After 1 year of learning German I took a test and got amazing results.
Tl;dr I got 4 years of High School Credit and a Seal of Bi-literacy after 1 year of study and I am posting this as an attempt to celebrate and be proud of my score :)
About a year ago I learned that I will need 2 years of Foreign Language to graduate high school. I was really upset about this since my school only has Spanish and Japanese which are two languages I wasn't interested in learning. After being really upset about I decided I would just go on Duolingo and start learning German, a language which I was always slightly interested in. Once I started I didn't stop until I got about 100xp and I was having so much fun. I continued this for about two weeks and decided that this is what I want to do. I then went to my counselor and asked what If there was any way I could do German as my foreign language credit and she said that our school offers a proficiency test to bi-lingual students so they can get credit without having to take foreign language classes. I decided that I was willing to do that. I then spent the next year studying with Duolingo, natives, music etc. When the time came I sat down and took the test for 5 short hours. The test basically tested me on reading, writing, listening and speaking. After two days of waiting I got an email from my counselor saying that the score I got on my proficiency test was a 6/7 where 4/7 meant 4 years of high school credit and 5/7 a seal of bi-literacy. I was thrilled. However sadly I have no friends who ever sempt to care about me learning German so I haven't really been able to celebrate with anyone so that is why I am sharing to your Duolingo. Thank you so much for reading.
Awesome job, one year is pretty short time to get proficient! What would you say was the most help for you?
I'm about 16 days into learning German, and have decided that I'm going to stick to it. My motivation is really nothing more than wanting to pickup a second language, and it helps that my job pays more for someone who is bi-lingual.
The most helpful thing for me is definitely speaking with myself and speaking with natives. I made a pack about 4 months ago that I should only talk to myself In German and it helped a lot with getting the language into my brain so I could passively use it.
I also think maybe watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0Delsxdc-c&t=55s
It's been awhile since I watched it but I think it has some pretty good points. I do bring this video to you since learning a language for business purposes has not always been effective in my opinion, however I have seen other wise. Just maybe take into consideration learning more about German culture and German benefits to find a stronger motivation. A strong one for me is I always wanted to be more 'German.'
Congratulations on your accomplishment. It goes to show you that a motivated learner finds a way to learn what they are interested in. And although Duolingo alone will not make you proficient in a language, it is a great start for understanding basic grammar and building a vocabulary. Finding people to talk to and listen to will accelerate your fluency greatly.
Yes, very well said. I do however want to add this: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deutsch/Grammatik/Grammatik.html This will give you a solid grasp on grammar and expand it to an advanced level :)
Ah yes. I feel I never had a daily routine and mostly just made sure I used the language a lot everyday. I did find watching youtube in German was very helpful. (I do recommend going into this slowly, for example the channel Easy German is really good for people new to listening) I also used Wikipedia and this: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deutsch/Grammatik/Grammatik.html for grammar along with the youtube channels: LearnGermanWithJenny and Learn German with Ania. I also chatted with Germans daily on HelloTalk and Discord. Those are some of the things I use the most.
About joining a class I recommend just taking note of how your English/Grammar class works for you. Do you find that learning the vocab in the class is helpful and easy? Do you find that the writing in the class makes you a better writer? Just answer questions like these and make your assessment from there :)
Well done Drew Bland, your achievement in the proficiency test is quite something! I doubt if I would get anywhere near that level after three years of study, mostly using Duolingo.
However I wonder to what extent you give Duolingo the credit for this. Looking at your progress chart https://duome.eu/DREWBLAND/progress you have only completed 67 of the 121 skills and gained just 3158 XP points in German so far.
Am I right in thinking that most of your learning has been through other methods?
Hello! You fairly right. did use Duolingo only for about the first 4months of my learning and I did it on this account: https://duome.eu/drewpolyglot/progress (I ended up switching to this one when the update happened since the layout I had that account at just wasn't working with the update. I did never finish the tree but I got closer than this account.) Then I started chatting with natives, reading stories with Readlang, and listening to music as well as translating a lot of things for the fun of it :)
Even though I think I said thank you to all of you guys indivisually I wanted to say it again. It makes me so happy to see so many nice comments and to hear all the congratulations make me feel really accomplished!
P.S Sorry I took a day to respond. Right after I posted this I went to bed and woke up at 5 to go to an all day field trip and I didn't see these comments til 10 at night that day but it was really nice surprise before bed.
Ah, yes that can be very challening. I recommend looking at some German College Textbooks to find out what you need to know to test out, here is a folder with some. I did use Colloquial German and others in this folder. https://mega.nz/#F!x4VG3DRL!lqecF4q2ywojGLE0O8cu4A!ItEgnZKb
Speaking: You are given a prompt in English and then you have to speak about it in German. One of my was 'How have aeroplanes in our economy over the past century made changes to how our economy works.'
Writing: Again you are given a prompt and must write about it in German. One I got was 'A group of friends are going on a foreign exchange trip for the next week. Write a story about their adventures. These friends also have no awareness of the culture they are going into. Write about how this affects their trip.
Listening: An audio would play and you would have 4 options that answer a statement/question related to the audio.
Reading: You'd be given a type of article and you would need to read it and pick an option out of 4 on a question/statement about the article.
Here is a practice quiz https://avantassessment.com/stamp4s
Just to avoid disappointment: DREWBLAND, who we are celebrating here, did a lot more than Duolingo
I then spent the next year studying with Duolingo, natives, music etc.
Duolingo provides us with a basis, but it alone will not be sufficient to reach a 6/7 assessment as described in the starting post.
Advice I give to my friends who learn Spanish in school: Make sentences with the words and ask your teach to read them. Try to ask questions in Spanish to your teacher privately, they shouldn't be judgy and maybe will appreiciate the effort. Try associating pictures with the words, makes the word last longer. Also try learning on the outside with spanish music, there is tons of it and a lot of it is very good.
I did not finish the tree on this account of my other one: https://duome.eu/drewpolyglot/progress I did spend most of my time outside of Duolingo just chatting on HelloTalk or Discord, this was fun and I was learning without having to feel like it. I use this website: https://lyricstranslate.com/ a lot too, it really helped me think like a German since I was seeing German thought patterns get put into English and vice versa.
Hi! I have shared the materials in some other questions but here a few: https://lyricstranslate.com/, HelloTalk, Discord, https://mega.nz/#F!x4VG3DRL!lqecF4q2ywojGLE0O8cu4A, http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deutsch/Grammatik/Grammatik.html, Youtube
Congratulations. I finished my high school years ago without really learning anything note-worthy as far as foreign languages are concerned (the rest of the school was actually quite good), although we had to take two languages. I did French and English and the result is that I understand French a little bit - and learned English on my own afterward. Sometimes it is the best way to go. At least one is motivated to learn the language when he needs to (which is why I am learning Polish now) instead of being forced to learn it. Good luck in your future efforts!
I just want to thank you, I been using Duolingo for about half a year as my School does not provide German as a language, and for the longest time I kept on thinking that no matter how long I practice, I'd never reach a proficiency in the language. But simply reading your experience with Duolingo has really reinforced my will to contnue trying. You sir or madam most certainly deserve a large quantity of Lingots.