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

I'm moving to Germany!

100 days ago, I thought about giving Duolingo a go to see how far I could get. I chose German. It was partly a random choice, but also partly because it seemed the easiest for an English speaker.

100 days later I have completed my tree at level 20, searched online for jobs in Germany, written my CV / cover letter in German, and applied for (and got!) a job as an assistant English teacher in Düsseldorf. All thanks to Duolingo. I'm still trying to come to terms with how mad that is.

Danke, Duo!

Bis bald, Deutschland!

October 6, 2016

41 Comments


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

Wow this is amazing! Congratulations :D

October 6, 2016

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

Nice, good luck with it! Duo is awesome!

October 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sanaz8888

Glückwunsch!

October 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/milner94

Du liebst den Traum! Viel Glück!

October 7, 2016

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

Super, das freut mich sehr für dich. Herzlichen Glückwunsch dazu und einen guten Start in Deutschland. Und ein Lingot von mir. Anna : )

October 6, 2016

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

Thanks everyone!! :D

October 6, 2016

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

Glückwunsch und Viel Glück!

October 6, 2016

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

cool

October 7, 2016

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

cool cool cool

October 12, 2016

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

That's very encouraging! And Düsseldorf is such a nice place. Hope you'll like it there! Brace yourself for carnival, though... Begins in November and ends in February...

October 6, 2016

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

Woah that is a long carnival! Haha okay thank you, I will be expecting it now!

October 6, 2016

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

Oh dear,wunderbar!!!you are an inspiration for all of us learning foreign languages!Best of luck!

October 6, 2016

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

No no no no no… Mein Deutsch ist noch ganz ganz elementar. I'm just chucking myself in the deep end to force myself to learn! :P

October 6, 2016

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

Congratulations :)

October 7, 2016

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    Wow, Congratulations! Good luck on your travels, I hope all goes well :)

    October 7, 2016

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

    Viel Glück !!

    October 7, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeeva06

    Super, good luck!

    October 7, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dobrica10

    Viel Glück !! my comrade

    October 7, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ericr91

    Congrats! I hope to reach that point myself. My only problem is making sure to log on every day!

    Do you mind if I ask what your Daily Goal setting was? If you did it in 100 days, I assume it was "Insane," right?

    October 8, 2016

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

    Yeah insane, although I've been trying to make like 150 / 200 a day. It sounds like a lot but it racks up quickly if you do the timed exercises!

    October 9, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WilliamSmi311052

    Congratulations! I've been living in Ulm down in the South for 5 years. Germany has loads of things to do, see and experience. Now since you will be living near The Netherlands and Belgium, you should consider starting Dutch and French in Duolingo. Now that you have done the German tree, Dutch should be quite easy. It is somewhere between English and German, but is closer to German.

    October 8, 2016

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

    Thank you for the advice :) I definitely won't stop here with Duolingo, however one step at a time I think! But yeah I've always wanted to learn French but it always seems too hard!

    I can see that you're learning many languages! Can I ask, obviously in German there are masculine/feminine/neuter words, and then in languages like French and Spanish there are as well… But, can there be words that are masculine for example in one language, and then feminine or neuter in another? Because if they weren't consistent throughout different languages that would really confuse me!

    October 9, 2016

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

    Unfortunately the genders of nouns are completely inconsistent throughout different languages. I was once told by a native Spanish speaker that he can't take a language serious in which the moon is masculine and the sun is feminine... And for me as a native German speaker a cat will always be feminine, as long as it isn't specifically described as a 'male cat' (Kater).

    October 9, 2016

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

    Aah it's as I feared..! That is a nightmare :/

    October 9, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WilliamSmi311052

    They are not consistent at all, unfortunately. German has a female bridge (die Brücke) for example, whereas Spanish and Italian have a masculine bridge (el puente, il ponte) . I always try to learn the word with its article in German. You do find some consistency between the Latin languages (Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, ...) but they are also not 100% consistent, but close.

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roshana220693

    Wowwwww ! this is amazing ! I'm happy for you and I wish I can end up learning German like this ! Viel Glück ! ;)

    October 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jmc90

    Congratulations :)

    October 8, 2016

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

    Great job!

    October 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mwu315

    Viel Gluck!

    October 9, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/whatsinaname181

    Very cool! You should keep a blog about it and post your experiences!

    October 10, 2016

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

    Viel Erfolg!

    August 13, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna7187

    That is great. But you really need to watch out. Not many people in germany are nice and sweet. The most people in germany are actually mean and all of that stuff. And trust me if I say it. I lived there my hole life and if you don’t think before you say something you might get into big trouble.

    September 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abby916475

    This gives me hope. I started a new job in Germany this week and, while my job is in English, it's been a real struggle settling in!

    October 7, 2016

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

    Ah congratulations! Well you are completely immersed in it now, it won't be long before it clicks! Good luck :)

    October 7, 2016

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

    I agree with what JackLewery have said. I'm an italian girl whose is in Germany since one year. At the beginnig I was terrified because I couldn't no words of German speaking. But today I'm proud of my results because (of course I don't speak it as a mothertongue) but I speak that better than one year ago. So don't give up! You will do it!! Best wishes ;) P.s. sorry for my english :D

    October 7, 2016

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

    Fantastic! I'm hoping to get a job in Germany or Austria too. Any tips for online sites?

    October 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WilliamSmi311052

    Xing is the career social network that Germans most commonly use. It's like LinkedIn.

    October 8, 2016

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

    Thank you! :)

    October 9, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skyjo77

    There are many known websites such as Monster, or Indeed, and other ones such as Kalaydo, Meinestadt, Kimeta, or Stepstone. If you are looking for specific fields, you could take a look at other keywords. For example: "airlines + Berlin", "language school + Berlin" or "company name + Berlin".

    October 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielC990523

    nice , am learning spanish

    November 26, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielC990523

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    November 26, 2016
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