Finished German Lessons on Duo. What's next?
Hi, dear fellow Duo'ers :) I just finished all lessons in German but I do not feel comfortable at all of course. I would like to get an A2 certificate by July (and B1 by October). What would be your recommendations? 1- Should I finish lessons on Memrise as well to beef up my vocabulary and listening skills or would you rather recommend me to watch many videos on Youtube with English/German subtitles? 2-Which links/books would you recommend to preparing for A2 exam? 3-Are there any Germans in Warsaw that would like to practice German in exchange for English and/or Turkish? :) Vielen dank;)
There are some very good Dischord servers out there for German learning, including one that posts videos they collect every day after differing CERT levels.
In addition to that, I would suggest that you start listening to the Langsam Gesprochens Nachrichten from DW: http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/nachrichten/s-8030 Each day DW has a 7 - 10 minute news broadcast they post online where a host reads the day's international news in slowly spoken German, along with a written transcript so you can follow along. This will help you out with a lot of vocabulary, and get you used to hearing the language from native speakers.
Speaking of DW, the LGN is just one of many offerings they have for German learners. Their whole "Deutsch Lernen" site is worth a read: http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/s-2055
Furthermore, there are a ton of books that are in German that you may already know, for example Harry Potter, or the Da Vinci Code, etc. They're usually available for not a lot of money on Amazon, and a lot of people here have gone on to read the Harry Potter series in German. Word of warning, it's slow going at first because it's a lot of Präteritum, which the tree doesn't cover in any great depth, so you're going to encounter a lot of verbs in forms you haven't seen before. But just like learning any language, including deine Muttersprache, after a few times seeing it in context you'll remember it, and it will go faster and be more enjoyable. Just don't give up.
On Anki there's a good deck of 10,000 German sentences that comes with audio, sorted from easiest to hardest and it's also good for learning.
Finally, Netflix has Babylon Berlin, which while the German goes faster because it's a German crime show set in the 1920's, it does come with English subtitles, but the more exposure, the more quickly you comprehend what's going on. It's also really well done and fun to watch.
Good luck, and keep us informed!
Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten ist sehr gut. Ich kann es am 2x Geschwindigkeit hören und verstehe es gut (wie mit meinem anderen Podcasts auf English und Schwedisch). Gestern versuchte ich mit einem anderen Podcast auf Deutsch, und das war so schwer! Im 1x Geschwindigkeit! Noch viel zu lernen...
I have got to Level 25 German and am now at level 18 on the reverse tree. I have also completed a few Memrise German courses. So, I am quite confident about my German vocabulary and basic reading ability. However, my speaking in real time is extremely horrible. I am totally out of my depth! So, for me, it is time to step outside my 'comfort zone' and find some German-speaking groups or individuals. I think that being able to have actual conversation is knowing a language. Best of luck with your learning.
Hi EW, are you on the crowns system ? If so, presumably you are not on level 5 on all lessons, therefore there is a lot more to be done to hone the skills of the lessons. I finished the lessons at the end of 2017 but now I am working through them all again to get to level 3 on all lessons, that is the advantage of the crowns system, there is more scope for practise and learning.
I hear a lot about the reverse tree, apparently that is also helpful.
As you mention, a German sprachpartner is a great idea. I personally have found that very useful as the person I meet happens to work in the same industry, therefore its very informative in that respect also. Otherwise a skype lesson, which is cheap and flexible, highly recommend.
Regarding the words I would say the amount of words in DL would cover you for A2, I am up to 2600 or so. Therefore its more a matter of remembering them which is where the repetition is good. I agree on the listening, writing and speaking, that is where additional resources are needed. Good luck for June !
I, too, am working through the trees to upgrade my skill levels. The old system was good in that it pushed us to review completed skills as we moved forward. This process now seems to be optional, but, I believe such practice is valuable in attaining linguistic proficiency. I do have to ask whether going back to very basic skills and working to raise all levels on a tree is the recommended procedure.
I can not say if it is the recommended procedure for ALL folks, but I find it useful now. I have learned German for about two years now and live in Vienna. I returned to Duolingo recently just to repeat the basics. I find the new Duolingo refreshing and just what I need at the moment. But since I finished my tree a long time ago, I can pick whatever I want to refresh.
If I had started Duolingo today and needed to unlock all the lessons first, I guess I would hate it and quit. That is me.
If you are in a hurry to get the A2 and B1, it might be worth your while checking out the site 'preply'. It has native German speakers who offer their services via skype (or similar). Some of them are qualified to teach A1, A2 etc. They charge per hour, but some have reasonable rates. If you can afford it, I think it is worth thinking about. Good luck.
I would try and make every lesson gold. You are only level 14 in German and this tells me you have not done this yet. Having everything in Gold will allow deeper understanding. I am only level 15 and I have MANY lessons to go. Perhaps follow me on Duolingo and I will follow you back so we can keep each other motivated with our XP ratings etc :)
A few good and easy steps is to watch Youtube (already mentioned), watch german movies (or with the horrifying german dubbing - you will still learn) or get to meet some german speaking folks and/or read a favorite book you already know, but in German.
I guess that if you want to pass a test though, my best advice is to focus on the grammar. Study grammar until your ears bleed. Get your hands on any grammar you can get. If I wanted to pass a test, that is what I would do. I truly hate it though and prefer everyday learning, in small steps.
I do not know how Polish language structure is in comparison to German, but for me as a Swede, I need to get all that with der, die und das, and also accusative and dative. Also, dig further into being polite, all the ways to say thank you, please and to differ between sie und Sie. Focus on what you find hard, or search out what is needed to pass a test on A2-level. Should be a lot of examples of tests already out there.
And as a kick in the ass, all meant in a good way and with full respect: "Noch ist Polen nicht verloren!" From the Polish anthem.
Best of luck!