https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanG22

100 days

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.

October 23, 2014

34 Comments


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

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)

October 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/koushik72

I'm also committed to learn German.

October 24, 2014

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

Your native language is so awesome! How I wish German was my Mother Tongue!

October 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MsLagerkvist2

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. :)

October 23, 2014

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

I'm about to celebrate my 50th!

October 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/koushik72

Congratulations on 50 days streak in one day advance :)

October 24, 2014

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

Good luck on your 200th!

October 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/koushik72

Danke :)

October 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanG22

Congratulations!

October 24, 2014

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

Danke schön!

October 25, 2014

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

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 :)

October 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanG22

Thanks!

October 23, 2014

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

If you do want to figure out declensions/cases, which dictate the endings on words like mein, ein, etc., I would recommend watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru02zvwQZoY

October 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanG22

Great - thank you!

October 24, 2014

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

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

October 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seppl18

Herzlichen Glückwunsch für Ihre hundertsten Tag. - Bravo pour votre centième jour -

October 24, 2014

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

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 :)

October 23, 2014

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

well done

October 23, 2014

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

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!

October 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanG22

Thank you!

October 24, 2014

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

Congratulations!

October 24, 2014

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

Congrats!

October 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/koushik72

Congrations on 100days streak :) Keep it up :)

October 24, 2014

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

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.

October 24, 2014

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

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.

October 24, 2014

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

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!

October 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanG22

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!

October 24, 2014

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

I feel like I can spell better in German than in English or my mother tongue! Very well done. I find going to de.yahoo.com and reading the German articles is a nice way to add to my learning. I don't manage streaks longer than 5 days though.

October 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanG22

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!

October 24, 2014

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

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!

October 24, 2014

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

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!

October 25, 2014

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

Thumbs up! this is my problem too (the mein, meinem etc), not to mention von, vom, aus, auf..

October 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ivan.n.bates94

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 :)

October 27, 2014

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

103 days streak is not for everyone! I'll get there! Congratulations!!

October 27, 2014

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