What does everyone think of German on here?
Do you think that everything is accurate? Do you think that the order that they teach you is a good start? I'm just wondering.
As a person of rather advanced years who has wanted to learn German for some time, I started a formal class and did not continue as I found it too hard. Recently started here and absolutely love it. The best thing is being able to go at your own pace. I try to do half an hour each day which is much more than I did when doing a weekly class. I find I have progressed well after about 5 weeks I am happy to see that I now have 20% proficiency. Also love hearing the spoken words as I work.
These comments from someone who already speaks a second language fluently thanks to learning way back when my brain worked like a sponge. Thumbs up from me.
Congratulations - I find that formal classes are not a good way to start a language either. Perhaps when one is more advanced and needs specific corrections to a generally correct understanding, but not to get going. I find Duolingo is a useful addition to keeping from getting rusty on the basics as I try to learn more advanced aspects.
Be careful with that 'fluency' rating though - it doesn't mean all that much!
Since everyone has a different way to take in new informations (more by reading, listening or deconstructing and analyzing the language) I think it is quite good for many. There are things I tend to disagree (the sound is not always right, especially for single words - sentences are mostly better, the uncommented usage of single words in strange situations when the standard explanation is usually a different one), but most of the time I like the program.
I just try to get a feeling of Spanish without having any clue about the language. At this point I am not sure if this is the perfect way for me to learn, but one should not give up too soon. I like the possibility to do a language grit with others, learning French, English and German from each direction. Thus I can learn the unknown language while refining the better known ones.
IMO the German course is perhaps the best course on the site (obviously I haven't finished all the trees, but based on the ones I have completed).
There is a larger-than-average vocabulary, a longer-than-average tree, & very good focus on cases.
My only criticism of it is that there needs to be extra sections on word order, specifically word order in complex sentences with multiple separable verbs (i.e. ankommen, umfahren, etc) & word order with dependent clauses.
Nonetheless, it's an excellent course especially considering that it's free.
I'm learning German because we go there a lot and have a wedding planned with some German friends. The hardest I find is to communicate while they don't or bearly speak English and I do not understand German as well as I would like. What I find the hardest with learning via Duolingo is that it is only possible to learn German out of the English language instead of my own ( Dutch ) . I like the way it is set up because it takes little steps at a time. Because I've been in Germany a lot I can understand a bit but that is not enough for me. Hope to speak and understand German by the end of this year.
I can solve your problem for you. Your English is excellent. Do the reverse tree in English. Are you familiar with German pronunciation? Listen to the German Alphabet, listen to a native German: speaking the months of the year, the days of the week, etc. Make sure you are familiar with the differences in pronunciation. Numerous, free resources on the internet. Try typing in children learning German colors, German Numbers, etc. What you need to know and expect to use at the wedding. Learn the type of German words that are used for/at weddings. Never listen to German spoken by anyone other than a native. Unless their pronunciation is very good. The speaker on Duolingo is good. Listen to her over and over by clicking on the loudspeaker.
In western Germany most people under 40 have had at least five years of English in school. Usually, you have to fight for your right to speak German, at least when they see you can speak English.
Nederlands is closely related to German, so you should not have too many problems with it. They say that the dutch are good at languages. Main problem might be that your letters sound different from ours, especially g and ij. Even after decades you might still have an accent (my boss is from the Netherlands)