https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Completed German tree!

Hi all! After a happy and healthy race against duo, I finally completed my German tree. It's been nearly six months since I started.I took help of Duolingo forum discussions (a lot), easy german channel on YouTube( thanks a ton, Cari und Janusz! You guys have been my role models for speaking German!) and used German without toil/Assimil Deutsch ohne Mühe (old book lying at home) sparingly. Now I can read the German newspaper (Zeit.de) (still have to use dict.cc a lot) and news in easy german(http://www.nachrichtenleicht.de). Next on the agenda are German children's books and DW videos. These, I feel, are the points where I still stumble: 1. Prepositions: finding the correct preposition in a sentence- a LOT different from English, but surprisingly closer home to my native language(Marathi). 2. der/die/das: genders 3.Tenses: that make me tense( still confused between conditional and future/ future perfect) And so on. But finally, it's a great place to start. The inertia and phobia which I had while I had studied German in college few years back is gone, and that, team Duolingo is a great achievement indeed! kudos and thanks a million! PS: looking forward to German stories in labs eagerly!

July 12, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/HorazioVilches

I'm very surprised when people finish a tree in less than a year ! I go very slow...but I also do multiple reverse trees at the same time

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Must confess did rush towards the end: but the excitement of being closer to the finish line(about to complete the tree) was far too overwhelming! And I did try going slow at first: but then realised that i needed more revisions for few of the skills, even when the skill is golden. At the end my entire tree is golden, and yet I'm sure I'd require a few revisions. Also, I'm doing only one language(about 200XPs every day in last few weeks).

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Benilee77

Finishing the tree felt like an accomplishment for me, but timed practice for strengthening skills proves challenging most of the time! Reading and writing what I hear go pretty well, but writing quickly and correctly in German doesn't come as easily. Shooting for 60% fluency but not there yet! Too embarrassed about making mistakes to try to converse with anyone~~

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Same here: always imagine faux pas situations if I tried speaking German. But we must take inspiration from officer Crabtree! :D

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

One additional side- advantage of learning here has been: now I realise how horribly difficult my mother tongue must seem to a new learner- we have seven cases and everything including verbs, nouns, adjectives are to be declined. Before duo, I used to be a lot more annoyed with someone speaking it incorrectly: now I'm a lot more forgiving and appreciate that they're at least putting in an effort to learn! I hope this would be reciprocated!

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sunadashi
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Everyone has their own learning style. I finished the tree in around 100 days . BUT I was a long long way from having all the vocabulary actually learned and a lot of the grammer was still "greek" to me. I did have the headstart of 3-4 months with Babel before I discovered Duolingo. The details of grammer are still slowly falling into place.

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Couldn't agree more. I think what Duo empowers one to do is to be able to comprehend German: it can help you make sense of German in your native language. But fluency out of it is rather a huge expectation. As for grammar, the deficiencies become evident as I form a sentence: still spend a lot of time deciding adjective declensions(although this helped a lot: Germangrinds.com>2011/06/14).I did try consulting a formal German grammar textbook(Hammer's and Collin's) but found it to be ridiculously complex to learn any grammar out of it- duo is much easier, with the helpful discussions. I still consult the Grammar book for looking up a specific point( E.g. N-deklensions) but reading a chapter at a stretch gives me a feeling of getting overwhelmed. I'm sure this is not how native Germans learn their tongue.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Benilee77

Congratulations! Thanks for mentioning the east German news site - I appreciate learning about that resource.

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dale756276
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Just finished my tree tonight in 49 days tonight. However, I was exposed to German previously doing half of Rosetta Stone. It was tough slugging at times and I need another month to put some gains into long term memory before our trip to Germany and Austria in September. My wife completed the tree four days ago. Needless to say, she is much smarter than I. Major thanks to the Duo creators and contributors for your hard work!

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Also, it'd be great help(I know this has been much discussed till now) if discussions are available on the mobile version/in app. ALSO, still fumbling with hin and her(still get nightmares with"Heraus aus meinem Haus!"). My thumb rule is: if origin is being stressed "from..." Then it's her and the destination is being stressed upon "towards" them I think it's hin. Don't know it that's true in general, but it has served me well so far. E.g., it's "away FROM my house" in the example above.

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TheClock8797

Congratulations! I hope you have fun expanding your German knowledge! Are you planning on starting another language or just sticking with German?

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Well, would be sticking to German for a while, with a reverse tree, probably.

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xKrankenhausx
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Glückwünsche!

Level 18 & a finished tree is pretty incredible for just ~6 months. You have ridiculous amounts of dedication, mein Freund ;P

Keep going! I'm 100% sure you'll be fluent one day! Impossible not to be with the drive you have.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Danke schön! Any suggestions as to how to proceed hereon, for better skills at German?

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xKrankenhausx
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There are plenty of good channels on youtube. Check out DFE (Deutsch für euch).

https://www.youtube.com/user/DeutschFuerEuch/featured

Also I'm a big car guy & I watch German language car videos on youtube (i.e. Ausfahrt.tv, Daniel Abt, etc.). Although it's not free, you might want to try Italki as well.

https://www.italki.com/home

It connects to you with language tutorials around the world for personalized 1-on-1 tutoring. Viel Glück!

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

But these are not as interactive as Duo is...Did use DFE sessions a lot while completing my tree for grammar explanations... Also used Learn German with Ania/Herr Antrim. My search for grammar queries used to often start with Google search, and used to end on these channels! Also used multiple blogs for same, and Näturlich, Duo discussions.

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xKrankenhausx
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Es gibt keinen Ersatz für Eintauchen... =/

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dkahn400
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Gut gemacht!

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/asa991

i'm also looking forward to german stories in the lab

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AvadhootPa

@Nikhil : Maybe you can try 'German Shika by Avinash Biniwale' as a supplement to this course. I heard it is good. But have to admit I do not have first hand experience. I just ordered this book after recommendations from many..

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Yeah, heard the same from lot of people. Found Assimil German without toil quite useful and it takes a similar approach... The newer Assimil is not that likeable, though.

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Isaac.Rocha

Its so great to see that this course is useful! im trying to lern german here, and im happy that i cand do it here for free

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AmolKolte

Abhinandan! How prepositions are closer in Marathi. I did not figure that out yet :P Any example..

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilBeke

Let's talk about life: Lassen Sie uns über das Leben reden: aayushyaavar bolu kaahi! :)

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AmolKolte

Haha.. Yes :D

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brisixty

Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

July 16, 2017
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