Try a reverse tree!
Hi Duolingoids, I started on this site studying French in English, and I followed the advice on this forum to study the reverse tree (English from French) alongside the regular French tree, and it was very beneficial to me. Sure, many of the exercises are similar in both, but there is a lot of content in the reverse tree that was not in the French tree. My main goal was to get a lot of practice in putting English thoughts into French sentences. Every time you get a listening exercise in your native language, you can use it as an opportunity to give a verbal translation in your target language. In 298 days, I reached Level 25 in French (from English), and Level 25 in English (from French). My French listening skills have really improved. (My English listening skills have not changed!) I used to need the slow down feature in French much more than I do now. By the way, although it is a little comical, I needed to slow down the English reading more than a few times, so don't feel bad if you use this feature yourself! Good luck!
Another good advice is to read the comments of the reverse tree . All of them !!! Yes I know , it's long and sometimes boring . But we learn a lot by reading the native speakers comments . I'm doing it in my german tree and I've already learnt a lot of new words and expressions ! ..that's why I'm only at the second check point , I could go faster but reading the comments is great to improve my target language ;)
I'd love to try the English from French, but i dont think i could tolerate that American accent they use! I looked at it once and thought, no thanks! I think when i finish French, i'd like to learn Spanish from French instead. I want to learn Spanish, but dont want to lose any of my French skills, so it makes the most sense.
I'm currently doing a reverse tree, but I have the sound off as for me hearing English is just a distraction. If you are a native English speaker, there isn't a need to have the sound on. I would say it is definitely worth doing, even though I wasn't convinced myself about a year ago. Spanish from French is of course a good idea too.
I never even thought about turning off the sound! That's a great idea, thank you :)
I'm looking forward to trying Spanish from French... No English at all, should be interesting!
Yeah that will be great to do a tree with no English. I can't speak from experience, but I imagine that once you complete a tree without English you will realize just how much you have learnt from your language learning studies. Once I have complete French from English I hope to learn French from German
Thanks for that idea. I've just done the Spanish tree from English and it is easy and boring - few difficult tenses and very limited vocabulary. I think my French may be good enough, and I don't want to work on the French tree so I'll give it a go!
I'd love to try the reverse courses for some of the languages I am learning. (Maybe Spanish?) I surely hope that an 'English for Norwegian Speakers' course will be added in the future.
I started the reverse tree for French after I saw this post and I now have over 350 XP just from today. :P
150 days behind you, AndrisK. are you learning german from french or english?
I am doing it from English, but I started the German tree in March of this year. I took a break from the German to really focus on French, and I set up a conversation exchange on Skype until the end of this past summer.
It is a good idea and it does really help - but - do yourself a big favour and turn the sound off. Whatever form of english they are speaking is not what most english sounds like. In my view it would be the same as learning Scottish english and then going to London and wondering why you find it hard to understand - and no, I'm not living in England
I am studying French from English. I am Dutch. So it's two foreign languages for me. That works out pretty good until now. With a little help from my friends at google translate.