https://www.duolingo.com/Salariman

So I finished the French tree today!

After one year, of which the first 6 months were rather intensive and the last 6 months more sporadically, I've completed the French tree. This is how I did it:

  • Some 30 to 50 XP per weekday, 100 to 150 XP on weekends. Probably 80% of the tree was done in the first 6 months, then I somewhat lost interest in French on Duolingo.

  • Took 3 terms of courses at the local Alliance Francaise on Saturdays.

  • Doing a course with the 600 most common French verbs on Memrise.

  • Listened to French podcasts. Started with 'Coffee Break French', then moved on to 'Francais Authentique', then began to listen to Radio France International podcasts. I started with 'Journal en Francais facile', which is intended for foreigners, then I started to listen to other RFI ones directed towards a francophone audience like 'Grand Reportage', 'Cultures Monde', 'Carrefour de l'Europe', etc.

  • Tried to watch some French movies but found it hard to understand and follow the conversation.

  • Found it somewhat hard to read fiction, but read a couple of non-fiction books. For some reason it's much easier to read books on the topics of economics and geopolitics than it is to read fiction. Magazines like 'Le Point' are also much easier than novels.

So I feel like this is a bit of an achievement and I'd love to move on to finish a tree in another language, but since I don't have much practical experience of speaking French I think I will have to spend some time in a French speaking country first to really make French stick and then switch focus to another language. I'm now looking into going to France in June to take a few weeks of language classes and then try to stay on and work for a while if I can.

Good luck all French learners!

March 20, 2019

46 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/01LearnFrench01

Congratulations on your progress in the French tree. You've reached level one in all the skills, and Duo awarded the Golden Owl. Notice that you just have four more levels to go to make the entire tree golden. Then maybe you'll choose to give the reverse tree a try: English from French. Best of luck!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Salariman

As much as I would love to see the French golden tree, I feel like the main goal at this stage is to get more practical experience of actually speaking to people in normal conversations. I'm at a point where I can understand most of what's being said in a news broadcast, but I'm still not comfortable in spontaneously opening a conversation.

I will return to higher levels on the tree if and when needed as repetition.

Moreover, there are also other languages that I want to master through this wonderful Duolingo!

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChevyBarnes05

You stated it yourself. You're still not comfortable in spontaneously opening a conversation. You need more practice. Get your skills up a few levels higher, or even better, golden! This will help to ensure you understand the words AND their contexts. Also, use Memrise.

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ngraner42

I think the topics like Geopolitics have a lot more vocabulary overlap with English. You get words like "investissement" and "premier ministre".

Movies are just the worst. I sometimes think there are 3 completely different French languages, the one explained in text books, the one you hear on the news, and the one people actually speak.

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/vee.st

oh how true...here's a lingot for making me smile

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/bigbenisboss

Here is a lingot for you since you gave him own and a friend.

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KevinKay8

Here's a lingot for giving a lingot to him

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jordan571880

Here's a lingot for giving a lingot to him

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DixonRob

.. let's keep this trend going - pay it forward...

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/maraschinoleo

Feel the same about 3 different French languages...lol

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChevyBarnes05

You should work your way up to a Golden tree. Seeing as all of your Skills are at level 1, you should get them all to level 2. Then 3, then 4, until the entire tree is golden. In my opinion, you should at least get the Skill to level 2 or 3 before moving on, to make sure you understand and remember the words and their contexts.

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jake-Obb

Agreed

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich

These are excellent tips on learning the language! fireworks

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/lmanring

Congrats! Thanks for the podcast recommendations. I've been looking for something to supplement my learning and the Coffee Break French looks like a great place to start!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley

Well done!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FRENCHCHEF9

Felitations!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PhilippeDe752427

Félicitations

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Saved_by_Christ

Congrats on finishing your French tree! You should be really proud of yourself! Keep it up. Regards/SbC

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/lilypotter24

Wow! Congratulations! Great job!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Vickie205132

Bravo for a job well done!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/M4ZHU

Bravo! Thank you for sharing.

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/337baby

Bravo !

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/joliseesther

Congrats! Bravo

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/wpdls

Congratulations!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Allysa62583

bon chance avec plus français!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nancy362383

Congrats! To practice speaking French, see if there are any French speaking Meet Up groups in your area. Go to Meetup.com, plug in your zip code and look for French groups. If there aren't, you can start your own.

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/vee.st

Félicitations! Have "un temps merveilleux" this summer in France and thanks for posting your method of learning! Here's a lingot for you!

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/bigbenisboss

Now you should learn English from French!

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Salariman

As an experiment I started learning Portuguese from French. This is actually quite fun because you're sort of learning two languages at the same time. It requires a lot of focus though.

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/maraschinoleo

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the learning tips!! Agree that it's very important to get more experience speaking with people.

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/eddie957207

I started with French a few ago. The odds of me going to France is rather slim, although there's slight higher chance of me going to Quebec.

For now, it's a hobby and... I guess I'm doing okay.

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas328056

Did you start from zero French when you began Duolingo? Had you studied French before? At what point in your timeline did you begin to take the Alliance Francaise classes?

How can it be hard to read fiction after completing a full tree of Duolingo??

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Danaikrd

Congratulations!

March 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cartwheelcool

wow

March 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/leonidBr__

Salariman, hi!

Congratulations on the conquest of the French tree. Thank you for the interesting experience. Good luck

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Louradour5

Hello, would you make a French translation of your text, just to appreciate 

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LarissaDeck

Congrats on your achievement! I’ve only got one more pass through to finish the French tree. I’m very much looking forward to getting it done. Have you ever heard of Fluent Forever? Gabe Wyner has developed a better method for language learning and there’s an app out soon. If you don’t want the cost of a regular subscription, check out his CreativeLive course.

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChienChat18

For a fiction book, I recommend: Merde, It's Not Easy to Learn French. It's a fun and easy book to read. https://www.amazon.com/Merde-Its-Easy-Learn-French/dp/1795292733/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=france+dubin&qid=1553266438&s=gateway&sr=8-1

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/01LearnFrench01

See how easy creating a link is on Duo and other formatting tips.

Practice here

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jordan571880

Good for you!

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/spubnik

that is amazing. great job!.

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JeremiahKh

nice kid

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tjsescuela

So do consider yourself fluent?

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_Aoi...Ogata_

Hi ! I wana 10 lingot plz

March 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_Aoi...Ogata_
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March 24, 2019
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