https://www.duolingo.com/profile/the.worst.horse

one hundred days and the end of my streak

I started using duolingo and memrise to learn French from scratch, setting myself the goal of doing a lesson everyday for 90 days to see what I could do. Today, I am reading simple French novels and can write well enough to keep a journal that can be deciphered by French speakers, even if I make lots of mistakes. Stupéfiant!

Lentement mais sûrement, j'apprends écrire et lire la francais. Chaque jour, une leçon. Chaque jour, un peu de mots. Et chaque jour, erreurs d'beaucoup! C'est amusant et je vais continuer. Il y a plus de apprendre! Hélas, ma série victorieuse est finie.

Tomorrow I leave for a part of the world without Internet access and, je suis certain, peu de francophones. I am looking forward to getting through the second half of the tree on my return.

À toutes les personnes qui m'ont aidé, merci beaucoup!

March 13, 2014

78 Comments


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

Bon voyage!

March 14, 2014

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

Amazing numbers ! It's high times for you, isn't it, Melvin?

March 14, 2014

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

Holy crap! 377 days... THAT’s impressive!!!

March 15, 2014

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

woah!!!!! those numbers are too awesome!!! :D what is your total score??!

March 15, 2014

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

She has over 220k xp...

April 26, 2014

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

Amazing! Congrats :)

March 13, 2014

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

Thank you for this post. I'm inspired now. Starting my day 1 today.

March 15, 2014

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

Oh Aileen - that is so exciting. bonne chance à vous. ! a little each day is the best way to go. And then to make friends and talk with them (you can do it through duolingo) and encourage and challenge them as well !

March 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Remy
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Félicitations ! :-)

March 13, 2014

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

I'm blown away. I could correct your French but that might seem as I were ignoring your massive progress from zero. I'm on day 70 something in Spanish and my Spanish thoughts are nowhere near so complex. A part of the world with no internet connection...sounds very interesting. Have a fabulous trip and we'll catch you when you return and climb to new heights in French.

March 14, 2014

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

Brilliant ! I see you have enjoyed Duolingo so far like me.

March 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laye25

je parle francais courrament et je suis surprise d'apprendre que tu a attaint ce niveau après juste 90 jours d'aprentissage ! chapeau!

March 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0liwia

"que tu aies atteint" :-)

March 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laye25

Thank you! I'am glad you corrected me!!

March 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/the.worst.horse

sitting in an airport with wifi, the last i will see for a while, i am happy to be sent off with so many kind wishes!

March 17, 2014

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

Bonne chance! Au revoir! Reviens vite!

March 17, 2014

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

Bomb voyage! Monsieur incroyable

March 14, 2014

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

C'est vraiment très encourageant! Je me demandais justement quel serait mon niveau si je partais du niveau zéro (from scratch) et que je décidais d'aller le plus loin possible avec Duolingo.

Jusqu'à quelle leçon as-tu été?

March 14, 2014

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

Quelle grande aventure ! C'est mon challange pour aussi apprendre le français.. Votre série de victoires n'est pas terminée. Attendez et voir. C'est seulement cette petite race qui est terminée. Cette petite bataille, ce chapitre est terminé. Vous gagnez la guerre. Votre voyage est grande. L'aventure continue, de même que la mienne. ;) bon voyage. A bientôt !

March 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0liwia

I'm just going to correct one mistake, because it's a funny one: "race" in French is only related to ethnicity (like race in English). If you are talking about a competition, like cars or running, it is "une course" :-)

March 18, 2014

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

As your streak has not ended, looks like there may be time to say, Bon voyage! Wherever it is you're heading, have a great time.

What a super way to utilize Duolingo. Thanks for posting your note.

March 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tbvjshqk017

godspeed!

March 13, 2014

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

This was one of my favourite threads of this kind. Very happy for you! Hope you get back to it soon.

March 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RosettaRock4

Great job! Have fun! Bonne chance on your trip!

March 13, 2014

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

That's great! Have a great trip.

March 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/007woofwoof

Dedication………..you inspire…………très très bien……….....be proud ………...

March 14, 2014

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

Bonne chance and safe travels!

March 14, 2014

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

Félicitations! Merci pour le partage de vos expériences. Il est très inspirant!

March 14, 2014

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

Great!

March 14, 2014

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

Congratulations! Bon voyage :)

March 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1429jhf

You are very motivated. Je vous souhaite un bon voyage.

March 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/volleyballDVM16

Bon voyage! Great job and have a wonderful trip!!

March 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bobi94sm

bravo

March 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/icegoalie35

Congrats! Have a great time

March 14, 2014

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

Thats amazing!

March 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noe010101

Thanks for sharing it with us, it's very motivating. You said you are leaving, so... good luck and "see" you soon!:)

March 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noe010101

Have 7 lingots for luck ;)

March 14, 2014

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

WOW... you’re on 162 days streak? NICE!!! and all the languages you’re learning... impressive!

March 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noe010101

Thanks! However, it's not that easy with French and German at all, they're tough ones.

March 15, 2014

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

Well.. I’m learning French now, so we’ll see... I’m at mere 14 days now, so it’s early to say anything I guess...

March 15, 2014

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

Well... actually, the “levels” don’t really represent the actual level, just the number of experience points - which is actually one point I’ve been thinking of suggesting to change. I think the levels should represent how far you’ve got on your tree - or at least there should be an indication about that somewhere... I’ve only finished Basic1, Basic 2, Phrases, Foods and animals, and 3/5 in my adjectives... I’ve spent, however a LOT of time practicing them, and I believe I’ve acquired pretty much all the knowledge there is to acquire from them, and I’m confident in going forward... Having said that, I agree about what you said about nationality... Hungarian is one of the most complex languages in the world, every verb having 76 (or so) different shapes as an example for that. So for a Hungarian picking up conjugations for instance is probably way easier than for an English native, for whom even the concept is kinda alien itself...

March 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noe010101

Nevertheless you're on a higher level than I am:), and beside this, I think that this hardness for my learning French may be affected by just the nationality, maybe some languages are easier for some nationalities while other are not, I imagine.

March 15, 2014

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

I second your suggestion, Tomi. I have lived in French speaking countries, taught in French, etc, read, write or translate French every day and so on, and the only French Duolingo section I do not master is the switch from subjonctif passé into English (neither being native languages in my case); however, when I took the French from English placement test it gave me the equivalent of level 11. Same for Romanian from English, with Romanian being my mother tongue. Which was slightly frustrating and almost put me off DUO. Moreover, in the immersion modules, sometimes users who obviously use automatic translation engines feel entitled to correct my work just because they have more XP points. Doubly frustrating. At the same time, I agree that time spent (on tuning ones skills) on this platform should be rewarded, but I would like to see the language levels separated from the XP points. Perhaps what we need is a set if tests assessing language levels on the A1 to C2 scale.

March 16, 2014

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

Really inspiring! Thanks for posting this.

March 14, 2014

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

What a GREAT adventure you are having in your life ! Have you found any other resources useful in your french learning journey, (apart from duolingo) that has helped you along the way?

March 14, 2014

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

Congratulations, and thanks for the inspiration, I'm just getting started on Duolingo but really enjoy it. Have a great trip wherever you are going.

March 14, 2014

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

congratz.. and some correction in your french you cannot say erreurs d'beaucoup you shall say beaucoup d'erreurs you cannot say il y a plus you must use the *n' * because in french we use a negation with 2 words so you should say il n'y a plus de apprendre you must say à apprendre listen to me buddy french has a very complicated grammar you should buy a book that contains all the grammar lessons in order to improve yours and if you want to talk like a native speaker you should download some movies with subtitles because french prounonciation is very difficult for an english native speaker good luck pal

March 15, 2014

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

That’s something I’m trying to defy my friend... I’m set out to learn without ever picking up a grammar book... hope I’ll make it :p

March 15, 2014

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

wow good luck then even if it will be very hard

March 15, 2014

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

Thanks a lot! It IS challenging sometimes.. cause I must rely entirely on my observation... so sometimes it surprises me - until I get the underlying logic... Like... “Non, désolé” was the way written almost all the time, but suddenly “Non, désolée”... I haven’t checked but the only thing I could imagine it was because this latter one was said by a female... But since this was the very first time it came out like that... I’m still observing...

March 15, 2014

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

lol if you've changed your mind or you need help in french don't hesitate to tell me

March 15, 2014

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

LOL... don’t you DARE helping me mister! :P But.. having said that... I’d certainly be very happy if I could practice what I’ve learned with you sometimes - when I got to a level it becomes worth doing that...

March 15, 2014

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

Congratulations! That is awesome.

March 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/k0biz.a

Wow, I can't even maintain a 10 day streak ;_; good job...!

March 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A51f

I just lost my 40 day streak by a couple seconds! It was 11:59pm and just turned 12! NO! Anyways, good job!! Wow you just blew me away! You are so dedicated! I think I should try that 90 day challenge thing. . .

March 15, 2014

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

If you use Duolingo in a browser, you can buy a "streak freeze", which saves your streak when you miss 1 day. Costs you 10 lingots.

March 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A51f

I don't have any Lingots left!! I purchased a bonus skill for 30 lingots. Oh well, I'll be wiser how I spend my lingots next time. . .

March 15, 2014

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

An easy way to keep your streak going is go to "Strengthen Skills" (top right on home page) then "start timed practice". If you can answer one question correctly (sometimes it takes me a few tries) then you get the check to keep your streak going. I only do this if I don't have much time that day. BTW, "strengthen skills" (I usually use the "practice without a timer") is great practice.

March 15, 2014

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

Very nice! I have set up the same goal: learn French ENTIRELY from duolingo, from scratch till it says “you’ve got it”... I’ve only been doing it for 13 days, but I’m amazed by the progress I’m doing... Your story gives me inspiration to go on :-) Congratulations!

March 15, 2014

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

"Entirely from duolingo"? Not even a dictionary or French TV or radio? :)

March 15, 2014

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

Well... I don’t want to use any reference grammar tables, any out-of-duolingo teaching material, but sure if I get to a certain level, and have a chance to watch French TV, listen to French radio or read French material, or especially French chat with some new friends... I’d love to do that. It would be a way of practice, not a way of learning... You know what I mean?

March 15, 2014

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

Salut boringtomi, je ne crois pas que l'apprentissage du Français en utilisant uniquement les ressources de duolingo vous permettra d'être à l'aise avec un interlocuteur natif. Cependant, c'est une bonne base de départ. L'utilisation d'autres ressources sur le Web, la TV française et le chat vous seront rapidement indispensables pour avancer dans votre étude. En tout cas, bravo et bon courage pour la suite.

March 15, 2014

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

Merci beaucoup! Needless to say, at the stage I am, I had to use a translator to figure out what you told me hehehe... I’m doing it as a challenge to myself and kind of an experiment to VERIFY (to myself, no other party) how useful this program really is... We’ll see :-)

March 15, 2014

[deactivated user]

    Awesome! Best of luck with the rest of the tree! Have a fun trip! :)

    March 15, 2014

    [deactivated user]

      Oh, and here's a lingot from me!

      March 15, 2014

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

      Bon voyage!

      March 15, 2014

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

      fantastic

      March 15, 2014

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

      très bien! The encouraging part is that I understood most of your French even if it isn't pouring out of me yet.

      March 15, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heather2105

      Tres bien! tu es un inspiration pour moi. I will try to do the same for 66 days. Merci pour le petit pousser :)

      March 15, 2014

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

      Il y a toujours plus d'apprendre, bien sûr ! Félicitations !

      March 16, 2014

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

      C'est fantastique. Vous lire va certainement motiver plein d'utilisateurs de Duo! Bon voyage à vous, et n'oubliez pas de tenir un petit journal de voyage en français, histoire de garder la main.

      March 16, 2014

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

      Bon voyage ;)

      March 16, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abidal_the_13th

      trés bien! :) comme pour moi, je ne peux pas garder la série en Duolingo; pour j'étudie" intensif" français à l'university d'hébron. j'apprends le français à l'university et ça me fait occupé

      March 16, 2014

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

      This is so inspiring! Good job!

      March 17, 2014

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

      Living the dream! Bonne Chance!

      March 17, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/solie-solie

      Very inspiring post :) I wish you a safe trip .

      March 18, 2014

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

      CONGRATS!!! not everyone can reach 100. WOW!!!

      March 24, 2014

      [deactivated user]

        bon voyage!

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