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

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! :)

March 23, 2014

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

awesome, someday I hope to be able to post that too

March 23, 2014

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

How I love Irony ... ^^

March 23, 2014

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

Haha. Are you joking or do you do immersion a lot?

March 23, 2014

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

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!

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

This is an admirable persistance. It's better to be persistant than to be gifted. Gifted people are often lazy.

March 23, 2014

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

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard!

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 24, 2014

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

I think they should introduce a way to demostrate before practicing. We see the structure, and we practice after.

March 24, 2014

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

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. :-)

March 23, 2014

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

Thanks. It is not always difficult to determine what the author meant. Thanks for teaching me a new word. ROFL.

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

Don't sweat it. With the rate I'm going I will be at level 50 when I'm done.

March 24, 2014

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

The maximum is 25. Otherwise I would already be at 50 in Spanish and probably 40 in German. You are doing great.

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 24, 2014

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

Oh now I get it. Thank you for taking the time to explain it to me.

March 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lewisjcranston16

Alles gut! Wonderbar order in die Schweiz Deutsch "Wonderschon". :)

March 23, 2014

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

Danke. Ich bin sehr glücklich zu meinen Deutsch Baum abschließen.

March 24, 2014

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

AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I WILL TOO!!!!!! I WILL GIVE YOU TWO LINGOTS!!!!!

March 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grumpycat1

congratz!!!

March 23, 2014

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

Danke! :)

March 23, 2014

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

That's super!

March 23, 2014

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

Thank you!

March 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/david570

Good game :)

March 23, 2014

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

Thank you!

March 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cem3246

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!

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

That's great! I started to learn German today :)

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

Congrats. How long have you been doing it before the achievement?

March 23, 2014

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

I have been on Duolingo for almost 11 months next week and I started all my languages on the first day here.

March 23, 2014

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

one year and very dilligent? wow.

March 23, 2014

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

Thank you. :)

March 23, 2014

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

cool! congratulations!

March 24, 2014

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

Thanks :)

March 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/livsoccer02

Cool!

March 24, 2014

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

Congrats.

I am on level 12 and still haven't finished even a quarter of the lessons! In one language!

March 24, 2014

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

Congrats to you! You're studying hard!

March 24, 2014

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

Congratulations!

March 25, 2014

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

Thanks :)

March 25, 2014

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

Are you fluent in any of them mate?

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

You won't reach fluency, but you get everything you need to reach fluency very, very quickly once you are immersed in the language.

March 23, 2014

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

I think you could learn to read fluently from Duolingo, but not speaking.

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

Wow, congrats! Haha, you are on level 13 on all of them...

March 23, 2014

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

Haha. Yeah, I do them together. I feel like if I fall behind, I won't keep up with it.

March 23, 2014

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

Isn't it confusing? I can't imagine learning more than one languague at a time

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lucija71995

Congrats!! That's really impressive

March 23, 2014

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

Thanks.

March 23, 2014

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

Congrats! I could never do that.

March 23, 2014

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

Thank you and I'm sure you can! Don't give up!

March 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leli3

That's awesome!! Keep it going : )

March 23, 2014

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

Thank you! I will. :)

March 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/d.martin.dean

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.

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swampy35

parabéns!!

March 23, 2014

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

Obrigado!! :)

March 23, 2014

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

Congratulations. Magnificent accomplishment!

March 23, 2014

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

Thanks! I'm so happy to see my cute little owl wearing his German flag!

March 23, 2014

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

Ah? It's the reward. I didn't know.

March 23, 2014

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

Yeah, it pops up at the end of the tree

March 24, 2014

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

Congratz! Well done!

March 23, 2014

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

Thanks! Cute avatar!

March 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cllewis55

Thats awesome! Keep it up!

March 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maltu
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Well done! I don't really understand the trees, but am assuming that people have gone through the course?

March 23, 2014

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

Yes, they finished all the lessons.

March 23, 2014

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

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.

March 23, 2014

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

Thank you :) I definitely will!

March 23, 2014

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

What is a Spanish tree? How do you get them?

March 24, 2014

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

You already have one. Tree is just a nickname for a language course on Duolingo. :)

March 24, 2014

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

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?

March 24, 2014

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

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.

March 24, 2014

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

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Catch [her/him] if you can ;)

March 24, 2014

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

Vielen Dank! Aber wen soll ich fangen? Lol.

March 24, 2014

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

Te felicito!!!!

March 24, 2014

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

Muchos gracias

March 24, 2014

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

Anyways, I'm giving you five lingots for finishing the tree ^_^

March 25, 2014

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

:o Oh my goodness, thank you! Thanks a bunch!

March 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LMC1787

WOW good for you!!

March 25, 2014

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

Thanks :)

March 25, 2014

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

Buunny, how do you feel after finishing the German tree? Like are comfortable speaking or does it mainly help with grammar and writing?

March 25, 2014

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

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.

March 25, 2014

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

congratss

March 25, 2014

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

Danke :)

March 25, 2014

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

Wow, great job! :)

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