1 and a half years later... I've finished my tree!
So happy!! :-D
It's taken nearly 2 years, there's not a spot of gold to be seen, I have no streak, but I've done it.
To everyone who doesn't complete their tree in 6 months with a 200 day streak, don't give up! You're awesome! You'll get there eventually, just like I did.
Consider doing the reverse tree, it will teach you how to write French sentences.
I want a good book in french to work on. Like a french translation of Harry Potter or something. It needs to be very simple (possibly kids book) but still interesting. Any recommendations ?
I really like Roald Dahl books translated into French. They are relatively simple wording, and quite simply stories, while still being interesting enough to read. I tried Harry Potter but found the plot a little too complex to follow in French, but I guess it depends on your level. Good luck :)
I recommend trying one of the many excellent Franco-Belgian comics like Spirou for something simpler and e.g. Maigret for something a tiny bit more complicated.
This is an interesting observation. I've been using Duolingo on and off for the last two years (on my Android phone), and it seems to me that the original code - the one that had "hearts" (if you remember) - had you writing a lot more in French than the code does now (when learning French).
Writing a lot of French was often frustrating for me - because it was easy to have one error or even mis-spelling in a French sentence cause you to fail the question (and "lose a heart"). But I felt like I was really improving my sentence writing skills. With the current code, it seems I need to write French sentences less often, and when I do and fail, the "penalty" is much less severe, so it is easier to "coast" along without actually getting very good in writing. It's more fun now, but I'm not sure it's as effective.
Another thing I noticed is that I don't need to listen to french sentences as much as I used to, either. Two years ago, I was getting a lot of exercises where I had to listen to a long French sentence, and write it in French (or translate it to English). This is very important skill for French, where words often sound very different from what they are written. It seems that recently, I've also been getting much fewer of these exercises as well?
I've been thinking that these observations are just my imagination, but if people are actually going as far as telling you to do the reverse course to get more chance to write french, then maybe the non-reversed course needs to be improved?
The lite-on-French-sentences approach is great for beginners who are building vocabulary and learning basic concepts but for more advanced learning the reverse tree is a must IMHO. And the timed practice function is great for keeping the reverse tree gold. Then of course you can ladder over (learn Spanish from French for example) for even more French sentence practice. Duolingo is an awesome tool if used properly.
nyharel, Maybe you have improved so that it seems the lessons were more complicated in the past? What is the reverse course?
how do you do the reverse tree? i'm about to finish french tree, and thought i would just start over again for continued practice and improvement. interested in idea of reverse tree tho
You go to your settings > learning language > je veux apprendre l'anglais (je parle français)
Thank you! That sounds like good practice if you are more advanced in French.
I really enjoyed your post- proves the old cliché about "slow and steady.." Félicitations!
Congratulations! Here's a lingot. I appreciate the encouragement. Do you feel that you can carry on a conversation well, now? That is what I am hoping for someday.
Yes, I can hold a reasonably interesting conversation now if someone is willing to be patient. It really helps getting to this level as it's fun practicing because you can talk about something complex, instead of the way to the post office! However, I've been coupling Duo with practicing on other apps, watching French videos, reading French books, going to French groups and classes, and visits to France. Make sure you use the language as much as you can everyday.
Awesome job!! I would suggest doing the reverse tree, it really helps in sentence-writing. :) Good luck in your future studies!
excellent efforts spent in learning and being patient until arriving your goal. congrats >>:) and keep learning .
dont u think 1 and a half year is a long time .....very impatient cant wait that long anyways...CONGRATULATIONS
Wow congratulations!! Do you think that it helped with being able to speak in french at all? I took two years of spanish in high school, and I have been using this app off and on for a year or so but I feel like all I am learning is how to write or read it more than actually using the language...but maybe this is just me
Hmmm it's definitely helped with reading and writing, but I agree, speaking does feel like it doesn't catch up, because you don't have to think of vocab and sentence structures quickly, like you do in real life. However, once you know how to read and write something it's easier to learn how to say it too. Make sure you get out there and practice your Spanish too. Look on meetup.com for Spanish groups in your area. If you can't do that, talk to yourself - I do it all the time!
bravo j'espère que tu t'es bien amusé et bien le bonjour de France. Bonne continuation !
Congratulations! I hope to finish my tree someday.
I am about a quarter of the way through my tree. I've been doing a little bit everyday for about nine months now. I decided to take my time and not rush it. Everyday the first thing I do is re-gild whatever needs it and, if there is time, move on to a new lesson. My goal is to finish the tree with everything golden. This constantly going back and re-gilding allows me to continually practice lessons and not forget what I've already learned. I'm patient and decided however long it takes is how long it takes. There is no deadline.
My ten year old son just started this past week using duolingo. After spending months watching me do this on the sofa every night after dinner, he decided to dive in. I hope he sticks with it.