https://www.duolingo.com/EricD74

I have completed the German Tree!

Hello all,

First off, I would like to say Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with their family and friends.

One of my New Year's resolutions is complete. :D After diligently working on the German course for four months, I am proud to say that I have completed the Tree! The course was well organized and contained many fun lessons and sentences. I especially enjoyed the thematic lessons towards the end of the course. They helped provide relief from the large grammar lessons.

The beginning of the course was quite difficult, though, because I had a hard time figuring out the genders of nouns and understanding the dative case. However, many of my early struggles started to disappear and the grammar seemed less difficult once I got through half of the course. If you are struggling, don't give up! Everything will eventually clear up.

I'm going to continue to maintain my German Tree and will be using a book to study German. I will also be taking a class over the summer. I'm hoping to go to Germany next year for a semester abroad.

In all, it was pleasure completing the German course. I had a fun time working on each lesson and skill. Thank you to the moderators and contributors for making such a great course.

Edit: I'm not sure why, but my flair is showing the wrong levels for my languages. My actual levels are: 19 in German, 18 in Portuguese, and 10 in French.

Edit 2: Looks like my flair is fixed and shows the correct levels.

Edit 3: Thank you to all for the wonderful and encouraging comments!

January 13, 2016

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

Congratulations! Ausgezeichnet! Have you considered doing the reverse German tree? I've found the reverse tree (Ger->Eng) has additional vocabulary and also serves to strengthen my German. Good luck to you!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/learngerman26

Congratulations on your completion! I do have a question as I see people with level 25 in German: how come you are finished and you are at level 19? Don't we have to reach a certain level to be finished or are we finished when we complete the exercises?

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/iheartbieber

When you finish all the lessons.

January 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Arcticwolfpup

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Keep up the great work!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk

Congratulations!!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EricD74

Thank you!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/revengedoctor21

Congratulations! I am also working on the German tree but it has taken me such a long time (due to illness mainly), and it is always encouraging to see other people finish their trees. I also want to travel and Study Abroad in Germany. Good luck over there!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EricD74

Thank you!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Anca007

Congratulations and good luck! I am Erasmus, also working on my german tree, and I think that a semester abroad is a great choice! Go for it!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EricD74

Thank you. I'm looking forward to going to Germany next year. I've never traveled to any European country before.

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryan-31

Congratulations! Did you use any other tools besides duolingo while going through the german tree?

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EricD74

Thank you. I'm using the Living Languages Complete course in addition to Duolingo. It's quite helpful with explaining grammar and teaching vocabulary that isn't found in the German tree. My goal now is trying to find a native speaker with whom I can practice on Skype. I tried finding a language exchange partner on HelloTalk and interpals, but I had no success thus far. :|

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle

Oh my, you accomplished the tree really quickly compared to me! I'm literally halfway through... XD

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EricD74

I went through the last half of tree fairly quickly. I'm on winter break and do not have much to do at home, so I decided to binge on Duolingo and just complete the tree. I did each lesson three times, which helped me remember the words and drill the grammar into my head. I gained many XP points in the process. Fortunately my tree is showing very little signs of decay (and if a skill does decay, I do quite well).

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPrince

congrats!!!!!!!!!!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/zhongliang3

Congratulations! Seeing you guy completing encourages me to work harder!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/zhongliang3

Hi there, I followed you and I will check your XP every time I am tired.Thanks!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/huiqing22

Congrats!!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SharasT

Congratulations!! And Thank you for what you said about the trouble with remembering genders.. I've been worrying about how to remember the correct genders for nouns since forever...

Seeing what you wrote seriously motivates me to work harder and overcome this hurdle as soon as I can!!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JadeBates2

Well done! Quite impressive that you managed to get it done in 4 months. I wish I had your dedication. ^^;

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SzeSan

Congratulations!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Wynde

Congrats!! :) I just picked up again today after about 3 months off... what a good resolution! Best of luck in 2016 and enjoy your trip to Germany!!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren

Congratulations!

January 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/xanosa

congrats dude

January 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/StefaniM13

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! I highly recommend an immersion class. I've taken both a conventional language class, where the material is taught in English, and an immersion class, where we speak German the entire time, and I made the most progress with the immersion class. The immersion method is closer to how we learn language (speaking first, reading/writing later). Either way, Viel Glück!

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/kimilham98

woww, it must be really hard . but i think this german course for english still have a weakness (?) , i mean its still hard for me to make a sentence in deutch since this course is having too much translating exercise , so i guess i will try english for germany ?

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam9812

Yep, that is true.

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/KoolKat09

congrats! keep up the good work! :)

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/dan.nguyen.bka

germ is complicate

January 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/QueenKijonna

hey, congrats have you consided trying the french tree

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/QueenKijonna

your so welcome

February 3, 2016
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