https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

I finished my German Tree!

Everything is golden, and last section done today. It took me 8 months. I still am not very comfortable speaking, though I understand a lot written and spoken to a lesser extent. My next step is to read a German/English book :)

September 4, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Good idea. Never have. I hear I can use netflix via a German VPN so that all the movies are German. That would force the issue. No movies, except German.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/atlramona

I just watched Kebab Connection through Netflix.

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/zenolee

When you do German VPN, can you get German closed caption? It seems like a great movie for German language learners to watch!

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/atlramona

Yes. You need to search the buttons, but there is a cc in most movies, vpn.

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/avastr

Really? That sounds promising.

One of my huge disappointments with Netflix was the complete unavailability of German versions of German movies. Even when you try to watch a German movie, only the English dub is available.

Sometimes, it seems like the only way to find actual German movies is piracy.

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/airman426

Congratulations! Well done on your success! Lingot for you! Also, if you have a device called a Roku, you can get an app on there called tagesschau. That is an excellent German news program that I think you will benefit from. After you are done listening to German news, you can switch right on over to your Netflix account, which would also be located on the Roku.

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bibliobibulous

Congratulations! I don't know if you're much of a Harry Potter person, but the first book is fairly easy to order online. I'm about 3/4 of the way through, and I just finished my tree too. A lot of it is very comprehensive. Highly advised ;) But is there anything specific you're planning on reading?

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

I was starting with 'The Metamorphis' as it's a free doppel text on iBooks. (You can see english simply by clicking a sentence). The book is somewhat hard for me to grasp though. There are quite a few German books on iBooks, though few are free. I also have a handful of paperbacks to try.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/avastr

To be fair, it's sometimes hard to grasp in English too.

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jlesnick

So, I've been actively listening to the first Harry Potter book in German on audiobook while I'm doing anything. I have the eBook on my computer. I'm wondering if you've gotten a lot out of reading the book in German. I'm about to finish my tree and am trying to figure out my next step.

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bibliobibulous

I really am getting a lot out of it. With Immersion, everything's down to the letter. HP is useful for reading in a different way; I've read most of it without reaching for a dictionary, because either they're in-world words that I can surmise from the plot, or they're used so many times that at some point, the context hits me like a lightning bolt, and previous usages of the word fall into place. With others words, like the counterparts of J. K. Rowling's luxurious adjectives, it really just doesn't matter. You can tell what the characters mean by the actual dialogue. It's really rewarding.

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/avastr

I agree. I think this is what the real goal of immersion is, not Duolingo's translation activities.

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Stesii21

Thats exactly how i learned english, i wanted to read fanfiction ( at the age of 14) and at first a tried to look for all the words in the dictionary. After one paragraph of doing that for half an hour, i decided to just try to grasp the meaning and i said that i will look up the word if i see it ten times without recognising what it means from context. I didn't look up a word after that :-) There are words that you grasp and then there are word you don't need ( like specific names for wizarding tools or names of every single plant mentioned in the book)

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/thallesrobson

Congratulations Buddy! Can you undestand the most of articles on Wikipedia? I think wikipedia in Germany must be great to read.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rozsterr

I'm curious, why do you think so? My first language is Arabic, and I always thought reading wikipedia in ENGLISH would be great, since the majority of the world speak it. And that's part of what pushed me to learn English as fast as I can.

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/thallesrobson

Just about some subjects I think so like Computer Science. In general in think German articles more fully than English ones, Algorithms mainly.

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Honestly, I haven't tried reading wikipedia yet. That might be a great place to go though.

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/prolangb

can you speak it sort of fluently

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

It's kind of mysterious to me. I don't really understand the rules very much, but more and more it just comes to me, especially structure how the sentence sounds. I would say that I could get around in German, but I still have a long ways to go.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit

I feel the same way. I actually think it is better to leave the rules etc to your subconsious and just let the language flow. I don't know any English grammar either.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Stesii21

Exactly, i cannot explain any english grammar at all, but i am fluent (with occasional mistakes in spelling, that is) i hate studying grammar :-) and i know people who mastered german grammar but cannot speak at all, which is useless in my opinion. It is better to let your subconscious sort it out for you, it will come in time

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

I agree completely. I don't know English grammar either. However, I have a good enough grasp of what sounds right that I tested out of English in college. I prefer it that way.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/stormclouds101

I know right! I don't really know english grammar, but I can do english really well. So it will go for German and all the other languages we learn.

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rathoz31

That's one impressive flag tree

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/prolangb

im still just starting out

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/djg235711

Congratulations! I also finished recently and feel the same about speaking. I am trying to find a conversation group. I feel most comfortable with reading, less with listening and least with speaking.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Exactly right. It doesn't help either that German has a lot of English words, or English words "made" German. It sometimes feels like you know what to say but it might just be made up. Haha.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/prolangb

some words are just too similar

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

There is that :)

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Guilelmo

Gro├čartig! Applaus/Beifall! Deutsch ist so schwer, also ist es fein, dass du es geschafft hast!

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/azureskye

Congrats! Continue learning, and have fun!

September 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Thanks! You have any trouble balancing so many languages?

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/azureskye

You're welcome! :D Not really, but I've been focusing on French. If I do a bunch of French then do Spanish, then sometimes I write in the wrong language. But I think of it as a good problem to have. ;)

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/prolangb

learning lots of languages confused your mind so what happens is that it tries harder to focus on the one it speaks more fluently so it would actually make you better at french doing all these other languages

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/thallesrobson

Some people has brain skills to deal with a lot of languages at same time. I read some stuff about it time ago. It was in Portugues my native speaking. Maybe could be his case. http://super.abril.com.br/ciencia/super-poliglotas-como-funciona-cabeca-pessoas-aprendem-dezenas-idiomas-686220.shtml

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonasuniko99

Congratulations.... ^^ Woow, I'm starting now and I'll take a lot time...But I think necessary a long time to fix the new words... Hey dude, I have a ask to you... What your native language? and what do you think that you can to do? Can you watch something??? Did you learn only here (Duolingo) ? Thank you! and Good Luck ^^ Keep learning >.<

September 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Hey :) English is my native language. I used Duolingo and attempted conversations with native speakers once I was past the 3rd checkpoint. That's difficult but very helpful as long as they are patient with you.

I do have a tip for you. Attempt to pass the sections no matter what. Use the heart to pass if it is a difficult section. In my experience, sections that were crazy difficult will be easy in hindsight, so just put them behind you! Also, always get everything to gold before doing new sections.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonasuniko99

Oh Yeah! Thanks for the Tips, I'll do it ^^ About speak with natives...I have a friend from Germany and She said me that Will help me! Uruuu!

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/aberdourcastle

that's a nice tip. I was wondering about that with French.

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/fetapeta

I would recommend livemocha.com . This page give you a huge opportunity to speak with native speakers and it is free. I use it all the time to practice my english and my german skills . I hope it will help you

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/aberdourcastle

Thank you! I will check it out.

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/applejax13

Way to go! You must be so proud!

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/3a4ooo2a

first congatulations man :D but i really need to wounder something and i know it is not a right place for this question ,,, but i am a new member in this awesome website ,,and i don't completey understand some things :( so the question is ,, is answeing the questions is the only way to learn a language in this website ?? ,, i mean some rule i need to understand it first before answeing questions !! can any one understand my stupid question :) please answer me guys :D and thanks in advance ^_^

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

I'm not sure I understand the question. I mostly used the iPhone app with dual English and German keyboards. If you write in German for a while, it will start to auto correct spelling which is a big help :)

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/3a4ooo2a

yeeeah ,but unfortunately that is not exactly what i mean :( ,, for example ,in the case of lerarning <conjunction > in German ,,, you surely need some one to explain how to use it in the sentences before you begin answeing question ,,, i hope i could explain what i mean ;) ...and thanks alot twickey :D

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/formerastronomer

I know what you mean - I use this site alongside Babbel (which unfortunately isn't free) because I like to know the rules first. Understanding the different cases and some of the grammar was necessary for me, but not for other people, as you can see!

Duolingo mostly teaches language the way little kids learn language - you just practice and practice (and it corrects you) until you get it right.

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/3a4ooo2a

thanks for your help sir :)

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lucie.white

Some of the lessons have a "tips" button in the top right hand corner that gives you a bit of an explanation of the grammatical rules you will need for that lesson.

Otherwise, as lots of people on this thread have been saying, after seeing them a lot, and doing the lessons over and over (don't worry if you have to do it a lot before you pass!), you just start to pick the patterns up without realising what they are!

With some more difficult lessons though, I needed outside help with the grammatical rules - otherwise I had no idea what was going on! I usually just googled it, but I found that this website was particularly good for some things: http://german.about.com/

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/3a4ooo2a

thanks aloot for your help :D ,,,,i surely will see this website :)

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TheTrix

Well done!

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/formerastronomer

Congratulations! Well done :)

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/WizardAzard

Congrats on your German! Hopefully you start reading books of German :-)

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/angelakagaruki

das ist soo gut!!

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/2604797651

One even might say it was sehr gut.

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Candy1973

Way to keep with it! Good job :)

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/whitetailhunter

Congrats

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AtanasovMetodi

Congratulations brother, keep it up !! Do not stop learning ! :))

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nah03

falta reporter spech en el tree! estaria bueno que agreguen algunos ejercicios de eso

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hanalingo

That's awesome :) I'm excited to start reading books, but I'm only about a 1/3 down my tree.

I have a German copy of Slaughterhouse Five sitting on my bookshelf that is just waiting for me :)

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SanggilWoo

Wow, you're awesome. Have a nice weekend.

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TroffleOnline

Gave a lingot! Congrats man! Also, nice 76 day streak!!

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Thanks! The last time I lost my streak was on vacation where I literally had no internet :)

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TroffleOnline

NIce!

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/marabu1737

congrats! good job! how often did you practice your German?

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Every day. Average of 100 points. I always attempt to get everything to golden daily, and if time allows, try to do 3 new sections. Often all you can do is get everything to golden though. They expire constantly.

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BDawgey

congrats!

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruthlilycat

So happy for you. I'm totally scared of finishing my tree, tbh. I'm still very confused about Deutsch.

September 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

I felt the same way. I was sometimes afraid to even pass another section. It gets easier though. Things that once were total guesses and sounded bizarre, get totally committed to memory and start sounding 'right'.

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

You must be pretty far with a level 15! That's great.

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruthlilycat

lol, not sure if I'm that far, mostly these days I'm going over and back over stuff to keep my lessons bright yellow. I'm also using flashcards that I make from cram.com & they have helped to UP my game a LOT in Deutsch. Almost like night and day. Also yesterday I notice that DL finally gave my "WORDS", actually they did that last night during the time I was working on "FEELINGS" so everything got weird and I had to redo a couple of times. But that's ok. Yes, wir arbeiten, arbeiten auf dieses language!! lol

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/khalil_ahmed

gut :D

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Harelzeira19

I started before few months and i want to get better.. how did you success it's very hard.,.

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Just practice every day. Always get every section to golden before starting new material. It can take days and even weeks to catch things up sometimes, but you aren't ready to go on until you are caught up. imo

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Leya_1

Very well done!

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LanaFayeAmor

Good for you!

September 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StefanC4650

Congrats! I'm sure it's a big accomplishment, but what exactly is a Duolingo tree?

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrkSolskin

A Duolingo tree is all the exercises in a Duolingo language course - so to finish a tree is to complete all the exercises in a language. It's quite an accomplishment! :0)

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/daisydance24

du ist gut, du sind ein kinder?

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/avastr

Impressive. Two different conjugations of sein, neither one correct.

It's du bist, er/sie/es ist, and sie/Sie sind.

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profelevi

Get the Pimsleur series! This will help your German oral skills.

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

Expensive! :)

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profelevi

Check out Ebay. I'm sure you can get a decent deal. Also, try for a tutor on Italki. ;)

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/twickey

I have several fluent speakers with whom I practice. It's hard but getting easier.

September 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/YinYang123

Congratulations!

September 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sanaull-Cesarr

Das ist wunderbar. congrates

February 7, 2017
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