Any active German learners I can add to my leader board?
I'd like to have some friends in my leader board to keep me motivated. Seeing other people progress is motivational :)
The numbers only reflect the amount of time you have spent on a language, not any kind of fluency level. It is definitely possible to finish a tree before reaching 25, especially if you test out of any lessons. On the other hand, I expect to reach 25 in Japanese before I get out of the first third, just because I have to repeat and review so much.
Ich versuche Deutsch zu lernen. It seems a lot harder for me than Spanish.
Is Spanish really that much easier or do I just have more exposure to it? German seems like there are so many ways to get it wrong, especially with all the different cases and "was nicht"
Then again, there are just enough English words that are very similar to their German counterparts that I have not given up - the easy is mixed up with the hard.
And yes, I have had a lot more exposure to Spanish than German in real life.
Yes, it can be hard and, yet, at times, it is easy. As noted, there are many words that are easy to recall because of a very similar or identical word in English. On the other hand, there are other words where I cannot make a connection. In some cases, I attach a relationship so I can recall the word. I did just that with the "Some . . . " lesson.
Here is what works for me:
Irgendwie-I recall the phrase, "Wie geht's," because it is common and I recognize that I'm asking someone, "How is it going?"
Therefore, Irgendwie is SOMEHOW
Irgendwer . . . This relationship is rather complex because I look to the "er" ending and relate it to PERSON. Thus, it is SOMEONE.
Irgendwo is any easy for me because I think of "Wo wohnen Sie?" "Where do you live?" Thus, SOMEWHERE
Irgendwann is default for me because it is last on my mental list. I focus on the ending (of course) WANN and it sounds similar to WHEN?
Since I've adopted this technique, my responses are usually without error as they pertain to "some . . . "
I’ve been watching anime for years so I had some basic idea about the language before I started the course on Duolingo. For me the first few skills were relatively easy but difficulties began to kick in since the time skills. Maybe motivations like the desire to read mangas or watch anime in their original form would help.
That is awesome that you received such an outpouring of support here. It looks like you have a nice little network of learners built up. If you are still looking to add some people feel free to add me as well. I am on the home stretch of the tree, but I cannot say I have all the vocabulary and grammar as down as I would like, so even after I finish the tree I plan to continue practicing with Duolingo until I have things down as well as I would like to have them down.
Sure . . . I administer a club and my streak is over a year. If you run a mobile OS, then I could include you in my club. However, the rules are strict. I expect EVERY member to do their minimum. Thus, if I see a double zero "score," I put those people on notice. If SOME progress is not made (in two or three days), then the participant can stay. If not, I open the door.
This might sound harsh, but since I run the club, then my rules apply. In an era where trophies are awarded for mere participation, you won't find those in my club. And, furthermore, I have a solid core of about 10 people who have demonstrated commitment. Historically, 3 or 4 are removed for lack of ANY progress.
So, watch for an opening: "Deutsch lernen in USA."