https://www.duolingo.com/Apahegy

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

August 7, 2015

38 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Viel Erfolg mit deinem folgenden Studium!

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Arlyntr

Congratulations! I'm very much inspired to finish my German course like you! Danke.

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wizwisdom

Herzlichen Glückwunsch.. Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache, Hahaha <- Aber jetzt nicht so schwere, nicht wahr?

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

Congratulations! Good luck in your further studies.

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

Haha, that's almost exactly what I said! xD

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

Now I know to say it in German. :)

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Congratulations!!!

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

Gratulálok! :)

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Apahegy

Beszélsz magyarul?

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

Én magyar vagyok, a zászlód alapján azt tippeltem először, hogy te is.

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Apahegy

Nem, nem vagyok magyar, hanem amerikai. Várom a magyar fát, és most használom egy könyvet. A magyar nyelv sok nehézebb mint a német nyelv.

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

I hope you don't mind if I correct you: "használok egy könyvet" and "sokkal nehezebb". But otherwise very good, Good luck with Hungarian :)

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Apahegy

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.

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/acegikl

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!!! Viel Glück weiterhin mit der schönen deutschen Sprache!

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taurendil

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!

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Horatiu_B.

Ich bin auf der Weg. Ich lerne Deutsch auch in der Schule.

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cunningjames

Ich glaube, man sagt "auf dem Weg".

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

...oder auch "unterwegs".

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taurendil

Vielen Dank! Ich brauche Hilfe mit diese Dinge.. :)

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

...mit diesen Dingen. :)

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taurendil

Ahh.. Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache.

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DorianFoltak

Das ist toll

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CHEN_Bin20150630

Congratulations!

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.

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/4of92000

You have only scratched the surface, Padawan...

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeClark19

Congrats! I just started my German tree a week ago and it is a lot of fun!

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kabatta

congratulations.

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jotapaulo3

Very good! Congratulations! I will try do the same!

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

Congratulations! I hope to join you at the top in oh- six months or so. ;)

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mayyahnoor

Congratulations!!!

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AliAbdulKareem0

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

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dndon505

congratulations . i have a question , if i finish the tree is it enough to pass A eins level in German ?

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Apahegy

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.

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dndon505

thank you , you were so helpful

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cunningjames

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?

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dndon505

yes i stop for long time and start it over

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lillyflowercat

Wow! Good job!

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/22susang

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Here - have a lingot! :)

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/luis1761

Good for you! :)

August 11, 2015
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