https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

My Dutch Tree is Complete!

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After nearly two months, my tree is now complete.

I wasn't going to write about the completion, but the Dutch course was (is) too awesome to not write about it!

First of all, thank you to the Dutch Team for such a great course. It was laid out extremely well, and jumped right into practical nouns and verbs for everyday use. I was surprised that I did not learn the word for "party" until one of the last few skills, but then I realized that it just was not necessary. Dutch is tops so far for giving learners the words they need...immediately.

This being the first user-contributed course, I had no idea what to expect. Let me just say that my expectations paled in comparison. I actually learned about Dutch culture, Dutch History (I shall never forget the Tachtigjarige Oorlog), and it was similar to learning in school, but much more fun. Anything with little onions rising up gets a thumbs-up from me. My favorite sentences:

  • Soms vraag ik me af of mijn hond het universum begrijpt en ik niet.

  • Mijn hond was vandaag te moe om het universum te ontdekken.

  • De citroen heeft geen angst getoond.

The personalities of the contributors came through in every skill, and Dutch felt like I was being taught one-on-one, instead of a round of sentences being thrown at me. My favorite skill of all time is NL 2. Nothing makes my heart quicken like food, and everything sounded so good that my mouth nearly watered during the lessons. For the record, I don't like chocolate sprinkles either.

Kudos to the Dutch Team! ヘ( ̄ー ̄ヘ)

Can I be the first Southerner to finish the course? :P
4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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Nice work, Alexis! You might be happy to hear that we are in the process of adding many new sentences to the course (starting at the beginning of the tree). So even if you are just reviewing your completed tree, you may encounter some new content.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Bedankt! Ooh, thanks for the informatie....makes review a lot more bearable. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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Out of curiosity, why are you adding more sentences?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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There's a couple of reasons why we think that having more than 3 sentences per word is a good idea:

  • Having less repetition of the same sentences within lessons, to keep students on edge and to keep practice from getting boring.
  • Giving students more examples of Dutch grammar and sentence structure, so that they can better figure out the underlying rules.
  • The Russian team got a very favorable response, after they increased the number of sentences per word.

All in all, we think it will give the course more depth and make it (even) more fun for our students.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dhalphir

I think that you can never have too much variety in material in the course. Honestly, if someone does ten revision quizzes on one Skill in the tree and encounters no duplicates, that is hardly a bad thing - it means all of the questions in those ten quizzes were genuinely being answered from knowledge of the language and not from subconsciously remembering previous answers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LilPeterPan

Yay!!! And I witnessed it too lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je wel en ja!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fs_yankees

Congratulations Alexis! Now, how did I know that you wouldn't like chocolate sprinkles? :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je wel! I have no idea. ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/makiminami
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I found out she didn't like rainbow sprinkles (if I remember correctly) when she ruined herself as a 5-year-old putting it on vanilla ice cream. ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fs_yankees

LOL, only Alexis, right?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/makiminami
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Yes, only Alexis. She said it herself on a conversation weeks ago (don't know exactly how long). :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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I really shouldn't say anything else around you...you remind me of me. :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fs_yankees

Haha, I'll just add it to the repertoire of food that, shall we say, you are not fond of? :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandApple
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Congrats! 2 trees cut down from the forest. Why are comments below being down voted?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je wel!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

Congrats Lexi! I'm jealous of your ability to just push through the tree like that haha. I wish I wasn't so stuck on "review, review, review, OMG MAKE EVERYTHING GOLD FOREVER!!!" before continuing a skill :3

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dhalphir

I am exactly like you. I just finished the Present verbs skill, which is nine lessons of a half dozen words each. I'll be doing at least twenty or thirty Strengthen sessions without timer and another ten or so with timer before moving on, for sure.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je wel, Jane! Well, I'll have to adopt that attitude starting today. :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaeeSafaee
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Congratulations! ^_^ :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/makiminami
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Gefeliciteerd Alexis! Ugh, really should be getting back to Dutch soon... I'm way behind at Verbs Present 1, about past the first checkpoint, I think.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Bedankt! It's worth it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MTCheyenne
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Congrats Alexis! How'd you access the Dutch tree (and your others)? I only have five options from English: Portuguese, Spanigh, French, German, Italian.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank u wel! I added a new course by hovering over the profile picture in the upper right corner. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MTCheyenne
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Thanks! Maybe it's an iPad limitation. I'll try from my laptop.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Those languages are not in the app yet, so that's why. :) Once the app is updated, then you will be able to learn through the app.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tarumila
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It seems that Dutch, Danish and Irish are in Beta and not yet available for anything other than web.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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Congratulations! I've only done 4 lessons so far, lol....but CONGRATULATIONS, again! Which tree will grow next in your forest of languages?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Portuguese starting next week, while reviewing Dutch. Dank je!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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Ohh! Good luck! I'm starting Portuguese, too. It's sometimes feels good to start something new, especially when I'm feeling stuck in French...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.
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Excellent job Alexis, you powered through this tree like no other!

Now you'll be able to talk to your orange juice in the morning like a true Nederlander, right? ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je! I think it was that magic wand. ;)

Of course, completely the only reason I ever wanted to learn Dutch. Food is a lonely species...

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https://www.duolingo.com/parked91
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Good job. I haven't even finished my Spanish tree for crying out loud. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Itwas
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Oh my God! How do you manage to do it?! What's the trick, do you learn a lot of lessons rapidly or do you take your time with each lesson you learn? Congratulations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank u! The last twenty were purely rapid-learning. Now comes the review. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/palocortado
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Don't I know why... :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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You do, Hare, you do.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Itwas
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I get it! You learn everything as fast as possible, the review it and make it perfect. I prefer the slow but steady way, not nothing against you though! Congratulations again!

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https://www.duolingo.com/anthgrl
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Congrats! I'm tempted to try Dutch now...

So which tree is next? :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je! Portuguese is next!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pianochem
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Do you do this for fun or do you translate for a living?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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I do not translate for a living. I have about four or five languages that I expect to use in my life to varying degrees, and the rest may or may not. Depends. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/GrandApple
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I'm guessing those four or five are English and the top badges on your flag line.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Not counting English. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin Chinese, possibly Creole.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PopTartTastic

Wow! That was fast. I'm still on level six now. Good job Alexis, and great job to Team Dutch!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank u!

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https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit
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Well done. It sounds as though it was lots of fun. I will finish mine once I can do it on my kindle. I raced through the first 6 levels in 24 hours but left it when it started to mess up my German spelling. Now your post makes me want to get back to it, but I need to wait and get some real work done first. Duolingo is too addictive!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je! It's way too addictive. ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Gefeliciteerd! That was almost insanely quick! Now I'm intrigued. ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Dank je wel! Be very intrigued...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dhalphir

How did you complete the entire tree while only reaching level 10? I am level 9 and only just completed the Formal skill and am starting on the Present skill, just past the first checkpoint.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

She didn't do much reviewing as far as I'm aware. She progressed through the tree as she completed lessons, and her level is actually 14 on Duo. The forums tend to show the badge as a lower lower in regards to the Dutch flag :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
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Congratulations.

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Bedankt. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/3wereld
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Gefeliciteerd! Nu kun je een nieuwe gouden uil toevoegen aan je Hall of Fame haha.

Succes met Nederlands verder!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Bedankt! Ja, ik kan! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ferdo76
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Gefeliciteerd met deze mijlpaal!

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Bedankt!

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https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo
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It makes me happy to see these different flags in people's profiles. Well done! :) I started Dutch the other day.

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https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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Congratulations!

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