https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

100 Day German Challenge

I'm going to do a 100 day challenge to try to complete my German tree. I took German in undergrad for two years and studied abroad in Deutschland for a whole summer. But the only chance I had to practice after completing my German minor was in German bars and reading (trying to understand) German poetry and watching German films. The purpose of this challenge is to get back to the point where I can speak and understand without any assistance. Of course, 100 days is not enough when there are other priorities but at least I will know I tried and will complete to try. (Maybe one day I will do the same with Spanish).

Does anyone want to join me?

December 7, 2014

106 Comments


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

Sounds like fun - I'm in!

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Awesome, thanks for joining my challenge Greg!

December 8, 2014

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

congrats on on the third week :)

December 29, 2014

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

Alive: GregfromOZ, Carly73 and gurji10 :)

Died in combat: jdykhoff, Darth_Sidious, Yuni-M, studentofjustice, LionHeadTM, cs1991 and patricio211

total participants: 11

% survivors after a week of challenge: 55%

% survivors after two weeks of challenge: 55%

% survivors after three weeks of challenge: 36%

% survivors after four weeks of challenge: 36%

December 15, 2014

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

Cool! Let's do this cs1991, LionHeadTM, Carly73 and gurji10 and hpratto! Wir sind starker zusammen!

December 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Thanks for actually going through the participants. I was going to go through it sometime this week after finals.

December 16, 2014

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

hehe yes no problem, i'll edit the post in a week :)

December 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Danke schon!

December 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cs1991

I will :)

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Wonderful, thanks partner and goodluck!

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cs1991

How much XP should we aim for each day?

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

how does 50 xp sound?

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cs1991

Sounds great :)

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

wunderbar!

December 7, 2014

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

Sure!

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Great, thanks for joining us Josh, this is going to be exciting!

December 7, 2014

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

I'll join! I'm like you... I have other stuff to do, but i'll try, I was going to try finish by 2015, but now it seems impossible :)

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Fantastic Philip! It really does seem impossible but you're also learning seven languages, kudos to you man. It's going to be a hell ride but hopefully it will all be worth it

But seriously, how do you do it? How do you learn multiple languages at once?

December 8, 2014

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

Ok... um first i want to know how you knew my name. and well, I just pick which one i'm going to do, and do it for the day, while also strengthening my main languages (german and french) although i've been slacking on them kinda to get more German in. EDIT: oh yeah that's how yo knew my name.

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

I clicked on your profile. It says it there not being a creep or anything.

December 8, 2014

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

yeah, i figured. after i posted... xD

December 8, 2014

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

I'll join you

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Great to have you aboard! This is going to be fun Hugo!

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

I'd like to join. I'm just starting German but I'd love to commit a serious 100 days to it and see how far I can get.

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

exactly Carly, I feel like its great motivation especially when there are other people doing it with you.

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yuni-M

My first language is Spanish but I've always wanted to learn German. So I think this will be a great motivation for me. I'm in!

Spanish -> English -> German -> French

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

It is great motivation especially if other people are doing it with you, it's funner to learn cause you're not alone.

December 9, 2014

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

I definitely want in! However, I'm jealous that I wasn't able to go through the things you've already had! (like actual classes and studying abroad). I'm starting from complete scratch :(

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

That's how I feel about French, I wish I took classes in my undergrad. I'm also starting from scratch but it's a whole new challenge and in excited about that

December 9, 2014

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

3d week !

December 29, 2014

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

I'm in too :) sounds great

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Great to have you aboard!

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

Ok, it's day 5. We're all still in? I'm about to move to Level 3.

December 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

yep! Congrats level 4!

December 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

Day 14!!! 86 more to go, lol.

December 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Great job Carly!

December 22, 2014

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

hehe congrats, no one died this week :)

December 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Lebendig: GregfromOZ, Carly73, hprattdo and delvinv :)

Gestorben im Gefecht: null

Teilnehmer insgesamt: fünf

Prozentsatz der Überlebenden nach 5 Wochen der Herausforderung: 100%

(any someone double check this^^)

Danke

January 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Lebendig: GregfromOZ, Carly73, hprattdo and delvinv :)

Gestorben im Gefecht: null

Teilnehmer insgesamt: fünf

Prozentsatz der Überlebenden nach 8 Wochen der Herausforderung: 100%

Sie alle sind fantastisch!

February 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patricio211

I'm in!

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Grossartig!

December 11, 2014

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

any deserters yet? hehe

December 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Few people look like they fell off the tree :/

December 14, 2014

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

We're only a few left :)

December 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

I've joined a 1-year challenge over at how-to-learn-any-language.com/forums. There's 5 of us so far signed up for German--come join. I'm CarlyD there. So far I'm six days of one hour a day and I can see progress. :)

December 14, 2014

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

sounds great ! the user friendliness of that website is staggering though. could you send the link to the topic? can't search for anything without registering

December 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

That sounds great and very proactive! What is the topic name? I didn't know what to look for there

December 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

Go to "Language Learning Log" and then "TAC 2015"

December 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Alive: GregfromOZ, cs1991, LionHeadTM, Carly73 and hprattdo :)

Died in combat: NO ONE since last week

Total participants: 6

% survivors after a two week of challenge: 100%

December 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

On to week 3!!! Aack--I didn't realize someone above suggested 50XP a day--I haven't been doing that. Is everyone doing that?

December 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Alive: GregfromOZ, ,Carly73 and hprattdo :)

Died in combat: LionHeadTM, cs1991

Total participants: 4

% survivors after a three week of challenge: 66.6%

December 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

Well, I've made it to Level 6 and I'm doing 50XP a day, mostly review and moving to a new section every couple of days. I'm getting a lot more comfortable with understanding spoken German. On to Week 4!!

December 29, 2014

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

Let's see how long you can last :)

December 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Thanks great Carly! I mostly do review and translations, between 30-70 XP a day. I had a hard time learning dative in school and I'm having a hard time now as well :/

December 29, 2014

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

Are you in a translation team? I don't really know what a translation team is but I was reading in another post how if you're in a team it helps.

January 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

I didn't even know there were translation teams. I should look into it.

January 5, 2015

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

In the post "Reflections on 400 days of Duolingo" in the comments the author says how you work together by checking each others work.

January 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

thanks Greg! I'm going to try and join a team or we should create our own team? Translating alone is pretty tough

January 5, 2015

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

Yeah - that would be good. Do hprattdo and Carly73 also want to join.

January 5, 2015

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

I added a new post asking how to set up team so hopefully we will be rolling in no time.

January 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

hey so we have Hugo on board, I'm not sure about Carly. Let us know when you put the post up

January 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Alive: GregfromOZ, ,Carly73 and hprattdo :)

Died in combat: none

Total participants: 4

% survivors after a four week of challenge: 100%

New member: delvinv

Total particpants: 5 woot!

Great job peeps, hows your tree coming along?

January 4, 2015

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

Hey guys! I'm down to Adverbs 1. I try not race off but mainly do the strengthening exercises. I have 40 eggs to go.

January 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Hey Greg, that's awesome! So you're halfway done. I mostly do strengthening exercises as well, I'm at People

January 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

I'm at Level 7, 27 day streak, currently doing adjectives. I'm not moving ahead very fast--doing a lot of review every day. Only had one horrible day--ended up reviewing lesson 1 at a quarter to midnight so I wouldn't break my streak. Otherwise, everything is good.

January 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Carly at least you're still in it, quarter too midnight I would have had a f*** it attitude towards it ha, thank goodness it hasn't come to that. Take your time, rushing a language is the worst thing, plus level 7 at 27 days is pretty good!

January 5, 2015

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

Three skills away form finishing the tree but i'm reviewing past skills now :)

January 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

das ist wunderbar! have you only been working on this for 41 days???

January 6, 2015

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

Hey gurji10 and guys, can i jump on this thread too? I have a small streak going and this will give me the motivation to go till a hundred! All the best..

January 5, 2015

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

That's up to gurji10 to decide. I don't mind since you have almost the 4 week streak mark :)

January 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

I don't mind at all, welcome aboard delvinv! I'll add you our weekly progress post

January 6, 2015

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

Danke!

January 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

I am devastated. I lost my streak. I got busy on another website, came here to do my 50XP and I was on the 2nd to last question of #5 when the clock hit midnight. ##&&#&#&@#$ So now I'm back to 0. But I'm still in the challenge and plan to just add 33 to my current streak number. Evil clock. Evil program.

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

I'm so sorry to hear that Carly, that does suck! But, at least you're dedicated, kudos! I'll be sure to keep you in the challenge.. Lately I been busy and had to set a timer to put some time aside for duolingo, about 10-15 minutes just so I don't lose my streak. But boy that really does suck.

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Lebendig: GregfromOZ, Carly73, hprattdo and delvinv :)

Gestorben im Gefecht: null

Teilnehmer insgesamt: fünf

Prozentsatz der Überlebenden nach 6 Wochen der Herausforderung: 100%

Was ist Ihre deutsche Lieblings Wort oder eine Phrase?

January 19, 2015

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

Die Vergangenheit! Ich liebe die lange Worten war sind klar.

January 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Dass ist ein gutes Wort. Ich sollte es zu benutzen!

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

Die Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung ist mein Lieblinswort. Ich habe 45 Tagen (33 + 12)

January 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

ha ha ernst ja

January 23, 2015

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

Is that speed limit?

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

ja

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Mein Lieblingswort ist Entschuldigung :)

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

50 days today!!! (33+17) Everyone is still in? I don't think I'll finish in the 100 days--just finished Datives and will probably review for the next 3 to 4 days before moving on.

January 27, 2015

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

I don't think the finishing the tree that important. I think mastering the levels and remembering the ever expanding library and having conversations in German are what will really help. I would prefer to be able to chat (well) to a 10 yr old than have a golden tree.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Lebendig: GregfromOZ, Carly73, hprattdo and delvinv :)

Gestorben im Gefecht: null

Teilnehmer insgesamt: fünf

Prozentsatz der Überlebenden nach 7 Wochen der Herausforderung: 100%

January 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Lebendig: GregfromOZ, Carly73, hprattdo and delvinv :)

Gestorben im Gefecht: null

Teilnehmer insgesamt: fünf

Prozentsatz der Überlebenden nach 9 Wochen der Herausforderung: 100%

Gute Arbeit jeder seine nun über zwei Monate.

Wer bewacht Fußball?

February 8, 2015

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

Danke für der Aushang. ich bewachte Fußball! Was ist ihre lieblingsmannschaft?

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Meine Lieblings Englisch Mannschaft ist Liverpool und mein Lieblings deutsche Mannschaft Bayern München ist. I also watch Spanish, French, and MLS leagues as well, don't know how to say leagues in German. Was dein ist?

February 9, 2015

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

Sehr gut! Arsenal ist meine. was ist ihr mannschaft im diesen Liegen? (Google translate sagt deutsche für "leagues" ist Liegen.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Danke! PSG, Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, LA Galaxy, NYCFC (soon be watching). Ich bilde mich ein Real Madrid und BVB Spiel manchmal. Ich sehe viel Fußball. haha Siehst du andere Mannschaften?

February 9, 2015

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

Ich mag die Atleti! (no idea about gender of sports teams :P ) Ah, gut! Ich sehe viel Fußball nicht, sehr besetzt tagen... Ich sehe 'el Classico' Gelegentlich. Obwohl, ich bin glücklich das gibt es drei gute Mannschaften im Liga BVBA!

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

I don't know what's wrong with Duolingo, but for each 10XP section I complete, it's only crediting me with 3 or 4XP--so I'd need to do 13 sections to hit my 50.

I've done my 5 sections for the day, but will again lose my streak. Doesn't seem worth it to bother.

February 14, 2015

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

That sucks, have you reported this to the duolingo team? Can you not reduce your daily target for the coach, and then proceed as usual..?

February 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

oh wow that's a bummer! Definitely get in touch with the Duolingo team. It might be a glitch on there part, let them know. Maybe decrease your daily xp target? You don't have to hit 50, lately I only been doing 20 since I'm so busy but I don't want to lose my streak. But if none of that works out then it's definitely not worth it to keep a streak.

February 14, 2015

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

AAAHHHHH! I lost my steak!!! I didn't realize that you don't get as many points for reviewing - so I didn't even bother looking at how many points I had!!!! Keep going guys - I will have to work at getting a new streak going.

February 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

Yeah, it's their new and improved counting method--you get XP's based on how long ago you reviewed the word--so you don't know what your XP's will be until you finish the section. You only get 10XP for a brand new section.

I've lowered my goal to 1XP a day--won't lose my streak, but there's no real incentive to learn/keep my streak going--I can review the first "ich bin" every day and maintain the streak. Not happy with Duolingo right now.

February 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

oh chucks that does suck I use the app on my phone and its still 10x per section doesn't matter if its a redo or new. It just seems like a hassle at this point if its just to keep a streak.

February 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

Maybe they didn't change it for the phone app--I heard they changed it because of the school programs--so everyone using a PC is affected. I'm doing verb tenses and Datives in "real" German class and Duolingo wants me to slog through 20 or more sections of vocabulary and I seem like I'm wasting my time here.

February 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

If that's the case you should just stop because it's not really helping you enhance your German but keeping you stuck where you are.

February 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

OH NO! I'm so sorry. But at least you still care and are trying, I feel if I lost my streak I would probably not be on Duolingo everyday. But you guys are amazing for still sticking with it!!!

February 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

Looks like the five of us are still alive after 10 weeks, kudos to GregfromOZ, Carly73, hprattdo and delvinv!

Unfortunately Greg lost his streak but still is in this to improve his Deutsch. From my understanding Duolingo has changed their methods to accommodate their school system, which is frustrating to some of us and I understand if you would want to stop.

February 17, 2015

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

Lost my streak as well. A weekend away combined with work and hardly any time left yesterday... No regrets though, the day was worth it! Will build up my streak again and try again. (Fall down seven times, stand up eight!)

All the best to the rest of you, especially gurji10, 2 more days to go, youve been excellent!

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

oh that sucks! Sorry man, I wish I could give you some of my days.

I feel like that's going to happen to me soon . You all have been wonderful, and thank you for your dedication!

1 more day! I'm excited but I don't think I actually learned much, I think I might continue for another 100 days if I make it.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

100 day challenge accepted and completed!

I'm still going to continue and build on what I know, nowhere near completing my tree and that's okay.

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carly73

Congratulations!!! I did mine yesterday, checked to make sure the checkmark was there and for whatever reason it zero'd me out at midnight. Tired of fighting with Duolingo. I'm doing well with my textbook and grammar workbook and use Babbel, so I will stay with those. Good luck!!

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gurji10

I'm sorry Duolingo did that to you! But I wish you the best of luck with your German, and hopefully one day you wouldn't need a textbook or application/website to help you!

February 25, 2015
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