Finally got the "Shiny" German Golden Owl after the five long years!
I started this tree on December 6, 2014. As I was more interested in progressing the Romance language trees, I initially barely spent time on the German tree. Then, a phone call from Bavaria led to a trip to Germany in October 2018. Making a snap decision to travel was a great incentive to revisit this much neglected tree.
Once in Germany, I was immersed in the language. The Oktoberfest was in full swing, and the atmosphere was fantastic. Conversing was fun, despite my limited German. I even managed to get a waitress to bring me a menu in German (then she asked me in English if I preferred an English menu). However, it still took a further year for me to complete the tree, thus the pleasure is greater.
My native tongue is Japanese, and everything about German was "Greek" to me. My trusted study partners are a book on German grammar (in Japanese) and Tiny Cards as well as Memrise. For vocabulary building, my preference is the latter as I can put together a list of "difficult words" to focus on.
I would like to congratulate 6683 people who achieved their Golden Owls before me. Whilst I am immensely proud of this achievement, it is just a beginning, and I look forward to getting to know this language in more depth.
So, will you help add it to the courses from Japanese here on Duolingo? :0
Bleib stark und Viel Glück! :D (btw, ich kann kein Deutsch sprechen ;v;)
Congratulations! Keep the motivation, and you’ll be impressed with your results!
I dare say that I can follow DW (Deutsch news) when they talk about EPL (English Premier League) results :)
The only thing more impressive than learning German from Japanese is your 2041-day streak! Ausgezeichnet!
Hi, this is my third Android phone, and it's got by far the best speech recognition program. It can understand my French, Spanish and Portuguese with Japanese accent. Sadly no more room to put on a German module :)
Hi Linda, I have been your secret admirer. I love your level-headed & inspiring posts, and finally, very nice to meet you :)
I thought I was alone nekonekokoneko! xD Linda is undoubtedly one of the most famous Duolingo users amongst desktop users.
Thanks, your streak is impressive too. It will be 4 digits before you know it!
Conversing with a little German that I knew was fun.
How little was she? ;)
Hehe, this reminds me of "I know a little Italian" from the Spanish lessons!
yeah true, how does it sound if I re-write "conversing with my limited knowledge on German was fun"?
It's truly fine the way it is---it's just that it can be interpreted two ways, one being quite humorous.
"Conversing was fun, despite my limited German" is probably how I'd say it.
Hi Dugggg, thanks a million xxx I edited accordingly and sounds much better :)
For the resources, I mainly use memrise as they offer some modules to learn German straight from Japanese, and I am a paid member. Also I like Kwiziq, which has more focus on grammar than DL.
This forum discussion may interest you (although not sure how current they are): https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3446824/Other-sites-I-use-for-learning-German
Thanks for getting me on Memrise, seems a fresh and more helpful way alongside Duo!
Everyone has their own style of learning, but I am happy that you find Memrise useful. They really complement each other. In addition to https://www.memrise.com/course/335725/comprehensive-german-duolingo-vocabulary/, their official course is good as well. https://www.memrise.com/course/1098518/german-7/
Also, I am progressing with this course to brush up on the vocabulary built through Duolingo and pick up something new. https://www.memrise.com/course/46/1000-words-of-elementary-german/
Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Deutsch ist ja eine wunderschöne Sprache, die ich aus ganzem Herzen empfehle!
Thanks, but Deutsch is an insanely difficult language if you ask me :) Good luck to your Japanese!!
Oh, trust me my friend. Natural textbook German is just the tip of the ice berg. But I applaud your discipline. Not many who learn German can endure the grind. But after all, I think with the ambitions of a person of your caliber, there's nothing that's impossible.
Glückwunsch und versuch dich mal an Dialekten. Die machen viel Spaß im Deutschen. Besonders Sächsisch. Finde ich zumindest. Kann auch sein, dass das einfach nur deshalb ist, weil der sächsische Dialekt mein Heimatdialekt ist.
Good luck and have fun!
Congratulations! I recently started learning German. It's my first time learning a foreign language and reading stories like this keeps me motivated. :)
Nice! It is going to take me a long time to complete my French tree, and, like you said, even when I do finish, I will still need to study lots after that....I imagine it will be a life-long study for me. It takes commitment to finish a long tree, so congrats.
Congratulations! What language are you going to do next? I am on my way to doing German, I have only just started, so wish me luck!
I wish all the best to you, of course.
I have started Latin, but from Sunday night I will be on holiday for a month:)
Congratulations! I might be level 25 on Spanish, but that doesn't mean I've finished the entire tree yet! I think it's going to take me some time. But good luck to you!
Well done. An inspiration to us all. I am approaching my first year and enjoying the language lessons very much. I am English and studying Italian . Hopefully I will progress to the golden owl too.
An inspiring story. Interesting to know how much of the tree was completed before and after Bavaria, ie in the last year.
Hi Tyler, Thanks for asking - I recollect before Bavaria was about 300-330 crowns, but the content got much tougher in the second half of the tree.
Herzlich Glückwunsch! Unsere Sprache ist nicht gerade die einfachste. Umgekehrt gilt das allerdings auch für Japanisch.
Speaking about "conversely": I notice you've done a remarkable number of inverse trees. Quite impressive, too!
You're an inspiration to the rest of us. Congratulations, and thank you for posting.
Congratulations! Even if it took five years, you did it and that's what matters. It gives me motivation that I can finish my tree too. Thanks for sharing!
C'est quoi ? Y a-t-il un français là ?
Laden die Panzerschreck auf!!!
Is that the golden owl at the end of the final lesson? I have 1 - Polish. Ale nie mówię idealnie.
This is awesome! Congratulations :) Posts like these keep me motivated (I'm ~30% in my Spanish tree and have also just started the Japanese tree).
Did you do all those languages sequentially or did you do a few at a time parallely? I'm very tempted to re-enter my German tree but I'm not sure what works best.
Generally speaking, I focus on one language (a tree/a reverse tree) at a time to maximise the retention of newly acquired knowledge. I found it effective to review the new vocabulary first in Memrise before starting a new topic in Duolingo.
I was using from English to German module to learn German. Its reverse tree is from German to English. It opens another window to reinforce your skill.
congratulations, how long do you spend daily on learning languages?
Thank you. I spend a fair few hours each day because I love learning something new.
Good for you! I like to see people getting rewards! I hope you go on and get better at other languages :D
So how do you feel conversatinal wise, are you able to hold convo? Also did you study much grammar from duolingo? I've been trying to learn polish <3
Holding conversation in German - No. Even though one can guess what is being said, putting words together to construct a sentence/s instantly is another dimension.
Duolingo offers some notes but hardly sufficient to master a language (although others may think differently).
Hi Kat, thanks.
If you go to your duome.eu/(username) page, and click on ! mark, it will tell you
(1) your completion rate to the owl,
(2) your progress rate (how many lessons you are making per day on average) and
(3) the number of lessons required to get your shiny golden owl.
All the best!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Ich bewundere Menschen, die eine Sprache lernen, die von der eigenen Muttersprache so weit entfernt ist! Toll!
that is really cool. Are you learning many trees at once? Is it more difficult? to you think you could finish a tree faster is you only study one or two languages at a time?
Definitely focusing on one tree / language as you learn faster by repetition. I normally copy all texts from Level 1, which offers a good collection of examples to memorise.
I am really proud for you. Even though I have been doing the German tree since I joined Duolingo (a long time ago), I still haven't goldened it, despite it being a very achievable goal for a while now.
Komm in meine Arme mein kumpel Deutscher Schüler.
Der Tag der Vergeltung ist gekommen.
I restarted Duolingo just to have a peek of High Valyrian and found German much easier. LMAO
That's very impressive even if it did take 5 years it's always a real accomplishment when you get a golden tree. I'm looking forward to getting my first golden tree too. :)
I can't even begin to imagine learning Japanese, then English, some romance languages, and then German. That's awesome! Take my lingot.
The thing is everything you did except asking the waitress was passive. All these courses are too. Language learning without communicating does not work. In fact, most of the refugees who came to Germany in 2015 could speak German in no time even when they were illiterate. It's all about pratice.
A very good point indeed. During the two weeks in Germany, we stayed with a German family (who phoned us to say they are closing their Pension so don't miss this opportunity). Thus I called this was an incentive or a trigger to revisit the tree. When one is visiting sites with the locals, the first language the shopkeepers/attendants talk to us was German. I also enjoyed reading signage on the streets, markets, and supermarkets, whereby no English translation was offered.
Thanks again for raising a great point.
You complete all of the lessons and get them to gold (level 5). Hope that helps (and makes sense!)
Congratulations! :) Is very inspiring.. hope I'll achieve that someday as well.
Am I right? Only 6684 people finished the german tree all golden?! Congrats!
At this minute stats are showing:
13658 @L10+ ... 76.75%
6766 Golden Owls ... 38.02%
438 Golden Trees ... 2.46%
This statistics is from duome. Duome originated from a streak hall of fame list. Only people with an actual or proven lost streak of more than 99 days show up there. So there are hopefully plenty more out there. A golden owl also requires only one crown in each skill.
congratulation my friend,I'm looking forward to learn Japanese too,after finishing my french course,I'm in love with your country's culture,hoping to visit it one day:)