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Top of the German tree in 90 days!

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*Or bottom, since progress on Duolingo goes down with each level. :D

Hallo schön!

It's taken me 90 days - give or take one day. I signed up and learned what 'Ich esse Brot' meant in the 4th week of September. Now, it's the 4th week of December and I've mastered the tree! Hooray!

Since the early half of the year, I had been looking for another country to study and work in. One of my choices was Germany. So, why not get a feel for the language and culture first? For several years, I had known of Duolingo. But the German tree is the first that I've attempted with a specific goal in mind - to finish it before the end of 2014. And now, I've done it!

At first, I had no knowledge of Deutsch whatsoever. That's what makes this achievement so dear to me - I came to understand at least a tiny percentage of an entirely new language without any guidance. I've always been a big supporter of self-learning and open learning platforms like Duolingo, and this is one big add to the plus pile :) There were a few moments around the middle of the tree where my progress dwindled – streaks were broken, skill strengths gradually decreased. But with the introduction of the new strength bar, my enthusiasm and energy came back! Genius plan on Duolingo’s part, I’d say.

It seems like yesterday that I signed up for the German for English speakers course here on Duolingo. Now, I know this for sure; just because I've reached the end here, it doesn't mean that I've reached the finish line. Far from it. I will have to re-do skills, work on immersion, watch many videos, use Memrise to go through the Duolingo course again, etc, etc,.

My next goal is to obtain a certificate in the German language. I've looked at the tests and it's definitely not easy. But now I know that it can be done. After that, the B2, the C1, the C2 ... It may take years, and I'm looking forward to that! (*Goethe-German Certificates consist of A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 levels)

This is just a tiny step towards the long, never-ending path of learning a new language. It seems daunting; having to walk on with no finish line in sight - like a wall too big to climb. But I know that even with no visible goal, the journey itself will be worth it. I've worked as an interpreter and translator, and what I'm constantly rediscovering is this: that languages are always worth it; for the knowledge and for the doors it unlocks, but most of all for the people I meet along the way.

Viele Glück, Frohes Neues Jahr!

*Suggestions on other tools like duolingo or memrise to help aid learning will be welcome! Danke schön!

3 years ago

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/wolfdays

lang-8 would be good for you to use because there is native speakers willing to help you with corrections and it's free to use

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samy1979
Samy1979
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Like with the most tools (beside duolingo), expensive premium account.. The free account is limited

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfdays

I know but it's still a good way to communicate with real people and not just a translation(computer) service

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hprattdo

Hello there, congratulations ! That's quite impressive in only 90 days. That Goethe certification is a challenge haha but i guess you'll know soon enough. You could end up with a teacher that is the most passionate language learner in the world or get stuck with a bureaucrat that only speaks German and teaches it like it's some kind of evil, nauseating medicine you need to swallow.

I haven't finished learning German or the tree so i couldn't recommend any method (or suggestion as you put it) but i certainly recommend listening to Tim Doner and other polyglots on youtube for a few tricks. They certainly helped me a lot along the way.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/medmonkeyk

Great job. I learned German in high school but hope to focus on it after French. As far as how to continue on in your study, is there a conversation group in your city? See if you can find one. I think also it's wise to tailor the rest of your learning to what you'd like to do with the language, for example, I work in health care and my community has a large number of french-speaking people. So once I'm done here with french, I'll find a medicine-focused course so I can (hopefully) serve my patients in french. Another thing- I visited Germany abut 10 years ago and the language came right back to me even though I'd not been learning it for a long time. Maybe start saving up for a trip? :) Again, impressive work.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PauloNideck
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Very well done! It took me a little longer to get it done but I'm pretty sure that with focus and discipline you can do it within 90 days. Congratulations !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emtyra
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Herzlichen Glückwunsch! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MishaRob

Thanks for sharing Memrise and good luck to you too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingShaman

Keep up the good work and don't give up

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/otocan
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Very impressive, congratulations :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KerenWande
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Vocabulix.com is great for learning more verbs (including verb charts with different cases, endings, and more grammar fun), as well as general vocabulary improvement. I use Duolingo as an on-the-go brush-up, and Vocabulix as a more indepth language study option.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexnovitc
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Sehr Gut! Ich glaube dass konnen wir mit Duolingo viele sprachen verbessern.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiran012

is it good to learn more than one language.?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louiesenpai

I don't see why not. Just depends if you mean more than one language at a time, then it depends of the person.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daisey
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i wondered the same thing, so... I signed up for Spanish! :)

i figure, since I already have to re-learn how to structure sentences from English to German, I may as well apply that same logic to Spanish. I'm curious to see if the process gets easier... or if it totally confuses me. We'll see :)

3 years ago