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Finished tree--and it is all golden

I managed to complete the German tree and have it all golden in about 80 days.

My goal is to improve my reading skills to be able to read academic level texts in the social sciences (psych, sociology, philosophy, etc) as soon as possible. (I'd love to be able to speak the language and watch movies and TV in German too, of course, but it is not a priority at this point). Suggestions on how to get there would be greatly appreciated.

I am currently doing two courses on Memrise (the 5000 words ordered by frequency one, and Memrise's own German sequence, where I am currently at level 5). I took a (very quick) look at some of the courses offered by Deutsche Welle and by the Goethe Institute but they seemed very oriented to everyday interaction and not very helpful for my needs. Does anyone have experience with those?

August 22, 2017



Try reading and then take the words you don't know and learn them on memrise. I recommend the Süd Deutsche Zeitung it has science articles. It will be slow going at first but the words will eventually stick. Readlang and Lingq can help you with this too. Also try clozemaster for another fun way at learning German words in context. Also listen to the radio a lot you might not udnerstand it all but it will create an immersion of German for you I recommend Deutschland Funk.


Thanks for the suggestions! I took a look at the Süddeutsche Zeitung...and realized I am still a long way off! But the idea is excellent


You need to make sure you develop your pronunciation as you read, it's not really a skill you can easily get after learning to read the language.


Wow! It is one thing to finish the German tree, but quite another to get it golden. I haven't finished a tree yet, but it is really hard for me to keep what I have learned golden.


It was a lot of work (between 150/200 XP every day), but it seems to have paid off so far. I mean, I can read simple texts pretty comfortably. I would say i spent an hour a day on Duolingo on average.


Try clozemaster instead of memrise. I think learning through context is better than each word individually.

Then add in some graded readers like Café in Berlin

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