https://www.duolingo.com/emmars9

Reverse French-English tree Forum!

Is there anyone else who’s learning French through the reverse tree? I totally feel like you learn so much more with the reverse tree, because it actually makes you respond mostly in french rather than translate the sentences from french to english, as the regular tree does.

The only bad things are that forums are less helpful because you (usually) can’t comment on something about the french side of the question. Also, there’s no french audio, only english.

Let me know what you think about it so we can discuss about it!

April 3, 2018

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

I think it is very helpful. To be honest the french tts audio is not very reliable anyways, so you do not miss out on alot there. If you want to hear french pronounced properly it is much better to read the stories. I find reading the french discussions can actually be helpful too. The only discouraging thing is I noticed quite alot of errors and unnatural phrases in the English sentences themselves in the french to english course. I also found I did not get any practice in imparfait/ passé composé as the reverse tree does not separate the past tenses, so it is possible to just get by with whichever past tense you feel more comfortable with and similar problems with other skills that are usually a french learners problem areas, but aren’t focused on in the reverse tree because they aren’t used in English. Otherwise, I think doing the French to English tree is great! Definately gives you more practice in conjugating verbs.

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ToonieG

I have noticed the same thing with the English, too. I put in some corrections and some of them seem to have been fixed, but I am not always sure what to do. However, I really like doing the reverse tree and my goal is to get to level 25 on both of the trees.

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

Nice to hear they are responding to the reports/ corrections!

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Yes, the reverse tree is very helpful, once you have a solid base on the normal tree.

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

Quite a few people do this, but from what I gather they typically prefer to do it after completing the regular tree, to shore up the knowledge they've already picked up.

Personally, I'm holding off on doing it until after I complete the regular tree because I'm a braggart and want to show off a little French flag at level 25.

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ToonieG

BTW, I started a club for French to English reverse tree and it has filled up mainly with kids that are studying English, sometimes with as little as level one English. This is especially true since clubs were increased to 50 members. I guess it is an English club now, and the kids complain if someone writes in French. But at least they participate! I'd still love to have a strictly reverse tree club!

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

Your club, you can make the rules!

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ToonieG

You are right, however I am getting attached to the kids because they participate so much!

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

Well, that’s nice! You can help them learn English. most clubs I am in are not very active at all, so if people are participating at all that seems good!

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/david190612

I agree with you emmars9, but being english, the american accent ? ~Do you want to speak english or american. No offence to our american cousins. xx

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ToonieG

I am Canadian, and I have the same objections concerning the spelling, etc., but as far as speech goes, I just turn off the speech part - I don’t need it anyway because I am already a native English speaker. It’s not going to change my Canadian English. It’s the French I want. Or am I not getting the point?

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/david190612

I thought my post might cause a reaction. My point was that here, in france all the french people and children have an american twang and come to me to speak with an english accent. Duolingo is excellent and american so what do I expect. Please don't hang me out to dry!

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CierraChristine

An American accent isn't necessarily twangy unless it's being spoken with a Southern drawl or a specific Northeastern accent. My west coast American accent doesn't have a twang at all.

April 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/al.geo

How do you do a Reverse Tree?

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

Act like you're going to add a new language, but change the search to claim that you already speak the language you want to learn. Then, select your native language from the list.

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CierraChristine

Thank you!

April 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeltje986388

Can you have two trees in the same app? If I try to change it it gives the message 'this will change the apps interface to French'. Does it mean I loose my english to french tree?

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

It means that it will assume that French is your native language and present the instructions to you in French until you toggle back to your native language. It will appear as if you have lost all your progress, but when you switch back to your first language your progress will be displayed again.

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeltje986388

Thanks, it is not that you than get a uk flag above the page and can easily switch between trees by clicking on the uk or french flag? With the French flag learning French through English and the Uk flag English through French?

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

It will a bit more complicated than switching between language courses that have the same user language, yes. The totality of your flags will be visible in some places and not in others; we will be able to see them all here in the discussion pages, for example.

It will actually be an American flag since it teaches a type of American English, and it won't specify to us what language you're "learning" it from.

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeltje986388

Thanks for the quick reply!

April 4, 2018
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