I completed the German tree today
My goal was to finish it in 100 days and today is the 96th day, all the tree is gold which has been a challenge since I had to strengthen like 10 lessons daily, my fluency rate is 50% and I'm level 18 now. I worked on the reverse tree but I stopped to focus on this one first, next step is Memrise and Busuu, I already finished A1 on Busuu and a few courses on Memrise and I'll take the Duolingo Vocabulary course. Plus I started watching German movies and using German subtitles for English TV shows. Thanks Duolingo <3 Hopefully I can take the B2 exam this year.
You're very welcome! :D
And oh! Nonsense! It'll be fine! Reaching the end of a tree on duolingo is something all courses have and share. I did it for when I finished my Italian tree!! Even though it literally took like two years... :/ XD
But yes, you'll be fine. Outstanding job! :D
Thanks :D, I tried to start in April and lost my streak at 9 days I guess, I finished like 5 lessons or something, then I stopped, I started again like 3 weeks later on May 1st, strengthened the old ones and I practiced everyday since then, so yeah except for the first five lessons I got the 18 levels in 96 days, I struggled with sentence structure though that's why I started using Busuu, but it was Jenny on Youtube who made it easy for me http://bit.ly/gerwjen
How do you deal with going from "advanced" in one tool to "beginner" in another one? I'm studying using books and I'm in the middle of Duolingo's tree. It brings me down whenever I go to busuu or memrise because I have to start from the beginning, reviewing words I already know by heart. I know they all have important methods for learning, so I would like to know how you use them together :) Oh btw I'm also trying to be b2 this year!
I work on them together, for example I also have the same streak on Memrise but I lost it the day I finished the tree here :( you can ignore words on Memrise though, so whenever you see a word that you're sure you don't need to review, just hit the ignore button, but from my experience, Memrise is the best for vocabulary, specially that Duolingo course on Memrise, it's very helpful, I already forgot most of the words I learned through Duolingo. As for Busuu, I used it for grammar, since neither Duolingo or Memrise explains grammar properly, and currently I'm also studying Menschen books, the ones used by Goethe.
I agree with you about the difficulty of having to convince several sites learning algorithms that you know a word. As for Busuu I hadn't heard about it until this post. I tried it and it placed me half way through B2 which is wildly optimistic on their behalf. On that basis it looks like it might be an improvement over memrise, as far as repeating material is concerned, or in your experience is that not the case?
Ein paar Tipps für dich:
Bisher ist deine Arbeit fantastisch. Mach weiter so, um dein Deutsch zu verbessern.
Remember that "German" (das Deutsch, when referring to the German language as a noun) is always neutral.
And remember to place the conjugated verb in the second position. Your second sentence doesn't work either ("Weiter arbeite hart..."). Are you trying to say "continue to work hard?" there? I suppose you could say something like, "Durch weitere harte Arbeit wirst du dein Deutsch verbessern." But more common is just to say, "Mach weiter so!" (Keep it up!).
"Wieder gutmachen" is used to mean "to atone, or to amend" for something. I think you were looking for "Keep it up!" (Mach weiter so!).
Disclaimer: I am not an expert in the German language, but those comments are based on my experience living in Germany for the past 2 1/2 years. Please any native speakers feel free to correct me if I made any inaccurate comments.
Gut gemacht! Ich wurde gern meinen Baum auch bald fertigstellen. I've given up on Duolingo thrice, just because of my laziness and just literally forgetting about it, so it's been like a year and a half of going through the German tree for me, but in reality I've probably spent maybe 2 months on it. I've started going through it again 8 days ago and have made substantial progress since, I hope to finish it within 2 weeks.
The problem is that I don't really have a practical reason to learn German. I just think it would be great to use it when on vacations in a German speaking country and/or to read German stories and watch movies in their original language.
How many words does Duolingo state you've learned and how many do you think you actually know?
2215 Words and I'm not quite sure but I think I know like 1500 through Duolingo and Memrise, and I'm trying to use German for my career, I'm Egyptian and we currently have a very bad economy, languages can really help here and I'm planning to learn Spanish after German. :D