https://www.duolingo.com/LoveK1969

Reached Level 25 - Yeah!

287 days, and I've finished it all. Here are a few thoughts:

1 - For those of you who just started or are still struggling, no need to despair: the goal is achievable. Best of luck to you all.

2 - Even though I have some practical incentive to learn German, I never was bound to (no test to pass, to job obligation to fulfill). That allowed me to study without pressure. If something wasn't easy to grasp at first, I just kept going, assuming that it would make sense eventually. And guess what, it did!

3 - Finishing the tree was actually the easy part. I reached that goal at Level 17. Going from there to Level 25 was repetitive (I was able to redo the entire tree TWICE!), and therefore a bit annoying sometimes. But those countless repetitions turned out to be extremely useful. Now, my few mistakes are mostly typing errors due to fatigue.

4 - I am well aware that I am still quite far from fluency. But not only can I now follow vids, I was even able to book my hotel rooms in German for my next trip to Germany. So big, big thanks to the Duo Team.

Tschüss everyone!

July 15, 2016

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

Wow! Congratulations! This kind of posts always inspire me to keep on learning languages. Are you thinking of learning a new language on Duo after German?

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LoveK1969

Definitely yes for new languages. But I also want to consolidate my German, so reverse tree at well. Anyway, some new flags will be added starting from September.

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88

Congratulations! :) Did you learn it on Duolingo from scratch?

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LoveK1969

I did learn German when I was in high school, but nothing since. I started again, after all these years, with Duo. Many things I remembered, many others that I feel I was learning for the first time. Honestly, I had way more fun with Duo than in school, no contest.

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Linguaphile_2

I have also had way more fun with Duo than I did in any language I took in school.

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/estudianteMTI3

Danke for all the kind encouragement! And congratulations on your achievement, I know for a fact it takes a lot of hard work.

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Andavel

Well done! Thanks for sharing your experience. What's your next step?

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/BirgitAsh

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Wenn du öfter nach Deutschland kommst, wird dein Deutsch immer besser werden. :o)

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LoveK1969

Ich hoffe.

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MrFrodo.

Congratulations! If I may ask, how many words have you learnt so far? :-)

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LoveK1969

The complete Duo tree counts something about 2,300 words. I guess I'm comfortable with 2,000 of them, still struggling sometime with the rest. Almost no mistake on gender though, so that's something I take satisfaction from.

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Robin11034

(Forgive me if I am putting in the incorrect place.)

Congratulations on your achievement! You are to be commended. Diligence and hard work is what it takes and you have clearly have both.

My daughter shared Duolingo with me. She is learning Portuguese and I am attempting to get refluent in German. Is there any place to explain how many levels there are, this reverse tree, the immersion portion etc?

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88

Maybe something from there will help. If not or if you have some further questions, I am pretty sure you will get a lot of help if you create a separate post on the forum. PS Good luck with your German! :)

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/herrhund

It’s so encouraging reading about your experience. I just started Duolingo last night, after searching recommendations on the internet, and then watching a great TED TALK video about its reciprocal benefit (our learning appears to be helping translate the web into many major languages). I’ve taken elementary German classes at school, but have assumed that I’ll never be able to make proper sentences. After reading your post, I see some hope! Do you also use other materials to supplement Duolingo? I’m wondering if there are good places for practicing conversation. The fact that you can follow videos is pretty remarkable. I wish you continued success on your journey to learning German. Congratulations!

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LoveK1969

Memrise.com has been a really helpful complement to Duolingo. One of their course is Duo vocab, so it helps a lot to remember everything you learn on Duo. Also youtube (Easygerman to begin with) helps for listening and catching other little phrases and expressions. I'll see how I do next month when I'm in Germany.

July 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/herrhund

Thank you! I'll check that out.

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Olja.
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Congratulations!:)

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LoveK1969

Ditto! And already Level 25 on Hebrew? The course has been open for a few weeks only! How many xp per day?

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DenisMark4

Congratulations !

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Congratulations!!!

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Robin11034

"3 - Finishing the tree was actually the easy part. I reached that goal at Level 17. Going from there to Level 25 was repetitive (I was able to redo the entire tree TWICE!), and therefore a bit annoying sometimes. But those countless repetitions turned out to be extremely useful. "

Could someone explain what this means? If the levels are not based on the "tree", what are they based on?

Thanks so much for explaining this to me!

Robin

July 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mikemcdonald58

Levels are based upon the XPs. The more practice you do, the more XPs you acquire.

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lbogita

Wow congrats! I still have a long way to go :P

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Linguaphile_2

This is awesome, congratulations! You should feel proud of yourself, for your commitment. You now have a concrete skill that will help you in more ways than you know now. I really enjoy doing the German course, and I hope many others do as well.

If you are having to do the course out of obligation, just stick to it and you'll be grateful you had to learn it. It's a fun language to speak and a very entertaining linguistic puzzle; you'll be glad you know it.

LoveK1969, thank you for sharing your success with us; it's great motivation.

-Peace to jedermann!

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryudas

Really happy for you!

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mikemcdonald58

Congrats

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Germanization

Congratulations, it all just takes time, patience ,and the inclination to learn a new language, hope you can have a great career with German!

July 19, 2016
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