Polish Golden Owl Hall of Fame
As I will be taking over the Hall of Fame post, a new topic had to be created as I cannot edit another contributor's post. The old topic, with many interesting and valuable stories of the learners, can be found here. This post has been updated to account for the users who commented since the last update of the old post.
Disclaimer: You do not have to have every skill at crown level 5 to be listed here, the topic after all was first created when the crown system didn't exist yet. You just need to have all skills til the very end of the tree finished, at any level :)
Finishing a skill tree takes a lot of work... especially when you're learning Polish.
Few have managed to achieve the extraordinary feat of getting the Polish Golden Owl. Are you one of them? This is the place to brag about it!
Just leave a comment in this thread to let us know that we should add you.
Polish Golden Owl holders (175):
Last Update: 05 March 2019
Actually when the topic was created, there were no crowns yet, so the Golden Owl was awarded after what would now be considered Crown 1 (well, the exercises were more mixed in difficulty). So many people listed above don't have everything at level 5, I guess.
I will mention it at the beginning that you only have to finish the whole course to be on the list, nevermind the crown level.
Congratulations on finishing and good luck making it level 5 :)
Fair enough; efficiency generally precludes commenting, and comments can be very worthwhile (they can also not be, of course). More people seen to know about Duome than about this thread going by the number of Polish-owl-holders, unless we are to consider owl-holders to have statistical bias towards knowing about Duome. I have a Polish owl, and know about it, so perhaps I am biased myself, but I think I should be on your list, either way.
I think you 'sign up' simply when anyone enters your username into the duome URL; duome then collates whatever public information is available from your DL user file and, if it meets certain requirements of streak, XP, etc, saves it—only then does it update automatically.
My inference above about people knowing about duome going by numbers is obviously utter nonsense—what I probably meant was that duome is a bit more representative of learners than a list in a forum post. The moral of this story is not to try to construct a cogent argument after consuming an excessive quantity of brandy; I am frankly amazed that what I wrote makes any sense at all. Apologies!
For me it was limitations of Duolingo. I am a native Polish speaker and I had problems with many sentences due to the fact that the contributors had not foreseen many correct answers. It took sometimes a long time to find an answer that would fit. Also, I had problems with American English used on Duolingo. I live in the UK and my British English answers were often not accepted.
I finished the Polish tree. You guys helped me learn much more in Polish than "Polak-Węgier dwa bratanki..." verse, so thank you very much! Also got acquainted with two Polish girls via Erasmus who after leaving Hungary, showed me Kraków and since then I also visit Poland regularly.
I got the Polish Golden Owl. I am very thankful to all the contributers and moderators for their work. This Polish course has a great influence on my entire life, because I am planning to move to Kraków and to study in the Jagellonian University. This course greatly improved my ability to understand and speak Polish when I was on A1 and A2 levels. Thank you all again! May God bless you!
I've got the owl too and continue studying the language. My native language is Russian. I am originally from Ukraine, so I know Ukrainian too. I think knowing Ukrainian helps to learn Polish better than knowing Russian. Thanks to all contributors to this course for your hard work!
I finished Polish tree 01.10.2018 (at Level 12). Now I am on L24. Polish is my "heart-language", I live near the Polish border, in my youth everybody near me spoke some Polish words, I watched Polish TV (Bonanza, 4 Pancerni i pies, kpt. Klos ...). It was a great school for me to easier learn Polish now. Thanks for your comments as our tutor Jellei !.
Please add me to your list, which I only recently discovered.
After 16 months I finally finished Polish for English speakers on 26 Nov 2018 a few days after reaching Level 18, gaining 165 crowns in the process of completing each skill at least twice.
I now use this Course for practice only, and occasionally encounter unfamiliar material in the process of becoming more familiar with features of Polish I still find difficult (some verb forms; prepositions, ...).
For extra revision I recently began English for Polish speakers, a very different course, with fewer skills:
There is new vocabulary to learn (e.g. czerń for czarny)
Expressions & vocabulary I learned in PL for AmE are sometimes rejected.
Moderation on that Forum is very rare. Maybe Jellei has spoiled us on "our" Forum... ;-)
I was born in the UK (where I learned some French and German at school), and in Jan 1979 moved to Germany and gradually became bilingual. That October I visited Poland (Lublin) for the first time. In Jan 1980 I felt my German was "firm" enough to survive my learning a further language. Hungarian and Swedish were candidates, but I knew more Poles, and Polish was somewhat related to the Russian I briefly tried to teach myself at 16. However, Polish evening classes were for beginners only (the Intermediate and Advanced courses lacked participants), so - after two rounds as a Beginner - my efforts lapsed until I discovered the Duo course mid 2017.
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I have one too, but I finished the course to help out in eliminating errors from it as I'm native Polish and felt it's my time to contribute to this awesome app in some way. On the same token, if anyone needs any help with their Polish, hit me up and I'll see what I can do to sort you out. Cheers!
I have now the golden owl! A big thanks to Jellei and all others, it has taken some time but Poles I know are always asking how I learn Polish? Well, a lot of Duolingo and for the last seven years an hour a week on Skype to a friend in Warsaw. But even so I still struggle in conversations and reading, I would have to get over there to really make a difference. Whatever, many thanks to Duolingo, I often recommend you to others.
Hello community :)
Hope you all are safe and sound...
Saturday I reached a big lil milestone...in a language, which brought me to Duolingo in the first place...
I finally earned my golden owl!!
I still struggle with the language, but Duo helped me out a lot there, it definitely improved my Polish skills...
Next steps...practising Polish in real life AND getting the golden tree (halfway there)
I don't know about the time in Duolingo. But if you spent some time on other European languages, this map may give you the idea: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/language-difficulty-map/
Finished the tree. But really there should be more recognition for people who have managed to turn the whole tree golden. Only half of mine is golden as I ended up blitzing through to the end on level 1. It's taken me 17 days but I'm sure it will take me a lot longer to turn the whole thing golden. My native is English so unfortunately Polish grammar is 'czary mary' to me!
I finally made it! After starting to learn with Duolingo around 2016, I have all skills of the Polish tree thoroughly golden. This is just an incredible feeling, even though I would have loved even more to find a chest of Lingots, or a special learning exercise hidden behind the owl ;)
I have used many sources for practicing Polish, movies, Polish music I translated, Polish natives who got bombarded with my cranky style of writing, talking to natives (and myself, lol) and I improved a lot since I started. One thing that never left me though was practicing with Duolingo, even if I did not manage to do it every day, sometimes I let it slide for a few days, but I always returned, it became a real habit I missed when I did not get my daily dose :)
A special thanks to everyone who answered my numerous newb questions, and an even more special thanks to you, Jellei! I cannot fathom how much Karma points you must have accumulated by now, but I really always felt that you wanted us to get better, to help and spread the knowledge about your mother tongue! It is just crazy how someone in another country, which you never met, can have such an influence on a topic which has actually become a big part in my life now.
So, thanks again, and please, put my name up there :P :) <3
I've conquered the Polish skill tree!
First of all I want to thank Duolingo's team for their great work!
Also I thank Marek(Jellei) and other contributors of Polish course. I have a good time learning Polish with your help. I don't think that I have learnt Polish already but yesterday I listened to 18-minutes audiostory in Polish and uderstood everything without repetitions.
Thank you very much my dear friends!
finally! after a lot of work, I have finished all the levels in all the exercices in the polish tree. you may now add me to your list after 164 days of hard dayly work. the owl has been there for quite a while, but i really wanted to finish all: thanks for all support, and thanks for this great free app. I just read the post to the end and now I know that I could have claimed a place on the list quite a time ago.
Dzień dobry! I must admit that talking is still difficult. But when you visit the country and you can read things, and understand things more and more it gives you a feeling that you're doing well. I try my best on talking and actually more on writing. But my Polish friends admit that I still have a lot to learn. ;-)
What if someone is fluent in polish? Can't they just skim through the tree by doing the placement test and then skipping ahead to the last checkpoint?