https://www.duolingo.com/JimMellon

Finished the German Tree! 280 days

I just finished the German tree!

07Sep 2017: Today I finished the tree! ( All 123 skills completed). 280 day streak. I have 19,006 total XPs. I also reached Level 22 today. My "fluency" shows 60%, and my word count is 2,485.

I have a lot of work to do, much studying to do to gain an acceptable -- to me -- level of proficiency. My plan is to continue with Duo to get at minimum of 365 day streak, but also to begin spending more time with YouTube, podcasts, etc.

I have posted a series of updates over the past months, just to provide info for those who are interested in seeing at what point someone else has X number of skills completed, words learned, etc. Here is a recap of those posts.

-- Updates to progress: I am just posting these progress updates to share data for those who like seeing how many words you might have at a certain level, or how many points - something like that. I make a note whenever I hit a new level, a milestone in terms of my streak, etc.

02Sep: 275 day streak. I have 18,016 total XPs, and am 984 XP from Level 22. I have only 12 lessons remaining to complete the tree (4 skills remain out of 123. Fluency is at 59%. Vocabulary is at 2404 words.

18Aug: 260 day streak. 641 XP from Level 21. 36 lessons remaining (9 skills remain of 123). 58% fluency. Vocab at 2151 words. Total XP: 16359

13 August 2017: 255 day streak. 1226 XP from level 21. Vocab at 2061. 58% fluency. Total XP: 15774

07 August 2017: 249 day streak. 65 lessons/15 skills remaining to complete the tree. Level 20. Fluency: 57%. Vocabulary: 1936 words. Total XP: 15039 ** (07 Aug: For what it's worth, for the past several weeks I have been more focused on keeping the tree gold than on advancing through new lessons. Just within the past week I have completed 6 skills, or about 25 additional lessons.)

15 July 2017: 227 day streak(since 29 November 2016). I have 68 lessons / 16 skills remaining to finish the tree. Level 19. 57% fluency. Vocabulary: 1839 words. 13504 total XP.

September 7, 2017

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/chrisbarbas

Congrats! I recommend moving onto Clozemaster - It's great as a post-duolingo tool

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JulieHodgk

Just installed Clozemaster on your advice, looks good, thanks

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NessunoComeNoi

Thank you for this. Seems really good fun and I like the accent!

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mattias666

Would you say you're able to read simple books in german?

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JimMellon

I have downloaded one, from smartergerman.com, and ordered another off Amazon, but have not had time to try yet. I would say I probably am reading better than I am speaking and hearing, just because I have done very little speaking practice with others, while working through the tree. I studied German many years ago in high school, and a little in college. I think with just a little practice, interaction with others, I could gain some confidence in my speaking ability.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Haybop
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WOW!! Well done! My aim is to finish both the German & Spanish trees and then go in reverse as well (English for German/Spanish) whilst still keeping the trees golden. One day I'll be overjoyed to be able to make a similar post to yours so you must be over the moon - give yourself a pat on the back :D

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JimMellon

Vielen Dank!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hanspersson
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Congratulations!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Congratulations! German was one of the first trees I started here, and I still feel like I'm miles away from finishing it. Colour me very impressed!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Gut gemacht!!!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ms_Hypatia

Cool :) Your hard work has paid off. Well done, Jim.

On a side note, I do recommend 'Learn German with Ania' youtube videos but I think you might be too advanced for those. www.nthuleen.com has some very informative practice sheets focused on German grammar.

Viel Glück!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JimMellon

Thank you! I have watched some of Ania's videos. She has a lot of energy! <smile>

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/bigtoesrus
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GOOD JOB

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DushFernando92

My Congratulations!

I also have a question for you, I have recently started learning German, I just want to know, have you wrote all these Duolingo lessons on a book or else where to memorize them better? Or only studied here on the Duolingo site?

September 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JimMellon

Thank you! I have not written down the lessons. However, I want to get to level 25, which requires 30,000 XPs. I also want to keep my streak going until I achieve that goal, so am now going to go back and start writing down words and grammar rules I don't know,

September 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DushFernando92

I have already done all writing each lessons along the rules, thought I was just wasting my time, but well, I hope I don't. And good luck! I know you can do it simply :)

September 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JimMellon

No - you are not wasting time. There have been many studies done about learning, that show how much our retention increases by taking handwritten notes. Keep it up! Viel Glück!

September 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DushFernando92

Thanks :) You too, best of luck! :)

September 11, 2017
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