I completed the German tree!
I studied it for years at school but I was terrible at it, I had always preferred English.
Over the last two years I've watched around 20 German movies and listened to a lot of German music... and kinda fell in love with the language, so now I'm learning it.
So now 6 years after my last course at school I completed the tree in 11 days! These were some intense days! (yes I'm unemployed, I've averaged 30 "lessons" per day)
Of course I can't speak German well yet, I still don't understand it spoken (it's way too fast) but I can understand some words, and read articles with the help of a dictionary... I'd say I have an A2 level.
I'll try to keep all my skills golden, I'll translate some articles in immersion and I'll make some flash cards (I keep forgetting the genders and plurals!). I'd like to be able to speak it fluently one day :)
Anyway, thanks to the Duolingo teams (the devs, moderators and courses creators) and everyone helping others learn their language!
Regardless of how much you know about German or how much time you have available, 11 days is truly amazing! Maybe it's the Duolingo's German tree fastest completion record?
While I think that's great 'n all, ... you might wanna slow down; give your brain the chance to actually absorb and utilize the new information. I could teach you that hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (damn, can't believe I remember how to spell that lol) is the "fear of long words", but just telling you once, and you not using it, isn't really teaching you anything at all, it's just simply telling you; hope that makes sense. xD Sorry to seem negative, ... otherwise, nice one! German is amazing. I hope you continue with it!
Gonna spark you a Lingot, because you deserve it.
Thanks! I slowed down Duolingo but I'm not slowing down learning German! I'm watching the first season of Friends, I can understand most of it (but I've already seen it so I remember the dialogues) and I'm learning new words all the time.
I've made hundreds of "flashcards" to learn the vocabulary, I've put them in a bowl and I regularly test myself :)
Watching Friends in German is a great idea! I may have to try that one myself once I've finished the tree. I also like the idea of making flashcards and putting them in a bowl. Congratulations on finishing the tree so quickly! Now you can just review a bunch and get to the point where you know it like the back of your hand.
I am coupling my DuoLingo with podcast called 'Deutsch warum nicht'. This has helped me greatly and I am able to read(ish) German children's books (e.g Der Klein Vampir) and listen to German bands (Rammstein, Eisbrecher) with a very decent understanding of what is being said. Im not done with the tree yet but if you up your exposure to the spoken language your going to be amazed with how quickly you start 'understanding' the language as a posed to 'hearing' it. Good luck!
Listening to German music is honestly a great way to learn. I've been doing that since the beginning of my learning, and honestly there are times where I'll already know a word from hearing it in a song. It makes them easier to remember, in my opinion.
Congrats! Work hard, and maybe you'll get a job where you can practice German. :P Here's a lingot
And me because I have way too many of these. Why not be generous and give some away?
Duolingo is only one of the many tools available to you. Don't look at it as the be-all end-all of language learning. Look at it as a fun way to practice (and learn) German that will break up the tedium of repetition.
Stay positive! =D
Duolingo calls all the lessons a "tree" - they mean they finished all of the German lessons.
Congratulations! Keep practicing languages, and you may become a linguist!
I noticed that you don't have an active streak going, kiroskiw, so I don't know whether you're still spending time on Duo, but I remember seeing this thread when you first posted it and was curious about the long-term retention from blitzing through the course like that. Have you kept up with it? At this point, do you feel like getting through the course that quickly was effective? Just curious.