Have you tried other languages from German?
After I completed the German tree, I tried German>English but found it dull after a while (the phrases also get very samey). I've since passed the German B1 exam.
Now I've been doing German>Spanish for the last week and that's way more interesting!
- I've never studied Spanish (so it's shiny and new) but I've heard basic phrases and words before so it's not immediately scary
- at this beginner stage, German is more helpful than English because it shares grammatical features like gender, formal pronouns, dative pronouns, and there's the same strong (and regular!) conjugation between pronouns and verbs. (Du bist/Tu eres)
- Learning Spanish is more useful than learning English, cuz I have English already....
- I get to revise the basic principles of German without getting bored
German students, have you started learning other languages from German?
Yes! I think I'm almost halfway done with the English for German tree. I also started the French for German tree but then I started the Spanish for German tree and I think I'll continue with that one. The really fun thing about the for German trees (non-English) is that you are FORCED to think in German: thinking in English won't help you here!
Exactly! German is still a foreign language... but less so compared to Spanish!
I am doing the French from German course for practice in both languages. It is a brilliant way to get used to translating into German rather than from German. I will do the spanish course too at some point. I did German from Spanish last year which was also good. You see some different vocabulary than that in the courses from English.
Not from German yet, but I have from Spanish (and I did part of the German for Russian speakers tree as a way to learn Russian before the one for English speakers came out).
I really like laddering languages. I'm thinking about just going through various trees where I know both languages. I've found that since the trees are not the same, there sometimes is different vocabulary and grammar that is emphasized, and it's a good way to get to know the languages better.
While doing the Portuguese for Spanish speakers tree, I get more questions wrong because I make a mistake with my Spanish than with Portuguese!
After finishing my Spanish and German trees, I started the Spanish from German tree. I found it really helpful. It does, as you said, force you to think in terms of your target languages without going "through English." I got kind of sidetracked by deciding to study Turkish, but I absolutely do plan to go back and do the Spanish and German trees from each other once I'm done with Turkish from English. People often ask what the next step is after they've finished their Duolingo tree & I think that in addition to doing the reverse tree, doing target languages from each other is a great option.
My mother tongue is German and I'm doing Dutch because they are such incredibly similar languages, but not so much so that it gets boring. You can add a language to your repertoire with little effort in a few weeks / months depending on intensity of study.