https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia247545

I don't feel I'm getting anywhere...

I've been doing Duolingo for almost two years and lately I feel like I'm just practicing and not learning new skills. I only missed two days in the past month (last weekend, hence my short current streak) and yet all I've been doing is Strengthening my skills. Don't get me wrong, I need the practice but I don't feel I'm going anywhere and that I haven't been for a while.

I have my goal set to 30 points per day if that helps to explain further that I'm not just doing one lesson per day.

I also haven't finished my Tree, I still have new lessons to learn.

Any suggestions?

May 31, 2017

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

try listenng to youtube videos or reading books or short stories. Start with things you are interested in your own language. Duolingo lifts you up, but you have to fly on your own.

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia247545

I am trying to find some stories, that's an amazing idea! Thank you for your suggestions.

June 4, 2017

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

Maybe you can try to learn a new language.... Or you can take your current language to the next level by writing poems or translating music..but it's your choice.

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia247545

Thanks for that suggestion! I never thought of translated things or writing on my own. I'll have to give it a try

May 31, 2017

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

You're welcome...you can even try playing videogames in the language you want to pursue...or you can try to speak to a person who can understand the language too. The possibilities are limitless!

May 31, 2017

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

Hey...would you like to practice your language?

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia247545

Sure, I am learning German from English. English being my native language.

June 4, 2017

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

Try taking different courses.

May 31, 2017

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

It all Depends on your level and goals. I like to receive newsletters from DW, like Deutsch im Fokus. On their website there's also news in slowly spoken German, I know others on here have used that. Also, they have made podcasts on different topics (all in German). The dw.com site is great, and free to use, no hidden costs.

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia247545

Thank you for your suggestions, I'm goin to check out DW.com right now. Thanks a ton!

June 4, 2017

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

Also, have a look at the language courses on DW. You have to sign up for them, but they are still free. Perhaps try a course where all content (included instructions) are in German?

June 4, 2017

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

I assume you are trying to learn German? What is your native language? Anyway, since most Germans are bit lazy when it comes to learning English they tend to dub almost every movie/tv show. German dubbing is quite excellent. Probably one of the reasons many lack skills compared to other non-native English neighboring countries. Good news is that you could try to watch your favorite show/movie in German. Time you would spend anyway you can now pick up some German as well. Some of the German TV stations even have movies online to stream or download. DVDs often include subtitles. Hope this helps and good luck getting somewhere …

June 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia247545

Yes, I am learning German from English.
Thank you for the suggestions, I'll have to find some of my shows in German. Thanks again.

June 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

Try watching your favourite TV series in German. Since they think we Germans are too dumb for foreign languages, they dub everything. They say, it is done quite good. Here youtube is an incredible treasure chest. You can watch stuff you like in the language you want to learn.

Check out your DVD collection. Maybe you'll find some with German audio (or at least subtitles -even if I hate them. you can only watch or read)

Listen to music. There are some really good German musicians in genres other than classical music.

June 4, 2017
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