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

German tree finished … and golden!!!

It’s a bit selfish but I really have to share my joy and reassure anyone who’s struggling with it: hold on :-)

Someone wrote in a discussion that the German tree is the sequoia tree on Duolingo. It’s true. What a ride :-)

It took me over 10.000XP (no immersion so about 1.000 lessons) and about a year. Of course it’s only the beginning and I’m still unable to understand a German newspaper … but the foundations have been laid. Let’s build on them!!!

Once again, thank you so much to everyone working on Duolingo and these courses: I’d tried many times to self-study German with the old ‘book-CD’ method but could never keep it up more than a week. Here, motivation had ups and downs but the gamification kept me coming.

Tschüss

December 1, 2016

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

Hallo!

Herzliche Glückwünsche!

December 1, 2016

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

Prost!

December 1, 2016

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

Congratulations, nice work! Have you thought about doing the reverse tree? You'll have to translate a lot into German from English. Also you'll meet native German speakers studying English, and get to see their comments in German. I think you'll find it very worthwhile. Alles Gute!

December 1, 2016

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

Thanks, excellent tip about the comments en German !! :-)

December 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Baloo

Congratulations!

December 1, 2016

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

Sehr gut gemacht! Good luck with your continued studying! :)

December 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Ausgezeichnet!!

Just like you, once I tried learning German with cd and books, never worked, but always wanted to learn Deutsch, just needed a better place to start and finally I found Duolingo.

December 1, 2016

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

félicitations !! ;)

December 3, 2016

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

Well done!

December 1, 2016

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

Nice work, keep at it!

December 1, 2016

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

Meinen Baum habe ich erst gestern abgeschlossen. Gerade möchte ich immer noch meine Spracherkenntnisse vergrößern, deshalb habe ich mich entschieden, statt DL zu wiederholen, was fast nichts bringt, DW-Online zu lesen. Es wäre noch günstiger, die Nachrichten mit anderen Lernenden besprechen zu können.

December 1, 2016

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

Deine Spracherkenntnisse vergrößern? Es ist schon beeindruckend (studieren Sie Deutsch schon lange?) !! Ihr habt Recht, mit anderen Lernenden besprechenes würde hilfen.

December 1, 2016

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

What an amazing accomplishment! You not only finished your German tree but it is GOLDEN!!! How did you manage to have a golden tree when finishing your tree? What do you plan to do to continue your learning?

December 1, 2016

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

Thank you :-)

How did I got it Golden? Well … I got frustrated a lot ;-) ;-) Quite often, it was golden and the next day I had 5 to 10 lessons to review. Quite discouraging but … true … because I still made mistakes. Duo was right, it was time to review.

What do I plan? Definitely Memrise, I’ve been using both and feel they are quite complementary. And do another German tree. Actually, I’m on the English discussion board but I did the ‘German-French’ tree (French is my native language). At first, months ago, I started with the ‘German-English’ tree but it was too hard. Now that I have a basic knowledge in German, I’ll try again ;-)

December 1, 2016

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

find someone whose German and start a German conversation with them to test your skills

December 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MGray01

Congratulations!

December 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneysha7

Congratulations, Polo!! :) I am so happy for you! :)

What's next? :) Will you try the reverse tree? Or will you begin with a new course? :)

December 1, 2016

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

Thank you Anneysha7 and thank you for your support these last weeks. Sorry I couldn't do the same (it's not (or I havn't see it) on the IOS App I use 99% of the time)

Will you try the reverse tree? Or will you begin with a new course? :)

Maybe, but not right away, I’m on the English discussion board but actually I did the ‘German-French’ tree (French is my native language). At first, months ago, I started with the ‘German-English’ tree but it was too hard. Now that I have a basic knowledge in German, I'd like to see how it goes ;-) And I’d love to spend more time to learn Russian … and … and … and … :-) :-) :-)

December 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Congratulations!!!

December 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brucethom1950

You need to keep it golden. You'll be to level 25 before you know it.

December 1, 2016

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

Still a long way to go (1/3 done) ... but who knows :-) It's a nice goal !

December 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Congratulations! I'm in the home stretch myself and I'm so excited for my little trophy! LOL

December 1, 2016

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

Congratulations, you are quite right to boast about it, it is a great achievement. As you see I finished mine recently and am now doing the reverse tree and managing to keep both golden, as you say some days it is quite frustrating when you find that you have a few to review. I am a native English speaker so it should be quite easy. I live in the east of Slovenija and the language is very difficult and unfortunately not on Duolingo but most of the older people in this area speak German so I will have chance to practise. Good luck for your future studies. Tschüss

December 1, 2016

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

im working on the German tree and have just finished the flirting lesson

December 1, 2016

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

I am jealous! I do not have the lingots to buy the flirting lesson, not yet anyways.

December 3, 2016

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

Hello, here are a couple to help you get it !! :-)

December 5, 2016

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

Danke!

December 6, 2016

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

Und jetzt für der nächste! Glückwünsche!!

December 1, 2016

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

Congratulations! I'm still struggling a lot with my German studies, but I hope to complete it one day! Good job!

December 5, 2016

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

how do you insert the animations

December 1, 2016

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

If you want to become fluent, I would recommend Babbel. Although Duolingo is great, it isn't exactly great for becoming fluent. Babbel costs money, but a mixture of Babbel and Duolingo can teach you a lot. Babbel explains grammar much better than Duolingo, but does not teach you as many of those little everyday words like Fenster (window) or Kuhlschrank (fridge). The only downside is, Babbel is $8 a month.

December 3, 2016
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