Five Year Streak
Today marks my 1826th day in a row on Duolingo. Started the practice a few months earlier before deciding to try for a seven day streak. Then a one week streak turned into a month and then a month into a year...
My goal was to be able to read French which I'm able to do (along with a dictionary for some unfamiliar words). Speaking would be another story which I don't think can be accomplished with any proficiency unless you're in a class or, better still, immersed in a country.
Before beginning work, I sit down at the computer and do a few exercises. If the day is getting away from me, I'll try to get an exercise in on the phone. For the few times I haven't been able to get to the site, the Streak Freeze has saved the run.
So I'd like to give a shout out to all who've made this possible and all who are trying to learn another language and understand another culture.
Avec une sincère gratitude merci beaucoup.
Well done. I guess that my 413 day streak is in the early learning category! This plus five years of high school French which I really value now. I have however joined a ‘French ‘ class ,attending each week to enable me to try speaking the language.I have found it most rewarding as there are many advanced French learners in this class. Getting better with each week.
Sort of related: I'm taking my wife out for dinner this week to celebrate 2,000 days (just over 5 years) since we first met (and fell in love, all in one day!). I've counted my blessings ever since, I've never looked back, never had a moment of regret. I said very soon after we met, 'can we try and go for six months without an argument?'. We've still never argued yet; we may disagree about things, but that's OK! Fortunately, we don't give each other reasons to be angry or upset.
Does anyone else here do anniveraries by the number of days as opposed to number of years? I guess I like to do things uncoventionally...
Congratulations on figuring out the secret to happy marriage. Letting off a little steam before things escalate to a full blown argument, is so important.
I wish you and your wife many thousands of happy days ahead.
Merci beaucoup pour vos gentils mots! Chaque dimanche, nous passons quelques minutes à discuter des événements de la semaine précédente et nous vérifions avec chaque participant qu’il n’ya pas de problème à mijoter. Il est important de se sentir écouté, valorisé et respecté. Cela peut sembler un peu formel, mais comme vous le dites, il est utile de se défouler un peu avant qu'un argument complet ne prenne de la vitesse. Eh bien, cela fonctionne pour nous quand même!
Try watching anything you can find in French, because the difficult part isn't so much speaking, as understanding when people respond! Also, you can improve your pronunciation by mimicking what you hear.
Meanwhile, felicitations et bonne continuation :-)
Bravo ! Je parle français et j'ai apris dans l'internet sur ''duolingo et busuu''. Tu as besoin de trouver un ami pour pratiquer. Bonne courage.
Wow, that is almost scary. You might also try "Progress with Lawless French". I find it helps a lot with grammar, including the simple past tense which is very useful for reading literature. It has increased my reading fluency.
Congrats! First I suggest you go to the "Words" page : https://www.duolingo.com/words then try to master pronouncing all the words you have learned one by one, by listening and repeating, you can find the pronounciation on an online dictionary (larousse for example) After achieving this you will have mastered the basics in pronounciation just like you have mastered the basics in grammar and vocabulary, After achieving this I suggest listening to native french speakers on videos, podcasts, TV, radio..., try to listen to french every day and any time you can, after a while you will notice that words and phrases will come out smoothly and beautifully, simply because they are engraved on your mind along with their sounds.
Wow, congratulations! After using Duolingo for this long, are you close to being fluent?
Not sure I will ever become fluent but will keep trying. The only way to become fluent is to use it in your daily life.
Impressionnant ! Félicitations. Si tu as besoin de pratiquer avec un français, je me ferais un plaisir de t'aider.
Congratulations ! I am french, would you tell " If the day is getting away from me," with other words. I don't understand.... May be : if you have no time to work on computer you get an exercise on the phone ? Thanks.
Yes, it means I have an appointment or a project that needs to be addressed first thing. And, if I'm busy all day, doing the lesson fades away.
Bonne chance! Just take it a day at a time and you'll be amazed at your progress.
Congratulations on the success, it's great!
Do you like to listen to French chanson? Thanks for the answer.
Merci bcp, leonidBr_! Yes, I have Julien Clerc, Francoise Hardy, Charles Aznavour, etc. on my phone.
My husband surprised me with a subscription to Rosetta Stone. At first I thought this is too easy. But after a few months, I've come to realize it's helping with pronunciation. The 'r' is so different from English.
Wow! Incredible Job! I hope to achieve that soon. At least if I manage to stay motivated for 3 years:) A lingot from me..
This makes my streak pale in comparison, but regardless I'm still proud of mine and yours too, because it shows that anyone can accomplish this with effort. Thank you for sharing!
Look at all the languages you're tackling. I tried to do Spanish and Italian along with French a few years back and just got confused. Last year I picked up Spanish again and it's going better now that I have a solid French base.
As far as speaking, I now rely on hearing instead of reading, as much as I can. This fully changes it to audio instead of visual. When you get used to hearing the sentences without seeing you will start pronouncing everything far better and will at least be able to understand when people speak to you in France. I suspect it will make it easier to answer but I haven't tried yet. I'm still in mourning for Notre Dame Cathedral by the way. I went to France twice last year by incredibly fortunate circumstances that my work sent me to our office in the UK twice on emergencies and I had a weekend both times where I could take the Eurostar (chunnel) to France. Both times I failed miserably at speaking when I got there. Next time I expect to do much better. But my favorite place I kept going... ah I'm in mourning. I'm glad most of it was saved.
That's a good point. The more you hear and use the language the easier it will get.
The fire in Notre Dame was devastating. But it wasn't a complete loss and hopefully the restoration will bring it back it's glory.
Lucky you to be sent to Europe for work. :)
Felicitations, Lunazee! I've been following you on Duolingo and Memrise! This makes me so happy that you're still here! You're doing great! I agree with you about learning the language and not being able to speak it. I feel uncomfortable speaking the language and have to force myself to repeat the sentences on Duolingo. I'm looking for a good book with new vocabulary and real-life situations to read this summer like La gloire de mon pere by Marcel Pagnol. Keep up the good work!
Nancy, you are my inspiration and follow you on both sites as well. So impressed by your dedication. I've dropped the ball on Memrise several times, in the last few months. My husband gave me a subscription to Rosetta Stone for my birthday and spending time there too.
For more training, I read French magazines and newspapers online and follow a few french people on Twitter. Been watching "Un Village Français" and "Engrenages" on MHZ Choice.
Bonne chance avec tes études.
Incroyable, très impressionnant. I studied French in school and also spent a summer living in France, with a French family while in college, many years ago. I agree, the only way to become truly conversational is to be in situations where you have to speak the language. I just signed up with a local group that meets every two week to speak French through Duolongo. You should celebrate with a trip to France :-) Bonne chance.
Good luck with your group. I bet you'll have a lot of fun and improve your French quickly.
I really recommend Pimsleur French for learning to speak the language. It can be obtained for free in many public libraries. It gives you confidence in basic conversation. It doesn't provide a very extensive vocabulary but you have Duolingo for that. It really helps with perfecting your pronunciation. I have had french people compliment my pronunciation and let me tell you they are not easily impressed! Once you have completed levels 1-3 I would recommend italki where you can take oral lessons with a French teacher.
Thanks for the tips. I've heard about both platforms but hadn't met anyone who has tried them. Congrats on achieving good pronunciation. French is so much more guttural than English and it's difficult training your throat to respond correctly.
Félicitation !!! Ça ne doit pas être facile de tenir tous les jours depuis ce temps... Moi je commence l'Espagnol ! J’espère pouvoir en arriver là
Merci beaucoup! Après un certain temps, ça devient une habitude. J'ai aussi commencé l espagnol.:)
Many congratulations @lunazee. I'm the same, practising french on DL has become my daily routine now, I rather like it ;-) When I first started, I certainly didn't see I could get this far, but I'm glad I did.
Alors, merci pour partager, et bon continuation !!!
Merci pour vos belles paroles.
I didn't have any thoughts about sticking with this either. :)
Wow! Le suédois semble être une langue difficile à résoudre. C'est bien pour vous. :)
Bonjour, "une langue difficile à résoudre" n'a pas de sens en français. On résout un problème, une difficulté mais pas une langue ; voulez-vous dire "difficile à maîtriser " ?
That's insane! I don't know if I'd ever be able to keep a streak that long... I think a 15 day streak is a lot lol. Great job! c:
Hi ! I learn English (I'm a french native) and I congrats you for that great streak ! I know that I won't do 5 years streak like you but it's very funny to know where you can go with only your own determination. Bonne continuation!
Bonjour (et oui, je suis français )! Tout d'abord, félicitations! De plus, comment avoir la motivation de faire Duolingo chaque jour? Car moi je n'y arrive pas !!!! Cordialement Erwan
For every peoples who didn't understand french, I said:
Hello ( yes I'm french) ! First congratulations! In addition, how have the motivation to learn Duolingo every day? 'Cause I don't arrive to do that! Cordialy Erwan
And excuse me if my english is approximative
Bonjour, Erwan. En fait c'est la soirée ici, alors c'est bonsoir. :) Je ne sais pas comment c'est arrivé, mais ça fait 5 années amusantes. Votre anglais est meilleur que mon français. Veuillez excuser les erreurs.
Erwan, qu'est-ce que ton nom signifie?
Erwan, what does your profile name mean?
woah! Very impressive! I don't know how you did it! That must of taken lost of time and effort! Congratulations! You are a very special person!
It seems like giving a Lingot is pittance for your impressive feat. Just imagine that I am handing over all of my 372 Lingots to you. It takes a lot of dedication to complete five years in a row. Quite an accomplishment, and a testament to your character.
I would love to hear more details about your process. Is it really as simple as doing a few exercises every day on Duolingo? That isn't easy, but is pretty straightforward.
Did you practice out loud, or do anything else that seemed to spur your fluency?
Congrats again. Well done.
Thanks so much for the kind words. Lingots are the funniest things. Not sure what the point of them is after awhile but they keep piling up. Wish there was an easy way to gift them to others who might be in need.
This platform makes it easy to continue. And it's fun and has become a habit. I try to get a few lessons in before starting work.
Recently started Rosetta Stone which is helping me with pronunciation. at first it seem too simple but after a few months it's really helped.
Wishing you the best in your studies.
Bravo à toi @lunazee, j'espère être suffisamment motivé pour durer aussi longtemps que toi. Je te souhaite de belles découvertes parmi les chefs d’œuvre de la littérature française, et j'espère que tu feras également des progrès à l'oral. Enjoy your success ! See you soon !
great job lunazee you did a huge accomplishment. you are a role model for me to follow.
Haven't had the opportunity but guess I'd be able to muddle my way through. My husband gave me a subscription to Rosetta Stone for Valentine's Day which has pronunciation exercises that are helpful.
Speaking wasn't my objective. I wanted to be able to read newspapers and follow threads in French on Twitter.
give a glance to Italki... could be somehow useful for starting practice... Many congrats :D
I started off with Rosetta stone ("RS") before moving to DL. RS is great for pronounciation practice and for really listening to the inflexions when you are doing the spelling sections. DL, however, is great at getting you to formulate sentences in French when doing the translations, something that by its immersive nature, RS misses out on.
I have just managed to find a local 'Breakfast Club' led by a French teacher for conversational French once a week (complete with coffee and croissants!) which I hope will help put it all into practice as English is not allowed to be spoken.
Finally - well done on the amazing streak!
It just happened. I would never have planned this and wonder how long I'll be able, or interested, in keeping this up.
Thanks, Scott. Hebrew would be daunting for me, as the letters are so different.
Toutes mes félicitations. Le français n'est pas vraiment pas facile !! bravo encore !!
Wow! Congratulations! That is exactly what I am doing. I did a week, which turned into another week, which will turn into a month, and so on. I feel like such a newbie: I only have 16 days in a row. I only just started doing this, though. :)
That's how it happens. Just be sure to keep a Streak Freeze in place. That saved the streak several times :)
Good for you! I just started my streak again after losing it. Back at 8 now. But good for you anyway! Have a lingot. :)
You hit Five years on Duolingo. But Your French xp is 46077 and Your crown is 163. I think it is too small for Five years. I hit 100 days streak and my crown is 191. I think you should take more lessons than now
Congratulations on your streak and crowns.
Duolingo has changed the way rewards are awarded several times over the years. At first it was fluency, then crowns. The reward system has never been that important to me. I'm also studying Spanish and using 2 other language apps at the moment. Happy to continue to learn and wish you continued success.
ForsinardFalun, suggesting that Lunazee should take more lessons when she has completed all of the skills on the tree is quite rude. The crown system on Duolingo was rolled out less than a year ago and the crown system has been controversial regarding its' pro's and con's. The only benefit I can see to the crown system is that makes each skill turn gold! I would rather have the ability to read and write in french than have a lot of crowns! Have a great day and congratulations on your Level 20 and almost completing your French tree.
Remember when we were graded on proficiency, Nancy. I bounced back and forth between 60 and 70%. And I would have graded myself in the 30s at that point.
The crowns seem to add up fairly quickly and guessing it's to keep encouraging people to keep going. I wasn't doing french exercises here much and soon realized what was happening as my spanish crowns started multiplying.
Yes, I remember the Fluency Shield! I didn't take it seriously! It was capped off at about 70%, if I remember correctly! It was based on reading and writing short sentences and not speaking skills! Duolingo can't determine anyone's ability in a language. Some people have had experience with the language outside of Duolingo and that's not reflected in the Duolingo level or other metrics. Some people who are very good at a language can test out and finish at around level 9. The people who test out and finish the tree early often know the language better than someone who finishes at a higher level. Duolingo is a free learning app that is always changing to attract new users! I love the gaming aspect of it!
Not sure how long it will remain a free app as I heard an advertisement on NPR this morning for Duolingo!!!
That's fantastic!!! I do Memrise as well and have never had more than a couple of months streak there. Duolingo has me hooked :)
Je te félicite, car pour assurer un tel chalenge il faut avoir beaucoup de constance et de courage, et tu donnes de l'espoir à des personnes comme moi qui n'ont pas encore "le feu sacré" vis à vis de l'activité quotidienne du DUOliste moyen.
Merci. C'est la façon dont duolingo a été conçu cela a rendu possible. Sans le Streak Freeze, je n'aurais pas fait un an. J'ai fait quelques rêves récemment en français, donc c'est définitivement imprimé. :)