Thanks Duolingo :)
I just wanted to take a moment to thank Duolingo. Not so much for teaching me, but more for helping me with my insecurity on speaking German. I studied German for eight years at school but took my last course more than ten years ago. The checkpoints were nice, they helped me in finding my current status with the German language and then directed me to work on the areas I need most revision on. Although English is not my mother tongue but speaking English just fine, I could easily take on the modules in the English to German course
Thanks to you, I am now on business trip in Dresden, Germany and feeling confident striking discussion in German again instead of starting out in English (and no, this is NOT one of the parts of Europe where you can just assume EVERYONE understands English). :)
Danke für den Bericht. Ich lebe ganz in der Nähe von Dresden und lerne bei Duolingo Englisch. Dresden ist eine wunderschöne Stadt. Ich hoffe, Du hast eine gute Zeit dort!!
I feel the same way, thank you so much for taking the time to make sure a cheerful and encouraging post! Best of luck on your trip to Germany!
Good to hear! I'm using Duolingo to refresh old german skills just like you.