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With what abilities does the tree end?

Hi guys.

So, I read that german tree is longest (121 topics). My question is, if somebody knows, how many (cca) words will man know when he will finish this tree. Is it 2000? 3000? And what abilities will someone who finished it (and learned it well, not just quick done the tree but truly understood it) have?

I guess it would be B1 in atleast reading, writing, listening? A2 in speaking probably?

Would love to read your insights. Thanks

July 14, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

So, I read that german tree is longest (121 topics). My question is, if somebody knows, how many (cca) words will man know when he will finish this tree. Is it 2000? 3000?

At this moment I have learned 2652 Words in the German tree for English speakers.
But every week I am learning a few new words (Level 21 and using Duolingo's web version)

And what abilities will someone who finished it (and learned it well, not just quick done the tree but truly understood it) have?
I guess it would be B1 in atleast reading, writing, listening? A2 in speaking probably?

Duolingo is a very good program for the first stage of learning a language or brush up your school knowledge. Duolingo will only bring you to:

  • A2 (maybe B1) level in reading/writing
  • A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.

You can take a short, free online test: "Test your German - Goethe-Institut"
https://www.goethe.de/en/spr/kup/tsd.html

And here is the link to an interesting story "A2 in German with Duolingo"
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23409948

(Source: Language levels A1 -C2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
Read from "Common reference levels".)

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/drvdw

Do those 2652 words contain different inflections of the same word? When I click on "Words" it shows words multiple times but with different forms. I consider that list to have duplicates. I always assume when we are talking about the number of words we learn in a language we are referring to the root form that would be in a dictionary.

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

Do those 2652 words contain different inflections of the same word?

Yes, it contains the different inflections.

I always assume when we are talking about the number of words we learn in a language we are referring to the root form that would be in a dictionary.

When one is learning a language, it is important to exercise the different inflections. In my opinion one must not consider Duolingo's "word tab function" as a dictionary.

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/drvdw

I know one must learn the inflections. I'm just saying I don't think knowing "gut" "gute", "guter" "gutes", "guten" and "gutem" means you know six words. Nor does knowing "denken", "denke", "denkst" and "denkt" mean you know four words.

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

My conclusion:
With Duolingo we learn far less than 3000 German basic words. But we are learning much grammar.

That's why I think, Duolingo will only bring you to:
- A2 (maybe B1) level in reading/writing
- A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/exp271828

Thank you for the links! I just took the "short" test, and I didn't do very good at all (chuckle). My analysis results stated "You have... correctly answered 10 out of 30 questions. incorrectly answered 16 out of 30 questions. not answered 4 out of 30 questions. Keep it up! You’ve got a good foundation in German." I didn't have high expectations going into this thing, but still, it was kind of fun to take! One wish: It'd be nice to have other folks take the short test and post their results - I'm curious!

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lightsmegmyst

Seeing as you asked:

correctly answered 18 out of 30 questions. incorrectly answered 8 out of 30 questions. not answered 4 out of 30 questions

I didn't answer if I was not fairly confident I had understood the question correctly - so no guessing in the hopes of a couple of cheeky points, basically.

I've been using DL for about six months and not much else.

September 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

My test result was only a bit better.

Thanks to ....

  • Duolingo's "reverse tree", the course "English for German speakers"
  • Duolingo's "laddering trees", the courses "German for French speakers" and the reverse tree
  • reading a lot in Duolingo's German discussion forums
  • daily reading the German teletext of the ARD.
    And some of my professional literature is in German.
  • watching German detectives with Dutch subtitles
  • I am used to the German word order in the sentences, because Dutch is my native language

That's why I think:
Duolingo will only bring you to:
- A2 (maybe B1) level in reading/writing
- A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AlSkr

Thanks for the answer =) Very helpful =) Here, have a lingot :D

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

You're welcome. And thanks for the lingot.

July 15, 2017
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