Celebrating 100 straight days of German today. I feel like I know next to nothing if asked to speak it, but I can muddle my way through reading most of an article in Die Welt, so that's more than I could do 100 days ago. I wouldn't be comfortable speaking to a native speaker (unless I was to ask them about drinking Milch oder Wasser, or their Katzen und Hunde). : )
I am about half-way through the German tree - I try to do at least one new lesson a day (5-15 minutes) and then I spend about an hour or two refreshing (trying to keep everything gold). So it's a very slow go, but any forward movement is good.
Since I was able to learn how to write sehenswürdigkeiten and krankenversicherung without looking them up (I never thought THAT would happen), my next hope is I'll finally figure out when to use mein, meine, meinem, meiner, meines properly.
herzlichen glückwunsch! i'm so happy someone is so committed to learning my mother tongue. Keep it up I assure you speaking german will be very impressive (I speak of experience)
Oh, do I sympathize! About six months ago Duolingo was assuring me I could read an outrageous amount of internet articles....I'll guess about 95%. But six months later, when I have advanced considerably beyond that point, Duo now says I can read only over 60% of articles. I've had a good laugh over my demotion. Duolingo has become more realistic in its expectations and so have I.
If you were to speak to a German native in Germany about something in a specific context, you would do better than you think. We're just not going to have conversations about Schiller any time soon. :)
Congratulations! The possessive pronouns change according to which case they're in.
For example, in the ##Nominativ##, the possessive pronoun will depend on the gender of the word Mein: used for masculine and neuter nouns Mein Bruder (der) , Mein Licht (das) Meine: used with feminine nouns Meine Mutter (die), Meine Lampe (die)
In the ##akkusativ## , masculine nouns are used with den and feminine/neuter nouns stay the same Meinen is the correspondent form of den, as in Ich esse meinen Reis
In the ##Dativ##, die becomes der and der/das become dem. Meinem is the correspondent form of dem, as in Die Kinder spielen mit meinem Hund Meiner is the correspondent form of der, as in Wie geht es meiner Familie
I'm not sure when you should use meines because I haven't advanced enough in order to learn the Genitiv.
Hope I wasn't too confusing, and if I made any mistakes, please point them out :)
Congrats SusanG22!! At some point you'll not know what to do with your lingots (I'v got almost 400 already). It would be amazing if Linkedin could create some new features or extra lessons (maybe extend the tree?!!!) in order to use this lingots (I've already used my lingots for the language certificate and the extra lessons...) Best regards, F
Herzlichen Glückwunsch für Ihre hundertsten Tag. - Bravo pour votre centième jour -
Congratulations for your patience and work. And good luck on your next move, I still don't know when to use one or an other so if you find out, let me know :)
Congratulations!! I always have these pages open when I'm doing my German lessons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_declension and http://joycep.myweb.port.ac.uk/abinitio/chap3-7.html
Theses are pretty through about German declension. Hope this helps!
Well done Susan. Duolingo is quite good fun and surprisingly addictive.
I know that my German has improved because of duolongo too. I'll find out just how much when I pop over there in a few days time. I doubt if I will ever get the hang of cases though, I understand the rules well enough but I just don't seem to be able to see sentences in terms of their component parts.
I have a tip for you which might help you do more lessons and have to strengthen things less. If you buy a timed practice for ten lingots and whenever you need to strengthen things its possible to strengthen three things at once and earn 20 xp a time by doing timed practices. Although it doesn't always strengthen areas. Also you only have to buy one timed practice and equip it then press strengthen skills and it never runs out.
Cheers. That's well worth knowing. Wondered what you supposed to do with the Lingots, I have built up about 150 of the things. That'll teach me to read the instructions properly!
Thanks - I do use the timed strengthen skills and yes, sometimes I get can get a few lessons done at one time. But for the most part, I have to go one by one if I want them to stay golden. But this is a great tip - thanks again!
Great idea - thanks. Yes, spelling in German seems to be straightforward, so it is a bit easier than spelling in English. I read Der Spiegel and Die Welt for my news, and I've been listening to some German music (Revolverheld and Helene Fischer). I'll check out de.yahoo.com as well!
Congrats. I am approaching 50, and was astounded that I was able to get through a Der Spiegel article with having to look up only two words!
Congratulations! I am studying German here to re-learn what I knew of the language and hopefully progress further. I'm super impressed by your 100-day streak. It's exciting to find yourself competent in another language - reading news articles, or asking for directions without stumbling over words, or even choosing your own meal without a translated menu. Keep it up! Prima!
Thumbs up! this is my problem too (the mein, meinem etc), not to mention von, vom, aus, auf..
You are a very large inspiration for me! Hopefully I can maintain your level of discipline and hit that bilingual goal I've had for so many years :)