今日、私は日本語の木を終わりました - Today I finished the Japanese tree.
この木はとても難しかった。 しかし、 私はたくさん学習ました。 一年間ぐらいにこの木を終わりました。
「Duolingo」前、 一年間または二年間ぐらいにフラシュカードで日本語のことばを学習ました。 今、日本語の文法をもっとわたります。
このコースはまだ完璧ないです。 しかし、 「Duolingo」のスタッフはいいしごとでした。
This tree was very hard, but I learned a lot. It took me about one year to finish this tree.
Before Duolingo, I used to learn only Japanese words using flashcards for 1 or 2 years. Now I better understand the Japanese grammar.
Now I want to reach level 5 of all skills and level 25 of this course.
This course is not perfect yet, but Duolingo staff made a good job so far.
If I made any errors here, correct me please.
What are your plans next? Reverse tree, maybe? Lingodeer Japanese is also quite good at cementing your learning and acquiring a bit more kanji. Also, more grammar structures! ;)
I heard that the reverse Japanese tree is very good, so that would be a great idea, but for now I want to practice more with this current tree because I am sometimes literally gritting my teeth on some lessons.
Lingodeer? Never heard of it. From review it seems that Lingodeer is better than Duolingo, especially for beginners (at least for now, Japanese course is still in beta after all). I am not sure If I want to use several programs for learning at the same time. I had used anki before and now I am doing clozemaster + plus I watch some Japanese youtube videos. But If you say that there is more grammar then I will consider that.
I have been using LingoDeer for 105 days straight. It's very useful when it comes to grammar and learning kanji(I am learning them along with the furigana, you can set it in the settings to show kanji with furigana). I am using the German version so I can practice both at the same time. It also keeps track of how much time you spent doing lessons each day. I always make sure to get the same amount of time day each day. Once I'll have reviewed every lesson and got the golden cup in each lesson I'll keep on finishing the tree on Duolingo. I use it before going to bed only for a small amount of time. I wish I had more time to practice it D:
Thank you so much for mentioning the reverse tree: I've just started testing it and it looks like great fun.
｢終わる｣ is an intransitive verb, you cannot use it like that to say that you finished something.
When you use a suru verb like ｢学習」you have to keep conjugating the suru part entirely. So 学習する、学習します、学習しました、学習した、and so on.
When you talk about something you do for a certain amount of time you don't use に.
When you say that you want to do something, you put the verb in the i-stem (or masu-stem, whatever you want to call it) and add 「たい」. For example: ｢食べたい｣、｢行きたい｣、｢学習したい」.
There are other mistakes but those are relatively easy to fix and are important basic grammar points in my opinion. I recommend you to go over a first-year textbook like Genki 1 or some other ressource (Tae-Kim's online guide for example) to get a grasp of this kind of grammar.
Thanks for correcting me! I haven't went through any grammar books before DL, so I am not surprised that there are some mistakes. Anyway, I am happy that I was able to write that by myself. I will keep practising on DL and I will consider some grammar books. Thanks again.
おめでとうございます！ これからもっと日本語を勉強するのなら簡単（カンタン）な本を読むことをおすすめします。たくさん文章（ブンショウ）を読むことで自然（シゼン）な日本語が身につくと思いますよ。 がんばってね！
完成しておめでとう！^^ 日本語は語彙はもちろん、文法も英語や他のヨーロッパの言語のとあまりにも違っているし、おまけに漢字という大きな壁があるから、最初のハードルは非常に高いと思います。でも文法は慣れれば案外論理的だし、漢字は最初は覚えにくくても後で単語力をアップするには大きな力になりますので、勉強すればするほど楽になると思います。:) だからこれからどんどん上手になっていくでしょう。これからも頑張ってください★ 同じ日本語好きとして応援しています♪
Congrats on finishing the tree! ^^ The initial learning curve of Japanese is really steep, with the vocabulary and grammar both being really far removed from that of English and other European languages, and the additional hurdle that kanji represent. But the grammar is surprisingly logical once you get used to it, and even though kanji are tough to learn at first, they become a huge help in increasing your vocabulary later on, so I think the language gets easier the more you study. And I’m sure you’ll improve rapidly going forward. Good luck with your further study! I’ll be cheering you on as a fellow Japanese lover.
Congratulations, I'm beginning the tree but i don't want to go fast, I want to finish all my lessons gold before i proceed to the next lessons. I really want to learn Japanese good, i really love Japanese culture an japan i think is one of the best countries in the world, my goal is to one day go to Japan.
I'm barely even using duo anymore, because there's nothing much this course can teach me that the amazing outside sources I've found online cannot.
For those of you looking for other sources for self-learning (学習 - gakushuu), these are some of the most useful ones out there:
「この木はとても難しかった。 しかし、 私はたくさん学習（し）ました。 一年間ぐらい（で）この木を終わりました。
「Duolingo」（をやる）前（に）、 (１，2年間）、フラシュカードで日本語を学習（し）ました。 （Duolingoを学習した）今、日本語の文法がもっと（わかるようになりました）。
このコースはまだ完璧（では）ないです。 でも、 「Duolingo」のスタッフはいいしごと（をしてくれていたと思います）。
Congrats! I don't remember learning all of those kanji when I finished the tree, though... !
I got some from my own study outside Duolingo and the other ones from a dictionary.
I started a few weeks ago and I've been working on just the first two spots in the tree. Do I move on when I feel comfortable or should I move on when I reach a certain level on the first spot?
If you repeat lessons long enough then you will feel slightly more comfortable with next ones, but if you keep doing the same for too long, you will get bored faster. So a balance between these two would be appropriate.
If you take yourself further through the tree you will learn new characters that will give you insight into the ones you've already learned, some of the characters are the same but with different punctuation, changing the sound from ku to gu etc...
First of all. Congratulations!!!
Second. Would you say that you can maintain a (simple or medium level) conversation with a native Japanese speaker now? Have you tried to watch some Youtube videos and see how much you can understand? I'm curious about it, I've been giving some thought to retake my Japanese tree.
I think I can do only a very simple conversation and express very simple desires and feeling - nothing more, but it is good anyway. I can understand some JLPT5 level grammar, and I can understand some JLPT5-JLPT3 words more or less - especially in the written form (I am a visual learner), so I can understand most of things from sites like this: NHK - easy NEWS. My listening comprehension is worse, but I sometimes watch some Japanese youtube gamers. They often are less than 30 or 20 years old, so they usually don't use sophisticated vocabulary. Games like PUBG or Fortnite are fun to watch for me, even If I don't understand everything. And from visual context I can sometimes guess what they are saying (especially if they speak slowly) - but it doesen't mean that I can understand everything.
It seems that my understanding of Czech is noticeably better even although I actively studied it only for 2-4 weeks. My native language is Polish, so initially I could understand similar grammar and vocabulary, similarly as English speakers have, when learning Romance and Germanic languages. I can easily guess the meaning of some new Czech words, and I could try to use a Polish word, modify it's pronunciation to make it sound more like a Czech one and see if Czech speakers have a similar word. I don't have that advantage when I learn Japanese. A lot of things is still very new for me. But I knew that learning Japanese won't be easy before I started, and that it is a long term goal.
what programs besides Duolingo did you use to complete your tree and become fluent in Japanese?
I don't feel like a fluent speaker yet :) Read my reply to Mar-Lana.
I achieved a milestone and I am happy with that, I still have a long road to reach fluent level though.
So far I used Anki, Duolingo, some youtube tutorial and sites, clozemaster, NHK - easy NEWS, and I have watched some youtube gamers.
Congratulations! I've always wanted to learn Japanese although it seems really hard, this makes me more confident in learning it. I think I will go for it after I learn Spanish which might take a while
Now that you're done with the tree would you consider your self somewhat fluent?
Congratulations!! :) よく出来ました！
I don't really think that the Japanese would use the word 木 to refer to this kind of tree, I think that it would sound better if you wrote it as: 今日、(Duolingoの)日本語のコースを完成しました！(or 完成した)
The more you hear spoken Japanese, the more you'll realise how uncommon it is to actually say things like 私は/あなたは like we are accustomed to in European languages.
しかし is not wrong but maybe a bit too formal, it would be more natural if you connected it to your previous sentence like this:
このコースはとても難しかったが、大変（たいへん）勉強になりました。 ・・・が meaning but ・・・ You can replace 大変 with とても or いい ・・・「勉強になりました」is a very common expression that implies that something (an experience) served you as a very good lesson! ... It literally translates to "it became a study / lesson"
I can try to get back to you with more tips later :)
日本語の勉強頑張ってね！(Good luck learning Japanese) :) x