One year of Duolingo!
Phew, I made it to 365 days, even with vacations and holidays! It's funny. When I heard of Duolingo I decided to start with German because that's what I'd taken in high school and I wanted to test out Duolingo with something I knew. What I discovered is that there's a lot I still didn't know.
One of the biggest things I've learned/remembered is that it's hard for a high school German teacher to emphasize the importance of learning noun gender with the noun. I recognized lots of words in Duolingo, but I couldn't remember their genders. In this, Duolingo both succeeds and fails in emphasizing this importance. Within the exercises on the tree, knowing the gender is critical to getting things right. However, in the vocubulary section of the site, the flashcards do not include der/die/das, and I think this is a very big mistake (and one that could be rectified relatively easily, I would think). The more repetition we can get of noun gender, the better (especially for we English language natives, for whom grammatical gender is a foreign concept).
I am really coming to enjoy immersion now. When I began, it seemed like an annoyance, or something I wasn't ready for (despite passing a graduate German reading exam several years ago). But since I finished my tree, keeping it golden hasn't been enough of a challence, so I started getting more involved in the translation. It can be very rewarding, but I wish I saw more people providing explanations for their edits than I do. Now that I've leveled up, I try to provide explanations every time for my edits, to help newer learners understand their mistakes. My biggest complaint (now that I've found a strategy for getting people to notice my translations!) is that doing immersion doesn't seem to count towards my daily goal - I never get that little check mark next to my streak number.
All in all, I'm glad I started doing Duolingo and I'm looking forward to the next year. :)
Well done Moswell! I'm a relative newbie after being on Duo for only four months. I have never studied German before so I'm new to all of this but like you i have found this immensely rewarding and so much fun.
Congratulations on finishing one year.
The point regarding flashcards not having genders is very valid. I would suggest using the flashcards on
Memrise which are tuned to the Duolingo course. The URL is: http://www.memrise.com/course/335725/comprehensive-german-duolingo-vocabulary/
I use the above Memrise site to practice the vocabulary and find it quite good.
Congratulations! I agree that it is strange that the flashcards do not include the articles. Personally, I have found other ways to hone my vocabulary. In your opinion, when should one start immersion? I have almost finished my German tree, but find the idea of translating slightly intimidating.
Thanks! Yes, I too find other ways of improving my vocab, but they should still get that right. :) I would day that it's worth trying to do immersion now if you're close to finishing your tree. With Wikipedia articles that get uploaded, there are always simple things to translate, like the references and notes and headings. That might be a place to start!
I'd say you're ready to start immersion already. For simple sentences, Duo's translations are usually a decent place to start.
Wow! I am so amazed when someone has done a full year with Duolingo. Congratulations! So far, I have achieved 64 days... 301 days to go!!! Enjoy your day, Carole
Thanks! It got easier once I'd finished the tree and just had to refresh lessons to keep my streak alive. That came in handy on vacations, when I really didn't have long-term access to the internet. :)
Woow! That's so awesome! I just started duolingo yesterday (I had so much fun I spent like 4 hours on i, but I've always been a bit of a language geek xD) congratulations on a year!
:) That's how I started out. Good luck, I hope you keep with it - I think it's lots of fun.
I feel super proud for maintaining a 10 day streak, can't even imagine what a whole year feels like.
Congratulations! I have only just started the German tree, but already I am dipping into immersion to see if I can spot some sentences that are mostly cognates. I look forward to your help when I start being able to do more than that.
At the moment, not really. Occasionally I have to be able to read something for work. I've got a couple simple German books here at home I've been thinking about re-reading. I'm not so much into trying to speak the language - I learned that pretty well in high school and remembered what I learned, I'm more interested in being able to translate well.
Congrats! I'm getting very close to mine. Immersion does actually count towards the daily goal, the site just doesn't refresh the page. If you refresh it manually, the check mark should show up.
I didn't even know there was a flash card section on the site...
I'm going on three months, lost my streak last month due to life happening. Congratulations on reaching a year!
I agree with you that the flashcards should include the definite article. This is so vital to learning correct German grammar. I haven't tried the immersion. Even after 4 years in high school and college, I learned most of my German from living in Germany. Speaking with the natives was so helpful. I know there are many native German speakers in Duolingo who are willing and eager to help' but nothing takes the place of actual conversation; at least that's been my experience. As an American, I wish you the very best of luck.
Congratulations! I haven't tried any translation for German yet but have in French and agree it does make sense to include explanations. Will try to do so from now on.
One of these days I'm going to start working harder on French and/or Italian, and then I'll really appreciate explanations since I don't know either language as well as German!
Congratulations! Celebrate your awesomness with some lingots.!!!! I have found the best way to learn genders is making flashcards on studyblue.com. I put the word on one side of the card and the gender on the other when I find a word I do not know on Duo, then flip through them on my smartphone when I am waiting for a client or stuck in traffic. Have studyblue open on your smartphone and enter the words and gender when it comes up. Giving you ten lingots for your streak......make it twelve.
Lol, thanks. Passing out lingots like candy, eh? I just levelled up today too, so I'm swimming in the darn things! I'll check out studyblue.
Wow! Congrats! :) awesome achievement! The longest steak I could maintain was 46 days. I blew it when I got busy and distracted. Lol
Congratulations on your achievement and well done for sticking with it for a year!
Like you, I took German as a school kid and am coming back to it as an adult. I read about the flashcards not working very well, so I make my own paper flashcards. Manually writing the words seems to help me memorize the vocabulary a bit. For nouns, I put articles and plural forms on the German side. Or in the case of verbs, I put the infinitive, past perfect and conjugate the present tense.
one year is a pretty good accomplishment. Keep up the good work. To fully understand ones culture you must learn the cultures of others.