I'm about 80% finished with my German tree! Have to make the final push to finish it. Duolingo has been a great tool for me in learning my first second language.
I've paired it with Pimsluer and it's been so enjoyable. Duolingo exposes me to lots of words and Pimsluer reinforces them and helps me in my word order.
Thanks to everyone who writes good and informative comments. They are a huge help. Probably wouldn't have stuck with it had it not been for all of you.
Congratulations! That is wonderful to hear! I have been to vienna twice before and it was very helpful to strengthen my german skills! I would recommend you to do the same if it is possible! :) sehr gut! Good luck! ^_^
I pair Duolingo with Pimsleur too. Good luck! It's more vocabulary further down the German tree.
I'm seriously considering going all the way down the German tree, but I wanted to ask you this: is it much easier to learn German if you already have a solid English background?
I would agree that German is easier with an English background. German and English are very similar. German grammar is very straightforward with a rule for everything. I believe understanding word order is really the biggest challenge with German. After that, it's all vocabulary and declension! Good luck!
I often wonder about this. I'm a native English speaker, so I didn't have any familiarity with conjugating verbs or declensions of adjectives. Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier for someone with another native language. Then again, you can't get much closer than "Apple" and "Apfel", so I guess it's a give and take!
Luckily, most German verb conjugations are very regular and predictable. And we have verb conjugation in English! (e.g.: go, goes, going, went, gone; do, does, doing, did, done) Now the declension is another story. I always had this page open when doing the German tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_declension .
Thank you for the link! I remember my middle school teacher writing those tables on the chalk boards. It is slowly coming back!
It is easier, but is not much easier... Sprake Deutsche schwere sprache, no matter what!
Thank you. After I finish the tree I will probably go through it again, or at least the parts I feel need more practice. I'll continue with Pimsleur. I'm just wrapping up German one and will begin German 2.
this is cute.....learn my first second language! there is hidden poetry.......
btw, learning german after english is still difficult indeed, but try to learn russian.....even as native slavic already speaking two slavic languages!
For me, what I find difficult in learning German language is the fact that every noun has a corresponding "gender" (masculine. feminine, neuter). Sometimes I wonder if even German native speakers use the correct gender for every noun they use (either written or spoken). That is the challenge I'm dealing with (among others). Nonetheless I'm enjoying the challenge so far. :)