https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin

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.

2 years ago

23 Comments


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.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emak02
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Gefeliciteerd met het voltooien van de Nederlandse boom! ❤❤❤ was het om Nederlands te leren van Duolingo? Veel mensen voltooien hun boom heel snel, maar ik ben het met je eens dat rustig aan doen beter werkt :). Zelf probeer ik de Portugese boom te voltooien. Ik ben in januari begonnen en ik hoef nog maar 6 vaardigheden.

Deze link stuurt je door naar de columns van iemand die Nederlands leert. Hij schrijft ❤❤❤ hij het vindt. Misschien is het interessant om te lezen.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
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Dank je wel!, Ik zal probeer te schrijven in nederlands, maar ik zal maak fouten. Ik vind het moeilijk doch Duo was plezier dus ik blijf terugkomen. Daar er was enige een persoon wie gesproken mijn oren vind het moeilijk te weet wat andere people zeggen maar ik zal word beter!

I'm sure there's plenty of errors (grammar mostly) in that but you should be able to make sense of what I was trying to say. I will definitely be checking out that link, thanks! I'm sure you're going to get your Portuguese mastered!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fire-ergens
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Ik hoop dat je het niet erg vind dat ik je tekst even verbeter:

"Ik zal proberen in het Nederlands te schrijven, maar ik zal zeker (wat) fouten/foutjes maken. Ik vind het moeilijk maar Duo1 was plezierig dus bleef ik terugkomen./is plezierig dus blijf ik terugkomen. (hoort deze zin in de verleden- of de tegenwoordige tijd te staan?) Daar was er maar één persoon die sprak sinds mijn oren het moeilijk vinden om te begrijpen wat andere mensen zeggen, maar ik zal daar beter in worden!"

1: DUO staat in het Nederlands voor Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, het is misschien wel handig om dat te weten voor als je er ooit over moet praten.

Mijn verontschuldigingen als het een beetje rommelig vertaald is. Het is niet altijd even makkelijk om (buitenlanders hun) grammatica/taalgebruik te verbeteren.

Maar gefeliciteerd met de afronding van je Nederlandse boom! Verder nog veel succes met het Nederlands!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
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Dank je voor de verbeter, het is goede onderwijs. Het was in de verleden: "bleef" is de correct één. ik zal leer meer met verbetering als dat.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvybarbar
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Gefeliciteerd! Ik heb Engels eergisteren afgerond met 46% en 13%. Ik had graag meer levels gehad. Nu begrijp ik dat er een omgekeerde boom is. ❤❤❤ werkt dat. Gr.Els.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
I_Am_Robin
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Dank je wel! En gefeliciteerd ook! Ik heb net gelezen over de omgekeerde boom en het geluid verassend goed als meer lessen, ik mag probeer het ook. Het spijt me over de fouten.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvybarbar
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Hoi Robin, je bedoelt dat je het ook super zou vinden dat er meer lessen zouden zijn? Gelukkig ben ik een native Dutch ;). Ik ben nu begonnen met French.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
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Ja ik zou houd van meer lessen te doen. Dat is waarom ik ben nu begonnen ook met Frans, het heeft veel meer lessen dan Nederlands voor Engels sprekers, en Norwegen is de langste les op hier, ik probeer dat ook.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvybarbar
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Leuk Robin, kunnen we als ik verder met Franse les ben samen in het Frans schrijven. Misschien kunnen we vrienden op facebook worden . Gr.Els
Mijn naam op facebook. Is Elvy Barbar

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I_Am_Robin
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Wij konden ja, ik zal toevogen je 's morgans. ik denk dat mijn Frans zal meer langzaam dan je zijn, als ik heb kleine tijd te leren

2 years 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! :)

2 years 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.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deantje2

Super goed, joh!!!!

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deantje2

Alsjeblieft, hé!

2 years ago

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

2 years 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.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leontien20

Proficiat!

2 years ago

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

2 years ago
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