How Long Does It Take to Have Your Tree Completed?
Guten Tag, Ich heisse Lucy und ich wohne in Norwegen.
I started Duolingo in September and now I am on level 16. I don't know if that is good or bad but I want to be fluent by September this coming year as me and my family are travelling to Germany. Any tips to completing your tree quicker? Thanks!
Ich finde das schon sehr gut und sehr schnell. Ich habe für meinen Spanisch-Baum ein Jahr gebraucht und ich finde, ich kann es sehr schlecht. Die Schnelligkeit hängt davon ab, wie oft du wiederholst. Wiederholung ist wichtig, damit die Vokabeln in das Langzeitgedächtnis wandern. Wichtig ist, dir jemanden zu suchen, mit dem du Deutsch sprechen oder schreiben kannst, damit die Wörter aus dem passiven Wortschatz in den aktiven Wortschatz gelangen. Zusätzlich zu Duo würde ich deutsche Zeitungen und Bücher lesen, sowie Radio oder Fernsehen gucken. www.zeit.de www.spiegel.de www.welt.de www.faz.de www.ard.de www.zdf.de http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/
Wenn du Duo auf dem Handy nutzt, tritt einem Club bei um die Kommunikation zu stärken.
In other discussions I read that some people needed 75 or 88 days to complete their German tree (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26714053). But as tanne101 wrote, it depends on how much you repeat and also on your daily effort. If you want to use your learned German, you should not use Duolingo as the one and only source. I also use Lingvist and Wlingua and a little bit busuu. They all are free or it makes sense to use the free version only. I do not know if all there is a German course for English native speaker, because I am German native learning English.
I know it is a prejudice but they say that Scandinavian people are good at English. If you change your course language to English (no matter if or if not you will actually do a course from there) you can access "lab" where you can find "stories". Actually there are some 30 short stories you can listen to to improve your understanding of spoken texts. Then there are the immense resources on the net - choose a blog or even a language vlog to support your efforts. But then again, it always depends on the efforts you are willing to put into the task.
Portuguese (EN-PT) took me ~1 year.
About 1-1,5 years is easily to reach to complete a tree if you do not speed through it and you complement with other resources like Memrise, 50languages, Lingvist, Mondly, uTalk, etc.
I heard mixed stories from users here in the discussions that for some it took even longer, they stopped, etc.
If you don't have so much time and you want to be as fluent as possible, keep the difficulty level low, that means, don't enter in the past(Präteritum)/conditional/subjunctive forms, but focus on the spoken tenses (Präsens, Perfekt). On the other hand, do as much practice as you can watching videos/television and talking/writing to people. Novels are often not the best idea since they use a style that is different from what you would use while talking to your friends.... You can anyway search for something like "light" or childrens' literature. Maybe some people have suggestions what is close to spoken German. My girlfriend started with "Tagebuch einer Killerkatze", which is pretty amazing to read also for me, since it contains lots of idioms from spoken German. Made me laugh reading them in a book ;-).