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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

121 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 :)


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

Congrats!!!


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

Did you complete the entire German tree on Duolingo during those 3 months?


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?


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.


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

230, not 276. I apologize for the typo.


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

I hope to achieve this some day...


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 ;)


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

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


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


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


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.


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.


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

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


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. :]


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

Thanks, have a great weekend.


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

I'm impressed! Congratulations!


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

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


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.


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

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


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

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


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

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.


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

that's amazing! congratulations


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

Danke schon, schones wochenende fur ihnen


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

Congratulations James! That is a great achievement!

What motivated you to start learning German? AP4418


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.


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

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


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

Both, the speaking was the most difficult for me.


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

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


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

thank you, you too


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

That's really cool! Glückwunsch!


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

That's great! Keep up the good work!


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 ?


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

Wow!! Wonderful job!


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

Glückwunsch, weiter so!


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

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


[deactivated user]

    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

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

    Awesome, congratulations!


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

    Glückwünsche!! i'm happy for youu


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

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


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

    Congratulations!


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


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

    Danke, Franzosisch denke ich


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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?


    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.


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

      Wau, Respekt, das war sehr fleissig!


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

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


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

      wow! congratulations!!


      [deactivated user]

        That is incredible. Congratulations!


        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.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
        • 2046

        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.


        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.


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

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


        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


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

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


        [deactivated user]

          Congratulations and great job on your hard work!


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

          Thank you and have a great day.


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

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


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

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


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

          Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Du hast hart gearbeitet dafür.


          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 :)


          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.


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

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


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

          How do I get the B1 certificate?


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

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


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greensquirrel238

          that's inspiring, congratulations!


          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 ;)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shubham_Pandey1

          Herzliche Glückwünsche


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

          CONGRATULATIONS JAMES.


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

          Congratulations.Your effort has been recompensed!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cjr37
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          There is a Deutsche Welle course if you need to do a bit more


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

          I'll check it out. Thanks


          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?


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

          Your assumption is valid.


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

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


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

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


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

          Congratulations!!


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

          Herzlichen Glückwunsch!


          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?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chase8962

          I hope to attain similar results! Awesome for you!

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