Im only in level 8 of German and I can't help but wonder if i can actually have a proper conversation with a native german speaker.I feel like with Duo alone im not actually learning how to do that.I feel like I need to be talking to someone who's good at it already so i actually feel like im getting somewhere..what to do....bitte hilfe
Do you feel confident with making the noises with your mouth and the accent? You could probably have a decent conversation in German, but it really depends. If you've got the basic German grammar down (and the basic German grammar is all but basic) try writing texts in German then read them out loud. Duolingo is more of a "game" than a serious language learning class and the voices in the lessons often mispronounce the words because they are computer voices. Don't be too discouraged, I lived in Germany for a year & can speak pretty fluently but as you can see I am only level 8 (just started). If Duo is your only resource, try using the language more often in your life like books and TV+ keep up the good work on Duolingo!!!
I'd recommend doing many speaking exercises for yourself. You can simply do this by saying each sentence out loud (even the ones you just have to type). Improving your listening skills on the other hand is something you could do by listening to radio shows or watching videos. I very much liked to watch short movies in Spanish with English subtitles on youtube. There's also a website where you can listen live to radio stations from all around the world (I forgot the name but it can probably easily be found through google). Hope this helps.
Good luck with your studies.
Have fun with the language that you are learning
it would be a good way to progress
it depends where the conversation goes. Me, being an okay speaker can have small talk but if it branches off, you may have problems understanding them. Like, with my german grandparents, if we talk about days of the week, or parts of a car, or specific things in school they have to explain a bit to me.
Hi; I don't know if this will be of any help, but Penguin were doing books of short stories with a parallel text of German on one page and English on the facing page, and I was surprised at the amount of words that stuck with me plus the way in which they were used, and the more words you learn the clearer and more fluid the stories become and I suppose you sort of want to understand what they're about so you put more effort in. Plus you don't have to keep flicking to various parts of the book to check a word. I have German relatives and I'm fed up that they always end up speaking English, so I'm getting experience from wherever I can now (even German broadcasts from various sources) and I'm slowly making a breakthrough. The tree of a new language grows slowly, but when it blooms, it's beautiful and rewarding.