Conquered the German skill tree ^^
Ich bin so glücklich! Ich habe seit zwei Jahren Deutsch gelernt und endlich ist der ganze Baum gold. Der nächste Kurs ist Französisch, Esperanto und Spanisch. Danke, Duolingo (und Tandem)! With these apps I like learning languages even more :) I finished with 52% fluency and level 19 and I wish there was a course of Arabic.
You know Assimil, a series for learning languages? I used this method in combination with some rules of my own.
Working through the tree three times. Begin you first time, if you are at about the half of the tree begin the second time at the same time. If you are ready, begin the third time.
More detailed with my own rules:
- Try to master every question of every single exercise 100% without look up vocabs or using hints - this needs sometimes many repetitions, but I strictly follow this rule.
- Use hints, tipps and notes as often, as you need it and grammar explanations till you've understand them
- Do this as long as you can go through all exercises in a lesson without great problems
- Then use the strengthen exercise of a lesson in the same way: Try to master it 100%. It is more difficult, because the questions are not ordered anymore and there may be some new questions, where you and the system can see, If you've understood the grammar etc.
- Then try to master the timed practice for the lesson. It is much harder than the strengthen practice, because there are some more new sentences, word combinations with words from other lessons and additionally a rigid time limit. But if you can master it you'll get more experience points and you'll now that you have learned the material. Sadly the website developers had seemingly mistakenly deactivated the keyboard shortcusts, so it is nearly impossible for me to successfully work to the timed practices in the more advanced lessons anymore :-( I hope, they will find the error and will activate them again in the near future.
- Next use the strengthen exercise of the whole tree as early as you can. If you begin too late, it will be much harder, because this uses the material of the whole lessons you already worked through.
- Same for the timed practice of the whole tree
- Every day, when a circle or lesson becomes colored, work through it till it is gold again. Do this additionally to your normal exercises.
- If you reached half of the tree, go ahead and at the same time begin with the first lesson again. From now on you exercise (at least!!!) two exercises or lessons: one on the second half of the tree and one on the first half of the tree. Do this as long as you worked through the tree twice. For the lessons you exercise the second time try first the strengthen exercise or timed practice. If you can master it, go ahead. If not, work through the exercises in the lesson again till you know all answers 100% correctly again.
- Then work through the tree a third time, if you want. Or pick up still difficult lessons and try to master your weak points.
I am now at the end of my third time working through the tree. I don't know, if this works for you but for me it works.
I wish there was an Arabic course too! I studied Arabic privately and used the Pimsleur program which was excellent. I hope Duo will consider one in the future.
I've been studying German with Duo Lingo for a while now and I'm 57% fluent according to Duo. I love the program and practice every day. Though I finished the entire program, I haven't succeeded in becoming all gold yet...but I will. Wish there were more language categories within the German program to keep me interested in the future.
Thanks, well I started learning German 2 years ago, so about that time I also started on the German skill tree. There were, however, some breaks and I wasn't focusing really so much on it. I did maybe half of it during last 6 months, when I had time to study more intensively. You can do it! :) .
I had a similar situation while learning Spanish. I started two years ago, but I was very inconsistent and my progress was slow. About a month ago, i got the phone app and joined a competitive club which motivated me and led me to complete about half of my Spanish tree during my Spring break. I spent hours each day! :) Thanks for the encouragement!
Congrats! German tree is quite something... Re: fluency, it's kind of strange. I still have 16 skills to go on my German tree, and I am already at 55%, although I suspect that my real level is lower than yours. And BTW, my Italian is stuck at 51% although I've finished the tree about a month ago and I'm keeping it gold since.