If not, definitely check it out: http://www.memrise.com/course/385800/basic-farsi-6/
Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
Main Goals: Korean: A1-A2, Turkish: B2-C1,
I'm also interested in learning Mandarin Chinese.
awesome, I have a little experience with Mandarin, I really like it. It's totally different that what I've learned so far :-)
Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
Hi! I thought about doing more exercice here on Duo this year, but, well, learning languages is a life long job, otherwise they will be forgotten. Next year I hope I will finish my English to Italian tree, after that, Italian to French and English to French, than in 2017 French to English. Maybe it will take less time, because I will improve and I will find the last trees easier. I use other online resourses and books also. Sometimes, when my brain duo-saturated, I just do 10 xp and I read the national geographic articles, they are full of Amazing pictures! (I like photography). Best wishes for a 2016 full of realized goals!
Thanks :-) Keep up the good work, definitely it'll get easier by practice :-) Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
My goals for 2016:
- Finish the Russian tree. I am approaching the half way point now.
- Keep my existing trees (Italian, Turkish, and French) golden and/or work with resources outside Duolingo to expand my skills in these languages.
- Do the Spanish tree
- Start learning something completely different -- Vietnamese? Indonesian? Hindi? Swahili? I am not sure yet.
awesome, If you want totally different, maybe learn Farsi :-D Here's a like the Memrise course http://www.memrise.com/course/385800/basic-farsi-6/ to get a feeling for the language, perhaps you'd like it, who knows :-)
Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
Thanks for the suggestion about learning Farsi. Farsi are both languages I would like to become more familiar with. Indonesian may be the most likely choice for a different language right now because there is a slight possibility that I might visit southeast Asia next fall. I am also playing around with an app called "ChineseSkills" -- it's kind of like Duolingo for Chinese -- and it's completely blowing my brain right now.
You're welcome, whatever you choose, I wish you the best :-) Thanks for the app, I'll check it definitely :-) Best, :-)
hmmm... finish the german three and reach levels B1-B2, and reach C1 in spanish (because my mother tongue is portuguese, spanish goes veeery fast)
also, learn a little bit of Russian. I think I'm almost learning the alphabet by now xD
There are good resources on Deutsche Welle's website, check them out. Particularly, "Deutsch Warum Nich" is nice for start. Also, I highly recommend "Michel Thomas" course for German, it's really more than awesome, trust me on this one. :-)
Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
Deutsche Welle is great! I'm following it's radio drama aimed at beginners, it's quite cool!
By the end of 2016, I hope to understand spoken Swedish more and expand my vocabulary. Also I hope to be at level 25. :)
That's nice, I like when people really focus :-) Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
That's cool. I just am about finishing my French tree, so we have common goal in French for 2016 :-) Best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
My main focus is going to be on Irish, Norwegian will be a close second simply because I like the sound of the language.
Being conversational in both by the end of the year would be nice.
Cool, I like it. Really focusing on few languages with concrete goals, :-) best, and will see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
My goal for 2016 is to complete my Swedish tree and see if I can hold a conversion in Swedish. Then I would like to improve my French and then maybe try Spanish
Thanks, since I have only started recently. I bet by the end of the year, there's going to be other languages I'm going to try and learn. Good luck in the new year.
My first goal is to make my way through the Polish tree. After that, there are a handful of languages I'm interested in adding at some point, but for right now I'm just going to focus on Polish :)
I like that. Pick a language and dig into it until mastery, then start another one. I wish you the best, and see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
By the end of 2016, I will have completed my French tree. I studied French for years and really am just trying to freshen my knowledge as I spent years not speaking it. I also want to have completed the reverse tree as well. Because I studied it previously, French is my primary concern as it was my first foreign language and really should be my strongest.
I always want to have completed my Esperanto, Swedish, Italian, Dutch and Turkish trees and want to at least be able to have a conversation in those languages.
I want to be at least partly finished with my Polish tree and I will decide if I want to continue on with Norwegian.
Outside of Duolingo, I also want to learn Basque and Romanian.
In 2016 i try to get my B2 in Dutch, and my C1 in English. In DUO, i will learn Portugese and Danish. (my 6th and 7th tree :D)
cool, keep up the good work :-) best & see you next year to see how far we've gone :-)
i would like to finish my german tree, spanish tree, french tree, and last but not least my irish tree. The bonus skills would be nice too though right by the end of the year. i have goals thats for sure right?
where there is a will, there is a way :-) slowly but steadily, I'd say it's reasonably achievable :-) Good luck, and see you next year :-)
- Complete my French Tree and reverse
- Complete my Italian Tree and reverse
- Complete my Spanish Tree and reverse
- Maintain a streak of 365
I would say it's pretty reasonable. However, as you know, finishing just a tree & reverse is far from being able to communicate in the target language. Wouldn't it be better to focus in two of them, say French & Spanish and then start the 3rd language? Just a suggestion. :-)
I wish you best, & see you next year to see how far we've gone. :-)
Thanks so much. That sounds very reasonable. I keep wondering why so many of the duolingo users have umpteen languages going on at the same time. It fascinates me to see what humans are capable of. I like to push my limits however I will most certainly take your advice. My understanding of the reverse tree is that one reverses the primary language of learning. So for example instead of English learning French, I would have French learning English. The only part of that which may not be in a learner's best interest is the pronunciations. I would not want to spend time trying to get a computer to understand my english and grade my pronunciation when I am a native speaker! Maybe I will turn off microphone, but then the exercise would be for reading and writing but not really for speaking and trying to get some enunciation of the words. I am using other resources also, some of them based on spaced repetition such as www.memrise.com and Transparent French. I have also downloaded an app called HelloTalk where language learners meet and talk via VOIP or just chat with text within the app. It also has a section where your language buddy can correct your text. There is a website called Gospeaky.com and it seems to do the same thing (and may be owned by the same company that owns the app). I have also rallied my native French speakers so hopefully I will be able to say I DID IT sometime next year when I visit France.
Cool, just one observation regarding reverse tree in order to make them even more productive. Say you finished your French Tree (from English) & started learning Spanish or Italian. Then, in order to improve your French & learn Spanish/Italian, you can start the Spanish Tree as a French speaker (rather than English speaker.) I think it's better this way. I myself am not a native English speaker, but after reaching a good enough level in German, I'm learning French both from English & German Tree. It's a lot of fun :-)
That's right. I do think that will make it very useful and double the learning effect if one learns their next language using the preceding language.
Now that I have finished both English-Italian-English trees I plan to guild both trees and reach level 4 in both immersions. Continue to study my Italian Grammer for dummies and other similar online resources. Read some original Italian stories. Visit Italy in April. Then tackle German.
great, :-) You can start learning German as an Italian speaker :-) This helps consolidate your Italian & learn German. :-)
Keep up the good work :-)
My goal is to get to high levels in Spanish and French by 2017! I want to push myself becayse more learning, the better!
Before I go, here is an inspirational statement for language learning:
❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞ ‒Frank Smith
good goals Noah, I'm sure with your enthusiasm combined with hard work you can fulfil your goals. :-) Best, Heschmat :-)
Update: By the end of the year, I plan to have the Spanish and French trees just about dow. Then, I will tackle Italian and maybe look at some of the Germanic languages.
I started using Duolingo in October, 2015, learning only French. In fact, I had a good knowledge of the basic level of French but I got so amazed by my improvement on the language in such a short period of time that I soon became a Duolingo enthusiast and started talking about it to almost every person I know! Well, I am from Brazil and my native language is Portuguese and I've been fluent in English since my teenage years. I have already finished French and Spanish trees from Portuguese and nowdays, besides keeping on practicing those trees, I am learning ITALIAN from Spanish, and doing Duolingo in English to reinforce my French (doing its tree from English) and to learn DUTCH. I've been refraining myself (hehehe) from starting another language before finishing the Italian tree (from Spanish) and the Dutch e French trees (from English). I haven't decided yet which will be the next language adventure but I have given a name to all this language learning process: it's my Personal Polyglot Project!