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Using duoLingo for 1 whole year! Mein 1 Jahr Jubiläum bei duoLingo!

Hallo liebe duoLingo Leute,

Seit einem Jahr habe ich bei duoLingo zu lernen angefangen. Es war nicht immer leicht (und manchmal total schwer), aber insgesamt eine wirkliche schöne Erfahrung.

Vor einem Jahr könnte ich gar nichts auf Deutsch schreiben. Ich bin ein bisschen erschöpft (sehr spät hier in Deutschland), also ist mein Deutsch vielleicht nicht so prima. Aber für mich ist es wichtiger, dass ich versuche.

Meinen Fortschritt würde ich gern mit euch allen zu teilen. Nach einem Jahr kann ich verstehe, lese, schreibe, und spreche viel, viel mehr. Obwohl ich immer noch viele Fehler mache, habe ich viel mehr Selbstvertrauen, wann ich diese schöne Sprache benutze.

Ich würde sagen, dass duoLingo hat mir so viel geholfen (insbesondere für das Schreiben und Lesen).

Und danke an euch alle, weil eure Motivation war für mich ganz toll. Manchmal, wollte ich zu abgeben. Mit vielen Sprache-freunden wie euch kann ich weiter und weiter und weiter gehen!!!

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Wow. I can hardly believe I just wrote all that off the top of my head without help from a dictionary. There are surely mistakes to be found, but it is such a vast improvement to what I was able to accomplish even just 6 months ago. At that point, I was still having a headache every time I heard German for more than 5 minutes... and forget about writing, I was simply too terrified by the grammar to even try. Now, I can have meaningful conversations with my German friends and make myself understood (even if my grammar is still a bit messy and my vocabulary quite limited).

I was reading Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen the other night and shed a tear during the part when Harry sees his family for the first time in "der Spiegel Nerhegeb".

I catch stray bits of conversations on the U-Bahn or whilst riding the bus and can eavesdrop on strangers with the glee of a small child, and chuckle at the bad jokes found in silly advertisements.

In short, I feel as if I am experiencing the world anew.

I wish everyone much success and great fun in this new year of learning German. Isn't it wonderful!!!???

January 17, 2016

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    Wow!! Congrats!! I hope also to become fluent in German too! It is a beautiful language!!

    Are you gonna learn another language? Or are you gonna keep practicing German?

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Thanks! I would say I possess a "limited working fluency". This means I can get by in everyday situations, but I still struggle a lot with the more complicated aspects of the language and also get confused if it is spoken very quickly. I imagine I will spend at least another year seriously engaged in studying the language (roughly 30 hours per week as I am doing now).

    After one more year, I think I will be much closer to a true fluency where I do not pause for words or make glaring mistakes in grammar. I had a passion for French when I was younger, so I have now begun to learn French here on duoLingo (but from the German language perspective). Not having any English to cling to is an interesting challenge!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    I am slightly overwhelmed (in a fantastic way) by all the positive energy here. You all have pushed me to reach even further!!!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/igelchen

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch und viel Erfolg beim Weiterlernen! Ich habe Respekt vor jedem, der ernsthaft Deutsch lernt. Die Grammatik ist schließlich kompliziert genug um selbst Muttersprachler ab und zu durcheinander zu bringen... außerdem ist die Sprache als solche ist leider nicht sonderlich "glamourös" and can be a bit of an acquired taste, I suppose. But it's rewarding.
    Your German text was easily readable. There are a few mistakes in there, but a lot of them (like the "hast" instead of "habe" in the first sentence) either seem so obvious, or are things that you did right in one sentence and wrong in the next (verb placement/subordinate clauses), that it looks like you really do know this stuff and sometimes just forget to apply it. So reading and thereby taking in lots of sentence structure possibilities and vocabulary is probably the best thing you can do (and Harry Potter has taught me quite a lot of English as well, so naturally, I feel like it's a very good choice). It's great you have such a positive attitude towards the whole thing. Keep up the good work and don't be afraid to make mistakes :)

    By the way, if you should feel brave enough to venture into unknown literary territory at some point, I can wholeheartedly recommend Klaus Mann. His writing is much less poetic and a lot easier to read than that of his father Thomas Mann, but it's also definitely (!) not meant for kids (I do have some issues with himhis work and tend to despise it in those moments when I'm not obsessed with it -which I have been on and off for 14 years-, but he was nonetheless one of the greatest German writers of the 20th century, and was, like all of his family, all writers to some extend, very odd and incredibly fascinating). "Mephisto" is the obvious first choice, as it's by far his most popular novel.

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Danke schön! Ps--I love how you type in German and then midway through the sentence break away into English. Fun to see! I speak this way to my boyfriend sometimes and he finds it amusing. Glad to hear my text was readable! I find it annoying that I still make those basic mistakes but I suppose over time these will smooth themselves out. It used to drive me utterly crazy to say a sentence like, "Ich kann nicht kommen, weil ich mich ein bisschen krank fühle." I think I did that right. At any rate, popping the conjugated verb all the way to the end of the subordinate clause used to be such a difficult thing to do. I would sometimes even forget which verb to use altogether ;-) But now, after many failed attempts, my brain is catching up to all this information I am pouring into it.

    You're right, in the end it is rewarding because I could have moved here and not made an effort and been stuck in a smaller bubble. Learning German has opened up new possibilities for me, and has allowed me to feel much more a part of the everyday people and culture that surrounds me.

    Thanks for the recommendation! I will check out his work :-)

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carly---s

    Das ist toll! I've been using dueling for german for about 2 weeks and this is such motivation! Good job!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/langjd

    Watch out when dueling for German. Countless people died doing that, among them Prussia's Generalpolizeidirektor, Karl Ludwig Friedrich von Hinckeldey.

    January 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Vielen Dank! Und viel Spaß mit deinem Studien.

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/plumpuddingdal

    Ich gratuliere. Und noch viel Erfolg.

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Dankeschön!!! Dir auch!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miguelangel_43

    Großartig! Ich gratuliere. Btw, your video in Easy German was awesome

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Dankeschön! Es freut mich zu hören, dass du das genossen hast!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/guitarluehe

    Also Dein Deutsch ist hervorragend. Da hat sich Dein Ehrgeiz gelohnt. Weiter viel Erfolg für Dich und beste Grüsse aus Hamburg.

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Das ist nett zu hören. Danke! Richtig! Es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall! Vielen Dank für deine Wörter! Beste Grüße an dir auch!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeatingUp

    Nice accomplishment man! what are your top 3 rules/tips for success at learning German?

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Thanks! Oh gosh, good question. Let me see...

    -Repetition, repetition, repetition. Even when you think you have learned something, remember to double, triple, and quadruple your efforts so that the information is really there down deep and cannot escape. DuoLingo and Memrise are fantastic resources for this. And combine words with something personally meaningful to you (a picture, an object, etc). Write a letter to a friend in German. Not a fake letter, but a letter containing things you would actually want to tell that person. This helped a lot for me. And practice OUT LOUD and not only in your head! :-)

    -Teach to others what you think you know. This is a great way to learn on a deeper level too. Take someone around you who is interested to learn language or find people on the internet who are at a slightly lower level in their studies and help them to improve their German. I find that when I try to really explain why something is the way it is in the language, it really helps build a structure for me to grow from.

    -Have fun. Maybe this should be up top, but having fun is really important too. If you make the learning dry and serious only from a textbook, you might lose interest in your studies really quickly. Be creative. Learn a song in German or translate your favourite song (maybe one that is rather light on the lyrics at first) and sing it out loud. Germanize the things you are familiar with and already have fun doing. For instance, watch your favourite films in the dubbed German (first with English subtitles, then with German subtitles, and finally without any subtitles at all). This is a good way to help develop an ear for the flow of the language.

    Hope that is of some help to you! Oh, and do NOT compare yourself to others. This is also a way to lose motivation. Instead, work to improve your personal level and be inspired by others, but don't expect that your progress will go the same as others. Personally, I am a slow learner but when I learn something deep down I never forget it. I was really hard on myself after 6 months and thinking I should have already attained some kind of fluency. A year later, I am still not a fluent speaker. But that is okay. It will come in time with more and more and more (and then some more) practice.

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeatingUp

    Sweet man, very nice write up. I appreciate the time you took to write this. I especially like the point about teaching to others. Thinking back, I think deff remember things more after I try to explain it to someone else.

    super cool man thanks ! :)

    January 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheClock8797

    Wow! Great job! I don't know about the rest of you, but Duolingo is the best resource I have found so far! I am actually motivated, the lessons aren't dull, and unlike another website I was trying to use, you don't always know exactly what word you're going to have to translate. (You would always translate the first one that you learned out of a group of three, so you didn't get any practice with the others) That's why I'm sad they don't have a Japanese course for English speakers. :(

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Yeah, for me too. I use other tools, but I always come back to duoLingo when I feel lost or need inspiration. Maybe the Japanese course is on its way?!

    Ich drücke dir die Daumen! I will keep my fingers crossed for you :-)

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheClock8797

    I know this is late but if you would ever like to have a conversation with me in french I would be willing to practice with you. :)

    January 30, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunsloth

    Sehr gut gemacht! Ich habe die B1 Zertifikat gekriegt, und ich finde, dass ich einfache Gespräche haben kann (aber noch mit viele Fehler!).

    Glaubst du, dass du eine Zeitung lesen kann - ohne Kopfschmerzen? Auf englisch lese ich immer, aber deutsche Romane usw sind noch ehe schwer. Ich kann Kinder Bücher verstehen, aber es ist langsam und macht nicht besonders Spaß. (Außerdem würde ich Cornelia Funke empfehlen).

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Herzlichen Glückwünsch! Ich finde das ganz toll!

    Es wird einen sehr schönen Tag sein, wann ich perfektes Deutsch sprechen kann ;-) Ich glaube, wir werden (mit mehr Arbeit) das erzielen eines Tages.

    Eine Zeitung ist für mich persönlich ein bisschen langweilig, trotzdem kann ich ein bisschen lesen bevor ich einen Kopfschmerz habe. Besser für mich ist einen relativ leichten Roman (Harry Potter, z. B.)

    Das stimmt. Bücher für die kleinen Kinder sind immer zu langweilig für mich. Sie waren gut für ein paar Monate, aber jetzt zu einfach.

    Danke für deine Empfehlung!

    Ich wünsche dir viel Erfolg und Spaß auch!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RafaelaElena

    wow! sehr gut! :)

    ich bin auch ein Anfänger mit der deutschen Sprache (irgendwie).

    ich verstehe fast alles, was du geschrieben hast.

    Mach weiter so!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Danke! Und ich gratuliere dir!

    Dein Deutsch is sehr gut für eine Anfängerin! Es ist ein wenig altmodisch, aber die Deutsche fügen -in am ende eines Wortes, wenn etwas Weiblisches ist. Zum Beispiel: Der Lehrer und die Lehrerin, Der Vegetarier und die Vegetarierin, der Polizist und die Polizistin, und so weiter :-)

    Es freut mich, dass du schon so viel Deutsch verstehen kann.

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RafaelaElena

    Ja, ich weiß das Detail über die Substantiven, aber ich vergaß, um die weibliche Endung gesetzt. Dankeschön!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Ich vergesse auch.

    Und für mich ist es noch ein bisschen komisch, keinen Artikel manchmal zu benutzen. z. B. Ich bin Künstler. Ich will immer zu sagen: Ich bin ein Künstler. ;-)

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam9812

    Sehr gut gemacht!!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Danke!!!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeffyaworski

    Way to go man!! As a fellow english native that moved to Germany and started learning by "jumping into cold water", I can totally understand how you feel. I celebrate my tenth year in Germany in exactly five days. Germany is a great place, with so many interesting things to see and discover.

    Keep up the good work, man.

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Cheers! It has been sometimes totally excruciating and at other times completely amazing. I think I am over the worst bits where I would just feel completely lost without a strand to climb. That was kind of fun too in its own weird way. Taking on learning a new language as an adult is not for wussies!

    Good luck with your continued journey!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herzuberkopf

    Congratulations. I hope to be where you are one day. One question, you mentioned somewhere 30 hours per week. Did you do this much for the whole year? I'm doing 30 minutes twice a day / 7 hours a week. I only started earlier this month, first on Memrise. But I switched to Duolingo because the Memrise course was too much repetition, so I tried the A1 course and it was too easy. I think when I finish the Duolingo tree I will try a more advanced course on Memrise, which would be too difficult for me now.

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    I am sure you can get there too with some work. I wasn't entirely consistent throughout my studies this year. Some weeks would be really intensive, and others I may have slacked a bit or gotten busy with other endeavours. You might be a much faster learner than I am. For me, it takes ages some times to fully comprehend the knowledge I gain through its repeated application in real life scenarios. My boyfriend is German and speaks German in the house often on the phone and to his friends (and I partake as much as I can when I feel confident enough). But you're right, if something really feels too easy or boring you need to move on to more challenging material.

    Surrounding yourself with it as much as humanly possible is a good idea. If it feels like a brain overload, take a break though. But if it feels okay, keep saturating your mind with the sounds and words. Pretty soon, you will turn all that foreignness into something familiar.

    Best wishes to you in your studies and have fun!!! :-)

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herzuberkopf

    Thank you. Today I did two and a half hours in two one hour fifteen minute sessions (because I wasn't able to do anything yesterday). Attitude seems to be incredibly important! If I am too tired and not in the right mood, studying isn't very productive. Today was very productive! Mindset is so important!

    I am in a similar position to you. My girlfriend is German, though she does not speak German often on the phone in the house. We live in England. I decided I need to learn German after travelling to Germany to meet her family over Christmas. We had a great non verbal communication, but for family meals etc you just feel so incredibly alone when you can't understand what anyone is saying and cannot join in. So I started learning immediately.

    It's good that we are going back at easter for 5 days, and again for a week in the summer.

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AyQH00

    Good job. Immerse yourself and you will soon be fluent. The more time you spend speaking German, the easier it becomes. Aim for some "German only" days.

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Danke! Ich habe mit meinem Freund in der Vergangenheit ein paar "nur Deutsch" Tagen gemacht. Es ist immer eine gute Herausforderung! Wir sollen das mehr zusammen tun. Es ist praktisch für mich, weil er aus Deutschland kommt. Das große Problem ist, dass er so schönes Englisch spricht. Hehe...

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lone_star

    Gut gemacht.

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Danke!!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeleHeike

    Ja!!! Glückwunsch!!! Genießen, Jubeln (und weiter machen :-) Alle guten Wünsche für das nächste Jahr!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Vielen, vielen Dank. Und ich wünsche dir das Gleiche!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/germanwannabee

    Hei! Das ist toll!

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    :-) Ich finde das auch.

    January 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buck72

    Congratulations on your one-year mark with DL. You've made some very nice suggestions and tips for improving. Thank you for sharing! :)

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Vielen Dank und gern geschehen! :-)

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Ich lerne fast seit einem Jahr mit Duolingo Deutsch. Meiner Meinung nach kann ich auch viel besser lesen und sprechen. "Übung macht den Meister!"

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Ja, das stimmt! Ich gratuliere dir und wünsche dir auch viel Erfolg!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tomoritoluwase

    Wow

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna_Jansson

    I think this is pretty amazing. I am guessing I am coming up on two years (at least come summer) using Duolingo and I would not be able to type that up. But I did understand it so that is at least something. I am still on the stage where I am like "Hallo. Wie gehts? Lass uns von Liebe sprechen" which I of course never say but I can still only speak about love due to all the love songs I hear.

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Ah thanks! I think living in Germany has astronomically accelerated my learning. I studied French for 5 years in the past, and when I visited France I could barely say anything at all, although I could read it fairly well. Understanding written German is definitely an amazing feeling and means that you are already on the path to being able to type spontaneously in the near future. Keep up the good work!

    ps--that is a fantastic sentence to have learned! :-) I think we need to talk about love more often in this world. Natürlich können wir darüber sprechen! Ich liebe Liebe! Hehehe...

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna_Jansson

    Yeah I studied French for 6 years and I am better at speaking German than French so I guess languages become forgotten when not used. I did actually apologize my bad German with "Leider kann ich nur von Liebe sprechen" at one time when I visited Germany and that actually went down pretty well. I am going back to Germany soon. Next time I will force myself to reply in German even if it will sound nuts. Deutsch sprechen macht Spaß.

    January 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/caremil666

    Wowww.! Du schriebt sehr gut mein freund. Glückwünsche..! Ich habe duolingo fur drei monate benutzen und Ich denke, es ist toll..!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Vielen Dank! Aber pass auf, weil man auf Englisch "my friend" sagen kann, auf Deutsch gibt es einen größeren Unterschied. Auf Deutsch bedeutet es "my boyfriend". Hehehe... witzig, oder?

    Sie sagen hier immer "ein Freund von mir" oder "eine Freundin von mir". "Mein Freund" oder "Meine Freundin" gleich immer LIEBE!!! ;-)

    Dein Deutsch ist sehr gut für nur drei Monate. Gratuliere und ich wünsche dir viel Erfolg!

    Ciao!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Avero.

    Ich als Muttersprachler verirre mich teilweise auch noch in den wirren Gängen des Deutschen. Der Text war aber für einen Allein-Lerner ziemlich gut geschrieben! Ich versuche mich derzeit durchs Englische zu arbeiten. Viel Erfolg noch!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    Dankeschön!

    "...verirre mich teilweise auch noch in den wirren Gängen des Deutschen."

    Wie schön! Ich mag deinen Stil. Das ist für mich etwas tröstend zu hören, weil ich so oft übe aber manchmal finde meinen Wortschatz sehr begrenzt.

    Im Laufe der Zeit werde ich ein schönes Deutsch sprechen/schreiben ;-)

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yleyla1

    Wenn du weiterhin viel Deutsch sprichst, dann kommt der Wortschatz von ganz alleine. Geh doch mal mit deinem Freund zum Public Viewing (auch wenn du vielleicht kein Fußball magst) in eine Kneipe/Pub. Man kommt da sehr schnell mit den Leuten ins Gespräch und braucht auch keine Angst haben Fehler zu machen :-) Ansonsten bist du bereits ziemlich gut. Wenn du nach einem Jahr so gut Deutsch sprichst, dann habe ich die Hoffnung bald genauso gut Englisch zu sprechen :-) - Lerne es jetzt da ich es in der Schule sehr langweilig fand- ^^

    January 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashen2015

    It's been a year for me as well. I can completely relate to all the things you speak of. However, I am unpracticed when it comes to forming my own thoughts and sentences. Congratulations to you and here's to a new year of growth for the both of us!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

    A big congrats to you too! Wishing you all the best and feel free to chat with me here in German if you need some practice!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashen2015

    May take you up on that offer!

    January 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TanjaStarke

    Great job! Gut gemacht!

    January 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliCanKurt

    Congratulations! That looks like a huge progress for a year. That only "looks like" for me because I couldn't understand most of the text. It's a shame because it have been more than a year since I started Duolingoing. I also finished school, had an exam, had a job, had another job, started planning my marriage during this time, so maybe these are counted as excuses. But from now on (actually not now, for 22 days on) I commit myself to keep my streak up. When I have a 365 days streak, I will try to open a discussion just like yours, in German. Thank you for the inspiration!

    January 22, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dth26

    Man diese Post ist ausgezeichnet. Ich fühle mich wie ich mich in einem Spiegel an schaue. Ich habe gerade im Österreich seit 15 Monate gewohnt und meine Deutschverständnis kommt langsam aber sicher. Endlich kann ich auch viel viel mehr sprechen und mein Bewusstsein auf Deutsch ist höher. Trozdem habe ich noch einen langen Weg vor mir. Alles gut Lancehewision und viel glück mit immer besseres Deutsch ;)

    January 22, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sar.qul

    I am so much impressed by what you have written here! I am also at the very beginning of my German adventure and it is the great example of motivation! And your German was pretty understandable(at least I am happy to understand most of its parts:') ) Congrats and wish you further luck in your studies! p.s. I just noticed that it dates 3 years back, but it's ok:D

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