German B2 success, going for C1!
I've used Duolingo extensively in many periods of my life and keep using it from time to time when I have some free hours to put in my language learning. But today the topic is the language which sent me on this amazing journey, which was German, the first foreign language I picked for myself, as English was picked for me by my parents when I was very young (which I hadn't liked back then, but I'm thankful for now).
Some months ago I shared with you all that I had found myself a tutor after many years of alone learning and I was going to take the exam for B2. Today my results came out, and I got a 90,5%, which is considered a high pass. I'm very happy and proud, and even if I haven't practiced here in a long time, I will always come back and share my milestones with this community, because I admire all of you people who are trying to learn languages on your own and I want you all to know that it can be done. You'll surely see me on some other forums too when my German journey is over, but for now, my next stop is C1.
Thanks for reading this, best of luck in your language learning endeavours!
Congrats, congrats. Keep going, but just know that the road from b2 to c1 is very long
Well done. There's a huge jump between B2 and C1. Mostly vocab - idioms, synonyms etc. I've been working on it (in Hungarian) for a couple of years now (including several hundred hours of classes) and cannot see myself reaching it any time soon. But well worth aiming for. C1 is when you start to know a language and it is actually useful.
wow I'm at A2 trying the hardest I can to reach B1. That's super cool that you are that fluent. I wish you the best of luck as we both try to be better at our languages.
Das ist wirklich toll! Herzlichen Glückwunsch und viel Erfolg für die C1-Prüfung!!!
Glückwunsch! Das muss harte Arbeit gewesen sein! C1 ist ein Ziel, das echt nicht leicht zu erreichen ist. Ich empfehle Youtube oder Serien auf Deutsch zu gucken. Youtube insbesondere hat mir extrem mit meinem Englisch geholfen und ich probriere es gerade mit meinem Französisch.
Wenn es dir nichts ausmacht, würde ich dich gerne fragen, was dich dazu gebracht hat Deutsch als zweite Fremdsprache auszuwählen? Bevor ich mich wirklich mit online Sprachen lernen beschäftigt habe, dachte ich immer kein Mensch würde Deutsch lernen.
Gratuliere Dir an Deinem Erfolg, B2 ist ganz toll, gut gemacht. Ich habe einige Chat Freunden/inen aus Deutschland, die an ihren B2 in Englisch arbeiten und es ist nicht einfach.
Celica2898 Es gibt viele Leute, die Deutsch als Fremdsprache auswählen. Ich würde sagen, daß es so viele Gründe gibt, wie die Menschen Deutsch ausgewählt haben. Als ich 11 Jahre alt war, habe ich mit meinem Deutsch Studium an einer deutschen Schule angefangen und studierte bis meinen Abschloss. Danach hatte ich Deutsch mehr als 30 Jahren nicht gesprochen und hatte fast alles verlernt. Vor 5 Jahren haben ich mit meinem Deutsch Studium erneut angefangen, aber heutzutage kann man so viel auf Internet finden, wieso Duo, YouTube, usw. Ich würde Skype auch als ein Sprachmittel empfehlen, es ist ganz toll Leute aus anderen Ländern kennenzulernen und Spaß haben. Conversation Exchange ist Super, ich habe schon mehr als ein halbes Dutzend Internet Freunden, mit ihnen ich regelmäßig rede.
Celica, ich habe immer die Deutsche Kultur und Philosophie bewundert. Ich studiere auch Iura und ich wollte gern in Deutschland arbeiten. Danke!
American chemistry students often take German in order to read works in that language on that topic.
For my math degree, I studied a bit of German for that same reason. We were required to have two foreign languages. French was my first, and I squeaked by with German as my second.
Congratulations and well done!
Where did you find your tutor and how much do you believe they helped?
I found him from the website of an ads newspaper, I just placed an ad and he called, we had like a trial session and we kept working together because I liked his teaching style.
Wow congratulations! How diid you feel about the test? I would mostly be nervous about the oral part where you have to speak with another person.
Thanks, dear! The oral part was the scariest to me too, I do admit, but my tutor helped me very much, he would actually force me to talk in German, and it did work in the end!
Thanks for all your lovely responses people, you're an amazing community!
I learned my C1 German while staying as child in Switzerland. Duolingo is great for creating a basis and then one can also slowly practice to speak also with others. Thank you for sharing your progress.
I’d studied German on and off for years, starting with a couple of years high school German, two years in college, and then huge, long gaps when I was just too busy with life.
Ten years ago ago I retired and decided to take a Goethe Institut course in Dresden. It was a 50+ course, so it included people of various levels. I learned a lot and decided to get serious when I got home.
What level was I at that point? Not sure. B1? Anyway, for me, the key was reading. I remembered getting my first library card when I was seven years old. I’d check out tons of books and read them even if they were beyond my level and included words and language I didn’t understand. If it worked for English, why wouldn’t it work for German? I bought several young adult books and started reading. I was very disciplined and diligent. I’d look up every word i didn’t know, take notes in the margins, study the sentence structure. And I gradually made progress, moving to more difficult books. I realized I needed books with a plot that would pull me along. For me that was “Krimis”. I read the massive three volume Stieg Larsson series in German and literally dozens and dozens of other books.
So I read lots and lots of German and every year I went back for a two to four week Goethe course in Germany. I made friends with whom I’d email in German.
I moved to B2 and stayed there for a very long time. But the last several years I’ve been at C1. It’s a challenge but entirely doable. The key is finding what works for you ... for me it was reading.
The problem is that the last year I’ve been focusing almost all my efforts on learning Norwegian. (My new daughter-in-law is Norwegian.) That’s where Duolingo is a great tool because I’m starting from scratch. I went through the Duolingo German course and didn’t find it very useful because it wasn’t challenging enough. Starting from scratch with Norwegian, it’s great!
I'm sorry you feel this way about German, perhaps reading a book in the target language, researching German culture or taking up a series or TV show in German would help you see the language for something more than a boring course. Best of luck!