https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stayzon8

Clever Duo!

Yesterday I had a triple win...I hit 12,000 points, made it to Level 18 and finished my German Golden Tree. Excited, I looked at how far I had to go to hit Level 25...another 18,000 points. Clever Duo!!! Easier Levels in the beginning so that you see success quickly, helping your motivation. It took me nearly 12 months to make it to Level 25 in Italian and I still review it every day. With my other German studies, I expect it will take me about the same time to hit Level 25 in German. Thank You Duo for offering a challenging and rewarding alternative to traditional learning. I think that by the time I make it to the top, I will feel that I have deserved it.

March 6, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anh07

well done

March 6, 2016

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

Do you still make mistakes or have to look up words when strengthening your Italian tree? How about in German? I am on about 11000 XP in German and still a long way from memorising the whole tree. But I would have thought that by level 25 you would have it all down.

March 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stayzon8

I was studying Italian for about 5 years before I joined Duo, and added Duo about 18 months ago because I felt I was stuck in a bit of a rut. Duo throws in completely random thoughts and statements which totally surprised me and I certainly struggled in the higher levels. I've kept the Golden Tree going in Italian for about 7 months and can, now, answer most of the questions very quickly. But, while I (almost) never look the Italian words up anymore (which I am ALWAYS doing in German at present) I still make mistakes. The greatest thing about Duo? It keeps track of your weaknesses for you and they pop up whenever you hit the 'Strengthen' symbol (if they don't pop up in your daily reminder anyway).
I honestly do not think that you can become fluent in a language just using Duo, but as an addition to other forms of study, I am a massive fan and think it is an extremely valuable tool.
Just for info, I found that it was about Level 20 (in Italian) where things start to click. All of a sudden, you find that you start to recognise the strange words and phrases. Then the study becomes really fun! For you, that level is so close and the breakthrough is just around the corner.
I really look forward to seeing YOU hit the magic 25 in German. Best of luck for the future.
P.S. I like your football team as well !

March 6, 2016

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

Thank you. That's good to know. Yes you're right about Duolingo being only one tool among many - it's good at what it does, but it can not do everything. I will probably reach a higher level in English than in German - I am really enjoying doing the reverse tree (English from German) at the moment. But anyway I will keep reviewing both trees and hopefully hit that sweet spot in a sooner or later.

BTW my profile pic is the 1981 European Cup-winning badge, not the 2016 relegation one. I'm thinking of switching my allegiance any or all of Bayern M√ľnchen, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Argentina, Brazil, or whoever happens to be winning any particular game. Following AVFC is constant torture.

March 6, 2016

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

I realize that the question wasn't directed at me but, as a level 25er, I would like to mention that I am far from having the whole tree memorized. I also haven't had significant other training other than Duolingo.

March 7, 2016

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

Cool ! Thanks for commenting. People say the German tree is long compared to some of the other languages. Maybe that's one reason it's hard to properly memorise. I wish it was longer though, for example I hope one day there will be a lesson with almost-complete sentences about times/places etc. where you just have to insert the correct preposition, choosing from "um" "am" "an" "bei" "in" "im" etc. - those annoying little words that look so simple yet are so hard to use correctly. And that kind of multiple choice question format is something Duolingo is well-suited to.

March 7, 2016

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

Yeah, those little prepositions are SO hard to get right. I can write the rest of the sentence correct including the sentence structure and get it entirely wrong because of the wrong preposition. GRRR

March 7, 2016

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

Ich gratuliere! :) Guess it felt nice, eh? :D

On level 15 now and 47 percent fluent. A few more skills to pass before I reach the last part of the tree. When finished, I will keep it up and start the reversed tree (learning English from German). On a 60 day streak and believe I have 30 more days to go to finish my tree. Even though the lower levels are easier, when one gets a little higher one speeds up (or at least I do).

I practice every day, go to a German course and live in Vienna. All three parts helps me learn German. Also, I am not shy in talking, I open my mouth and say what I think is correct. More and more of my friends are grasping this "correct me, please" (it is not viewed as nice to correct others down here, but it really helps me in learning). Duolingo is not so good for learning pronunciation so I am happy I can listen and talk to folks, even if Austrian German is special. Hoping to be fairly fluent to summer and then hit classes C1 and C2 down here.

I have just reached the point where I build sentences in German in my head, I have started to think in German and also manage to read books I already now. Looking forward to have my first dream in German! :) I am also at the point where I will start watching older German childrens shows. Not only for the language, but it is good to "share" some memories common in the population.

Keep up the good work! Ausgezeichnet!

March 7, 2016
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