What are your goals on Duolingo?
Hello everyone, I'm Everdella, and I thought it'd be interesting to hear some of your goals, whether you want to reach them in a week or in years. :)
I'll share some of my goals too. :)
I've already finished the German tree, which had been my main goal for many months and I was thrilled when I got my trophy. I'm hoping to reach a B2 level in German by this summer and it would be amazing if I could go to Germany and speak with people there. I also want to finish my French tree, read Harry Potter in French, and maybe take a French class. I want to be at a B1 level by the end of 2018. I also would like to finish my Italian tree, and maybe start another language like Romanian or Spanish. I also want to try to get to level 25 in German.
Goals are important, but it's also important to try to reach them. "A goal without a plan is just a wish" is a good quote to live by.
What are your goals for learning?
My goal is to get level 25 in at least 10 languages. Pretty far-fetched but I'll do my best!
Good luck with your goals Everdella!
Hmm. I was thinking about:
- Portuguese My faves are French, German, Russian, Romanian, and Czech.
Hummm... you only have eight.
I'm going to take an educated guess, your 9th and 10th languages will be Dutch and Portuguese and out of those 8 you'll drop Russian and eventually replace it with Swedish.
It's far-fetched but doable... as long as you give yourself a large enough deadline as to avoid burnout and that nagging feeling of being learning a language "just because...".
That said... go for it.
Hi FrenchCamille. with the awesome bunny/hare background. Do you have a schedule by which you would like to accomplish each one?
Why thank you!
To answer your question, I'm thinking about getting those all this year. Pretty far-fetched but you never know. I'm gonna get level 21 today and I started spanish 2 weeks ago. Here's my planned order: 1. Spanish 2. German 3. French (I reset this one but I was on level 22 when I did) 4. Italian 5. Swedish 6. Russian 7. Czech 8. Norwegian 9. Romanian 10. Portuguese 11. Catalan.
There are more but that's far future.
Hope this helped! (:
I started out because I love opera, especially German-language opera, and I wanted to get more insight into the libretti of my favorite operas. It wasn't a very extravagant goal... I know the English translations of the operas well enough that I can follow along even if I can only pick up a few words here and there. I got completely obsessed with learning German, though, so now I'd like to become as fluent as I can.
When I was a teenager I got involved in a really horrific abusive relationship with an authority figure, and I blamed myself for it and ran away to Asia and have been living in hotels ever since (developing countries = cheap hotels), and I got terrified of doing even ordinary things like going to the grocery store or chatting with friends from home. I did my whole German tree in 9 days, starting from scratch, because I was really depressed at the time and needed to take my mind off my anxiety. And then I didn't want to stop, so I just kept studying. My dad was impressed to hear how far I'd come, so he suggested I go to Germany this spring (I live so far away from my family that I've gone years without seeing them, so he decided to buy me a plane ticket to Europe for a combined birthday/Christmas gift so we can meet halfway, and he said as long as I'm there I might as well visit Germany). I though I'd never be able to visit for decades yet, but now I'll be spending 6 weeks in Germany and Austria in a couple months. And I'm planning to visit about 14 different cities and see as much opera as I can. It's a crazy schedule, but so amazing after being scared to leave my room for so long. I don't expect to be able to speak with native speakers very easily (especially because of the regional accents/dialects), but I'm excited to push myself to deal with traveling by bus and staying in super-cheap rooms where the hosts don't speak English and being forced to use some of what I've learned. My dad wants me to consider moving there, or at least trying to go back and spend as much time as I can on a tourist visa (I'm a writer, so I can work from anywhere, and I have a lot of research interests in Germany). I don't know whether that will work out, but it's really neat to think that I just woke up one day and decided to study German and now it is actually changing my life. So I guess my goal is to push myself to interact with people in Germany and to stop being afraid of everything.
[It's really amazing to think that it wouldn't have been possible without Duolingo... I wanted to study German years ago, back when I was still in the US, but I didn't have wifi and there weren't any German books available at the small public library in my neighborhood, so I ended up studying French (but I was only studying written texts, so I didn't know how to pronounce anything). I've been using a lot of other resources, but Duolingo was what got me hooked and made me feel confident enough to study other material. Since I live in a developing country where not many people have access to libraries but smartphones are ubiquitous, I think it's amazing that Duolingo is available to the people around me... I didn't have resources to study German back when I lived in a first-world country, and now I live in the developing world and people have access to more materials on their smartphones than I did when I was in the US. Sorry, that's not related to your question at all! I just get kind of emotional about it. Sorry for the long answer.]
That's an amazing story, I hope you have an excellent trip to Germany and Austria! I know this is off topic, but what towns are you planning to visit?
To answer the OP's question myself:
Italian: Wrap everything up to a neat B1, that should suffice. My enthusiasm for this language has sadly vanished.
Russian Japanese: No fixed plans, but maybe higher than B1? The short term goal is to get to A1 in Japanese this year, Russian is shelved due to time constraints. I'm also learning Scots Gaelic somewhere else and it's hogging all my language resources right now. I might start Spanish or Mandarin Chinese eventually.
Thanks! My post was way too long... I'm supposed to be working, but I keep procrastinating. I'm going to Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Bayreuth, Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Cologne, Bonn, and Frankfurt. And I also want to take a day trip to Richard Strauss's home if possible, which I think is in a ski village near Munich. I have never done anything remotely so physically ambitious (or extravagant) in my life, but my anxiety got really extreme over the past couple years and I'm looking forward to being on the move and having to deal with awkward situations. I'm so tired of being irrationally scared of everything all the time.
Hope you reach your goals! :-)
Nice list - if you want to push yourself, I can recommend going to the countryside a few times, because people won't speak as much English there. But that depends on whether there are things to do there that you like - at least in the south, you could be wandering through the forest, exploring old castles, attending little yard festivals. And when you're in Cologne, I can also highly recommend taking a look at the "dirtier" part of the Ruhrgebiet, the coal mining culture, which shaped the entire region. There are some old industrial complexes people can visit, like Zeche Zollverein.
Thanks! I really hope I'll be able to return for a longer period in a year or so... I have extremely mixed feelings about leaving Asia (which I love), but I have so many research interests in Germany that I guess I ought to at least search for some way to make it happen. The thought of hiking around in the forests sounds dreamy. I have severe museum deficit after living in the developing world for so long, though, so I want to hit a bunch of museums this time (not to mention opera houses) and big cities are often good for that. I will definitely try to work in your suggestion re: Cologne! Sounds like it touches on some of my main interests. Thank you.
You're welcome. I think I know what you mean, I don't like leaving my comfort zone, but there are so many cool things I want to try out - change is always hard. Best of luck!
That's quite a nice route you have there.
Trips can be life-changing events... maybe your is one of them.
Thank you! I'm not expecting anything in particular, but I also just finished writing a book and I'm hoping new opportunities might open up between one or the other. It should be amazing even if nothing much happens. But anyway. I should have been asleep 2 hours ago. I always talk way too much when I'm half asleep. :-(
The German weather will get much better in May/June (maybe mid/end of April).
Try to catch some warmer days (20-25 degrees celcius) and sun!
As long as it is cold (or cloudy/rainy) winter, you can not do as much in Germany as you could do when you can sit outside and trees are green.
Thank you! I was planning to go in the summer, but then I realized my schedule would put me in Salzburg right in the middle of the Salzburg Festival, and although I'd love to attend, I've read that the prices shoot through the roof and I just can't afford that right now. So now I'll be traveling mid-April through May. I'm a bit worried because I'm used to the tropics and I don't own warm clothes and can't really buy them here, but at least I can hide out in museums. It will be worth a little pain, anyway! So excited to be visiting the home of so many artists/composers I revere... The weather is intimidating (I get chilly when it drops below 25-ish) but there's Mozart and Beethoven and Bach! And government support for the arts! (I got a ticket to see an opera with one of my favorite superstar performers, Simon Keenlyside, for about 40 euros and I've been dizzy ever since. Hence the long-winded posts. ;-) )
@ElyseGardner, completing the German skill in 9 days would mean completing around 13.5 skills a day. Were you able to retain it, or just racing the tree for distraction and then went back to work on retention by reviewing after?
When I joined Duolingo, I was also going through a really awful time. It was good motivation for me to spend a lot of time studying Spanish on Duolingo. I'm glad it offered you some grounding as well. :)
With most of the skills I tried to actually have a fairly good grasp on them before I continued... If I didn't understand a skill, I'd go back and redo the lessons before moving on (which was tedious!--but I'm a perfectionist). And I'd read the comments on the sentences when I didn't understand what was going on grammatically. There were a few things I really didn't understand for a while (I picked up on the fact that "der" changed to "den" in the accusative case and learned to use it correctly, but I didn't understand why until I was a bit further down the tree) and I kept mixing up tenses of "werden." And I found the vocab in Abstract Objects 3 & 4 really difficult to remember, so I let myself use hints. But I really was trying to retain the information rather than just mechanically get through the tree... I'd like to write about opera some day, and German-language opera is closest to my heart, so it's something I was always actually planning to use (so I could have at least some degree of insight into opera libretti in the original language, rather than having to rely solely on translations). Anyway, after I completed the tree I signed up for the Babbel course right away and started from the very beginning, so that's really helped me fill in holes in my understanding.
It's definitely great to be able to do something semi-productive when you feel like junk! I'm having spasms of low confidence lately because I'm approaching the point where I have to look for agents for my writing (intimidating!), so making visible progress with German every day keeps me from falling into that state of mind where you feel like the Dumbest Person on Earth.
To become fluent in Italian, and to get adequate reading knowledge in Japanese.
I know I need more resources than DL for this, but I rely on DL for daily training. Yesterday I passed an important threshold. I was able to live text real time in Italian on Hellolingo, and it felt GREAT!
Way to go Dcarl1! I've never read of Hellolingo before. Do you just have a texting chat partner for language exchange?
- level 25
- finish tree
- level 25
- level 25 in 4 other languages
- fluency in them
- continue to learn daily
I'm not sure yet, I'm hoping that there are some resources I can use out there, but for now I'm mainly on Duolingo and Memrise.
My goal is to complete the German, Chinese and Russian trees. Then get Czech and Hungarian started. I'm fluent in German, I want to become fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Russian. I hope to be conversational in Czech and Hungarian by the end of the year. :)
I hope to achieve a native speaker level in Esperanto, and hopefully, try to revive the Peruvian Esperanto Association, which has been inactive/ partially dead for like 2 years.
Also, I want to achieve fluency in Swedish, Greek, Romanian, Catalan, Portuguese and German. And maybe get a basic-intermediate level in French, Italian, Guarani, Norwegian, Irish, Welsh and Vietnamese.
I hope to complete my Dutch tree and continue studying hard! I would love to become fluent and move to the Netherlands.
Some people say they all speak English there (which isn’t true) but since I’m a native English speaker, it’s not like I NEED to learn another language. It’s about a love for the language, people, culture, etc. which I certainly have for the Netherlands.
Are you planning to work or study in the Netherlands for a longer period of time? Because as you say, it's true that you can get around with English quite well there, but you will need Dutch to have more intimate relations with friends and colleagues.
I want to complete my Spanish tree and master the language. I am waiting for the Hindi course to release so that I can learn that too. I can understand a bit of Hindi but I want to be fluent. Meanwhile I am learning German too (though I find it difficult, I am not giving up).
In that exact order, so I don't get lost and confused on the way (as I often do):
1. Complete the Japanese reverse tree. Practice a lot, look up all the new kanji.
2. Finish the Chinese tree. Although it calls to me right now, I've got to focus on my Japanese first.
3. Finish the trees for: French, German, Spanish. I'm not sure about the order yet...Maybe French first, Spanish second and German third.
4. Maintain my Japanese, Esperanto, reverse Japanese and Chinese trees golden (the last two - when I achieve them). Practice every day.
5. Try to communicate in languages listed above. Don't stop at Duo's courses, study even more grammar and vocab.
6. Finish other languages that I started, but don't have time for right now: Turkish, Portuguese, Korean, Russian (although I already know a bit of it). Also try to keep my tree Pl-to-Eng and Eng-to-Pl trees golden, which I've horribly neglected lately.
Find time for all of it, which is difficult for me now. Also, write some more posts concerning Japanese and JLPT, grammar and vocab. Actually "take" the JLPT test, once I feel up for it.
I'll follow this thread - it's awesome, and I'll always be able to look at the goals I set for myself :)
My gaol is to complete my Spanish tree and to learn how to speak fluent in Spanish.
On Duolingo: Finish the Italian tree. As expected I like the language and am enjoying the learning.
Outside Duolingo: Be able to watch Japanese drama without sub ultimately. I am practicing watching with sub first. Just watched the last episode of Doctor X season 5. The scene ended up in Cuba and some Spanish was spoken.
My goal with Spanish: I have multiple methods including Duo that I am using, and I am on my way to full fluency.
With Russian: I am using Duo to get to the point that I can really take off with a Russian tutor, having passed the basics, so that I can travel to Russia, immerse, and become fluent.
With the others: After I am done with Spanish and Russian, I would like to be fluent with the same methods listed in at least 4 other languages: Ukrainian, Polish, Italian, and Portuguese.
End goal: Be fluent in as many languages as possible; and be at least proficient in a total of 10 (Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, French, Dutch, and German)
NOTE: Though as a non-native speaker, you're never really "done"...:)
I just want to be fluent in Dutch, and also keep working at my German. Currently, I am good at speaking Dutch as I practise a lot with my partner and a few friends, but I would like to become even better at it. I also just really enjoy speaking German and do so with my mother and grandmother, so I would like to improve that and expand my vocabulary even more! :D
to become a pefessernoil Italian speaker to learn over languishes to teach other kids when I'm older
to become fluent in French go France with my BFF become a famous fashion designer & open my very own fashion empire
2018 Goals: Finish the Hungarian tree (visiting Budapest this summer), along with Korean, Esperanto, Hindi (when released) and Arabic (when released). Keep at least five or six trees golden ... I currently manage to maintain the Spanish, French, German, and Italian trees gold and have recently managed to get the Japanese tree golden so we'll see if I can keep it there. Would like to wrap up the French from Russian, reverse Japanese, and Portuguese from French trees. Reach level 25 in German and L24 in Spanish, French and Italian. Reach L20 in Russian and Portuguese.
Long term goals: Reach C1 level in the greatest number of languages I can -- Spanish, French, German, Hindi, and Japanese for sure ... I'm probably only close in Spanish and French currently. If possible, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Mandarin and Arabic as well, but at least a solid B1/B2-ish grasp. Oh, and finish every tree that starts from English on Duo (except for the "television languages", which I have no interest in).
Longest-term goal: Learn 1000 words in a 100 languages, enjoy the process, and write a book about it.
Setting goals has always been difficult for me since frequently, I'll set a goal that's either way too unaccomplishable or very easy. Luckily, I've managed to set a goal for 2018, and hopefully, I'll be successful!
My biggest goal to accomplish this year is to regild my entire Swedish from English tree, which is now mostly full of weak skills. I'd like to review all material covered in the tree by regilding at least two skills per week, while also keeping prior skills golden. Slowly, I'm planning to work my way down to the end of the tree until every skill is golden and there are hardly any weak words. Swedish is a very beautiful language, and it'd be nice to freshen up my skills in it.
Thank you for asking! :)
I’ll be finishing the Italian course in a few weeks but would love to be able to converse with others for practice, since immersion is not possible. Anyone interested? I’m talking about basic conversation, nothing too complicated. I’ll be visiting Italy in September!
Duo Goals for 2018:
1) Level 17 for Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, and German
2) Finish Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, and Hebrew trees
3) Start the Arabic tree (soon I hope :))
Reach and maintain conversational fluency or higher in all the languages mentioned above.
One thing is to get to level 25 in both French (from English) and the reverse tree. I would like to start another language after that (after I have earned all the crowns in the new format that is coming out in March). I haven't chosen one yet, and I haven't decided if I want to ladder from French or not. I really want to improve my oral comprehension of French, but I need to do that outside of Duo.
eggplant70, from the accounts I've read in the forums about people's laddering experiences, I highly recommend it. :)
At what level were you after finishing the german tree? Through which sources have you continued your german learning after duolingo?
After Duolingo you can use books to test your reading skills in the language
I really like Babbel, personally... Other people have recommended Nicos Weg, but personally I find the theme music too annoying (which is just my problem). And I like books that are specifically written for German learners (like the "Dino lernt Deutsch" series on Amazon) because they introduce more colloquial German, whereas public-domain classics are often more formal or old-fashioned. I've been reading the "Krimi in Berlin" series, which is kind of amusing because the stories are about vegan lesbian hackers and depraved bankers and you learn words like "capitalist swine" and "property shark" and so on. And keeping a journal in German has helped, even though mine is pretty simplistic and I'm pretty sure it's ridden with errors. I think I was around level 13-14 when I finished the tree, but I had regild most of it a few days later because my skills decayed so quickly (but now I rarely have to regild anything).
I have always been a great fan of Ireland, that is why I started learning Irish as soon as I found out about duolingo offering Irish. Now I go forward and backwards the Irish tree and I use books and you tube to get as much knowledge as possible.
Then I thought why not start a new language and I started French, then Spanish. Now my goal is to reach level 25 in Spanish, too. But after that, I want to start learning Welsh and Norwegian. Lol, I don't think I will be able to stop learning any time...
Be able to manage in Hebrew, not in English, when I go to vacation to Israel this coming Summer.
My goal is to finish Italian in 4 months. I might learn French after that! #RomanceLanguages
This year, I'm going to reach level 16 in Japanese and I'm going to have at least 2 Crowns in every skill for the Spanish for English speakers tree (ES<EN). Once I accomplish those, I will assess things and set new, reachable goals.
I don't like setting language goals that are too far away in time. They begin to become demotivating after a while. There is too much struggle and uncertainty between point A and point B without something I can celebrate as a full success in it's own right.
I also don't like to start with a goal that is as hard and obscure (when it comes off the top of my head) to accomplish as climbing to the top of Mt. Everest and making it back down. I can't confidently say that I could climb mount Everest, even if I really wanted to do it. There are truly daunting obstacles between me and Mt Everest like money, health, fitness, gear etc. Again, too many things placed between point A and point B. So, I'll start with something I know will certainly be challenging, but that I am also reasonably confident I can achieve within a knowable time frame.
I also don't like goals that are so easy they require no effort. Those don't offer any motivation. :P
Anyhow, that's my year. If I finish early, I'll make a new goal. ^_^
I want to have a good understanding of the languages I'm currently learning and keep improving them with DL, even though I use other resources to help me out. As far as I know, DL isn't enough if you want to get beyond introductory level.
For me- I want to become fluent in Swedish so I can converse with native Swedish people fluently. For everyone else- I want everyone in the whole world to realise how amazing and incredible learning another language is. I want to give the gift of language-learning to all.
German: finish tree, level 25, take the exam A2 (B1?)
French (when I finish the german tree): start and finish the tree
Hebrew: start the tree, level 10
I decided to start German with Duolingo because I wanted to help my son. This year he has started German lessons in his school. He needs someone who can practice every day with him new words, senteces, some grammar, who can check his homework.
I had a more conservative goal a dozen or so minutes ago, but seeing some other people's goals, I decided that I should shoot for the stars! So these are my goals:
I definitely set more achievable goals. There is a balance between too easy and too hard. Both of those can be greatly demotivating. If I set goals that are absolutely achievable with some challenging work, then when I achieve them I feel motivated to keep going. If I set a goal beyond my reach, then I fail, fail, fail and it zaps my energy to keep trying. Different people find different things motivating though. But, I'm definitely not going to reach for the stars. If reaching one goals inspires me to set another one above it later, and then that to the next step, I eventually reach pretty high. But, for me, I prefer one reachable, albeit somewhat challenging step at a time. :)