https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

Finished German Tree

I know the forums are full of posts like this but felt I needed to share it with others who know the feeling. I've taken my time and had periods of more enthusiasm than others but after a 349 streak I've finally finished the German tree and made all lessons gold.

I've not used many other sites/methods and am am hoping to continue with the wealth of other resources available on the net and continue learning German.

To others just starting out I can only say stick with it.

This is a far cry from the me, who, in two years of German at school nearly 40 years ago, wrote 2 pages of notes.

I'd just like to say thanks for encouragement I've had at times from the forum and to Duo for providing the service.

February 9, 2018

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Diversify. Eventually go for the reverse tree

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nuno275251

Congrats fellow German tree finisher.

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/0o0Emy0o0

Great ! congratulations!! (:

February 9, 2018

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Congratulations on finishing the German Tree. A few helpful resources: www.memrise.com, www.clozemaster.com and www.dw.com.. Over time, a little becomes a lot. Best wishes. :)

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

Thanks, not heard of Clozemaster so will take a look and been meaning to look at DW more.

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexK147

I'd recommend a physical frequency dictionary or one off of Anki. A frequency dictionary will take you as deep into the first 5000 words as you'd like to go, and even the words that overlap may be watered again if you would like to refresh some of them. One plus with Anki is that it's free and iirc you can print the cards. (My mnemonics book recommends making cards yourself for another chance to water your base vocab but I don't think that's vital.)

You could probably dive into German wiki pages too, it's really a shame DL took immersion down. But since you know your syntax and such, you could just read articles and supplement your frequency dictionary, learn language specific to your profession, or practice at your leisure. (CEFR certifications have a language specific criterion, and I'm sure most other people offering certificates do as well.)

One last suggestion would be to find a website that allows you to communicate with foreigners for free. Sorry I do not know the best one off hand, although maybe somebody can help you out. Hopefully one of those suggestions helps you out. Congrats, Mike!

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

Thanks for such a detailed reply, Anki looks like a really flexible tool going forward. I've already dipped at toe in the water with German Wiki pages so will continue that way.

February 11, 2018

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Congratulations!

February 9, 2018

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Gut gemacht und weiter so!

February 9, 2018

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Gut gemacht!

February 9, 2018

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Willkommen im fertigen Baumverein!

February 9, 2018

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Im Deutschen würde man "Verein der fertigen Bäume" oder "Fertiger-Baum-Verein" sagen beziehungsweise schreiben. "fertiger Baumverein" means that the tree-club is finish. The "fertig" has to refer to "Baum", not to "Baumverein". After that the "fertiger Baum" has to refer to "Verein". That is learning to think German.

I am a German native speaker. I finished the German-to-English-course and now I am doing the reverse course and I have noticed that the German tree for English natives is much longer than the English tree for German natives.

February 11, 2018

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Danke für deine Korrektur und Erklärung! Meine Deutschkenntnisse sind nicht sehr gut.

German grammar is much different from English and I have not practiced my new German skills very much in composing my own verbal or written sentences during my learning.

After completing my tree recently, I feel that I know perhaps enough words to start focusing more on grammar.

February 13, 2018

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great job!

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nuno275251

One of my favourite methods outside Duolingo is through good YouTube channels. I've made a post while ago listing some of them:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25762924

Lots and lots of good content in there.

February 10, 2018

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Hello Mike! I've also finished the German tree, but have yet to make it completely golden ... that's what I'm working on now. Also I'm supplementing Duo with other resources (ard.de for Nachrichten and the Kinder videos (I think I've watched Zertanzten Schuhe about a half dozen times now - still capturing words and looking stuff up - subtitles in German are very helpful), dw.com, and ndr.de/info to name the three I go to most often). Also, I've started to work my way through the German stories under Duo Labs - despite my limited knowledge of German, those are fun to work through! Enjoy what you've learned, and good luck for your future!

February 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

Sorry, thought I'd replied. Apologies if this shows up twice. I've just started the German Stories, a nice little change from the Duo tree. I'll take a look at your other suggestions.

February 11, 2018

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Now you have to keep your tree gold of course. And did you try the reverse tree? Don't stop now.!!!

February 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

Have not tried the reverse tree yet. I intend to continue as my original purpose was to learn a little to get by on a trip to Germany last year that unfortunately I had to cancel. I'm hoping to reschedule later this year so will get a chance to get some real practice in then.

February 11, 2018

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Proud of you :D

February 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesQuent1

Question is now, "How proficient are you"?

February 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

Compared to when I started I'm 100% more efficient but in the real world or compared to other language lessons far less. Starting from zero Duo is a great learning tool but realistically a first step on the ladder to proficiency in a language. It's certainly given me a push in the right direction and I'd certainly feel a lot more at ease visiting Germany now in as much as confidence in simple phrase conversation and comprehending signs go. Still a long way to go.

February 11, 2018

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Congrats :)

February 10, 2018

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Could relate to your experience really well. It's a great achievement, and definitely is a stepping stone to other resources that one needs to enhance the language skills: Duo, with its all great features, isn't obviously sufficient to make you fluent in any language. As to where to move on from this point, I'd suggest (just as a fellow learner who finished the tree few months back) easy German YouTube channel, podcasts- Coffee break German and slow German. They're great for transition from a beginner to an intermediate learner.

February 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

I agree Duo is part of a journey into a language rather than a destination and I've still got a long way to go. Thank you for your suggestions, there have been quite a few suggested I've not come across before in the replies so far.

February 11, 2018

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How many words have you learned in total? Can you remember the meanings of all?

February 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

According to my word list I've come across 2334 German words while working through the tree. I couldn't tell you how many of those I 'know' I still have to check quite a few of them but I would say a lot of that is down to me and my powers of retention/memory and not the system.

February 11, 2018

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I am only level 2 in german

February 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

I can remember when I started, looking ahead through the tree and seeing what a task it was. I'd come on the forums and see how some people had flown through the tree in next to no time. Go at your own pace and stick with it, you will get there. Good luck!

February 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RiordanIX

I know the feeling. I've been out of practice for a while (getting back on though!).

Another resource I use is Anki (can be found here: https://apps.ankiweb.net/), an open-source flash-card application. They have Android and Apple apps as well. I'm not sure how good the later flash-cards are, but the early-to-mid level flash-cards are pretty good.

February 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeAllen927078

After someone else mentioned it here I've been looking at Anki......looks quite handy for compiling those words that just refuse to 'stick' in my mind.

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nuno275251

Yes, Anki is pretty good. Though it has Windows 98-like graphics it's a very robust flash cards system.

Can't go wrong with that.

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/eineSchlange

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

February 12, 2018
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