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.
congratulations, I am also planning to finish my German Tree by middle of May! :)
Well done, Michelle! You might now find doing the reverse tree helpful and rewarding. Congratulations and best of luck. (BTW it's pronounced "MAHNSHMAHL")
Thank you! :) I might have been listening to a bad sound clip. Will check out the reverse tree too!
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... ;)
I made a Songlist in Youtube for a friend with different german songs: Popular songs, easy lyrircs song, etc.
Let me know what you think or if I should change s.th. And congratulation on finishing the tree ;-)
LoL, funny first song on the list..."Willst du mir mir Drogen nehmen". Haha!
The problem is that Robin Schulz sampled this song and the original by Alligatoah is clearly a song against drugs ;-)
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
We'll get there one day xD And yeah, I should definitely find some German songs! Thank you!
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 :)
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
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.
Actually 44 is very good!! It seems to decrease if we fail to practice. Do you use any other tools to learn Deutsch?
- 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. :)
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.
Congratulations! I will get my Germany Owl by the end of May. Countdown 31 units.
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... :)
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 :)
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 :)
Congratulations. All the best. I have no German neighbor but i will try my best to make the best of Duolingo.
Warst du traurig, als du den Baum abgeschlossen hast?
(Let's put your German to the test)
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.)
Ja, der deutsche Baum ist länger als die anderen Bäume.
(Vergiss nicht, dass es "geglaubt haben" lauten sollte)
congrats about finishing the german tree i plan on finishing mine late may early june congrats again
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?
Yeah, Duo's great to use. Just make sure it's not your only resource, and you should be good, :)