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Got My German Golden Owl

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    Day 75: Finished the German Tree.

    My next goal is to have the tree completely gold. I tried to always keep my lessons gold, but I noticed that the closer I got to finishing the tree, the more gold I lost. So over the past two weeks, I gave up. However, even now, as I try to "re-gold" my tree, the number of lessons losing their gold seem to increase.

    My question: has anyone had a completely golden tree?

    I know that review is important and I don't mind if it never turns completely gold, but I just want to know if this goal is achievable.

    March 26, 2018



    Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

    Before you lose motivation, do the reverse course! The tree is much shorter and so it is easier to keep golden. To keep your German tree golden you will need to practice fast (as npLam said), before the skills you already re-golded turn colourful again.

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    Hey, herzlichen Glückwunsch :)


    Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Das ist eine tolle Leistung. Du kannst stolz darauf sein!

    Ich habe auch das Problem mit vielfarbigen Bäumen (in Französisch und Spanisch). Stück für Stück erreiche ich den goldenen Zustand. Ich habe gelesen, dass man -- wenn man den Baum fertig hat -- von unten her vorgehen soll.

    Du solltest also die Lektionen, die Du als letztes gelernt hast, als erstes wieder golden machen. Ich glaube, dass dann manchmal auch "frühe" Lektionen mit vergoldet werden.

    Für mich ist es jedenfalls sinnvoll, vor allem die eher komplizierten Themen zu wiederholen und nicht die "bitte, danke, der Junge, das Mädchen". ;-)

    Wir schaffen das! Wir machen unsere Bäume golden!!!


    Is German your native language?


    Yes. :-) (It's stated in my profile.)


    Wow that's awesome!


    Gut gemacht! :)


    Congrats! I did my German tree very quickly and it took a couple weeks before skills stopped decaying so rapidly. It took me a couple weeks to regild the whole tree (even though it was all gold when I finished) but after that I'd get only 1-3 skills decaying each day, and eventually no decay at all as long as I did a few practices each day. (At the moment I'm only working on the reverse tree because my German practices were becoming too repetitive, and I wasn't learning much--I'm personally looking forward to the skill-levels update, so I figure I might as well let my German skills decay while I work on the reverse tree, and then I'll work on it again once I get skill levels. I haven't checked my German tree recently, so it's probably partly decayed now, but last time I checked I hadn't worked on it for days and all the skills were still gold.)


    I gave up trying to keep the German tree gold. Too often the practice is the same sentance multiple times. It felt like they just want me to do a regild lots for the resulting adverts. So I've quit Duo German. Gone to LINGVIST. That and the some nigh useless vocab they want me to learn.

    The French tree is far better designed. And it stays golden as long as a do a few strengthen lessons per week.

    The Duo principle is good, and I've started Italian from absolute zero knowledge. But the German course just wound me up


    I've currently got a golden German tree and a golden reverse tree (ie, Learning English for German speakers). It takes a lot of repetition at first to stop the exercises losing "power", but they settle down after a while. The reverse tree is quite challenging as a native English speaker (but a beginner in German): you end up doing a lot of boring transcription exercises in English, but the payoff is that you are required to construct more complex sentences in (correct!) German, and elements of the language such as adding adjectival endings and recognising cases become critical and ubiquitous. Definitely worthwhile, even if it's occasionally very frustrating.


    Natürlich, Natürlich! Totally possible... !!! My tree is completely gold! I really understand your question, because the German tree is the largest tree on Duolingo - 124 skills in total

    Keep working, carry on studying!



    i have, but it takes more than my daily 20 XP to keep it gold. I just did 160 XP to re-gold it after a few days' neglect. Still, "something macht den Meister" :) ... I can't quite remember what.... back to the drawing board.


    Ganz genau: Übung macht den Meister! :-)


    ah yes, Übung! Thanks!

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    Yes, I have seen other German learners say they have a complete golden tree. So good luck; it IS doable.

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    Congrats! And yes it is possible. Before I reached level 25 in German my tree was golden pretty much every day. Now my French tree has been golden for few weeks. It's not impossible and looks really nice :-)


    Hi there and congratulations I was wondering, how fluent you are in German right now? Cause I've been told that Duolingo isn't enough and that I should take German classes to become fluent enough in German. I was kinda ok learning English on my own since I watched a lot of movies and listened to songs, but after a while, I started taking classes since I needed a certificate. So I don't really know if it was really possible for me to learn a language without a class. I do listen to German music and stuff, do you think that this is enough to become fully fluent?

    [deactivated user]

      Ich bin nur ein Anfänger. Duolingo macht Spaß. Es lehrt uns viele einfanche Wörte und Grammatik, und verstärkt diese Unterricht. Aber, Duolingo ist nur der Anfang.


      I learned English just by translating a story and then using the English internet and (trying to) communicate with people. I'd Imagine that Duo is enough to give you the same kind of basic knowledge in the Language that helps you get further by ways of active/passive use. You know, reading books, watching movies or other videos, talking to people online or in person, that kind of stuff. Classes can apparently be a help if they are good, but my experience with the classes at my school was that they didn't really help me at all.


      Congrats! I'm half way through my German tree and I am very impressed that in 75 days you finished the tree. You've given me motivation to step up my efforts. Also I always learn something from your posts - so thanks for that too!


      Gut gemacht! Weiter so.

      I have completed two trees that I have kept golden for several months; German-from-English and English-from-German (Reverse Tree).

      I recommend doing the Reverse tree as well. I have found it to be very helpful for expanding vocabulary and reinforcing grammar.


      Hallo :)

      I keep reading about this reverse tree, but i have no idea how to get it. Do I need a different Duolingo account where I state that German is my mother-tongue, and then start the English course?

      Or is there a way of keeping both trees bound to the same account? Danke Schön


      You can go to "choose new course" and then, at the top, select "I speak German"

      Then you can select your course. All your other courses will be kept simultaneously.

      You can switch between the language settings on your "Home " page. It does not work from "Discussion"! (This cost me some nerves;-))

      I learn several languages from English and some from French, and it works perfectly.

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      Good to know 'cause I'll be doing that later.


      Herzlichen Glückwunsch!


      Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

      Ich bin erst zur Hälfte durch meinen Baum durch und bisher haben die Äste nur selten ihre goldene Farbe verloren. Das ist ja irgendwie sinnvoll, wenn das später zunimmt. :)


      I've not completed my German tree yet (only about half-way)- but I've successfully kept my Esperanto tree gold for a few weeks now. (some days as many as 5 or 6 courses lose their gold which is a bit disheartening but I keep plugging away and re-guilding them). Esperanto is about half the length of German though, so easier to keep gold and complete than German.


      Gratulation! Deutsch ist eine schwere Sprache.


      I finished my tree just now at 88 days.


      Totally possible. I had several trees guilded until Duo released the new crown system, and all my trees went colorful again. I’m sure you can do it.

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