I completed the German tree.
After 2 years learning and a couple of months of inactivity in Duolingo, I've finished the German tree. Easier than I expected. Now I'd like to finish the Czech tree and get both trees golden. Whish me luck!
Fabelhafte Arbeit! I envy people like you who can stay this committed to learning another language. As someone learning German myself, I hope to be like you someday, and I sincerely hope you take this language learning to the next level so as to eventually become completely proficient in the language!
I think it is important to inform you that, if you don't know it already, you need at least a B1 understanding of the German language in order to qualify for German citizenship, and at least a B2 understanding of the German language to qualify for Austrian citizenship. If you continue to persevere in German and practice, practice, practice before every last thing in this course becomes second-nature to you, you may be uniquely eligible for citizenship in these places if you get official proof of your understanding!
Good luck with your German ventures, and congratulations!
Thanks for all the feedback and positive comments. And it makes me really happy to know you admire me, but keep in mind, I'm just one within thousands of language learners. But you are right on something - I did commit to finishing the tree and it wasn't easy! And regarding the citizenship thing, that is new info to me. Thanks! But since I'm an European Union citizen, things are easier.
That makes things a lot easier. In that case, you probably already know that the additional amount of time you're required to actually live in Germany and Austria before acquiring citizenship is reduced significantly if you were born in the EU. I believe you are usually required to live for about eight to ten whole years in Germany or Austria before acquiring citizenship, but for those who were born in the EU, this time is roughly halved to about four to six years before citizenship. If that interests you, good luck, and if not, good luck otherwise with learning German!
You're right, you have to live in Germany for eight years to acquire citizenship. And you must pass a test on German culture and the political system. The only information I need to correct is: you don't get the citizenship faster if you're an EU citizen. Even as an EU citizen, you usually need to live here for eight years. The only advantage you have as an EU citizen is: you can live here without a separate permission, plus you can in many cases keep your old citizenship even when acquiring the German citizenship, if the former country accepts double citizenship.
The only way to shorten the process would be being adjudgedly married to a citizen for at least two years and then living in Germany for three years (so that'd shorten it from 8 to at least 3 years).
Congratulations! Keep up the good work. I know that German isn't an easy language, regarding the grammar, but it opens the door to talk to about 100, no, even 200 million (sorry, had to correct my first number, since Duolingo says 200 million ;)) native speakers. :)
By the way, I love the positivity in this thread, it's really refreshing :)
congratulation on having accomplished this task. I was wondering as to how comfortable do you feel now in the German language, like can you have an entire conversation in German with little to no help? I'm just curious. again Congratulation on having completed the German tree.
Heey, first of all, congratz to finish of the german tree! I'd like to know if it gave you a good level of the language... For instance, I've finished the italian tree, and I think it gave me a good level of listening, writting and speaking (even though I don't speak italian quite often.. haha) I think I consider myself close to intermediate in italian and since german is my next goal language I wanna know the level that Duo can give me, or sort of..
Anyway, congratz again! Finishing a tree here is an amazing feeling!
I can really recommend Deutsche Welle as well. When I was at university, I had many co-students, who did radio shows for Deutsche Welle to help other people learn and improve their German skills.
Hi Fierecelearner, I am going to start learn German. I would like to know how was your journey so far in learning German. Can you able to speak German if you learn in Duolingo ( this is for confirmation). And last but not least I invite you to be a friend of mine so that we can communicate in German which will improve it for both of us. This is my mail id: Izajfi03@gmail.com. If you are interested then you can ping me. Also, I invite whoever reads this comment ( Should know German or a native German speaker) to be a friend of mine for pure communication purposes. I am waiting. Congrats Fiercelearner!!!