Finished my French tree!
Just thought I would let the whole world know that I have just finished my French Tree. I started three years ago and finished about a week ago. Finishing the tree is just a beginning, I read french better than I speak it, and still struggle with listening to it( on television) but I know I can do it and will continue to study and practice.
Thanks to all the mods that help out in the forums and to the Duolingo community.
Félicitations!!! I recommend listening to French music to improve your comprehension. Good luck with your future French studies!! :)
thank you very much i just started the cource and you catalyzed me with this post
Congratulations on your achievement! I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the French tree myself (and about a fifth of the way through the reverse tree, heh).
For the ignorant of me: what is a reverse tree? just going through the lessons backwards?
The reverse tree is when you change the settings of Duo to be as though you're a speaker of your target language and you're trying to learn your source language.
So in the case of French for English Speakers, the reverse tree is English for French Speakers.
What this does is it gives more written practice than the direct tree does - one weakness in Duo's model is that it has a lot of reading the target and writing in the source so when you do a reverse tree you read the source language and write more in the target language (note: speaking and listening skills are not helpful in a reverse tree if you are fluent in the source language so it's recommended to toggle those questions off while working on a reverse tree).
Another thing some people do is work on what is called a "cross tree" when they're learning two languages - this is where you make your target language one of the languages you're learning and the source another as available by Duo. Like, if one were learning Spanish and German, one could cross tree by using German for Spanish Speakers. You can also bridge into a new language you want to learn by using a cross tree if you want to and are adequately comfortable with the language you're marking as your source.
Michikade: While I can see the good sense of most of what you've described (and thank you for it), I'm not sure I can agree with your "weakness in Duo's model". I'm glad there's less writing in the target than the source, at least at my stage. I'm struggling a lot with writing in Italian, so if there were more of it I'd probably get too depressed with my mistakes and give up.
I definitely see your point and understand it. I see the value in having it where one goes from the target and requests the source. What I mean is I would prefer it to be a little more balanced - in my experience it's been roughly 75% writing source and reading target, 25% writing target and reading source, while I would prefer it be closer to 50/50. Since it is imbalanced, using a reverse tree balances it back out.
That is simply my opinion on the matter.
In Settings, you can turn off the speaker and the microphone. Then your lessons will only give you the written questions.
It's when you do French for English speakers then English for French speakers.
Well done. I've not long started mine. I studied French at school, but that was quite some time ago so I decided to come here to brush up on my skills! I found I remembered a lot more than I thought.
Congratulations - that's awesome. And well done for sticking it out for 3 years. I'm a newbie and I worry a little that I might allow myself to become sidetracked with work, life etc etc and stop doing my duo at some stage. I always find posts by people who have stuck it out for a while inspiring. Thanks!
Congrats! Just started the French course myself. Trying to pick up where I left off a couple of years ago.
Wonderful, congratulations!!. What do you think is your level, Do you speak some French, can you understand?
Congratulations, I see that you learn some other interesting languages. I started to study French at school this year, as well as with Duolingo. I hope three (or maybe two) years later I’ll be there where you are.
Congratulations! (Don't know enough French to pat you on the back with it, but know that I wanted to.)