https://www.duolingo.com/ManOfGer

A year!

Just thought I'd make a post to celebrate a year long streak in German. I'm taking it slowly, so have not yet finished my tree (although I'm not all that far off), but I can certainly see that I'm progressing.

Probably my brightest moment while learning was when I was in an online discussion with someone and they referred to an article discussing quantum mechanical scientists that I thought had to be misrepresenting them. So I did some searching and found that the article was an English translation of a German article. More to the point, I found a German article debunking that article by showing what the scientists had been quoted as saying and comparing them with what they were actually saying in context, with links to the original quotes, all in German.

While I certainly didn't understand everything in any of the German sources, I understood enough to know what the scientists were actually saying and how they were being misrepresented, and was able to make a counter-argument summarising the important points and (often unthinkable on the internet) the person who had originally posted the article conceded that they were wrong.

So I'm a long way from being able to consider myself a German speaker, but to read some articles about an in-depth subject like quantum mechanics and understand enough of it to argue cogently is something I'm a bit proud of.

Now onwards to the next year.

December 17, 2015

33 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

Congratulations! That's quite the achievement!

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mungerpro1

I need lingot please

December 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

Congratulations on your streak and your German language learning. Have you considered starting your reverse tree? I've been working on both the German tree as well as the reverse tree and have found it helpful. The reverse tree has different words and it helps to both supplement and reinforce my German. Good luck on the next year of study!

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethKrispin

I am not sure what you are talking about when you speak of a 'reverse tree'. Are you meaning that you are doing the same tree that you just finished but backward?

If it is something else, please explain.

Thanks so much!

me

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethKrispin

could you mean the German to English language Duo tree? instead of the English to German tree?

Thanks for clarifying your suggestion.

me

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

I started on the German tree (English to German) . I'm still working on the German tree. Several months ago, I started what is referred to as the "reverse tree", (German to English). Like I mentioned, I have found it to be helpful for me.

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethKrispin

Thanks! that sounds interesting, I hope to try it assuming i make it that far. :) I am only on level 11 right now. I still have a ways to go. :)

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

I started the reverse tree when I had reached around 65 percent of the German tree. In hindsight, I wish I had started a bit earlier, say 40 to 50 percent completion. Good luck! :)

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir

Here's how you do a reverse tree: Go to "Choose a new course" then change your language from English to German by clicking on the appropriate box and everything will change to German. To switch back you just do the same thing in reverse.

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ManOfGer

I had been planning on doing the reverse tree once I'd finished the German tree, but you say that it's helpful to do it at the same time? I might give that a go then, thanks.

After that, it'll be laddering, but I'll have to decide what language is next.

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

For me, the reverse tree has been very helpful. It covers some of the material on the German tree, but it also has different vocabulary as well as different exercises. It has both reinforced and supplemented what I've been learning on the German tree. Like I've said, in hindsight, I somewhat wish I had started a bit earlier. You could always try it and see what you think, the price is right. Regarding languages, I've started working on some Dutch, and that has been quite fun. One of these days, I'll actually finish my German tree. Good luck to you. :)

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mungerpro1

I need lingot please

December 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/manouchehri

Gratuliere, sehr schön

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/John-AI4FR

Nice!! Thanks for sharing your experience as well. Back in September I downloaded the app but things got crazy here and I never had a chance to use it. I've since dug my heels in and try to study everyday. Having a blast!! Reading your post is great encouragement.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jletellier

Herzlichen Glückwunsch und weiter so!

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HisDaughter1

Woah! Nice job! Yes...I know I’m very late... xD

August 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Shoda_Fayez

Congrats, a wonderful streak, keep it up :D here is a lingot to encourage you :D

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jcbusmc

Ja good job

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bobinator3000

gut Gemacht

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DasArcaneium

That's really cool and I hope you keep your streak and finish your tree :)

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Appleseed21

Congratulations!

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Appleseed21

By the way, I am interested in quantum physics too. Where did you find these sources?

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ManOfGer

Well, it's more about the misrepresentation of quantum physicists than the physics itself, but this is the most relevant article: https://kritischgedacht.wordpress.com/2008/04/19/jenseitige-quantenphsiker/

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Appleseed21

Thanks!

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/josewilhelm

You have certainly worked hard and you deserve it. Well done and keep at it!

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tokarominki

Mon! I think there should be a page for those who have done that. Maybe I should create one. I don't know just thinking aloud

December 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Drachen

Das ist toll! Ich hoffe mir ein jahr auch machen.

December 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham

Alle Achtung! Gut, nur so weitermachen.

December 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Well done! You should be very proud of yourself! If anyone wants t learn Spanish or practice English, feel free to go on my new disscussion called 'A fun way to help people learn languages!' :)

December 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Edielane0

i have only just started because my bother did it and it is! well done i hope i can do it as you.

December 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FedorScheg

You will,you will

December 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/F.TLucy

me too. a year seems to be a long way...: )

December 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mungerpro1

I need lingot please

December 21, 2015
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