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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.

March 23, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

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. :)

March 23, 2015

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

It's really good ! :)

March 25, 2015

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

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

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sophieg18

I've read those! Except it was in English... but I really enjoyed it as a kid :)

March 24, 2015

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

Lmao, exactly mee too

March 24, 2015

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

What about the Harry Potter books in German?

March 24, 2015

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

I believe A series of unfortunate events is for a younger crowd, therefore a little easier to understand.

But deff read what your into

March 26, 2015

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

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. :)

March 25, 2015

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

lol Gut für Sie. ^.^

March 26, 2015

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

hey thecoolrose want to be friends?

March 26, 2015

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

oh and here`s some more emotes; :-), ;-), ':-/, |-O, X-|, :-(,

March 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

Congratulations! (I hope to be making a similar post in oh-- about a year from now. ;)

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lingogirl1234

Right now would you say you are somewhat fluent after completing the tree?

March 25, 2015

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

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Das ist großartig!

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lanka11

Das ist toll! weil deutsch sprache ist schwer du kannst deutsch sprechen, sehr gut! Vielen Glück :)

March 23, 2015

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

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).

March 24, 2015

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    Congratulations! It's such a great achievement.

    March 23, 2015

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

    Great Job and i suggest you start subscribing to german youtube channels and get familiar with the society there.

    March 23, 2015

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

    Congratulations! Hope you keep practicing your German even though your done, don't want to get rusty now do you?

    March 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sandeepa2

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch...

    March 24, 2015

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

    Congratulations. That is great.

    March 24, 2015

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

    sorry this may be a dumb newbie question, but- what's a tree?

    March 25, 2015

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

    the language skills in duolingo resemble a Tree upside down. it is what you see when you open your duolingo page.

    March 25, 2015

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

    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.

    http://gregreflects.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-read-foreign-novel-on-kindle.html

    March 27, 2015

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

    I have a kindle, but how do I get dictionaries in other languages?

    March 27, 2015

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

    Amazon sells them. You do have to buy one. You can find the ones I use in this list:

    http://gregreflects.blogspot.com/p/references.html

    March 28, 2015
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