My French Tree is... complete !
Finally ! Today I have reached two goals : for my 100th day, I have finally finished this long and difficult French tree ! And everything is in yellow, of course !
This is the second tree that I have finished, because I had completed the English tree (from French) almost 3 months ago. Because, yes, I am French, and I can say that the French tree (from English) was way more difficult than the English tree (from French) ! You foreigners, who try to learn our beautiful and difficult language, I really think that you are very brave, and you have all my respect !
Congratulations! And thank you for the words of encouragement. I have met with very positive reactions from my French speaking friends. Now I just have to get brave and try to dialogue with them (blush, blush)
Congratulations, I finished my English-to-French tree last week but it'll take some time to get it all gold. I'm currently starting the Irish tree. I'm going to tackle the French-to-English tree at some point.
Congratulations! I love doing the english to french tree but I have been doing it for over a year now and I still have 18 more sections to do. I do it every single day so really I should have progressed more but I am well and truly hooked and would never give up. When I have finished it I will do the french to english tree.
Thank you everybody for all these kind words ! Your support is really amazing, and I hope that you will succeed to complete your own Duolingo trees, and especially the French one ! Now I am going to try to complete the other trees from French, particularly the Spanish one and the German one too... Other challenges, way more difficult than the previous ^^
Je vous en prie! =) Can not agree more on your comment that French language is beautiful yet tough to learn. ;) Quick Qs as you are a native speaker of French, French national:
Q1: Besides pronouncing nasal vowels & R as correctly as possible, what can non natives do better to speak French more like French people? Your thoughts?
Q2: STARBUCKS en France, quelle impression avez-vous? Je suis curieux de savoir. =)
Wow, your 1st question is very difficult, there could have so many answers ! Which is difficult is that the persons from the North and from the South speak completely different ! It's the same language, but the accents, and some words are different. If you want to speak like a "Northern" French (like me) or a Parisian, I'd say that you can "eat" some words. An example : "Je ne sais pas ce que l'on va manger tout à l'heure" [I do not know what we are going to eat later] could be transformed in "Je sais pas c'qu'on mange t'à l'heure" - There are some words who disappear, and others which are shortened. I understand that it can be VERY technical for a foreigner... And an important thing too : don't try to speak with a French accent, keep your own accent ! It is charming to hear some exotic accents :-)
And for your 2nd question, I'd say that Starbucks is not as popular in France as it can be in other countries. It is very expensive, and we have a lot of cafés and salons de thé which are way cheaper, and obviously, Frenchier, so better than the American coffees ! But my opinion doesn't have a lot of importance, because I never went into a Starbucks, and frankly, I don't want to either ! I prefer to go in a café or, even better, in a bar or a pub with my friends !
Merci mille fois pour ci, Damien! Speaking of accent, absolutely love the English spoken by French nationals like many here. They just sound so good to one's ears. =)
Regarding opening of STARBUCKS in France, am also quite impressed that it survived this long considering superb outdoor cafes in France. Well heard that STARBUCKS typically make more profit from various capital gains (i.e. real estate price increases for their coffee shops, buildings bought) than sales from coffee itself. haha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYFb6ZCsWTk
Ahah yes, we can have a strong accent ! I went in London last year, during 2 months, and Londoners automatically knew that I was French :-)
good for you ,I haven't finished my own tree let alone 2, you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on completing your tree. It must have been interesting doing French from English.
I have just completed my French tree. It has taken me about a year with only one short break of a few days. I think that is taken my longer because I always re-goldened the tree before tackling a new unit. I find that lots of consolidation works best for me.
I think I need to do more written work to really firm up the verb endings in the various tenses.
I need to practice listening and speaking skills too.