https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ben.bates

Almost There!

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.

Thanks!

March 11, 2015

19 Comments


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

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! ^_^

March 11, 2015

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

I pair Duolingo with Pimsleur too. Good luck! It's more vocabulary further down the German tree.

March 12, 2015

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

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?

March 13, 2015

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

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!

March 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ben.bates

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!

March 13, 2015

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

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 .

March 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DPatten0605

Thank you for the link! I remember my middle school teacher writing those tables on the chalk boards. It is slowly coming back!

March 14, 2015

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

Are you saying that German grammar is easier than English? grammar :)

March 13, 2015

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

It is easier, but is not much easier... Sprake Deutsche schwere sprache, no matter what!

March 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/missarad8

Congrats! Keep up the excellent work =)

March 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ben.bates

Thanks everyone :)

March 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Congratulations, that is wonderful. What do you plan to do next

March 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ben.bates

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.

March 12, 2015

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

Yeah... go for it :)

March 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/napsta-blook

Vier Gl├╝ck!

March 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grumpycat1

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!

March 13, 2015

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

I don't think russian is so hard to learn, the grammar is pretty simple...

March 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grumpycat1

gulp pretty simple? what sorcery is this? tell me your secret!

March 14, 2015

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

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. :)

March 14, 2015
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