Quick Update – German Progress

If you’re following along on my Facebook page, you know that I promised my next few blog posts would be all about free stuff. And in my last post, I linked out to hundreds of free language courses.

Well, I’m going to take a brief detour to give you guys a quick update on my German progress.

Progress Highlights:

  • Since I began my German project, I’ve been seriously studying for three months.
  • I finished the Duolingo German course, levels A1 and A2 of the Babbel German course, and levels A1.1 and A1.2 of Deutsch Interaktiv.
  • I’ve been getting in my half-hour of listening a day, from a variety of sources.
  • I read my first German book cover-to-cover (not counting preschooler books): Gregs Tagebuch, which is the Deutsch translation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I finished it last night.
  • I took the German A1 test.

On that last point, I flew up to Atlanta to take the A1 test last month, but won’t find out my results for another couple weeks. I’m pretty confident I passed (and I think I’m well past the A1 level). But I’m glad I took the test because I wanted to get a win under my belt, preparing for the test really made me nail the basics, and taking the test really gave me an insight into the psychology of the A1 test–which in turn will help me help other language students better.

During test prep, I got a little tired of all that textbook-style learning, so I’m glad it’s behind me for a while, and I can get back to watching German videos and reading fiction and fun stuff–basically, learning language my way.

Still shooting for a C1 level–at least in reading and listening–by the end of the year, with the ultimate goal of passing a German translation test. Considering my progress over the last few months, I think I’m well on track.

Bis zum nächsten Mal! Auf wiedersehen!


  • Hitrizie

    Wow, cool Ron;) I believe you will get excellent A1 test result, for sure 😉 I stop learning the mentioned language for a while, kinda tired, LOL…So, I just try to speak , watch movies and read books more 😉 I’m starting learning Dutch coz it’s similar with German and Indonesian but still on beginner level;)

    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      Hey, thank you for the support! I think speaking, watching movies, and reading books will make you learn without feeling like you’re learning. You’ll improve a lot before you know it. Good luck with Dutch! Let me know how it goes!

  • Ana Guardia

    Congrast on your first grown up book. I move to Germany this january and just finish my A1 course, I’m not taking a test until B1—but are there any good tests online that may give me an idea of how I’m doing?
    Anyway, I’m going to be keeping an eye and rooting for you! Alles gute für dich, bis Bald!