https://www.duolingo.com/Stan976113

Conquered the German tree today

Just wanted to express my gratitude to the Duolingo team and everyone who is involved in the project. I've taken years of German in school a long time ago and did not learn it to any significant extent. Not only was it not a learning-friendly environment, since the other students never really cared about learning it, but the way the language was taught in school made learning it an annoying chore - constantly thinking about the rules, noun genders and so on.

After I left college I've basically resigned to the fact that it was all a waste of time. However, after starting working on the German Duolingo tree, I've realized that a lot of the words and rules started coming back to me. I didn't go through it religiously and actually abandoned the whole enterprise for over a year, but I still kept coming back to it and now I'm done with the tree (which itself has grew twice over the duration of my "conquest")

I'm now reading a book and understanding about 85% of it, while still translating the rest, but I feel the language better than ever before and I'm certain now that I didn't waste those years trying to learn the language. I'm also not particularly highly motivated, since I don't have any practical use for the language, but I think it would be nice to be able to watch German movies and read German language novels in the original language. I've still got a long way to go until I reach the desired level, but at least I'm at a stage where I can enjoy the language.

August 16, 2017

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Gengo9
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Great job. I'm almost there. I'm hoping to soon. I may finish it in a week, but not sure. Obviously depends on how fast I go. I'm hoping to have the tree all golden, but seems like it won't happen this month. Congrats. Hope to do it to.

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stan976113

Thanks! I too have a goal of having the tree all golden for some time, but I'm quite far from it at the moment. Good luck!

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir

Congratulations! Reading is an excellent way of broadening your German!

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JOAT2B

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stusstrupp

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Welches Buch liest Du denn?

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Hallo Stusstrupp, Hast du irgendwelche Buchvorschläge für neue deutsche Studenten?

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stusstrupp

Die Geschmäcker sind ja verschieden, nicht wahr? Ich würde folgende Bücher empfehlen, diese sind meiner Meinung nach leicht zu lesen und bieten trotzdem fesselnde Geschichten:

Ottfried Preußler: Krabat

Ein neu erzähltes Märchen aus Mähren, das im 17. Jahrhundert spielt. Ein Waisenjunge wird in die Lehre eines Müllermeisters aufgenommen. Krabat freundet sich rasch mit den übrigen Knechten an, doch der Meister verbirgt ein schreckliches Geheimnis.

Marc-Uwe Kling: Die Känguru - Chroniken

Kleinkünstler Kling lebt in einer Berliner Wohnung und trifft auf seinen Nachbarn, der zufällig ein Känguru ist. Das Känguru lädt sich schon bald selber bei Kling ein und zieht in dessen Wohnung. Es ist außerdem Kommunist. Doch was hat es mit dem anderen Nachbar auf sich, bei dem es sich übrigens um einen Pinguin handelt?

Cornelia Funke: Tintenherz

Das Mädchen Meggie lebt bei ihrem Vater, dem Buchbinder Mo. Die Mutter, so heißt es, sei vor vielen Jahren auf einer Reise verschollen. Als der Vater zu einer Verwandten aufbricht, wird er zusammen mit dem Buch "Tintenherz" entführt.

Moritz Matthies: Ausgefressen

Das Erdmännchen Ray lebt im Berliner Zoo ein langweiliges Leben. Ray leidet unter seiner unerwiderten Liebe zu einer Chinchilla-Dame und seinem unerfüllten Wunsch nach einer Detektiv-Karriere. Als der menschliche Privatdetektiv Phil eines Tages völlig besoffen am Erdmännchen-Gehege auftaucht, stellen beide erstaunt fest, dass Phil Erdmännisch versteht.

Michael Ende: Momo

Das Waisenkind Momo lebt in einem verlassenen Theater in der Nähe eines gemütlichen Städtchens. Eines Tages tauchen dort geheimnisvolle graue Herren auf, die einen Einwohner nach dem anderen zum Zeitsparen überreden. Wer sind sie, und was geschieht mit der gesparten Zeit?

Walter Moers: Die 13 1/2 Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär

Halbe Autobiographie des Buntbären Blaubär. Dieser schildert seine schwer zu glaubenden, aber völlig wahren Abenteuer auf dem inzwischen versunkenen Kontinent Zamonien.

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Stusstrupp, Das war sehr nett von dir, um die Zeit zu nehmen, um mir einige Buchvorschläge zu geben. Ich bin nicht wirklich in Phantasie, aber das Buch über die Männer in Grau erscheint interessant, obwohl es etwas Anti-Kapitalismus ist.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia

I feel joy and sadness when I see two Duolingo friends find each other again. I hope we will one day be able to communicate freely with each other again.

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stan976113

Danke! Ich lese den Kleine Prinz, es ist beide interessant und gibt mir eine Chans fur meinen Wortschatz zu erweitern.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Stan, Hast du es im Original Französisch gelesen oder in einer deutschen Übersetzung gelesen?

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stan976113

Ich habe es nie gelesen, jetzt ist mein erstes Zeit, und ich lese es, naturlich, im Deutsch.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Das wusste ich nicht, weil du eine deutsche Flagge hast.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Congrats!!

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LayABase

Congrats! It's awesome that you can understand 85% of what you are reading! What is your next step?

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stan976113

Thank you! My plan is to slowly go through two books, one of which is The Little Prince, writing out every word I don't know, learning it and continuing to read. At some point, in theory, I should be able to read the book without looking any of the words up, then I'll considering my reading stage completed. The next stage would be to attempt to watch shows and movies in German. I think it's important to know that while 85% sounds like a lot, in a lot of the cases it's impossible to grasp the meaning without those 15%, for instance "Together they have finally reached the blank which allowed them to blank" I think one needs to know about 4000 words to read without too many such gaps.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo

Toll!

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia

Congratulations on this great accomplishment! :-) Perhaps one day you might travel to Germany... https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=most+beautiful+German+songs Until then, please enjoy these beautiful German songs :-)

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Superhuman93

Congratulations! :D

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mechanicadam

Nice work.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Burhman

Gut! ... aber wie ist das möglisch? Ich bin Level sechtzehn. Ich habe 47 mehr skills left. Du bist Level vierzehn? :( Es gefaelt mich für dir.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stan976113

Vielleicht du hast mehr "strengthening sessions" gemacht?

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth

Congratulations!

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JMBarrett52

Your post spoke to me. I didn't learn German in school. A couple of my friends, growing up, were native German speakers and so I learned a few words way back then and always had an interest in learning more. I didn't start learning the language, however, until I was 63 years old - two years ago. An illness had left my brain somewhat damaged and I thought a daily routine of trying to learn German was just what the doctor ordered.

So, two years later I can read "Der Spiegel" newspaper online with a little help from a translator for words I have not learned on Duolingo. I would recommend that to you to help bring along your reading skills. My motivation is simply to strengthen my memory and improve on my ability to learn new things. Much of the language is still confusing to me - word order comes immediately to mind. But there is a German-speaking group that meets for dinner one a month in my area that I hope to join to put what I have learned to use, and to gain a better knowledge of the language.

Thank you for posting. And good luck to you.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

JMBarrett52 - There is a group that meets once a month for dinner at The German House at the university. I've been waiting until my German is better and the school year starts up. Maybe I should just go. No one is allowed to speak anything but German at this house, and they have a dinner where the public is invited; plus I am an alumnus.

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Congratulations! The German tree is a monster, it's no small achievement!

August 17, 2017
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