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

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.

September 5, 2019

124 Comments


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

Glückwunsch!

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;)

September 5, 2019

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

Congratulations! Keep the motivation, and you’ll be impressed with your results!

September 5, 2019

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

I dare say that I can follow DW (Deutsch news) when they talk about EPL (English Premier League) results :)

September 6, 2019

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

Come on you spurs!

September 7, 2019

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

hear hear, go Harry!!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dugggg
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The only thing more impressive than learning German from Japanese is your 2041-day streak! Ausgezeichnet!

September 5, 2019

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

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 :)

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/realsteele393

Holy crap! Good Job :)

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JenniferH724468

Congrats on all your trees!

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

What can I say! Well done you, wow! Lingots.

September 5, 2019

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

Hi Linda, I have been your secret admirer. I love your level-headed & inspiring posts, and finally, very nice to meet you :)

September 6, 2019

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

I thought I was alone nekonekokoneko! xD Linda is undoubtedly one of the most famous Duolingo users amongst desktop users.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mwbrand1

Very impressive! Congratulations!

September 5, 2019

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

Thanks, your streak is impressive too. It will be 4 digits before you know it!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LordEragon05

Congratulations and good job.

September 6, 2019

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

I dont think i would be able to do this for 5 years

September 6, 2019

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

right

September 6, 2019

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

Wow! good job on your golden owl, I've got a long way to go. :)

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/logane616

You amaze me. Keep up the fantastic work!

September 5, 2019

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

September 6, 2019

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

yeah true, how does it sound if I re-write "conversing with my limited knowledge on German was fun"?

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dugggg
  • 1355

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.

September 6, 2019

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

Hi Dugggg, thanks a million xxx I edited accordingly and sounds much better :)

September 6, 2019

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

Congratulations. I hope to get there someday, and I hope it takes me less time since I live in Germany and I NEED to learn it quickly! Do you plan to keep studying German with other resources?

September 6, 2019

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

Thanks!

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

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/August376074

Thanks for getting me on Memrise, seems a fresh and more helpful way alongside Duo!

September 8, 2019

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

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/

September 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SrgioMeira2

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Deutsch ist ja eine wunderschöne Sprache, die ich aus ganzem Herzen empfehle!

September 7, 2019

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

Thanks, but Deutsch is an insanely difficult language if you ask me :) Good luck to your Japanese!!

September 7, 2019

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

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!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nessa1618

Congratulations! I recently started learning German. It's my first time learning a foreign language and reading stories like this keeps me motivated. :)

September 7, 2019

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

Congrats!

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zawza1

How do you get a Golden Owl?

September 5, 2019

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

by finishing a language, i think.

September 5, 2019

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

Congratulations!III

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7.J.7

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.

September 5, 2019

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

Congratulations!

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarah204713

Si! Muy bueno! Keep doing what your doing and stay motivated!

September 5, 2019

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

Ich denke du meinst 'muy bien'

September 7, 2019

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

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!

September 6, 2019

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

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:)

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eugene602675

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!

September 6, 2019

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

.. and good luck to your Japanese. がんばってね。

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eugene602675

ありがとう!

September 7, 2019

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

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

September 6, 2019

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

Vielen Dank!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephaniel118925

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.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TylerMuell10

An inspiring story. Interesting to know how much of the tree was completed before and after Bavaria, ie in the last year.

September 6, 2019

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

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.

September 6, 2019

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

Congratulations on finishing the tree.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/t20f7gYt

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!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KathyR321

Congratulations! (from a very relative newbie to this addiction!)

September 6, 2019

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

You're an inspiration to the rest of us. Congratulations, and thank you for posting.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samantha1066

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!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Liz152263

Congrats!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bita44422

cpngrats!!!!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CLHam1

BRAVO, very encouraging !

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianT303942

Good job!

September 6, 2019

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

That's so awesome! Congratulations!

September 6, 2019

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

Congratulations!!!

September 6, 2019

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

C'est quoi ? Y a-t-il un français là ?

Laden die Panzerschreck auf!!!

September 7, 2019

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

!Bien hecho!

September 6, 2019

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

Well done!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RhysG1995

Congratulations. I will be there one day. :)

September 6, 2019

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

good job :)

September 6, 2019

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

Congratulations!

September 6, 2019

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

Felicitations!

September 6, 2019

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

Congrats

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sean19912

Congratulations!

September 7, 2019

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

Congrats! :)

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KGC4NR

Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

September 7, 2019

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

Is that the golden owl at the end of the final lesson? I have 1 - Polish. Ale nie mówię idealnie.

September 7, 2019

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

Well done!

September 7, 2019

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

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.

September 7, 2019

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

Thanks!

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.

September 7, 2019

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

Sounds good! Thank you.

Spanish golden owl - here I come!

September 8, 2019

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

What is a reverse tree?

September 8, 2019

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

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.

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neda338151

well done

September 7, 2019

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

congratulations, how long do you spend daily on learning languages?

September 7, 2019

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

Thank you. I spend a fair few hours each day because I love learning something new.

September 7, 2019

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

Wow!

September 8, 2019

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

Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story

September 7, 2019

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

Good for you! I like to see people getting rewards! I hope you go on and get better at other languages :D

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PageBennet1

i want a german golden owl and here's a lingot congrats

September 7, 2019

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

Congratulation! Keep up learning!

September 7, 2019

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

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

September 7, 2019

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

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).

September 7, 2019

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

Congrats!

How do we get a golden owl? Is it when you finish an entire level or when you finish the entire module of a language? I'm almost done with all level one of the Italian tree.

September 7, 2019

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

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!

September 7, 2019

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

Thank you!

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stefanie110680

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Ich bewundere Menschen, die eine Sprache lernen, die von der eigenen Muttersprache so weit entfernt ist! Toll!

September 7, 2019

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

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?

September 7, 2019

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

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.

September 7, 2019

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

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.

Congrats!

September 7, 2019

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

Komm in meine Arme mein kumpel Deutscher Schüler.

Der Tag der Vergeltung ist gekommen.

September 7, 2019

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

I restarted Duolingo just to have a peek of High Valyrian and found German much easier. LMAO

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jake0743

Congratulations!

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Well done!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mary197886

Congratulations!!!!!! You are an inspiration!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParkJimin307567

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. :)

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kspeedy28

Congratulations from Merzig Germany!

September 7, 2019

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

congrats on your streaks

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tate1337

I can't even begin to imagine learning Japanese, then English, some romance languages, and then German. That's awesome! Take my lingot.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dorothy799906

Well done!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kate793570

Fantastic! Congratulations!!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BtsSuga0412

Congratulations!

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quinten395233

grtz

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.R._Cryptid

Congrats!!

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tar2014

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.

September 8, 2019

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

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.

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Austin4209

how do you get a golden owl

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

You complete all of the lessons and get them to gold (level 5). Hope that helps (and makes sense!)

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Venessa363753

Congratulations! :) Is very inspiring.. hope I'll achieve that someday as well.

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HCY3M

Am I right? Only 6684 people finished the german tree all golden?! Congrats!

September 8, 2019

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

At this minute stats are showing:
17795 students
17795 trees
13658 @L10+ ... 76.75%
6766 Golden Owls ... 38.02%
438 Golden Trees ... 2.46%

September 8, 2019

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

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.

September 9, 2019

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

Thanks for this clarification.

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chrisphill237150

Great job and story!

September 8, 2019

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

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:)

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ponygrlrider31

what is a golden owl?

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VincentUri1

How do you see who has received a golden owl?

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsaacVasqu620731

neko

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DylanMcGui10

I just started today and started japanese. I already know alot know

September 9, 2019
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