Recognition To Those who have completed a tree
When I got bored yesterday, I noticed that the tree is very long and hard to complete if you do it every other day like me, so now I understand why completing the tree is very tiresome and hard. Congrats to those who did it and Fröhliche Weihnachten! ( Merry Christmas in German )
LICA98, thank you for showing me! XD I can't wait for you guys to complete the tree! merry Christmas
Its my goal to finish it for German, Esperanto and Polish :) The polish one is going to take me so long though
It always seems like it's going to take a really long time, and realistically it is a big achievement, but the satisfaction when you receive that trophy is well worth it. ;)
Yeah, you get a little gold owl-shaped trophy at the bottom of your tree once you finish it.
Yes I cant wait. Im actually doing pretty well with the German one. Its just the polish one that will take me longer because its slavic so it is very different to English but once I finish the German and Esperanto trees I can focus more on my Polish tree :) I cant wait to finish them.
Thank you! I've done it so far in Spanish, German and Esperanto. With the Spanish tree, I finished it, then didn't keep up the practice, and have lost most of it through lack of use. I use German regularly, so go back to it from time to time to brush up. I finished the Esperanto tree in two months, and keep it up every day (176 day unbroken streak so far), and it's sticking, because I've been keeping my tree all gold for twice as long now, as it took me to complete it.
Well, I've finished the German & Italian in both directions (4 trees), and I don't intend to try any more. I'll be spending lots of time keeping them golden, and just familiarizing myself more with the languages.
Wow!!!!! I really admire you! do you feel that you have a reasonably solid grasp of both languages?
Also, in keeping them golden do you feel that it keeps your skills reasonably sharp and continue to improve them?
Finally, 1) Are you able to read text in the language and make out the content, and 2) can you follow verbal German/Italian? the native speakers seem to talk so much faster than the recording for the course.
Again, I really admire your accomplishment Susanna35. :)
Yes, I think I am keeping my skills sharp and improving them. I haven't had any opportunity to listen to any Italian (I can't do youtube due to slow dial-up). As far as the German goes, well, I studied that in college years ago, and it's just a refresher for me. I turned of the audio on the lessons, because I could never hear it clearly. But a few years ago - when I hadn't done anything significant with German for a long time, a friend of my son's brought his German girlfriend home for a visit. I was too timid to speak German, but I could understand her just fine. She would speak in German, and I would respond in English. She spoke English fluently.
I can read a bit in both languages, but that takes somewhat less skill than speaking or even listening. I haven't had opportunity to "listen" to Italian.
Well, I see his comments have been hidden, and I believe it was done very quickly.
A tree is just a name for the entire set of lessons in a certain language. For example, it looks like you are learning German, so you are working on the German tree.
Thank you. So when you have completed a tree, this means that you have completed the entire course?
Yes and no.
You will have done all the lessons, yes.
But then you need to practice and keep your tree golden (all the lessons need to have a gold coloured button, not a green or red or blue one). It's only when you feel that Duolingo can not teach you anymore, that you have really 'completed' the course.
Thank you for adding this information LucVerhels. I didn't know that the tree stays golden that that you need to keep practicing for it to not change color. They put a lot of thought into designing this site.
Thanks to the creators of Duolingo. it is really a wonderful program and opportunity for the people of the world to learn a new language.
I asked that question a few weeks ago myself. :)
And if I hadn't been on this website when I asked it, I think that someone may have responded by giving me a link like this:
Wishing you the best and I am hoping that each of us make it through our respective 'Trees'. :)
Thanks! I have finished the German, Turkish, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese and French tree so far. I hope to finish the Norwegian, Ukrainian, Russian and Polish tree aswell somewhere next year.
Das stimmt! In der Tat ist es eine große Leistung, den Baum zu vervollständigen.
(Agreed! Indeed it is a big achievement to complete the tree.)
Fröhliche Weihnacten an dir auch!
Viel Spaß bei deinem Studium!