https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Made it to German level 25!!!

Just to start off I have to say that I am super thankful for Duolingo and how it has changed my dedication to learning a new language!

Today I reached level 25 in the German learning course, which when I first started many many days ago seemed impossible. I actually wondered...How do people possibly get to level 25?!? I don't have a crazy streak right now, but day after day my competitive nature brought me back to Duolingo as I tried to "compete" with the timer and "compete" with the XP counter to make it. And I guess it turns out it's actually possible to do it!

So, I am curious for others who have made it to the "max level", did you feel like the 25,000 XP to get to level 25 signified a significant improvement from when you started? I feel like I know miles more than I did when I started at level 1, but I did have one full semester of German class when I started. I am also curious for those who started at level 1 with NO experience and made it to level 25, how do you feel your language mastery changed?

Anyways, good luck to everyone in their Duolingo journey! :)

7/23/2017, 2:24:41 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/Grandmumm
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Congratulations, Derek!!! I had no prior German studies before DuoLingo. (I did with Spanish.) I feel like I have learned a tremendous amount, although I am far from any appreciable level of fluency. Studying German has allowed me to easily fly through the Scandinavian language trees.

7/23/2017, 4:02:35 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thank you! Thats really interesting, you found German helped with those languages?

7/26/2017, 3:01:37 PM

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Congratulations! I also hit Level 25 in German this week! I also had a semester of German, but many years ago. Just this morning in church, I was able to make small-talk with some German-speaking visitors. I could not have done that a year ago. So I am happy with my language journey with Duolingo!

7/23/2017, 11:45:34 PM

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Christy, congrats on your Level 25 in German. :)

7/25/2017, 12:55:23 AM

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Thanks, Chris! :)

7/25/2017, 6:10:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thank you! Congrats as well!

7/26/2017, 3:01:13 PM

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Congratulations!

7/23/2017, 2:45:30 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thank you!

7/26/2017, 3:00:59 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DirtySvensk
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This is my dream!

7/23/2017, 2:50:27 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

You can do it!

7/26/2017, 3:00:49 PM

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Wow, congrats!

7/23/2017, 3:22:21 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thanks!

7/26/2017, 3:00:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean
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Erstens muss ich sagen:

HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH UND HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN!!

Second, it is actually 30,000 XP required for level 25 - just a small correction.

Third, I certainly am miles and leagues beyond where I was when I first started, though I had already done German at GCSE (then dropped off for about half a decade). That is, obviously, in large part thanks to duolingo - not only for the exercises, but also for the external resources the duolingo users led me to which really have accelerated and expanded my learning.

7/23/2017, 12:24:24 PM

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Herzliche Glückwünsche, gut gemacht! Schreib das noch einmal auf deutsch!

7/23/2017, 7:47:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Danke schön!

7/26/2017, 3:00:24 PM

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Congratulations!

7/23/2017, 8:14:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thanks!

7/26/2017, 2:59:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LayABase

Congrats! I'm just curious; what level of fluency did you achieve at Level 25?

7/23/2017, 12:42:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thanks! It says that I am at 61% right now :)

7/24/2017, 12:10:34 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ElliottofRivia

Mine has been maxed at 61-62% for months now, even with working every day at least 50-100 XP/day and having finished the tree.

Also, congrats on getting to 25. I'm almost there! About 5,8XX remaining.

7/24/2017, 3:21:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LayABase

Do you think 61% is the highest fluency that one can achieve at level 25? If you do the reverse tree, do you think it will increase the fluency level?

7/26/2017, 1:41:25 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/IchBinBananen

I am at 66% at level 14.

I took 4 years of German in high school and lived in Austria for 6 months right after high school, but hadn't spoken any German since then (17 years!) when I started Duolingo 3 weeks ago.

I know I'll have to use other resources to increase my fluency, but I am interested in seeing how high it will get just using Duolingo.

7/26/2017, 2:37:49 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/LayABase

How are you using Duo to get 66% at level 14? I'm at 30% with level 8. I want to follow whatever you are doing!

7/26/2017, 2:43:20 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/IchBinBananen

It's probably mostly the German that I already knew just coming back...

But to answer your question - I usually do one longish session a day a few really short sessions throughout the day to keep it fresh in my head. Yesterday was the first day I had missed since I started, and that was just because when I signed in it was technically a few minutes too late, so I lost my streak.

Some days I will focus on trying to get through lots of new lessons on the the tree, but some days I will just practice, even if everything is at full strength already.

I don't know if it is the best way or not, but it is what seems to be working for me right now. :)

7/26/2017, 2:51:31 AM

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Congrats!!! How long did it take you to get that level?

7/23/2017, 6:53:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thank you! Hmm, I would probably say a 10 months, but thats sort of a guess

7/24/2017, 12:11:10 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Wahid145

Congrats

7/23/2017, 11:25:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thank you!

7/26/2017, 3:00:02 PM

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Gut gemacht. From o to 25 in Duolingo you learn a lot of German. I got to 25 using immersion, so it was a lot easier.

7/24/2017, 1:10:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Vangelis_Sy

what do you mean immersion ?

7/26/2017, 6:57:22 AM

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It was a nice feature that has been eliminated, it was the translation of documents.

7/26/2017, 1:01:37 PM

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congratulations

7/24/2017, 1:28:32 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ayshansalim

I am 22 haha

7/24/2017, 1:28:54 AM

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Congratulations!

7/25/2017, 12:54:59 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekLakowske

Thanks!

7/26/2017, 3:00:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/joshi2dec

the same case was with me. I had a German class full semester and when i finished it i started German course on duolingo to explore more. And there was so much to learn. So yeah duolingo is a great platform to learn a language.

7/29/2017, 7:28:22 AM

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