https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver

Moved to Germany, couldn't have done it without Duolingo!

Hi all! Just thought I'd share! I joined Duolingo at the end of 2014, finished the tree within probably 6 months and used it sporatically after that.

Then end of 2017 I started again, added some German movies, series and Slow German podcasts to the mix.

Beginning of this year I got a job in Germany and immigrated end of April. I have now been speaking German for 6 months and really couldn't have done it without Duolingo!

Every day I am improving.

I only speak German at work and I am in a relationship with a German man whose family and friends communicate purely in German with me. I still use Duolingo during the week because I find it to be a great tool.

It has been my dream to learn German since I was a little girl and Duolingo was an excellent beginning to make this dream come true.

I've never been happier!

October 24, 2018

83 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jacs0202

That's so great! Congratulations to you! I'm working on a similar path, myself. My husband and I are in the process of moving to the UK for his work, but with Brexit looming it's looking like we'll land in Frankfurt after a year or so. Coincidentally, I started studying German two months ago for no reason at all. I have no German family or heritage - I just wanted to study a language and picked German more or less at random. How's that for providence?! I'm hoping to have a decent working knowledge of the language by the time we have to move there.

Your story is inspirational, and so encouraging. :) Well done! Also, if you can recommend any specific resources (podcasts, maybe?) , I'd be grateful.

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver

https://slowgerman.com/inhaltsverzeichnis/

Slow German is really great, cause it's slow and it has the text, so you can follow along. I don't use it anymore, because the speeds frustrates me, so now I just listen to normal podcasts.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCesZBmRS6IgZ3uuiB8RdX0A Get Germanized is also fun. There are quite a few slow German things and pronunciation things on youtube (like with those damn umlauts), but I can't remember specific links for that.

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jacs0202

Very helpful! Thanks so much!

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bradyoder

I like using Amira, a website that has multiple children’s books to read, or read along as a native speaker reads out loud. http://bit.ly/AMIRA_

December 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie

I really hope something here https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29329664 or here https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29332264 would be of help to you :)

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/phb2013

Thanks for the links. I started watching the movie in the second link. Like someone else said, it's very helpful to have the German subtitles while you're watching and listening.

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie

Isn't it? :)

Don't miss the Slow German Podcast: it's very interesting and makes listening comprehension seem really easy :)

I've still to try it, but someone also gave this links https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29375339 yesterday (slow news in a variety of languages).

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jacs0202

Check out "The Good Place" on Netflix. It's dubbed into several languages. I've been watching with German audio and English subtitles.

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jacs0202

Thank you!

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnAdamClark

Really awesome to read these kind of success stories! Mine is still in progress.... Have job offer in Austria, waiting for the work visa. Hope to get your level when I'm there after a few months :-)

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoDutra

I remember that a year ago I knew nothing about the German language and today I reached fluency. Duolingo was very important in my progress. Your words motivate us. Lasst uns weiter die deutsche Sprache lernen =)

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OxygenHLG

umm with only duo lol

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WProud

What other tools did you use to help you reach fluency? I've known bits of German since school and have spent time around german friends which always helps. I've been using Duolingo on and off for years but this is the first time that I have decided I really want to make it count. I would love to be "fluent" in a year or so but thought that would be unrealistic alongside work. As you have managed it in a year I would love to know what you did.

December 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Laconcha432

That's awesome! Congratulations! I would like you to think of, and to consider your "success" and " Your Dream Come Through" story as the result of your very own persistent work, and your own passion which you followed at the first place. Duolingo has been one the many vehicles to eventually take you there where your heart and your passion were guiding you. Best of luck with your other dreams!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marie_Wolf

You're living your dreams! I'm so happy for you :D

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Chumpington

You are so lucky to live in Germany. I lived there for over a year but due to research funding (I am a scientist) I had to leave and go to a country with funding. I will go back one day, because it's great! The people are awesome :)

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/quantmeyer

Sehr gut gemacht! Danke für die Inspiration!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/compsognathus

Wow. That's awesome, wonderful job!! Very inspirational story!!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

You're amazing! Hope all your other dreams come true :-)

At the moment I'm reading Harry Potter series in German and it's moving me slowly, really slowly to my language goal. I've already learned English somehow. German is another target. (Although I'm also learning Italian due to my December trip.)

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mmckelvy

That's fantastic! At this moment I am at a baby level of German, and this gives me a lot of inspiration to try to chip away at it each day. I'm happy for you. :)

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Saved_by_Christ

@SpongeOver, congrats on your move! I wish you the best as you settle in your job in Germany. I am so glad you have finally got your dream come true. Thanks for posting this and best wishes!

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Judy_Blue_Eyes

That's wonderful!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sweilan1

Echt cool!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel1482982

Thanks for sharing.

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnaidNana

This really gives me hope :D

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ldor54

That's amazing wish you all the best.

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ldor54

You really inspired me to continue. I also want to move to Deutschland to wish you the best.

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/UncleEngineer

Thank you for inspire me. ^ ^

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CraigWithers79

That's fantastic! I've been studying German on Duolingo for about six months, and I am trying to get a temporary work assignment to Germany so I can really learn!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ebrahim968078

wish u best of luck in ur life

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Wonderful. Congratulations and good luck.

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/antonmo

congratulations in so many different albeit related achievements :)

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PlatonicBliss

Das ist fantastisch! Was ist deine Muttersprache? Hast du schon mal Deutsch gelernt?

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver

Meine Muttersprache ist Englisch und Afrikaans. Ich habe erst mit Duolingo angefangen, Deutsch zu lernen.

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/l.shtivi

Any good slow german podcasts you would recommend? Thanks!

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver

https://slowgerman.com/inhaltsverzeichnis/

Slow German is the name of a really good slow German podcast. :)

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/l.shtivi

Thank you! It’s amazing!

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie

Slow German anyday, this woman is great.

And if you have an interest in the news
https://www.newsinslowgerman.com/slow-german

Viel Glück!

October 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ian858

Great job, I've also always wanted to go to Germany!!!

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nameless-Learner

That's awesome! German was the first language I wanted to learn when I joined, I thought a useful language would do. I started learning German from that day on and I really enjoyed it. I cannot be happier that I have a chance to learn different languages. Duolingo has been a wonderful experience for me. Your story is inspirational for everyone. Thanks for sharing it with us!

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SnowCatDancer

cool!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/regisSG

Congrats, one day i will learn that language too

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LumpyPotato123

Congratulations~

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FlynnMacCa

congrats!

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Avi_an_Avian

Gut gemacht. It's always great to see success stories so we know that it can be done given enough time.

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

This is such a cool story. Thank you for bringing it back to the community!

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Boyd489535

Herzlichen Gluckwunsch!

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vennela97

congratulations wunderbar ! Hope you have a great time over there ! all the best !

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Amanda-Neef

Thats so fun!!! I live in Germany too!

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LucasCruz1998

That's great! May I ask what is your nationality?

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver

South African

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Tink629986

Well done - may I ask what your native language is?

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver

My native languages are English and Afrikaans. My father is English and my mother Afrikaans, so learnt both at the same time.

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Has your Afrikaans helped you with German?

October 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver

It has definitelly helped with sentence structures. Sometimes while I'm talking, and I don't know a word, I take an Afrikaans word and make it sound German. Sometimes it helps. But mostly it's a completely different language. :)

October 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Tink629986

Thanks for the response :) Have a lingot! :)

Hamba gahle and sterkte ;)

November 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreasHub11

Well done to You!

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jason799922

Entschuldigung, wenn mein Deutsch nicht sehr gut ist, habe ich Deutsch irgendwelche Tipes geübt

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/yibemajam

Congratulations Spongeover

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathan645976

Das ist toll!

October 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/okidoki11

Es freut mich sehr dass du diesen Erfolg hast und es motiviert mich auch weiterzumachen.

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FredrickLo2

Way to go! I am not learning German, but you have a great story that any language learner can benefit from. Very inspiring! My dream has been to move to Spain, and although I practice every day I still have made the leap. I'm happy to hear that at least someone has... bien hecho (well done)!

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Repelsteeltje

Mach zo weiter. Und das Goethe Institut hat auch ausgezeichnete Hillsmittel. Schau mal nach!

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/okidoki11

hi Repelsteeltje wie kann man nur soviele sprachen auf Level 25 haben ? Es ist unglaublich (demütigend :-) ) toll wenn man sowas sich erarbeitet oder hineingeboren oder sonst wie erlernt hat bin mehr als beeindruckt . Lg

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NtReallyFromBali

Happy for you! Your hard work paid off in the end. :)

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Br4nd0n77

Really glad to hear this, I hope to be able to listen to and speak fluent German one day!

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AjeshB

Your story will actually encourage newcomers like us. Thank you for sharing!

October 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MichelleLinguist

That is so amazing! So glad to hear.

October 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RhettButtlord

this is great news i want to do this someday

October 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/rodrigo.rj1

That's wonderful! Best wishes for you!

October 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ernie78to81

Toll, I was in Germany this summer and Duolingo helped me, as well. Could you please tell me which podcasts you found to be helpful. Danke.

November 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ernie78to81

Now that I am reading through the posts I see several.

November 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/okidoki11

Hallo Sponge over ich freue mich für dich und es motiviert mich auch weiterzumachen und immer besser zu werden lg Harald

November 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DieWuerfelfee

Welcome to Germany and congratulations you were able to make your dream come true!

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RJ2BY

Congrats! You're an inspiration! I'm working on doing this, too!

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaRuthWo

I am inspired by you! I am studying Spanish on Duolingo now but I may add German too because my former German foreign exchange student is coming for a visit this year.

December 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AliDadban

Same path here. Always wanted to learn German, at least since I was 16. That's 30 years ago. But the best progress I made is since I started using Duolingo. I'm not that good, but at least can help my kids with their German homework, and, yes, speak a couple of sentences. Need more of the same. Unfortunately, some of us are too old to move freely.

January 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronEstor

thats so nice congrats to you

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoenixRising18

That's pretty awesome!

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WanKhairilReza

Great to hear this. Inspirational. All the best!

October 25, 2018
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