Most efficient way of learning German?

Hello everyone :). I've been using this app for 3/4 days now and I'm unsure what the best way of using this app is. Like should you make everything gold first or make everything like 2 and complete the tree like that and then make them gold or...?

Also I'd love some advice on how to learn German. I have a 5 month deadline and I need to be able to have a proper convo through text by then. I'm Dutch myself so pronunciation shouldn't be a problem in my eyes. Do you guys and gals have any advice? Like reading German news, German subtitles... and so on?

Also I'd love to hear how duolingo benefitted you in learning German.

Have a nice day. :)

September 30, 2018


For the reading,

The fastest why to learn a language is to memorize a list of words with sentences. Anki is good for that. Aim for a list of 4000 words. 5 Months = 150 days. That's 26 sentences a day.

For the listening, watch TV and series in German.

For the speaking, join a discord group.

For the writing! then start a diary.

(edited: corrected some typos)

September 30, 2018


September 30, 2018

Anki. Sorry That's was a typo.

September 30, 2018

For memorizing words in context I would also recommend Clozemaster. It gives a huge variety of sentences for every word

October 3, 2018

I'm currently learning German and when I start a new topic I get it to level 2 or 3 and then move on to another. I have a small attention span, and get bored easily, so I find this method very helpful. Going back to it also helps me remember it. Hope this helped!

October 2, 2018

Es wäre aus meiner Sicht effizienter, wenn Du auch noch den Sprachbaum "Deutsch für Französischsprachige" machst, da Du ja auch Französisch lernst laut Deinem Profil. Dann gäbe es noch "Englisch für Deutschsprachige" und "Französisch für Deutschsprachige" als Sprachbäume, dort müsstest Du die Sätze rückübersetzen, was Dein aktives Lernrepertoire im Deutsch erhöhen würde. Ich mache es auch so und nicht nur ich. Liebe Grüße aus Europa, Dinoma77

September 30, 2018

I personally won't move forward until I've golden the lesson before the new one. Even if it's golden, I won't move on until I feel comfortable to.

October 1, 2018

Usually I have a bunch of 4-5 skills at level four-and-a-half, the next 4-5 skills at level four and then after I bring up the third set of 4-5 skills to four, I'll go back and bring the first set to 5 and the second set to four and a half, so I can go on with the next set.

I'm also doing the reverse tree at the same time, but there I just use the key-function to unlock everything, once I understand what the lesson is about.

I'm currently learning Dutch as a German speaker. Isn't it a shame there is no Dutch from German and no German from Dutch? ^^

I'm pretty active in the language subreddits. The one for the German language is pretty big: They list a lot of resources in an attached wiki and there's even a discord for some experiments with speaking.

October 1, 2018

I would say that in between skills, you need to practice words from previous skills to strenghten them in your head. I haven't figured out the best way to master the tree but I practice the words and I have done all the mini-stories. I found the stories more than useful, so check them out!

October 3, 2018
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