https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

Celebrating 4 years of progress

Today, I finally acheived :

And four years ago, on 15 October 2013, I joined Duolingo.

What an adventure it has been and continues to be.

Full of ups and downs. And huge learning curves.

Not just for my language learning, but in many other areas as well.
It has encouraged me to update my computer skills.
And also, my learning and engagement with this commmunity has helped me cope through some challenging and sad personal times. Sometimes acting as a distraction, and also giving me a sense of accomplishment and support as I progressed with my learning, and assisted others. Giving me a sense of worth, and membership to an inspiring community at a time when I needed it the most.

Constantly you, the Duolingo community, you inspire me. You encourage me, and give me greater hope for the future. The future of all of us, as a global community.

When I see also that people learn to not respond in like to inappropriate comments. That they seek to find maturity in themselves, to ignore and simply down vote when inappropriate or unsupportive things may be said. And when appropriate to report it, as per How do I report abuse.

Though what inspires me even more is when I see others choose to go a step further and show kindness and support to someone who may need assistance and support. Never underestimate the value and effectiveness of when you choose to assist someone, to spare words of encouragement, how that changes our world, our shared and global world, for the better.

The generosity of spirit, as people patiently help others with their language learning. And contribute their resources to develop course. It is to you that I am grateful for.

I continue to look forward to be engaged in this community. To assist in ways that I am able. To continue to expand my language learning, and to serve this global community.

Thank you Duolingo for providing resources and solutions to difficult problems that allows this platform to provide language learning for free.

And also to this global community of volunteers. This is not just to the Moderators and Contributors past and present.
It is also to every one of you.
When you show kindness to others, and also help to keep our Discussion forums focused on language learning in a kind and supportive way.

THANK YOU !

October 14, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

The Duolingo community would not be the same without you and many others who have contributed to make Duolingo what it is now. So, basically everyone!

This seems to be the year of reflection for many users. I mean, I know you have had to endure rough things here, such as that suicide case awhile ago, but I can't imagine the things you had to deal with in your personal life. Mostly because I don't know your personal life.

I agree that Duolingo serves as a distraction from the real world. I faced some family tragedies while using Duolingo and I have to say, this site is keeps about 45% of my sanity at times XD. Though, through every skill, I feel more confident in my skills, and my sense of worth in the world, which may seem odd to say. I'm so glad that Duolingo has helped you through the sad times. You are such an amazing person and I'm glad to have someone like you in this community.

We grow together, after all. ^ ^

Also, congratulations on your progress! May your future be filled with joy and achievement.

October 14, 2017

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Right back at you Reena !
Thank you for the contribution you make to this community.
It does not go unnoticed. And it does make a difference in many ways.

I wish you also the best with your language learning. Thank you for making my day brighter.

October 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WaterPolyglot

What suicide case?

Also I agree with everything. LindaKanga brightens up my day on Duolingo.

October 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

Just something that occurred with a particular user when the streams still existed. I don't think it's appropriate for me to go into the details.

October 15, 2017

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Thank you WaterPolyglot.
I am so pleased to hear I brighten your day.
For when you help others polietly with their language learning, or kindly advice them of how to use Duolingo appropriately and assist with our discussions to be focused on language learning, you also brighten my day.

I also enjoy seeing your own progress with your language learning as well.

Wishing you continued success with your learning.

October 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Congratulations LindaKanga! You are a wonderful member of this community, an awesome forum moderator, and an amazing person in general! High five for your achievement!

October 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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awwwwww. High Five !
Thank you Woof.

October 15, 2017

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    So fuzzy! (≧ω≦)

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/animallove275758

    Your puppy is sooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    Aren't they just ! Ever so cute !

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

    Congratulations on reaching four years on DL! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! :)

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    G'day Chris.
    It is also so great to see you around. I treasure your friendship.

    The journey is not over.

    It has been such fun. Both for my enhancing and encouraging me to stick to my French. Then to learn, and continue to learn, skills about how to help the community remain focused on language learning, and maintain it as the safe and open space on the internet.
    I continue to love learning more about this very complex subject.
    I love working in teams. And I am now working in several teams on various language groups. It is such fun assisting, and watching, and I hope assisting in team objectives and interactions.
    I have even picked up some more modern project management books and behaviour study books, and of course lots of podcasts. It is so great to learn more about the world, and also about myself.

    And I hold very dear to me the team that enthusiastically continues to maintain and develop the Arabic speakers learning French.
    And especially the English speakers learning Greek team. The Greek is such a fascinatingly deep language in its culture and continued resonance on world wide culture, including science.
    Also the Polish team ! They are so vibrant ! They have some great team structures in the way they organize their work.

    I know other amazing work is done in other teams. These are the ones that I have had interaction with.

    Please be aware - I am not speaking on behalf of Duolingo in these observations. These are simply my point of view in this instance.

    And to mention the overall Forum Moderator team! It is so inspiring how they, and all of us, continue to work on acheiving this dream. And all of Duolingo is amazing, how though our ongoing change as Duolingo continues to grow, how we still remain on focus of providing quality language learning for free.

    Not an easy job to do across all the pressures and influences that are required to keep in focus to acheive this dream. Yet they have been doing it now for so many years, and are continueing to work to make it successful into the future.

    And yes - our public community, you also have a key role in all this. And you constantly amaze me and inspire me, how you patiently help people with their language learning queries and other assistance, and choose to ignore the odd inappropriate comment. Down voting it, and not responding to the few inappropriate comments. We are a guarded and monitored environment. And the role that our community plays is also key to success, in my opinion, to be an outstanding language learning site. And all at no cost for access by learners.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

    Thank you for your kind words, Linda. Thank you for your contributions to DL and the DL community, and echoing others, for making our community a gentler, better place. :) Chris

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

    .

    Thank you

    we used to be able to easily communicate on Duolingo

    This was one of their strengths

    It is more difficult when in isolation

    It is a joy to see your progress

    all the best Jack

    http://jackelliot.over-blog.com

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    Thank you Jack.
    Being able to get to know you,
    to share some adventures with you,
    to also ponder on your poetry,
    and your insights on language learning,
    and other matters of life.

    This has been also one of the joys Duolingo has given to me.

    I do check in on you.
    And smile at all you do.
    You are a treasure my friend.
    I wish you all the best, always.

    Your friend , roo.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/pollyperki

    October 14, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    Merci pollyperki :D

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/seacc3

    :)

    October 14, 2017

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

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Legolas100

    wow

    October 14, 2017

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

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley

    Awesome! Le Français, c'est franchement difficile. Mais on continuera quand même!

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    Merci.
    Mais le français n'est pas difficile. C'est différent. Mais c'est pour ça que c'est amusant.
    J'aime apprendre les différences. J'aime apprendre une autre façon de penser.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

    Yay and Congratulations Linda! Thank you for making our community a gentler place. <3 JoLynne

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    Thank you Jolynne. <3
    You are one inspiring person Jolynne !

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    My dear friend roo, I empathize with so much you have written. Just as the community here has enriched your life, you've enriched ours to, both in front and behind the scenes. Most of these people will not get to see what I have seen you do in the background, working so hard diligently finding ways to support our community and to improve safety behind the scenes. You are amazing. Your heart is so huge and so strong. Thank you for being with us these four years.
    big affectionate hugs for roo

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    As always my admired Usagi,
    You make me so frequently sit down and draw breath , and dream.
    The blessing our community has by the significant role you play in it has,
    and continues,
    to be a keel for this community in a multitude of ways.

    Our depth of respect for you has a great profundity. And for good reason.

    Thank you - for the part you played in me finding strength when at times I have been brought to my knees.
    Yet more importantly, thank you for the support you have continued to give this community to grow as a safe and supportive global community focused on providing language learning at no barrier of cost, to learn.
    It is a great gift you are a significant part of, and give to the future.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/ModyDj
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    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    شكرا لك، موهند

    My thanks are to you Mohanad.

    Thank you for being a foundation rock as a moderator and contributor for the Spanish/French for Arabic Speakers courses, and all the associated resources that you continue to contribute to assist the learning journey of others.

    You are changing the world for the better.
    For the countless hours you have contributed , and your continued striving, I am in your debt.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/MikolajSpeaksPl

    duolingo is a gret place my social studies teacher taught me this 3 days ago and look where I am know. Of course I know polish since I was born there.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    I am glad you are enjoying learning languages here ! :)

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Wow, I didn't know moderators would write such nice post :) I don't think I can say you're welcome because I haven't been on here long enough. But I can say Thank You for all the work you do for the Duolingo community and every thing else XD P.s. I would post a gify I like, but I never was able to find out how to do the whole process of finding it copying it etc.

    October 15, 2017

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    DreamOfFlying - what a beautiful name !
    It is such a pleasure to see you here.
    I will pop back with some information on posting links and pictures, etc.

    October 15, 2017

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    If you check out this link:
    https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6147442
    about "Duolingo - creating Links, Webs, Mats, looms, ....."

    If you scroll down a about one short page, you will see information on :
    " insert images "

    However the other information is also good to know.
    And if you have a bent for creating resources for your own learning, and that may be also useful for others, you can have a go to create your own virtual "learning book" for the language your are learning.

    Thus providing an asset to act as a scaffold for your own learning, and others may find it useful as well.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Oh wow, Thanks so much!

    October 15, 2017

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    Please come back to me, if anything confuses you.

    October 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Ok I will, thanks :) Edit: Also, I will say that by the way you responded to everybody's comment, you (At least in my opinion) are the most kind moderator I've talked to :D I hope you don't mind me making your number of followers 1657. lol.

    October 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Hi Lindakanga :) I have a question. This is a discussion that says locked and it wont let me do anything. So I was wondering if I'm just locked out of the discussion and I can't see any comment, or if it was like that for everybody? Thanks :)

    October 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    DreamOfFlying, it is locked for everyone. :)

    October 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Ok that explains it. but why do they lock it?

    October 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    DreamOfFlying, the more comments a discussion collects, the longer it takes the discussion to load when people click on it. Additionally, since that discussion is only created to keep a record of where to find Weekly Incubator Updates, it is not intended for people to discuss anything. If people want to discuss something in one of the Weekly Incubator updates, they can go to that specific week's update, and discuss it directly. :)

    October 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Ok, I got it.

    October 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

    Congratulations on your achievements. Duolingo is a very productive way to escape real life.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    I think you are onto something there Loren !

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue

    At the same time, you can take what you learn from Duolingo and go apply it to real life. ;)

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    And that I do.
    Both in my language learning, and also other skills that Duolingo has assisted me in, in a seradipitous way.

    You have a good point lizsue !

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lau-GP

    Happy 4th Duoversary!

    Congratulations on your journey, and thanks for being such an inspiration to others, :)

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    Thank you Lau-GP.
    And thank you for being a valued part of our community, for your own learning, and your positive and supportive interactions with others than help keep our focus on language learning.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Buruboro

    Congratulations Linda! And since I follow you.... thank you for being a part of my time on here. :-D

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    Buruboro ! THANK YOU !
    It is a pleasure to continue to get to know you Felix.

    Thank you for your contributions to language learning also, via your positive and supportive comments to others in this community, for their learning journies.

    Change is a thing that has its challenges to come to terms with. It is great to see your continued persistence for your language learning and the progress you are making.

    Wishing you all the best Felix.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/PJMCD

    Linda, I really think we should be thanking you!! You've done so much to help this community, and go about it in a kind, understanding way. Thank you for all you do, and here's to many more years of fun!

    October 15, 2017

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    PJ Thank you.

    I am also with you - I am hoping for many more years of fun to come !

    I am a small cog here. Thank you for the significant role you play in making this the amazing language learning environment it is. You may think of yourself as a small cog. Yet it is amazing, when you look back in history, of how certain people stand out. And some of them, they are in most parts of their lives, what you describe as being nothing out of the ordinary. Yet they have done this or that, and I know of them, and they have had such a wonderful and positive influence on the world that we live in today.

    So never let your self talk put yourself down for seeing yourself as a small cog. What you do, and also don't do, does make a difference. Being perhaps small, or perceiving yourself as small, does not mean you are not significant.

    For what we do, and how we do it does matter. And when we connect with others, it is amazing what can be acheived. And for myself, this is also why language learning is so important. Especially at this time in history. And especially as we have this amazing resource of the internet at this critical time, that is making dreams such as providing language learning for free a possibility. Yet in this environment, each of us do matter.

    To quote Margaret Mead :
    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

    October 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/PJMCD

    Thank you Linda, those are some really inspiring words :D You've made my day

    October 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue

    Congratulations and thanks!

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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    Thank you lizsue .

    I wish you great adventures full of serendipitous opportunities , and willingness to persist, even when the path becomes hard or boring.

    Remember to seek out answers. First perhaps checking if the hardship or question has been asked before. To do that - go to "Discussion" , and you will see at the top a little "Search" button. Type a key word in there, and see what information pops up.
    If you first check out if there is an existing post on the area where you are finding it hard, you are likely to find some very good information that might help you make sense of things, or find an easier path. And also, the people who are already following that topic, if you have another interesting and different but related question to ask about the topic, they are more likely to notice your comment and suggest something else that might help.

    And remember - learning language is good if you treat it like brushing your teeth. In that you aim to do it every day ( though for teeth brushing, it can be good to do it after every meal ).
    Doing 5 to 15 minutes every day is better for language learning than doing a 45 minute block each week in one sitting.

    When we learn a little more each day, and that we reinforce what we have learned yesterday, we help move our learning into long term subconscious memory. And as you build up your skill in your subconscious memory, you get ever closer to being able to really get a chance to dance and have fun with your language learning. While still seeking to have fun everyday where you can.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

    Hi,

    congrats! You have gone a long route.

    Aren't you therefore also celebrating 4 years progress of French learning?
    Is this your only account on DuoLingo?

    I am sorry that I do not already know you better.
    Are you a course contributor as well?

    You should be on one of the "Streak Hall of Fame" or www.duolingo.eu lists :-)


    I have to admit it:
    Firstly, I am very very confused that you showed the "fluency score" screenshot of DuoLingo of your French forward course in your intro of this thread, especially as a Duo moderator (with all the more advanced background knowledge).

    Isn't there a common understanding across the more advanced DuoLingo users that this score is highly inaccurate, the displayed numbers (which DuoLingo tweaked in A/B tests) are not comparable to 100% anyways (for some courses it may end at ~60, on other ~70-75%, e.g English) and it can actually not meassure anything which comparable language (fluency) level a learner might have achieved (there is no good detail test)?

    Therefore blending out this score with browser addons like "uBlock Origin" is IMHO the best one can do (the old hide user script does not work anymore with the new Scala 2017 portal) for himself.
    This is one type of users how they try to fix it....the other type of users is constantly asking questions about the weird numbers of the fluency score in many many created discussion forum threads ;)
    I am quite afraid that they feel encouraged through your intro posting to even ask more questions about this "fluency percentage score".
    .
    .
    So let me ask you (and please don't feel offended!):
    Aren't you just shooting yourself into your own knee showing any weird number like 50% French fluency, which some programmer might have pulled out of his shoe, with a (one to) four years (long-term) of French practice?

    I really think that you could do much better showing a committment or demonstrate any fluency in French....if you want to (e.g video recording like Tom or Angela do it on Youtube, adding French story text, showing any offical French tests you have achieved, video or voice recording summary about your person and what you are doing on DuoLingo for the past 4 years, etc.).
    .
    .
    I would love to hear / read more about you and your learning experiences what material you have used in parallel to DuoLingo alone....or I may try to find older postings from you ;)

    e.g Have you tried the "Digital Publishing French Sprachkurs 1 / Intensivkurs CD" from Digital Publishing / Hueber Verlag?
    It also can rate (0-100%, red, yellow, red) voice pronunciation recording speaking single words or complete sentences (I am not that successful with that feature, not even with the English CD, probably because of technical computer issues).
    I wrote about DP and my problems to start with French from scratch on it in 1-3 previous threads...


    French forward course

    Secondly, is the fact that you seem to be practicing French exclusively on DuoLingo (on this account) only with the forward course which will not give you an enough translation ratio into French, the L2 target language.

    Noone probably has to tell you - as a Duo moderator (and course contributor?) - that you actually would have to chose the reverse tree course to able to practice French writing and get a much higher translation ratio?!?

    Ratio between translation directions when strengthening skills is not good in my opinion: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24799102

    So, if you would like to show the DuoLingo fluency score (e.g writing French; only showing the English/German sentence translation ratio feels odd to me), you IMHO would have to show the French-English / French-German / French-laddering whatever reverse tree course score :-) :-)


    Activating audio in your L2 target language (e.g right hand side translations, multiple-choice)

    I want to encourage anyone for forward AND reverse tree courses to install Camilo's user script "DuoLingo Tree Enhancer": https://www.duolingo.com/comment/19654789/Userscript-Tree-Enhancer
    It can play the missing (TTS) audio of your L2 target language: Portuguese, Czech, etc.

    It is THE tool which is absolutely required on DuoLingo (web) for
    a) right hand side text box translations and it
    b) reads aloud the (old, normal) multiple-choice and right solution texts, if you e.g gave the wrong answer, etc.

    I hope Camilo can extend it further by adding adding for the NEW multiple choice / fill-in the blanks excercises (instead of the used to be working old "choose the correct word" from select box excercises).


    Important note:
    I am native German. Sometimes we are too direct in expressing our thoughts. Noone shall feel offended!
    English is NOT my native language, so I may not always choose the right words / phrases what I am trying to express and when you read the text you could stumble across a line where it means written-down something different than what I tried to say. I tried my best. Suggestions / Corrections welcome!

    October 15, 2017

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    Thank you Thomas.Heiss,
    You have some good points here. It is going to take me a while to read through.
    And then also to comment. So you may have to wait a couple of days for a more considered response.

    I am looking forward to responding to you.

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/animallove275758

    That's really COOL!!!

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Qwertytops

    Nice one

    October 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

    Well done Roo!!! Kudos to you for reaching such a great level you deserve it because I know that whatever you do you do well. We all appreciate your help on so many issues.

    October 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

    Hi LindaKanga.

    Belated though it may be, congrats. :-)

    It's been too long, but without the activity streams I find these these forums almost unusable. :-( I really miss the activity streams, I feel so out of touch with my friends from duolingo since they were deactivated, and rarely feel motivated to bother doing more than the minimum to keep up my streak.

    That said, I wanted to share my own news with you. I finally finished my French tree! :-) Well... I got the Golden Owl anyway, not sure I'll actually be finished for a while yet. ;-)

    best regards,

    -Neelix

    December 2, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Just curios, what is the Golden Owl?

    December 2, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      It's a trophy that appears at the bottom of the tree when you finish it. (^ ω ^)

      December 2, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

      Oh ok, so does it say you've finish the tree when you complete all the lessons? or do you have to get all of them golden?

      December 2, 2017

      [deactivated user]

        It's when you complete all the lessons. (^‿^)

        December 2, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

        Ok thanks. So if in fact that you don't have to be at level 25 to finish a tree, than have you completed your Italian or French tree yet?

        December 2, 2017

        [deactivated user]

          I've finished:

          1. French
          2. Spanish
          3. Dutch
          4. Esperanto
          5. Italian
          6. Catalan
          7. Welsh
          8. Czech
          9. Guarani
          10. Danish
          11. German
          12. Greek

          And right now I'm working on High Valyrian! ( ̄︶ ̄)

          December 2, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

          Uh... umm... Ok, that it a lot more than I expected ;) So now that you completed them, are you still going to work on them? and are you fluent enough to hold conversations with any of them?

          December 2, 2017

          [deactivated user]

            Yes, I sure am! I don't feel that comfortable talking in a language unless I go through the tree at least 3 times. I added details about my fluency levels to my profile.

            December 2, 2017
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