https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bladerunner1948

Finally made it to a one year streak

Time for a holiday. I set myself a target of a continuous one year in French. Completed my tree a few months ago and progressed from level 4 to level 15 along the way and a 53% fluency rating.

Been trying to regild my tree for the last few months but unsuccessfully. According to Duo, I forget quicker than I can learn:-))

Possibly time to explore additional learning sites.

November 11, 2015

45 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillofKempsey

Congratulations on the 365 day streak. (I recently lost mine through going on a short holiday - ironically to France.)

I also had difficulty re-gilding my tree in preparation for the trip. At first, it infuriated me. I count myself as pretty fluent in French. Then I realised that in fact Duolingo was quite right. I had forgotten so much.

I doubt whether you will find a site as useful as Duolingo.

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tessallation

Useful to know that the Duolingo algorithms about our memories is right!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolynnedougherty

Congratulations!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KoolKat08

your streak is 933!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tessallation

More inspiration!!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KoolKat08

ya

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bladerunner1948

I'm humbled. That is outstanding! And no, I won't be trying to break your astonishing record:-))

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolynnedougherty

I have used several streak freezes so it is not really a real streak. It does feel so good when you reach the year mark. Seriously, congratulations :)

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tessallation

Congrats on your 365 day streak...that's simply awesome!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LINHARS

Congratulations !!

I agree that now you ought to do something new. You ought to be able to read books in French! Start with translated American or English novels. They are not so difficult, and easier to read than a novel written in French. With a dictionary, you will manage, I'm sure.

According to Duo, I also forget everything all the time, I have to refresh the easiest sentences even without making mistakes. I don't think I can keep on doing this for another 100 days.

( I like your name, I don't know how many times i've seen the movie . )

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

I have been re-gilding for a long time, but it does get faster and faster. I am now down to about three minutes per exercise when re-gilding, so it does not take up much of my time.

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poissonnier

I'm just starting myself. So a year gets you 54% fluency, and that's enough to read novels in French? Good to know. Films too I imagine, sans subtitles. Maybe Georges Simenon or Camus' L'Entranger? For films I would think Hiroshima, Mon Amour, as it seems to have little slang. I do love la cinema francaise. This is going to be fun.

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LINHARS

I don't know if i's possible, it depends on many things, how much you have learned during the year, how easy it is for you to learn a new language, etc. But a small book doesn't cost much so it is worth a try. I don't know where you live, but Amazon sends books almost anywhere I suppose. But you need a good dictionary, and a list of the verbs conjugation. I have this rule: If I have to look up more than 20 words per page, I think it is too difficult at the moment.

November 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Macjory

Congratulations! 365 consecutive days is quite an accomplishment!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jsd123456

lingots for everybody

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bladerunner1948

Une bonne idée. J'ai beaucoup beaucoup de lingots.

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jsd123456

more lingots!

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneysha7

Congrats! That's a great achievement indeed!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fireballkyogre

Wow great job!!!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

Congratulations! Keep at it! Now your next goal should be Lesson 25. You're in the big leagues now.

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isrianth

Félicitations ! That's a great achievement. Keeping a streak is not easy at all, it implies a commitment to come each day and do all the practice one can do.

Have you considered doing the reverse tree? I do reverse courses for both French and German and I can tell you that reverse trees are very useful to continue improving your language learning here on DL. You can also use Memrise to learn more vocabulary and try listening to French music or podcasts.

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bladerunner1948

Hi,

I actually live in France at the moment so have lots of opportunities to engage. Problem is that the sort of French spoken here varies from the very understandable to the totally incomprehensible. One thing that did help was joining the local Randonneurs group. My wife and I are Scottish but all the other members are French. (Vive la vieille alliance!)

They don't speak English beyond a few words, so we have to speak French. As the walks we do are from 3 to 5 hours plus possibly "aperos" afterwards, we get lots of practice that way.

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isrianth

That's interesting. In my case I would like to have opportunities to practise my spoken French, even though I learnt the IPA to have a better grasp of French pronunciation. I know that I need someone to talk to in French, but I want to increase my vocabulary a little bit more before I decide to do that.

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ERGCEspinoza7

You, my friend, have some valuable determination skills with the rest of the people that are willing to accomplish this challenge. Great work!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valarie_lolz

Congrats on your 365 day streak! Thats a great accomplishment!

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaves.Marcelo

Great job! Congrats. I suggest you to try this: http://www.francaisauthentique.com It's great for improving your speaking skills. His whole idea is help people who already understands French but has difficult to speak. There's a 7-day free course that is really nice. I've started my French tree almost three months ago here on Duo, and I listen to this podcast everyday. By now I can say that I'm able to understand around 70% of what's being said, but I'm getting a little bit better everyday.

Hope it helps. Regards from Brazil

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bladerunner1948

Good tip. Thanks

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ivybrayfield15

well done. do you find it easy to learn then or is it fairly difficult?

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bladerunner1948

I think that persistence and repetition does pay off in the long run. You find that you are speaking or writing automatically without constantly translating in your head. I don't think it is particularly difficult but Duolingo does pitch it softly on the grammar front. I've found other sites where testing is much more difficult. However, that said, Duolingo is a great site for beginners and the Duolingo community is very supportive.

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NtateNarin

That is wonderful bladerunner1948! Congratulations!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristenDQ

Congrats! I'm not far behind!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KoolKat08

how is giving every one lingots?

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/h-hubbs

congrats i also love duolingo too

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/glen348163

Congrats - I thought I was doing all right with 22! That gives me something to aspire to..! Well done.

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kool1234

Congrats! That's Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lepaslandas

Spend an entire day or two (a weekend possibly) on gilding. Also, use Strengthen Skills for a week before this weekend. It is hard work, but will be worth it.

Congratulations on your one-year streak!

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Coconutti

Congrats on our streak! I don't think I could keep my streak up even for a week

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luizschiller

Congratulations! Some day I'll get there too! :)

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Skywing22

Awesoome Bladerunner1948! Congrats!

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/benje564

Great keep it up!!!!!

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Texangymnast

congrats

November 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hima660

good work ..........

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andrewcyoon

I just started learning french. Very hard but also very fun too! I also forget quicker than I can learn. Congrats on the streak. I didn't go on Duolingo for a day and I forgot everything... Oops..... hehe.....

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/milansent

That's awesome! Congratulations.

I think that now that you've got a good base, you should immerse yourself, try to listen and read real things in French. You could start with some children's novels like Le Petit Prince or watch movies in French. Also, I find that the listening exercises on TV5monde are very helpful and they exist for multiple levels.

November 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lexirose909

awesome! i had a ton of streaks but than i went on a 3 month vacation and lost all of them just got back,congrats on your year streak keep up the good work!

November 20, 2015
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