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.
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.
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 We had orders to Germany after Texas, but they were rescinded for my spouse to continue teaching at Fort Sam.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
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?