Finished my German tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have finally conquered my German tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Without the amazing work of the German team, I never would have been able to learn such a complicated language in such a short amount of time. I also appreciate that Duolingo exists at all. I can hardly remember the time before Duolingo existed [I think I was learning Greek, but that didn't turn out very well :)]. Thank you so much to everyone who has answered my questions along the way!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions about how to continue sharpening my German, I will gladly take them. I'm specifically looking for easy-to-read newspapers.
Hi, I noticed you reached level 25 in 2 courses. What happens once you do so? Can you return to practice or is it over for that specific language?
A fast way to increase the level after you finish the tree is to make translations in the Immersion section.
Congratulations ! I would like to know what level in german you reach when you finish the tree. Do you feel able to have a common talk with a german speaker ?
Yes, definitely! I am at Level 16, and I think I finished the tree at an average pace.
Yea! Congratulations! Are we going to start seeing a German word of the week :)
Hey congrats! i'd recommend the ard and it's taggeschau because the news articles are short. Haven't found "easy" articles yet. I don't think that those even exist. http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/griechenland-finanzkrise-115.html
I recommend finding a book you know well in English or your native language and finding it in German, especially books for children or young adults, like Harry Potter. Depending on your level of comfort, you can read them side by side, or you can just read the German one looking up words when you get really stuck or see it multiple times without being able to figure it out, and, optionally, now and then when you have some energy, choose a small passage and look up all the words you don't know. At least for me, doing this is easier than forcing myself to read the newspaper, because it's a story I know and like. Of course the newspaper is good, too. :)
i guess time will be very different for everyone, depending on how quickly one can memorize new words, understand and get used to new grammar, etc. not to mention that, for example, some may study for 3.5 hours twice a week, others for one hour every day - one hour a day would be more effective, and even though the amount of time per week is exactly the same, those people will learn more and faster simply because everyday learning/repeating uses short memory much more efficiently than once-twice a week. for the same reason, if you have very little time for learning something, it will be much more efficient to spend 17 minutes learning every day than 2 hours once a week.
yeah i also think that practicing every day gives better result... i'm on level 16 and i have already done only half of my tree, while some people manage to finish it on level 15 and below... i think thats because i repeat same exercises several times and i move to next topic when i don't make any mistakes in last one...
It took just over a year, but I took a break for about two months in the middle.
thanks for response, but i actually asked about whole time period in which you finished the tree ))
That is still good though - going from 'a few words' to near-fluency (I guess)!
Hi Super-Svensk, I've just found this discussion, 2 years later, so you might not still be looking, but I noticed you said you were specifically looking for easy to read newspapers, and that none of the comments seemed to answer this. I recently found, via another Duo user, the Nachrichtenleicht, which means "easy news", http://www.nachrichtenleicht.de, which I thought was pretty good, and better still their link to a "woerterbuch" which gives you an alphabetical simple description of loads of terms which occur regularly in German news and current affairs, which to my pleasant surprise I could mostly understand, even though I find normal German newspapers are still beyond me. It looks as though it will be just what I want to bridge the gap between finishing the tree and actually being able to read and discuss news and current affairs in German - I recommend trying it!