One year of German
Today I completed one year of German with no breaks. My stats as of today are: 365 day streak (which is the same number of days I have been using duoLingo) Level 25 30531 XP 2766 words 67% fluent (strangely, after I reached 50% it stayed there for a long time until during a three week period it grew steadily to 69% and then settled in at 67%. During the three week period it would go up a percent or two even if I did nothing but scroll through the tree!) Over the past year I averaged 83.6 XP per day. I finished the Tree in 100 days but it took until day 200 to get it completely golden. After that I would try to keep it golden at the end of everyday. Some days I would have to do 13 lessons and sometimes only a few. I also read all of the stories a few times and used the bots on the mobile app. I have no confidence speaking or writing German but I can understand the meaning of most everyday text. I also like to watch German television with german language closed captioning turned on. I think I can understand what happens in "Tatort" and I even watch some game shows and get the answers correct. I watch programs at http://www.daserste.de Anyway I just wanted to share my experience with DuoLingo and hopefully inspire others with the saying,
"A year from now what will you wish you had done today?"
I am happy that I started duoLingo one year ago today
In my case it's not as bad as it looks, I really started Duolingo to learn German and since I found the learning method here quite effective (especially for beginners) I decided to learn some French too. I started French only when my German already reached a decent level (by using many sources, not just Duolingo) and so I wasn't confusing the two languages. The two other flags are trees I did mostly for fun (Czech - my native language, and English - been fluent for years).
It can happen that even language that you learned years ago will be somehow stuck in your head and you will confuse some words but I would think it probably stopped after a while? .. or it will stop soon, after you become even better in German. I personally never had this problem but I know that people often report that. I on the other hand don't confuse words but it can happen to me from time to time that I can somehow get stuck in between the languages and couldn't say what I want to say even in my native language. It's funny :-) , but I am glad it doesn't happen too often .
Congratulations, keep practicing!
I have started in July 2015 and hopefully I am aiming for a 1000 day streak! With regard to fluency, I went from 40% in Nov 2016 and 57% in mid Jan 2018 and now 62% at present. I average 30XP per day. While watching movies, I use English/German subtitles.
I am grateful that I am still using Duolingo. Thanks for the link.
I have to agree - an EXCELLENT idea. I started my reverse tree just a few days ago, and feel much more comfortable and motivated in German as a result!
I was originally going to wait until I had my tree golden before starting the reverse, but work intrudes and getting golden wasn't happening as fast as I wanted ... so I started the reverse tree earlier than I had originally planned. And I must say, the reverse tree has done wonders for my inspiration level!
Thank you very much for your story; I appreciate it! And also thank you for the link you provided above; I've also been collecting sources external to Duolingo where I can practice what I'm learning here.
I think I am higher that A2 but not yet ready to pass a B1 exam. Somewhere in the middle. I took some placement exams here. https://learngerman.dw.com/en/placementDashboard These tests placed me in B1 courses. I don't know how accurate they are. They also have free courses that can supplement duoLingo
So I think you are from the USA is that correct?
Its hard to overcome the past and learn from it and never make the same mistakes again.I dont want to make this too political but I wish Germans were reckonized for much more then WW2 and the Wall and Sauerkraut.
Many people have some connection to most countrys in the world.Good people are in every land.It would be so nice to find some.
Duolingo works quite good for beginners.But I recommend to anyone to chat with Native Speakers.I search Japanese, Spanish and French speakers to learn from.Everybody who speaks English quite well is welcomed to chat with me.I am German and I think Duolingo is an interesting website.
You can learn German faster with native german speakers and watching movies in German with chinese subtitles.
When I was learning English it worked for me to eat sleep and breath the Language and cry because of understanding English Songtext proberly.
Hard to find people who are at a good level but I can offer you a hand.People can be cruel but if you have the honest wish to learn just contact me.
In exchange you might teach me Chinese.I just wanna give it a try and help people and get good contacts.
I hope I will not generate hate.My intensions are good.
hey ollie i know this post is quite old but i figured id comment anyway. Im in the same situation as i have no one to speak it with as well. instead i just talk to my pets in german or name the different foods on my plate and even ramble to myself in german. I found that it helps and now when i speak it i find that i actually piece together sentences quicker and makes it feel more natural
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu deinem einjährigen Jubiläum. Ich bin beeindruckt von deinem Durchhaltevermögen. Ein Jahr, jeden Tag, ist wirklich ein großartige Leistung. Mach dir nicht allzu große Sorgen wenn es um das Sprechen oder das Schreiben geht. Glaub mir, ich habe bestimmt schon schlimmeres von Muttersprachlern gelesen oder gehört. Viel Erfolg weiterhin, ich hoffe Deutsch macht dir weiter Spaß.
(Congratz on your one year anniversary! I am really impressed by your resolve ( I think it would be endurance if you translate it directly.. ah well.). One year, everyday, is a great performance. Don't worry too much about speaking and writing german. Trust me, I have read and heard worse by native speakers. I wish you great success (that's weird to translate) and I hope that german will be fun for you!)
Actually, while I'm writing this... If you want to improve your writing, you could write me. I don't mind mistakes and I'm happy to explain. And I'm a native german speaker. If you don't want to, I won't be mad (because that would be stupid of me).
Anyway, be proud of yourself.
Thanks for the inspiration! Although i am a little anxious now since i have not been as sincere as you have been. Hoping to pick up some speed from here and make progress. But a year and you're saying you can understand though not conversational! Man, i don't even know with my efforts if i will get that far! Hoping for it.