Midway. My progress so far
I'm at about level 10 in French which is not quite at the half way point. I found a site elsewhere to test my French (intutionlang.com) and I got 37 out of 56 questions. This puts me at pre-intermediate or A2 which feels right.
Also, I translated a passage marked difficulty 9 where previously it was tough to do even a 3 or 4.
Additionally, I watched a French movie starring Ethan Hawke called The woman in the fifth. I didn't need to read much when Hawke was speaking. It was clear and easy to understand.
As you progress, please let us know how you're doing.
Hi RoniG, this discussion is a good initiative.
I learnt German for one year 12 yrs ago. The passive knowledge I have helped through the first third of the tree in three weeks. It was fast, but I lost some of the confidence by now, and it beacme harder to do each new lession.
For this I started practicing to get all lessons gold level. It took me a week or so to achieve part of this, and may take one more week. Lesson pratice when started within a lesson is helping to focus on the type of word set or declination you are learning. When meeting hard-to-remember wors or cases one can even start practicing only the word.
I started writing down the sentences to an excersize book. The idea came from Olimo, and practicing it made me really effective. Now I am gaining confidence again.
My plan is to learn new sublessons 3-4/day and do lesson practice paralelly every day, and by this reaching the end of the course in 3 months (alltogether four months).
I have set some goals: writing a diary with short entries after I reached the verb conjungation lessons. A german spoken course during the summer (until then I want the b1-b2 level in writing) to level my writen and spoken competences. Reading throug one-or two novels (children or young adult literature) this year. And passing a complete B2 exam before november. I also want a 20th level account here on Duo :) Its just a game, but it is so motivating :)
Hello! I'm always so excited to hear about people learning German. I'm from Germany myself and, yes very oddly, using this English page to learn Spanish because I haven't found anything as great in German. If you would ever like to practice just chatting with someone, feel free to shoot me a message! And congratulations on your progress :-)
I would like to add my Duolingo method.
I don't write down anything and I don't use the microphone. When I see a new word, I really look at it to try and remember how it looks for when I need to spell it out later.
I tried writing the sentences but it slowed me down so much and didn't add to my learning. It was so cumbersome that I dreaded coming back to the site. Now I just come to DL to have fun and get points. So I'm learning with no stress.
Every 5 lessons or so, I do "Practise weakest words".
Checking your progress is definitely important, and if you find yourself improving it serves as a massive encouragement. I am level 15 Italian, and after starting in the New Year I am around 40% through (Up to Determiners) which I thought was a good time to go back and really review everything else before learning more. I am definitely improving, my reading skills have gone through the roof although unfortunately there are no Italian articles to translate on Duo at the moment - I have started to read i giornali Italiani su Internet and I am picking up the flow of sentences much easier than I was at the start of the year. That said, with the political elections and the changing of the Pope dominating, the news is very repetitive so the same words are seen in many articles.
Speaking is still very difficult, I find myself translating simple lyrics I hear from songs into Italian in my head (It's fun to do in the car listening to the radio). Definitely a fun thing to do which I recommend. I find I can understand Italian on the radio a little bit better as it is normally spoken quite clearly and crisply, and with no visual distractions it's easy to understand the dialogue -- I often listen to Italian talkback on a local radio station and while I don't understand the details and all the words, I can pick normally pick up the topic and people's opinions on it. That said, there is still a LONG way to go but hearing how well other people are doing serves to encourage me further.
I'm about the same level too and doing much the same things in both French and German. I felt the need to consolidate my knowledge so I'm revising at the moment. I have started doing one lesson a day from the beginning so I eventually will have them with all gold hearts while doing a revision lesson of my weakest words plus translations. When I've caught up a bit I will ease up on the revision and start new lessons. I'm starting to find I understand a surprising (to me) amount in written translation and spoken German. French is harder but my translating is improving. It's the spoken language I'm finding more difficult. I really need conversational practice but that's harder to find.
I've just tipped over to level 11 in German. It's taken me under a month to get this far, from practically nothing. Yet I'm taking it slow, switched off the microphone, revising every lesson back up to gold before starting new ones. Haven't even got to past tense or genitive case yet. In some ways I'm finding it incredibly easy - I'm very encouraged by DL's teaching method which seems to work very well. On the other hand there are some things that frustrate me - things that don't get explained and other things that are taught once but then just don't come up in the practises frequently enough to sink in. I'm just hoping that as I progress, these things will be either explained or will simply sink in through sheer force of repetition.
I'm doing no outside practice or learning, except for referring to the occasional grammar page linked from the comments. I haven't done many translations since they all seem to be too difficult for me yet. I realise this isn't ideal, but I'm interested to see how far I can get on DL's teaching alone. Very far seems to be the answer, although I'm sure there are more difficult patches ahead.
The page at http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/grammar/adjektivendungenexpl.html is invaluable. I was massively frustrated by adjectives, almost to the point of giving up, before I found this flow chart. I have it memorised now and I can come up with the right ending to an adjective very quickly and with good accuracy. I'd like to see a set of Duolingo lessons based on this flow chart, I think it would fill a big hole in the course.
I've studied languages before (French and Italian) at university level, so I have an idea of just how effective DL is compared to other teaching methods. In combination with other inputs and with the luxury of putting several hours a day into learning, I can envisage someone getting to something near fluency in a matter of months. It took me far longer than that to reach a similar level in my formal language education.
Really looking forward to starting Portugese, but I want to give German a good 6 - 12 months to really sink in before I start something new.
I started learning french and reached level 9. But at this stage I am having difficulty in learning more words.I understood that I need to concentrate more on the audio sounds as i didn't feel difficulty in translating the words that I see on the screen.I need to take lot of time to learn French.
Hi all, I'm almost level 9 in German. I've been taught this language for 11.5 years (school). Reading goes very well for me, understanding and writing not so much. I've decided to practice this language with the help of Duolingo - the first few lessons (let's call them the basics) were a breeze, not it's getting much tougher. I'm doing one lesson per day, and mastering it. As I advance, it's getting harder to make progress. No matter, this is the way to improve one's knowledge.
I'd like to mention that I'm a native Hungarian speaker (what a beautiful language), also speak Romanian fluently. If anybody is interested, I could share my Skype address.