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https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

Got there eventually

After about 15 months, today I finally finished my German tree. Was expecting a bit more of a fanfare to be honest, didn't even get a trophy. After working on it for such a long time it feels like quite an achievement so I guess I'll have to create a fanfare of my own, Champagne is in the Kühlschrank.

After completing the tree my German reading is pretty good, my listening is improving but my speaking is very limited. It has given me a foundation to move forward though. Practicing speaking every day with my German wife, let's see if the Champagne helps with the fluency.

Thanks Duo, you've really kept me motivated.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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That's too bad! I got a trophy, but no fanfare. In a similar discussion, https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1846611, someone told me to click on my trophy and it shows me a "congratulations" page, but since you didn't get a trophy, you can't even see that.

In that discussion, someone gave me fireworks! Here's yours:

Hurra! Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

fireworks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Congratulation. I have been struggling even longer than yourself and I am even more determined than ever. to complete at least one tree.... So in other words thank you very much .... And a lingot as a token of gratitude to your inspiration .... all the best Jack

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Why did someone downvote your comment? I'll knock it off for you :) Here's a lingot, too

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sernstberger
sernstberger
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You can have yours back. Keep spreading niceness! :-) (+ 1 Lingot)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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lovely Duolingo concept of spreading niceness

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

thanks! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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DId you finish it using the phone or the web? If it was on the web you should have gotten a trophy!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

Hi Luis, I finished it on the web, the trophy appeared about an hour after I completed the last exercise. Thanks for your incredible work.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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Thanks. We'll work on making that faster.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaJH
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The thing is, the banner ought to pop up when you finish, too; even if you get your trophy right away (I did) there's.... silence. It's the same as finishing any exercise. When I finished the German tree a few months ago, the banner popped up, which is very nice, but not when I finished the Spanish tree a few days ago.

I eventually discovered you can see the banner by clicking on the trophy, but....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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I agree. And it should play some sound. Finishing the tree is surely at least as cool as finishing a lesson.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

Thanks for all the kind words; I'm pleased to say my trophy has arrived :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/espi731

Congratulations! And you are motivational to me. I wonder can I do it evantually? My plan for French skill tree is for 1.5 years from now including side studies and exploring French on my own.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

Congrats! I'm trying to do the same with the French tree. Just use immersion to improve your german.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/poppyizzie1

Well done. I am learning spanish and I am on my 10th day. Any words of encouragement would be appreciated as i just looked at a conjugation chart and came out in a hot sweat. I dont want it to put me off. I consider my self at least of average intelligence but my head is a shed. Anyway Congratulations, Sehr gut.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

Keep going is the best advice; I had similar feelings when I made myself a table of declensions (why does anyone need so many versions of "the")? Some people fly through, others (like me) take their time, find the right pace for you. I found there were times when I really got bogged down in stuff and found it difficult, I went back and refreshed skills and tried to keep my tree gold. There came a point where I really started to find it easier and more enjoyable. I now think of learning German as a hobby, a very rewarding hobby.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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My advice is to only look at very specific sections of conjugation charts.

I used to give music lessons, and small children were always thrilled with their progress, because they had no idea what was ahead of them, and they didn't really distinguish between their ability to play Twinkle Twinkle and someone else's ability to play a concerto. Adults were often disappointed with their progress, because they were fully aware of how far they still had to go, and of how they compared to professional musicians. When the adults were able to just focus on what they were learning, right now, they always made much better progress.

So, as much as possible, I think we should just focus on what we're learning right now, and not worry about the horrors of past subjunctive yet to come.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

" Any words of encouragement would be appreciated as i just looked at a conjugation chart and came out in a hot sweat."

Totally understandable...just remember some are much more common/useful than others, and you'll get there eventually. There's also some structure to hold on to.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaJH
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Here is a great work song, with musicians doing a grand job under interesting conditions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-qz4Icl3_Q

Having finished my Spanish tree, I have to say, my grasp of the Spanish conjugations is still pretty much present tense and the easier compound tenses; my German is much better, so I know if I keep plugging away, looking things up (that's not present tense, what the heck is it?), and translating, it will get there.

Duo's aim is to make as much automatic as possible -- keep that streak going, and that will help!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/poppyizzie1

Many thanks," no pain no gain" i suppose.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/poppyizzie1

Actually there is no pain, i do really enjoy it, which is the main thing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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I've been at mine for almost a year, and I'm getting close to finishing. I've only been reviewing for the last few months because I haven't had any time to advance my tree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

That's one impressive streak!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaJH
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Heh, my Spanish tree went by tiny inches the last little bit; I wanted to finish with the rest of the tree gold, and was (and am) keeping up my German tree too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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Me too. I even re-golded Christmas before I finished my tree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Congrats. Very exciting! I'm going to try to finish my tree!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Topolski

Congrats! Still trying to finish my Spanish tree here.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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15 months, that is a lot of perseverance! Congratulations! (And wow, those fireworks look AMAZING on DuoDark! O.O)

Will you be aiming to reach level 25 now that you've finished the tree?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

I've never really considered the level to be that important to be honest, am I missing something?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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I don't think you're missing anything. I'm not sure what the levels are supposed to mean in terms of ability. I got to level 25 mainly by doing Immersion. For sure I learned something by translating, but I don't feel that I'm significantly better at Spanish at level 25 than I was say at level 16 or 17. Being at level 25 is odd. It says I have 7212 points towards the next target of 1 point.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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Herzlichen Glückwünsch! As someone who has completed all the trees, I know objectively how hard the German tree is, I almost gave up on it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark.Z

Shocked by your language icons. Awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

Congrats! Just keep on using your German to get even better and maybe when the German to French course comes out you can try out that course.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BetaLibrae

Congratulations! Here, have a lingot for your accomplishment and for motivating me to keep progressing through my tree!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edenludgate
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I've been doing it for 7 months and I'm only on household (I've not done much German recently because I've been focusing on French and Spanish)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lykke_lee

5courses,amazing!Come on!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/3wereld
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Congratulations! Im proud of you! I have to go just a little further..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreaOviedo

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!!!!!!!!! I'm still trying to learn.. good for you!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Harley.J.Quin

Congrats! I am so close to finishing its going to be awesome. Next project will be working on all those golds.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlmogL
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Congrats!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melaniedf

Champagne has been known to lower inhibitions, Sekt (german sparkling wines) work too! Congrats!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scottann

Did you hear the drum roll coming from my computer! Congratulations! when I finish my Spanish tree I intend to stay on to read and translate interesting web articles and am planning a trip to South America. You are so right about practice, learning a language is all about practice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaJH
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Great, Scottann! I always enjoy your translations, keep them coming!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SyxHyTex

Deine Frau kann mit deine Deutsch sprechen helfen! Spricht mit ihr jeder Tag! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fenix_vulgaris

Another Verbesserung:

"Deine Frau kann dir mit deinem Deutsch Sprechen helfen! Sprich jeden Tag mit ihr!" (Your wife can help you with your German speaking! Talk with her every day!")

or better, Germans much prefer side sentences instead of verbs turned into nouns (Deutsch Sprechen).

"Deine Frau kann dir dabei helfen, deutsch sprechen zu üben." (Your wife can help you to practice speaking German.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
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Congrats! I'm halfway through my German tree after 3 months, but it's getting harder and I'm really slowing down now :-) I guess 15 months is a good time to be confident with what you learned!

Congrats again!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eMachlev

Congarts! You can take a german certificate exam from the lingot store. It costs 25 Lingots.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

Tried to post a link to test certificate, it doesn't seem to work, anyway I did the test and got 4.21 which I am quite pleased with, thanks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

That's fantastic!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrivateMufasa

Congratulations! I found this app on my ipad again after I restored it from a back up and started up my Spanish tree again. Not sure how long it will take me to get through it. Let's hope I have as much success as you did. Any plans for any more languages?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

Not at the moment, going try to build on the German first, my wife is German and my two sons are growing up bilingually, so I have a pressing reason to learn that language. Maybe one day though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrivateMufasa

Wonderful, glad to see you have a viable reason to continue and you have something to keep you using your new found language after completing this. A lot of my friends are Spanish and my uncle is Spanish, reason for me wanting to learn the language. I planned on doing German after I finish my Spanish, I might even start soon and have two languages on the go, might prove difficult tho, never was one for learning haha.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bar_an
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I'm currently at the last three courses on my German skill tree (but I REALLY need to practice...). anyway, Gratulation!!! Ich hoffe dass ab jetzt wird deine Deusch nur verbessern!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fenix_vulgaris

And I in turn hope this will help you. Writing your own German sentences is a great exercise. So here are my "Verbesserungen" for you.

"Ich hoffe, dass sich dein Deutsch ab jetzt nur noch verbessern wird." (I hope, that your German will only improve from now on.)

Mandatory comma for German side sentences. (, dass)

In a side sentences the conjugated verb moves to the end of the sentence (instead of second place as in main sentences). (wird.)

"verbessern" is used like improve if there is a clear subject and a clear object. "Ich verbessere etwas." It is used reflexively, if you improve "yourself" or if "something" improves. "Dein Deutsch verbessert sich." English gives its verbs much more license to use or not use objects and to change roles of subject an object (agens and patiens) without changing grammar.

Grammatical gender happens to be neuter for "Deutsch", which is not really ever used with an article. "Das Deutsche" is the article version.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nathansk8s
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Herzlichern Glueckwunsch! :) I'm stoked to finish mine. I have been working on mine for 7 months now. I started to do a new lesson every 3 days though so I have when I will finished scheduled and am doing the same with my spanish tree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/asdfagwer

Hi! I've just finished mine too! It took me exactly 88 days. I must say it improved a lot my reading and hearing. Congratulations and keep going!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark.Z

Congrats! Gronyteen! 'My German reading is pretty good' inspires me a lot. My resolution To finish my German tree is strengthened by that. I'm learning German now and I aim to finish the tree in this year. At that day I will come here and post a same comment like this one of yours to inspire more people. To me, this atmosphere I feel in this community makes Duolingo a bigger thing, much more than just a language learning App, which I thought it was when I saw it the first time. Thank you, Duolingo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caselthor
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I recommend watching some German TV shows to improve listening and speaking, preferably with German subtitles. Look for Stromberg (think The Office in German), Tuerkish fuer Anfaenger (sort of a Modern Family type show), or Heute Show (if you like German politics). Stromberg and Tuerkish fuer Anfaenger can be bought on amazon.de. Heute Show can be found here: http://heuteshow.zdf.de/

You can also watch English language tv shows in German on kinox.to, but just don't click on any of the ads.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyJacob

Congratulations. A good way to improve spoken fluency is to say the exercises out-loud at the same time as you practice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gronyteen

I think that is good advice, been trying the "vastly improved speaking exercises" and realised how useful it is.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaJH
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Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache! Wir gratulieren!

I finished my Spanish tree about a week ago, and was very disappointed to get no banner; I'd gotten one when I finished my German tree. You do see it if you click on the trophy -- and I see you got one, eventually.

So I posted to the community, just like you, and as you see they know how to help a person celebrate!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jap1249
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Congratulations on your success.I'll take champagne over a digital trophy any day.I just want to say good luck to everyone and I am so happy to have found this site.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Congratulations. Have a lingot!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DarkCatXX

Great job! I can't wait to get to the point you're at!

4 years ago