Finally finished my 4th tree - Russian!
Russian has been a project language of mine since about 2001. I have gone through many books and courses, tried many different methods, and spent time with many Russian speaking people.
Originally, Russian was the first language I looked for on Duolingo, but the course was just beginning production at that point. In the meantime, I decided to take Spanish, and had great success! That just made me want to take Russian even more.
In time, I completed the German tree, then the French, just in time for the Russian release. I have taken my time with this one, doing plenty of reviews. Finally I completed it, and feel it is a very solid program. If I continue to do regular reviews, I feel that it will likely be the most successful of my Russian programs to date. Thanks DL!
That has long been a dream of mine! Most of all, I would love to do the Trans-Siberian railway, but in reverse to the usual. I would start in Vladivostok, spend a little bit of time in the Baikal region and the Urals, minimal time in Moscow, then straight on to Petersburg. Afterwards, I would try to take a flight to Samara, for a tropical end to my dream vacation.
Trans-Siberian railway is a dream of mine too!! I saw it on tv long ago and heard a man tell a story about his adventure on it later. A lot of railroads are a dream for me.
If I ever get to go I will pick a random odd phrase out of the duolingo Russian course to say to people I meet. That way if I run into you we will recognize each other
Tropical end in Samara? I suppose that you're mixing it up with Sochi, Samara is not tropical at all.
Sorry, you are right, Samara is not in the tropics at all. But it is known for beaches, and high (relative) humidity. If Sochi is the Russian Florida, than Samara would be the Carolinas. Nonetheless, I would love to visit for a more relaxed conclusion to my trip.
Примите мои поздравления! Я очень рад, что язык моей страны интересен людям. Если у Вас есть вопросы относительно языка или культуры, можете меня спросить - я с удовольствием отвечу. Please accept my congratulations! I'm very glad to realise that the language of my homeland is interesting to people. If you have any questions concerning the language or the culture, you can ask me - I (and maybe someone else over here) will answer them with pleasure (either in English or in Russian - as you like it more).
Congratulations...! Looks like all of your hard work and dedication paid off.
Actually, I think it's just starting. The reviews are where most of the benefit seems to come from. When those skills lose their gold, it's time to do them again, and keep it up until... well, until you are fluent. That could take years. I have already put that sort of time into Russian. It is very satisfying to finally get something out of it.
Wow! Having spent a small amount of time in learning Russian, I am very impressed. Congratulations, that is quite an accomplishment!
Поздравляю с окончанием курса и желаю удачи в исследовании Транс-Сибирской магистрали! Congratulations and good luck with Trans-Siberian railway!
It drives me crazy that you guys have finished all of these trees. I have only learned french, finished it but still can't understand the news on TV. At this rate, I don't see myself learning another language for like 5 years.
Don't worry. The more you learn, the better you get at learning (and especially languages - if nothing else, chances are you have already seen a similar grammar rule or know a similar-sounding word in another tongue). It took me 13 years to proficiency in English (and I am not finished yet) with the first few years being full of frustration due to extremely slow rate of my progress. I thought I'd never get that far! Now, with Russian (my fourth language) I believe I've made more progress in six months than in the first two or three years of learning English. Trust me, it gets better!
I will probably wait until the fall, then start the Hebrew tree. I know it will be out sooner than that, but I have some major work commitments for the summer, so it will have to wait.
I can't wait until I finish my tree - I'm only about half way up it, I spent so long away from DL on other learning methods. I want to absorb as much as I can though, so I don't want to rush through it.