https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x

Finished the german tree in 131 days :-)

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I have finished my German tree yesterday. It took me 131 days. Pretty much no prior knowledge of the language but experience with learning English years ago helped me tons.

This is how my tree looked two months ago: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16356241 and this is a post I made on my 50th day about the ways I learn German: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16105774

And finally below is my tree today, all golden with the Owl and everything :-)

Thanks Duolingo!

September 5, 2016

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

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Thank you :-)

September 5, 2016

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

YOU'RE WELCOME! CAN I MAKE FRIEND WITH YOU?

September 5, 2016

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

This sentence is not correct. -_-

September 5, 2016

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

I knew, thanks

September 5, 2016

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

It should be "Can I be your friend?" or even a better way of saying it: "Let's be friends!" :)

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gerardd88

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! :)

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Danke schön :-)

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlphaZu1u

Herzliche Glückwünsche! :) That's pretty much the same thing I'm trying to accomplish: with no prior knowledge of German, finish the tree in 4-5 months while keeping it all golden every day. Which means one new skill per day (or two, if they're small) followed by strengthening of all the weakened skills. So thanks for the motivation! :) (By the way, I'm also listening to Warum nicht in the car, which actually helps with Duolingo too thanks to the similarities in the vocabulary... And the progress through grammar also seems to match somehow!)

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Hey, it's completely possible! My original goal was to do it in 100 days... but then somewhere in the middle I had almost no time so I slowed down a lot... When I came back to normal after a month.. I had about 35 skills out of gold and a lot of work to do... it was tense but after a week or so I was back on track. Just like you say, sometimes when you have smaller skills you can do two of them per day, I did sometimes even 3 or 4 when they felt easier. Warum nicht is great. I love how random the idea of Hex is :-) Overall it's like Duolingo, very addictive and making you wanna learn more to understand more. Good luck on your way to golden Owl.

I also did Memrise duolingo course along the Duolingo... I am at 2302 out of 2302 words there too.. all done. From now on I wanna keep strengtening both to make sure I remember all the words well. and of course it's time for tons of grammar studying now.

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlphaZu1u

Wow, your story made me feel even more encoraged now!

Will definitely share my experience here on the forums when I get there... And beyond the finished tree too. Sure there are more people like me who also would like to hear from others who "did it".

Cheers!

September 5, 2016

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

Alpha, I just befriended you in the Duolingo world. I want to have other motivated people on my leader board to keep me motivated. Hope you don't mind.

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlphaZu1u

Actually, I think it's a great idea - especially if the people you follow are more or less at the same level as you. :) That's basically the whole essence of Duolingo as far as I understand, which is "gamification of learning". Viel Glück!

September 6, 2016

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

Just curious, how do you take such a screenshot? :)

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Hey, it's a google chrome extension for full screen screen shot: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/full-page-screen-capture/fdpohaocaechififmbbbbbknoalclacl

:-)

September 6, 2016

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

Congratulations, great job!

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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thanks :-)

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/szlacika1984

Herzlichen glückwunsch!

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Danke schön :-)

September 6, 2016

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

Hallo ally.x,

das ist eine hervorragende Leistung! - Herzlichen Glückwunsch! 8))

Ich freue mich, dass Du so motiviert den Deutsch-Kurs absolviert hast. Du bist sicherlich ein großes Vorbild für viele andere auf Duolingo.

Great job!

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Hallo UBTPqx,

danke für Dein Lob. Ich hoffe dass meine Leistung andere Leute motivieren können :-) Alles ist möglich wenn man jeder Tag studiert.

Viele Grüße.

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wide19

wonderful ! i hope i can succed like you soon

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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It sure can be done. Good luck :-)

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wide19

thanks !

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elliot-M

how many of your lessons decrease strength daily? Mine never seem to decrease, maybe one lesson every 2 days

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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now when the tree is done I seem to have about 6 skills out of gold per day... If you feel like you don't have many skills to fixe it could be that you did them without mistakes... I noticed that when you make a lot of mistakes at a lesson you see it decreased again in few days, while no or just few mistakes make it strong (gold) for longer

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elliot-M

Ok then thanks and congratulations

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poleon21

Wow congrats ! :) I started around February but I am only half-way through. My motivation is still high though and I can't wait to get further ! What are your plans from now on? Good luck !

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Thank you :-) I want to study more grammar (I got the "Everything Essential German Book"), I also started to read a real book two days ago. It's quite cool, I can't understand everything but I understand enough to know what's going on... sometimes I look up words, sometimes I just pass those that I don't understand... it's all good. I also wanna continue to keep my tree on duolingo golden and keep reviewing words in memrise duolingo vocabulary course. I also try to listen german podcasts, mostly from deutsche welle, but I am at this weird stage when language courses podcasts cannot hold my attention anymore and the "normal" podcasts are still too hard for me. But I listen a bit everyday, just to get used to listening german. Good luck with finishing your tree, motivation is everything, if you have it nothing can stop you :-)

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poleon21

Thanks ! The things you have mentioned will be my next steps as well ! I especially can't wait to start listening to the Deutsche Welle podcasts ! Do you have any plans regarding Germany/using your German in real life ?

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Maybe yes, maybe no. who knows :-) In any case knowing a language can only open more doors for us :-)

September 6, 2016

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

Well done, keep practicing!

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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Thanks, I will :-)

September 6, 2016

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

Good job!

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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thanks :-)

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Slimeboy333

How did you do it in only 131 days thats amazing

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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I worked hard :-) But if you think about it.. on average it's only one skill per day, so it's not so bad. Memrise helped me a lot with remembering the words. I think if I did just Duolingo itself I wouldn't be so fast. I always went through the level on Memrise first before doing it on duolingo.. preferably with no break in between so it was still fresh and I used the words that I just learned on Memrise in the whole sentenses on Duolingo. That system proved to be very effective :-)

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/surindersi241562

hey ... congratulations for this........

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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thanks

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLN1

Really impressive! What is your mother tongue?

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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thanks! my mother tongue is Czech :-)

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLN1

thanks for the reply. I'm starting now German learning and I need to find motivation ;)

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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I see that you learned a lot of other languages... that always helps :-) good luck with your german

September 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLN1

I'm focused on english french and german. Italian is my mother tongue! I've finished both the english and the french trees ;)

September 10, 2016

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

I am so impressed with you and others who learn a third language using their second language... I would love for my german to be so good I could learn a language using German and not my native tongue. I can't even imagine that. Amazing!

September 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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it's all possible :-)

September 9, 2016

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

Great success!

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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thank you :-)

September 9, 2016

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

gut

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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danke

September 9, 2016

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

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