How much do you do a day?
Okay so I recently came from France (best experience of my life so far). There I put my two years of high school and Duolingo to the test. And I did much better than I thought I would have. I stayed with a family, who, thankfully, the daughters spoke very fluent English. Nevertheless, they were very polite and kind in that they helped me with my French.
Anyway, after parlez-vous-ing francaise for two weeks, I came back home and a week after I got back, I decided to expand my horizons of Europe and check out videos of Vienna, Austria because I really love classical music. So I decided I would go there one day, don't know when that will be. But I decided to also start taking German. It's pretty simple right now. But I was just curious as to how much you veteran German learners do a day and what other tips you have or instruction any of you have. Thanks!
I am more of a "slow and steady" person. I do two reviews to every one new lesson, and I try for one new lesson a day. I also review flashcards until I have written down 10 words I still don't know, and spend a bit of time studying those. I finish by visiting immersion and plugging away at something easy enough to handle (maybe 3-4 sentences). It probably adds up to 30-40 XP and around half an hour or more of time. My goal is to be good enough at reading to read a novel in German by next year. Good luck on your studies!
How much do you do per day? As much as I can get away with whilst living my life. I don't make my learning a language a chore, I use it to have fun. Sometimes I get an hour or so in. Sadly, when work demands my time, one or two lessons.
What's more important it what you do with the time that you have.
First you need to trust the system. The program will tell you when you need to review subjects, so listen to it. When a subject changes from Yellow then you should work on it as soon as possible. Keeping everything yellow should keep you on track, and then move on.
Next, when everything is yellow move onto the next lesson.
If you have no lessons, you have a choice. Use the general strengthening tool (having to pick up a range of different aspects of the language is a powerful tool). Or you can review a skill that you hate. You know the ones I mean. The one where you see it go from yellow your stomach sinks and you think "Oh God, not again"..... For me it was Adverbs and Adverbs 2. Once I'd done them 50 or so times each, repeatedly, again and again. I got more confident and the pain went away.
If you are having fun, keep going, and you won't notice the time. If you aren't, time will drag, and it's time to find something else to do, or you'll lose your motivation.
Hi! After I understood the basics of the language - such as nominative pronouns, basic vocabulary, basic verb conjugation, etc - I didn't review skills until I had gotten, oh, maybe a little over halfway through my tree. After that, I've been going back and reviewing the earlier lessons. I learn at least five new lessons every day when I have time now, but at the beginning I moved along much faster. Also, make sure that when you memorise vocabulary you also learn the gender (der Hund, das auto, die etc.). It will make your life so much easier.
The first thing you want to do is to understand basic German. That means reading a lot and finding people to write to. Equally important is German pronunciation; you want to make yourself understood. That means finding a good German speaker with whom to talk. Don't worry too much about grammar in the beginning; that will come with reading, writing and speaking. Even native German speakers have admitted to making mistakes, just like we English speakers do. If you truly have the desire to learn German, you will learn it. You've got to find out what works best for YOU. I have read some good suggestions for you here. We're all here to help each other. Good luck!
Congratulations, you are so lucky to study french in France. I probably do an hour or two of German a day, some days more, sometimes less. But I am not sure how much of that is DL. I watch videos, read a little, and I am taking a very nice course recommended by someone here, I think it complements Dl: http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/deutsch-warum-nicht/s-2548
I have done Memrise, babadum, bliubliu and others. I use books and google things, because DL does not explain well some grammar. I recommend memrise to memorize vocabulary.
It depends on the content of the lesson and how much vocabulary I am able to absorb in a day. Usually, I only do one or two new lessons a day, then repeat the vocabulary with flashcards. There are many days in between where I'm not actively learning new content, but simply reinforcing previous lessons and reviewing vocabulary. I repeat the same lesson several times until I have learned the sentence structures well. I also write down the Duolingo phrases in a separate document for future reference. For every new lesson, I usually repeat at least four different types of lessons. It can be boring, but it builds a foundation.
It's also much slower when I'm dealing with new grammar points, because often I don't get a full understanding of things like 'kein vs. nicht' or German dative/accusative/etc cases. So, it's a bit slower because I feel the need to research and read about these ideas on other websites. It's not good to speed through and then have to revisit earlier principles because you didn't fully absorb that information.
Slow and steady wins the race.
as much as I can. 2-27 lessons depending on the day of the week and how busy I am. I always turn the tree gold first, then start my lessons which I consider the new stuff. I don't consider keeping the tree gold as part of my lessons - I consider it the icing because it really lets me remember the words, and it's really fast to get through the stuff I've done before. Today I must have had 10 german circles to turn gold. Since I was all caught up yesterday and that kind of stuff keeps happening, I think duolingo purposely dumps way more on people who always keep their trees gold.
My average is about 100exp per day. I get everything golden before unlocking any new lessons. Sometimes this takes several days! But, I have stuck with this same strategy since the beginning with Spanish and Dutch. I just recently started German, but I want to finish the Spanish tree before going any further with German. Only 11 lessons to go and done! Best of luck to you!
I advice you using anki for words, this guide is very useful for guessing articles gender http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/Gender/Gender.html I think that proper pronunciation is very important in the beginning, find somewhere or ask how to properly say ö,ü,ä, ei etc. I didn't put much effort into it and now I have to learn proper pronunciation from the beginning. I found wiki dictionary very helpful, because there are recordings of REAL people not synthesizers. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/T%C3%BCr
I try to do new lesson every day, but it's pretty hard. Around 40xp I suppose.
My usual goal is to get around 100xp a day on DL but I also spend a bunch of time on Memrise too, sometimes I'll put on German radio or news and I'll just listen to see how much information I can get out of it and get more accustomed to listening since I don't really have access to German speakers where I live at all. For me, I think it's better to learn alot of vocabulary before grammar because things can get overwhelming fast with all the rules in German and if I don't feel like I'm continuously learning, then it's easy for me to get demotivated. Eventually, just by doing enough there's usually that "Oh I get it" moment where it all clicks and everything is happy and beautiful.
I absolutely agree that reading a newspaper (or a book!), watching news and listening to the radio are essential to really expanding your vocabulary and listening comprehension. Of course, nothing beats being able to actively use the spoken language with real people. There are essentially 3 skills you need to be fluent in any language: listening, speaking and reading. You can be good in one but not the others, and you need to practice all 3 to be good at them all.
If you are really into the language and you have enough free time (I'm on holidays right now) I do approximately 90 or 100 xp a day. When I'm busy, I don't exert myself. 40-50 xp is good enough to keep it going :) The most important thing is to have fun and don't overdo it, unless you need the language for an upcoming job.
Hi WilliamGen, To complete the German tree, reach level 25, and Translation Tier 7 in German, I invested 2 to 6 hours a day during a 109 day streak. I was terribly curious about learning German, about being able to read basic texts and translating them. Then I took about 10 days off (let go of my streak) and now I am reviewing each lesson at a slower pace. Have a great day,
Good luck in your learning!
To start, I try to spend 30 to 60 minutes a day studying/practicing German. Lately, I have given myself permission to take one day a week off, usually Saturday. Duolingo is one of the tools I use, and it is great for getting started. My goal is 20 xp per day, but often I do 30 or 40 when there is a lot to review. I try to mix in something new each day.
Other tools I use are Babbel, which is a paid service, but you get to hear real live voices. There are subtle differences in pronunciation. I also listen to podcasts such as Deutsche Welle - Warum Nicht? or radio broadcast via the internet. I like Schlager stations since most of the songs are in German, rather than adult contemporary which have a lot of English.
At some point when I have a good foundation of vocabulary, I want to add in live conversations. Meet Up, HelloTalk and Conversation Exchange are some of the popular sites to find language learning partners.
As an aside, www.languagesurfer.com is one of many interesting blogs about how to learn a language. Ron Gullekson, the blogger, gives a common-sense methodology and a lot of tips for how to learn a language via his blog site and facebook.
I am working on francais, not German, and have not been doing it long. However, so far my pattern has been I go through the completed sections I have done, doing practice of each section twice before going to the next section. Then when I am at the new lessons, I do about 1 or 2 full lessons, or I do more if I feel like it. This is daily.