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I completed half the tree (and half the max XP)

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At 15000 XP (level 20) I just realised that I completed half of the max XP on Duolingo (30000 at level 25). In coincidence, I also just completed half of the Dutch tree.

I must say that as of now, I am very satisfied with what I learned so far and I have to thank to Dutch team for it! The course is well designed and very entertaining as well! Everytime I spent on learning Dutch, I never felt like I was "studying", but more like "gaming"! I never tought that it would have been possible for me to learn the basics of a language so fast (only 9 months in).

As a francophone native speaker, this was my first time in ever attempting to learn a Germanic language and I must say that this has been a very interesting experience for me. I especially found it interesting to see the differences of the Dutch grammar with the ones of the other languages that I regularly speak (FR, EN and SP).

I don't think that learning Dutch will ever serve me in any way: I learned it mostly for fun and general culture. But since I work in a field that the Dutch are the world experts, I might get in contact with the Dutch language someday, who knows? :)

3 months ago

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This may surprise you Nicolas, but you obviously have studied a Germanic language before: English! And you write well in English. Now you know 2 of the 3 West Germanic Languages which are English, Dutch and German. The North Germanic Languages are Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic and Faroese. The East Germanic Languages are now extinct.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicolasHIk
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Yes I actually remember reading a post about this on Duolingo a few months ago! However, I also remember that some people consider English as a half-Romance language.

I personally never considered English as a Germanic nor a Romance language but as a distinct root of its own. Of course, that's just my opinion! :)

3 months ago

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Linguists put English firmly in the Germanic branch of the Indo European Family of languages. However, you do have a point. Due to the Norman Invasion of 1066, Anglo Saxon (Old English) was heavily influenced by Norman French. Hence Middle English and Modern English are Germanic languages with many French loan words.
Still, English is definitely not a Romance language; it did not descend from Latin. The Latin influence in English did not happen until the 18th century with the Inkhorn Controversy. English needed more words for the developing sciences at the time, and they were borrowed or formed from Latin and Greek words and roots.

3 months ago

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Congratulations on your work ethic, man! : ) Keep it up!!!

3 months ago