I finished my German tree!
Earlier this week, I finished my Spanish tree and now I am done with my German tree. Two down, three to go! :)
No joke. Made it to 25 without immersion or getting close to finishing a tree. I do Spanish immersion now and have about 11 sections left in Spanish The rest I am 20-40% finished with the tree. Languages are not natural to me and I have not tried these languages before. I am truely in awe of anyone who learn languages at rates like you! Congratulations!
I admire you really because the only people I have seen in the twenties have used immersion. But I'm really not good at languages, it just seems like that because I've put in so many hours learning them. I wish duolingo had something like it recorded how many times you got a lesson wrong before you got it right because I've gotten some lessons wrong about 10 to 20 times. And my level shows how many times I've been correct but not all the hours I took to becoming right and understanding it. It was really a struggle at some points. And then on top of that there is all the time I have studied these languages outside of Duolingo that should be added to the pile. But don't give up, keep studying and getting things wrong until you get them right and you'll get to the end.
This is an admirable persistance. It's better to be persistant than to be gifted. Gifted people are often lazy.
Most lessons are good for 2-3 failures. This is mostly because DL does not offer grammar explanations--especially the stuff that does not exist in English like (mas. fem. neuter, and every noun/verb/adj/averb responding in there own unique way. However, there are those 10+ failures that cause me to write lots of notes to the support staff and may one of ten I see a change in DL..... Fortunately our DL collegues will help to bail us out point us in the right direction.....most of my ligots have gone to these folks.... Yes no where is it more true that The path to success is failure.
For what it's worth, Duolingo accepted 37 of my suggested corrections in German, from Feb to Dec of 2013. I figured they were still working the kinks out.
I've since finished the tree.
That is alot of accepted suggestions. I have lots of accepted suggestions in other languages. German is the most difficult to get an accepted correction. I may have only 10-15 in German.
I think they should introduce a way to demostrate before practicing. We see the structure, and we practice after.
Didn't use it for ages, but well, it looks like today is a good day for it: ROFL ^^
EDIT: Well, it feels like my statement makes me now look like a nasty person, since their are a few newer entries above which change the "conversation" somehow, BUT I still have some troubles to take everything for real what was said here. It just sounds so much like the opposite meaning. Over and Out. :-)
Thanks. It is not always difficult to determine what the author meant. Thanks for teaching me a new word. ROFL.
Yeah, well ... than I probably interpreted too much into it. It's always harder to determine what is meant online rather than face to face.
How can you be at level 25 and not have finished it, while OP is level 13 and has? I'm new to Duolingo and I still don't know its workings.
DL levels only refer to how many sentences one has worked on, not the level of proficiency or knowledge or what % of the tree has been finished.
The maximum is 25. Otherwise I would already be at 50 in Spanish and probably 40 in German. You are doing great.
Thank you for your reply. But I don't understand where these sentences are coming from, since you have not finished the tree nor you do immersion. I'm still confused.
Repeat each lesson 5 times and do timed practices you get there fast. It takes me that many repeats so that 2 months later I still have it in my head.
Agreed. I am doing each lesson at least 4 times. Once when going through a new skill for the first time. Twice on each lesson in the new skill. And then I again go through the whole skill once. That's just when learning new skills. On a daily basis I 'strengthen' all of my skills at least once. I don't move on to the next skill until I get 2 hearts or higher.
AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I WILL TOO!!!!!! I WILL GIVE YOU TWO LINGOTS!!!!!
Congrats. Were u fluent in any of those languages? I'm impressed cause I think i would get extremely confused learning two languages at the same time and you are learning 5!
I wasn't fluent in any of them but I had taken classes in French Spanish and German before. I never really got confused. I mean some languages were harder to get than others but I never confused them with one another.
That's great :) German is a great language. It gets a little tough in the middle, but if you stick with it, it is worth it.
I have been on Duolingo for almost 11 months next week and I started all my languages on the first day here.
I am on level 12 and still haven't finished even a quarter of the lessons! In one language!
I don't know about buunny, but I don't think it is possible to reach fluency by finishing a duolingo tree. Fluency requires a full immersion into the language, and although duolingo offers a good opportunity for practice and learning, it is far from being a full immersion into any language.
You won't reach fluency, but you get everything you need to reach fluency very, very quickly once you are immersed in the language.
Yeah, right now I'm at the end of the tree and I'm doing well with simple texts in just a few months or learning. I had to add some outside grammar to my duolingo practice though, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to figure out why certain pronouns or conjugations are used.
Haha. Yeah, I do them together. I feel like if I fall behind, I won't keep up with it.
Isn't it confusing? I can't imagine learning more than one languague at a time
It isn't confusing to me, at least. Each language has it's own sound and even though my brain might offer up perro or Hund when I forget the word cane in Italian, I know it isn't correct because they don't sound like Italian. I've taken some classes studying linguistics, but even before that I didn't have trouble separating them in my brain.
Buunny, to what level had you learned German previously? B1, B2, C1? To have completed the German tree that quickly would suggest to me that you had a great understanding already.
I am not sure. I took two years in high school and it was a disaster back then. I thought I was good, but now that I know, I just didn't get it like I thought I did. If I remember correctly B1, B2, and C1 are pretty high levels of proficiency, right? I am no where near that, honestly, but thank you. I didn't finish it that quickly, I mean it took me almost under 11 months to finish it. I don't know if that's fast or not, but maybe I am comparing myself to those people who finish a tree in a week.
Well done! I don't really understand the trees, but am assuming that people have gone through the course?
Thank you :)) Yeah. Tree is the nickname for the lesson course, like I completed my German tree which means I've completed the German lesson course.
You already have one. Tree is just a nickname for a language course on Duolingo. :)
Ah, thanks, so when you finish a tree, it means you've completed a course? What happens next? Once you've finished all your trees, there's nothing more you can do to advance further?
Yeah. I've completed my German tree, which means, I've completed the German for English speakers course. If I wanted I could practice the skills in the tree still, do immersion for German, or do the opposite course, English for German speakers. There is still a lot that can be done and even if I chose to do none of it, there are still things I could do outside of Duolingo to study like talk to people who speak German or read books in German.
Buunny, how do you feel after finishing the German tree? Like are comfortable speaking or does it mainly help with grammar and writing?
Duolingo doesn't really help with speaking, it focuses mainly on reading. I think at this point, anyone wanting to become fluent in a language, would have to use supplemental materials to Duolingo. At the moment, I am confident in my reading and my writing is at a point where it has mistakes in it, but not to the point of becoming unintelligible to a native speaker.