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My One year Duolingo Birthday

Today I've been using Duolingo to learn German for 1 year :) . I'm not where I thought I would be with it (I thought I'd finish in a year lol) but I'm still doing okay. Anyway, I'm excited I have not quit and are still working on it.

In this 1 year of Duolingo plus 3mths trying to learn German from youtube before I found here. I have achieved:-

  • I can pass an A1 level German test (achieved that only about a week ago)
  • I can with a book read out loud German reasonably well (even though I do not know what many of the words mean)
  • I can follow A2 level German movies using German subtitles (but can't follow the speech yet)

and the most amazing thing is that I actually got mistaken for being German and asked where in Germany I live when chatting (messages) to a German a couple of days back. I was having a conversation with this person for 5-10 mins without him became aware that I'm not German.

Some memorable things along my journey

  • While having a conversation (messaging in chat place) to some Germans in German, I told them I was going to go and feed my wallabies (which are my pets) but I got confused and told them instead that I was going to go and eat them.

  • I was learning German from music too and I learnt to sing a German song but had no idea of the meaning of the words. So I was singing this outloud quite loudly one day and decided I would finally look up the words to find out what they actually meant. To my horror it turned out I was singing about having sex with animals. After this, I still hope my neighbour does not know German. so BEWARE!! (I've since discovered there is actually two German songs about that subject).

My biggest Mistake I tried to learn the die, das, der of words from songs,as I was not aware that these change with the case of words, so I did some very wrong learning for a while and then had to unlearn what I learnt.

February 17, 2019

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/HorseCrazyGal

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag mit Duolingo! :)

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Judy_Blue_Eyes

Happy duoversary!

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TedSandila

Happy anniversary. I discovered the same in Russian - thought I would be much farther along after a year. Like you however, I am surprised when I understand an overheard conversation. My conversational skills are not at your level - and when a three year old gives me quizzical looks about my pronunciation, I know I have work to do. I have also found that listening to popular music (where I can find a the lyrics in Russian) is a good way to discern the sounds of the words.

My German studies on the other hand have languished. Russian is way more difficult than I expected and is taking most of my available time. I resort to French vs. German when I need to do a quick lesson. I find that interesting.

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas

Happy owlday to you. I hope you'll get tons of new vocabulary as a present for the anniversary. At least, take a lingot

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Callie69107

Glückwunsch, es klingt, als hättest du in nur einem Jahr viel erreicht. Gut gemacht

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickSte10583

Happy Anniversary! I am nowhere near your accomplishments in German. I have only been learning for about four months though and have learned way more than I thought possible, it is a tricky language. Your comments about your mishaps were hilarious, I can only imagine what will happen when I get the courage to actually converse in German! Keep up the good work and good luck!

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sea-mist

I hope my mistakes help someone else not to make the same mistake. Best luck on your German journey

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Inka_89

Frohes Jubiläum!

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sfajryani

wow that's cool

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/aca652155

Sehr schon

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sea-mist

thanks for all the good wishes

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Micha653792

Glückwunsch, ich hoffe, dass ich mit meinem Englisch genauso viel Erfolg haben werde. Weiter so...

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AchilleasZog

Deutsch ist keine leichte Sprache. Herzlichen Glueckwuensch, mach weiter so!

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner

Happy Duoversary

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sumin244524

Happy duoversary and keep going ! :)

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Guacamole18

wallabie and song made my day! Both connected is spicy, too.... Keep on learnin´ (and singin´) ;-)

February 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/herobrinesland

happy birthday

February 20, 2019
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