https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Another German tree completed!

Hi everyone! I've finally finished my German tree after six months. I really enjoyed it, and I can't thank the developers enough for easing us into this seemingly difficult language!

I thought there was a good range of topics, and that the tree had a pretty logical structure. I would have liked each topic to have a few more words in them, as I found some to be quite shallow towards the end. Longer sentences would have also been better. But this is still a great resource.

Also thanking those in the comments who take the time to give detailed explanations. I went from almost quitting German because of "Sie will den Käse", to finding the grammar pretty interesting when it's explained in simple terms.

Some random thoughts:

  • Prepositions were the most tricky area for me, followed by the 'da-' words.

  • I just can't pronounce 'manchmal' and 'karriere' lol

  • I recommend getting a grammar book, rather than relying solely on duolingo. A good one is "Teach yourself German Grammar" by Jenny Russ. Thanks AwLYMM for sharing a sample: http://www.teachyourselfmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TYM-Grammer-German.pdf

  • My Quiz results have been: 4.92/5.0 (just now) 3.9/5.0 (2 months ago) 1.62/5.0 (4 months ago) and 1.62/5.0 (5 months ago)

  • Tbh I still can't understand a lot of what is said in German films. I'm going to work out how to improve my listening skills. That's just one of the issues, though.

Anyway, I've had heaps of fun with this course! My plans are to talk to my German neighbor more often, read forums, find some youtubers, and just use the language in any way I can. I'm keen to try it when I go to Berlin at the end of the year :)

Have fun with your language(s)! And thanks for reading all that.

-Michelle

April 25, 2016

55 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/5CaRy.KCW

congratulations, I am also planning to finish my German Tree by middle of May! :)

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

nice! enjoy the rest of it :)

April 25, 2016

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

Well done, Michelle! You might now find doing the reverse tree helpful and rewarding. Congratulations and best of luck. (BTW it's pronounced "MAHNSHMAHL")

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Thank you! :) I might have been listening to a bad sound clip. Will check out the reverse tree too!

April 25, 2016

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

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Maybe listening to German pop music could help to improve your listening skills. Unlike watching movies or reading books you can listen to music while you are doing other stuff like cooking or running. Two birds, one stone... ;)

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Ahh true! Thanks for the suggestion :)

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/millena_243

I made a Songlist in Youtube for a friend with different german songs: Popular songs, easy lyrircs song, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNNfZuIA1GQ&list=PLLtEpt9hZOlmHLj5G6OXmS4VWx_mcphJc

Let me know what you think or if I should change s.th. And congratulation on finishing the tree ;-)

April 27, 2016

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

LoL, funny first song on the list..."Willst du mir mir Drogen nehmen". Haha!

April 30, 2016

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

The problem is that Robin Schulz sampled this song and the original by Alligatoah is clearly a song against drugs ;-)

April 30, 2016

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

Interesting to know. Still, the lyrics are comical, nonetheless.

April 30, 2016

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

Congratulations!

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Thanks!

April 25, 2016

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

Well done!

April 25, 2016

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

Awesome! Congratulations.

April 25, 2016

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

Congrats! :D Maybe listen to German music to improve listening skills, I try but I still can't understand half of what they say! And omg the 'da-' words are so hard to use XD

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

We'll get there one day xD And yeah, I should definitely find some German songs! Thank you!

April 25, 2016

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

I recommend Wir Sind Helden, Annett Louisan, Peter Fox and Juli. You could also listen to German versions of TV shows you used to watch when you were younger :)

April 26, 2016

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

Gut gemacht! Well done!

April 25, 2016

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

Thanks for sharing your experience. One of the German words I have a problem saying is unabhängig

Here is a pdf taster of that book http://www.teachyourselfmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TYM-Grammer-German.pdf

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Thanks for sharing!

April 26, 2016

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

Parabéns!

April 26, 2016

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

Congratulations!!!

April 25, 2016

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

Congratulations!

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shivam7878

Glückwunsch :-)

April 25, 2016

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

Hey Alles Gute, Congratulations, keep up the good job, I'm still working on my German tree :), looking forward to be at the same point.

April 25, 2016

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

Congratulations =)

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jagan00277

Congrats! Does the percentage of fluency increase after you complete?

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Thanks! And no, I've been on 44% for the last three months

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jagan00277

Actually 44 is very good!! It seems to decrease if we fail to practice. Do you use any other tools to learn Deutsch?

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

I use:

  • Baaron's Ge-Eng dictionary
  • Schaum's German Grammar (contains hundreds of exercises)
  • 'Practice makes perfect: German Verb tenses' by Henschel

And I recently bought a secondhand book of German poems (Der Untergang der Titanic). This site: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/index.html is really helpful, too. :)

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jagan00277

Thanks very much :)

April 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Schiffi861

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, freut mich zu hören! ;-)

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Danke!!

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Unforgiven7091

Congratulations My friend. I hope it'll be useful for you. I started this course for almost 1 month. I hope to finish it 5 month from now and be able to talk in German.

April 26, 2016

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

Congratulations! I will get my Germany Owl by the end of May. Countdown 31 units.

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Yay :D

April 26, 2016

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

Congrats Michelle! I started my German course 2 days ago, and as you said it might take half year to finish! So Long way to go... :)

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Thanks! You can complete it way faster if you want to. There was recently someone who did it in 6 days(?!) But yeah, go at your own pace and enjoy the course :)

April 26, 2016

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

oh really??!!! :o maybe he/she was in force going to germany! my goal is to enjoy learning German! I think it takes about 3 months for me :)

April 27, 2016

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

Enhorabuena!..........(Congratulations in Spanish).

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrews188062

Congratulations. All the best. I have no German neighbor but i will try my best to make the best of Duolingo.

April 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King2E4

Warst du traurig, als du den Baum abgeschlossen hast?

(Let's put your German to the test)

April 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Ja, ich war ziemlich traurig aber mehr stolz, weil ich nicht glauben habe, dass ich es zu Ende bringen könnte. (Ich weiß nicht, ob das richtig ist.)

April 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King2E4

Ja, der deutsche Baum ist länger als die anderen Bäume.

(Vergiss nicht, dass es "geglaubt haben" lauten sollte)

April 30, 2016

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

May I know, in which site do you do the quiz? Thanks

April 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

It's in the lingot store

April 27, 2016

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

Thanks

May 1, 2016

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

I do mine on tablet or computer.

April 29, 2016

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

Gut gemacht Mich!

April 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Danke :D

April 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hooty.Owl.com

congrats about finishing the german tree i plan on finishing mine late may early june congrats again

April 29, 2016

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

Hello Michelle,

Congratulation! I hope to finish mine also. May I know, how do you feel about your proficiency in German? Is it worth to use Duo?

April 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Yeah, Duo's great to use. Just make sure it's not your only resource, and you should be good, :)

April 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DimitarSto11

How much time are you guys putting into it each day ?

February 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

During 2016 I put roughly 2-3 hours each day. Now I'm learning at a slower pace (about 30 minutes a day) because the content is harder

February 19, 2017
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