https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

It only took 31 years.

It only took me 31 years to become fluent in German. My definition of fluent is: I can read, write, speak and comprehend both English and German on a comparable level. They are basically interchangeable. I served with the U.S. Army in Berlin from June of 86 to June of 88. The Army highly values language skills and shortly after my arrival they sent me to a one week German Head Start Class. I was given a small pamphlet of basic German phrases and I was hooked. I then took two German Classes with the University of Maryland using the German Textbook, Deutsch Schritt for Shritt. I immersed myself in the language, with the goal of becoming fluent by the time I returned to the United States. I spoke German with my coworkers, locals and listened to Berlitz Tapes almost every night. I did not achieve my goal. However, I did consider my German pretty good. When I returned to the U.S. I took the Defense Department Language Test and was awarded a skill identifier (L) to indicate my language proficiency. I retired from the Army in August of 2000 as a 91S5L. I continued to learn German by reviewing my German Text Book, reading German, Deutsch Welle, German Videos, etc. I was proceeding a slow pace when, I somehow stumbled upon Duolingo, in March of last year. I immediately thought, man what a great site, this is what I've been searching for to take my German to the next level (fluency). I was right, Duolingo has taken my German to the next level and allowed me to achieve my long time goal of becoming fluent in German. Thank you Duo, you tiny green owl.

July 12, 2017

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/drvdw

Äh, ich wollte wissen, was mit dieser Post passiert. Ich bin froh, dass du Duolingo magst und es sehr hilfreich findest, auch wenn ich glaube, dass du deine Fähigkeit stark übertreibt. Ich denke mir nichts Schlimmes dabei. Es gibt keinen Grund, aufzugeben, und Deutschlernen aufzuhören.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryanjg

You've been posting this every day for the past few days.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

Congratulations on achieving your fluency goal!!! Were you a 91S under the old MOS system? I was a 91B! Sounds like we served around the same years. I was 81-97.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DatBoiDa2nd

@grandmumm wow you have a really good streak

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

Yes granmumm can be proud of herself.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

Thank you!

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DatBoiDa2nd

your welcome

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

Thank you!

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

Grandmumm, Where did you serve. I had the Expert Field Medical Badge. You guys had to know a lot of stuff. You have an amazing streak. Level 25 in Spanish and German. Thanks for the congrats.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

My first assignment was in the ER at Fort Jackson. From there I did tours in Alaska, Texas, and Hawaii. What about you?

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

How was Alaska? I wanted to go to Alaska myself, had it as a station of choice for awhile. Where in Texas?

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

Alaska was breathtakingly beautiful and the people were super friendly. We were at Fort Sam in Texas.

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

Thanks, I really appreciate your conqrats. I served from 1970 to 2000. Did you learn languages in the Army? You have some amazing language skills and that streak equals dedication.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

30 years of service! Thank you for that! I did not really learn any languages until after. Well, I did attempt - without success - to learn German. We had orders to Germany after Texas, but they were rescinded for my spouse to continue teaching at Fort Sam. We later went to Hawaii for 6.5 years where I became pretty fluent in Pidgin. LOL

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

Pidgin, guess I learned a new word. You got a flag for that one? Was your Husband a 91B as well?

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

No DuoLingo course for Pidgin. :). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaiian_Pidgin

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

Are you pretty good at German yourself, on a self evaluation basis?

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

I would rate myself as Elementary level at this point. I can read a good bit.

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

I served in Korea, 3 times, Fort McClellen twice, Spent 8 years in Maryland, Ft. Bragg. Fort McPherson, GA. Lot of Training at Fort Sam, sure you were there, Berlin, actually only 26 years active duty. 4 and a half years spent in Oxford, AL. Got drafted in JAN of 1970, was sure I was going to Vietnam but, got sent to Korea instead. If they put Korean on here, I think I would learn it just, because I passed up three good opportunities. Spanish looks easy and similar to German, a lot of the words are similar to English plus already familiar with a lot of words. How well do you know Spanish?

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm

After three tours in Korea, I bet you would quickly master a DuoLingo Korean course! I like to think I'm at an intermediate level in Spanish. I had two semesters in college long before DuoLingo.

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CiaoMichela

Thanks for sharing. Congratulations! That's so encouraging to hear!

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brucethom1950

Grandmumm, Yes I was a 91S5L. I have a lot of respect for 91Bs, I had the Expert Field Medical Badge. Just learning that was hard. Much respect.

July 13, 2017
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