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Quitting Duolingo after a 2 year streak

I think I'm at the point where I've outgrown Duolingo for German... in about a week I'll have been coming here every day for 2 years. Perhaps understandably, I was hesitant at first to purposefully end my 2 year streak. I think I found a good excuse, though- it just so happens that for my 2 year anniversary, I'll be in Germany beginning my month long intensive german course at the Goethe Institut. I figure that's as good as time as ever to move on.

For others who're getting started/advancing in the german tree, I highly recommend the following in addition to Duolingo:

memrise.com - I was reluctant to use memrise for the longest time, even though I kept seeing it recommended to language learners. I was wrong to wait so long- sign up ASAP! Try to look for courses that have plurals and audio.

http://www.memrise.com/course/335725/comprehensive-german-duolingo-vocabulary/ (everyone should at least do this course!)

http://www.memrise.com/course/46/1000-words-of-elementary-german-2/9/ (good audio, no plurals, not strict)

http://www.memrise.com/course/58866/5000-words-sorted-by-frequency-strict-typing/ (audio, plurals, strict)

meetup.com - if you're fortunate to live near a big city, see if there's a german meetup group! The one in Washington DC for instance meets twice a month and has been invaluably helpful.

Spotify - go find German Music! Some artists to check out: Cro, Casper, Sido, Bushido, Prinz Pi, Eko Fresh, Blumio. Please share suggestions below! Here's my spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1240503789/playlist/77XtqLwyXo4UQppO1L08jT

HelloTalk (Android/iPhone app) - pairs you up with Native Germans who want to practice their english.

YourDailyGerman blog - (http://yourdailygerman.wordpress.com) excellent articles about grammar, certain words, and all things german

Übungsprüfung Bücher - great for familiarizing / reinforcing vocab and grammar

To Duolingo- thank you so much for getting me hooked on the german language and culture. 2 years ago I had no intention of spending a month in a german immersion program, and now I couldn't be more excited to start


3.7.2015 I'm at day 730- a 2 year streak... und jetzt bin ich fertig.

For those curious, I was placed in A2.2 (I think I sabotaged myself by saying I learned most of my German from the Internet and didn't have much speaking experience), but I found that class fairly easy. I had no problems conversing with B1.2 students (mostly thanks to my large-ish vocabulary- again, I can't recommend Memrise enough!), so I asked my teacher if I should move up a class and she agreed, so on Monday I'll be moved to B1.1.

I hope y'all found my advice / experiences useful, and hope you can reach whatever goals you're working towards. Bis bald

June 23, 2015

63 Comments


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

Memrise is certainly great and works well alongside DL.

But have you tried www.conjuguemos.com ? You can practice your conjugations on there in various languages, and also vocabulary by doing 5 min quizzes. Very addictive :) No registration necessary, no fuss.

Congrats on your determination and progress, and enjoy your GI course!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juraj.slavik

Thanks, conjuguemos looks very usable :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ULN2020

wow that conjuguemos is really great, I like the structured word lists. Seems very helpful for me


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

I thank you for leaving the link to conjuguemos.com. It has been very helpful to me.


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

Conjuguemos completely ignores articles which in german are very important


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/l.graveyard_yea6

I will check out the conjug. Link danke


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hoja.de.Arce

Look at it this way—outgrowing Duolingo means it was a success. If you remained stuck on Duolingo, it would attest to its ineffectiveness.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vitor.lu

After returning from Germany consider learning a new language here, there are so many options now ;)


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

Perhaps one day I'll be back to start another new adventure :)


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

A 2 year streak! You're really awe-inspiring. And thanks for recommending memrise.


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

Seeing how you like german rap, I'd like to suggest Kollegah, Genetikk, Olexesh, Errdeka, and Marteria.


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

Und K.I.Z. aus Berlin :)


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

Congrats. When you get back from the intensive Goethe Institut program in Germany let us know how it was. I'm attending classes for A1 at the Goethe Institut in Washington, DC and it's wonderful.


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

If you don't mind me asking, how have you managed to keep such an amazing streak, over years??


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