I completed the tree! And now...?
I finished the German tree in 126 days! Thanks Duolingo :)
I'm glad I got the picture of the little trophy, but I'm aware this is a very early stage of learning a language ;) I took the progress quiz - the last time was a month ago - and I did a lot better, although it's not particularly useful.
Anyway, here's what I've been doing (and will continue to do) over the last four months:
I bought a dictionary and a grammar guide. Not to sit and read, but to keep handy as I go along.
I watched familiar films, dubbed in German. You don't have to worry about the plot, and context really aids comprehension.
I use the ZDF TV app to watch various typical German shows and find new words/topics
I use the Memrise app to widen and strengthen my vocabulary
Next step? I haven't got very far with German novels, so my next goal is to commit to an easy-ish book (I bought a translation of James Patterson!)
And most excitingly, I've signed up to summer evening classes! Finally I can speak German in person, and get proper grammar help.
Great job! You're showing a lot of dedication and focus that will take you far.
Next step, do the reverse tree (If, for instance, you did German from English, next do English from German) and use the Immersion feature. If you can practice speaking or writing with with others, that's a solid strategy to add to the list. And after all of that is said and done, there is nothing like learning your next language from German.
Good luck. :)
I was told by a friend, to read "A series of unfortunate events"
Supposedly by the time your done reading the series, you will have improved your German a lot
I've read those! Except it was in English... but I really enjoyed it as a kid :)
I believe A series of unfortunate events is for a younger crowd, therefore a little easier to understand.
But deff read what your into
I tried reading Harry Potter, but it was a bit too advanced only after completing the tree. I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory instead. :)
Congratulations! (I hope to be making a similar post in oh-- about a year from now. ;)
Right now would you say you are somewhat fluent after completing the tree?
Das ist toll! weil deutsch sprache ist schwer du kannst deutsch sprechen, sehr gut! Vielen Glück :)
Well. I use duolingo in conjunction with "Assimil - german with ease" course. It's really great :) After that I plan to start reading some short stories (google german short stories). I've read somewhere that Kafka is particularly good for improving german due to simple sentences and lack of complicated words . (e.g. Die Verwandlung - The Metamorphosis).
Congratulations! It's such a great achievement.
Great Job and i suggest you start subscribing to german youtube channels and get familiar with the society there.
Congratulations! Hope you keep practicing your German even though your done, don't want to get rusty now do you?
the language skills in duolingo resemble a Tree upside down. it is what you see when you open your duolingo page.
If you want to read a novel, I really suggest getting a Kindle. The ability to look up words in an instant makes it much, much easier to do, and the results are very rewarding.