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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

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.

February 3, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

Congrats! You might want to try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhP3OT2hxAE It's a television series made for German learners.


[deactivated user]

    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?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

    You can practice anytime you want.


    [deactivated user]

      Thanks for your answer. I am giving you a lingot.


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

      A fast way to increase the level after you finish the tree is to make translations in the Immersion section.


      [deactivated user]

        Thank you so much for responding. I am giving you a lingot.


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

        are going to take the test for the the german language?


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

        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 ?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

        Yes, definitely! I am at Level 16, and I think I finished the tree at an average pace.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/connorhay12

        Yea! Congratulations! Are we going to start seeing a German word of the week :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

        I'll think about it, but probably not :)


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

        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. :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rooseveltnut1

        I bought The Little Prince in Spanish and like you said I read them side by side.


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

        thanks for the suggestion :-D


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

        Thanks! I'll definitely read some young adult books to read :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abhisheksharma7

        congrats on your learning and enlightening experience .


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

        Bra jobbat! Gratulerar!


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

        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


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ave427

        That's great! I'm just beginning my journey with the German language. :)


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

        i Am Dutch

        I am Dutch.


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

        I can recommend the magazine "Dein Spiegel".
        Otherwise: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6753294


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

        There's always:

        www.bild.de

        More pictures than words, though. :)


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

        yeaaa...congrats!


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

        Congratulations !


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilena23

        it is wonderful what is happening to me!!!


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

        congratulations! could you tell me exactly what time took it for you?


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

        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.


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

        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...


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

        It took just over a year, but I took a break for about two months in the middle.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilena23

        thanks you.2 or 3 hours to day.


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

        thanks for response, but i actually asked about whole time period in which you finished the tree ))


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

        congrats! good job...


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

        Well done! Did you learn it right from scratch?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

        Yep! I didn't know a speck of German before!!


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

        That is an achievement!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilena23

        not really.I knew a few words.....


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

        That is still good though - going from 'a few words' to near-fluency (I guess)!


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

        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!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Reynir4536

        Alle Achtung! Well done - I am impressed, congratulations.

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