https://www.duolingo.com/profile/z.marko

German Tree Conquered!

After about four months, I finally did it. It probably took me a little bit longer than average, but I was doing every part over and over and over again till I both remembered and understood perfectly. So, my way of learning was "learning by doing" and I can say now that it was pretty effective way. I was active every day, averaging about 150 xp per day, and my tree was always gold. I was using both cell phone and computer, but I found cell phone much more convinient for practicing. Every time when I had chance, I was doing duolingo lessons on my cell phone, regardless where I am, in a bus, train, waiting in a bank row or even in toilete. So, I highly recommend to take adventage of this time and use it for learning. I finished tree on level 22 and 20 000 + xp. My knowledge of german language improved significantly for this four months.

But, am I fluent now? No, far from fluent, I can talk about basic staff, understand a lot, but need speaking practice.

I started also to listen to german radio stations, and watch german TV, which is also very useful, in the beginning I had troubles understanding more than few words in a sentance, but with time that improved too.

So my question for you is what next?

Maybe reversed tree? Does anyone have experience with that?

And what about immersion? What do you think about it?

Or maybe some other resources?

My goal is to become fluent this year, hope to achieve it. :)

Good luck learning german people, duolingo is so much fun! :)

January 26, 2015

21 Comments


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

Reverse Tree and immersion is a good idea. Also do things you like in German, e.g. video games, movies, books or graphic novels. I can recommend a few shows on youtube:
1. GetGermanized---Learn German, get to know Germany and German culture and have fun doing so
2. Emily Bland --- Vlogs of a brit living in Berlin
3. IratschTV--- Best German prankster
4. 0,5er--- Another Prankster with subtitles
5. StrengGeheim--- Mysteries and conspiracy theories in German with subtitles
6. Top10---Top ten lists in German with subtitles
7. Die Sendung mit der Maus---German children show where different topics are explained for children
8. Die Sendung mit dem Klaus--- A spoof show of "Die Sendung mit der Maus" but with topics for grown-ups
9. DasSandmännchen---German children show
10. Pumuckel---German children show about a Bavarian carpenter who discovers a goblin in his workshop
11. Eazy German--- Interviews with real life Germans and people living in Germany with subtitles
12. Leon Machere---Albanian prankster pranking Germans
13. Kurzgesagt---German science channel with subtitles
14. Whatsforbeats---German cooking/music shows
15. Der Humpink---Christoph Waltz doing some silly stuff
16. DiagonalViewDe---The weird part of the internet explained in German
17. DeinZoo---Youtube channel for animal lovers in German
18.Galileo---German TV show about science & lifehacks
19. Der Erste Weltkrieg----German history channel about WW I with subtitles
20. Flying Pandas---Awesome slo-mos and sketches in German
21. Thien Nguyen---About asians in Germany, manga and entertainment
22. TheDevilMethod---German magician & nerd who will teach you how to pick up German girls
23. Jaysbeauty---German make up guru
24. LamiyaSlimani---Another German beauty guru
25. Anna Maria Damm---German-Pinay fashion youtuber
26. Sami Slimani---German male beauty guru
27. Wasgehtab---German news & entertainment channel
28. Lingojam---Authentic German conversations, follow a funny story set in Berlin and understand everything through translation & dictionary
29. WahreVerbrechen---German crime channel about real psychopaths and crimes
30. Flula --- German entertainer based in LA who likes to sing and #dance!
31.StudyinGermany --- describes the life of foreign students in Germany with subtitles
Bonus: Bavarian "Lieber a wampen vom saufen als an buckl vom arbatn"

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lex33

Or audiodramas (adventure stories) such as "Fünf Freunde", "TKKG" and "Die drei Fragezeichen???" (by Alfred Hitchcock). When I was a kid, I listened those on audiocasettes.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G0108

Good job. I still have not finished mine. Use Memrise for an intermediate vocabulary course to help you out. Keep listening to radio and read articles online in German. Also if you want to see songs translated into German and compare side by side with English, you can use this:http://lyricstranslate.com/en/translations. If you use social media, follow German speakers and read the German conversations (could help with colloquial speech). Keep studying the grammar. I'm sure if you follow these, your German will improve. Maybe not fluent but it'll improve.

January 26, 2015

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

It takes years to be fluent in any language that you were not born speaking. Finishing the tree is a great accomplishment. I have been doing it for almost a year (due to the fact that school provides little free time) and am almost done. What I have read is that German TV stations, music, radio, news articles, etc. will help to gain more vocabulary. Doing the immersion on the website is a good start. After that, visiting a German speaking country will help immensely. What I have heard is that Hannover, Germany uses the same type of German (Hochdeutsch) that is used on Duolingo more often than anywhere else in the country. All of the rest is dialect.

January 26, 2015

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

Hey z.marko,

I'm a native german speaker and I found out for myself that attending language exchange meetings from couchsurfing or beWelcome helped me a lot for spanish and italian. They're mostly in bars in the evening and just by being social with other people you get used to the sound and pronounciation of natives in a relaxed athmosphere, which is really helpful when you want to become fluent. Additionally you can make friends for language tandem or for your next visit in germany.

Additionally I recommend listening to german HipHop, especially from the 90s. There is plenty of stuff from really clever people playing around with the language. Here some Artists I really like myself:

Absolute Beginner ( Jan Delay ) Torch, ToniL Creme de la creme Blumentopf Freundeskreis ( Max Herre ) Marteria (Marsimoto) Blumio

Best regards, fluorid

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/z.marko

Sounds pretty cool, I'll definitely try it. Thanks for advice! :)

January 26, 2015

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

Congratulations!

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fresa111

Hello, congratulations! :) I have a question. I'm currently at German level 10 but I've already done about 3/4 of all the lessons displayed in the tree. I wonder whether there are gonna be more lessons when you reach a certain level?

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/z.marko

Thanks! :) No, there won't be any new lessions. You can only buy bonus skills in the lingot store and thats it. :)

January 26, 2015

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

Congratulations. You just inspired me to do more.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harryclark17

I wouldn't care too much about how long it took you, my French tree took me a year.

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prn1997

Where do you listen to German radio? I would love ti know :) Reversed tree is a great idea!

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesBuck1

I've been playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 a lot and that has a load of European radio stations on it. It's a good game to listen and absorb the language with.

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timl2k14

i love that game!

January 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/z.marko
January 26, 2015

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

qwerty!

January 26, 2015

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

for german: qwertz!

January 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatLady6

Congrats! I'm still working on it. German to me is a hard language to master.

January 27, 2015

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

Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache...

January 28, 2015

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

Great job! (: congratulations!!

January 27, 2015

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

Well done, good job

January 27, 2015
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