https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes

I finished the tree!

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After 18-months – and a restart last September – I have finally finished the Norwegian tree, and it's all gold! (Particularly proud of that bit.) Having just started dipping my toe into other online resources, I'm delighted at how much I understand already, and now feel confident to head off into the wider world as an independent learner. :-)

A massive thank you to the Norwegian team, not just for devising and maintaining the course, but for the tireless effort put into answering queries on this forum; it's been like having a proper tutor, and has made a huge difference to my learning.

TUSEN TAKK!!

Next stop: level 25!

2/1/2018, 11:44:21 AM

28 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Motodraconis
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Fantastisk! I've finished my tree and I'm currently trying to get it gold, and oh my - it fights back! Glad to hear it is possible. :D

2/1/2018, 6:50:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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Oh, how it fights back – the perfect description!

I made sure everything was gold last night – in preparation to do the final skill this morning – but, just eight hours later, there were seven new skills to be strengthened first! (EDIT: And by the end of today, another five had turned...)

Keep going – you will get there!

2/1/2018, 9:07:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Johobloho
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I've had it gold a few times, but they do keep coming back. The fact is that jeg kan ikke husker alle ord enna I also keep making silly mistakes, like translating when I should transliterate, and I've noticed that first thing in the morning I'm not very alert. Great way to learn the basics of a language though: Duolingo suits my learning style perfectly, and the Norwegian course is especially rich and well-thought-out.j

2/8/2018, 6:01:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KormoczyKinga
2/2/2018, 4:40:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KormoczyKinga

Hey i see you learn hungarian can i help you? I am from there

2/2/2018, 5:07:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Motodraconis
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Ah! I am sorry, my Hungarian learning is currently on hold, I am job hunting in French, German and Norwegian speaking countries so I have to prioritise them. :/ I would like to get back to Hungarian, but as I find it very difficult it may be my ambition when I am retired, as I will need formal lessons, a language training stay in Hungary and lots of time!

2/2/2018, 5:31:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Motodraconis
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I drew a Hungarian Creature Advent calendar a year ago, so I am keen, even if I'm currently on hold.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20002604

2/2/2018, 5:33:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KormoczyKinga

Oh my god those pictures are really good and all the words are correct. But can you speak norwegian? I really love this language ❤️ But if you need some help just let me know.

2/2/2018, 8:12:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Motodraconis
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I'm getting there with the Norwegian. I'm a native English speaker (British, not American) and Northern British dialects use a lot of similar words to Norwegian as both draw from old Norse. This gives me a head start. I also learned a bit of German at school and re-learned my German on Duolingo, and there are many similar words from German too. If you have a background in English and German, Norwegian becomes very intuitive. I'm still a long way from being able to speak it, but I only started learning in November!

If you have a good grounding in English, you may find Norwegian easier than other European languages, they seem to me quite nicely connected.

If you liked the Hungarian advent calendar, last Xmas I also drew a Norwegian Advent Calendar, this one has more mythological creatures. I would have liked to have drawn more Hungarian mythological creatures, but my knowledge of Hungarian mythology is very small.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25670762

Thank you for the offer of help, one day I will return to Hungarian!

2/2/2018, 8:30:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KormoczyKinga

Amazing

2/3/2018, 7:17:53 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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Gratulerer så mye, Leigh!

Norwegian flag cake

It's been a pleasure having you here, so I'm glad to hear (or read, rather) that you're sticking around for the big 25. Onwards and upwards!

2/1/2018, 11:58:44 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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Thank you. You've been a particular rock! (And sorry for the erroneous reports – I know there have been a few.) Will definitely stick around; I love the course and the way it is structured, and it can only do me good to keep strengthening, level 25 or not.

2/1/2018, 12:22:59 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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Takk!

The reports are anonymous, so you can relax. ;)
There are a couple of reporters I'd like to force-feed lutefisk, but I don't know who...

2/1/2018, 12:32:49 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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Phew, I'm pretty sure I'm not that bad. ;-)

2/1/2018, 12:35:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rose634814

Wow! Well done. I started at the end of December (34 day streak). How long did you stop for prior to your restart, if you don't mind me asking, Leigh? I am looking forward to reaching a level when I can send a message such as this one in Norwegian & am wondering how long that will take. As you say, it is a very well structured course. I would never have believed that I could learn a language online in this way but it's really working. Well done again!

2/1/2018, 2:06:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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I don't think I ever actually stopped – I was just pootling about doing ~20XP a day (including other languages) and letting my tree get multi-coloured.

So in September, starting from about 7.5k XP at level 15, I restarted – and eschewed all other languages for the duration! By doing 70-80 XP a day, I reached level 20 (and 15k XP) by mid December (3 months), and since then – by doing 100+ XP a day – I've reached just under 21k on level 22.

I can certainly say that since September, with the 70+ XP a day, my learning has massively, massively improved. The constant repetition (always strengthening before moving on – which sometimes meant not moving on for days at a time) meant things really began to stick and I stopped floundering.

2/1/2018, 4:37:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Adderbelly

Gratulerer!

2/1/2018, 10:34:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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Takk!

2/1/2018, 11:20:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Caleb596944
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Wow! The Norwegian course is huge. Good job! I am leaving you a lingot because this is a huge accomplishment.

2/2/2018, 3:01:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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Thank you. :-)

2/2/2018, 9:53:28 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rih-
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Congrats! Would love to know how do you assess your level of Norwegian? Do you think it is anywhere near B1-B2 level? I am wondering if I should start taking one on one lessons with a Norwegian teacher once I finish on here!

2/1/2018, 9:04:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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I'm partly guessing, based on having read elsewhere that others who've taken post–Duo placement tests came out around A2/B1. My speaking/listening isn't as good, but I'm thinking my reading/writing is around B1. I certainly feel as though I've reached an intermediate level. I'm sure there'll be plenty of things I don't understand, and a hundred questions for me to ask yet, but I feel I have an excellent grounding from which to launch myself into independent learning.

2/1/2018, 11:23:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/figensco
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Gratulerer! I am spanish native speaker. I've finished my tree in english and portuguese! so yes it is possible!

2/2/2018, 10:12:05 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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Thank you, and congratulations to you too for completing your English tree!

2/2/2018, 12:02:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KormoczyKinga

And it is really helps? To you? You can understand norwegian? Or how? Please help cause idk what should i do. I really want to learn this but i donnot know i can do with duolingo.

2/2/2018, 4:43:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/leighforbes
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I can understand simple Norwegian. I have a lot more to learn before I can say "I understand Norwegian" in general, but – reading an online newspaper yesterday – I could understand what the article was about, if not all the detail.

I suggest you start with Duolingo: work through this course (slowly, so you remember all the words as you learn), and you will understand enough to continue on your own (with other online resources) when you have finished.

Good luck!

2/2/2018, 10:01:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KormoczyKinga

Thank you

2/3/2018, 9:50:22 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rih-
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Do you have some online resources to recommend? I am already reading simple articles in Norwegian but looking for more resources!

2/5/2018, 9:00:17 AM
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