https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius

I've just come back from a French exam...

TheEugenius
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I have always been nervous in French exams at school, because I've always had a fear of not remembering words, or forgetting their meanings, and I remember sometimes I had to change my ideas of what to write just because I did not know how to express something in French. After a few months of Duolingo, I had my first exam since, I just flew by it. I literally did not have any trouble writing what I wanted to write, and it felt so natural! I just wanted to come and say thanks to Duolingo, because since I've been using it, I know French 10x better than my classmates, I can have basic, yet smooth conversations in French with the teachers, and I can understand at least 80% of what they say, compared to what I was before Duolingo (probably could only understand 10%!), so once again, A BIG THANK YOU to Duolingo! :D :D :D

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheseGoldenBunz

I wish Duolingo was around when I had to take a foreign language in high school. I feel like I'm learning a lot more on Duolingo than I did when I was in high school too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miasaysciao

Agreed.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Tu foto de perfil y tu nombre de usar...perfecto :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeLearntFrench

Me, too! I feel that the stress to get it right for school interfered with my learning. Too busy worrying about specifics to develop a natural feel for the language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chris_nairn
chris_nairn
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I also wish that duolingo had been around. However, I didn't have a bad experience with HS French. I actually liked the way it was organized. Spanish, on the other hand, was a bad experience for me in year 2 in HS. The format was no different bookwise than French but the teacher was a native Spanish teacher and was a lot harder and less fun than my French teacher. Had I had French classes with my Spanish teacher, I'm not sure what the results would have been. I think she spoke better French than my French teacher. The Frenchman who taught there was not a nice guy at all, so I got lucky to avoid him!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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Also, i love how my linguistic studies(including some Spanish vocabulary from DL!) have led to me being able to understand all the replies here so far, despite not knowing French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius
TheEugenius
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Haha yes! I have found that I could understand very basic Spanish after studying French!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rick2047

I wonder why this happens. After a few basic lessons in German I was able to guess most of the sentences in further exercises. But German is pretty similar to English anyways.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MEV13

Anyway* :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CapK9
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And this is based on your knowledge on spanish and french. You would be surprised to see how much spanish looks like portuguese...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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Well, i've practiced very little French. The French vocabulary i know comes mostly from English, and knowing a lot of Romantic roots, plus some of French phonology.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MickaelJR

I would say, English has some roots of old french and some expressions like "souvenirs", yet it's true we have some expressions that comes from english, like "business" or "week-end". But, etymologically, french words that come from english is a rare thing, it's more Latin or Greek.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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I mean, my KNOWLEDGE of those French words is because i speak English. For instance, i recognized "résultats" because i speak English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gbrown022

Romance ~= Roman, you know, those Mediterranean conquerors who walked all over Europe? French, Spanish, Romanian, Portugese, and Italian (duh :) have Latin roots and thus are considered "Roman"ce languages. The other big chunk of English is derived from the Germanic roots. I just wanted to toss that into the mix.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MickaelJR

Oh, so I misunderstood you. ;) But when I'm watching movies in english or reading some serious things, I'm astonished of how many french expressions we can find. I couldn't had guess by myself. And it's the same in France, we're englishening our language.

P.S.: if you're struggling with all the accents like "é" or "è" or "ê", don't worry at all, most of the people can't write two lines without doing any mistake in their own language. x) sigh such illiterates…

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jordacheangel

Actually, I have read and heard officially that most words in English were "borrowed" from french back in the day. Just the pronounciations were changed, and a few tweeks in the spellings. And all the love languages, french, spanish etc. are linked because they are all derived from Latin. So learning french is easier for an English speaker than a Russian native speaker.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ubernichts

It says there that 30% of English words come from French, 60% directly or indirectly from Romance languages. It is kind of weird to call them "Romantic", though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_French_origin

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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I didn't think it was a whole majority...

Isn't it more like a third? I thought the majority was Romantic, including French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jordacheangel

I'm sorry I don't understand your question..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
MystyrNile
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You're French? Ha! I would have never guessed!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
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Mes félicitations! Alors, quand est-ce que tu auras les résultats?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius
TheEugenius
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Jeudi, je vais les afficher ici :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/D_O_M_O
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EAT MY LINGOTS. EAT THEM I SAY.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Friendbaiir

Cracked up, best reply ever

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nanny-france
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Well done. I really agree with all you say about Duolingo too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Goran69696696969

hello cutie

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Formidable!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/camilaaraneda03

thank you duo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiniEmini

Congratulations! I want to be able to write like that too. My school doesn't have French class so I have to learn on my own time, but I don't mind because the more I learn the more it becomes easier for me to communicate with my family in France.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeroSonic
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I find the overall design of the website very user-friendly. I suspect they used MySQL, Javascript/JQuery, PHP, HTML5 and Bootstrap 3.0 to make this all happen. I always come back here to see their new features on the website layout and implementation. Doesn't hurt from time to time to do some lessons. Great stuff. Continue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ubernichts

With their success, soon you will see some lecture about their architecture, scaling or culture in a dev event somewhere on InfoQ, YouTube or Vimeo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirifis
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Bravo ! Toutes mes félicitations, voici un lingot pour toi :) J'espère avoir les mêmes résultats avec mon allemand, c'est bien parti :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

I've said this before, but my goodness how I wish I had Duolingo when I had to take French in high school. (I also wish I'd put more effort into those classes, but that's another matter!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LimitlessT

I've just come* back

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius
TheEugenius
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Haha thanks for examining (pun intended) my post, I'll change the title name!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dickless

Duolingo is great but to be honest I only clicked on this discussion because I saw your icon.... Comrade...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius
TheEugenius
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:D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EWHPTthe4th
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Congrats!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/D_O_M_O
D_O_M_O
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omg same profile pic have a lingot!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EWHPTthe4th
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thank you!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VickyFlawless

Thanks to duo I have learned some new words in french!!! Thank you duo

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreaOviedo

Gut! Congrats!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lpacker
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Super!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chopinfan

Excellent!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinmoro

wow this is so reassuring. this is my first day using it and I hope to come back and see the same results :) bon nuit

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A51f
A51f
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Cool! Isn't French on like the SAT tests?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeoBaker76

good 4 you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

Bravo pour tes succès! Continue de travailler fort!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sysoy

Поздравляю! Congrats!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lewis_da_nugget

what is man in french

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roosky2003

L'homme = the man; un homme = a man

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.
Nitram.
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Bon travail et bon courage aussi à l'avenir!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daviddspeaks

I'm stoked to hear this! Benny Lewis inspired me and I had heard about duolingo from somewhere (I think on the web, but not certain). I felt I needed to start somewhere...and after watching his TED talk, I remembered about this app and jumped in to my most historically "impossible" language to learn...French. Day one...if I can keep this up, let's see how I do in a year. Thanks for the encouragement!!! Bon chance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x2_kWRB8-A

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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Très bon!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/laurenb2094
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It is so good to hear others reaping the benefits as well as me, I have found that duolingo has improved my translating skills especially, which i have been transferring over into my French exams at university, this website is great for improving grades :) vive duolingo haha

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/englishmedi

félicitations, je te souhaite bon chance et avoir une excellente resultat,

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1J84
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Congratulations :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chris_nairn
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I'm not certain I understand the methodology fully. From what I can tell, you take these little tests and if you miss problems it shows you what the correct answer was and learn from your errors. You can also look at articles and see translations and attempt to translate yourself. It seems that coming in with a little knowledge of the target language is best for using duoLingo. I do like it so far. Sometimes it's hard to understand the audio but that's not too horrible.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chris_nairn
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Okay, I'm starting to get the learning methodology. I've gone through a little bit of the Italian, which I know practically nothing about and I'm starting to learn. Working on the languages that I already had some knowledge of, I didn't see the benefit straight away.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/montefaro

So pleased for you, so positive, so good.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kayvan90

good 4 U bro

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaucyMexicanMan

Its olioa.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Penguino
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This is wonderful to hear! Congrats on your improvement!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yamenarhim

your discussion Encourage me to keep working for i will lear from duolingo every day thanks for duolingo and thank you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/underfrogg

Can Someone give me a lingot. I would really appreciate it. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius
TheEugenius
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Sure!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BeastBoyMiles

Duolingo does seemed to have helped me. I started only about 3-5 months ago and i've learned about 15% in Spanish (in Spanish means espanol).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaxRocker

"I've just CAME back from a French exam"! How's your English?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius
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Yeah, I've changed it. English isn't my first language, and I'm sure that you aren't perfect in the language that you're learning right now.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaxRocker

You are right. Do you think I should have ignored your error? Or did you learn something? And I am certainly not perfect in the language I am learning now. Would you please correct me if I make a mistake in Spanish?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Unless he was just on and edited it, the title says I've just come back. Come is actually the past participle of come. This is correct - and a snarky comment about what you consider a failure in someone's English is rude.Jan 29, 2014

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaxRocker

Yes. He edited it and it is now correct. My comment was not snarky. It was intended to be helpful. I suggested he/she check their English. You are being overly-sensitive.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Yes, I don't know why a correction gets downvoted...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chris_nairn
chris_nairn
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Agreed, the point of this site is to learn languages. Having said that I would like to point out to the original poster that "came" could have remained if the word "have" had been omitted. Either way would have been correct. :)

The problem is with the printed word. Getting straight to the point can leave intent ambiguous.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ousseini.

I find the méthodologie of duoligo is excellent, now i CAN discus with some friends

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smeylie

C'est bien que tu progresse dans tes cours grâce à ce site. Moi aussi se site m'a permis d'améliorer considérablement mon espagnol. Bonne continuation! :*

Hope you'll still use this tool to upgrade your second language and why not, learn other in the futur!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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applause Glad you have improved your French and satisfied with the results. Hard work pays off. You deserve it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varnani

I have just started with Duolingo here myself. I had five years of French in middle school and high school, and I was able to hold conversations, read comics and newspapers. Unfortunately I had forgotten a whole lot since I haven't spoken much French for ten years, but this absolutely seems like a good way to refreshen my French. I can imagine that this helps a lot for those who are studying it in school too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chris_nairn
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I had French in high school and one year in college. It's been about twenty years for me since that one year. I could actually communicate and "think" in French better then than I can in Spanish now but I do think my Spanish vocab is currently much bigger. I think the French course that was offered at my college had much to do with my abilities at the time. We used French in Action. You can find the videos online and buy the textbook and workbooks used for cheap. It's a great "immersion" method, which if used in conjunction with dulingo, etc. should produce reasonably quick results.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeLearntFrench

Thanks for pointing out French in Action. I'd like to hear some real speakers for variety!

I found the videos legally free at Annenberg Learner: http://www.learner.org/resources/series83.html

(Or enter this with appropriate corrections www -learner.org -resources-serie283.html)

Unfortunately, only available in Canada and US .

Printed materials not available from Annenberg.

Does DuoLingo have a place to gather links to all these resources?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chris_nairn
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Yes, hearing real speakers is crucial for us to get better. There's music in the words and we have to find our way into it. I don't know about link gathering as I'm new to duolingo but I doubt it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lewis_da_nugget

same wuu2

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ph.DRuthRebecca

WHICH DUOLINGO USER HAS THE MOST XP'S

3 years ago
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