https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Macdonald

Finally finished my German Tree!

I started studying German one year ago when I decided that I wanted to study another language. I came across a site named Duolingo and decided to try it out. Although I was learning Spanish, I decided to try out German. I don't know why I chose to learn German, but I sure don't regret that decision now.

Now, one year later, I have finally achieved what I consider one of my biggest achievements in learning German yet, completing the German tree. As you can see by my new profile picture, I am very proud of myself. I know that I still have a long road to go, but I am still amazed by the progress I have made. However, I could not have gotten to where I am without you guys, the Duolingo community. You guys answered my (and many other people) questions when I had one, thank you!

Next, I'm going to try and go for a golden tree as well as the reverse tree, and I'm planning on completing the French tree. Once again, to Duolingo and its community, Danke!

October 19, 2016

48 Comments


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

Great job! I have completed the German and Swedish trees, and am working on the French tree right now, so you and I are working on similar projects! If you ever need help with French so far, just ask! How are you celebrating your German success? I remember when I finished my German tree, I went and I ate a waffle in pure joy. Good luck with French!

October 19, 2016

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

i just started German. i tried spinach but German was easier because it sounds so much like english

October 19, 2016

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

As far as I can remember, I've never tried the Spinach course. Honestly, I was never made aware there was a course for that....does it teach you how to eat it, prepare it, draw it, stomach the thought of eating it, what exactly is the curriculum? I would love to know, I've been waiting for this course for a long time.

October 19, 2016

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

No way! Last I heard, the Spinach course was in the incubator! I must've missed the email when it came out! Man I'm behind!

October 21, 2016

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

Same! I've been waiting for it, I don't know how I could've missed that email!

October 21, 2016

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

oh wow HAHGAHGHa i meant spanish lol

October 20, 2016

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

I know (:

October 20, 2016

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

congrats!

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erika220360

Great! Congratulations!!

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RPD85
  • 1027

Congrats! I'm just starting to study German.

So there are additional learning opportunities on the website after completing the whole language tree? I'm curious because the approach offered here seems to be very productive, but too short, so I am starting to think if there is anything beyond the tree...Or, in other words, what level you can reach using the website only?

October 19, 2016

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

I Would like to know about this too!

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eterrestrial1324

Congrats! I am working on finishing my German tree. I don't really remember how close I am to finishing it because I haven't worked on German in awhile. I have to learn Spanish for multiple reasons so I will be trying to finish that one first :P I have a long way to go. Again, congrats and I hope that you finish your French tree! Good luck!

October 19, 2016

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

I cannot wait to join the few who finished the German tree and take my spotlight for eternity to witness! I shall triumph, it's only a matter of time!

October 19, 2016

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

me too

October 20, 2016

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

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! I have finished the french tree today so I know your fabulous "recently finished" feeling very well :-) Duolingo rocks! If you ever need some help with german feel free to ask, I am a native.

October 20, 2016

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

Herzliche Glückwünsche!! Here are some lingots for you :D

October 21, 2016

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

Herzliche Glückwünsche!

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daisym014

Hey! I started studying German recently for the same reasons! And I started from Spanish too. ;) ... Congratulations for your achievements. That's my goal too!!!

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
  • 1218

Congrats!

October 19, 2016

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

Great job! Congratulations!

October 19, 2016

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

Gratuliere! Ich wuensche Dir viel Erfolg! Nice job. Now you can keep that tree all gold and start the reverse tree. All the best!

October 19, 2016

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

Great job on completing the German tree. Here are some resources that I have compiled for you to continue your German: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13193331

October 19, 2016

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

Congratulations!

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amie1112DCHS

Do you think you can hold a solid conversation? I'm fantasizing about when I complete it! haha

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GlobalJim711

Das finde ich echt super. Man muss sich auf Duolingo werfen um sowas zu schaffen. Mein Fortschritt geht sehr langsam, Obgleich ich in Österreich und auch in Deutschland studiert habe. Ich bin gerade am 13. Niveau.

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buck72

Sehr gut! Ausgezeichnet! :)

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A.S.Beg

What is your fluency,BTW?

October 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Butterflower305

CONGRATS!

October 20, 2016

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

congrats

October 20, 2016

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

Congrats! Good Job! Great Job! That is Awesome!

October 20, 2016

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

congrats!

October 20, 2016

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

congrats

October 20, 2016

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

Congratulations :)

October 20, 2016

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

Woot woot! I finished mine today! Now I want to work on getting it all gold :)

October 21, 2016

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

Hi, congratulations, how much time should it take to complete the tree?

October 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Macdonald

Danke! German is the second longest tree on the site (only beaten by Norwegian), so it will take a lot longer than any other tree and, therefore, will take you longer than most other trees on the site. Personally, the tree took me a year to complete, but I went much slower than most people, so it really depends on how much time you put into the tree each day.

October 21, 2016

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

In Ordinung, Danke!

October 21, 2016

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

How do you count the length of the tree? I count 114 topics in Norwegian tree, but 122 in German, so the German seems longer to me.

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Macdonald

In terms of topics (or skills) the German tree is longer, but in terms of lessons the Norwegian tree is longer, and I think the Norwegian tree also beats German in the number of words.

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aerlond0

First of all, congratulations! So did I, but I don't know how to proceed for a golden tree. What should I do? It seems there is no 'button' to press and continue...please help

October 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Macdonald

Danke! A "golden tree" is when all of your skills a fully strengthened. The reason why it's called a "golden tree" is because when you fully strengthen a skill it turns gold on the tree.

October 22, 2016

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

Well done!

October 21, 2016

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

ich habe endlich die Französisch-Deutsch Baum ganz fertig. Sehr stolz von mir aber das ist nur einen Anfang, denn würde ich immer mehr tiefe gehen in die sprachen Bildung. daher finde ich der Sinn meines Lebens !

October 21, 2016

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

Congrats dude :D

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Douglas459054

Hearty congratulations, I know exactly how you feel having finished my German tree recently.

I am now concentrating on keeping the tree golden before I try other resources to improve my German.

I think my learning path was similar to your except that I was not learning three other languages, how do you do it?

The very best of luck to you for the future

October 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Macdonald

Danke! It's a good feeling completing the tree, and I see that you did the same thing with your profile picture when you finished the tree. Are you planning on doing the reverse tree? I know a lot of people do that and I, personally, am planning on doing it.

Personally, learning three languages is not too hard for me. Basically, I order my languages by priority. German is my top priority, so I learn it in school and online. Spanish and French aren't the top priority for me right now, so I learn French online and I learn Spanish in school (although I have tinkered with Spanish on Duolingo and may finish the tree one day).

I also feel the need to learn two languages on Duolingo. Whenever I get overwhelmed or bored with one language I switch to the other, and whenever I get overwhelmed or bored with that one I switch back, etc. etc. etc. In my case, those two languages are German and French.

Another thing that helps is how similar yet different all three are. All three languages are similar enough to the extent where knowing one thing in one language will help you with the other(s), yet all three are different enough to the extent where you don't get them confused.

I find more than 2 hours for each language each week (2 hours is the minimum time of practice per week to be fluent in a foreign language), and most of the time I'll be learning a language on duo while watching TV or something, so not only do I learn during my work time (school), I also learn during my leisure time.

I'm also planning on doing the French from German course or the German from French course, so with that I can practice both of the languages I learn on Duo at once.

October 23, 2016

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

Good job!

January 16, 2017

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

(I have 102 lingots)

January 16, 2017
Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.