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

Finally level 25 German after 2+ years

Hello. After nearly 2 years and 4 months of using Duolingo to learn German, I have finally hit level 25. My streak is currently at 751 days, as in the beginning I wasn't maintaining the streak every day; there is also some streak freeze days mixed in there too.

So many people apparently finish their tree in just a mater of months, but with full time career that's taxing on the brain it's been taking me a lot longer. I'd thought I'd share some details of where I am in Duolingo and German now.

So even though I reached level 25 in Duolingo German, I am no where near done with my German tree here. I do a lot of practice to keep the words fresh in my memory. Some weeks when it's been really busy at work I only do a couple rounds of "Practice weak skills" per day.

When I do a new lesson, I take the time to write down all of the new words and also look up and write down the English translation before I begin the new lesson.

Before the German 2.0 tree was released, I had gotten a little less than halfway through the tree, to the lesson on "Time". After the new German tree was released, which includes new words and also rearrangement, I have been spending time going back through each lesson from the beginning. I also restarted my notes from scratch, so that I can take better notes than I had the first time through. Now I've so far only just finished the "Prepos." skill and am about to begin the "Materials" lesson. That means that I still have 17 more skills to get through before I get back to where I was in the original tree. It's not a complaint though, as I've really been enjoying going back through the tree again and picking up new knowledge.

I've also taken 2 courses in German at the Goethe Institut (A1.1 and A1.2). I was going to take the final A1 course (A1.3) this winter, but I decided to spend more of my little free time on learning with Duolingo instead. I've also done the first 30 lessons (the A1 level lessons) on the http://harry.dw.com website. Learning through a story on that website is fun too, but I'm still finding my highest drive/motivation to be trying to get through the rest of the German tree on Duolingo.

Anyways, sorry for the long post. I just wanted others that may be taking a long time to get through the course here on Duolingo to know that there are those that are taking a while too. Just keep at it and make progress each week. Even just refreshing memory of words already learned is good progress.

Good luck to everyone in their learning of German. Hopefully someday soon I'll actually be able to complete the tree and have it all committed to my memory. :)

March 13, 2016

38 Comments


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

I think too many people just rush through the tree. I read that duolingo can get you to level A1 - A2. But when you rush through the german tree (or others) in approximately 70-120 days you are probably not even at Level A1. I think it's impossible to learn so many words and the whole grammer in that short period of time.

But congrats to you and keep learning!

March 13, 2016

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

it could be possible if they do it at least 5 hours a day

March 13, 2016

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

For me, pushing a little is a way of learning. I sometimes dive into lessons, not knowing what I am actually writing. It still expands my knowledge, and when I repeat it, I grasp it and get the feeling for the language. Expanding my vocabulary I find quite easy, for me it is not hard to remember a lot of words. But I do have Swedish as my native language, and that helps a lot. The grammar is another thing, that is harder for me to catch. At the moment I just go for drumming it in.

March 15, 2016

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

It also took me nearly two years to reach level 25. It's refreshing to hear from someone who isn't advocating rushing through the tree as fast as possible. I think going slowly is a better way to truly internalize the language. Congrats!

March 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillieSue1

Thank you for your post. I also work full time, with additional obligations, so even though I'd like to practice every day, I can't. So rather than feeling guilty about it, I've given myself "praise" for doing 3-4 times, week. I appreciate your several suggestions of how to review. I usually try to listen to the phrases several times, and repeat them, so my voice and ear begin to make sense of the new sounds. Best of luck to you!

March 14, 2016

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

Good job and well done on your German learning!

March 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cati161

Dickes Lob für deine Ausdauer! Großartig!

March 13, 2016

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

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu deinem Erfolg und dem enormen Durchhaltevermögen!!

March 14, 2016

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

Congratulations on reaching Level 25! Ausgezeichnet!

March 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

Congratulations. My own level 25 is through doing a lot of immersion, and I am only halfway through my tree. To have reached this level just working on your tree is truly impressive!

March 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Orc.bbt

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Und meiner Ansicht nach gehst du das Sprachenlernen genau richtig an. (Gut Ding will Weile haben, um es als Sprichwort auszudrücken.)

March 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaka4444

Congrats..

March 13, 2016

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

Excellent work! I have some idea of the amount of time and effort required to get to your level. Google 'Duolingo Level 25 Hall of Fame'.

March 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CHEN_Bin20150630

Thanks for sharing your story. It really encourage me to continue study my German tree. I have studied German tree for eight months. Recent, i want to study the last 48 units in two months in order to get the "owl".

March 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/killary45

Congratulations Klastiron on reaching level 25 in German, I am shortly going to reach that level in Italian.

Since you are still working your way down the tree, and are open to using other material can I suggest that you look at the excellent flashcards based on the Duo German tree that are available on Memrise. http://www.memrise.com/course/335725/comprehensive-german-duolingo-vocabulary/

I found it really hard to get the German vocabulary to "stick" but using the Memrise cards made all the difference. I had already completed the "old" tree before I started with Memrise, but it was really helpful to go right back to the beginning and revise all the vocabulary a lesson at a time. You might find that a bit daunting, so why not just use it for each new lesson? If for example you are just about to start the ARTS lesson, then going through the vocabulary first on the 96th Level of the Memrise cards should be a big help.

March 14, 2016

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

Congrats on reaching level 25! I'm not rushing through my tree either, because you can't rush learning a whole new language. Sometimes it takes me 2 or 3 days before i start a new lesson, because i feel like i haven't mastered the lesson before. I started Duolingo as a prep for Goethe institut. Glad to know it's worth it.

March 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/reject86

Congratulations on reaching level 25!!

I'm going to check out harry.dw.com, it looks fun

I'm taking a few years to do my tree as well, so it's nice to see a fellow long-term learner :)

I've been noticing this trend lately, so i just have a comment on what you wrote: I don't think you should apologize for writing several paragraphs. You wrote something you felt you had to say to encourage others. If someone came here, saw the wall of text, and decided to leave because that's too much to read, then your writing isn't affecting them anyway and there's nothing to apologize for. And the people who actually read all the way through to your apology are the ones you shouldn't be apologizing to anyway, since we found it worthwhile to read your advice. It's not like it's a chore to read someone's post. We are all on the internet, and on Duolingo, and on the Duolingo discussion forums because we want to read something, after all!

Happy learning!!

March 14, 2016

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

I'm only level three and I started a week ago

March 14, 2016

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

Congrats

March 14, 2016

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

Herzlichen Gluckwansch

March 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lupus55

Congrats. I have the same approach to not rushing through the tree, but only have a short amount of time per day. But at the moment I am at a 474 day streak and am at only level 17. So a long way to go.

March 14, 2016

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

You're doing great! You demonstrate that commitment works. Going at my own slow steady pace can be like Snakes & Ladders; two verbs learnt, three adverbs forgotten. Then my brain freezes, reminding me that I really can only manage bite sized pieces! Thank you for your post and keep us updated :)

March 15, 2016

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

It's great you've been repeating things. If I had to say how people should study and learn from Duolingo, that'd be my advice! By repeating. Writing. Challenging yourself. Not getting too excited to the point of trying to go too further.

But I have a question, not about your methods, but about German itself: how hard is it to learn? I know it depends on commitment and interest, but in your opinion, how hard is it for you? I can't deny it interests me, but its known complexity makes me stay away for a while. French has been quite complex and one for the moment seems enough.

March 15, 2016

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

I personally don't find it any more difficult than high school or college classes. (I took Spanish in high school and college, but I hardly remember any of it.)

In some ways I sort of treat it like math classes, where it's doing lots of repetition that makes it easier; I found with math classes that if I did only a little homework I would run out of time on the tests, whereas if I did a lot of homework I could finish the test in plenty of time and get a great grade too.

Some of the tougher parts of German can be grammar and sentence structure, but there's plenty of material out there on the Internet to help with that. There's also some good books to buy to help with learning the grammar.

A big part of the language for me though is needing to learn a whole lot of vocabulary. Duolingo is a great start for that with the amount of words and repetition possible. In the face-to-face German classes that I took at the Goethe Institut, I found my biggest problem was just knowing enough vocabulary to express myself outside of just the words that were taught in the previous lessons.

March 15, 2016

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

Great answer! Thank you! I'll look forward to studying it, but only when I feel more confident in French.

March 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Congratulations!!!

March 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stevestewart0001

752 days and level 25 German: respect due! That's amazing. I'd be interested to know, after these 2 years and level 25, what Duolingo thinks your Fluency Percentage is?

March 14, 2016

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

Even though the common consensus is that the fluency % on Duolingo is sort of meaningless, Duolingo says that I'm at 46%. I'm not even half way through the tree yet though, so it'll be interesting to see what it says when I finally do finish it. Then again, by that time they may have already removed that measurement.

March 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Squalo23

Great post! Thanks for sharing

March 15, 2016

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

Congratulations! An encouraging post! Repeating and not giving up pays off.

I am currently at level 16 and have six more skills to finish before my tree is completed. All done in a 68 day streak. I do not feel I am rushing through it though. I live in Vienna and come from Sweden, so I have a lot of "outside" help (German and Swedish are more similar then German and English). I only focus on learning German, so I have no other distractions, and I also do not have a job at the moment. Lots of time to learn.

After I am finished, I will go for the reversed tree and of course keep my tree golden. I do need more sources though and will explore some children shows in German. I have started to read books I already know from other languages and I am able to grasp most of it. I often try to read aloud so I also practice pronunciation. My goal is to be fluent when summer comes.

Keep up the good work!

March 15, 2016

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

omfg that's an amazing achievement - congratulations :))))

March 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillieSue1

Thank you for your post. I also work full time so appreciate hearing how you set learning as your goal, rather than speed. I usually do Dulingo -3X per week, and & then skype / w/ someone who speaks German, 1-2 X/wk, , so I can begin conversing (skype also has a typing feature which helps during the lesson). Best to everyone....... hope to meet some of you in Germany some day (my ultimate goal!)........

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nash.x

late comment here but wow! you still have your streak! that's amazing!

April 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ySt22

what are the ways to increase the levels in Duolingo? is it only by taking the tests or where it says "test out of 20 skills?" for example? so someone who goes say from level 6 to 7, how does she/he achieve this? by doing what?

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brucethom1950

You are learning it the right way. Set up a reverse tree, work on it until it gets difficult. Gives you more practice. Set a goal of getting to level 25 on both trees. I can assure you, you will be an expert. After you get to level 25 on both trees, keep them both golden. You will be fluent trust me, C1 level. Don't say anything about you mastery on this site, they will put you down and say you are overstating your qualifications. Happening to me right now.

July 13, 2017

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

Very inspiring post, thanks! I am somehow new to German, living in a non-German speaking country. I wonder if what Im learning in Duolingo could actually help if I ever decided moving to a country like Germany/Austria? What do you think?

May 3, 2018

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

Yes, what you learn here will help you if you move to a German speaking country. Still, what you learn here and what is spoken might be two very different things, since there are many dialects in German. If you speak Hochdeutch, basically everyone will understand you, but you might not understand their answer if they answer in dialect.

May 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex904111

That's great :-). I've only been on DL for about 5 months now, but cheated by doing the A1.1 course at Goethe, followed by the A2.1 (they didn't have the A1.2 - and it was a bit of a jump but doable.) I really found that DL and the courses complimented each other. As for the level, I'm about 90/121 through the tree, and I find that it has touched on some A2 stuff, but that it isn't as comprehensive as the Goethe Institute course.

June 3, 2018

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