Thank you Duolingo and Good bye!
After a streak of 241 days on Duolingo and successfully completing B2 Goethe Zertifikat (Deutsch), I would now bid adieu to daily activity on Duolingo. Many thanks to Duolingo team for providing this platform as it undoubtedly helped me keep the learning focus and increase my German vocabulary.
What other resources did you use to obtain your B2 knowledge ? I am also aiming for B2 atm so I am a little bit curious. And congratulations !!!!!! We are all proud of you ;)
I am not sure if you have completed Goethe Zertifikat B1 or not. Either way, B2 Goethe Zertifikat is far more difficult than B1. I do not intend to discourage you but DL is just to keep you motivated but does not provide B2 level study material. For B2 one needs to have good grasp of the grammar and reasonably good vocabulary.
Once that is done, then there are multiple books (at least the ones that I followed are listed below) that can help you practice the exam papers: 1. Mit Erfolg zum Goethe Zertifikat B2 2. Fit fuers Goethe Zertifikat B2 3. Cornelsen-Prufungstraining-B2 4. Karaszi Csilla Pruefungsspass - B2 5. Lesetraining B2 6. Some B2 sample test papers available online.
Of course, these sources are just for practicing for the exam and not for learning grammar. I used various online sources for learning grammar. I did all my preparation through self-study (without any official course or classes) so I had to improvise a lot. Those who attend the Deutsch course will certainly have relatively easier path to success.
Watching Tagesschau, Deutsche Welle and watching/listening to other news sources is highly recommended to improve Hoeren. There are Apps available on Appstore so you don't need to be dependent on laptop and can access these on the go. If you watch any TV serial or movies in German (with subtitles in the beginning), it would be an added benefit.
Since I didn't have any speaking partner, I did speaking practice mostly in 'solo' mode.
Hope this helps! Feel free to reach me if you need any further information.
All the best!
Thank you so much for detailed response. I actually have only A1 Goethe Zertifikat, but I have studied more since then and I did those online sample tests from Goethe for B1 and I can easily do it. I do not want to do it officially yet because I want to learn a little bit more and go for B2 :D ( Don't wanna pay twice if I can do it in one go :P ) What I am doing at the moment is : Duolingo and watching Series/Movies on german with english subtitles. Sometimes I even turn on TV and watch german news xD I understand almost everything when I watch them because they speak Hoch Deutsch. It is a little bit more difficult in real life because everyone has their own dialekt :/
I guess I will focus on strengthening Duolingo for now, because I can still probably learn 5-10% more from this site. I know it because I sometimes run into some words which I don't know while I strengthen my skills.
And I guess after that I might get some books and study like you said :D
Switch the subtitles also to German. That might help you more in learning German :-)
How ? I don't think I would be able to learn much that way. With english subtitles makes sense because when I don't understand something i just look a little bit in subtitles and see the translation for the word which I didn't understand, but if I have german subtitles it would not help much , because I still wouldn't understand that word ... It's just my opinion. I might be wrong xD
Because he's attained a B2 level of German, DL offers nothing to help him make the jump from B2 to C1. At this point its probably best for him to watch/read/listen to native materials and practice writing and speaking with native speakers.
Thanks! exactly my point. I am focusing more on watching, listening and speaking. Hope DL brings something new to help beyond B2 also...
Yes. I see our languages are the same. Except you're at a higher level in both, and I don't speak polish...
ha ha ha... That's a good one. Honestly, I didn't think in that direction. May be I will start with another language soon. Thanks for the inspiration :-)
You might try learning French or Spanish using German as a starting language.
Yes, language laddering could help you practice your second language whilst learning another. Why not start French through German? ;)
It seems like the subtext says, "We will keep you here no matter the cost....No matter the cost".
Im Brazilian and I study German using English as my native language. I will do the same with Russian as soon as possible. I think you could do the same.
Delta 1212 has an excellent idea! I've been focused on learning German. Just for fun, I did Spanish at the same time and worked through the Spanish tree pretty quickly thanks to past study of that language. I've enjoyed thinking of the German word/translations when working the Spanish exercises. Perhaps when I finish the German tree and get some of that vocabulary a bit more locked in, I'll try dropping my native English from the mix
That would be awesome! I wouldn't be surprised if duo does that after the adding language phase.
@PJMCD, by leaving I meant that I do not intend to be a regular anymore, as I don't see further value. Will keep looking for updates, though. Thanks!
Why leave? Wouldn't it be best to stay to maintain what you have learnt? What about that glorious streak? Think about the streak!!! :p
Thanks AussieArnie! Unfortunately DL doesn't help beyond B2. To be able to maintain and improve the skills further, other sources of learning are required e.g. watching TV/Movies, listening to Radio and of course, speaking, speaking, speaking....
Interesting information that Duolingo only goes up to B2. Thank you for that.
I am about halfway into the German tree in eleven days, and believe I will finish it in the next 20 days or so. But I am from Sweden (many words are similar), I attend a German course at A1+ level and live in Vienna, so I have some advantages. I guess I could speed up finishing the tree a lot, but now I basically practice a lot. I want to learn German really good, so no need for speed.
Good you made it and good you are going further. Vielen dank for the information on how to get further, to all of you. I consider listening to radio and switching to watch movies dubbed to German (even though I hate the dubbing!). Time will tell.
All the best,
Actually Duo goes more or less to B1. I finished my B1 course last week and my real life courses have covered more grammar than Duo has. Still, it is a good place to practice the grammar it offers which will come in handy in my further studies.
It's a language level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
A1 and A2 are beginner levels, B1 and B2 are intermediate, and C1 and C2 are advanced - C1 is very competent and C2 is better than some native speakers, equivalent to an educated native speaker.
So B2 is upper intermediate, perhaps. The Wikipedia article includes a brief rubric of what you can do at various levels.
If you just started a week ago, you may not even be at A1 yet, but working towards there :)
By the way, Duo will probably not get you to A1 before A2; it doesn't teach in that sort of order. (For example, you don't first how to learn to introduce yourself and say simple sentences about your family, but sort of work straight towards the final level. It's not really a conversational course preparing you for easy/common travel situations first, then "filling in the holes" later.)
Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Aber du hast nur Ebene neunzehn erreicht! Ich bin jetzt an der fünfundzwanzigste Ebene und fühle mich, dass Duolingo wieder etwas lehren mir kann. Fühlst du dich anders? Ich bin sehr beeindruckt, weil ich hier in Deutschland seit einem Jahr leben habe und mein Deutsch ist noch nicht so gut. Aber ich bin glücklich dass am mindestens ich jetzt auf Deutsch ohne ein Wörterbuch schreiben kann.
Ich finde deinen Erfolg toll! Eine große Leistung in der Tat!
Übrigens, für wie lange hast du die Deutsche Sprache gelernt?
I'm a bit tired so I'll answer in English :) If one learns the language from other sources or doesn't start as a total beginner then it is quite easy to test out skills on the way (say the ones which are there to teach you nouns) and if you test out without mistakes, Duo will not ask you to strengthen the level very often. Level 25 simply shows that you have used Duo a lot but it gives no indication of the actual language level. My plan is also to abandon my German course as soon as my progress tests come back as perfect fives and when I make almost no mistakes in strengthening. There is simply no point to keep on practicing if you have reached a higher level (like he has with his B2 exam) since you know and use all that knowledge already.
Verstehe. Ja, das macht Sinn. Persönlich habe ich gerade B2 abgeschlossen. In einer Schule hier in Berlin heißt Expath habe ich auch Deutsch gelernt.
Ich finde DuoLingo noch soooo hilfreich, obwohl ich heir in Deutschland lebe und jeden Tag die Sprache nutzen kann. Vielleicht habe ich ein schlechtes Gedächtnis.
Ich wünsche mir, dass mehr Leute hier auf Deutsch schreiben würden ;-)
Nun, Duo ist natürlich sehr hilfreich, aber leider nicht für alles. Zum Beispiel erklärt Duo die Präpositionen nicht so gut und für mich sind die Pärpositionen die schwierigsten. Ein anderes Problem ist, dass man immer dieselbe Sätze wiederholt. Verstehe ich wirklich die Grammatik oder habe ich nur die Sätzen auswendig gelernt? Ich hoffe, dass die erste richtig ist :)
B2... Hoffentlich erreiche ich es bald, aber die Schritte zwischen B1 und B2 ist groß...
Ja, du hast ein paar sehr gute Punkte gemacht. Ich stimme zu. Präpositionen für mich sind auch schwer, aber sie werden einfacher im Laufe der Zeit. Ich denke, Duolingo ist ein guter Ort zu kommen, wenn "die Wirklichkeit oder Welt nach draußen" ist für mich zu viel. Aber ich glaube auch, dass ich es bald kein mehr brauchen werde.
Ja, das stimmt. B2 ist nicht einfach zu erreichen ;-)
Ahja, die Wirklichkeit... Ich denke immer, dass die Dialogen werden einfach sein und dann hat die Person eine Akzent oder sie antworten nicht wie ich gedacht habe. Panik! :)
Congratulations! I still want to point out that duolingo doesn't only consist of the courses but also the community, so I wouldn't go as far as to say 'duolingo can't ...". :)
Ein tolles Ergebnis, Glückwunsch!
Wenn Du hin und wieder hier bist, warum schreibst Du von nun an nicht auf Deutsch? :-)
Alles Gute beim weiteren Lernen.
I am currently learning french, as a native English speaker. take on a new language! My goal is become fluent in 7!
Hi! You could still stay on Duo for the fun of it. :)
But it's your decision. :)