https://www.duolingo.com/VanPaz610

Lessons learned from my Dutch golden owl

I am so proud of having received a Dutch golden owl, so I thought of posting about my experience, not quite for bragging but rather for helping my fellow students and the moderators of the course.

Q/A -- How long? About 5 months, even though with some breaks... I really took off in the last 3 months -- The most difficult lessons? All those with abstract nouns -- The easiest lessons? Those at the beginning, nice to have a slow start -- The funniest lessons? The last two! -- Thinking of giving up? Twice, once around level 8, when I traveled for 10 days and forgot a lot, and once around level 10, when I felt I would have never achieved a golden owl -- Desktop or mobile? Both, but I enjoyed mobile most -- What would you do different? Keep a steady pace and a diary with the words learned -- Longest streak? 81, and counting! -- Biggest thanks? To the Dutch moderators, you do such a great job in maintaining the course and the forum. Huge thanks!

Overall I really enjoyed the course, at times I find the topics too long (there were many may repetitions) and I likes the system with the hearts more than the one with the bar... I encourage anyone to keep doing, the road gets very steep around the fourth checkout, but it is a great satisfaction to see how much you have achieved at the end.

I live in the NL, and I see the difference in my daily life. Now I can read newspaper headlines and commercials, I catch parts of conversations and I even dare to speak at times. Probably I am around a A2 level, even though I should strengthen my speaking part, which is not developed at all in DL :( Anyway, very positive experience, I have involved many people even though I see that around level 8 many stop... Is there anyway to motivate those people? A challenge or something like this?

Thanks to you all, I will keep studying, level 25 is quite a way up!

3 years ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
Gymnastical
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Hallo. Voor spreken, zeg het voor jezelf tot het is goed. Mijn spreken is goed want ik doe dat.

Als je begrijpt mij niet, vertel mij en ik zal vartaal.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thijmen98
Thijmen98
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Grammaticaal klopt je tekst niet helemaal: Je kan beter zeggen:

Hallo. Voor de uitspraak, zeg het voor jezelf tot dat het goed is. Mijn uitspraak is goed want dat doe ik. Als je mij niet begrijpt, vertel het mij en ik zal het vertalen.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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Je kunt ook kijken of je een skypesessie kunt starten met iemand die de uitspraak beter beheerst en hierover uitleg kan geven.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisBuckl4

Great to hear and thanks for the tips. I'm doing this myself because I have insufficient willpower/too short an attention span for classical studying.

I must admit, seeing all the levels is quite daunting. I wonder if it might be better to keep them hidden and not know when one is reaching the end.

Unlike yourself, I know a fair amount of Dutch already from TV with Dutch subs, local TV, Michel Thomas, some Colloquial Dutch (till I gave up), and a little reading as well as the listening-reading method (both of which also send me to sleep!). My understanding is great but grammar and active use is where I am lacking.

I have plans to do Assimil as well as later Glossika. But I'm forcing myself to make some serious inroads into Duolingo first, if not finish it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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Gewoon lekker veel spreken, je komt er wel. De lol begint nu! Ik denk dat de meesten rond level acht stoppen omdat het dan moeilijk wordt. Al merk ik daar eigenlijk weinig van.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thenick.
thenick.
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Wat is de Golden Owl?!?!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WalterApri

als u moet het vragen...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
bemk92
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Dat is de digitale beloning voor het vervoltooien van de opdrachten boom.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erik_Pedersen
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Gefeliciteerd. Gratulon.

3 months ago
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