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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Just Earned My B1 German Certificate via TELC with Nothing Other Than Duolingo

I just wanted to let you all know that I began using Duolingo everyday (sometimes for several hours a day) beginning in October last year. On December 20th, I took my B1 Certificate (TELC) test. Two days ago, after waiting for about a month and a half I received my Certificate.

January 31, 2019

116 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kragon78

Congratulations! A couple of weeks ago I started to study German in an institut after spending 3 months with Duolingo. I was surprised that I was in a very good level (maybe A2), even though I had no other prior expierence with that language than Duolingo. So now I am convinced that it works :)

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Congrats!!!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brucethom1950

So you're saying, you studied for two and a half months on Duolingo with no previous exposure to German and were able to accomplish this feat?

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zeextu

well he is level 25 german with over 56k exp and completed all the stories in that language so it seems reasonable...... he just put a ton of time into it and was able to do it in a couple months

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Yes, I scored 276/300. During this time I also watched movies that I am familiar with in German, but with English subtitles.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

230, not 276. I apologize for the typo.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaughingLindsey

I hope to achieve this some day...

February 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dirk858585

Oh... so the title may be a bit irritating: with Nothing Other Than Duolingo

You didn't use another program, but at least one of the additional learning methods? ;)

And I forgot so say: Congratulations ;)

February 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Nope, no other program. I did watch movies in German with English subtitles though.

February 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dirk858585

That's what I wanted to say... : Watching movies is a pretty good method to improve language skills :)

Es war deshalb etwas verwirrend, aber natürlich trotzdem : Sehr gute Arbeit :)

Liebe Grüße Dirk

February 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ioanna678593

Congratulations! You give us hope... I learn level B1 in futurelearn.com (with support of British Council

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

Great resource: German courses.

It looks like they're free.

It's so strange that they don't seem to offer French.

There are courses for all the following:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Korean
January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iamrian

Congratulations. Was there a method or process you used through Duolingo? Did you get each section golden before moving on, or did you jump back and forth? Any insight would be appreciated. Congrats again.

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

I progressed a level at a time, so I essentially did the entire program 5 times. I do not recall what level I was on when I started doing the stories, but I went straight through those as well. I supplemented my learning with watching movies in German with English subtitles.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wilhelm_de_

Herzlichen Glückwunschen zu Ihrem Erfolg. Ich wünsche dir mehr Erfolg mit dem B2-Niveau (wenn du dich entscheidst, es zu versuchen)

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I'm impressed! Congratulations!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thank you

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

That is amazing! Most people quit learning languages because they say it is too hard, but instead you applied yourself and now you have proof of it, keep up the good work ! Here is some lingots for your effort. :]

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thanks, have a great weekend.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

That is amazing, congratulations!!!! You got all the grammar, listening comprehension, talking, and writing just with Duolingo?

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Yes, but my scores on the test were not perfect. I scored a 230 out of 300. I also watched movies in German, but with English subtitles.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elaine_Zh0427

Congrats! BTW, how many sections have you achieved in Duolingo to get B1 level?

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

I have done them all and all of the stories as well.

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wilhelm_de_

Probably, all. To reach B1-Niveau, you have to finish the tree and maybe make it golden. Duolingo doesn't have much B2 material since it's supposed to be an introductory app not an A to Z teaching app.

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabriellesuryadi

that's amazing! congratulations

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thank you.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aca652155

Glückwünsche

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Danke schon, schones wochenende fur ihnen

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Congratulations James! That is a great achievement!

What motivated you to start learning German? AP4418

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Living in Germany and wanting a career change. English jobs are available, but prospects are a bit limited unless one is an IT or SAP guy.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zvonimir462254

did you have only writing exam or both speaking and writing?

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Both, the speaking was the most difficult for me.

February 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gaborandras

Well done!

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thanks

February 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vxv25

You inspired me to work harder on my french language skills.. Keep it up!!

February 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

thank you, you too

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sehnsucht14_

That's really cool! Glückwunsch!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thanks

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judy_Blue_Eyes

That's great! Keep up the good work!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thanks

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harith43

Hello Judy Holzwart I am following you . You have more than 250000 Xp . Please What is your level in German ?

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/compsognathus

Wow!! Wonderful job!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thanks

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KikiKimora

Glückwunsch, weiter so!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Danke!

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeyGMT

Awesome, congratulations!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thanks

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HorseCrazyGal

Das ist toll! :)

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Danke Schon

February 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aycabilgilier

Glückwünsche!! i'm happy for youu

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thank you

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rastislav_Learns

Congratulations, that's good to hear and it motivates me! :)

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Good to hear.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiegoDutra

Congratulations!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thanks

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN

Es gibt einen Kerl namens Daniel Tammet aus Großbritannien, der in einer Woche Konversation Isländisch gelernt hat und in einer isländischen Fernsehsendung auftrat. Er ist ein Savant mit Zahlen usw. und ein Polyglott. Jamescagne3 welche sprache wirst du als nächstes lernen.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu einem sehr guten Job!

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Danke, Franzosisch denke ich

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brucethom1950

Why would you stop learning German at this point in time. You should work on getting to the C1 or C2 level. You are proving my point, I have been learning German for over 32 years, When I discovered Duolingo two and a half years ago, I thought this is the greatest resource for learning German that I've found in my lifetime. Keep using Duolingo, listen to Deutsch Welle and get your news in German using MSN. If you're living in Germany, that gives you a huge advantage right there. I'm highly impressed by what you accomplished, in such a short time.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thank you. I am not going to stop studying/learning German, I will continue to practice daily, but may also expand into another language, albeit quite slowly and with less pressure.

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mcdonoldk

Congratulations. I only do about a half hour a day but even with that I am surprised by how much I 'get' the grammar this way. I occasionally watch Friends in German on You Tube just to hear the sounds. Not catching much yet, but intend to keep trying.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

That's about what my minimum threshold was as well, for days where I had too much going on to spend a few hours.

February 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/giglaeoplexis

jamescagne3, I'm inspired by your achievement and current 108 day streak. At what point in your Duolingo learning did you begin watching German movies with English subtitles?

February 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Pretty early. I watched movies that I am familiar with in German with English subtitles. I also read some well known children's books, such as fairytales, in German, but not too often.

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lavachequiri

great

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chris628918

Wau, Respekt, das war sehr fleissig!

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Danke Schon

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crepe_obsession

Das ist wunderbar, Glückwünche! Wollen Sie ändern Ihre Methode für die Zukunft und vielleicht B2?

January 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LimZhanQing

wow! congratulations!!

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

Thanks

February 1, 2019

[deactivated user]

    That is incredible. Congratulations!

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Thanks

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReubenEhre

    Great achievement. I just would like to know how you got to write B1 directly as all institutions, Goethe and Telc I know of require you to have at least A1 before you write B1, unless it is the DZT then it will be A2/B1, which is then allowed. Just wondering.

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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    I believe this is not right... at least for Goethe you should be able to do even C2 straight with no prior exams as long as I know.

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReubenEhre

    Telc Ich weiß, machen Sie einen Evaluierungstest, um zu sehen, welches Testlevel Sie belegen sollten. Goethe, wo ich meine Prüfungen gemacht habe, würde es mir nicht erlauben, B1 zu machen, es sei denn, ich hätte ein A1- oder A2-Niveau.

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethKrispin

    I am incredibly happy for you!!!!!!

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Thanks

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abdul017

    Congratulations. I have been learning German for only 7 days now. I really want the details How can I reach B1 in this short time? How many hours per day were you spending? or even Duolingo lessons that you pass in one day and so on. Movies you were watching. And all those things, Thanks in advance

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    I studied a couple of hours a day and I watched movies that I was fairly familiar with.

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrewCarl13

    Congratulations and great job on your hard work!

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Thank you and have a great day.

    February 6, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gail527919

    well done you awesome achievement i am learning german for my B1 certificate and you give me hope

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Don't give up on yourself. It is not as complicated as it appears to be.

    February 6, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FriedyMoss

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Du hast hart gearbeitet dafür.

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chachitoo

    Congrats!! I just want to ask if you had some kind of routine on Duo every day, because I'm currently on an Language institute learning german but I want to complement it with Duo, and reading what you accomplished really inspires me to give more time to Duo than I already do. Cheers :)

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    I apologize for not answering your question about the routine. The answer is yes. I used Duolingo every morning for a minimum of an hour, but often much longer. I would also use it at night if I had nothing else to do. Currently, I am on a 110 day streak.

    February 6, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Thanks

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harith43

    felicitation ...do you take your B1 with Goethe institute ?

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    No, with TELC.

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Humberto393329

    How do I get the B1 certificate?

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Find a firm that offers it and register to take the test.

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cloudforest2006

    that's inspiring, congratulations!

    February 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Thanks

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christtoppher

    Congratulation! I am happy to hear that you were willing to work for something you want to achieve! Lingot for ya ;)

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Thanks.

    February 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SHUBHAM584006

    Herzliche Glückwünsche

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Danke

    February 6, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skeelesirma

    CONGRATULATIONS JAMES.

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperGirlyHannah

    Glückwunsch!!

    February 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dakis10

    Congratulations.Your effort has been recompensed!

    February 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prodigyvictus

    Mazal tov!

    February 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tcdwwax

    מדהים!

    February 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThomasJord635486

    k

    February 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cjr37

    There is a Deutsche Welle course if you need to do a bit more

    February 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    I'll check it out. Thanks

    February 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brucethom1950

    One advantage I think you have by using Duolingo, is the opportunity to always get the direct article and the noun correct from the start. Once you get them ingrained in your long term memory you should know them almost without fail. Do you find this assumption to be correct or incorrect?

    February 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Your assumption is valid.

    February 6, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cbuettnerw

    Congrats!

    February 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Thanks.

    February 6, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/POOJASHARMA0604

    I hope i will get it too someday soon. Anyways many congratulations to you.

    February 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamescagne3

    Its not as complicated as it seems. It wasn`t as difficult as I expected.

    February 6, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarlaBruni5

    Congratulations!!

    February 7, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabs-224

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

    February 7, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frankiebluej

    Ausgezeichnet!!

    July 30, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harith43

    Congratulations! I am happy for you . Please what is your mother language ? and how many XP do you have when you do the test B1?

    August 31, 2019
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