I Finished the German Tree!
I'm happy to report that I finished the German tree today! I've learned a lot of german and a had a great time doing it!
I'll continue to use duolingo daily, but I'll resume using Memrise German and I'll finish out Fluenz German, a course I started last year and never finished. Over the next several months I'll begin to use other sources of learning as well, including speaking with a few of my German friends more regularly.
Does anyone have any recommendations for things I can do to further enhance my learning experience?
Thanks in advance for the recommendations.
Congratulations on your tree! I'd recommend clozemaster if you haven't already tried it. It is basically a fill in the blank, which helps you learn vocab in context and be exposed to sentence structure. The German package there is huge, like ridiculously huge so I'm sure that will keep you going. Oh, it is free too, although it does have a pro version where you can customise and learn offline too. Viel Glück!
Going over the sections multiple times helps. One of the things i found helpful was going over some lessons 2-3 times in a row. Its easy if there are only 7-8 questions or sentences. The second and third time through might only take an additional 5 -10 minutes. Another thing I tried to do was after I completed several sections of the course and duo indicated that some sections needed to be reviewed, I began to spend most of my time reviewing old material rather than learning new material. I tried to go over only one new topic or section a day, for example, all of the sections of animals 2 if that was the next new topic. The rest of the time I would review everything duo indicated needing refreshing. I would generally try to get 50-250 "points" or whatever the units of measure are, each day. Usually I would get about 800-1400 points each week. Another thing i found most useful was joining a Duolingo German group. Even though there wasn't much personal interaction between group members, seeing how much others were studying each day kept me motivated.
I can recommend you Tinycards, they are free, made by Duolingo and I use them everyday. You can find them on App Store and probably Gogle Play as well and it's easy way to learn new vocabulary. There is official deck for German, with most words, however some are missing, so I started to create my own decks as well. When I want to do new lesson in Duolingo, I always first do Words deck for that lesson, until I'm confident with my knowledge of these worlds. I also read somewhere, that this system of learning, where you get words in random order is best for memorizing new words. If you would like, you can find my Tinycards profile under nickname: Slon00722, where I have a lot of my decks with additional words, used in lessons, which weren't included in official deck.
read through the entire cortinas conversational german in 20 lessons. You will know where you stand. Its free on google. https://fsi-languages.yojik.eu/languages/Cortina/Cortina%20German/Cortina%20German%20-%20text/Cortina%20Conversational%20German.PDF
I am nearly through the tree and one of the things I have been complementing Duolingo with is Kindle books that are written for German learners. The books come at different learning levels and they have vocabulary at the end of the chapter for the more advanced words (or you can use a Kindle dictionary). I feel like the books have really strengthened my ability to understand sentences and conversations for their overall meaning without having to parse every word. The author I have been reading so far is Andre Klein, who has a few different levels of difficulty.