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
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!