I finally hit level 25!!
Congratulations, DominicMit! I hope you're really celebrating your accomplishment.
But remember that level 25 is just a number, namely 30K XPs. German is such a long tree that you probably have a lot more learning ahead of you. FWIW, I'm still working on getting my tree up to 3 crowns all around, and 5 crowns probably takes at least twice as many XPs.
And don't forget the learning opportunities outside the tree, like Duolingo Stories. And best of all, traveling where you can use your German for real!
Enjoy the ride.
I am quite relieved to read your response because I too have reached crown level 25 with 30,000+ XP with a fully gilded tree on the old system. I am working my way through the new system and as at today have a 742 streak, plus the 130 which I carelessly lost as well as many much smaller streaks of 10, 12 etc. In addition, over many years I have tried several different German language courses using 45rpm records, tapes and CDs. This is a brief summary of my learning experience. BUT!!! Do I feel confident enough to write a comment in German, or speak to a native German speaker in German using what I have learned thus far? The answer is a resounding NO but I am enjoying learning with Duolingo more than any other system. Perhaps one day I will start to FEEL the language and then I will come back on here and write to you again in German.
Have you ever been to Germany? Clearly you have a high level of proficiency in German (and English). I've found that Germans are easy to have conversations with; they have a great deal of patience with native English speakers attempting to master their language. Something that really helped me was finding a native speaker who is also fluent in English. I call this person and attempt to have a full conversation in German at least once a week. Give it a try! Also-- your streak is incredible-- keep it up to 1000+!!
When I was in Germany a couple of months ago, I was struck by how long Germans would let me keep speaking German before they bailed me out with their (generally very good) English. They didn't seem to be offended by my mangling of their language, and let me keep going as long as I was able, making it much easier to learn from them.
P.S. To echo WonkyDonky44's point: Level 25 doesn't mean I speak German well. It just means I've spent a lot of time studying. My big achievements in Germany were buying train tickets, asking for directions, and understanding an occasional word of a castle tour conducted in German.
Thank you all for your comments. Yes I have been to Germany and Austria many times over the years for work related visits as well as holidays. Apart from Guten Morgen, wie geht's or perhaps Gruss Gott (or is it Grüss Gott?) especially in the Tyrol, everyone seems to lapse into English. I have never been sure whether that's to help me out or good practise for them!
Regarding the streak, I have found this to be a great incentive to keep learning. I use the app on holiday too, even though it's just two simple exercises before breakfast. Every little helps, as we say.
I guess it's part of both, helping and practising (at least that'll work for me). Have you ever tried to ASK the other guy to stick to German - or at least both of you use the other's idiom? It will work, usually, as long as both of you are willing to do it the harder way
I was in Frankfurt a few months back, and the biggest problem as you have mentioned is that their English is so much better than my German. They keep switching to English once they hear you try German. But I was able to order thru a whole meal in a restaurant and checked in my hotel 30% of the way until I had to ask to converse in English if possible. :) Little steps.
Congratulations!. I am on the 24th level. In one, two weeks I will reach 25th as well.
Same here and also congrats DominicMit.
Good job!! That is one big accomplishment! Best wishes as you continue your language studies and in any future goals you hope to achieve!!