Finally finished my first DuoLingo tree: German!
Can anyone recommend a good way to continue learning? Is the translation immersion a good way to go? Should I try the English for German speakers course perhaps?
I am nowhere near finishing the tree, but I really like the Learn German with Stories series by Andre Klein (you can find the e-books on Amazon). They're meant for learners, so the chapters are only 2-3 pages long and it focuses on high frequency words. Duolingo is a great resource, but you can't truly learn a language with Duolingo alone. Adding the novels will enhance your vocabulary and expose you to lengthier passages. Reading online news is also good - most news is written at a lower difficulty level than literature, articles are short, and there's often pictures or video to accompany them.
Thank you! I will look closer at Klein's books, they appear to be exactly what I've been looking for for a long time!
Children's books are often good, but I'm an adult and sometimes the stories are a bit too 'childish' (for obvious reasons). :P
Yeah. They also often use vocabulary that aren't in our language brains yet, since children have been receiving audio input since before they were born and therefore know the meanings of words, even if they can't read them yet. Something you could do with kid books, though, is try to describe the pictures/make up your own story about what's going on using words you do know. That's what I do in my classroom. (I'm a Spanish teacher.)
Well done! :) Yes, the reverse tree (English for German speakers) is pretty good, I finished it today and it helped me a lot to get used to the usage of German language :) Try it. Immersion is good too.
You can watch many german documentaries on youtube. Two channels I subscribe to is Faszinierende Tierwelt and Dasdokuarchiv. I also subscribe to Deutsche Welle, it's a news channel. They have many short clips about many different things.
I would recommend doing the reverse tree, as that will probably have more words that you didn't learn yet. Also, you should do immersion, that will help with real world articles, and how native/fluent speakers (most of the time) type in German. You could also maybe find a German book or two, and read those. Or even find some newspapers in German, you could get used to the language, and learn about current events in Germany! (or Switzerland or Austria) Hope that helped! :D
Congratulations! Something else to consider are books that have German on one side with the English translation on the other side. I've found it is a nice way to build vocabulary as well as become more accustomed to German.
I really like that idea. Do you have any that you recommend? Do you know if there are any books like that on the internet (rather than in paper form)?
The books I've found have been short stories at our local public library. One other idea that works fairly well is to look in the immersion section of DL and select an article to translate. Once you are in the article section, if you select "Proofread", the German as well as the current English translation will be visible where you can read them side by side.
Where can you get these books? When I was in Argentina they had them at newspaper stands (with Spanish to English), and I loved them!
DavidG - Dover Publications Inc. publishes a series called A Dual-Language Book, which includes titles like Best Short Stories/ Die schönsten Erzählungen, and Introduction to German Poetry, etc... I've included their link below, although you can find these titles very cheap online: http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-languages-and-linguistics-dual-language--dictionaries--other.html#loctop
That's right parallel translations can be very useful in seeing how professional translators deal with conveying an idea.
Now I know the proper term - parallel translation, thank you. Much more efficient than on one side of the page is German and on the other side is English.
I support most of what the others have said. Resources not yet mentioned include watching German TV on daserste.de or listening to German podcasts on your commute/while you do household chores/etc.
I haven't sat down for a test to see what level I'm at, but I'd be surprised if I'm as high as B2 after doing both trees... I think one needs a lot of time in conversation and a much wider vocabulary before getting to that level, but perhaps I'm wrong!
Well done YuvalHaspel! I completed the German tree about two weeks ago and I also wondered what to do next. I decided to 1) keep working on Duolingo to keep my tree golden and do German Progress Quizzes until I get a 5/5 score. I am also working on the reverse course, but I do not give it priority. 2) I do give my learning at Memrise priority; I do the official A1 course now, which I plan to finish in a week or two. After that I will do the A2 course and then I will do the 5000 word vocabulary course. All in all I think this will be 2-3 months of work or so. I hope that this is interesting to you. Great that you've finished the tree and I hope that you manage to reach your language learning goals soon!
Thanks buddy! For the great comment and the very helpful tips. I think keeping the tree golden has definitely been a priority for me. Doing the reverse tree is interesting since both languages aren't my native languages (Hebrew is). Haven't tried Memrise, but I definitely will. I'm actually wondering how my German skills will hold up in Germany, and I'm about to find out soon :) Where do you take the official courses?
Bitteschön! Cool that you speak Hebrew, I find it an interesting language! What place in Germany do you plan to visit?
The links to the Memrise courses: Beginner's German (A1): http://www.memrise.com/course/629122/beginners-german-a1/ Beyond Beginner's German (A2): http://www.memrise.com/course/690189/beyond-beginners-german-a2/ 5000 German Words (top 87%) (unofficial but great): http://www.memrise.com/course/920/5000-german-words-top-87/
Many thanks for the links! In Germany I plan to visit the black forest, Stuttgart, and a few other locations. Should be interesting. Hopefully I'll get to visit the Mercedes museum, I heard it's insane. Hebrew is hatching on DuoLingo... perhaps it's your next project :D
Great. I want to know what is the real level of German when the tree is finished? I am working on it and want some motivation. : )
B1 is the highest level when you finish the standard tree, if you finish the reverse one you may also get to B2 :)
I feel like completing the tree helped me a lot with perhaps understanding basic German conversation. Planning to visit Germany in a couple of weeks... We'll see if this is actually true lol
Gratuliere! I am still in the middle of my way to finish my tree. Struggling, very hard to learn German. Keep going! Tschúss!
As Hjerman mentioned below, there are always German documentaries online (Youtube), news stories (Deutsche Welle), etc... Recently, after I complete two lessons in German, I go to Youtube to watch a Deutsche Welle program called DW Typisch Deutsch, which is a series/segment on a new theme every program. Either way, progressing in the language requires pushing oneself a little.
i ve heard of some thing that lets you speak face to face with other people to learn more
Translation has helped me a lot especially on my reading and writing skills and to extend my vocabulary to different themes.
As well as pen pals of some type, try reading the German newspaper Der Spiegel. Not only good quality newspaper, but long articles that can really test your knowledge and deepen your vocabulary.
Try using mango languages. Its a really helpful site when it comes to conversational language.
Congratulations. You have a lot of options to continue. You can do the reverse tree, it is a way to review the original tree. You may want to do something to improve listening comprehension I do Mango and this one http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/deutsch-warum-nicht/s-2548
You can also try lesson exchanges or a paid tutor, they are not so expensive online or in person. I have not tried it yet, but some people do meetups for Germans. I also like to review grammar books as DL does not teach all the grammar. You need to review and learn vocabulary, practice some basic writing, listen and talk.