I Earned My Second Golden Owl
I began Duolingo about 8 months ago. My motivation for learning German, at the time, was an upcoming 3 week business trip to Austria. I thought it might be helpful for getting around Vienna and to better understand my colleagues. What I actually discovered was just how much fun learning a language can be. I have been hooked ever since.
It took me about 5 months to complete the German-from-English tree. I would begin each Duolingo session by gilding any skills that needed it, before starting a new lesson. After completion of the German-from-English tree, I began the English-from-German (Reverse) tree. This took around 3 months to complete. Once again, I would begin with gilding any skills that needed it, in both trees, before moving on to a new lesson. If a lesson seemed difficult, I would repeat it several times until it was no longer difficult.
My current statistics are as follows:
German-from-English: Level 18, Fluency 66%, Words: 2547
English-from-German: Level 13, Fluency 75%, Words: 1765
In addition to Duolingo, I have been using other resources to help me learn, such as Books, YouTube, and another language learning course. I have also found the Duolingo Forums to be an excellent learning tool as well.
Vielen Dank Duo!
That's fantastic -- both your results and your self-realization. Good for you!
(I don't know if you've tried Lingvist, but it is still in free beta until the new year. I have found their French vocab quite good for newspaper-level reading, and they have German available as well :)