Taking a reverse course?
I'm a monolingual Year 10 highschool student in Australia, and I've taken up German on Duolingo simply for fun. I've just hit level 10 and have been not progressing past the first checkpoint on the tree, so I can work on remembering everything better than I already do before I move on.
However, now that I have a basic grasp on the language, do you think it would be beneficial for me to begin a course for Germans looking to learn English, so I can see it from both sides?
I can remember the layout of the website, so navigation won't be a problem, and I'd always be further ahead in English>German than German>English. Do you think it would be worthwhile to start a German>English course, or would it be a waste of time I could be spending on the English>German course?
Hi ColbyStein! I'm looking forward to doing the same thing too, but only after I finish my tree. I also suggest you wait until you finish your tree too so that you have full understanding of been able to learn in a reversed pattern. For example, learning German>English course may include translating a German sentence to an English one, so you may need to get used to German grammar and such. There may also be words that are used in the German>English course that you haven't learned before, as it is meant for native speakers. This is completely my opinion though, so go ahead and give it a shot! :)
I agree with angel194462. The reverse course will be challenging in surprising ways. What is difficult for English learners and what is difficult for German learners is surprisingly different. Anyways, there's no harm in checking it out, but you will likely not benefit greatly until you progress farther in the tree.
I'd get a little farther in the tree before reversing it, at least to the second checkpoint. There are sentences in the reverse tree that are somewhat advanced for non-native speakers even early on, even though they are simple sentences in the target language. Also, you might actually retain more if you allow yourself to move on a little faster. Duolingo does a pretty good job at telling you when to refresh a skill by turning the skill back to the original color, and spacing the repetition out a little more may cause you to remember your vocabulary and grammar more long term. The grammar, and many of the words, are used in later lessons.