https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Finally have all skills in level five and 482 crowns on my French tree today!

It has been a little more than a year since I started my French course on Duolingo last January. I finished the tree in the middle of last year but it is not until now that I managed to upgrade it to a golden tree!

Update: the two extra crowns are from the two bonus skills (only one crown can be obtained from each skill). That's why the total crown number can not be divided by 5.

February 9, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/MushroomSoda322

Wow!! good job

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/wcjerky

Félicitations! Time for the reverse golden tree.

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Merci! Yes I am working on the French-English tree!

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HarryChen621722

well... that's impressive. i just started recently

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you Harry! We all have been there. Have fun with your French journey!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/WENEXIE

GG :)

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thx!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Opeth2010

Félicitations !

Juste par curiosité, quel niveau cela t'a-t-il permis d'atteindre ? Tu sais avoir une conversation orale avec un locuteur natif ? Regarder un film ou lire un livre en français ?

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Merci! Je peux lire l'article en français et comprendre l'idée principale, mais j'ai besoin d'utiliser le dictionnaire pour comprendre les détails. Je peux avoir des conversations simples en français, mais je ne comprends pas les conversations compliquée ou rapides et je dois activer le sous-titre pour comprendre les films. Je pense donc que je suis encore débutant.

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Louradour5

Il n'y a pas une seule faute, très étonnant ! Plus que niveau débutant c'est certain !

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cjr37

My golden tree on Italian left me struggling to understand speech. I added in our sources of study after that.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Same here. Duolingo alone is not enough, but it is a fun and simple way to start a new language! I have been using other sources to learn while having fun on Duolingo at the same time. It is a long way to go for me.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexanderConias

Hey what sort of outside work are you also doing? Also have you reached fluency by doing these things?

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

I watched lots of YouTube videos for beginners, listened to French songs, read news in French with the help of dictionary and learned grammars from the web. I also try to memorize the top 5000 most frequently used French words so I can check the dictionary less frequently when reading the news. Now I am still far from fluency. I will have to have real conversations with French spoken people more.

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MarieLafra8

Si tu avais la chance de suivre un vrai cours pratique avec un professeur, ça pourrait vraiment t'aider aussi, même si ça demande beaucoup d'investissements sur le coup.

I did it in Spanish (and English) and, even though my Spanish tree is not completed yet, I am now able to have a slow conversation with a Spanish speaker. It empowers!

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MelissaNor488491

This is super helpful to me! I've been wondering what else I could be doing to further my French study - I've only been using Duolingo for a month but I knew it wouldn't be enough on its own for long. I will definitely be looking into the things you've listed.

Out of curiosity, when did you start using the other sources? Was it after you "completed" Duo or if it was during, how long had you been using Duo before you also added them?

Thanks!

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Reply to @MelissaNor488491: I started to use these sources almost at the same time as I used Duolingo, maybe a little after I finished the first few skills.

February 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hm437e

Congrats!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thanks!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/brian968059

Congrats my man.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you Brian!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Congratulations!!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshuaEdwa609885

Wow! Good Job!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you Joshua!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ThrityDriver0

Amazing! Je suis si content pour toi

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Merci beaucoup!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sue.Kelly

Huge congratulations! A golden tree is an enormous amount of work; very well done. I am following a similar path to you; should have a golden French tree in a couple of months.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you Sue! I am sure you will! Hope to share your good news soon!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Colin563069

Very well done indeed...!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thanks Colin!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Monsieur.Starr

Congratulations!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HamiltonCatChar

Nice job!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thanks!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eric06148

good job

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hermione0123

Congratulations! I just started learning French recently

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you! I hope you will enjoy the journey too!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Walker_10806

That's so good! You must have been working so hard!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cjr37

You must have a different tree. I just did it as a refresher, but my golden tree has 390 crowns. How come your number of crowns is not divisible by five. I have 78 skills on mine, so 390 crowns in total.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

I have a tree3, which has 96 skills + 2 bonus skills. You could only get one crown from each bonus skill, so 96*5+2=482

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tielere28

FELICTATIONS!!!!!!!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Merci!!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Natriks

Congratulations! If to put aside other resources for studying French, what level of proficiency in French you gained with Duolingo only?

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you! To answer the question, I would say "a beginner with all the necessary tools and most importantly the confidence to improve its proficiency".

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Katleet

Congrats!

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thanks!

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sue479034

bon travail. bien joué

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Merci

February 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SavannaGla2

Wow, congrats! I have just started duolingo for French, but I love it! I hope I can eventually work my way to your level :)

February 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you! You will!

February 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/lesley744824

I finished mine today but I only have 392 crowns (took me more xp than you, does that mean I am dumber? ;) ). I have moved onto other resources mainly but I did want to finish DL.

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Congratulations Lesley! Duolingo has different French trees for the A/B test. You are probably on Tree2. That's why you only have 392 crowns. I am on Tree3, which has a total of 482 crowns. More XPs means you practice more and probably master the content better.

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Carmen807459

Felicitations pour votre travaille.

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Merci!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/spottyhorse

Brilliant! Well done!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkPevsne

Bon travail!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Merci!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FredrikVC

A few (very few!) skills have dropped below 100%. You might want to touch them up.

Still a huge accomplishment!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you! I just went back to those skills to practice, but somehow it didn't change the percentage at all. I wonder if it's because I haven't touched those skills (all of them are the first few lessons of the tree) since Duolingo switched to crown levels last year. Since all the skills that I obtained a level five after switching to crown system are still 100%.

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sue.Kelly

You need to do them more them once to get them back to 100%. Three times does it; I usually practice mine for more than that; three or four times untimed then another three or four times timed to make sure I really understand that topic. It's always fun to revisit the early part of the tree; seems so easy!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

I see! Thanks! I was moving fast. I guess I should go back to practice them more, like you did.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenny759980

Fantastique!!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Merci!

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/i_am_best_eli

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February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thaaaaaaank you!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/bcompton13

Having done all of that, where would you place your french fluency?

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

I would say "a beginner with all the necessary tools and most importantly the confidence to improve its proficiency".

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FYC2019

Congratulations! That is a great achievement. If you are interested in continuing your practice of French and other languages / subjects - I wrote an article about free education: https://fundyourcollege.com/free-education/ It of course also includes a link to Duolingo and a link to a site which donates rice to the World Food Program each time you practice and give a correct answer. I also wrote an article about bartering: https://fundyourcollege.com/bartering-getting-goods-and-services-without-money/ You can use these services to get free language tutoring when you teach something yourself. Great way of practicing your skills and expand your knowledge. Have fun and pay it forward!

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you Maria! I am checking it out.

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ben568111

Félicitations mon ami! Just a quick one, can you understand a french TV program? Say live news on France 24 channel?

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thanks Ben! No, I can't. I need subtitles to understand videos and dictionary to understand articles.

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ben568111

Thanks, that's encouraging to know I am not the only one. I can read a document and understand the main points but listening is an uphill task that I am still working on.

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HappyToday2

Taking a leaf of faith, developing your full potential, one language at a time!!!!!!!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Walker_10806

Um... you said one language at a time. But you're the one who's doing many at a time. Guess you should put some of those aside for a time. Also try your best to learn all.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

I got your idea. I couldn't help myself to explore a little bit about the other languages on Duolingo to see what they look like. That's why I have many 1-6 level languages and it was fun to have some idea of the differences between them. But most of the time I was focusing on making continuous progress on only one language until I finish the tree (Spanish and French). After I move on to a new tree (at the moment German), I also do practice on the previous trees and the reversed/crossed trees (es-en, fr-en, es-fr, fr-es, etc) so I can strengthen my memory.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FYC2019

You may want to check out this article: https://www.italki.com/article/438/How-Learning-Esperanto-Can-Help-You-Learn-Other-Languages I speak the language daily. It really works. I have friends all over the world. And it is fun to see how fast you can learn this language. The use of prefixes and suffixes makes learning new words a breeze. Also check out Pasporta Servo if you like to travel.

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dianteng_Chen

Thank you! Sounds an interesting idea, I will give it a try!

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ILIKETHECHICKENS

fermez vos gueules

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JesseHopki4

good job, for a frog

February 10, 2019
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