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My first golden tree, took longer than most people, that's a good thing.

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I've finally finished my golden tree (Actually I finished it Yesterday) for Dutch. As you can see I'm level 18, most people that finish are a lower level than me. I took about a year and a third, which I think is longer than more people. Googling around a lot say they completed the tree in 3 months. I'm aware there's winner's bias here, people are less likely to post their times if they took longer than average, hence I'm posting mine.

So maybe I didn't take longer than usual, at least using my technique I think I finished dead on average. I consider myself intelligent (you'd be stupid to not call yourself intelligent) but I have qualifications to back it up, and I can say learning a language is a different type of learning altogether.

So what was my technique? Well basically I used computer where possible (if I was away from home I'd use mobile) as the computer forces you to learn the spellings etc, and it doesn't have the "select the word order" mode which I think makes mobile too easy. I NEVER hovered over a word if it wasn't highlighted, this forces you to recall the word from long-term memory instead of short term. Do not progress the tree unless the rest is golden! Get really confident in the words you know before you know more. Occasionally I'd leave it a week to so for my tree to deplete, this allows me to go over older words again. Do not learn too many new sections at a time, limit the number of lessons.

So where now? I'm trying to find dutch shows with English subtitles, children books etc. But I've also decided to take up more languages (But I don't expect to finish them all, I'm trying a few to see what I like the most - so far Russian, using their keyboard) My next goal for Dutch is score a perfect 5 on the test.

I know duo gets it's money from features like immersion (and tests?) but there's no immersion for Dutch. If there was any way I could contribute I would be more than happy,

Any suggestions what to do next appreciated any questions I'll try to answer.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/phb2013
phb2013
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Congratulations on finishing your first tree, Robin. Well done. Your comments about how little time it takes some people to complete a tree, compared to the time it took you, prompts me to respond. When checking the profiles of Duolingo users who have asked questions, I sometimes find that they no longer seem to be active users, and it makes me wonder if reading about others who whiz through a course in a few weeks or months, while they themselves struggle, causes them to get discouraged and quit. For those who think they're not progressing quickly enough I'd like to add my two cents' worth to your comments. I've been working on the German tree for almost three years now. This summer I fell behind a bit and lost a lot of the gold bars. I am now regilding all those exercises before finishing off the last nine sections of the tree. Redoing the sections makes me realize how much I've forgotten. At the rate of regilding one section a day, I'll be at it for quite a while yet. Gerardd88 says it well. The important thing is not how long it takes to complete a tree, but what you get out of doing it. Keep at it and you're bound to get better. Have fun with your new languages.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
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Thanks for the support! I am worried that people think they're not good enough and give up, I doubt my one post will make much difference but at least it helps. Judging by your streak and your scores you know how your brain retains languages, and for that reason alone I know you're going to finish your German tree, and you'll be more confident in German because of the summer.

Like people are saying in these comments, it's all about people's preferences, I'm not going to say my slow method is the best method, it's just my preference, and I encourage other people who are slow to see it as an advantage. Being a fast reader is definitely a good thing, but the longer it takes to read a book the longer you enjoy it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88
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Gefeliciteerd! I guess how fast you finish the tree depends mostly on what you try to achieve. For some people Duolingo is the main way of learning their target language, some (like me) just want to get familiar with the language. So I don't think we should pay much attention to how long it took someone to finish it. Veel succes met het leren! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
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Thanks a lot! I would like to be able to converse in the language, that's my end goal. I would like to get familiar with many languages but I struggle to learn more than one at a time because I forget which words go with which language! This has caused me to focus on a single language. I've chosen 3 new courses to start each with very different words so hopefully I can progress them all to a decent level.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Romulo.Np
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Congrats man!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
I_Am_Robin
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Thanks!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deantje2

Super goed, joh!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
I_Am_Robin
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Dank je wel!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deantje2

Alsjeblieft, hé!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shaunsmile
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What do you mean "score a perfect 5 on the test"? Which test?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
I_Am_Robin
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In the lingot store you'll see something along the lines of "Progress quiz" It costs 25 lingots and scores you out of 5.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leontien20

Proficiat!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
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Dank je wel!

1 year ago