This is my mandatory "I finished the German tree" post.
Hey everyone, don't the rules say you have to tell everyone when you finish your tree? I'm pretty sure they do, so here's mine.
I finally finished the German tree. It was at 2:00 this morning, and I really wanted to sleep, so please excuse me posting this so late; I know Duolingo wants you to post it immediately. I started the German tree over one year ago, and finally completed it. This was the first language I've ever learned- besides mandatory Spanish in High School, which I wasn't really trying to learn- and I've glad I made the choice.
It started with me having to take a foreign language in college, and I chose German. One summer before school started I decided to get a head-start on German, so I went to Google to see what I could find. Naturally I had a lot of doubt about what you could find on the internet, but I somehow came across Duolingo. I expected it some kind of children's game that teaches words like "dog" and "apple," then be over.
I was doing a lesson and saw "Ich bin ein Mann," followed by "Ich bin eine Frau," so I compared "ein" to "eine," and started figuring out how gender works. Then I saw "I am eating an apple," so seeing that "Apfel" is masculine I tried "Ich esse ein Apfel," and I was wrong. It was actually "Ich esse einen Apfel." I was confused about where that "-en" came from, so I looked into it. I figured out why it was like that, and figured "Hey, I've learnt this much, maybe I should give this Duolingo some thought," so I went further.
Though the skills were locked, I could still the names, I looked down the tree and saw things like "dative pronouns, prepositions, past perfect." It only took until about the fifth or sixth skill, before I decided this was a good program, and committed myself to completing the course.
Here I am 15 months later, and it's finally done. I'm not fluent, but Duolingo doesn't promise fluency. I can however, and even have held full conversations with German speakers I have met in school. I can ask questions in German, and sometimes even understand the answer.
My "Vielen Dank" goes out to the volunteers who developed this course. I had a lot of fun learning German, and will continue to have fun as I have to move past Duolingo to improve it further. Most of all, Duolingo taught me how to learn a language. Before Duolingo, I would have used Google Translate and only picked up vocabulary without putting any thought into using proper gramar.
Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache
Congratulations! I'm very much inspired to finish my German course like you! Danke.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch.. Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache, Hahaha <- Aber jetzt nicht so schwere, nicht wahr?
Nem, nem vagyok magyar, hanem amerikai. Várom a magyar fát, és most használom egy könyvet. A magyar nyelv sok nehézebb mint a német nyelv.
I hope you don't mind if I correct you: "használok egy könyvet" and "sokkal nehezebb". But otherwise very good, Good luck with Hungarian :)
No I don't mind- thanks for correcting me. I don't see why I used definite conjugation; there was no reason to do that.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch!!! Viel Glück weiterhin mit der schönen deutschen Sprache!
Das freut mich ^_^ Ich bin an der Weg. Ich lerne Deutsch also in die Schule. Und jetzt, kann ich nichts mehr schreiben. Ich weiß die Worte nicht. Aber Glückwunsch!
I totally agree with you in paraghafe five. I have studied the German language for two weeks.
The grammer rules in German are confused to me.
i'm supposed to be studying german next month and i just started, i think this site is very good since it clears up some words that are confusing
congratulations . i have a question , if i finish the tree is it enough to pass A eins level in German ?
Eins level? Are you talking about A1/A2? If so, I would say probably. Definitely if you use outside resources and actually practice with other people, but if you use only Duolingo, you might be able to pull of an A2.
That is of course, if you're not one of these people that post "I finish my X language tree in 4 days!!!" You have to take your time and move at a mature pace.
I'm not finished with the German tree but I'm coming up on three quarters ... I simply can't imagine Duolingo alone would get you to a solid A2. Maybe an A2 equivalent in written translation, but that's about it.
Impressive to have a 233 day streak and have only be at level 7 ... did you start over at some point?