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

German trophy, yay! + a question about Immersion

Hiya all!

I've reached the end of the German skill tree a few days ago and I still have that great feeling of accomplishment. :D

I've done it in two leaps, first streak was in Dec, then the holidays and a thesis defense distracted me and when the streak was gone, so was my motivation for a few months oops. I've finally decided to complete it and it was so worth it!

In about 50 days total, I've learned way more that I did in 4 years of my high school German classes. The study plan, the books, the teacher and the atmosphere there were all awful, it was one of my least favorite subjects, even though I generally love learning languages. My contact with German in the following years was mostly limited to an occasional Bundesliga or ski jumping stream. But now I find myself excitingly reading the German labels of the shampoo bottles, vacuum cleaner manual, not clicking the translate button on the facebook statuses of my friends, answering my sister in German, etc. I won't limit myself only to shampoo bottles, I'll continue strengthening and expanding my grammar and vocabulary with other resources, mostly looking forward to reading short stories & watching videos. :)

I will also pick up the pace on the two other languages I'm learning here, Danish and French. I've taken some French language courses about 15 years ago and forgotten pretty much everything, which is a shame, cause it's a lovely language. I'm currently back home in Slovenia, but I've lived in Denmark for 2,5 years, have a Danish boyfriend and plan on going back soon, so that one is obvious. :) I tried to put equal effort in both Germanic languages, but it ended up being too confusing because of the similarities, so I first focused on the one I already had some foundations in.

And now I can finally do some Immersion (just a personal rule I set for myself - first the tree, then the translating). It's fun, I've translated a bunch of sentences already and even uploaded my own documents. But I'm not entirely sure I'm doing things right, cause my progress bar still says "No upvotes yet!" (even though when I go to the sentences I translated, they DO have upvotes. hmmm Does the document have to be "completed" for them to count or is it some sort of a glitch?

Thanks for reading and have a nice week! :)

May 11, 2015

14 Comments


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

Congratulations!!! There seems to be a problem about the upvotes, there was a post yesterday and some people haven't been receiven upvotes. I hope it doesn't last long!

May 11, 2015

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

Ah, ok, thanks! :) I'll just patiently wait for them to fix it then, I was worried there for a second that it's just me and I'm missing some vital step. :D

May 11, 2015

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

Yep, I'm waiting for loads of upvotes in German, Italian and French, was beginning to wonder if I'd done something to offend Duolingo, glad I'm not the only one. Congrats on finishing your tree and defending your thesis!

May 11, 2015

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

This is unrelated to the post, but I couldn't help but notice the flag on your picture. Are you Basque? And if so and you speak Basque, is there any chance you'll be applying to get a Basque course added on Duolingo? :D

May 11, 2015

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

I am, and I do! And I have, with some other people, but it doesn't seem like it's being taken seriously :(

May 11, 2015

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

Oh no! I imagine that the people at Duolingo are flooded with language applications, so it is probably a slow process. I hope they let you guys start a Basque course soon though!

May 11, 2015

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

Yeah, I hope so too! It wouldn't need a new alphabet or anything, so I guess they just have a loooot of applications

May 11, 2015

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

Congratulations =)

May 11, 2015

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

I finished my tree only a few days ago :) Congratulations!

May 11, 2015

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

Congrats!

May 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Toni469554

well done.. I've always wanted to speak another language but the whole 'classroom' set up but me off.. just sitting at a table copying my teacher or from a textbook never did me any favours. I only joined Duolingo a few days ago but I am already able to read/say more German then i ever could in those two years of German classes at school :)

May 12, 2015

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

I think the problem is more the school setup than the classroom itself. In my experience, when people join a course for many different reasons including the obligation to take a class they have no (or not much) interest in, the whole class (including the teacher) suffers. I've attended lower level slightly informal language classes given by my city, with all kinds of people who actually wanted to learn and the atmosphere is completely different.

All I'm saying is, don't blame the classroom for a failure that is widely observed all across the globe in mandatory language classes given to younger people (elementary and high school levels). Even in university the difference is blatant (people who don't want to be there simply leave the class, if they join at all).

May 13, 2015

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

Congratulations and continued success in your learning. Sounds like you have been busy.

(hahahah gives me hope to complete mine but since you had German in high school you were cheating as you had some prior knowledge of the language lol)

May 12, 2015

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

Well I did do the placement test and it told me to start right from the beginning, haha. Our high school classes were really bad. My only advantage was that 5% of the words sounded a bit familiar, but that was it. :D Good luck with your tree!

May 12, 2015
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