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.
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.
Happy owlday to you. I hope you'll get tons of new vocabulary as a present for the anniversary. At least, take a lingot
Glückwunsch, es klingt, als hättest du in nur einem Jahr viel erreicht. Gut gemacht
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!
I hope my mistakes help someone else not to make the same mistake. Best luck on your German journey
Glückwunsch, ich hoffe, dass ich mit meinem Englisch genauso viel Erfolg haben werde. Weiter so...
Deutsch ist keine leichte Sprache. Herzlichen Glueckwuensch, mach weiter so!
wallabie and song made my day! Both connected is spicy, too.... Keep on learnin´ (and singin´) ;-)