German tree conquered!
Following the local tradition, I hereby announce my German tree complete and entirely golden. It took me 44 days, and I made sure to keep the tree golden at all times. Some days I did a lot, and some days I just did the sections which needed strengthening depending on how much free time was available. There are always at least a few minutes free in the day to strengthen the tree! For the final stretch I completed the last 3 lessons in one go, which definitely takes a long time. When you get to the last 3, all are open so I rotated through them. I think this method makes it a bit easier as there are 29 sections and doing the same thing over and over starts getting tedious!
Once I got past the early stages, I found using a dictionary quite helpful. I used this one https://dict.leo.org/ which also has audio for pronunciation, and some discussions about meanings.
I should probably mention that I didn't start this course knowing no German. I have visited Germany many times over the last 15 years. On my first visit I knew only a few basic words from a tourist book. Since then I have learned enough to get by in everyday situations, and I can watch films and mostly know what is going on, but I knew nothing about proper spelling and grammar. For this, the Duolingo course has been quite helpful. Unfortunately I know a lot of it hasn't stuck in my brain, so I intent to keep the tree golden until I can answer every question without fail.
So, a big thank you to the Duolingo team!
And this week I will be riding into Germany once again...
It's been many years since I last saw a Discordianism reference! Good job finishing your tree.
Wow! That's impressive. I've been at it for a year and a half and still have a way to go. Have a great time in Germany.
Danke! I did know some German before I started here, so the early lessons went by quite quickly. Keeping the tree golden will be just as much work from the look of it!
Thanks for the reply. this is soooo cool. If you don't mind, what kind and length of German lessons/experience did you have prior to starting duoL? Thanks in advance again for the reply.
I've done some cd courses and some online video courses, you can find lots of stuff on youtube. I did some Deutsche Welle stuff some years ago, it looks like it has improved a lot: http://www.dw.de/learn-german/s-2469 A lot of good stuff there, such as the "Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten" but unfortunately the online radio was stopped a few years ago. I've tried reading some learn German books, but they don't seem to work too well for me and I've never finished one. I've read a lot of comics, mostly "Tim und Struppi" and "Asterix" which you can find quite cheaply in shops at airports and train stations in Germany. I've read them in other languages, so knowing what is going on helps a bit. I've watched a lot of German films! I have too many on dvd ;) but now you can find plenty on the internet. Here's a good list: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKkDjgBOPjWFUZUlX9n11X4w5QctOQQZG I also listen to German music quite a bit, such as Nina Hagen, Nena, Rammstein, Knorkator, Subway to Sally... I've visited Germany and Austria and Switzerland a lot, so I've probably spent something like a year in German speaking lands. Before I started this course I was probably somewhere around level A2, speaking and understanding anyway - I can get about fairly well in German. However my spelling and grammar was complete chaos, and even though I got through the entire course here it's still not great, and vocabulary always needs expanding and remembering genders. So, I'm going to keep the tree golden and see if I can drive it all into my head!
Very informative reply. I have noticed (and then I picked up a book by a scientist in the field that confirmed what I'd already concluded/observed) about differences in having prior knowledge of a language and learning. Thanks again for your time.
No problemmo! I did already know most of the words in the early stages, but usually not the genders. The further I got, the more unfamiliar words appeared, many of which have already slipped away. I might have finished the tree, but I certainly haven't finished the course.