Finished My Golden Turkish Tree!!!
Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that I finished my completely golden Turkish tree last night after several months of struggling through it. Some parts were easy to understand, while some grammar was particularly hard to grasp for me, as I'm a native Italian and English speaker and the languages are very different. However, I really enjoyed doing the course, and the grammar explanations in the Tips and Notes helped me very much. This is my second tree I finished on Duolingo (the first was the Italian tree, which I tested out of). As I was already learning German on here, but had stopped for lack of motivation and understanding (I used the app and didn't know of the Tips and Notes until Turkish came out), I decided to try a different approach, which motivated me to and helped me complete the tree. I used a notebook and took notes on the Tips and Notes, as well as the new vocab for each section, which helped a lot. I also listened to more Turkish music and radio to immerse myself. I practiced writing paragraphs about my day and speaking in Turkish to myself or to my bewildered family and friends, who didn't understand why I was using them as Guinea Pigs. Finally, even though this isn't necessary for many people, I kept my tree golden 24/7. I slacked off a ton in German, and as a result, my skills got weak and I forgot a lot of the information, so this time I went to the next extreme and made sure my tree stayed golden all the time. Sure, this was particularly tedious when 12 skills lost a bar at the same time, and especially when a skill I'd already mastered and knew really well lost a bar, but it was worth it. Of course, this made my progress even slower than in German, but at least I was actually retaining the language better. I watched videos on YouTube and also began a Memrise course to supplement my learning, which also helped. In the end, I am very happy to have finished my Turkish tree and I want to thank all the contributors, especially Selcen, who answered all my burning questions on the discussions page patiently and helpfully, and AlexinTurkey, who posted a bunch of helpful discussions explaining Turkish grammar. I also want to thank all my Turkish friends I met on here who helped me understand lessons, practice, and expand my knowledge of the language. I wish everyone still working on the tree luck and I hope those of you starting to slack off on it will get at least a little motivation from this small victory of mine.
Teşekkür ederim, Duolingo!
Sağ ol! Thanks so much for all the help and making this awesome course!
Turkish is certainly harder than the other languages I am studying, but I like the challenge.
Wow! You did a great job! Tebrikler! I am really impressed with how much effort you put into supplementing the course!!! :) Do you have any chance to use Turkish in your regular life with Turkish speakers? Can you post some of the music that you've been listening to, lütfen? :) Gut gemacht!
Danke! Unfortunately, I don't know any Turkish speakers to practice with, but my friends know some so I'm currently waiting for them to put me in contact with them so I can practice speaking, which wil be my greatest challenge. As for music, I just listen to the Turkish Radio and write down the songs I like; I really like Kralpop radio. I like the songs "Benim Ol" by Edis, "Bangır Bangır" by Gülsen, and "Güm Güm" by Ayşe ft Odur. I also read Turkish newspapers from time to time, and sometimes I learn about new songs or artists that way. Hope this helps!
Maşallah! I'm struggling like you did, but I've been listening to Radio Karma Türk almost non-stop the last few days to try and find some nice songs and some motivation to power through and keep at it long enough that things start to click and stop being so frustrating!
I also love Güm Güm, and the other two are growing on me. Some of my other favourites: Gel by Mabel Matiz, Bengü - Sahici, İyisin Tabi by Deniz Seki, Kolpa - Gurur Benim Neyime, Emre Aydın Feat. Model - Bir Pazar Kahvaltısı (I find this one really easy to understand :D ), Demet Akalın - Yıkıl Karşımdan, and Prenses by Hadise. I only vaguely understand the words of nearly all of them, but they're motivation for me to reach the point where I can understand them mostly, and each word I can link to a song is one more word easily remembered. Enjoy!
Here are a few of my favorite songs!! (I also like "güm güm"!!)
"Haber var mi" - Berksan ft.Hande Yener. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neJgG_Qmm80
"Ne Bileyim Ben" - MFÖ. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSrDJh0cans
"Tabi Tabi" - Sinan Akçıl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcDn9hAKMso
"Yürek" - Duman (to be honest, i really love all of duman's songs). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxEtaxWgUCA
"Iki Kalp" - Serdar Ortaç. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvT32hSvnIo
"Olsun" - Halil Sezai. (slow, piano, beautiful) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLFNAGT-cbQ
"Susma" - Gökhan Türkmen (slow, acoustic guitar, beautiful, depressing). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx-u2I3Yd2M
Congratulations . I am still working on getting my tree golden... ;) I am doing right now the opposite. English for Turkish speakers. I find it quite a helpful challenge, since you get somehow all the Turkish grammar in a mixed version... Wht are you going to study next?
Thanks! I was thinking of doing the reverse tree as well, but I didn't know why it says "switch to course" instead of "start course." Will it erase my progress in Turkish? I was thinking of going back to my stagnant German and possibly finishing the tree by the end of the summer with the same strategy. Also, my friend is teaching me Bengali, so I'm slowly muddling through the 51 letter alphabet and trying to learn the sounds for each letter, which will keep me very busy until Hindi is released. Of course, through all this, I was also thinking I could take short Esperanto breaks so I could rest my brain while still engaging myself with an easier language. Hopefully I can keep up this plan! :)
I wouldn't know how to handle all this together.. Though I also thought of Hebrew and Hindi. One needs to set priorities. For me this means entering the world of Turkish literature which is till a level or two above what we've learned... (I am reading the 'hobbit in Turkish right now - not exactly Turkish literature, but challenging enough. Ektoraskan is very helpful in my poor attempts, always willing to explain) To your question about the reverse tree. When you switch over, your other trees do not show up. It is as if you had a different account on the same name. once you switch back everything is back to normal. You don't lose your trees.:) Good luck for your studies ;)
So you can switch back at any time between each "account?" Thanks.
Yes. That's what I'm doing, actually between three accounts. (I am practising my Arabic orthography).